Tuesday, July 22

Summer Evenings...





A cool summer evening calls for s'mores!  We found that in the absence of graham crackers, homemade chocolate chip cookies will more than do in a pinch!

Seaside...











Monday, July 21

A Bowlful of Cherries...



Guests:  Aunt Anna and Justin!

Breakfast:  Blueberry Muffins and a bowlful of cherries

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We have my sister and her boyfriend here with us for a few days!  It is the beginning of several overnight guests in the coming weeks and we're having so much fun!  We took the little ones biking around a nearby lake this morning and are planning on spending some time at the beach and boardwalk a little later.  It is pretty mild, so we probably won't swim, but I think that we'll spend some time at one of the quaint seaside towns that are nearby tomorrow.  

Saturday, July 19

Saint Seraphim...


“You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of one who gives and kindles joy in the heart of one who receives. All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other, not even those whom you catch committing an evil deed. We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves. When we gaze at our own failings, we see such a morass of filth that nothing in another can equal it. That is why we turn away, and make much of the faults of others. Keep away from the spilling of speech. Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace. Keep silent, refrain from judgement. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult, outrage, and will shield your glowing hearts against the evil that creeps around.”
 

 + St. Seraphim of Sarov

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Saint Seraphim's Learning Basket can be found HERE.

Friday, July 18

Abundance...



The little ones and I went to our little farmer's market today and bought flowers for our table (among other things).  I never would have chosen these flowers myself, but the our flower lady just sort of builds a bouquet on the spot for each of her customers after giving them a once over.  Somehow she always gets it right!  I am so happy with the wild oats in particular...  they are the perfect touch among the elegant lilies.

We have new friends with hens and a giant garden and they have been supplying us with eggs and produce for a few weeks.  I think that I literally squealed when I opened up the egg carton and found blue, pink, and brown eggs inside.  They are just so pretty! 

I'm hoping for a very quiet weekend.  We have a huge bag of fresh library books and I have a new project on the needles.  Maybe we'll even get in a few peaceful moments at the ocean, followed with an ice cream on the boardwalk.  Doesn't that sound perfect?


Wednesday, July 16

Katherine Johnson's Blossom Tee...






I am so pleased with how well this Blossom Tee turned out!  Katherine's pattern is beautifully and simply written, which makes it perfect for a newer knitter like me.  I knitted a size 8 for my eight year old daughter and after blocking, there is plenty of room to grow into.  I used Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the Logwood colorway and I am really pleased by the weight.  I think that the tee will be very comfortable to wear in air conditioning even in the hottest months of the year and it will look perfect with a pretty blouse or long-sleeved tee underneath in the cold months.  It really is a sweater that my girl will get to enjoy all year round!  I believe the pattern will go on sale in the beginning of August...  I'll keep you posted!

Yarn Along: Orthodox Life...


Much to my sister's dismay, I frogged my Seashore Cowl last night.  It took f.o.r.e.v.e.r to rip everything out and wind it up into a ball.  This morning, the little ones and I used the swift to tidy up the yarn and now I am all ready to cast back on to a medium-sized Seashore Cowl.  I had previously knitted a large one and it was just too big!  I know that I will be happier with a smaller size (I plan to only wear it as a cowl) and am excited to get started tonight!

I picked up a copy of Orthodox Life from my dad's church two weekends ago.  I am enjoying the articles, but I love the cover art so much!  It is going to go into a frame when I am done reading.

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