Wednesday, April 26, 2017

“Anne has as many shades as a rainbow and every shade is the prettiest while it lasts. “ ~ Uplifting Quotes from Anne f Green Gables ~ L.L. Montgomery

As we count down the days till we move, I find myself occasionally at loose ends. There is so much to be done, but can't even be started till we are in our new house. There will no "time on my hands" next week! So this week, one of the things I decided to do was to clean up all of my "saves" on FaceBook.  The result is the list below - a several month accumulation of sites that struck my fancy!

Spanish Garlic Soup

Basic Green Soup

Avgolemno with Chicken Meatballs

Welsh Rarebit

Stuffed Chicken with Herbs and Garlic Butter

Brown Butter Raspberry Tart

Chinese Smashed Cucumbers with Sesame Oil and Garlic

Peanut Sauce

Beauty and the Beast Be Our Guest Recipes

Coffee/Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha-Mascapone Frosting

Creamy Polenta with Parmesan and Sausage

Pate Brisee

Baked Eggs in Creamed Spinach

Slowcooker Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Stout and Pecan Pie

Common Garlic Mistakes

Asparagus Soup with Parmesan Shortbread Coins

Best Boxed Chicken Broth/Stock for Cooking

Mini Herbed Pommes Anna

Grilled Endive Salad with Salted Garlic Parmesan Crumble

And Now for Knitting!

Knitpicks Video Tutorial

Knitting Techniques - Knit Front, Slip Back

How to Use a Lifeline

Stranded Colorwork

Video Tutrials on Beautiful Crochet Edgings and Trimmings

How to Knit the Smocking Pattern

Knitted Necklace

Knitting Mentor Series

12 Yarn Ball Types

2000 Year Old Spinner

Icelandic Lamb Videos


Simple Math Tricks You Wish You Always Knew

Norway - The Happiest Country on Earth

How To Be More Scandinavian

The Best Exercises for Aging Muscles

Literary Map of the World

The Most Entertaining and Uplifting Quotes from Anne of Green Gables

Gravity Defying Funiculars

How Swedish Students Let Off Steam

11 Numbers You Should Have On Speed Dial

What Was Life Like For Women in the Viking Age?

The Danish Secret to Getting Through the Winter

This Remote Scottish Island is Coming Back to Life

8 Lovely Facts About The Secret Garden

The Glossary of Happiness

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Patience is the art of concealing your impatience." ~ Guy Kawasaki

So, back home in Central New York for a little more than a week. It feels good to be back, even though we are not in our new home yet. After having waited nearly a year, you would think that a couple more weeks wouldn't be that big a deal, but I am finding it harder than ever to be patient.

The previous owners, who have been renting from us since our closing back in December, have been wonderful about letting us go in and measure, ponder, and brainstorm about furniture placement.

The home of the friends that we are staying with sits uphill from our new home, and with binoculars in hand, I can look right down into the garage of our new residence. I have become a voyeur, stalking from up above. Is the garage door open? Are those packed boxes that I see?

Ugh! Impatience! I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"How are we defining nature? Is it the limit of what we are looking at when we see green and we see trees? Or is it everything?" ~ Catherine Alice Michaelis, Craft In America, PBS

Finally, a new episode of Craft in America! The newest installment (preview below) focuses on nature.

Premiering on April 21st on PBS, I was very excited to see that one the featured artists is someone whose work I have shared here! The art of Patrick Dougherty will be highlighted, but you can revisit my post on his work in the link below! 

And here are a couple of pictures from that post three years ago!


As always, I am eager to see this latest contribution. Remember that you can view all of the prior episodes at Craft in America!

If you have trouble viewing the preview because you are seeing this via email, go directly to my blog.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"I feel extremely lucky, extremely grateful, and a little bittersweet, too." ~ Wentworth Miller

I know that I have posted from this spot (Witham Beach, near the House of Refuge, Stuart, Florida) numerous times over the last few years, but it is one of my favorite spots, and seems like an appropriate parting shot before we head north.

By the end of the week, we will be on the road. It is definitely a mixed feeling. It has been a wonderful winter. I have found myself feeling (for the first time) like a bit of a Stuart native, yet making new friends and enjoying new experiences all winter long. On the other hand however, I am so excited to be heading north and getting ready to move into our new home. The movers have been scheduled, we are considering paint colors, and trying to figure out how everything is going to fit (it isn't).

We have our work cut out for us, but this is the end of a year-long road, and we are ready. I'll keep you posted!