Monday, February 25, 2013

Many Winters Ago

(Many, Many)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


The farmhouse bathroom fix the broken tub  total renovation is complete.
 It's quite a nice improvement.

What's next? 

Monday, February 18, 2013

And in more good news...

My grandson drew this picture of his changing family

That's a little human growing in Mommy
Grandbaby number 3 is on the way.
So excited.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Boys, You Made the Blog

The 'Spring' sport of Lacrosse is under way for our college boy.
{with me in wool from head to toe and my longest, bulkiest coat watching the game...
with white stuff falling from the sky}
Our Tommy, as he takes the field as a starter
The boys defeated the visiting D-III National Champs.
Good start to the season.
Happy to have our older boys Joey, Andy and GF Kathleen there to share in the fun.

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Friday meal,
inspired by Sue
Puff pastry with goat cheese, sautéed onions and tomatoes.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Works In Progress

Way too many.
The gorgeous gold speckled blue/green yarn is cast on.

It is going to be a summer top with crocheted lace edging.
{slight problem: I don't crochet. Hmm...I may have to seek pointers from the gals over at Fiber Arts Friday}
Purple top is going slow, but has an end in sight.
not too happy with the texture. A bit too fuzzy...hoping it will be a bit nicer after blocking.
The big bolt of linen is getting quite the practice workout.

But no finished projects yet.

Cookies baked and ready to be decorated for the upcoming Hallmark Holiday

I took on the grouting of the tiles myself.
It really came out nice and was not at all difficult. Two points for me.

Hopefully I will have some finished works soon.

Sharing with Yarn Along
Work in Progress Wednesdays

Sunday, February 3, 2013

This weekend marked two years since we settled on our very special place in the country.
We celebrated by working hard on farm house projects.
The old master bathroom floor tiles came up,


{they were blue too} 
and down went the new.

  The door refurbishing project came out of its long hiatus,

and a set of good old fashioned parlor doors, found in the barn returned home.

One of them by way of a brief career as a cold frame.

It wasn't until we found the second door and did bit of house detective work that we discovered their original place and purpose.
Down came the cold frame immediately!
All it took was a good scrubbing and some paint.
They look charming and serve to keep the heat from the fireplace in the living room instead of escaping up the foyer stairwell.
Much better.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Field Trip

A bit more time city side this week gave me a day to take an excursion down town.
Washington DC has a museum dedicated to just about everything.
The most popular and well know are the Smithsonian Institution buildings along the Mall,
{I worked in the SI system processing archives for a few years....fascinating work!}
but off the beaten path, in every direction there is so much to explore.
I took the Metro Northwest DC,  and was greeted with this sign.
Which would you choose?
I walked a few blocks past interesting architecture
through a neighborhood of diplomatic residences and arrived here.
to see this.
No photography inside of course.
I have a renewed interest in hand stitchery lately and enjoyed examining a few examples of lovely tapestries, but overall the exhibit was a bit underwhelming.
Heading back to the Metro I quite accidentally ( I swear! ) stumbled upon this
Where I left with this.

Pricey yarn, but it absolutely captivated me. The gold flecking running throughout, that does not show up well, is STUNNING.
{and I was such a good girl knitting from stash for almost a year, I deserved a splurge, right?)
Now to decide what to do with it??!
 Perhaps some of the gals at Fiber Arts Friday have some ideas for me?