What a weekend!

Wow!  What a weekend it’s been!  This weekend I took the entire weekend off, and even extended it a little bit.  I shut down Thursday evening and will go back to work tomorrow; but here’s a rundown of what’s gone on.

Friday, we went to SC to pick up the youngest grand for his monthly visit.  He was ready to go, but his little brother was having too much fun running around, so first off a little game of chase we undertaken:

Later on, Grandpa and Gabe were deciding on a movie and suddenly I realized he’s gotten taller in the last 2 months:

Saturday, Gabe and I went shopping and I found a new (to me) coffee table that does exactly what I wanted it to do:

I LOVE this table!  It’s BIG and STURDY, made from solid wood with dovetail joins in it.  The center is not two small drawers, but one full drawer that goes all the way through and slides open from either side….perfect for storing games in.  The raised parts are solid enough to sit on, and below them is a display area on each end.  What you can’t see is the detail in the wood in the center section.  Four panels in two different colors of wood, with a very small inlay design around it.  Did I mention I LOVE this table?

Of course Brandi is not really impressed with the new table as I moved her blanket to put it in:

Then Sunday morning, while prepping to bake a much delayed birthday cake, I had a slight accident:

Goodbye big mixer bowl!  But it could have been much worse, I was in my slippers when it shattered and nobody else was in the kitchen at the time.  Just  a few little cuts and a lot of cleanup and all is well.  And it gave me the “opportunity” to go on a hunt for a replacement bowl to fit the old mixer!  Yep, I’m looking at the bright side  of this one!

Today brought a little more of the knitting I’ve been doing all weekend, and watching Grandpa and Gabe play a game of Yahtzee, followed by dinner with friends.  I managed to make a decent lasagna and redeem myself as a lasagna maker (last time they came for lasagna, I murdered it!).

Progress on this weekend’s knitting:

“Spring Forward”, toe up version, socks in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock “Parfait” colourway, on size 0 dpns for the knitters reading this.

Also did a little reading, I’ve got the summer issue of  Sew Somerset, the fall issue of Art Doll Quarterly, Rice Zachary-Freeman’s newest book “Destination Creativity”, and a lightweight summer fiction on my Nook.  Yes, I am reading them all at once, kind of, sort of.  No, I don’t have them all OPEN at the EXACT same time, but I do jump from one to another during the course of a day.

All in all, it’s been a great EXTENDED holiday weekend!!!!!  I’ll leave you with a picture of little miss Cocoa, she’s just such a cutie I can’t resist:

A favorite book

One of my most often re-read books is “A Woman’s Guide to a Simpler Life” by Andrea Van Steenhouse.

This is not a how to book, but a listen to your heart book.  And I think that’s why I find myself returning to it time and time again.

In these times of change, stress, economic upheaval, and everything that goes along with that, I find this book to be very comforting and challenging at the same time.  It comforts me to remember that I am in control of my journey, and it challenges me to listen to my heart and walk on that path.

It reminds me that simplicity in my life is how my heart chooses to define it.  It asks me to listen to my heartsongs, and to follow them.  It doesn’t tell me that if I do that all will be well.  It doesn’t tell me that when I do that I won’t disappoint or disillusion other people.  It actually cautions that as I follow my heartsongs and not other peoples expectations, I probably will disappoint or disillusion some people.  And that’s okay if I’m being true to my heart.

Let me “read” you an excerpt from the introduction:

Simplicity looks different in different lives  because each heart holds it’s own themes.  It looks different at different time of our own lives because our tempos change with age, events and experience.

Simplicity is not a matter of time management or efficiency or organization.  It does not consist of shedding one set of life furnishings in order to make room for another.  Rather, a simpler life is one in which the knowledge of what matters dictates all that surrounds us.  It is a life lived with the courage to let go of what our hearts know does not belong.  It is a more balanced life, not a more expert balancing act.

……There is no right or wrong in the search for simplicty.  It is not a destination, like a house we move into, but a direction, like the path that leads towards the house.  Where it takes us, if we dare to follow, is back to our hearts.

Yes, this is one of my favorite books to read, especially in times of change.  And we are living in a time of changes, on all levels.

Do you know your heartsongs?  Do you know what at your very core matters most to you?

Do you know your heartsongs and are you following them?

This and that

Over the weekend I did a bit of  “this and that”.  A bit of this, a dash of that, many little things, some of which seemed major at the time.   DH was home so we worked a lot in the yard doing spring cleanup, here’s a pic of the cherry tree just before dusk one night.

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And one night, after working in the yard, we treated ourselves to dinner out.  He gave me options, Statesville or Mooresville, I chose Statesville.  Why?  Because the bookstore in this county is in Statesville!!  And I don’t get there often.  But that night I found a new book I just love:

socks-al-a-carte1What’s so special about this knitting book?  It’s got split pages with multiple patterns.  The top of the pages are pictures of cuff variations, the center of the pages are body variations and the bottom of the pages are heel and toes!!!  And each variation shown has the pattern in the book. What you do is pick the cuff, body, heel and toe you want, band the pages open (the book has a band but it doesn’t stay well so I’m using a rubber band.  Then you work the pattern for that section from the front pages.   Unlimited (well almost) possibilities for socks!

And my first pair from this new book:

socks-from-al-a-cartThese are going to be like the last pair (the beige ones), a bit loose, but good for comfort.  I did have to order another set of needles last night, I needed a set of size 1 DPs to get the guage that I truly want.  I never thought I’d be knitting on size 1 or 2’s!!!!  When we lived in Canada, I was a bulky yarn girl!  Mum W owned size 1 and 2 needles, but not me!  LOL

Now, just in case you think I’ve not been quilting much, I have.  The last two quilts were full customs (one queen, one king), and I have three more customs booked up next, so pictures will be slow in coming as custom takes so much more time than overalls.  But here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been working on this week:

kathys-quilt-full-custom-stkathys-quilt-full-custom-trkathys-quilt-full-custom-inAs you can see, I’ve got more to do yet, so I best get myself into the studio and to work this morning!

Have a great day!!!!!