Seven geese pierce straight line over rigid bay, Intervals between them constantly equal, Pointed wings slash as if joined to an axle: Today is the ideal movement between yesterday and tomorrow. Deng Ming~Dao
This past Saturday, Hannah and I headed down to Portsmouth to purchase a pair of track spikes for her birthday. If I have learned nothing else on my back journey, I have learned just how important it is to have the right shoes for your feet. The Runner's Alley is really good about watching the way you walk barefoot and your foot placement before they recommend a pair of shoes. I know for sure they have saved me from my lifetime of shin splints.
It was a pretty cold day, so Hannah and I walked quickly from the parking deck to the store, but just as we crossed the street to the Runner's Alley we heard some lovely violin music. Whaaat??? Violin music on Congress St in Portsmouth?? As we glanced back across the street, there was this little boy playing his violin on the sidewalk.....without a coat....and it was COLD. OMGoodness, it just about broke my heart, but it also warmed my heart to hear such tender music coming from just a little boy who obviously did not come from the same type of home that my children have enjoyed.
Hannah and I quickly crossed the street to listen to the beautiful music and when I tossed in a bill that was perhaps a little larger than he was accustomed to he lit up like a Christmas tree and my heart lit up as well, even though I really wanted to just take him to a store and get him a coat. (I am praying that he just chose not to bring one with him that day.)
Everyday, I find new things to be thankful for.....this day was a special one for both Hannah and I. :-)
This week's Ten On Tuesday is, 10 Mittens/Mitts I Want To Knit.
It's been pretty chilly up here, especially on my earlier morning walk/runs, so new mittens are definitely on my mind. See those mittens above? Those were my MOST favorite mittens ever. Polwarth that I had carded, spun, dyed and then over dyed with a cheery red color. Then I added some angora trim from one of my favorite bunnies, so when I lost them last year I was crushed. Luckily I have 2 skeins of that same nasty blue (dye fail) polwarth that I can overdye again and recreate these mittens, so I will start off with that pattern.
2. Eliza Mitts ~ My granddaughter loves the pair that lives in my studio, so she will be getting a pair for Christmas in her favorite vibrant shade of green.
3. Post War Mittens ~ Color work scares the bejesus out of me. I bought this pattern when it came out and still have not attempted it, but I am going to this year!
4. Pole Pattern ~ and staying with the color theme, I have the yarn all spun up to knit a pair just like Pat's.
5. Shallow Mitts ~ to go with the Shallow cowl I am going to make. I love Bonnie's patterns! I may even have to buy the recommended yarn which is crazy for a Woolen Rabbit who has more yarn than she knows what to do with.
I guess that weekending this week actually included Thursday since that was the start of the weekend here. A weekend that included my entire family visiting for Thanksgiving....and what fun we had. So much to be thankful for!
My oldest daughter, Stacey was here with her husband and my two grandchildren....and a new little grandbaby is on the way!! So exciting to be able to knit and quilt for the wee one once we know if it should be pink or blue. :-)
It's also been a year of milestone birthdays. Ashley's husband turned 30 earlier this month (how is that possible!). I had the most fun of my life during my thirties, so 30 is good Brian!
Miss Courtney turned 21 in August......we must teach her how to drink like a lady.
.....and this was how she felt about that suggestion....Hmmm. Charm school?
...and it was a nice treat to have my son, Miles and his fiance, Jen here for the day with her son Jaxon. I don't get to see them as much as the girls, so I always enjoy their visits. (notice the hat.....Windschief)
Miss Hannah turned 18 on Thanksgiving day, but I was on the wrong side of the table to get her picture..bummer, so I included a picture that we took a few weeks ago...couldn't not have her pretty face here. The thing Hannah was most looking forward to was purchasing her very first lottery ticked..LOL
Even the dogs enjoyed the day. With a new floor and new soft beds, they were happy girls. A bit noisy with all of the commotion, but still happy. ~
I will share a very touching part of my weekend with you on Wednesday. It made me thankful all over again. I hope you had a nice Holiday weekend as well!
For some reason I just can't seem to get my act together on Mondays....have you noticed? Today's Ten On Tuesday is 10 Things For Which I Am Thankful. Because I covered that in this post not too long ago, I am going to go with what I did this weekend instead. (even though I still have so many more things to be thankful for!)
It's been a while since you have seen one of my cuties here. Sunday was bath day here, so all 5 of the Cavaliers were bathed and prettied for the holiday....my English Setter will have to wait until this weekend however. She is a bit more work, so I like to give myself and her one full afternoon for her trim. Even though she really is just my wonderful pet, I do like to keep her in a show coat, which is a lot of work. I will post a picture of her next week....she is so pretty after a clip. :-)
This little one is the youngest one whose name is Goose, but she actually prefers Puppy and because she is pretty small, she looks like a perpetual puppy, so we go with that. She is totally convinced that my Setter, Maggie, is really her mother..LOL
The other thing I did was to attend the Saco Valley Fiber Artist's fair which was held on Saturday in Scarborough Maine. I work with a lot of these ladies at Fryeburg Fair, so it was fun to visit them and support some fellow fiber artists with a little spending.
The beautiful woven towel and goat's milk soap was created by Kelly Labbe of Dreamweaver Alpacas and the bracelets....ah.....the bracelets, were created by my good friend Val Sullivan. The pretty blue one and the mahogany colored ones were purchased at Freyburg Fair. I loved them so much I asked her if she could make me a silver one with lovely swarovski crystal buttons she usually puts on this type of bracelet. It gave me an excuse to go to this fair to pick it up. :-) Normally I am not a glitzy kind of girl, but some how that sparkly bling just made my heart sing. The red and silver ones aren't too fancy, so I can were them almost every day and smile....thanks Val!
I had a lovely weekend and I hope that you did as well!
Those who consider their path superior are condescending. A parrot who speaks of the totality of the self is absurd. Many paths lead to the summit, But it takes a whole body to get there. Deng Ming~Dao
It's been a little while since I have visited here hasn't it? It's been a challenging week here for me. As you know, I have been dealing with the never ending back issues and they have been particularly bad these last 2 weeks. It was suggested to me last week after my second PT session that I might want to use a cane. Me....I say "WTF?" No, that is not going to happen, but after 2 days of almost being unable to walk, I started to wonder if the PT lady was right. Just as I was about ready to give up hope and get that cane, the work the PT woman, Karen, along with the neuro massage I had with an amazing Massage Therapist, Tamara, on Monday started to kick in and I started feeling much better and hopeful.
I don't like to talk about this stuff here on the blog, because...well....I don't like to be that person who complains and this is not what this post is about if you continue reading. :-)
As I was flipping thru my little Tao book to find a passage for today, the above one just jumped out at me. I belong to a very supportive group of knitters who are trying to stay fit. A lot of them have become runners by using the C25K program (which is a great app btw)
As much as I want to run, it's just not a reality for me right now. I had started the program and had to stop when my back flared up, but I stayed with the group to cheer on those who were making milestones in their progress and to stay motivated to get back to it again someday.
The above pictures were taken today on my 3.2 mile power walk. I will admit that I had to limp the last 10th of a mile home, but it was huge for me to be able to do this just a week after being told I might consider getting a cane to hobble around with.
Soo....last night I signed up to walk a 5k race in December. It's called The Hot Chocolate Run. It's a fund raiser for Safe Passage,the organization addressing domestic violence in Hampshire County. I actually signed up for the 2 mile walk, but I plan to walk the entire 5K.
One person who has been a real inspiration for me is Cate. Running didn't come easy for her either, but she has hung in there and is doing great now. She inspired me to sign up for this race and she is actually trying to raise money by running the 5K sponsored, so if you would like to help her along, you can sponsor her here.
There definitely are different ways to get to the same summit and I am climbing along in my own limited way, but I am so fortunate to have a whole body of people who have supported me along my journey....emotionally and physically. They have lifted my morale when I needed it, given me a push when I needed that too. I am one lucky lady and I hope I can always pay it forward.
From the moment I saw the picture of Bonnie's finished Biscuit, I knew I wanted to make one asap. It typical Kim fashion...you know that Kim who is a tad ADD and doesn't always read directions slowly...yep that Kim. Well, I missed the part after the first round of lace to repeat rows 1-6 again....aggh! There was no way I was going to pull out all of that ribbing, so I decided I would just add another 6 rows of ribbing and purling, but as I was doing just that I realized that I had done 5 rows of ribbing in each panel instead of 4, which was going to make up that width difference. I ripped out the 3 rows I had completed and just ended with 3 rows of purling. For the bind off I went up to a size 8 needle, because I was seeing that my first bind off attempt was going to be too tight....this worked perfectly! Thank you Bonnie for a lovely pattern!
This weeks Ten on Tuesday was: 10 Items Your Local Food Pantry Can Use I have never worked or donated to a food pantry, so I couldn't honestly participate this week. Having said that however after reading Carole's and Margene's page, I had a better understanding of what is needed and why.
I always look this time of year for a place to give a donation to as we near Thanksgiving. This year it will be the Red Cross and our local food bank....thank you ladies for sharing!
Instead of my usual Eye Candy Friday post I am going to do a little something different. I am dealing with a couple of difficult things right now and one of the things that has always helped me find perspective during times like this,is to put down in writing 10 things I am happy/grateful for...kind of a redirection, so here I go:
1. A very kind, gentle and compassionate husband who always makes me happy.
2. 5 Amazing kids each so special in their own way with great senses of humor.
3. So many wonderful and caring friends...you know who you are. :-)
4. The ability to work at home at my own pace doing something I love. (most of the time anyways...LOL)
5. Being surrounded by things that make me happy and keep me sane; spinning, knitting and sewing stuff.
6. The beautiful mountain that I see every day that I drive into town.
7. Friday night martini's and nachos.
8. Music...it always makes me smile.
9. The yummy pumpkin chai candle that is always burning in my studio when I work.
10. The many wonderful friends that I have made through this very blog.
So many things to smile about this weekend....I hope you smile all weekend too!
It's been pretty darn chilly up here...cold enough that this is what I saw when I went to the fitness club this morning that is at the base of Cranmore Ski Mountain. SNOW! Now mind you, this is snow that the mountain has been blowing over the last 2 days, but we will be seeing some of the natural stuff by tomorrow.
This mountain has been a winter home to my children over the years....and one of the reasons why I stayed up her as long as I have. Part of the winter gym program during elementry school is an afternoon every week skiing. All of my kids have become accomplished skiers or snowboarders, which is a skill they will always have. Even Hannah who HATED ski program enjoys skiing now.
Me....I learned out to ski when I moved up here at 32 years of age...and let me tell you, every chairlift was an adventure as I almost always fell off of any new ones the first time encountered, but eventually I got the hang of it. Slow and steady, that was me. I haven't skied in many years now and probably never will downhill ski again because of my back, but I think I would really enjoy snow shoeing and maybe cross country skiing.
The winters are long up here, so it helps to have something you enjoy to help pass the days, right?