A Fall Trip!

New Hampshire
Last weekend we drove out to New Hampshire to visit my brother and sister-in-law.  The leaves were amazing!  Lots of trees’ leaves were in full color and only a few had already lost most of them.  

New Hampshire 3

And the weather was really perfect for Fall.  We were able to take a long walk one afternoon with my sister-in-law and their dog Charlotte.  You walk along where an old train track used to be.  The rails are gone but a lot of the railroad ties can still be seen.  Being outside on such a beautiful day felt so wonderful!  We just walked and walked.  And Charlotte (my brother’s dog) could run off leash.  She would stay right with us on the path, then stop to sniff something as we walked past.  Then we’d call to her and she would run ahead and just sit down looking at us, as if to say, “Well..??? Are you coming??”  Ha! Ha!

Coming back to the house, this was our gorgeous view of their “back yard”! 

New Hampshire 1 New Hampshire 2

And of course they treated us royally, to wonderful meals! (not the best picture… but hey!  I was in a hurry to eat it!  🙂 )

Lobster

It was only on the way home from our trip that I realized we didn’t get any good pictures of us together.  But I did get a great one of my wonderful sister-in-law.  She and my brother were such great hosts and we had a marvelous time!  I sure enjoy our chats as we are catching up on each others’ lives!

Deanna and Charlotte

And of course, on the way home I had plenty of time to finish up some projects to put on my Etsy shop!

Overalls Black Cat

Next time I need to be sure to get some pictures! (of course the next time we are all together may very well be my daughter’s wedding!  So you can bet we will get pictures then!

 

Winter Has Marched On…

Well, it’s been awhile since I last posted, and yes, winter is still dumping piles of snow on us.  And we have been hitting record low temperatures…  I spend most evenings after work, snuggled up in my flannel jammies and knitting in front of the fireplace! 

Of course Bear is not far away… He always enjoys a good snuggle! 

Bear2

As much as I am a “summer person”, the quiet winter is still very nice. 🙂

But Saturday we, again, got a full day of snow! 

Snow in February Snow in February2

Enough is enough!  I went through the house yesterday and removed all traces of anything “winter”!  I am ready for Spring!  So these things went back to the cupboard, not to be seen again until next winter! 

Let it snow

It may seem little superstitious but even so, there is no sense is begging for it! Ha! Ha!

snowbabies

And I love these little Snow Babies.. but ENOUGH is ENOUGH 🙂

And as the winter has marched on, I have continued with my Downton Abbey Mystery Knit along.  I did fall behind a bit.  I knit the Week 5 clue and after finishing, realized I had misinterpreted the pattern so the lace pattern had been knitted wrong (yes I do that too!)  and while pretty, didn’t really show any kind of pattern at all.  So I spent a week trying to decide whether to “bite the bullet” and take out the Week 5 of knitting. 

I finally did take it out which put me a couple of weeks behind.  I have now finished the Week 5 and most of the Week 6 clues.  I am so much happier with the lace pattern.  And after I finish the Week 6 clue, I have only Week 7 to complete and it will be done!  I really do love the pattern and colors! 

MKAL Clue 5 and 6 MKAL Clue 5 Lace

 I am so excited to finish it and start another of my little characters!  I have missed my animal knitting! 

Winter is marching on!  And it will be March in a Week! 🙂  I can hardly wait!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  I sure did!

I vaguely recall last year when the season was over, vowing to plan my blog posts ahead of time so that I would be able to continue posting during December, while not giving away Christmas gift ideas and still having time to make my gifts.  Well.. that didn’t happen!  But there is always next year!  Hopefully I will do better!

One really nice surprise was the activity in my Etsy shop this Christmas season!  I sold so many of my infinity scarves, and a couple of my stuffed animals.  It was such a thrill to be out Christmas shopping and see a notification appear on my phone letting me know I had made another sale!  I want to say thank you to all who visited my shop and a very special THANK YOU to those who purchased items!  I am planning to replenish my infinity scarf inventory very soon!  And create some new items as well. 

I had a wonderful Christmas with almost all of my family. I made some gifts, spent loads of time in the kitchen baking and cooking, and enjoyed many of our Christmas traditions with the people I love most!  I even had time this year to pull out my Christmas music and play the piano!

This year we had our 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Christmas!  It was hilarious to see the combos that people came up with!  I think everyone really gets into the wacky possibilities of this.  And I enjoy wearing something I am not that concerned about since I spend a lot of the day in the kitchen.  I think we will try a new theme for next year, but haven’t decided what it will be.

Christmas day with everyone was so much fun!  As you can see, we don’t really have “kids” anymore, but due to the size of my dining room and dining room table, we still use the “kids table” concept.  Everyone laughs about it, but honestly I think they have a great time reconnecting with each other!

My mom comes every year and spends Christmas with us and she and I had a GREAT time wandering around town for last-minute shopping, going out for lunch, and I don’t know what I would have done without her help in the kitchen!  We baked cookies and snacks…  It was so wonderful to have her here!

One of the gifts I gave her this year was the beautiful Lorna’s Laces Solemate yarn and pattern to do the Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-along that starts this Sunday! (As does Downton Abbey!  I can hardly wait!)  I purchased the pattern for us and the yarn in “Edith’s Secret” color for both of us.  Then I got one of each of the coordinating colors so she could pick the one she wanted. 

Downton Abbey MKAL 2015

 

We are so excited to be participating in this Mystery Knit along again this year!  If anyone wants to participate with us, I am sure there is still time!  The first clue is usually just a swatch and some casting on rows.  And I just checked at Jimmy Beans Wool website and kits with all of the color combinations are still available! 

It is wonderful to sit done on Sunday nights with a glass of wine and my knitting to watch!  And Knit Alongs are GREAT ways to learn new knitting techniques!  So join us!

OH… and finally.. no White Christmas for us! Here was the beautiful sky in my back yard on New Year’s Eve!  That’s OK.. honestly I wouldn’t mind if we had weather like this for another month!

New Year's Eve 2014

Happy 2015!