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, June 25, 2014

Yarn along and some chatter




  I'm joining Ginny at Small Things today for knitting and some chit chat.




 


I hit the ground running today, and while it didn't feel good at first, I sure am glad I did it. I was slicing strawberries for fruit salad at 7 a.m. and delivered walking taco lunch, fruit salad and dessert to dance camp by 10 a.m. I had a load of laundry done and a birthday cake in the oven by 11:30, and when the tornado drill siren sounded at noon I was almost finished with the vanilla custard ice cream base. I had a brief teary moment when I remembered that today was my grandma's birthday as well -- this is the first birthday without her. I loved that we shared a birthday. I love thinking that for one year, I was her birthday present, her first granddaughter. Now I am asking for her prayers in heaven. St. Mary Ann, pray for me! 



I finished the Tiny Tea Leaves body and when I started on the sleeve I realized I did not have the correct size dpns. I have already knit this sweater once, so I either lost those needles -- unlikely -- or I used the wrong size last time. I had to order some in the correct size, and they just arrived today, so I guess instead of sewing neat stitches on my quilt, I will knit neat rows of sweater sleeve. I find that both knitting neat rows (not lace) and sewing neat quilt squares by hand is very therapeutic for anxiety. Neat and tidy, and not exciting. Just choosing the next colored square is enough excitement these days. I actually feared I would wake up this morning and feel so awful I would not be able to get lunch finished for dance camp. Thank you for those prayers -- they carried me through. Hopefully my busy morning will not have me yawning by 8 o'clock when the rubber chicken dinner speeches commence this evening.  Though I probably will be. Please excuse.







I saw this book this morning at Reinventing Mother, and I decided to order it on whim (hopefully not a regretful decision) for my kindle. The title is An Everlasting Meal and it looked so interesting, because I am nothing if not a practical woman. It looks to be like the cooking version of Home Comforts, a book I enjoy reading over and over.

I am also listening to Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. It is the continuation of Little Women, which I did not know was even in existence (gasp!), and it must have been a while since I read Little Women and I am confusing the book with some films because there are parts of this book which I thought happened in Little Women which are actually happening in Good Wives. Make sense? Not really? Bad sentence structure, too, but I have caramel icing to make so I can't stop and fix it. 

Anyway, it's all good -- at least Louisa May Alcott, and Buttermilk Cake with Caramel Icing, homemade vanilla custard ice cream, and another birthday. Happy 52nd to me.

Have a wonderful June 25th...six months until Christmas. {wink}



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25 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, sweetie! I hope it's a good one.

    I have Little Men and Jo's Boys which I absolutely adore; I had no idea there was such a thing as Good Wives! And I can't believe it's not in my library system. :-(

    Plain knitting is definitely good for anxiety. The sweater is looking great!

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    1. Thank you, Sara. I found it in my Ohio EBook project website. There are a LOT of books my real paper library doesn't have. Or doesn't have any more. I think getting rid of books by such authors is a crime!

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  2. Happy Birthday, Barbara! It sounds like you are having a lovely day! That cake sounds scrumptious! Enjoy your knitting and reading and celebrating!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. The dinner ended up going too late, and even though Faith had lit candles in the cake when we walked in the door, it was too late for me to eat any. And here I passed up that chicken! I would have been up half the night with reflux. I'll have it for breakfast instead!

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  3. Happy Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuu!!!

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  4. Darn it! I meant to post this earlier, you're probably in bed by now, but I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Barbara!! Sounds like your morning was busy, but enjoyable. And thank you so much for the cake recipe, it looks scrumptious! I'll let you know if I make one. Take good care!

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    1. I was in bed, but thank you anyway. We'll just keep the birthday going until Sunday when we have my birthday dinner with all the kids. :-)

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  5. Happy Birthday Dear Barbara, Happy Birthday to you!!

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  6. Happy birthday! I'm sorry I'm a day late! The cake sounds deadly delicious.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. A day late is always still very welcome. And it is...and it shall be my breakfast!

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  7. I just saw the quilt that you made for Elisa's baby and I wanted to tell you that I was very impressed.

    Happy belated Birthday! I hope you enjoyed your breakfast. :)

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  8. Thank you, Christine. So nice of you to comment!

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  9. Happy belated birthday! I hope that this year is a happy and healthy one for you and your family!

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    1. Thanks, Barb. We are wishing for the same thing.

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  10. Happy Belated Birthday! I LOVE that green color! It’s a beauty! I started to knit Lily a tiny leaves but didn’t like the yarn, so I ripped it out and need to start anew. I have a baby sweater that is almost done now, and then I can start Lil’s sweater.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Faith's pick on the yarn. Yeah, you need to make sure you're using a nice yarn on such a long-suffering project. ;-)

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  11. Sending you warm birthday greetings, and praying many blessings over you today. With love to you, xox

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    1. My long, lost friend, Renee? How good to hear from you! Thank you for your blessings. And love. :-)

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  12. Happy (belated) birthday wishes, Barbara!!!! Wishing you abundant blessings in this next year of life.

    Good Wives???? I didn't know! It's not even 9am, but my day is complete with that info! LOL

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  13. Happy Belated Birthday, Barbara!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday, Barbara! I've been kind of out of the loop here for a while. Hope you had a wonderful day. How lovely that you share the date with your dear grandmother (may she rest in peace).
    ps you'll have to tell us how you like Everlasting Meal

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I appreciate your comments -- sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself!