Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Baby Hat Yarn Along

When I knit what I consider to be a complicated pattern, I like to knit it again, just to make sure I get two identical items. When my kids are doing math I tell them if they are not sure they are doing it right, do it until you get the same answer twice. I guess that's what knitting the same hat twice is.

This wasn't a really complicated pattern, but it was different enough from what I'm used to that I wasn't sure. I also think the pattern was written in a way that made me question myself -- especially about the short rows, because I have never knit them the way they were knit for this pattern. They turned out identical, though, so I guess its all good. 

They are both for my shop, but only the vinca-colored one is there so far. And now that I have this huge layette to knit, that's all that will be there for a while.

My book is A Fall of Marigolds, and it's the first actual paper book I've read for myself in quite a while (I'm embarrassed to admit). I just started it this week, though, so no opinions yet.

Pop over to Ginny's to see what everyone else is knitting and reading.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

First day

Well, it took getting back to a normal schedule to snap me out of my chaos. Rather than lazing around the house during my last two weeks of summer, I've been crazy busy. Just when I thought I'd have all my projects just about wrapped up for the start of school, I was commissioned for a huge knitting job. I've never been hired for knitting, so I'm not sure how this is all going to work out, but a woman down south asked if she could pay me to knit her granddaughter (due December 30) a layette of two sweaters, a hat, booties, and bib in four colors to match gowns she is having smocked by a friend down south. It took me a day to work out all the details, but now I have ordered the yarn and I am speed knitting a sweater for my cousin's little girl, Margot, so that when the yarn arrives I can get started. In the meantime I have other jobs to get in the mail. Busy, busy, busy.

Today is the first day of school, so I thought I better get back to the blog. I can't believe it's been vacant for over two weeks.

Miss Faith this morning with her Schultüte

It's hard to believe Faith is in eighth grade. When the boys were homeschooled, we always had a goal. We always knew we wanted them to go to St. Charles. They all made it there; they all graduated. Our city does not have an all-girls Catholic high school, but when Faith was born we were certain by the time she was 14, we would have one. The bishop will not support an all-girls school, but twice since she was little, groups of parents have tried to pull one together. It's never been successful, so we don't have an all-girls Catholic choice. I am a staunch advocate for same-sex education, and without that choice we have some decisions to make. Faith wants to stay home for high school, though I have never really wanted to homeschool high school. She wants to dance a lot more than she would be able to if she was in school, and if she starts to teach (our studio has an apprentice program) she would really be limiting herself by attending school. Yet, it's not entirely her decision. We have a good Catholic high school, though it's not geographically our high school, so she'd have to be released from our high school and travel farther to attend the high school we prefer. 

So, big decisions ahead. If only we could see the future, right? This year will be a test year. I had a heart-to-heart (or maybe more tête-à-tête with more banging involved) with Faith and told her that if she wants to stay home for high school then she is going to have to really buckle down in school and show me that she is capable of working independently and diligently, as well as in dance. 

Say a prayer for me, would you?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

My Assumption Baby

My Assumption baby -- from two days old, getting his first bath from his Mimi (my mom) with his oldest brother watching in wonder, to 19 years old and starting college in two days...where did the years go? Gone in a flash.

His birth story, short and sweet, but with good memories, can be read here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Our new grads!

Yesterday was commencement for Joshua and Taylor from The Ohio State University (yes, The Ohio State University -- they never leave off that "The"). While I didn't walk at my own commencement (sour grapes -- long story) and Geoffrey didn't for the same reason, Josh and Taylor decided they wanted to, and I think they were glad they did.

Though it was summer commencement and the university didn't bother with a prominent keynote speaker (dean of the college of agriculture -- ??), they walked across the stage and proudly received their diplomas, and Joshua even received a compliment from his dean on his bow-tie! It was a long day, with over 1700 graduates, and over 700 doctorates named individually, and this was a small commencement, since it was summer semester. But, at the end of it all, they have finished their college days and they both have jobs and are moving on to the next part of their lives, together. I'm so glad that they are already married and are doing this together.

A few pictures of the day:

on the way to the arena -- this shot was taken by an Ohio State staff photographer and made it on the Ohio State FB page

Joshua receiving his diploma and Taylor right behind him (her tassel is blocking her face)

Singing the Alma mater

Happy, happy day!

Now that those two are graduated, next weekend is welcome weekend for Ohio Dominican University and Noah! Why did I think that after the wedding, the summer was going going to calm down? Ha!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Sunny Wednesday Daybook

In the garden...

...This answer is the same as the last time I did this -- weeds. And now there are no pretty orange day lilies, or at least not many. I keep telling myself I'm going to weed one section of the garden every couple days, but it's so hot and dry during the day, and after dinner, I'm so tired. I have a feeling this might not get done this year. My new back pain doesn't make it any better. I have a tendency to hurt my SI joints in the garden and right now I have upper back pain the doctor is treating, so I really don't need lower back pain. 

We've been having Sunday family dinner every week though and Geoffrey took a couple pictures of the bees on the coneflowers (I guess there is a little more than weeds in the garden). And I took a picture of the moon on the night before the Blue Moon (the first full moon of July).

photo by Geoffrey

photo by Geoffrey

I'm thinking about...
...starting back to school...eventually. I still haven't made any hard decisions, but I'm seriously leaning toward doing all Seton this year. Faith won't be happy, but she never is happy about school, so that shouldn't be a deciding factor.

I am wearing...

...a blue and green skirt and blue v-neck. I'm barefoot right now (with a neuroma pad on the bottom of my right foot), but I'll wear white sandals when I go out later. I don't know if I mentioned that I have a neuroma (a nerve growth) in my right foot -- called a Morton's neuroma. I had an injection and I wear a pad every day, but I'm considering surgery because any time I am standing for any period of time -- shopping, cooking, ironing -- my foot burns like it's on fire. I think it's odd that I have all my nerve issues in my right leg and clotting issues in the left leg.

I am reading....
...Crash: A Mother, A Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude. I'm still reading it and it's a good read -- about the long-term effects of brain injury.
Also reading The Flame of Love, the diary of Elizabeth Kindelman -- no decisions yet

I am creating...
...I have several projects, as always. 

The rosary I was making for the auction at Ohio Dominican University has turned into a gift for Coach Gerry Faust, the keynote speaker for the event. According to my husband, he has a great devotion to Our Blessed Mother, so I am really humbled that this will be a gift for him. Ohio Dominican's colors are black and gold, hence the black onyx beads and topaz Swarovski crystals.

I'm sewing a scapular, and cutting squares for a baby boy quilt.

I also have a baby cap on the needles, but it's kind of complicated and I'm not sure it's the best nighttime knitting.

In the kitchen...
...tonight: hmmm, maybe take-out. I was really good when I went to the store yesterday about planning meals for this week, but for some reason I forgot about today. I'm trying some new recipes from a Six Sisters cookbook I got from the library. They are quick and simple and pretty tasty. I have this book.

At the school table...
...still doing math and English every week day...very reluctantly, but almost finished. We'll at least get a couple weeks for a break.

Around the house...

...not much unless you count loads of dirty laundry as much. Not much has changed since I typed that last time. We moved Josh and Taylor into their apartment on Friday, traveled to Cincinnati for a family reunion on Saturday, and had family dinner on Sunday -- that shot three entire days. Still catching up on laundry.

Plans for the rest of the week...

...the Black and Gold event Thursday, a doctor's appt. on Friday, and....drumroll...Josh and Taylor's commencement from the Ohio State University on Sunday. They'll be right next to each other -- Stein and Stein -- so their names will be called one right after the other. Can't wait! I didn't walk at my commencement -- sour grapes/long story -- and Geoffrey didn't either, so this is the first since Doug, and I wasn't dating him then.

A few of my favorite things...

...family reunions -- I just love my family. I think they are the best people ever. I know most people probably think that way about their families, but not all. I even got back on FB just so I could keep up with all my family's news. And of course my favorite bloggers -- Jamie :-)
...a Knightstick -- which you probably only know about if you're from Westerville. I had an appt. a short while ago, so I took Faith and her girlfriend to get a Knightstick. I have to get one per summer. Mine was peanut butter cup. I think it was my dinner (see above note about dinner).

Prayers sent heavenward...

...for my husband and children, to do God's will every day
...for all priests and religious, especially our priests Fr. Sill and Fr. Schmit, and for Fr. Howe
...all babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion, for a change of heart
...for friends who have asked for prayers
...prayers of thanksgiving for my sister-in-law
...prayers for the daughter of an online friend

Photos for the day..

This is Joshua at the family reunion at my Uncle Bob's farm -- this is so Josh because he has a way with animals and apparently so Dancer the horse.

and if that doesn't make you smile...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I'm so excited!

I have my first quilt in my shop. Baby quilts were really why I started the shop. I'll never be a millionaire at the rate I work, though -- it took me several weeks to make one baby quilt, but I guess it was never about being a millionaire.

Anyway, I was so excited, I had to share. If you want to click over to my shop, you can see all the photos. (Of course, my camera battery died right after I finished quilting and I had to wait for new ones to arrive before I could list it, because photo shops -- they don't exist any more!).

And by the way, those sweet, tiny baby toes in the photo of my header of my shop belong to Margaret's littlest blondie (and did you know Margaret's blog moved? Surprise, surprise!)

I just love these colors!

And do double click so you can see that pretty hand-quilted flower. 

photo by Geoffrey

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The small, small, small, small, small world story

Funny stories come from weddings...who did what, who said what, who drank what. A lot of them are funny but most of them are not unbelievable. Well, maybe some are, but those are not the kind I like to repeat.

This story is the most unbelievable story of a small, small world. A long time ago, I posted about how remarkable it is that a little boy and a little girl were born in separate cities, never to go to the same schools, never to meet until a friend introduced them in their senior year of high school. One never knew the other existed until then. They lived in parallel universes. Then they became engaged and got married.

And, yet.

On the day of the wedding, my first cousin Jenny and her family were in the parking lot at St. Charles, walking from their car to the chapel when she saw, walking with her family from their car to the chapel, one of her very best friends, possibly her oldest friend. Her friend's name is also Jennifer. This friend I remember from days when I was younger and visiting my uncle and his family at Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, when my cousin Jenny was a little girl -- Jenny is quite a few years younger than I am. Jennifer was often around their home, and when Jenny was an adult and getting married, Jennifer was at bridal showers and was a bridesmaid at her wedding, and then a few years later appeared at baby showers, birthday parties, probably Tupperware parties, or maybe it was Pampered Chef by then.

So, Jenny sees Jennifer in the parking lot and says, surprised, "What are you doing here?" And Jennifer responds that her husband's cousin's daughter is getting married. "Remember, Taylor? The little girl who was my flower girl?" They had been in each other's weddings and Jenny, pregnant at the time with her first child, did indeed remember that little flower girl, as she has been so taken by her darling shining curls and dimpled cheeks that she had named her baby after her, Taylor.

A picture of a picture from Taylor's mother's house -- Jennifer and our Taylor

After Jenny and Jennifer recovered from their mutual surprise, they realized that Jenny had known Taylor for a very long time, and Jennifer had known Joshua since the two had started dating. But since Jenny's married name was not familiar to Joshua (guys are clueless about stuff like that) and Jennifer had married into Taylor's family, no one connected the families, until the day of the wedding.

So my son married Jennifer's first cousin once removed (by marriage) and Taylor married Jenny's first cousin once removed, and neither knew it until they arrived at the wedding. But, what was so sweet about the story is that they were both at the wedding of the little girl after whom Jenny named her daughter. And her daughter Taylor was there as well.

Sadly, the photographer didn't get a photo of the three, or four, but she got a picture of Josh taking a picture of the two Jennys and Taylor.

My cousin Jenny on the right, and Jennifer (looking no older than on her wedding day!) on the left.

Jenny and her daughter Taylor.

So, that's the end of my unbelievable small world story, which ended so happily because a family just got a little bit larger and the love a little bit sweeter.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

He was dancin' like a fool

I know I promised only two more wedding posts, and this is one of them. It's silly really, and my husband would probably blush (only slightly) to know it's out -- I didn't ask, I'll ask for forgiveness ;-)

It was the end of the night and there were probably only 25 of us left before the DJ shut down, but this song came on and Doug had the dance floor to himself. If you're a real-life friend, you know this is vintage Doug.

If not, meet my husband.

Joshua was taking the video on his iPhone and that's his laugh on the audio. And other than taking off his jacket, vest and tie, Doug was in good shape (not drunk!).


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sunny Tuesday Daybook

In the garden...

...What's in the garden? It's been so long since I've done a Daybook, and yet, the answer to this question is essentially the same -- weeds and whatever perennials came back. I didn't even plant annuals in pots this year, so the yard, though green from all the rain, is rather bare. The orange day lilies brightened things up a bit, and the hostas are blooming. Our roses took a hit this past winter, so they are not blooming much -- hopefully they'll be stronger next year. Hopefully I'll feel like gardening at some point this year. Between the wedding and my broken old body, gardening just isn't a priority.

Noah took some photos at the botanical park up the street though, so I have a few pretty pictures.

I'm thinking about...
...sometimes a lot and sometimes almost nothing. I go back and forth between worrying about everything and blowing everything off. I don't know if that's because it's summer, or brain fog. I often worry that I have memory issues, but I can usually remember something when it matters, so I think it's just summer and I need a break from thinking.

I am wearing...

...a yellow floral skirt and orange v-neck with sandals. I've been wearing the same summer skirts for three years and I'm tired of them, but they haven't worn out and I am too lazy to sew more.

I am reading....
...Crash: A Mother, A Son, and the Journey from Gried to Gratitude. I just started it two nights ago, but so far it's a riveting story. I have stayed up way past my bedtime for two nights just because it keeps me interested and I don't get drowsy reading it.

I am creating...
...I have several projects, as always. 

I am altering a ball gown -- if you can believe that. It's a gorgeous gown -- I'll get photos before I give it back to its owner. I'm doing it as a favor for a friend. It looks like Cinderella's gown and the young girl who is going to wear it is just slightly bustier than the gown (a size 0/1). So I am creating a v-shaped center to the front of the dress, which will involve beads and sequins. I know -- another dress? More beads and sequins?But it's so beautiful and my friend's mother bought it for $22 at a thrift store in Brooklyn.

I am making a rosary for an auction at Ohio Dominican University -- my husband's employer and Noah's future university. More on that later.

I'm sewing a scapular, and a baby quilt.

So, there's always a project to work on. I just go from one thing to another. And, of course there's always something on the knitting needles. This is what I just finished:

In the kitchen...
...tonight: brats on the grill and I'm headed to the farm market for some yummy summer produce.

At the school table...
...still doing math and English every week day. And I need to make some big decisions about next year.

Around the house...

...not much unless you count loads of dirty laundry as much. Noah and I had orientation this past weekend and laundry backed up. He is going to Ohio Dominican University and commuting from home -- at least for the first year. I was impressed at orientation. I'm not sure what I expected but compared to Ohio State -- this place is like sending your child away to good friends. The faculty are very involved and almost all classes are very small. It's what Noah needs.

Pic of a pic -- I look like a short little old lady, but I am 5'6" and Noah is 6'4":

Plans for the rest of the week...

...cooking for a family at church on Thursday is all that's on my calendar. Happy face.

A few of my favorite things...

...the farm market during the summer
...pink baby sweaters
...citrus iced tea

Prayers sent heavenward...

...for my husband and children, to do God's will every day
...for all priests and religious, especially our priests Fr. Sill and Fr. Schmit, and for Fr. Howe
...all babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion, for a change of heart
...for friends who have asked for prayers

Photos for the day..

...doesn't this look refreshing?

Linking up with Jenny at The Littlest Way

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yarn Along Baby Sweater

It's been a long time since I've done a Yarn Along. Now that life has calmed since the wedding, I feel like I can splurge on a little blog time. 

Some of you may have noticed the new Etsy shop box on my sidebar. I'm putting all my (anxiety-driven) knitting time to good use by selling my hand knits in a shop. They are all newborn-sized (or close to newborn) hand knits and they are such a pleasure to knit...sweet colors, soft yarn, tiny little sleeves and leg cuffs. Fun, fun!

The item I'm knitting now is the Puerperium Cardigan (my Ravelry page link). Isn't it sweet? I can't wait to knit one for my own grandbaby, but in the meantime, I'll just get really practiced. The yarn is KnitPick's CotLin Dk in flamingo and I have sweet white pearl buttons to go with.

I just today finished listening to All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. I took a couple breaks from it because war stories can be depressing, but by the time I was about three-quarters finished, I couldn't stop listening. It was difficult, however, keeping track of the different time frames (it jumps back and forth during times of WWII) while listening, so I plan to read the actual book. It was really that good.

Hooking up with Ginny and friends at Small Things.