Sunday, August 28

Church Painting: Days 28, 29, 30, and 31

While I was in church tonight, I realized that I never documented the work that Mirona did a few weeks ago.  Over four days, she was able to complete all of the decorations painted on the inside of the arched windows and the two rectangular windows in the Altar.  These decorations look so good and pull everything together.

Saturday, August 27

Winter Woodland Pullover Redux...

I was so excited about this winter woodland pullover when I started it over a year ago, but then I had to frog it after finishing the entire body due to a mistake early in the yoke.  I did re-cast on and got a little done in October, but after awhile I just stopped knitting it in favor of other more interesting projects.  It has been relegated to a basket on my shelf for at least nine months, but when I finished my Riverbank Cowl last week while on the road for Baba's funeral, I somehow rediscovered my knitting mojo.  I dug out this sweater and began knitting on it again (while re-watching The White Queen for the upteenth time) on Friday evening.  Here's hoping that I will be able to complete it before it starts to get chilly...  I have a feeling that it will be a workhorse in my cool weather wardrobe if I can just get it finished!

Friday, August 26

Riverbank Cowl in Hush...



According to my Instagram feed, I cast on to this Riverbank Cowl on March 6th. I used MadelineTosh Longrider DK in the Hush colorway.  I cast on 224 stitches, using a size 4 needle (32" circular) for the whole project (including the ribbing - the pattern calls for a size three needle for that).  For the ribbing, I did k2p2 for 5 rows.  I did 3 repeats for the body of the cowl and then finishing up with another 5 rows of ribbing.  This was the first project I did using Karbonz Interchangeable knitting needles.  My sisters bought me a set for my birthday and I love them!  I actually picked up a long-neglected sweater project that I had my beloved Lantern Moon bamboo needles and I was surprised at how much less smooth they were when compared to the Karbonz.  

This cowl was a gift for my friend, Kathleen.  She admired the yarn color when I first cast on and I love how it looks with her beautiful red hair!

Tuesday, August 23

Loose Ends...

Today was a flurry of activity.  We had some loose ends to wrap up, errands to run, and packing to do before our trip North for Baba's funeral.  

We had very little in the way of suitable funeral clothing for the children (is there even sch a thing?) and so I took them out to buy the boys new dress shirts and ties (which will do nicely for Christmas, as well) and we found a more somber looking skirt and top for our little girl (this seems to be a good time to buy clothing since everything was on deep clearance).  The children won't be wearing black, but they will look dressy for the services.  Thankfully our little men were given haircuts by Papa before our busy weekend with the Metropolitan, so that was not a concern.  

We had a panikhida (a short service for the departed) in the late afternoon and then ate dinner with Father  John's mother and brother.  It was good to be together, but the grief is a lot to bear.  The children were awake last night when we got the news and it took quite awhile to soothe everyone and fall asleep.  Despite my best intentions, bedtime was late tonight, too.  They will be exhausted tomorrow, but will hopefully sleep during the long car ride. 

Please keep the newly-departed Alexandra in your prayers.

Monday, August 22

Memory Eternal!

Give rest O Lord to the departed soul of Thy handmaiden, Alexandra.


My husband's beloved Baba died tonight.  She was 95 and though she was ready to go, there are many broken hearts crying themselves to sleep tonight. 

Living and Learning: This Week...

I have enjoyed Fiona Ferris' blog, How to Be Chic for years.  It is chock full of good advice for women wishing to live an elegant life.  Fiona was recently interviewed by Shannon Ables...  I'm looking forward to hearing her on The Simple Sophisticate podcast!

I cannot wait to see the film based on the novel The Light Between Oceans.  It was one of the first books I read in 2016 and the movie looks like it will do justice to the author's story.

On My Bedside Table
After finishing (and enjoying!) Vinegar Girl, I decided to read The Ladder of Years this past week.  It was a compelling novel (I read it in about two days), but I'm not sure what I think of the tale itself.  I am still thinking about it though, so I guess that is the mark of a good storyteller!

With all that has been going on, I haven't had much time to sit down and think too much about the upcoming school year.  I have about half of our books already and am just waiting for an order of our workbooks to arrive.  About halfway through this past school year, I started using a daily checklist to keep track of things that we needed to get done.  I worked on this year's master checklist and I have to say that I am really starting to look forward to beginning school again.

I recently bought a tube of Laura Mercier's Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Bare.  A friend recommended it to me and I have to say that I love it!  It has a very subtle sheen that makes my skin glow and it is lightweight enough for the natural look that I prefer. 

Sunday, August 21

Good Things Abound...

Not only did the mortgage get torched this weekend, but Father John was awarded a Kamilavka

Metropolitan Tikhon Blesses a Tea Party...

I'm still catching up after a very full celebratory mortgage burning weekend with Metropolitan Tikhon, but the highlight for our daughter (and let's be honest, me) was when he blessed the tea party she threw for all of her little church friends and their dollies after Liturgy today. I cannot handle the cuteness.

The Golden Clasp...

Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week." 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great Vespers with Metropolitan Tikhon...

Metropolitan Tikhon arrived at 5pm and we jumped right into our celebratory weekend.  We began with a little question and answer period with our Metropolitan and then followed it with Great Vespers.

Saturday, August 20

Saturday Night with Metropolitan Tikhon...

Our mortgage burning weekend with Metropolitan Tikhon is here!  I set the table for dinner this afternoon.  We'll have ten people eating after church tonight.  One of our parishioners is preparing all of the food tonight, which is sch a treat.  Here is the menu:

Octopus Salad Served in an Avocado Shell
Tomato, Avocado, and Spicy Peppers with Barrel Feta drizzled Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Caper Compote
Papou Potatoes (Greek Baked Potatoes
Brownies and Ice Cream

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