Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bits of Home

It's evening here and I am winding down for the day. Supper is over and cleaned up and I plan on heading to bed soon. It was a busy (but beautiful and enjoyable) day. I spent a good portion of the day outside mowing, weeding, and watering plants. We did some schooling this morning (although we have our official 180 days in already) and I worked on getting the children's portfolios together. The little boy we are babysitting (just until the end of this month) came too. I'm quite exhausted and thought it may be nice to post some pictures from around my home. I get many comments and emails expressing that they enjoy seeing those photos (I enjoy seeing into others' homes too...it's fun to see how others make their homes tidy, organized and cozy!). 

A few places in my bedroom...





Xavier picked up my guitar (that I don't know how to play) and played a bit...


Here are the children's finished portfolios! I am so thrilled to have them finished and have another year tucked under our belts. Now to take these to our evaluator (who just happens to be Chris's brother)...



My mom went to an amish produce/flower auction and purchased a bunch of flowers. She kept some and then was so thoughtful and brought some for *me*! They filled my log planter (that Chris built me for Mother's Day last year) beautifully!...


I can't run the weed-eater. I can mow and do other things around the home....but the weed-eater and I are *not* friends...so these photos were taken before Chris weed-eated...


Look at those crazy hosta!!! They are amazing!!!


Even weeds can be pretty...


Our veggies are starting to grow...


Pearl enjoyed chomping on the weeds in the one raised bed (that Chris has now weed-eated thoroughly!)...



In bloom...


Today was warm and breezy....absolutely gorgeous weather. The chickens were thrilled to get out and enjoy it too...





Chris weed-eated around the house when he got home from work! So here's my beautiful log planter, all tidied-up!


Round about...




I have to admit, I got a little sunburn today on my shoulders with all the mowing. It's a bit itchy! Glad I have some aloe to put on it! Oh how the spring season renews my spirits! The winter was just so, so long (unbearable so) and I am soaking in every moment of this beautiful weather! :)

I was also so blessed that my pastor's wife (and my good friend) and another good friend came over to buy eggs and we enjoyed a lovely time of visiting. It's such a great refreshment to have a nice conversation with friends. After a day of hearing a lot of the lawn mower engine ~ the sweet, thoughtful voices of my friends is a delight!

I am looking forward to crawling into bed after a busy day! :) I hope your week is going well.
Until next time, Lord willing,
Katy

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A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Great Yarn Purge & WIPs

The time had come...

I had *way* too much yarn (I have a habit of accumulating and then hoarding yarn. I think it's a sickness). Some of which I really didn't think I would find use for (although I'm sure once I donate it, I will find a need for some of the stuff I gave away...isn't that always what happens? *smile*). After going through baskets and bags I am keeping only the yarn in this tote...


These *spilling over* bags are full of yarn I am donating....


Random needles I found while going through yarn baskets (crazy how they accumulate places)...


Here they are...tucked neatly into my needle holder (*sigh*...having everything in it's place just makes me happy)...


Crochet hooks are all put into their case (and the extra hooks into a holder in the next photo down)...



Bamboo knitting needles....I like how they *look* but not so much their quality. I have had some break on me...


Just a *few* of my WIPs (works in progress)...



This is all my cotton yarn that I kept (in addition to the yarn in the tote). It's all ready to be used to make dish cloths and other fun projects...


This was my first bib that I knit but I am not happy with how the top finished up. I still need to make i-cord ties for the sides. Because I was unhappy with the top (the pattern was a bit unclear) I kind of tucked this aside because I was disappointed in how it turned out...


Although not pictured, I am also working on knitting a Yoda hat for Jaxson. I'll be sure to share it when it is finished! :) Remember, if you are interested ~ take a look at my etsy shop (there is a link in my right sidebar)! It's such a blessing to create things to help earn a little extra money for my family!

It's been a long day (last day of our homeschool co-op for this school year...it was a wonderful time with a program and picnic with tons of fellowship and fun, but oh how exhausted I am ~ especially since I have been up since 4:45am!). I am off to relax a bit and spend some time knitting on Jax's hat before I head to bed.

Thanks for stopping by!
Warmly,
Katy

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Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

♥ Spring Around My Home ♥

For those who enjoy photos from around my home, this post is for you! ;) We are enjoying spring *so* much around here! Come and see what we have been up to...


Mama bird is catching worms for her young (although you can't see them, there are 4 babies there!)...


Stella has discovered how glorious it is to sit on the window sill! She loves watching birds and bugs outside...


My sweet Aunt Jo gifted our family with this lovely begonia...


Quilts and bedding out on the lines...



Loving the flowers planted all around our home...



Deviled eggs (made from our fresh chicken eggs)....see how nice the whites are? If you want a sure-fire way to get those pesky shells to come off easily, see my post HERE...


We invited our Great Aunt Jo and my parents over for a small cook-out on Mother's Day...




I know this photo is blurry....but oh how Xavier and Nickel (my dad's lab) love to play and wrestle together...



A little entertainment...



Today, the children and I spent some time in the raised garden beds (well, one of them at least)...we may be working down in the big gardens this evening...






Ruthie supervises from under the picnic table...


Clothes out, blowing in the breeze...


Beautiful green...



Look at my hosta! They grow so quickly! You can see them, just a week ago, HERE. Such a difference a week can be!


The children and I are getting ready to have some lunch! I just wanted to drop in, quickly, and share some of these photos with you! It's much-too-gorgeous outside to stay inside for too long....so off I go! This is the day that the Lord has made!! Let us *rejoice* and be *glad* in it! :)

Warmly,
Katy