#2 Blessing: Rain Days

The rain drips down my window like a leaking faucet.

I think of Kansas and how the rain usually brought thunder and lightning. The rain always let up after awhile but not here. Here it’ll rain day in and day out. It’s crazy!

Kansas stormy night

I’m finishing up my semester now. Plowing away at studies. My fiancé had it much harder than me right now with buckets and buckets of exams. Masters student stuff.

In fact, that’s what I’m shooting for too!

Eventually, I want to achieve a Master’s in Clinical Counseling. I just need to finish my bachelors which I almost have whooped. As I’m a junior now.

This summer I’m taking another class. And in the Fall three more.

It’s been a crazy arduous journey. Oh my!

But, I’ve been persistent.

One thing that helps me that I’ve become keenly aware of since I moved to Pennsylvania is the weather.

Growing upon a farm the weather-well-basically planned the workdays.

That surely stuck with me too as I brought with me quite the green thumb! I planted citronella and pansy’s; nasturtium and bulls blood beets; and green onions and sunflowers.

I guess, after moving out here on my own and planting my own garden I have become more wary of how the weather changes.

With all the rain I’ve stayed busy inside r on the porch. Recently, I’ve been working on a mug rack which I owe thanks to the DIY Cottage: DIY mug rack with chalkboard. It’s not quite done yet. So will post a photo of my mug rack soon.

Soon, I will be starting several knitting projects for babies!! I absolutely love hearing the news of someone expecting. It’s just so exciting!

One of my friends is having a baby to add to her family that has been multiplying wonderfully. I have made it a point, she being one of my closest friends, to always make something for her children.

Anyway, I better sign off for now and get back to knitting 😁

Recovery: Coffee, Family, ​and Stumbling

Steaming hot coffee greeted my mouth as I gazed across the frigid white country. The snow outside my window webbed the trees some of it standing four or five inches tall on the very limbs themselves! what a lark it would be to tromp around in the snow, but Ha! little luck there as I heft around this lugubrious boot. Though it is quite a pain to wear this boot I am surely glad that I’m not still wearing one of those stiff and dare I say smelly casts.

Just so you’re aware, my dear readers, I did not use a picture of my foot as I’m sure you’ve guessed. I’m sadly not that tan.

During this forced time of recovery, I’ve been struggling through writing a couple articles. Admittedly now, after submitting two from my editor’s topics, I find myself rather up a tree, as I search for another topic, which is quite difficult since I haven’t been out on a regular basis. Writing for the newspaper, however, is a blessing and a distraction. Like Crosby sang: Count your blessings instead of sheep.

So, since my surgery, it has been roughly six weeks. And after these painful and somewhat excruciating weeks, I’ve pondered quite a lot about life. My foot, after the checkup, was proven “quite healthy” by the doctor. I have quite a different opinion as its attached to my leg. Hehe, it is feeling quite a lot better despite its grotesque appearance.

Another thing I’ve had to combat as I recover is not working out! Its been a trifle disheartening. Though I have been able to keep up with my ab exercises and arm workouts. Which indeed has kept me sane. Let me say, I am a huge fan of XHIT!

Here are some of the workouts I’ve been doing:    Washboard Abs

I’ve also been doing heel-to-knee and leg lifts a lot. The heel-to-knee bicycling sadly must take the place of my bicycle for now (sad face). I can’t wait to bicycle again! I’ve always hoped that one summer I could do this notorious biking “trek” across Lawrence Ks. called “Lizard in the Skillet.” Quite a comical race to be sure, it’s in the hottest part of summer and after the race, they provide free salsa and heated blankets!

Not to say that I’m killing it with workouts now, to my dismay I’m not. I guess I’ve been concentrating a lot more on my diet. I’ve been really enjoying kale/spinach smoothies from my Nutribullet. I really do prefer kale to spinach. Hehe, there’s the vegetable farmer’s daughter comin’ out in me!

Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes:

1 c. blueberries

1/4 c. peaches (I used frozen)

1 banana

bunch of cilantro

1 cup kale/spinach

3 ice cubes

1/2 c. milk (I prefer using almond milk but cow milk works well too! 🙂

Fill Nutri-bullet to proper line, not too full- bad things happen if it’s too full, trust me! Then blend, for three 50 second intervals. And voila!

I’ve also been keeping my hands busy with knitting. I’m knitting a blanket! That is just on the cusp of being finished. Super think and amazing! Let me tell you, its taken quite a couple fort-nights to knit, but I must say that it has paid off nicely. Quite warm!

Stitch-in-time

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine.

 

 

Dinner Party Seen from Afar

Eeeeee!! rang out across the dining room where all the guests sat. My foot erects I shift in bed to see the commotion going on. The noise coming from our youngest guest sweet Virginia with her glowing red cheeks like red apples. Soon the guests are assembled in my “bedroom” chattering about how their babies are growing into children.
I cannot believe how much they’ve grown either! Isn’t it a beautiful thing to see children grow.

 

 

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Children at my preschool

 

 

“Children make your life important.”
-Erma Bombeck

Jamima shared with me about her daycare and about her next vacation. I enjoy so much listening to Jamima. I shared with her about my latest scarf knitting conquest and about my next blanket project.

 

The table was arranged beautifully, thanks to my lovely caring step-mother. Who is my current care-taker, God Bless her! The table is covered with a beautiful golden tablecloth shimmering in the darkness of the night. The porcelain plates are a beautiful white their simplicity stolen by their golden rim that shine against the fluted wine glasses.

Vivaldi’s Spring invigorated the house with a burst of triumphant violin staccato. Two high chairs full and a busy loud dining room is such a wonderful delight.

Wonderful smells wafted from the outside porch as my father brought in a plate of succulent steaks. As I cut into my steak the atmosphere of the room changed as the dessert was revealed. A beautiful three-layered rum spice egg-nog cake appeared. Its decadent layers buttered with a cloak of light whip cream swirled in layers never-ending white.

Food and friends made this party a complete wonder.

What a splendid thing unity is!

Throwing Wood and dreams of Inverness

My calloused hands worked quickly as I lifted and threw wood onto the porch. Today throwing wood occupied a great amount of my time. Which, crazy enough gave me a huge adrenaline rush that is lasting like 6 hours! It’s crazy, I have these random spikes of energy.

As dropping temperatures are approaching and the precipitation is picking up having a good stock of firewood will prove beneficial.

Looks like I’ll have to finish the pair of socks I’m knitting awful soon to keep out the cold. 

I have been dreaming of Inverness and the rocky mountains and lochs. What a magnificent place I hope to visit someday!