Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday


Sundays are for snuggling, sleeping in and reading.
Sundays are for writing, wearing yoga pants, or no pants at all.
Sundays are for baking, drinking tea, thinking about Saturday night.
Sundays are for washing sheets, helping with homework and putting together puzzles.
Sundays are for walks, folding laundry and watching romantic comedies.


Sundays are for wearing heels, going to a play, meeting your whole family at your favorite Chinese restaurant.
Sundays are for digging in the garden, picking flowers and dreading Monday.
Sundays are for lighting candles, painting a wall, and knitting.
Sundays are for visiting neighbors, laughing and taking naps.
Sundays are for lighting fires, listening to the wind blow and losing yourself a little.

Happy Sunday.

Friday, April 1, 2016

I Won't Let Go Until He Does



Most mornings my husband is up and out of bed
before me.
I lay there, assuming the starfish position. It is
glorious.
I wait for my youngest son to join me.
He runs in with messy hair, smelling so yummy,
he snuggles close.
 All three of my kids used to do this but he is the
only one that still
seems to need mama time first thing in the
morning. I won't let go
of this tradition until he does.

Sometimes, in the middle of the living room,
he is playing
with his drone, deep in Minecraft, or making
a boobie trap.
He seems so engrossed in what he is doing
I don't even 
think he is aware of me walking by, but then
he stops what
he is doing, grabs my waist, hugs me so tight
and says,
"I love you, mother." I never let go until he does.

If we are home or out in a public place
(it doesn't matter how public),
and we hear music, he and I automatically start
dancing. Sometimes
with arms around each other, sometimes three
yards apart. My two
older kids are mortified but I don't care,
neither does he. I never stop
dancing until he does.

He is never too busy, never too cool to have
his picture taken with
me. He loves it-the crazier the better.
Sometimes he asks to take
a silly picture in front of a mirror
(usually in a store or restaurant).
My answer is yes-it will always be
yes until he stops asking.

If he is upset, I can still change his mood.
This usually starts by
me tackling him to the ground, acting like
a crazy, snorting monster
that has to tickle him until he is happy
again. After his smile returns,
I lay there with him. I don't get up until
he does.

He still lets me smother him with kisses,
inhale his deliciousness.
He sometimes knows what I am thinking
when we are sitting next
to each other. He leans into me, lets me
kiss his cheeks, his head.
I don't stop until he pulls away.

He still lets me hold his hand when we cross
the street, when we
are in a crowded place, or just because I feel
like it.  He doesn't
need me to do this anymore. There is no
chance of him running
away, he knows to stay close. Each time
I reach for his hand he
reaches back. I don't let go until he does.

He doesn't mind if I eat some of his candy
without asking. He will share
his cookie with me even if it is the last one.
He laughs when I stick my
finger in the icing of his piece of cake.
He always tells me I can have
more if I want some. Honestly,
I will always do this, whether he likes it
or not.

I know he will grow up all too soon and like his
older siblings, not have
much time or tolerance for his mother.
He won't let me kiss him as much,
I might have to fight for hugs and snuggling
every morning will become
something we used to do. Dancing in public
won't be our thing anymore
and I won't be able to coax him out of a bad
mood by acting like a wild boar.

He is my youngest, my last child and I will not
let go, not until he does.
I will a bit when it is time, but that time has not
come yet. So, for now
we will embrace in the middle of the room,
hold hands in the grocery
store and take pictures together in random
places, and I will be all in,
for all of it, hanging on to these moments.
Every single one.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Simple Slouchy Beanie


Another knit that was so fun and easy- which is good because it is a gift for someone and my daughter wants to steal it.
This sweet hat can be knit up in just a few days using any worsted weight yarn.
The details:
Pattern; Simple Slouchy Beanie by Kelly Kingston.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease in oxford grey.
And once again, I am off to knit another one. That makes four things on the needles at a time. Please tell me other knitters have this problem too!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Drea's Shawl

I just finished one of the best knits. (I know I always say that.) This one though, so easy you could practically do it with your eyes closed. 
As much as I want to keep it, it will be sent to a very special someone.

The Details
Pattern: Drea's Shawl free pattern, found here.
Yarn: Lion Brand Tweed Stripes in marble
No modifications here, the pattern was very simple- off to start one for myself!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Magic Bars


Yes, magic bars are so wonderful. I upped the magic in mine, which means I added an extra pound of chocolate. My kids don't like the original recipe for these bars because they have nuts in them, so one must add something to fill in the gap.
 That something will always be chocolate chips.
Or butterscotch chips. Or caramel chips. We have tried all the chips.

Don't even take out your mixer for these. No need to soften butter or scoop dough. These are super easy.

MAGIC BARS:
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 lbs milk chocolate chips or 1 lb chocolate chips and 1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 15 oz. Can of sweetened condensed milk

Melt 1 stick of butter in a 13x9" pan at 350 degrees.
Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs over melted butter, press with fork to make a crust.
Add 2 lbs milk chocolate chips evenly over crust (or one 1lb chocolate, then 1 cup walnuts)
Then 1 1/2 cups coconut over chocolate
Evenly pour 15 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk on top
Bake 25 minutes at 350- let cool for 15 minutes before cutting. If you can't wait that long throw them in the freezer for a bit.
Enjoy!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Making Dolls

I dug out my sewing machine yesterday. It has been in hibernation for much too long. I decided to make a doll for my daughter. I really should use patterns, but I am more of a freestyle sewer. I am not sure if that is even a thing, but is just what I tend to do when it comes to sewing dolls and stuffed animals. I lack the patience it takes to cut out a pattern, then the fabric. I just go for it, so much more fun that way.
I have a horrible time getting the hair on dolls to look right, but thought using roving would work and it did! I literally needle felted it right on her head.
Her clothing is made from felted cashmere sweater scraps.
I am planning a quilt next. I cut all my fabric out in August so it is about time!

Monday, January 11, 2016

How I Avoid The Winter Blues


I love winter, and I love living in Maine. That doesn't mean that I don't suffer a bit from the winter blues. I think we all do to a point, don't we?
Although things like blue nail polish that your daughter buys you for Christmas and a dog curled at your feet help, outdoor exercise, crafting and healthy snacks seem to really, really help (for me anyway).
I started running (outside) on a regular basis a little over a year ago, and I could not believe the difference in my mood. I do believe it is that wonderful vitamin D. We also bundle up as a family and take long walks in the woods, or on the river behind our house (when it freezes) with our snowshoes or skis.
And these coconut date rolls from Bard Valley are simply amazing. They are the best healthy snack I have ever tried, and I have tried them all! They have two ingredients: dates and coconut. I got them in the produce section in our grocery store, next to the packaged medjool dates. It is hard to get off sugar after the holidays and these have been the perfect thing.
Right now I am knitting Drea's shawl. It is a free pattern, and it is so easy to knit up. It is supposed to be a gift for someone but I just may have to keep it for myself!
Happy winter, friends.