Sunday, August 20

Blush and Bashful

Do you remember that wonderful tear-jerker, Steel Magnolias?  The colors I spotted today reminded me of some of the dialogue in the beginning of the movie:

Truvy: What are your colors, Shelby?
Shelby: They're blush and bashful.
M'Lynn: Her colors are pink and pink.
Shelby: My colors are blush and bashful, Mama.

Saturday, August 19

Roses All Winter

Here is this week's bedside table bouquet!  

I rang up the company that produces the rose bushes that we bought because I was worried about leaving potted roses outside through the winter.  Apparently, if I bring them indoors and keep them fertilized and watered, they will bloom all winter long.  Imagine home grown roses in January...  What a lovely thought!

Friday, August 18

The Little Mermaid

We went to an outdoor performance of The Little Mermaid musical last night.  It was so nice to be able to enjoy something fun and light-hearted.  Before the show started, the Trio and I had a little ice cream at a nearby ice cream parlor.  It was delicious! We had such a good time that we are planning to attend next week's show!

Thursday, August 17

Amelia Socks in Grey

My sister gave me a skein of this gorgeous grey yarn a few months ago.  It's Sweet Georgia sock yarn in the charcoal colorway.  I was hoping to knit a pair of slippers with this wool, but in the end I decided that another pair of Amelie socks would be better suited to the weight of the yarn.

Wednesday, August 16


I bought a few Lularoe pieces at a friend's party yesterday.  I love the shades of pink in each of these items.  I will say that the style and color of these things are not exactly in my comfort zone, but I had fun trying them on and was happy with freshening up my look a bit.  I'm hopeful that these clothes will perform well over the long haul (I haven't worn Lularoe before).  I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, August 15

Dormition Flowers

Joyous Feast of Dormition!

In giving birth thou preserved thy virginity, 
 In falling asleep thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. 
Thou wast translated to life, O Mother of Life, 
And by thy prayers, thou deliverest our souls from death.

Monday, August 14

Morning Basket

I like to use August as our 'ease back into homeschooling routine' month.  We resumed violin lessons last week after taking July off and this week we are beginning our breakfast reading again.  Here is what we have in our basket:  Albert Einstein (science biography), Vincent's Starry Night (art history), Treasury of Children's Poetry (poetry), The Story of the World (history), D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (myths, legends, and fairy tales). I read a little from one book each day at breakfast and then the children do their writing exercises.

Sunday, August 13

Iceburg Roses in the Rain

We bought several rose bushes in June in honor of our twelfth wedding anniversary, which I planted the bushes in large pots on the patio.  I chose five different varieties, but the Iceberg roses have been our most prolific bush. These flowers are not only abundant, but the blooms hardly fade away before more buds appear.  I have always loved roses, but it has really shocked me to find that I truly enjoy tending our bushes.  I especially adore how they look with raindrops glistening on their petals.

Saturday, August 12

Rainy Saturday

Today was an incredibly rainy day with lots of flooding on the church grounds (the chapel and the house were perfectly safe as they are situated on higher ground).  We spent a lot of time wandering around the yard, looking everything over and waiting for the water to recede.

I also finally got going on my next knitting project. It was too much of a challenge to knit slippers with my sock yarn held double, so I frogged that project (until I find a skein of dk weight) and just cast on to a third pair of Amelia socks.

Thursday, August 10


My sister gave me this  Sweet Georgia sock yarn in Charcoal a few months ago. With my rose socks off the needles, I'm ready to crack into it. I wound my yarn, cut up a cantaloupe, and printed off a slipper pattern to work on while the children swim. I'm babysitting Caroline for my daughter... so I'm not sure how far I'll get with my knitting before she wakes up and needs some attention. 😜

Wednesday, August 9

Rosy Amelie Socks

I finished up my pair of pink colored Amelie socks in Madeline Tosh Sock Yarn (rose colorway). I began them at the beginning of July, while the children were at camp and I was visiting my sisters.  I really enjoyed the pattern my second time around.  The pattern is intuitive, so I was able to knit these while watching television or spending time with my family.

Tuesday, August 8

Towels for the Trio

I had a brainwave a few weeks ago after finding multiple towels on the floor after baths for the 9,876th time. Everyone just needed their own specific towel and the towel hooks needed to be lowered. Each child got to pick their own new towel and now I know exactly who is leaving their damp towel on the floor.

Monday, August 7

A Felt Letter Board

The children and I had errands to run in town last week.  One of the shops we stopped in was Hobby Lobby and I was surprised to find that they are now selling felt letter boards, which I have admired from afar on Instagram.  I was able to use a coupon to buy it and have had fun coming up with different quotes to use.  In the end, I decided to go with one of my favorites by Louisa May Alcott, " The power of finding beauty in the humblest of things makes home happy and life lovely." 

 Currently, the board is hanging in the dining room, but I am hoping to find a good spot for it is the playroom, which is where we spend a lot of our time during the school year.  I think that the grey of the felt and the lightness of the wood will look quite nice in the grey-blue of the playroom.

Saturday, August 5


I bought flowers for the upcoming feast of Transfiguration yesterday and have enjoyed watching them slowly open the past twenty-four hours.  They will go into the church tonight and then we'll enjoy them on our table after the weekend services.  I think that the color is simply stunning.

Whenever we go to visit family, we stop at our favorite bagel store to buy bagels for the freezer.  They are especially nice to have during fasting seasons.  Two of our children love to eat them for breakfast with cream cheese and olives.  Our youngest son was very generous with the olives today, don't you think?  It must be time to teach him the adage "less is more."

Friday, August 4

A Week of Cross Stitch

Our sweet daughter has been a busy bee with her needle this week!  She finished two separate cross stitch pieces.  The top one is an "I" for Ivanna with a flower in the center.  The second piece has a floral cross.  We were able to find frames that work for both projects.  She plans to put the framed "I" on her desk to remind her of her cousin and has given me the cross to hang in the kitchen.  I love her work so much!

Wednesday, August 2


I was excited to find out that one of the libraries near us is now hosting a Sit-n-Stitch.  I took our little girl with me (she brought a cross-stitch project and I had my trusty pink sock to knit).  It was lovely to sit and chat with other ladies that share our interest in needle arts.  We also found out that there is a local sheep and wool festival at the end of September.  They have a show for local needlework and are looking for entries to judge.  Our daughter is planning to enter a few samples of her work!  We are already looking forward to the next meeting in October.

Tuesday, August 1

Forty Days

The children and I drove up to visit our family to commemorate the 40th day of our infant niece Ivanna's falling asleep in the Lord yesterday.  It was good to be together, but also terribly sad. We should have been attending her baptism on August 5th.  I think that we are all still in shock over her death, honestly.  May Ivanna's memory be eternal!

Monday, July 31

Homemade pizza

I learned how to use a pizza stone to make delicious homemade pizza while I was visiting Kate and her family earlier this month.  I stopped to buy a pizza stone on my way home and I have made pizza at least once a week since.  It is so exciting to have something new to add to my cooking repertoire.
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