Seeing Red

I’ve wanted to paint the boys’ room for some time.  It was on the “to-do” list that kept growing instead of shrinking.

The boys were rooting for blue, but in order to match what we already have, it would have been navy blue or a light blue.  Light blue would have needed a primer coat and I was afraid of it approaching the dreaded country blue that I don’t much care for.  Navy would have been too dark, especially for a smaller room.


Being the brilliant man that he is, James recommended red.  It matches all of the boys’ bedding and wouldn’t need a primer coat since the mauve on the walls (before shot above) would be a perfect base layer.

So, around lunchtime yesterday, I declared that a trip to the hardware store was a necessity to buy paint.  James was working from home, so he kindly moved the furniture for me and by dinnertime, I had applied two coats of red paint.

The boys couldn’t be happier with the results.

Alex and Nova in Red

Jackson and Izzy in Red


My Little Nature Hunter

All in one day last week, Jackson found a slug and two varieties of caterpillars.  He was oh so proud of his finds!

Catepillar! Slug Close up of Catepillar

And yesterday, he called me over to the side of the pool to watch a cicada emerging from it’s old shell on the ground.

He misses nothing and is so aware of everything outside.  He’s constantly trying to point out wild edibles and want to be immersed in it all!

It’s a wonder that I’m able to drag him inside at the end of the day!

Knitting Misadventures

I’m coming to terms that I must not be meant to knit in July.  Everything, not just one project or two, but all of my current knitting projects are not working out.

I’m finally admitting that although I took the time to knit a swatch for gauge measurement and it all seemed well and fine, that I must have been delusional or substantially changed my tension or something because things just aren’t adding up.  I have a complete back and 2 front panels that match up, but it’s the sleeve that’s giving me trouble.  I’m suppose to increase a stitch every 4 rows until a certain number of stitch and then knit straight until it measures 5 inches from cast-on edge.  I still have 7 more increases to make, 32 rows of knitting and the sleeve is already measuring around 5-6 inches in length.

I’m really hoping that I can still make it work.  I don’t care if it fits a newborn or an 18-month-old at this point, I just want a normal looking cardigan.  I think I’m going to piece the front and back together as instructed, finishing the neck and then measure the sleeve holes to see how wide I need the sleeves to be to sew them on.  Not sure if I’ll end up with 3/4 length sleeves or extra long sleeves that need rolling up, but either way is acceptable to me.

If Girl Knitting

I finished knitting the green Christmas hat that I meant to gift to my brother… only it’s not quite long enough and fits my boys much better than it fits a grown man’s head.

Manly Hat for a Little Guy

I guess an extra hat around here in the winter is always a good thing and I can still use it as a Christmas gift, only to one of my boys instead of my brother.

And then there’s the very purple hat for my brother’s girlfriend that is also too small.  I’m using the same pattern as I did for my own hat last year.  I love it, but wish it were just a little snugger, so I thought I’d get all smarty pants on it and use a smaller needle.  I’m using alpaca yarn instead of merino this time around and didn’t think to take that into consideration.

Purple Hat

It would look great on Izzy!  I frogged it this morning right after I took this picture and broke out the proper 10.5 sized needles.  Now should I cast on for the small size again or go with the medium?  Um, I’m thinking medium.

Peach Wine


Remember those peaches from last summer?  I got a little happy learning how to can and kept stocking up on fruit.  I did it first with peaches and we made some peach jam and peach wine.

Well, almost an entire year later, after many months of fermenting, settling, and a wee bit of filtering, it made its way into bottle yesterday!  Yippee!

I had a wee taste and it’s good!  It’s a bit on the strong side, estimated around 12% alcohol, which is high for your standard wine.  The flavor is sweet, floral, and fruity.  I also tasted a bit of honey, though none whatsoever was used during the wine making process.

James got a total of 22 bottles and took 6 of them with him to a work conference today.

I’m looking forward to enjoying more than a mere taste of the wine and partaking in a glass or two come November!

10 Years Ago…

It was a cloudy, scattered rain showers kind of day.  I spent the day in preparation and arrived at the art museum early in the evening for outdoor pictures.  I remember laughing and smiling and hoping for the clouds to stay in the distance for just another hour or so.  The music began at 7, a string trio that sat inside the restaurant because of the rain threat, and oh how lovely it was!   I walked down the garden path at 7:30 to my Soul Mate and said, “I do!”

We greeted the last guest in the receiving line as the skies opened up in thunderstorms for the rest of the night.  We ate good food, drank good wine, danced, and thoroughly enjoyed the celebration with our family and friends.

The next day, we jetted off to Paris for our honeymoon (on a strict budget, lol.)

9 Years Ago…

James was working full-time and in school full-time.  I worked as a chemist and hated my job.  I loved coming home to my husband and our sweet little black puppy dog.

8 Years Ago…

We celebrated our newly expanded family.  Alex was born in April and brought so much joy into our lives!   I changed jobs so I could work from home as a medical transcriptionist while tending to the needs of our little one.

7 Years Ago…

James graduated with a BA in Political Science magna-cum-laude.  He took the LSATs and was headed to law school.  We enjoyed the summer off from school and spending time together as a family.

6 Years Ago…

We had made our roots in North Carolina and had the first year of law school behind us.  We weathered a cold winter with an ice-storm that left us without heat or electricity for 11 days.  James studied for his first round of law school finals by candlelight at the kitchen table.  We loved taking weekend trips to the beach and shopping at various farmer’s markets.

5 Years Ago…

Our family grew again with Jackson being born in September.  We moved across town from the apartment to a duplex that was closer to campus a mere month or so before his arrival.  James loved that little duplex.  We had crazy neighbors, big scary bugs, and a beautiful family of deer that munched the grass in the front yard every morning.

4 Years Ago…

James graduated from University of North Carolina School of Law!  What an accomplishment!  He carried Alex across the stage when he received his degree.  James spent the summer working with a local lawyer and studying for the BAR.  I quit my medical transcription job to fully embrace being a stay-at-home-mom.  I coached little league soccer with Jackson in a carrier on my back and chauffeured Alex to playschool and James to work everyday.

3 Years Ago…

We lived in Texas for a short time.  James took a job in sales and we treasured all the time we were able to spend with his side of the family.  We embraced our faith and were confirmed in the Catholic Church.  I began homeschooling Alex.

2 Years Ago…

We found ourselves back home again in Indiana.  James found a better job teaching legal research at 3 nearby universities.  We welcomed our 3rd blessing, Isabella.  James caught her at  the foot of our bed in the apartment after a very short labor.

1 Year Ago…

We began to truly embrace family. We moved out the apartment into a great house with a yard.  We mourned the loss of grandparents.  We began appreciating all the simple things in life that really mean the most.    We’ve enjoyed sharing our hobbies together as a family with James focusing on bushcraft and the great outdoors and me focusing on the domestic arts of sewing, knitting, and baking.

And NOW…

We’re celebrating 10 years, not only as husband and wife, but also as a family.  We’re preparing to welcome our 4th blessing this autumn and look forward to what the next 10 years have in store for us.  To think, it all started with a note passed in the hallway at school when I was merely 13 years old!