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Through the tears

(Cross posted from musingsfromthemanse.com)

This Remembrance Day has me filled with tears so much more than other years. Perhaps it’s because I’m older; feeling the loss of seeing loved ones and receiving hugs.

On Sunday I spoke about how “he (Jesus) began to weep”. Those types of tears we shed when a friend is gone; someone close to us dies is very real and raw.

Tears are a normal part of life. My fear when my Dad died was if I started to cry that I would not be able to stop. Of course, that was not real as I’ve had many, many days of joy and laughter, singing and being me, without tears.

Jesus wept. We weep as we remember. Emotions well up within us that are unbidden, unwanted perhaps, and almost always for me, over-whelming.

But that’s OK. We live, breathe, laugh and sing, and at some point say farewell to those we love. Right now I feel with the rest of this Nation and the world the tears shed long ago and tears shed today.

At the end of our days may we have someone to “Sing me (us) home”.

May you find the blessing in your tears today. I believe I’ve found mine.

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Highland Pines update

We had to work fast to get the chickens into their new living quarters. Never a dull moment.

Enjoy

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As it happens

And it happens almost every time. I finish a project then can’t decide what to work on next.

I’m working on a shawl right now that is an ongoing part of #cwcfallshawlalong and would like to finish before the end of October.

However, I can’t decide on beginning a sweater, working on more socks (already started) or beginning a couple of items I’ve been commissioned to knit.

So socks?

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OR a sweater?

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I’ve not used either pattern but they are my wish list.

What do you think?

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Labor Day Weekend at home

A quick tour of the potato patch, the chickens, and the kitchen garden.

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I’m spinning again

Well, I was taught to spin a little every day. That’s what I try to do and most days I’m successful.

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Spinning Friday – a very short video

At some point I’ll need Nick to be the camera person so that this can flow more smoothly. For now, this is what I have.

I’m so excited about the way this wool is cleaning up and spinning. I’m blending lots of scrap fibre I have to add texture and colour. This is a 2 ply yarn, knitting on 5.5mm needles for #cwcfallshalwalong. I’m joining Sara and many others as we knit together – but safely apart. You can see what she’s up to here:

For me, my bread is done, the coffee hot, and the day is beautiful.

What are you working on today?

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Early August Garden Tour

Rabbits, chickens, and gardens

A quick walk through the garden this evening. Nick completed the new chicken enclosure. I’m so glad they have more room to wander and scratch. I wasn’t sure how it would all come together but am happy with the way it turned out – down to the door with hinges.

What’s growing?

  1. potatoes
  2. corn
  3. zucchini
  4. tomatoes
  5. cucumbers,
  6. onion,
  7. corn
  8. green beans

We harvested the garlic already as well as the first batch of cooking onions. I also have 3 beet plants still to harvest.

So much to be thankful for.

What’s growing in your garden?

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Wednesday on the needles

WIP (work in progress) lots going on. 1.Skype sock wool/nylon blend, Briggs and Little, grey for Nick

2. Indecision sock, Alegria, merino/polyamide, red and white

3. Navy mini mitten, Briggs and Little Wool

Socks patterns can be found on Ravelry.

And

“Ellen” handspun 3ply merino

The shawl is part of an Outlander KAL “Ellen” is available on Ravelry.

Lots to keep my hands busy and productive. What’s on your needles today?

Interested in some handspun yarn? Message me and we can talk options.

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I have been contracted

To knit some mini mittens. In order to accomplish this task I’ve set my self a challenge to knit one each day. This is not difficult to do but keeping the task in sight will ensure that I accomplish the goal. Each one completed will be filled in.

Do you have a long term task ahead of you? What would you like to complete?

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Remembering

Summers past

Hot, hot days

And

Peas

One summer we picked a bushel of peas at a farm outside of Elmira then spent the afternoon shelling and getting them frozen. A quiet afternoon sitting in the shade of the carport with my 2 older girls working away. There was laughter and giggles. The others were enjoying their afternoon naps. A wonderful memory as I shall today.

Do you have a summer memory to share?

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