We had a wonderful wedding weekend! The weather was good - maybe a tad too warm but we survived! The setting was fabulous and all the wonderful details the kids put into it were unbelieveable. The rehearsal was fun and we hosted a rehearsal dinner at Allentown Brew Works which was a lot of fun. Sharing some pictures.
I saw a really great post on the blog The Habit of Being the other day. The title was "I am at my Best". It really made me think a bit about when I feel I am at my best - which sometimes is hard for me to do as I tend to be hard on myself.
I am at my best when I:
.....get enough sleep
.....find time each day to be creative
.....remember that gratitude is the best attitude
.....am not so hard on myself
.....get to talk to both our sons in the same day - or better yet get hugs from both of them in the same day
.....get hugs and kisses from my granddaughter
.....remember to leave work at the office
.....get to hold hands with my hubby
I cast on last night for Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. After a lace project I was up for something a little easier - especially as we travel this weekend to our son's wedding. I will have some down time - I think - and wanted an easy project to pack. I am using a new to me yarn - Dragon socks by Dragonfly Yarns in the Water sprite colorway.
I am loving the colors. Although I have two skeins I am only using one for the scarf and will knit until I have used up every last bit. the other skein will either be gifted or I will attempt some socks. Sigh...me and sock knitting....I can knit the socks no problem. It is the finishing - Kitchner is a bad word in my vocabulary - that is the problem. Oh and making a pair of socks that fits me. I tend to either get sagging in the ankle area or it is too tight in the calf. The joy of inheriting my grandmother's sturdy calves. One of my knitting goals this year is to perfect my sock knitting.
I have nothing on the reading front having just finished Up Island by Anne Siddon Rivers. I like her books - easy reading and I like her style of writing but they always seem to have a sad theme - divorce, cancer, etc. Next up I want to find something upbeat to read - just not sure yet.
Carole Knits prompt for this week is "10 Favorite Summertime Treats".
And some non-food summer treats -
I think my favorite summertime treat though would be a clear, sunny day with blue skies and no humidity! Or a day at the beach...I girl can dream!
We had a great weekend - busy as usual but we fit in quite a bit. We both did a bit of work on Saturday then headed off for some errands to get the last few items needed for next week's wedding. I found a silver purse that I love and hubby bought a new tie. We also picked up a few items to make the favors for the rehearsal dinner. More on this later this week.
On our tooling around town I mentioned maybe we should stop by Troeg's for a beer. Troeg's is a wonderful brewery in our area. We haven't gone lately since I am trying to stay off wheat products but I really wanted to try their new Triple Mango IPA and decided to go for it and deal with the consequences. The beer was fabulous although with a high alcohol content (11.8%!) Since we both had not eaten anything yet we ordered the Rosemary Brown Butter Popcorn to snack on...oh my so good! And surprisingly enough the beer did not cause me stomach issues.
We headed home to the AC as it was unbearably hot and humid - it felt like we were breathing molasses the air was so thick. I knit feverishly on my wedding shawl - almost there - and hubby was talking to a cousin he met online. The young man lives very near us and yet we have never met this branch of the family.
He was participating in an art show at another nearby brewery so off we headed to Bube's Brewery to meet Todd and see his work - oh and maybe dinner. We ended up buying a painting, staying for dinner in their biergarten where the temps had dropped slightly and there was a wonderful breeze. No beer for me just a southwest turkey burger sans bun and lots of fresh brewed iced tea. Yum!
On the drive home the sky was a beautiful color - reds and pinks. I took a picture as we drove - slightly blurry and not quite as vibrant as the real thing. I was hoping I could capture a better picture when we got home but that quickly it had faded to dusk.
Sunday included some more work for me, knitting (it's done and blocking!), a round of golf for hubby and then some idle time watching the British Open. Later we watched the USA soccer game with our nephew and grilled.
A wonderful weekend!
Two weeks ago - exactly - I cast on for a shawl to wear to our son's wedding - which was three weeks away. I was using a wonderful cotton laceweight yarn that I was introduced to during Anne Hanson's Bare Naked Knitting club - which used yarn in it's natural state and color. It is so very soft - not like typical cotton yarn. The club yarn - by Ecobutterfly - was a greenish tan and is still on my needles. But in the mean time I ordered the same yarn in natural - an off-white.
The pattern - Twig and Leaf - was one I had knit before although in a heavy fingering weight. I knew the pattern was easy so I thought I would be ok. The more I knit the more nervous I got thinking I should have gone down a needle size or two. The knitting seemed so loose. But I kept on knitting and figured wither it would block out or I would frog and not have a shawl to wear.
I finished the shawl in two weeks! It is blocking as I write and looks so nice! The knitting is much looser than others I have seen but I love it! It is like a cloud - light and airy - so it will be perfect for for a late July afternoon outdoor wedding.
Every Sunday I look forward to the Parade section of the paper and especially the column by Connie Schultz. This week's column especially hit home "Life in the Middle Ages." She actually is going to be doing a regular blog through Parade with this title and I bookmarked it for future reading.
Her column talked about how she decided that middle age wasn't going to be the end - she intended to keep on growing. This is how I have felt lately and really hit home.
Lately I have come to the realization - finally - that I have let my job define my life. While it is wonderful to have a great job with a successful "title" and a nice salary, I am not enjoying the responsibilities that came with it. I have let this job take over my life - part of this is because we are short handed at work - even with hiring a full-time bookkeeper - but also because I have not delegated the way I should. I have really been thinking alot about this lately - mostly because I am tired - so very tired. I let this job keep me awake at night and I work 12 hour days plus more on weekends and evenings.
I want so much more out of my life at my age. I want to spend time with my granddaughter more often, learn to take better pictures, find time for my house and garden, take better care of myself - both mentally and physically. My work doesn't allow this. The only thing I really take time for is my knitting - and mostly because it calms me - it is my therapy. Ever read the t-shirts and bumber stickers that say "I knit so I don't kill peopl" - that is so me! Really!
The column in Parade quoted a novel by Gail Godwin - The Finishing School - which is so appropriate:
"There are two kinds of people … One kind, you can tell just by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keeps moving, changing. With these people, you can never say, “X stops here,” or “Now I know all there is to know about Y.” That doesn’t mean they’re unstable. Ah, no, far from it. They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive."
I want to be the second kind of person - always moving forward. I want to learn and try new things. I want to kayak and camp and hike, to take a pottery class, to travel. But to do this means learning to find a better balance in my life. The first thing is to stop with the 12 hour days and make time for exercise in my life.
Some of this comes from the fact that I am worried about my health. I have some issues going on that I need to get checked out - as soon as possible. I keep telling myself after the wedding - oh but then there is the audit and then another audit. But I have to stop thinking like this and put me first for a change.