Saturday, September 28, 2013

Little Bits of Nothingness


I had intended to run to Michael's today to pick up some colorful yarn.  



But, as it worked out, we went to our storage facility to get a shovel and right there on top of all our boxes were these two bins of yarn.  

I was giddy to say the least.  I had hubby load it in the trunk of the car and I was clapping my hands like a child.  

:-)

Thoughts of spring flowers motivated the the trip to the storage facility and subsequently the yarn.  

"We" decided it might be fun to plant some spring bulbs in the treeline at the new house.  With that thought in mind, we stopped at "Wally-World" and picked up some daffodil and tulip bulbs.  Once we got to the house, we just randomly planted them by the trees.  

While we were there, we picked up trash that the contractors are throwing everywhere (except the big dumpster that is available for just that purpose).  We also collected some rocks and set them aside to make a fire pit next year.

It felt like we were accomplishing something and got us out of the apartment.  We didn't finish collecting rocks or planting all the bulbs, but if it is nice next Saturday, we may go down again.

The framers worked today.  

They have the stairs going upstairs in (although there isn't an upstairs yet) and some more of the first floor interior walls complete.  

They also started my front porch.
  

Front of house

I want to put a swing on the left end of the porch.  Hubby says a swing would be better served in the back yard.  He may be right.

:-)

As we were leaving, I had hubby drive down the street that is behind our house. 

Back of house facing Southeast

I'm off to get dinner and then to play with my yarn.


Happy thoughts for a peaceful Sunday and blessings always,

Heather


Friday, September 27, 2013

Framing and More Balloons

Hot Air Balloons on the Meadow

We've gone down to see progress on the house a few days this week.  Each day we saw wonderful sights of hot air balloons, a para-sailor, and some really cool little planes.  

On the Meadow

The little airport that is close by offers hot air balloon rides.  Wouldn't that be a neat thing to do?  I have a little fear of heights, but I might be able to overcome it to ride in one of the beautiful balloons.


They started framing the house on Tuesday.

Floorboards

Each day it gets more and more exciting.  It is starting to look like a house.

Sunroom looking North on the Meadow

I can't wait to be sitting in the sunroom looking out on nature.  I'll have to plant a colorful flower garden straight ahead.  

But until then...

There are a lot of pretty wildflowers on the meadow and the leaves have started to change their colors.

Wildflowers on the Meadow

I haven't gotten in any crochet for about two weeks.  Between my mom's visit, household chores and homeschool, my days have been pretty busy.  With that being said, I'm happy to report that my laundry is all caught up.  

:-)

Hopefully, I'll be able to start crocheting again over the weekend.

Have a wonderfully blessed day,

Heather

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Birthday Week Whirlwind

Happy Birthday Little One
The past week and a half have been a whirlwind.  

My mom was here for about eight days to help celebrate dear son's eighth birthday.  

We did all sorts of fun things and introduced "Grandma" to our favorite local parks.

Field trips were the theme of our week and we went to many different places.  

We did a nature scavenger hunt and hike one day.



We went to Ft. Ancient museum and park another day and learned about the early American Indians that lived in our Ohio region.  

Another day, we went to Springfield and learned about a prominent Ohio family that built a Frank Lloyd Wright home.  We toured the home and learned some interesting things about the city and the Westcott Family (unfortunately, no photos were allowed inside the home).

Westcott House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Front

Westcott House Perimeter Wall

Westcott House Garden looking toward Garage/Stable

We stopped by our lot and wood has been delivered!
(Insert heavenly angels singing here.)  

Wood Delivered!

Wood Delivered!

They are supposed to begin framing this week!

But all the events built up to dear son's special day.  

My sister and her family came up and we had a great time with games, pizza, birthday cake and ice cream.  Dear son hailed it the "best birthday ever."  (But I think he says that every year.)

I took my mom to the airport yesterday morning (3:30 a.m.!) and we are back in our normal routine.

Wishing you blessings for a wonderful week,

Heather

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Exploring Nature


"...the whole earth is full of His glory."
Isaiah 6:3








We had a beautiful day yesterday exploring the world around us.  

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Blessings,

Heather

Friday, September 13, 2013

Back to the Bobble Diamond Afghan Project


I'm back to the Bobble Diamond Afghan project.

I got a few rows in yesterday and would say I'm almost to the 1/3 mark.  


When I'm done with this blanket, I'm going to be ready for some color.

My mom will be coming to stay with us for about a week to celebrate dear son's upcoming birthday.  I have all sorts of fun field trips planned.  It should be a great week of adventure.

We need to finish up our school day and I'll be ready for the weekend to start.  

This week certainly "flew" by.

Take care,

Heather


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Guardian Grandma Baby Blanket Complete


I finished up the blanket I made for Debi Y.'s Guardian Grandmas.

The little points need to be blocked, but as I've mentioned before, all my crochet things are packed away in boxes.  So we are going with the ruffled look.  

:-)


I'm reading Pollyanna to dear son; it's our bedtime chapter book.  I got the idea, on that particular book, from Ginny on one of her posts.  I am finding the vernacular of "Nancy" (one of the characters in the story) difficult to read out loud.  But so far, I've enjoyed the story.  


I've been thinking a lot about 9/11 these past few days.  

When we were reviewing the calendar in school, dear son said, "What is Patriot's Day?"

How do you describe what happened on that day to a 7 year old?  How do you describe such a hatred these people have for us, when you try to teach your child love?  

"For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another."
1 John 3:11 (KJV)

Today, I'm thinking of the ones who lost their lives and the families they left behind.  The pictures from that day are etched in my mind.  It still brings tears to my eyes.

May we always remember, so that we don't forget.

Many blessings to each of you,

Heather


Monday, September 9, 2013

A Little Bit About Nothing...


Hot air balloon going up by lot
September 2013


Monday has rolled around again and the weekend seemed too short.  

We stopped by the lot last Friday and not much had been done.  Sounds like things may pick up a bit this week (hopefully).

While we were there, we saw a pretty hot air balloon going up.  




I starting dreaming about sitting out on the deck with a glass of iced tea watching the balloons....


I made oatmeal cookies tonight for hubby and the little one...

Quaker Oatmeal Cookies
http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipes/content/recipes/recipe-detail.aspx?recipeid=474


I ate a few too.

Pebbles has been sleeping a lot.
I guess that is what 14 year old cats do.


Pebbles
September 2013


I finally captured her while she was awake and alert.


I'm on the last few rows of my baby blanket.  Then onto the border.

Wishing you blessings for a great week,

Heather



P.S.  I had quite a bit of trouble with Blogger tonight; maybe they are working on it...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Baby Blanket Beginnings

Guardian Grandma Baby Blanket
Work in Progress
I'm taking a short break from my Bobble Diamond Afghan to work on a baby blanket for the Guardian Grandma program.  

I'm not a grandma myself (hopefully someday), but you don't have to be to take part in Debi Y.'s program.  In fact, you don't even have to send your donation to her, you can make something to give locally.  I hope you'll hop over to her blog and check out her program for yourself.


I'm using Lion brand's Pound of Love for my baby blanket.  You can usually get a whole blanket out of one giant skein with some to spare for borders on other blankets.  

Doesn't this color have an old fashioned appeal?



I'm using the same stitch pattern I used for my Thoughts of Spring blanket I made earlier this year.  I like the subtle texture it creates.



It looks a little different with the two different yarns.  I used I Love This Yarn for the complete blanket above.

This week, most of my reading has centered on my daily devotions and our 3rd grade reading program.  I haven't had a lot of time for recreational reading.  (Maybe once the weather turns cold and we can't get outside.)


I hope your week is going well.  
We are off to a good start.

Blessings,
Heather

I'm linking up with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Glen Helen Nature Walk


This morning, I packed a lite picnic lunch, we loaded into the car, and headed Northeast to Glen Helen Nature Preserve.  


This was the third time we'd visited the pretty preserve.  We went hiking here last year when my mom was in town and ended up getting lost.  Luckily, this year, the nature center was open and we were able to purchase a trail map.  


There were a lot of people out on the trails with it being Labor Day.  But we enjoyed the peace and quiet of nature for the majority of our walk.


Glen Helen is in a small town called Yellow Springs. Aptly named after the springs that turn the rocks and sediment this orange-yellow color; due to the large iron content in the water.


It's a beautiful place to hike.  We took one of the shorter trails and it took a bit more than an hour to walk it.



We were able to enjoy several landmarks this time around that we didn't get to see last time.

The Cascades - Glen Helen

The Cascades was a pretty area to view.  In this photo you can see the neat rock formations.  They are throughout the preserve.

Pompey's Pillar - Glen Helen

Along the trail, they have a memorial to the namesake of the park.  I like the little poem Helen penned so many years ago.


I'm glad we started out fairly early as it was getting muggy.  So we headed out to another park nearby and ate our picnic lunch.

We stopped at Peifer Orchards on the way home and picked up some fresh corn, peaches, green peppers and honey.

We'll enjoy the corn with some burgers this evening and I'll make a small peach cobbler for dessert.

Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend.

Blessings,
Heather