"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Five on Friday: ...Pausing...

Dear Family, Friends and Visitors,
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Although we often struggle with worrisome or grave concerns, the Five I have to share with you this week are mainly subjects of celebration.
Thank you Amy for setting up the Five on Friday link!

1. Meet Sebastian, my little Alaskan friend who seems delighted to model the hat I crocheted for him. I warned his mama that he might have to grow into it.
2.  Sunday, on the way home from church, my youngest son, Tim helped me get a couple of photos of Mt. Hood with my iPhone 7 Plus.
3. Both photos are zoomed in from near 212 in Boring, Oregon, USA.  It is a treat to get to see Mt. Hood in all her snowy glory, in between bouts of wintery weather when she is hidden in clouds.
4.  Wednesday, my dear friend, Teresa, helped me untangle my yarn.  Both ends of the skein were stuck just as I was ready to finish off the edging that most of you suggested I should put around the blanket.  I value your input, thanks!
5.  I wish a Happy Valentines Day to those of you who celebrate it, [and a happy day to those who don't] and I thank those of you again who have given me hearts displayed on this tree and around my room.

Monday morning my niece called to tell me that her dad, my brother in law, had unexpectedly died a few hours before. He was a loving husband and father, and a kind and good friend.  He and my older sister introduced me to my husband, Louis, and encouraged and supported us throughout our 38 years of marriage...many happy memories, and I am so grateful that when we irritated one another we were able to make amends!

Tomorrow I plan to fly to Burbank to be with family for eleven days, and I plan to not publish any posts for the rest of February.  I will try to pop in and visit those of you who publish posts, but even if I do not leave a comment, please know I will be cheering you on your life journey.

With love,
Gracie 💞 xx

Friday, January 27, 2017

Five On Friday: 💛 Hearts of Gold 💛

Ahoy, Mates!

1. This Saturday I am planning to attend a 50th Wedding Anniversary party for friends.  They do not want or need gifts, but I thought they might not mind having an ornament to remind them of their Golden Anniversary, so I used Teresa's great pattern to crochet a gold heart for them.  Teresa makes so many beautiful things including her blog!
2. Much to my surprise and delight I received these wonderful gifts from Deborah's giveaway on her blog.  She is a talented artist in many different mediums and I admire her work.  Visiting with her through her blog is a treat!
3. I have finished a dishcloth using the pretty yarn, Betsy sent me, and I'm glad I have enough yarn left to make several more.
4. This preemie blanket has six more rows for me to knit.  Do you think I should crochet a border around it?  Thanks to those of you who suggested what colors I should use for my quilt squares between the blue lighthouse pattern squares.  I am going to have to shop for some burnt red and maybe some white material, too...hmmmm and there is the backing...
5.See what's left of the sled launch some of the menfolk in our household shoveled up several weeks ago...it is our own little Mt. Hood in our front yard!  [Mt. Hood has been hiding under clouds lately, and I miss seeing her.]

Thanks for setting up our Five on Friday link, Amy.  I look forward to seeing what Fives other folks publish 🤗

Gracie 💞

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Five On Friday: Melt Down!

On the pond, my youngest son Tim saw this Feathered Friend,

and in the pond he saw this Furry Friend,

before an icy rain formed icicles on the tips of the Camellia bush leaves,

and snow and ice turned to slush,

and the roadways cleared so now while driving we play dodge the potholes!

Are you playing Dodge the Potholes while driving where you live?

While driving on icy roads Sunday I had a flat tire and ended up with four new all weather tires on the car Monday...an advantage for playing dodge the potholes...I hope :)

Thanks for the Five on Friday link, Amy I am off to find out what other Fives folks are posting!  Happy Weekend!

Gracie xx

Friday, January 13, 2017

Five on Friday: *Winter Wonderland*

Did you notice I managed not to use the word "snow" in my post title as I did in the last four post titles? [False advertising since that is my main topic this week!]

One: Wonderment! 
Joy looking in wonder at our 6+ inches of snow!

A wonderful view from my room.

The front pond hiding under snow beyond our driveway.

A view of the back pond my youngest son, Tim, took.

Two: Sledding
The walking sticks my sisters gave me came in handy!

Some men in our household made a sled launch!

Dad and Hayley slide!

Rose and Dad made it down the hill and Molly is hiking up to be next in line.

Three: Window Views and Friends
The morning after the storm.

A geranium blooming as the snow fell.

Rosie kissing Sarah's cheek while they modeled hats G'ma B made.

Before the storm I met with friends and we exchanged gifts.

Four: Making
Quilt guild squares I was given to arrange years ago.

What colored squares shall I put between these squares?

A hat for baby Sebastian that Lavender Lamb reluctantly modeled.

Sebastian and his mom visited before flying to be with their Army dad/husband.

I started with a magic loop, six double crochets in it, *chain two and two double crochets in each of the six stitches, slip stitch at the end of the row into top of chain stitch* repeat between *  until crown is desired size, then double crochet in each stitch until the hat is the size you desire. [I did five rows.]  Then I made ear flaps on either side of the hat by making a row of four double crochets, chain one turn and make three double crochets, chain one turn and make two double crochets then chain until tie is desired length.

Five: Hearth and Home

The teapot Betsy gave me last year is often full of tea. I still marvel at the gorgeous doily in the middle that she made for me years ago,  and I have started knitting a dishcloth with  pretty cotton yarn she  sent me...such a generous talented friend!

Now " the moon on the crest of the new fallen snow

gives the luster of mid-day to objects below."

Thanks again Amy for the Five on Friday Link from your blog Love Made My Home.  I am looking forward to reading what Fives others have posted about.  I have had some more technical difficulties with my blog this week so I ended up deleting the link badges I had on the right for Amy's Five on Friday and Jennifer's Winter Project Party until I can resolve the difficulties I had.

Have you been challenged by difficulties or amazed by wonders lately?

Gracie xx

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Five On Friday: 2017 Snow!

My last four post titles may be tiresome in that I seem to be perseverating on the subject of snow, but it is a topic of interest for me of late. In my defense, at least I am showing you some new year rather than old year snow in this post!

The last few weeks have been filled with good gatherings of family and friends, the exchange of cards and letters and gifts, testing some new recipes, puzzling, and lighting all our Hanukkah candles, Advent candles, angel chime candles, and miscellaneous candles.

If you have the time to play Where Are the Sheep?, you can look at the photo above of our Christmas tree and see if you can find the latest members of my flock that are hanging around.  One is a black and white Wild Woolie, and the other is  Lemon Drop.  [Also, if you enjoy sketching and sheep you might enjoy perusing a copy of "Henry Moore's Sheep Sketchbook". I was given a copy that I find delightful.]

We used a standard sugar cookie recipe and used almond flour and coconut shortening and sugar to avoid gluten and dairy.  They tasted good, but we need to fiddle around with the chemistry because they did not hold their stellar shape well.

My oldest son in law's mom skillfully crocheted for me, the pretty purple tea cup you see in the photos above.  Didn't she do a lovely job?  She said she followed a pattern tutorial on YouTube.

Most of our Christmas decorations are packed away again as we launch into the new year.  Thanks to getting a bit more snow and colder than usual temperatures here we are making lots of soup, tea, coffee and cocoa, and the forecast is for a bit more snow and ice this weekend, but I will see if I can resist including snow in the title of my next post. Do you think I will succeed?

Gracie xx

Although Amy, is going through a difficult time, she has set up a Five On Friday link through her Love Made My Home blog.  I know she will appreciate us sending good thoughts her way, and I appreciate her kindness in setting up the link for those of us who choose to participate.
See what other Five on Friday finds others have shared.