Posts Tagged ‘kids’

I’ve been reading

I’ve been busy reading for me, with the kids, and for work.

The Hunger Games by Susan Collins Catching Fire by Susan Collins

First the great books I’ve been reading just for me.. I started this one because I had read a lot of positive teen librarian responses about it, so at first I thought it would be my attempt at keeping up on some newer teen fiction for my job. After about 50 pages, I knew I was reading it for me and just couldn’t put it down. I finished the second in the series with the same result! Even if you are a grown-up… read it if you like exciting dystopian novels.

Twelve months of knitting

And of course a couple of knitting books to browse. Then there are the kids books. We’ve been hooked on a couple to celebrate the season.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert Our Apple Tree by Gorel Kristina Naslund We Gather Together by Wendy Pfeffer

The work related books have been fun and interesting too. I am moderating the Woolly Bookworms at my library. It’s for kids & adults and they’re encouraged to bring any fiber project to work on. (Hmmm…. notice how I slipped in a hobby at work?) But seriously, everyone who attends enjoys themselves, talks about the book and their projects and attendance has grown (yes, my boss might be reading this!)

American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne.Ivy and Bean by Anne Barrows The Fledgling Jane Langton

Now to get started on a few new kids fiction titles…. I’m loking forward to reading the 39 Clues series and The Olympians series.  I’m always looking for suggestions no matter what age they are for!


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puppies, originally uploaded by libraryl0v3r.
I had the opportunity to play with puppies today. They were in a rescue transport coming from Tenessee and their Chauffeur stopped by the library today to show her appreciation to the staff with a box of DD coffee, bagels and donuts! Of course when she arrived I thanked her for the coffee and asked if she had any puppies…. and as luck would have it – I got my puppy fix!
The 3 puppies are rescued from a kill shelter down south and brought up north through a dedicated network of volunteers who meet up at a moments notice to pick up puppies, dogs, kittens and cats and deliver them to foster families in our area while they await adoption.
These puppies are Great Pyrenees and about 6-7 weeks old. They should be ready for adoption in about 2 weeks.  As I can attest, the breed is the best. Check here for more breed info. They are kind, loving and gentle. My puppy, Thor who is now a year old is a Great Pyrenees/Labrador mix, who is so mellow and great with all three of my small kids. After he had been with us for about a month my husband and I both remarked that if we had know this breed mix was gonna be this easy, we’d have adopted two! I won’t try to cover up their size…. they are classified as an Extra Large breed, but through all our research we determined that the bigger the breed, the better they were with families with small children and the more mellow they were too.  Just what I needed. Thor is great! He’s an indoor dog, playful when you want and sleepy when you need him to be and does not get crazy when the kids are!
If you are interested in adopting one of these cuties contact Another Chance Pet Rescue and tell them I sent you!! anotherchancepetrescue.org
NEWS UPDATE: the puppies have been listed online HERE! Check our Dominoe, Reggie and Simone.

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The last fresh basil

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This weekend marked the last of the fresh basil from the garden. I celebrated the best way I know how… cooking. We enjoyed a homemade white pizza with a base of freshly made pesto topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The eldest loves to make pesto in the food processor, I know it won’t be long ’til she’s experimenting.

The pasta was super easy, my son squeezed the cherry tomatoes into the pasta dish, tore the basil, parsley & oregano, while I cooked the angel hair and steamed the broccoli and chopped the garlic. Our secret is to let the hot pasta and broccoli sit on top of the herbs and tomatoes until ready to serve. Then we just toss with olive oil and parmesan cheese, sit, serve & eat!

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Knitting basketEarlier in the week while it was still sunny, dry and warm, the monkeys were out playing, so I joined them outside with the knitting basket. Of Course!

l_1600_1200_ECB41BF2-BF1F-4BE6-9675-9C0677551FF9.jpeg Quickly the contents were snatched up an incorporated into the arranging and rearranging of the fall produce on the picnic table. The balls started to unwind and there I was spoiling all the fun, trying to discourage my monkeys from tangling themselves up in some beautiful locally raised and spun wool. I’m such a mean Mama.

l_1600_1200_EE467CC3-B31C-4DC7-A444-99A9499DAE93.jpegThis was the final masterpiece and I was summonded to take a picture. “Mama, can you see the face?” said my eldest, I really have creative monkeys.  I love this picture it has nearly all my favorites, except of course, my 3 favorite monkeys!

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Miss V's afghan

It’s hard for me to believe my third is turning 3. I’ve been racing to finish this afghan for my wee one, I want her to have it for her birthday. It’s a garter stitch cotton with no pattern but my own. She really loves her afghans, but all of the ones she received as a baby are acrylic, she loves them so much she refuses to give them up during summer – I have had to peel them off her on hot summer nights to find her puddled in sweat! Hence,  the cotton. I had been hunting for the perfect yarn and found this yarn in a vibrant range of colors for a  great deal at my LYS.

It’s nearly complete, a few more rows, weaving in the ends (there are quite a few, I like to stripe) and a good washing. Last night I as I was thinking about how long I’ve been working on the blanket, I think I’ve taken it just about everywhere over the summer, soccer practice & games, work, picnics, vacation, playground, and beach. The wee one asks every other day for me to size it on her (who knew afghans needed to be sized properly?). We hold it up and give it an appraisal, I know she’s gonna love it more when it’s finally off the needles.

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Autumn festival

The kids and I enjoyed ourselves at the annual Autumn Festval at our local CSA. Pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, hayrides & visiting the horse Patrick. I love to go and meet up with friends I had no idea were members too. It feels so great to know so many families are supporting a local organic farm!

Our Pumpkin

My favorites are sharing a beautiful autumn day with the kids, just watching them revel in farm life and the bounty of the harvest, followed by a wonderful potluck lunch. The scents, sites and laughter always give me joy, watching complete strangers share recipes and exclaim “Oh, that’s what you did with the kohlrabi!” It reminds me so much of the knitting community, we can all agree we like it(love it, or obsess about it), even though we may be extremely diverse in our philosphies, spiritual beliefs and backgrounds.

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Summer Hair

Summer HairI do realize its officially fall but I’ve been reminissing about my beautiful & busy summer. I’d nearly forgotten about a wonderful scene in my life and I just had to share.

About a month ago I was observing my exhuberant children in all their glory. My son came up to me with a giant hug and while hugging him I couldn’t resist nestleing into him and inhaling deeply the scent of his hair. I mentioned to him that it smelled so good, like sunshine, summer, and a little sunscreen. He rested a moment then relpied to me, ‘No Mama, It can’t be, because Bella put a frog on my head and it peed on me.” Just goes to show you how whistful I can be trying to savor summer moments, yet only to have then dashed by reality!

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