Friday, June 30

Amelie Socks

I finally finished the Amelie socks in Madeline Tosh Sock Yarn (Alizarin colorway) that I have been working on for what seems like forever. According to my Instagram posts, I began them on March 1st.  Despite the length of time they took, I really enjoyed the pattern.  It was a well written and easy to follow pattern and gave instructions for all the different sorts of needles that knitters use (double pointed needles, two circulars, and magic loop).  I am already planning to cast on to a second pair as soon as I can!

Thursday, June 29

In the Gloaming

Joyous Feast of Saints Peter and Paul!

First-enthroned of the apostles, 
teachers of the universe: 
Entreat the Master of all 
to grant peace to the world, 
and to our souls great mercy!

Wednesday, June 28

Minute Bouquets

Our little girl took a walk with me this evening and and had fun making wee bouquets.  I love the variety and the compositions.  My especial favorite are the wild strawberries she picked.

Tuesday, June 27

Jewelry as Art

Our library had a reptile program for the children today...  I preferred the art show that they had adorning their walls.  These pieces are what the artist calls 'jewelry compositions.'

Monday, June 26

Living and Learning: The Week Ahead

In the News
I loved reading High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevensies:  English Tea Times for Dummies.  Apparently, Tea Tuesday is a regular feature on NPR!

On My Bedside Table
I first read L.M. Montgomery's Anne books as a new mother when my friend, Courtney, sent me the entire series (plus a few other Montgomery favorites).  I always intended to read the Emily books, and finally bit the bullet and ordered them all this weekend after seeing the gorgeous cover of Emily of New Moon on Instagram.  I can't wait until they arrive!

In My Knitting Basket
There is a nice stack of Nineteen Hundred House Dishcloths that I was able to finish during the end of May and early part of June, and I still have a bit of cotton yarn left to knit a few more in the coming weeks.  Also on my needles currently, is a pair of Amelie socks that have been languishing for far too long.  I'd like to finish those soon so that I can start using a skein of the palest pink sock yarn I bought myself for Pascha!

The current Masterpiece lineup on Sunday nights is pretty stellar: Grantchester, My Mother and Other Strangers, and Tennison.  I like to savor these shows by recording them and watching a little bit each night of the week.

In the Kitchen
I found an etched glass cake dome for my cake stand the other day in an antique shop and am really looking forward to baking a two tier Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29th so that I can use it.

Thursday, June 22

The Humblest Things

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely." 

Louisa May Alcott

Wednesday, June 21


 Our beautiful baby niece, Ivanna, reposed in the Lord early this morning.  Please pray for her grieving parents.  May he memory be eternal!  May her soul dwell with the Righteous!

Tuesday, June 20


Our daughter made some fresh lemonade to quench our thirst today and it was delicious!  

Here's her recipe:

8 lemons
10 - 12 cups of cold water
1 cup of sugar (or to taste)

Juice seven lemons and slice one into rounds for garnishing.  Combine lemon juice, water, and sugar in a large pitcher and mix thoroughly.  Serve lemonade over lots of ice.

Monday, June 19

Settling Back In

We're settling back home after a few busy weeks of guests, travel, and the birth of our beautiful niece, Ivanna.  She is miraculously and bravely hanging on to her little life after a very rough start.  We don't know what the future holds, but we are enjoying every moment we have with her.  Holy Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco, pray unto God for Ivanna!

Sunday, June 18

Blueberry Picking

Blueberries on the bush are such a feast for the eyes.  We went to the farm to pick the blueberries a few days ago on a whim.  It was little cooler and the sky was overcast, so the colors were even more glorious.  The children nearly filled their baskets before we felt too hot to continue picking.    We ate our fill at home and the rest were frozen for later.  We'll try to go again on Monday to really make the most of this fleeting season.

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