Busy, Happy Weekend

It was a crazy weekend, but it was a wonderful one! We started off by celebrating my sister. She graduates from college this month with a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Her Senior Art Exhibition was on Friday and on top of that she was presented with a special scholarship, AND she managed to sell three of her paintings! Congrats Sara!

Saturday morning I met up with Sara Lynn and Alethia for coffee and a trip to the local antique shop. The Olde Shoe Factory is a very old old building in my town that used to be just that. It is now filled with LOADS of old treasures and we had a lot of fun going up and down the countless aisles.

This particular booth reminded me of my late grandfather. He had a bunch of old tools and farm style equipment.

 

Look at all of the fun teapots!

The basement contained this beautiful old loom. What I wouldn’t give to see it all fixed up and to see someone using it!

We had a great time looking around until it was time for me to go. I dropped the girls off at Cassie’s house (she couldn’t go with us in the morning due to work) and then I headed home to pick up Bryon. The two of us headed up to Easton Town Center to celebrate his birthday. Easton is like a small town in that it has many buildings and streets, but it is basically a giant mall. There are tons of shops and restaurants. BD’s Mongolian Barbeque is a remarkable place to eat. For the amount of wonderful food you can get, the price is unbeatable.

My plate consisted of steak, chicken, lo mein, broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, corn, brown rice, and crab rangoons on the side.

Oh my goodness it was yummy! After all of that food, we wandered around the rest of Easton while we waited for 7:00 to roll around. You see, we had gotten tickets to see The Avengers at the theater there. I must say, it was INCREDIBLE! The movie was great and we had a wonderful time.

Sunday was less exciting but still eventful. After church I headed out to visit a fellow worship member’s house. Eric had some new arrivals I wanted to see:

Chickens! Aren’t they all cute and fluffy? You can’t see see her in that picture but when they arrived he had received one “surprise” chicky and she all spotty like a dalmatian. He has a few different breeds and I’m curious to see what they will all look like when they get their proper feathers.

After lunch (leftovers from BD’s) I met up with Cassie and Alethia again. We went down to a little spot where Cassie and I used to play when we were little.

It was such a beautiful day we all went wading in the little creek near Cassie’s house. We’ve had such lovely weather lately! It’s been so nice, my little rose bush bloomed!

As I write this it seems as though we’re preparing for a solid spring thunderstorm so I think I’m going to head on off. I hope you all enjoy your week!

~Lacey

 

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One Odd Week

Happy Sunday!

It has been one odd week here in my little universe. Good, bad, and unexpected. To go in some sense of chronological order, I shall start last weekend when things began.

Grandma's Max and my aunt and uncle's Sasha

My grandpa's Sadie

We had a cookout at my aunt and uncle’s (dad’s brother) for the first time since my grandfather (dad’s dad) moved onto their property. My grandmother you always hear me talking about is my mother’s mom. She was down for the weekend and she decided to bring her dog down so they could all play together. What happens when you combine a corgi, a yorkie, and a shih tzu? Mass chaos. That’s what! In the end the pups tired themselves out, as you can see Sadie demonstrating above and we enjoyed the beautiful, if windy, weather.

Once the work week started, I was greeted by a big surprise. I work as a receptionist in a counseling center. So naturally, I have a sliding window through which to check in our clients. I walk in Monday morning and this is what I see:

They removed and plastered over my window! I knew we were making renovations, I just didn’t expect the window to be one of the first things they changed. It’s a royal pain and I’m very much looking forward to getting into my new office across the building and being reunited with my window. Working out of the door to my office is getting a little old 😛

Now here’s a fun one. My dad and I carpool to work, as he is one of the counselors. We were both compelled to stop when we saw this for sale at the end of someone’s driveway.


Tell me that isn’t a gorgeous old truck! I forget the exact date, but it’s a Chevrolet from the 1950s. Obviously restored but it still has its original engine. Ah, I’m still desperately wishing that someday I can get myself an old classic. I’m still drooling over the exquisite condition of this truck though.

As you can see from the pictures, it’s been a rather lovely week weather wise. It’s been a little chilly, but the sun has been great. I have a big flowering bush in my backyard that has been blooming like mad and basking in the sunlight. I just noticed how wonderfully fragrant it is! The only thing is I have no idea what its name is.

Anyone know what this might be? I’d love to know.

This weekend rolled around and I had a few different friendship experiences. I was reminded of my awkward high school/early college years when I had a couple of old high school friends stand me up. We were all supposed to get together Friday night while they were visiting our hometown. Instead, the two of them got together with a few other people and never called me back to tell me when and where to meet. The really upsetting part was the next morning when one of them contacted me and proceeded to lie about what “really” happened. I won’t go into details, but it was remarkably frustrating. I was truly pleased however to know that I had a Girls Night In planned at Sara Lynn’s for Saturday night. God bless true honest friends!

Our evening tea.

Sara Lynn makes THE BEST scones I’ve ever had. Ever. Homemade scones, freshly whipped cream, fresh fruit, and a big pot (or two) of strong black tea. Mix it all together with the best girlies ever and you get a very late night of good times 🙂 It was all a lovely evening until Alethia and I left. She and I drove together in her car and it was about 12:45 at night when we were a few miles down the road. For no visible, the truck in front of us bounced and spun around to face us with the headlights suddenly glaring in our faces, which was frightening and confusing in and of itself. Then the lights rolled over twice and the truck was tossed onto its side into a ditch on the side of the road! We were both shaking, stunned as we sat in the road, our headlights shining on the overturned truck as the driver shimmied straight up and out of the passenger side door. After a half an hour of ensuring that he wasn’t hurt, making multiple phone calls, and freezing in the night air, the police showed up to handle things and we were sent on our way. Much more excitement that night than we planned on!

That’s just my week. Bryon’s was equally abnormal. The good things out of his week include a fixed car and possibly a job! He’s been unemployed since the beginning of the year so this will be very helpful for us. He passed all three interviews and now we have to wait about a week or so to see what the verdict is. Please send your thoughts and prayers his way!

So, here we are. Sunday night. Relaxing with Bryon, watching old Disney movies (what can I say, we’re kids at heart!) and writing up my blog after some peaceful knitting. My shawl is coming along nicely and I finally have the seed/moss stitch down completely.

It’s growing beautifully, which is great but it’s making me wonder if I am going to need to transfer it to needles on a longer cable. I’m hoping I can get by though. I have enough yarn to make it a bit bigger than the pattern calls for, which will be nice.

I’ve carried on far too long at this point so I wish you all a wonderful week!

~Lacey & Bryon

Ok, So I’m a Little Late

Hellu Everyone!

Yeah, I know that in my last post I said I had some yarny bits to share with you on Sunday, but clearly things got away from me. I ended up having a Girls Night In on Sunday evening with Sara Lynn and Alethia (Cassie had to work). No yarny things took place, but there was a lot of tea and a lot of fun. I highly recommend the game Dutch Blitz to any and every one. It’s a bit hard to come by around here, for some obscure reason. It’s an extremely fun game to play so I can’t see why it’s not more readily available!

The weekend was wonderful in so many ways. To start it, the weather was wonderful!

The sky was clear, and it was in the mid 50’s. I was in jeans and a t-shirt once again 🙂 I love not having to wear a coat in the middle of January. I do love winter, but unexpected warm days are a bit of a treat. The windows were opened while I cooked and Mina was a happy cat. My cooking was another notable thing this weekend. By saying this I am not bragging. It is notable because I tried three new recipes this weekend, all of which were courtesy of chef Fabio Viviani on Chow Ciao from Yahoo Lifestyle. “Good simple food with and Italian twist” in 5-10 minutes. It’s excellent. The ricotta fritters and pancetta risotto disappeared too quickly to photograph. A note for you if you want to make the fritters: they are much better after cooling and being stored in the refrigerator!

They're a bit shapeless since they're covered in sauce. Each one is about the size of a pool/billiard ball.

These tasty creations were “The Perfect Italian Meatball”, or what is left of them. I have to admit that I have tried meatballs once before and it was an ugly, ugly thing. I was a bit hesitant to try these. I’m so glad that I did! My kitchen was a bit of a mess by the time I was done, but it was very much worth it. Even Bryon tried them, and he is one of those people who generally refuses to eat something if they contain certain ingredients (in this case, ricotta cheese). He ate two of them 🙂

Another thing that made the weekend wonderful was my crafty completions. I have had several nearly finished projects lying around and I finally put them to rest! Zippers were installed (Felted Notions pattern courtesy of Alice Best), a toe was sewn up, and I bought and added some pretty beads to add to the pull strings of the hat I finished a while back. Taa-Daa!

My sock fits everywhere but around the heel and toe. Go figure. The heel is a bit too snug and the toe is too big. I guess that is bound to happen on a sock loom since there is no way to increase or decrease, and the stitches are extremely tight by nature so there isn’t much stretch. I am pleased it is done, and I will by making a match to it, but I must now suck it up and try socks on double-points. My ankles are too funny-shaped to be content with loom socks. That is one of my goals for 2012. Knit a pair of socks on double points! The ability to knit socks is desperately appealing to me, so I must! It is up there with learning cables, making my second mandala square pillow cover for my other couch pillow, and buying more homemade items for myself and as gifts in support of other creators.

Oh, and I forgot to tell you that I completed my baby blanket! I finished it one day later than my goal. I had it off the needles by evening on January 2nd. I can’t believe I forgot to show it sooner than now! Taa-Daa #2!

For you Mina lovers, please keep the Mew in your thoughts/prayers. She is now a laundry room prisoner, as she continues to piddle around the house. The vet says to keep her in a room with her litter box and water/food dish to keep her from the temptation of our rugs (the victims of her incontinence) and we’re upping the concentration of her medicated food. Needless to say, Bryon and I feel like miserable mean parents, and clearly she isn’t the happiest either 😦

Prison bound

On a happier note, my parents, sister, and her fiance are safely in Milan, Italy! My brother and I are left behind, but we are very excited and happy for them and eagerly await emails and pictures as their adventure begins!

~Lacey

One Happy Weekend :)

Hellu Everyone!

Can I just say that I’ve had a spectacular weekend? Ah, God is good! Firstly, I spent some time with my momma on Friday afternoon after giving my house its weekly cleansing. My sister’s bridal shower is coming up in a month and we were putting together the invitations. My mom is a scrap-booking fiend and she is very good at it! She has enough supplies and gadgets of her own to rival a small store! If any of you don’t know what scrap-booking is, let me know and I’ll put up some examples in my next post. Just as she did for my wedding, she had hand-made each of the shower invites and I was all too happy to help out!

Our workspace!

Mom pulled out her card making goodies and we set up shop in the kitchen seeing as her normal craft space was having the carpet deep cleaned. Since Sara’s actually wedding is taking place in Italy (as I mentioned previously), naturally that is the theme for the shower. Our design was as follows:

Seeing as the Italian flag doesn’t have any kind of insignia in the center, we added our own! Once again, my camera butchers the vibrant colors and details of reality. The light really sparkles off the faux crystal in the woman’s ring. We were so pleased with how they came out! Once the cards were done, I went home to cook dinner. First time I’ve actually truly cooked up anything since I had my whole surgery ordeal 3 weeks ago. I was so happy! Alethia came over and joined me for baked barbecue chicken and stuffing and she brought some yummy homemade mac&cheese. We then sampled some chocolate chip biscotti I made as a recipe test run for my sister’s shower. Follow that up with some knitting and sigh contentedly. Ahhhhhh………

Just when I thought the weekend couldn’t get any better, Saturday happened! As you can see, the leaves have nearly finished falling and I decided it was time to break down and do some Christmas shopping 🙂 Spent the morning doing that and doing some grocery shopping as well. I love getting things I know will make my loved ones happy! I know it’s over-commercialized and there are many people who are Scrooges about the Christmas season, but I generally adore it. Once I look past all of the Santa schemes and sales pitching, I see the warm fires, hot chocolate, and smiling friends and family celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

Anywho, moving on. I’ve got to get through Thanksgiving first! Saturday afternoon was spent mainly chopping various vegetables and chicken for one of Bryon and I’s favorite meals: Spicy Peanut Soup! *recipe listed at the end* It takes a lot of prep, but it is totally worth it! After a yummy dinner with the hubby, Alethia and Cassie came over and we carpooled out to Sara Lynn’s place.

I brought some of the leftover biscotti, Cassie brought some pastries, and Sara Lynn provided some lovely black blended tea for us all. After tea, we deviated from our standard and our yarn was left in our bags. I am not ashamed to admit (and neither are the others, so I do not feel bad divulging this in my blog) that a few of us are avid Lord of the Rings fans, both in novel and cinema. Instead of some more traditional knitting, a vicious battle for Middle Earth ensued.

Alethia=red, Cassie=green, Sara Lynn=yellow, Myself=black

This is the Lord of the Rings nerd-tastic rendition of the game Risk. Seeing as it is Sara Lynn’s game and she has played more frequently, she obliterated the rest of us in the end. The picture above was taken fairly early on in the game, so it doesn’t portray the devastation that she inflicted upon us. All in all, a marvelous night in with the girls 🙂 Whoever coined the phrase “A girls night out” clearly didn’t know have a good time at home with friends. The best times in my opinion fall under the category of “A girls night in”. So, in summary, not a very productive weekend in the yarny sense, but a remarkably enjoyable one nonetheless ^_^

Thanks for sharing my happiness with me!

~Lacey

**Spicy Peanut Soup

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup fresh minced onion

3 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic

1 Tablespoon Cayenne pepper

3 diced carrots -large

3 diced potatoes- large

40 oz (5 cups) chicken stock

8 Tablespoons of peanut butter

1 12 oz. can of kernel corn (drained)

2-3 chicken breasts (pre-cooked and diced/cubed)

Salt & pepper to taste and chopped peanuts.

Heat the oil in a medium/large stock pot. Add garlic and onion and saute 2-3 minutes of med/high heat. Add cayenne pepper and saute another minute. Add carrots and potatoes, stirring and coating thoroughly. Add chicken stock. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Add peanut butter and corn, stirring until peanut butter is melted. Add chicken and season with salt & pepper. Simmer 1/2 an hour and top with chopped peanuts. Warm, crusty French or Italian bread is HIGHLY recommended on the side! Serves 5-6