A Slight Distraction

After wavering and waffling about it for what seems like forever, I am proud to announce that I am a weaver.  Yup, got myself a loom last week during a visit to Webs.  The Schacht Flip 20″ with 3 dents, just to cover all the bases.

It sat in the box all weekend since I was a sporty mom down at the Cape but Monday morning, the fun began.  Assembly was simple and my consultants Debbi and Pat were helping me dive right in.  I took some yarn that Carrie had given me, no time for picture taking of the skein, and set out to make a scarf.

I have to say, within a relatively quick time, I was weaving.

Weave on

Finished last night,

hemstitched this morning and blocked and fringed this afternoon.

All that remains

Just like that…a scarf…voila!

With a Fringe on Top

It’s a Scarf

I am diving into the stash for the next one!

The particulars can be found here.

Now for shameless puppy promotion:  I couldn’t resist sharing this cute picture.  Although Dixie is a great walker for a puppy, the heat does get to her.  This morning, she cried “Uncle!

Looking forward to a three day weekend! Hope you enjoy yours!

I may weave.  Do you have any plans?

Happy Mother’s Day

Wishing you all a very happy day!  We all have a mother or are mothers ourselves so how ever you celebrate I hope you have a great day!

cherry blossoms

Me? I’ll be the mom on the sidelines…7 games this weekend and I had my coffee and knitting court side this morning!

Sideline activities

Happy Day, especially to all the Mothers out there who are an inspiration to me!

Meet Dixie Belle

We took a few days but managed to come up with a name for our new puppy that everyone not only likes but that also suits her very well. Originally from Virginia, she is the perfect Dixie Belle, a southern pup who will hopefully mind her manners as she grows up!

Don't be fooled by the sweetness

The past month has been an adjustment for everyone having a puppy afoot. My hours are suddenly really full and there is seldom a dull moment. The sweetest part of this lovable ball of energy is her ability to sleep 8 hours and not have any accidents during the night! For that alone, I love her!

She is a delight but don’t let her cuteness factor fool you…she has earned the nickname Cujo for her antics!

Dixie digs to China

playing with toys

Ice Ice baby

Dixie and Lacie, neighbors and playmates

I have managed only a little knitting, finishing up the second baby tunic. (Details here and here.)

Twin sweaters

button front detail

and so far Dixie has shown an interest in yarn but has not been given the opportunity to play with it.  That is, if you don’t count beyond running off with the big ball with me trailing behind, project attached.

But I’ll be keeping a careful watch and protecting my string like no other!  You hear that Dixie? I’m talking to you!

Dixie crashes and cuddles

I do have a few things on the needles and more knitting to reveal.  Check back in tomorrow!

Have a great week! Feel free to share any puppy tips, it’s been a while and I am rusty…

Happy May Day!

My Baby

Yesterday marked the 8th birthday of my baby.  I am absolutely blown away by the speed of those 8 years.

The babies of the family

She had a wonderful day with her puppy, Dixie Belle, and all her well wishes and presents.

Blow out the candles

Happy birthday Peach! We love you!

A New Adventure

The peace and quiet from the weekend was short lived.

We have a new family member!  A beagle mix rescue puppy came to our home today at 10 weeks old.

Five happy kids

The kids are thrilled and all cried.  They missed our old pals Maddy and Striper and were overjoyed at the surprise.  (My apologies to their teachers; the homework isn’t done. Or at least not well done.)

Settling down on the new pillow

Such a cutie

Don’t you love the face?  She is a darling.

Now all we need is a name…

A Peaceful Weekend

This has been a rare game-less weekend for our family!  And I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

There was much progress on the baby girl tunic…

Girl Twin Tunic

The fish got clean bowls…

Hi fishies!

“Fish are people too.”  “Fish are friends not food.” Name that movie…


Stormy Autumn

And I watched  a nice movie, “Like Crazy”.

Have you seen it?

The Third Day of Christmas

The week before Christmas, our elementary school celebrated with a holiday concert.  The new music teacher, Mr. E., did an outstanding job.

The girls were excited about their songs for weeks and I was so excited to hear them finally sing at the concert.

It was truly a wonderful way to kick off the holiday week!

Good job my girlies!  I am so proud of you!

The Second Day of Christmas

One thing that has become a tradition here at our house is the Gingerbread House that magically shows up each year.  Neil and Ellie Claus are on the ball!

You have never seen such a perfect gingerbread house that is as tasty and fresh as it is pretty!


My dear ole friend, Neil,  from my before-the-kids, working days on Beacon Hill began sending this holiday treat to the kids years ago.  How many, I can’t even remember.  Neil and I worked together for years and he was a mentor, friend, and even father figure.  His advice got me out of some pickles and surely saved me from myself on more than one occasion.  We had some great times together and I still carry lessons with me today that I learned from him.  He met all the kids when they were babies but admittedly it has been too many years since we last saw each other.  (I’ll take the heat for that .)

But, the gingerbread house usually appears here about the time of his birthday so we usually reconnect annually in December.  It is also a great time for me to tell my kids stories about Neil and when we worked together as we devour the holiday treat.

Neil has 4 kids of his own and 5 (I think?) grandkids and yet takes the time every year to remember my kids.  When I count my blessings every year at Christmastime, you can be sure that Neil is on that list.

Love ya Neilie!


The First Day After Christmas

I hope everyone had a  Merry Christmas (or happy holiday, whatever you may celebrate)!

I was so busy the last few weeks and apparently too busy to blog.  But I do have things to share so I thought I would start a 12 Days After Christmas blog series.

On the First Day After Christmas, I am still so happy that all the kids are busy enjoying their new gifts!

Hope your day was merry and bright!

Random Thoughts

1. It is nearly December and I ran in shorts today.  It is 61 degrees F where I am.  I am amazed at this spring-like weather and consider every day that is like this means one less day of winter.

2.  I rationalize that I will eventually trick myself into being happy about the cold weather because I will be able to wear my wool knits.

3.  My favorite new iPhone app is Shazam.  No more “what song is that” or paying attention to a song or band only to forget it anyways. My app tells me and then records it so I can go back to it later and buy the song if I want.  Try it…it is so cool, especially if you are amused by small things.

4. Half of my songs on my running playlist are by Lady Gaga.  I wonder what this says about me.

5.  All of my songs on my running playlist are ones my kids love or ones that they have introduced me to.  I don’t remember my mom liking my music? huh?

6.  I wonder if my kids think I am a cool mom or if I am just pretending?

7.  Time to stop thinking and go to bed.

What’s on your mind?