Friday, January 19

Revolutionary War Love

 I love these beautiful pictures that our little girl drew the other day.  She is in the midst of a deep interest in the Revolutionary War, and her drawings, book choices, and television show watching reflects that.  I remember going through this myself!

Thursday, January 18


The kids have been attending basketball clinics and have joined a nearby town's basketball teams.  With all of the different ages of our little ones and the fact that we have boys and a girl, we are at basketball Mondays., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  It's a bit much some days, but everyone is having fun and I am getting in a lot of knitting.  This past week was a great week for our older two:  Sugar Plum scored a buzzer beater and Little Man got a three pointer! 

Wednesday, January 17

Ribbit, Ribbit

I have been happily knitting away this month on a Ramona Light Cardigan and was very sad to discover when I cracked into the second skein of onyx fingering weight yarn and discovered that there was a massive color difference between the two skeins.  I cannot believe that I did not remember that I needed to alternate skeins when using hand-dyed yarn.  Though I really didn't want to scrap all of the work from the past two weeks, I decided to start again.  I know that it will be worth it in the end!

Tuesday, January 16


This hand-blown bulb vase was my souvenir from our trip to Colonial Williamsburg this past June. I should have purchased several!  I love buying useful and unbranded trinkets on our vacations. When I spy these treasures around the house long after a trip is over, wonderful memories of our visit flood back.  I hope that we'll be able to return to Williamsburg again this year.

Monday, January 15

Google Arts and Culture

Have you tried the Google Arts and Culture app yet?  I loved taking selfies to see if there was a portrait that matched my face.  Apparently, I have two sides to my personality! 

Saturday, January 13

A Sigh of Relief

I adore leisurely Saturdays that start with pancakes and bacon, and include misty winter walks, and lots of knitting.  They are such a relief after a long school week!

E and J

Our daughter embroidered these tea towels with our initials on them this week!  I love them!

Friday, January 12

Quiet Nights

There are a few movies that I love to re-watch every few years.  One of them is Open Range.  I got the hankering to see it again last night and found that it was the perfect accompaniment to my latest knitting project, a Ramona Light Cardigan.

Wednesday, January 10

An Embroidered Calendar

Our daughter received this pretty calendar to embroider for Saint Nicholas Day.  She finished it almost immediately, but I forgot to document it!

Monday, January 8

A Dozen Cakes in 2018: January

 Don't be surprised if sugared cranberries appear on everything I make from now on!  My sister, Kate, and I have cooked up a challenge for 2018:  a bake-a-long with one cake per month.  We'll often be trying out the same recipes, but want to leave room for some deviation.  We'd love it if you'd join us!  We've created the hashtag, #adozencakesin2018 to keep track of everyone on social media.

January's cake was a three-layer gingerbread confection using the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  I followed the recipe for the cake and sugared cranberries exactly, but ended up making cream cheese frosting for the cake instead of the mascarpone Deb calls for.  I brought this cake to coffee hour, but was able to smuggle home a few slices for home and my husband declared it "the best cake I have ever made!"  High praise!  I'm already looking forward to next month's cake!

Sunday, January 7

Over the River and Through the Woods!

We took our little trip to visit family in Philadelphia after church today and it was perfect.  There was no traffic and the further north we drove, the less snow there was!  It was so good to see my husband's side of the family and my wonderful sister-in-law, Heather, cooked us a delicious feast!  It is always a treat to be in their lovely home! 

Saturday, January 6

Joyous Feast of Theophany!

When Thou, O Lord wast baptized in the Jordan
The worship of the Trinity was made manifest
For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee
And called Thee His beloved Son.
And the Spirit, in the form of a dove,
Confirmed the truthfulness of His word.
O Christ, our God,Thou hast revealed Thyself
And hast enlightened the world, glory to Thee!  


People were able to make it through the drifts of snow to Liturgy today!  Hooray!  It was a lovely service and it was wonderful to see people and find out how they fared during the storm.  Tomorrow we head to Philadelphia for our final Christmas celebration!  I'm looking forward to it!

Friday, January 5

Twelve Drummers Drumming

Ivy was happy in the market. She walked round and round the stalls, looking at all the things; sometimes a snowflake fell on her head, but she shook it off; sometimes one stuck to her cheek, but she put out her tongue and licked it away. She bought a bag of chestnuts from the chestnut man; they were hot in her hands and she ate them one by one. She had a white cup of tea from a tea stall on wheels, and from a sweet stall she bought a toffee apple. When her legs grew tired she sat down on a step and wrapped the ends of her coat round her knees. When she was cold she started to walk again.

Soon lights were lit all along the stalls; they looked like stars. The crowd grew thicker. People laughed and stamped in the snow to keep their feet warm; Ivy stamped too. The stall-keepers shouted and called for people to come and buy. Ivy bought a blue balloon."

The Story of Holly and Ivy
Rumer Godden


The sun is shining, but we are house bound with all this snow.  The children have ventured out for several short burst of playing in the snow, but it is much too cold to stay out long.  I spent a few hours shoveling paths to the church doors, the house, and the coffee hour room.  We have a man coming with a plow to do the church parking lot in the late afternoon, but it seems that tonight's services for Theophany will consist of only our little family.  I wonder whether people will even be able to come to Liturgy tomorrow. 

My little girl and I watched a delightful film this afternoon, while huddled in bed with our handwork.  It was a recent production of Pollyanna and is vastly superior to the Disney version with Haley Mills.  I think that I might even re-watch it in a day or two!  

Thursday, January 4

Eleven Pipers Piping

The turkey, which had been left to its own devices in the oven much to the concern of the two little girls, had assumed a luscious golden brown when Miriam returned to baste it.

She put on the vegetables and topped up the water in the steamer holding the Christmas pudding before going to set the table.

She had ransacked the airing cupboard and at last found a large white damask cloth, old and beautifully starched, with several darns executed, she guessed, by a long-dead hand. No one these days, surely, could be bothered to do such fine work.

Spread upon the dining room table and decorated with two candlesticks borrowed from the mantlepiece, it began to look like a festive board, although Miriam cursed herself for forgetting to buy crackers, those instant decorations. As it was, there was no time to search for flowers or ribbons, but she filched a few holly sprigs from above the pictures where the children had put them, and set them round the candlesticks.

"It's marvelous!" cried Hazel.

"Can we put some pretty things too?" queried Jenny.

"Yes, do," said Miriam, rushing to the kitchen to attend to an ominous hissing noise."
No Holly for Miss Quinn
Miss Read


It snowed!  Not just a little dusting or even an ordinary snow.  It was a blizzard.  How lovely it was to be tucked into our warm house with the wind howling and the snow falling and blowing everywhere.  Though the storm began at about nine last night, it continued to rage all day, which hasn't happened in awhile. 

Normally, the wild birds that come to eat at our feeder are quite skittish.  Today, however, they were completely content to be watched while they ate.  Our daughter even pulled a chair up close to the window to watch them while she embroidered.

Wednesday, January 3

Ten Lords-a-Leaping

In each stocking there was a pair of bright red mittens and there was a long flat stick of red-and-white-striped, pepper-mint candy, all beautifully notched along each side.

They were all so happy they could hardly speak at first. They just looked with shining eyes at those lovely Christmas presents. But Laura was the happiest of all. Laura had a rag doll."

Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder


It has been bitterly cold for days and they say that a big snow storm is= coming.  I dutifully went out this morning to buy provisions just in case...  and, yes, the provisions included tulips for the dining table.  Whether is snows or not, the table will be cheerful.

I haven't been walking as much as usual due to the cold, but I did manage to get out to look at the beautiful hedgerow this afternoon.  I love the golden color and texture of dried grasses in the winter-time.  The landscape here is not a dull one in cold weather.

I had to rip out all of the knitting that I did yesterday after repeatedly making a rather dumb mistake.  I am back on track now and am excited to work on this cardigan!  My goal is to have it done by the middle of February.

Tuesday, January 2

Nine Ladies Dancing

Mama was back from her errands and had brought the news that the Christmas tree Mr. Ryan had promised her would be there by Monday. It was exciting to think about, the fragrance of the spruce filling the house, trimming it with the chains of paper and popcorn, the stars and the candles. What a lovely light they would make. Lili could hardly wait."
The Lion in the Box
Marguerite De Angeli
I finished up Hazel's little bonnet last night and was ready to begin my second knitting project of 2018 immediately.  I had made a swatch for a black Ramona Light Cardigan a day or two after Christmas, and so I was ready to actually cast on.  With our four-day-a-week basketball schedule, I am hoping for a lot of knitting time!

I also cracked open my 2018 Carl Larsson wall calendar and filled in all the dates.  I think that this is the third year in a row that I have chosen this calendar.  Larsson's work is simply exquisite.  I always look forward to seeing which works they choose for each month.

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