"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, November 2, 2012

Family Trees












Thanks to those of you who guessed what our mystery tree is :)  Lucy suggested I consult Google to try to verify her idea that it is a macadamia tree.  I sometimes forget what a helpful resource Google images can be, and after checking, I agreed with her assessment. I was surprised to learn that they can grow in a number of different locations other than Hawaii :)  And I was concerned to discover there are several varieties that are poisonous :(  Whatever variety we have, the bluejays and squirrels are very fond of it!

Although we just had our normal gentle rain showers this week, the utility company sent a crew to do some trimming around our power wires in an effort to prevent problems should we have a severe storm.  We appreciated this all the more seeing pictures of the destruction in Sandy's wake.  One of my sons lives in Queens, NY, and the other son lives in New Brunswick, NJ.  While I am grateful that they were not harmed in the storm, I join many others praying for those who are suffering great loss.

In seven days my youngest daughter will be married!  We have lists, and charts, and itineraries to guide us through the celebration :)  We are soooooo looking forward to enjoying visiting family members and friends, eight plus who will be staying at our house or at least coming for some meals during the week.  In the midst of all the planning this week I have only managed to knit a dishcloth for a friend. But whenever I can I am going to knit some rows on the garter stitch moreno blanket I started months ago.  Meditative knitting...so good for stormy weather and growing family trees....

xx from Gracie


19 comments:

  1. Hi Gracie! I seem to have missed a couple of posts here. Your tree is a familiar site. A macadamia nut! My next door neighbor has macadamia, walnut and pecan. The crows and squirrels are going "nuts" over there! Pun intended!!
    Wishing you and your daughter a lovely week of wedding festivities! How lovely!! Can't wait to hear all about it!
    xo Kris

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  2. You are going to have such a wonderful time celebrating that special wedding, congratulations to you all!
    Helenxx

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  3. oh I love a good wedding! will you be able to post a piccy> xxxxx

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  4. Ooh I hope you all have a lovely time at the wedding! How exciting for you all :) Your tree looks glorious and I hope you get a good crop of nuts from it now that you know what it is. Enjoy your weekend and your meditative knitting x x x

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  5. How exciting a Wedding! Fingers crossed and love to you all that it goes well. On the topic on nuts I had no idea you can get poisonous macadamias. xxx

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  6. So glad your sons and their families are fine, what a horrible storm. Enjoy every minute of this week with family and friends. Cannot wait to see photos of the wedding. Glad you are using your flower coaster!
    Hugs to you Gracie,
    Meredith

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  7. Good to hear that your sons and their families are safe Gracie such a worrying time. I have been moved to tears by some of the stories we have seen/heard here in UK. I can feel the excitement and anticipation re the forthcoming wedding. I wish you all the happiest of times and can't wait to hear all about it. I love weddings especially family ones. Lve and hugs Anne x

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  8. Very thankful that your family is ok....and congrats on your daughter getting married. :)

    Love the garter stitch knitting...it really does sooth the soul.

    Blessings always

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  9. I'm so excited to see pictures of your daughters wedding. So much fun in preparing, although I know from experience that it's stressful too. Many blessings on that happy day.

    Betsy

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  10. That is amazing that you have a Macadamia nut tree! Have you roasted them and eaten any? I never would have guessed! I'm excited for you about the wedding.. congratulations to you and your whole family! I'm glad the tree trimmers are making sure you don't have electrical problems. Take a deep breath and knit.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. Meditative knitting--I have done my share of that through the years. Dishclothes and baby hats work well with meditative down time.
    Best wishes to your daughter upone her marriage! I know you will enjoy the festivities and treasure the moments.

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  12. That sounds great Gracie. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding ... I'm sure it will be wonderful. Enjoy all of your family that is so nice to have so many of them around.

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  13. How exciting to be nearing the wedding, I had an Autumn wedding and it was lovely. I like your yellow dishcloth, what a lovely burst of sunshine it gives.

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  14. Sending warm wishes for your daughter's wedding celebrations! I hope you keep nice and calm in the run up to the big day, and keep doing that lovely soothing knitting :) Congratulations to all your family!
    Helen x

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  15. Congrats on your daughters wedding!!! Take lots of photos during the happy celebration! Hugs, Shari!

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  16. Happy happy Wedding!!! So exciting.

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  17. Gosh, Gracie, what beautiful light! Everything looks warm and golden. Glad to hear your family weathered the storm okay, and I hope you're enjoying this last lead up to your daughter's Big Day. :)

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  18. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding, Gracie! Such lovely photos - I especially love the big/cushy ball of yarn and your knitting. :) It's always so nice to visit here while taking a break and drinking a cup of coffee - just "catching up" with a friend. :)

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  19. Best wishes on the upcoming wedding. What an exciting time.

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