Sunday Rest

Grateful for Sunday afternoon rest!
The much needed pause at the beginning of the week. Down time.
Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.
Psalm 116:7

I am grateful for the freedom to worship the One who created us for relationship. And deeply  grateful for the Holy Spirit who comforts, guides, and counsels!Grateful for the faithful who have prayed and worship in this building for 125 years.

Grateful to have finally finished the left side of Ed’s vest. Only the remaining upper right front to go and then the neck and arm hole ribbing.

Grateful that over half the fiber, shown on the spindle above, has been spun. It might become a scarf, or shawl depending on how the finished yarn turns out and the yardage.

What five things are you grateful for today?

Silver Falls

When I heard it was to be another beautiful day a week ago Thursday I  messaged a friend who recently moved to Oregon: did she want to go with me to the Silver Falls State Park?

It’s not often I take an entire day off from work so the day of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and nature was a much needed change of pace and rejuvenation.

South Falls
The Canyon Trail taking us behind South Falls
The slant of sun on the moss and Autumn foliage.

A number of times I swim in that pool, below when I was young. Cold and  refreshing!A spindle and cotton accompanied the walk.
Except there was too much to see!

Approaching Lower South Falls. Stepping stones for dry passage behind L.South Falls. 
Someone in a white jacket easing their way across the stones behind the falling curtain.
Grateful for State Parks
Grateful for health to enjoy the walk
Grateful to live in an area with so much natural beauty!

Grateful that while the clock points to almost 10pm, it will be set back an hour so I’m really going to bed at 9.

Practicing Gratitude

November, the month of practicing gratitude, and blogging here. I almost forgot until checking gmail before shutting the computer down before bed and seeing the date remembered.

#1 Grateful for a beautiful Autumn so far.
Crisp days with lots of sunshine. This week temperatures dropped into the low 20s F before dawn to sprinkle frost on all exposed surfaces. The catalpa tree in front of our house held its leaves until the second morning in a row of 24F temps. To see a tree almost completely shed all of its leaves in the span of a few hours is to watch leaves plummeting, raining to the ground. One day. Yesterday Ed climbed onto the roof to sweep them off then we raked the leaves onto a large tarp and scattering them over the garden area out back. As we raked our little dog jumped and scurried through the leaves that were almost as deep as he is tall. His first experience with fallen leaves! I’d pick him up and gently throw him into a deep pile where he sank out of sight then exploded through the very dry leaves and charge back to me. “Again!” his body shouted.

#2 Grateful for pets! We got Pippin when he was 12 weeks old having spoken for a pup from the parents almost a year earlier. He’s chi/mini-pin, he’s more min-pin in attitude, appearance and the way he loves to jump and stand on his hind legs.
One Saturday morning in August Ed went to coffee at a friends. When he returned he was carrying Mack, the Siamese, informing me that he was now ours. The owners wanted to do some road tripping and needed to rehome him. Pippin and Mack celebrate their 7 month birthday today. Well, Pippin does. He truly was born on April fools day. We considered naming him Jester… We’re not sure the exact day that Mack was born, only how many weeks he was when he came to us which put him about the same day as the dog. They have endless fun together.

Our older cat, Ebo, was NOT thrilled to have either invade its space but he puts up with the youngsters tolerably well.
#3 A quiet evening, a snug warm house, and the time to contemplate the day and practice gratitude.
I will always love quiet solitude after a busy day! Ed enjoys reading awhile when he first goes to bed. I begin the day with prayer and scripture and in the evening I like to review the day, make a list for tomorrow then sit in quietness with God. Often I spin or knit as I think and pray then read a few more verses to have in my mind for mulling over as I fall to sleep.

I am grateful for all my blessings!

9.19.19

I simply can’t let slide at least one post during this week+ of great date palindrome.

How have past ten months have slipped past so quickly without one blog post?

Autumn is quickly overtaking summer. Soaking rains and wind gusts have already brushed the warmth and smell of summer from the air.  Summer in this area was brilliantly lovely this year. We had more temperate days with scattered days of refreshing rain but mostly sun, though only a handful of days where the thermometer climbed above 90F.
We didn’t take go anywhere for a vacation. Work has kept us busy but the pace slowed down enough to swim, even if only for 20 minutes, and sit in the back yard or under the apple tree and spin or knit for half an hour before it was time to fix supper.

The Idaho grandkids came to Oregon two back to back  weekends. The first was with their mom which mostly involved her Oregon family ending the week at our friend’s campout swimming, fishing, and roasted marshmallows together.
J & L decided to surprise Ed for his birthday the following weekend. The kids were up for another long trek to Oregon! They took off work shortly after noon, spent the night at Aurora’s and showed up here the next morning bearing donuts.

Thankful for family, and the good memories of a good summer!

Success!

Another handspun hat finished, this time knitted. It’s primarily blue as requested by my grandson.

The colors in the picture above are more true; the blue is dark, but not as dark as navy, with some bits of lighter tones. The creamy white was spun from from a BFL sheep raised by a friend of somewhat local spinner friend, Adele. The variegated was spun during the  Ravelry Jenkins Yarn Tools challenge, Feb 2017. Need inspiration to dig out your spindle(s)? Join the JYT forum for the January 2019 challenges! Our fantastic moderator, Homecraft/Sharon, comes up with fun, do-able challenges. 2019 will be the year of Spindle BINGO. There will be two smaller challenges in January to kick off the new spinning year.
This week brought cold weather with clear skies and temps into the 20s before the sun climbed the sky. This town is often sheltered from the bitter winds that blow from the east that affected much of the northern Willamette Valley.

Before heading out the door on a morning walk I snapped this picture out our back door.
The birds and this one squirrel have been feasting on the seeds and grains Ed throws out to them every day.
By the time I returned from walking the sunshine was creeping across the line. I think this little guy was quite enjoying the sun on his face and ears.

Try, try again

The Moebius I wrote about starting early last month, posted here , has been a far greater challenge than expected. Since I wasn’t really following a pattern, having watched only Cat Bordhi’s cast-on, I decided that 196 was a good number for the cowl. Initially it was coming along great. Mostly it was worked on when out walking.

After 6 rows (essentially 12, the nature of a Moebius!) I switched from straight knitting and purled the next 6 rows when I saw that the was it was developing would have made half the rows purled and half the rows knit and I didn’t want the separate looking halves. Purling slowed down the process as well as the bulk of material on the circs. I was constantly pushing the material along the circs to bring it around so the next few inches of stitches could be worked.

When the ball of yarn started quickly diminishing the bind-off process began, until about a 1/3rd of the way around I didn’t like the way the edges were curling in. It was unbound back to the beginning of the round then the process began again except this time doing a purled bind-off. 200 stitches of trying to bind off evenly and loosely was slow going. This time I was close to half way done when I realized there was no way I had enough yarn to finish.

Again, tinking back, and back, twice around determined to have plenty of yarn for another go. This time I grabbed a 5.5mm crochet hook for quicker binding off.

Thursday night, with close to 2/3rds bound off, I knew. The yarn was running out again! I’m stunned that my calculations of how much I’d need to bind off the Moebius was once again wrong. I’d always figured that 4x the length would be adequate. It’s not.

Now I’m debating: rip back 3 rounds (600 stitches) then bind off, or simply frog the entire thing? It’s narrower, and longer than I’d wanted; wrapped twice it doesn’t snuggly around the neck. If I start over I’d cast on 150 stitches thus getting a slightly wider end result.
So much for a quick knit! I think it needs to go in time out while I knit or crochet a hat for Wesley! After all, we’re now in the month of Christmas and a few gifts need to get made.

This morning we decorated the church for Advent/Christmas which got me to thinking about putting out a few decorations then adding a few more each week as we anticipate celebrating Christ’s birth. Youngest granddaughter and the tree they decorated at her home today.
I intend to continue practicing being grateful each day.
Grateful for
  – this season when we wait, filled with hope in the Promise.