"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Friday, January 13, 2017

Five on Friday: *Winter Wonderland*

Did you notice I managed not to use the word "snow" in my post title as I did in the last four post titles? [False advertising since that is my main topic this week!]

One: Wonderment! 
Joy looking in wonder at our 6+ inches of snow!

A wonderful view from my room.

The front pond hiding under snow beyond our driveway.

A view of the back pond my youngest son, Tim, took.

Two: Sledding
The walking sticks my sisters gave me came in handy!

Some men in our household made a sled launch!

Dad and Hayley slide!

Rose and Dad made it down the hill and Molly is hiking up to be next in line.

Three: Window Views and Friends
The morning after the storm.

A geranium blooming as the snow fell.

Rosie kissing Sarah's cheek while they modeled hats G'ma B made.

Before the storm I met with friends and we exchanged gifts.

Four: Making
Quilt guild squares I was given to arrange years ago.

What colored squares shall I put between these squares?

A hat for baby Sebastian that Lavender Lamb reluctantly modeled.

Sebastian and his mom visited before flying to be with their Army dad/husband.

I started with a magic loop, six double crochets in it, *chain two and two double crochets in each of the six stitches, slip stitch at the end of the row into top of chain stitch* repeat between *  until crown is desired size, then double crochet in each stitch until the hat is the size you desire. [I did five rows.]  Then I made ear flaps on either side of the hat by making a row of four double crochets, chain one turn and make three double crochets, chain one turn and make two double crochets then chain until tie is desired length.

Five: Hearth and Home

The teapot Betsy gave me last year is often full of tea. I still marvel at the gorgeous doily in the middle that she made for me years ago,  and I have started knitting a dishcloth with  pretty cotton yarn she  sent me...such a generous talented friend!

Now " the moon on the crest of the new fallen snow

gives the luster of mid-day to objects below."

Thanks again Amy for the Five on Friday Link from your blog Love Made My Home.  I am looking forward to reading what Fives others have posted about.  I have had some more technical difficulties with my blog this week so I ended up deleting the link badges I had on the right for Amy's Five on Friday and Jennifer's Winter Project Party until I can resolve the difficulties I had.

Have you been challenged by difficulties or amazed by wonders lately?

Gracie xx

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Five On Friday: 2017 Snow!

My last four post titles may be tiresome in that I seem to be perseverating on the subject of snow, but it is a topic of interest for me of late. In my defense, at least I am showing you some new year rather than old year snow in this post!

The last few weeks have been filled with good gatherings of family and friends, the exchange of cards and letters and gifts, testing some new recipes, puzzling, and lighting all our Hanukkah candles, Advent candles, angel chime candles, and miscellaneous candles.

If you have the time to play Where Are the Sheep?, you can look at the photo above of our Christmas tree and see if you can find the latest members of my flock that are hanging around.  One is a black and white Wild Woolie, and the other is  Lemon Drop.  [Also, if you enjoy sketching and sheep you might enjoy perusing a copy of "Henry Moore's Sheep Sketchbook". I was given a copy that I find delightful.]

We used a standard sugar cookie recipe and used almond flour and coconut shortening and sugar to avoid gluten and dairy.  They tasted good, but we need to fiddle around with the chemistry because they did not hold their stellar shape well.

My oldest son in law's mom skillfully crocheted for me, the pretty purple tea cup you see in the photos above.  Didn't she do a lovely job?  She said she followed a pattern tutorial on YouTube.

Most of our Christmas decorations are packed away again as we launch into the new year.  Thanks to getting a bit more snow and colder than usual temperatures here we are making lots of soup, tea, coffee and cocoa, and the forecast is for a bit more snow and ice this weekend, but I will see if I can resist including snow in the title of my next post. Do you think I will succeed?

Gracie xx

Although Amy, is going through a difficult time, she has set up a Five On Friday link through her Love Made My Home blog.  I know she will appreciate us sending good thoughts her way, and I appreciate her kindness in setting up the link for those of us who choose to participate.
See what other Five on Friday finds others have shared.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Five on Friday: *Snow Girl!*

Mt. Hood from the corner of Orient Drive and Waybill Ave. this week

Oldest granddaughter, Hayley, creating Snow Girl

Molly, Mom-Mary, Hayley and Joy as Snow Girl comes together.


Joyous Snow Girl!

While we live near the base of a mountain that is snow covered during most of the year, we rarely get enough snow down here in the valley to slip slide or play in, but last week presented us with such an opportunity. At our house we got about four inches of snow, enough for my oldest daughter and her three older girls to build a snow girl!

I confess I thought they had built a Snow Hello Kitty, but I was quickly corrected when I praised them for making one.  In fact, I was informed that they made Snow Girl, complete with a most fashionable snow bow!

Of course...how silly of me!

Every time we peeked at Snow Girl over the next few days we never failed to smile, and I hope she has the same effect on you as you view her now.

Rain has fallen on Snow Girl, washing her smile away, but the joy her creation inspired is a  sweet memory that encourages me.

There are many circumstances in life that are sobering, sad, sickening or scary, and how I cope with those circumstances may be, or seem, mis-guided by those who know me, or think they know me. Still I stubbornly, imperfectly, continue to aim to learn to live lovingly. 

This week I have been crocheting more little Christmas wreaths, knitting more rows on a preemie blanket, almost binge watching Hallmark Christmas movies, eating mini peppermint candy canes, reading two Christmas novellas, ["Finding Father Christmas" and "Engaging Father Christmas,"] wrapping presents, and gathering with family and friends at home and church as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, "for to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders, and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

And I have been watching sadly as the rain washes Snow Girl away, even while I fondly remember her joyous creation.

Have you ever created a snow person who has encouraged you?

Wishing you love and joy,

Gracie xx

Thank you, Amy, for the Five on Friday link here!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Five On Friday: *Snow...Again!*

While snow covers most of Mt. Hood, most of the year, near Portland, Oregon, USA, the valley west of Mt. Hood rarely has a significant snowfall, and is challenged to handle it when it comes!

So yesterday we got four inches of snow at our house near the base of Mt. Hood, and although Portland proper, to the northwest of Mt. Hood got less than that, the snow slowed getting children home from school in the afternoon, and slowed the evening commute. My youngest daughter's commute time which is usually forty-five minutes, was four and a half hours!

Snow...Again, but more than last week!

There was enough snow for little Grand Girlies and their dad to go sledding!

And when we went back inside the Holly wreath we had crafted, welcomed us.

Soup has been made...Again...and...Again...and...Again!

And knitting and crocheting is being done...Again...and...Again...and...Again 🤗

Thanks to Amy from her blog, Love Made My Home, you can visit and read about other's Five on Friday, Here.

What have some of your "agains" been this week?

Gracie xx

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Five on Friday: *~; Snow Day;~*

Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus, Green Shamrock, Geraniums, Purple Shamrock
protected from the fiercely falling snow

The accumulated snow before the  rain arrived. See the freezing front pond in the left back of the photo?

My youngest son crouched down to get this photo of the ice crystals in the front garden  ...an ice forest!

Inside I have been crocheting some Christmas wreath ornaments with size 10 crochet thread.

And I have been keeping warm and making and eating soup by the fireside.

Thanks to Amy from her blog, Love Made My Home, I am linking to share Five on Friday and wondering, "Do you have Five on Friday to share?"
You can click HERE to read other Five on Friday posts.

Wishing you good days whatever the weather may be where you are 😊

Gracie xx