January

January

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Ground Hog Day!


I was interested in seeing that the ground hog didn't see his shadow this morning. Accuweather posted the spring forecast. I am pretty happy about it as for here on the West Coast it will be wet and cooler.
Emilie and Nik got home late last night. They had taken the kids ( Nik is a youth pastor) to winter camp.
They got snowed in and had to stay a extra day. It was a big storm. The one that is making its way across the Midwest.


What I really wanted to write about, is don't you just love the sweet little month of February? Don't you love seeing all of the Valentine things and red and white and pink and white everywhere you go? I do, I have always loved it. I loved making those envelopes out of construction paper and taping it to the front of my desk in grade school and seeing it fill up with Valentines. Remember saving the special one for a special friend? The Moms would show up with cupcakes with sprinkles and we would have our little Valentines party.

Here is a little list of things I love about February.

1. Red and white hearts.

2. Snowy weather and storms

3. Lots of birthdays to celebrate.

4. Wearing red every day. I love red.

5. It feels so nice to sit in front of a fire and hook a rug, or just stare dreamily into the fire.

6. Going to the beach.


7. Everything around here is turning green. The mountains have this lovely color of green and everything this year looks watered and happy. Compared to last year, when everything was brown and dead.

8. This one is a odd one, but I am going to add it anyway. Trials. There I said it. Trials help me keep my focus on what is important. With trials in my life, I see the small tiny bits of beauty I would other wise miss. It narrows my focus and reminds me of what is important, and keeps me from becoming ungrateful. It opens my eyes to all that I take for granted.

9. Ron, my sweet and faithful companion. Without him I would be off in never, never land. He talks me down off the ledge, it seems every day. He is patient beyond patient. Not to mention he still laughs at my jokes. Always a big plus.

10. Sunshine. As tired of it as I get in the summer, seeing it reflect off the foothills in the snow that we are surrounded by in the mountains is breathtaking. I love watching the colors, in the clouds, the breaking through and seeing a rainbow. All of it reminds me of how thankful I am to be alive. Right here, right now.

Happy February!

~Kim~

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home."
-  Edith Sitwell

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rugs and Pugs Giveaway

This mornings sky

One thing that is so good about being a blogger, is the friendships you make in the blogging community.
Other social media sites cannot even begin to touch that. The friends I have made, and the people I have met have enriched my life in just about every area. Being a blogger myself, has helped me do things like rug hooking, sewing, doing wood projects and sharing my life out loud. Things I would have never tried before 2009 when I started blogging. I really am shy and would rather be a hermit.

One of the fantastic bloggers I have met has been Lauren at Rugs and Pugs. 
I have learned so much from Lauren, she has just shared things she has learned along the way and because of her gentle way of leading, I think I have become a better hooker. (rug) She also does wonderful giveaways.

This week I received my box from her. It was just a joy to open as it was filled with everything I love. Not to mention made by Lauren. First of all there was this lovely paisley emery strawberry.


With wool she has over dyed.

Isn't is pretty. When you become obsessed by wool like I have, this really to me is better than chocolate.

She also added something for my rug hooker necklace.


 Isn't that pretty. She makes such lovely things out of silver spoons. I just love this with the K on it.

So if you get a chance go over and read Lauren's lovely blog and I if you haven't met her yet, you will find out how giving and nice she is, not to mention just kind all of the time. Thank you so much Lauren.

I also managed to finish my heart rug by Cammie Bruce.

Primitive Junky
The colors aren't really true this morning as I grabbed the last bit of sunlight before the clouds rolled in.
We have storms lined up to Hawaii so I am hoping to get this bound today. So I have one rug I finished in January. Yay me.

This morning I thought I was seeing things. I got new glasses and of course, they gave me a migraine maybe worse than I have ever had in my life. So not wearing glasses at all right now. That is why my above picture the K is upside down. So that is why I thought I was seeing things until I got right up to it.

 Silly hydrandga thinks it is spring. I told it that snow levels are going to be down to the valley floor and it is going to get cold so it better not fall for this weather thinking it is spring, but of course, they never learn. Still is looks pretty all among the brown.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. I hope to keep my hands busy. Well, if I can stop staring out the windows in anticipation of the rain. Have a lovely weekend,

~Kim~

 "I was never any good at remembering dates, but now I hardly have to. When the first bulb catalogs get delivered and the hens start laying again, that's all the notice I'll need to know that winter has passed."
---Susan Orlean

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, Monday


Happy Monday!! Are you excited that this is the last week of January? I am sorta. When I went out for a walk this morning, I felt like it is the first time I have visited everything and noticed all of the surprises. My mind has been on such other things for so long, I could believe how much has changed. Not anything you would notice if you weren't looking.

Our Raywood Ash trees have all of these little green baby leaves on them. With these lovely little red buds.
I was so surprised to see this already. I have heard the meadowlarks for two weeks. A sure sign that a change is coming. You know they really sing so pretty when it is raining.

Artichoke
The artichoke is going crazy already. Have you ever read that verse that talks about "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself." I walk around and I see all of these plants, trees and bushes growing all by themselves. They just stay connected to the trunk, vine and root. I don't hear a single one saying, " I must grow fruit, or do I hear one saying, I am going to grow all on my own away from this root. 
Of course, which is what I do most of the time, I try to run off in my own direction, my own way and it isn't until I come back to the vine, because I have exhausted my hoard of resources.  You would think I would learn this by now. Life is so much smoother when I stay connected to the vinedresser. 

Large Nettle
 I couldn't believe all of the nettle that is already up this high. When I see nettle, my mouth waters. It only grows in areas that are high in iron. This time of year, I need iron. That is how I can tell. I know of no other tea that tastes as good to me as nettle tea. 

All of our mullein is growing too, I didn't take any pictures of that. That was what I always used when the kids were small if they had colds and coughs. It is an excellent expectorant. 

   I planted these in the fall. They are also good at a tea for colds and coughs. I have a herb book on my shelf that is full of recipes for different kinds of herbs for ways to treat different illnesses. Almost every recipe starts with Pot Marigolds. That is what they call these. 

Sweet Peas
 I had to show you how much my sweet peas are growing. I love seeing their little feelers out getting ready to start climbing. Here in California we have to plant sweet peas in the fall. It gets too hot for them by late May. Always on my birthday my favorite bouquet is sweet peas in a blue canning jar. 

Rug pattern by Cammie Bruce
 My rug for January. MY-ONLY-RUG! I hope to finish it this week so I can say I made something in January. Slacker that I am. It is so much fun to work with wool that I dyed myself and to do hearts this time of year. 

Thank you so much for all of your kind comments. I am so glad to be here in this place, right now.
Happy Monday!
  
~Kim~
The True way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.----Francoise de Motteville
 

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Wedding Video


Here I go again.  Back in October, all of these plans had to be made. As you will see, it was a total surprise for the guests. I couldn't blog about it, I couldn't talk about it. It was so hard trying to do wedding preparations in secret. They went and did that first video in October.  I hadn't seen the first part of the video until at the wedding. I of course sat there thinking what totally amazing kids we have.  It turned out so pretty.
You can't even believe that is my front yard.

First, I want to show you my favorite picture so far.

I always want to break into song, " Secret Agent Man"


See how green our hills are now after all of the rain.


They thought all of this stuff and they accomplished their goals and I am very proud of them.   Here is the link. https://vimeo.com/152670773

They are having a blast in Orlando. I will be glad when they come home, as you know I miss them. They are a lovely couple and I am so blessed to not only have a wonderful son, but I think he has the most beautiful and talented wife. All I can say as Mrs Bennet said before me, " Mr. Bennet, God has been very, very good to us."
~Kim~

On their honeymoon
"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." (A.A. Milne)