Wednesday, July 1


Today is Father John's ninth anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.  AXIOS!

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Tuesday, June 30


I cast off the Fantoosh shawl last week and it is really a beautiful pattern.  I was a little taken aback by how small the littler version turned out to be, however, I am hopeful that will be a great shawl for my tiny sister-in-law.  She just finished up her residency and is going to be starting her first job as an anesthesiologist in the next few weeks.

I used Dr Zhivago Madelinetosh in Tosh Merino Light.   

A Wee Bit of Length...

Our girl is getting such long legs that we have been on the lookout not only for longer length dresses and skirts, but also for a slip with lace to extend some of the current things her wardrobe.  Enter, Hanna Andersson's pretty little girl slips.  They are light, airy, comfortable, and have a generous eyelet edge that adds the sweetest touch to my sweet girl's outfits.

Beautiful and Useful...

I bought a few little treasures at Purl Soho yesterday:  a packet of Fringe Supply Co. knitting stitch markers, one little metal measuring tape made in Germany, and finally, a Bellocq copper tea strainer.

Monday, June 29

Monday, Funday...

Today was the feast of Saints Peter and Paul and we were so happy that we were able to celebrated with my father-in-law's parish on their patronal feastday.  My husband grew up in this church, we were married here, this is where Father John was ordained, and our daughter was baptised here, as well.  There are many happy memories for our family in this church.

After Liturgy and the festal meal, we went on a family trip to New York City.  The sole purpose of this adventure was to visit Purl Soho.  Sugar Plum and I had been there a few years,aho, but that was before we knew how special this little shop is to the crafting community.  We got to spend a lot of time perusing the gorgeous wares and even took home a few small treasures. 

Our day ended with bacon cheeseburgers - my very favorite food.   I hope that you had a Monday that was full of fun, too! 

Sunday, June 28

Joyous Feast!

Tomorrow is the patronal feast of my Father-in-law's parish and 2015 is their hundredth year anniversary!  I am so thankful that we are able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with them on this special feast!  Holy Saints Peter and Paul, pray unto God for us!

Saturday, June 27


On the hottest days, animals pant gently in the shade, children grow fractious, insects drone, everyone is enervated until the cool of the evening.  No one eats anything, except fruit and ices.  But tall glasses of cold drinks, tinkling with ice, floated with fruit, sucked through straws, are endlessly welcomed.  Iced lemon tea.  Iced coffee.  Milk shakes.  Homemade ginger beer, lemonade, elderflower or red-or black-current cordials, topped up with soda or sparkling mineral waters.  Summer punch."

Susan Hill


Friday, June 26

Living and Learning: This Week...

Living Well
Earlier in the week, I dropped off my trusty leather tote (which was looking rather battered) at the cobbler for cleaning and polishing.  It is back to looking it's best...  I'm so glad that I can extend the life of something that I enjoy so much.

Have you seen Ida yet?  Completely filmed in black and white with English subtitles, it tells the tale of Anna, a young novitiate about to take her vows.  Before she can do so, her Mother Superior instructs her to visit her only living relative to find out her family's story. 

We've wrapped up our school year and have swung right into the summer reading program at the library, $1 movies at the local cinema, trips to the zoo, lots of swimming, and even some new experiences the next few weeks!

Jennifer L. Scott has a third book in her Madame Chic library coming out in October and I can't wait to read it.  Here is her book announcement from a few weeks ago:

In Season
Cherries!  We've been buying them by the bagful and I love pouring them into my favorite bowl and enjoying their beauty in the sunshine on our table all day long.  The only downside is the endless pits I find scattered around the house!  Button's godmother forwarded on this great article from Saveur chock full of cherry recipes.  I am really looking forward to baking cherry clafoutis after the Saints Peter and Paul Fast ends on Monday.

Thursday, June 25

Basic Black Wool...

I am all ready to cast onto my second neck-down boatneck pullover.  I decided to go with black for this second sweater and am using Cascade 220 Sport (8 skeins for a size large) ordered from  I plan to come up with good name for this black version of the sweater.  I love my grey Stone Cottage one and can't wait to wear it when the weather cools.

Some notes:  
-  For my last sweater I used worsted weight yarn and am going to try this one in DK.
-  I will be using a size 5 16" circular needle for the neck (the pattern recommends a size 4 for the ribbing and a size 6 16" for the first few inches.
-  I will use a size 6 29" circular for the remainder of the sweater.  I used a larger size (maybe a 7?) for the last one.

Early Summer on the Nature Table...

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