Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmastide

Christmastide {Thankful Thursday}

This is Christmastide, specifically, the fourth day of Christmas.  No, today, I did not receive four Calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, or a partridge in a pear tree.  We did have a delivery of heating oil, time to knit a mitten, a new rear suspension in the car, and breakfast made by R.  I highly doubt those will repeat daily for the next week.  I certainly hope not.  For many things, once is nice, more than that is too much.   Continue reading

harry potter scarf

Harry Potter Scarf — a knitting pattern

I am back from my hiatus and I am so excited to show you what took up so much of my time these last couple of weeks.  This week and next I will share my original crafting patterns, and then I will show you all the fabulous things I made my family for Christmas.  I am so happy the kids liked them. Continue reading

death in a new light

Death in a new light

The darkest night of the year will soon be upon us, and this is the season of endings (in the northern hemisphere at least).  So just what is an ending?  Some would say that an ending is nothing but a new beginning.  Sometimes it is easy to adopt that slightly different perspective, like when we change jobs, move to a new home, or complete our schooling.  Sometimes it is hard to see the new beginning in the ending, like when we lose a loved one.  We usually see death as the ultimate ending, but it can be a beginning as well, even without getting into the concept of reincarnation. Continue reading

My son’s tender heart {Thankful Thursday}

Today I struggled with coming up with a topic for today’s post. I started my day by opening up a bill in excess of $1000 that I was totally not expecting. That put me in a sour mood, so I put off writing. I wanted an authentic gratitude post, not one that felt forced. I went about my day, washing dishes, knitting a Christmas present, supervising kids after school, and then attending E’s and A’s school concert. Eventually, I realized that my inspiration for today was that my son is a very kind-hearted and generous boy. Continue reading

yogurt in the dehydrator

Making yogurt in the dehydrator

My husband loves his yogurt.  He loves it so much that he makes it himself and eats nearly a quart each day at work.  Yes, a quart.  He credits it with curing his persistent toothaches and with boosting his immune system.  I’m not sure if others have similar results, but he has definitely noticed an improvement.  Today I am going to walk you through how we make raw milk yogurt in the dehydrator.  It is only one of many ways, but it works very well for us. Continue reading

sending positive thoughts

Sending positive thoughts

There are many tragedies in life.  Death, disease, violence, natural disasters, accidents all cause us stress and worry.  In times like these, we often talk about praying for the victims, or sending positive thoughts and energy.  We do it to help those who are hurting, and we do it to feel like we are contributing in some way, even if we are too far away to be of service in person.  Some people say that such efforts are useless.  They do not believe that positive thoughts can help anyone.  Whether this is true or not, we still do it.  We do it for ourselves if for no one else.  It helps ease the pain of feeling helpless.  But I do believe that such things can be helpful to those in need, too. Continue reading

Toxic relationships {Thankful Thursday}

I love this exercise of finding something each week to be deeply grateful for.  I try every day to be thankful for something, but to write an entire blog post every week about a blessing is a welcome challenge.  At first, I wanted to find crazy things for my focus, but then I shifted to just being grateful for the good things in my life.  Today, I want to be thankful for something that could be considered tragic.  I am grateful today for the lessons from my two dysfunctional marriages. Continue reading