weekending. my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just be. if you’d like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to your weekend post or flickr photo in the comments, or post it on the fb page.


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this weekend follows a week full of activity
i’ve enjoyed my time away from the interwebs and work-related stuff immensely
i’m contemplating how i might be able to pull back
considering priorities and my sanity and just how much is possible
this morning the mister and the boy are model building
the others are outside running wild and looking forward to a second day of
feasting — boiled crawfish, oyster po-boy (for me)
followed by a late afternoon walk
we’ve had a busy, busy week and this mama is tired but
my heart is full, my soul content

how was your weekend?


  • Your posting on Saturday, so I’ll join along too!
    I need a weekend full of stuff that does not involve work, worry or laundry.
    Out to the garden for me.
    Happy Easter.

  • We started the weekend off with a party celebrating the end of our 24 week science co-op! Homemade milkshakes all around. Then a beautiful Good Friday service in the evening. Today we did at pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt at church. Now it’s busy in the kitchen: dying eggs, making trifle, tarragon and cheese gratin potatoes, and the like. Tomorrow will be a day of celebration and feasting. And the sun is shining. Amen.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    You really have had a busy week, haven’t you! Glad you’re feeling content, though. I love having time away from the online world, too, and then wonder how I can continue that. But it feeds me so much too, so I know i need to just find a good balance. I would miss you if you weren’t here so much, so I wish you balance too. Happy Easter! XReplyCancel


weekending. my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just be. if you’d like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to your weekend post or flickr photo in the comments, or post it on the fb page.


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this weekend started with a trip to the park and a picnic
several hours in the sun, kids red faced and played out
milkshakes on the way home
then lazing under the shade of our magnolia reading
before a late afternoon nap, waking up bathed in the sweet light
the wee lass by my side
started season 5 and i’m unsure about this new doctor
(someone please tell me it gets better)
started socks with this yarn and it wasn’t love
it could’ve been a combo of pattern & the new doctor though
the rest of the weekend will involve me finding the just right pattern for those socks
enjoying the company of my little people and balancing
reading for clients and reading submissions for the upcoming issue
it’ll probably involve takeout and the red bean has asked to
bake something chocolate, pretty sure i’ll be well-fed, well-loved, and well-read

how was your weekend?

ps: i will most likely be quiet here in this space during holy week. wishing you a sweet week full of light!


Wednesday Random

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Sometimes when you’re stuck in what seems to be a never ending series of bad days, the only thing to do is wind yarn by hand while sipping your strawberry limeade. Yes, I have a swift and wool winder but by hand is still my preferred method.

The big granny afghan is done and before I could even finish it, the Frog Prince had put up quite an argument about why it should be his. I told him I’d think about it. I finished it one night and put it on him while he was sleeping. He came into the kitchen the next morning wrapped in it and beaming ear to ear.

Lent is almost over and I’m *this* close to reading the stack of books I chose for Lent reading. Three and a half more to go. I might have been a bit overly-ambitious. If I’m quiet online, it’s because I’m rushing to the finish line in between reading work stuff which is rolling in apace considering we have a rapidly approaching deadline.

I opened the mail yesterday and found invitations for my two older kids to join the Junior Cotillion. I was Skyping with my dad at the time and gawking over this very official invitation to a shindig at the country club and my dad said, You’re too much like Lorelai Gilbert for the country club crowd. And I could’ve hugged him a) for saying so and b) for knowing who Lorelai Gilbert was. Let it be known my dad is the best.

If you haven’t made this yet, what’s stopping you? Seriously so good. Trying to come up with a repertoire of salad-y type meals that don’t involve the oven for our spring/summer eating. I think I can get away with just about anything but lentils. While lentil soup was tolerated, there was a major boycott of a lentil salad last summer. So recipes for salads, meat or no meat, pasta is okay, too… Have one your family loves? Please share.

  • Thanks for the recipe, it looks delish, can’t wait to try it. The afghan looks awesome, and I can just imagine the smile on his face and the melting of your heart :) I love it when my little man loves mama handmades.ReplyCancel

  • It made me smile to think of your boy wrapped in his made with love afghan, so sweet.

    I sent you two pins that I had, I haven’t tried them yet, but they are on my list.ReplyCancel

  • Love the afghan story! So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love the afghan story! And Gilmore Girls!!!! We are in the middle of bad days here too. I think a marathon viewing of Gilmore Girls may be just the thing I need. I haven’t watched them in a long time.ReplyCancel

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      hope some good days come your way, jen!ReplyCancel

  • I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE this salad. I’ve just been thinking about how excited I am to have it again!ReplyCancel

  • Did you know that your toenails are the same color as your afghan? ;D neat. mariReplyCancel

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      mari, my toenails are actually grey, might just be the lighting ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful afghan and lovely story. :) Our go to salads are fattoush (pita bread/feta/mint salad) or tuna and chickpea salad (with tomato, red onion, rocket – you can throw pretty much anything in so long as you make a nice dressing for it!). Good luck with your reading list and work juggle!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      thanks for the fattoush idea, becs. it’s one we haven’t tried to make at home yet!ReplyCancel

  • The afghan story is SO sweet. Yes, yarn can really help that endless string of bad days. And some peace and quiet. Which is hard to come by. Yarn AND peace and quiet at the same time is golden.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love that your dad knew Lorelai as well. When I was in High School, I wanted to be in Cotillion (a result of an all girls private schooling). I am very glad my parents had more sense for me. Good luck on your stack of books. And gorgeous job on the blanket. Any chance you want to come here and finish my sampler. All it needs is seaming – Blech.ReplyCancel

  • There is nothing like soothing nerves as handling yarn, be it winding or knitting :) I hope you have a better week ahead and the next and the next. No cotillions up here….Good luck finding new stuff to make the internet is endless with possibilities!ReplyCancel

  • Oh the afghan turned out great, I think I might have requested it too :)
    As for non-oven, salad-y meals, i’ll send you a few pins of things I’ve tried. We love Quinoa salad in many variations!ReplyCancel

  • I cannot wait to see what that yarn will becomeReplyCancel

  • jessica

    Afghan looks great and so nice for a boy. Will have to try that sandwich. We love avocado.ReplyCancel


weekending. my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just be. if you’d like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to your weekend post or flickr photo in the comments, or post it on the fb page.


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this weekend was saturday morning mass (blessedly alone)
bringing home beignets to my hungry people
grey and rainy weather meant a quiet house with noses
buried in books
the laundry beast tamed and this
mama napping on the sofa while the poulette and wee lass
watched frozen (again)
a sunday morning lie in followed by
pancakes & bacon, an open day stretching in front of us
the plan is to go to our fave mexican dive
for a late lunch, nachos, queso, tamales
and seeing as it is grey and rainy again, i foresee
some quality reading time this afternoon
maybe even digging through some knitting patterns
i might go crazy and knit something for me (indulgence of all indulgences)
and tonight, starting season two of this silly guilty pleasure
all in all, the makings of a sunny side up kind of day

how was your weekend?
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  • I finally got to watch Frozen, and American Hustle, loved them both.
    I vote for you knitting something for you!ReplyCancel

  • It has been lovely– time with a fun, life-giving friend yesterday, some thrifting victories, laundry on the line, happy boys, roast chicken and potatoes on the menu tonight for this suddenly blustery and chilly day. Reading on the couch with my sweetie, and a few steps forward on a home project or two. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Hooray for grey and rainy weather that brings book reading time! And, speaking of grey, if you’re going to be doing some knitting for yourself, I hope you’ve got some lovely grey yarn at the ready? :-) ReplyCancel

  • If I recall correctly the last item you knit for yourself was a few years ago….I say throw caution to the wind and plan your present to you :) Vampires….I might have to dabble in that once dr. who is over (so sad I’m close). But haven’t watched Merlin yet. Love the possibilities. BTW the sun is OUT today!!!ReplyCancel

  • jessica

    Mexican dive? Yum!
    I do like the color of that yarn and hope you knit something sunshiny for yourself.
    We’ve enjoyed visits with friends and lots of time outdoors this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • All sounds lovely. Hope you do indulge yourself with some beautiful knitting. :) ReplyCancel

  • jessica

    p.s. Do you still do a read-aloud chapter book? And if I may ask..what do you have going on these days?ReplyCancel

  • We had the Saturday I longed for yesterday. Some yard work with sun on the face felt so good. The day finished up with homemade pizza and Frozen. It was a cute movie, although not quite as good as I expected, probably because of all the hype surrounding it. Today was church and an afternoon alone at a library book sale, scoring a stack books for a $1. Now time to pack lunches for homeschool co-op tomorrow and settle down to watch Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge on PBS.

    Your weekend sounds nice. I’ve always wanted beignets. ;)

    BTW, did you ever read The Art Forger yet? Just wondering about it.ReplyCancel

  • Weekending here with blue skies and fresh yarn.

  • Oh goodness, that yarn! What a perfectly springy color of yellow! Do indulge! I’m looking forward to seeing what it will be. Happy weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Didn’t do a lot this weekend. Chores around the house – out for a walk today which was nice. Started some new knitting projects – which is always fun!

    My guilty pleasure – I love to watch Pawn Stars! There, I said it… LOL!

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  • Oh the laundry beast! I have yet to truly tame him!! :) Sounds like a nice weekend. I especially like the nap and watching frozen again.


  • It was pretty quiet around here, but that was just fine : ) Glad your weekend was the sunny side up. Happy knitting!ReplyCancel

  • Manise

    Sun was OUT this weekend though the wind a bit bitey, but most of the snow has melted/ evaporated, and a few of the daffodils leaves are peeking through the soil. Robins are back staking their territory in the pines and pulling worms out of the lawn. Thinking that maybe spring is here to stay? I certainly hope so.

    Visited my 91 yr old aunt in rehab after a bad fall and hip surgery. Amazed how well she is doing. So happy to bring a smile to her face with a fresh bouquet of flowers.

    That is a delicious skein of yarn! Can’t wait to see what you knit up.ReplyCancel

  • attempted to recover from jetlag, woke up at 4am sunday morning and had sunday supper already made by noon. i need a vacation to recover from my vacation! but no complaints. sifting through all our photos and very much inclined to not do much with them, much less share…
    also. started a new baby blanket. that pale gold yellow yarn is lovely, where is it from?ReplyCancel

  • My eldest has only just reached the stage where he disappears of with his head in a book it makes me sigh a little contented sigh every time, I can’t wait for the others to join in (might take a few years though ;0). Ours was wet but outdoors, it’s still wet now so I think a weekend extension is in order.


  • oh, another blessed weekend. i would love to be able to knit like you do and i do hope you make something for yourself.


  • A work trip got me within a couple hours’ drive of my folks place, so after finishing up the job-related stuff on Saturday evening, I got to spend two lovely days with my family. I slept, I pet pussy willows, I chatted with my parents and grandmother, I watched baseball movies, I bought a yellow dress. All good things!ReplyCancel

  • I hope you indulge in knitting something for yourself. If so, enjoy!ReplyCancel

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Lest you think it was all appliance repair, car repair, and deep cleaning last month, there was also lots going on behind the scenes. Stolen moments in cafés, a stack of submissions read (another growing stack waiting to be read), helping the Poulette dye playsilks, making tooth powder, countless sessions of snuggling on the couch, too many viewings of Frozen to count, afghan growing slowly. We were gifted a huge venison roast. I researched a recipe that would overcome the gamey taste and it worked, the entire family devoured it (though only Mister & I were aware of its origins). Closets have been filled with shorts, sneakers replaced with flip flops and sandals, and I finally tracked down a new lawn guy (I’m sure my neighbors are overjoyed).  I was hoping for a clean slate this month, like turning the calendar page would be the same as waving a magic wand but the last few days have brought some disappointing interactions with people which left me feeling well, disappointed. Nothing Mister can’t put into perspective over a shared order of steak fajitas.

  • Oh, people are so hard to get along with sometimes! Sorry for your disappointing interactions, I’ve had a couple myself.ReplyCancel

  • I just picked up Frozen, I haven’t watched it yet, but I can’t wait.
    I cook a lot of venison here, I just use it in place of beef. We make ground venison that makes awesome meat balls…so they tell me.
    The play silks you and the Poulette dyed are so lovely, great job.ReplyCancel

  • you’ve made significant progress on your blanket, so pretty! Are you enjoying crocheting? or is knitting still your passion? Haven’t seen frozen yet but both of my ADULT children have in the theater….sometimes they never grow upReplyCancel

    • admin

      karen, i’m enjoying the crocheting but knitting is still where it’s at. it’s just a bit more versatile. i can’t imagine wearing a pair of crocheted socks, the fabric is stiffer, denser. just my two cents ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Clean slate, yes please! So tired and a bit stressed. My mom has to be out of her farmhouse by the end of May. Helping her relocate to a new place is stressful.

    I’m hoping for a whole day home this Saturday to recharge by doing yard work and making some homemade pizza and watching Frozen ourselves. Haven’t seen it yet (the kids went with their aunt to see it, but we’ve not watched as a family yet).ReplyCancel

    • admin

      i hope you get your day at home to recharge, danielle!ReplyCancel

  • Love those beautiful play silks!! I’ve been wanting to try dyeing our own. Did you use a book or online tutorial.ReplyCancel

    • admin

      summer, we’ve done a lot of dyeing of yarn over the last few years, tie-dyed tshirts, too. we have a big steamer dedicated to dyeing so we just set everything up outside and donned our gloves and got busy! if you buy your dyes from dharma trading (which i did ages ago), i seem to remember them having fairly detailed instructions :) ReplyCancel

  • Cheri K.

    That coffee looks delicious. It sounds like you have a wonderful husband. My boyfriend does the same for me…his words always put a smile back on my face. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Yay for your Mister and fajitas! Have a wonderful weekend, Amanda : )ReplyCancel

  • oh….Mr’s are good at that aren’t they? I think I would be classified as clinically insane with out his rationality.

  • Those silks look wonderful! Can you tell me what recipe you use for the tooth powder? :) I hope this weekend treats you well.ReplyCancel

  • disappointing people, blah. sometimes i avoid my email account for that very reason. glad you had a nice dinner with your mister for his perspective. i always love it when my mister cuts everything back to simple. here’s to an easier month!ReplyCancel

  • Love that first picture particularly, the bottle is brilliant. I know what you mean, I always hope the new month will be a clean slate and then the moment something negative happens it brings with it a disappointment. I suppose that is where celebrating each new day works well!ReplyCancel

  • The beginning of a new month starts with so many expectations, and when you begin to fill the empty slots, you see that some were met, and others…well, let’s just say, they happened as they were supposed to. Your afghan is looking very nice Amanda :~) mariReplyCancel

  • Ha! We are totally in the same boat with our lawn. We’ve been talking about finally jumping in a getting a lawn service too – at least for the front yard. I will admit that, in the last three houses we have lived in, we have occasionally found our front yard magically mowed by impatient, I mean kind neighbors, who just couldn’t wait any longer.ReplyCancel

  • Ooo… loving the afghan!ReplyCancel

  • We were gifted with an entire deer this fall. That’s a lot of venison. I’ve never cooked it before, but I’ve found quite a few good recipes. Sure beats some of the other meats we’ve been given and choked down.