Wow. In the past week there has been so much traffic to this paused blog it caught my attention.

A brief update – summer is hot. 

I will take a bit more time away from blogging.  This is incredibly hard to do. 

One day I hope I can write about dad, a truly incredible man who raised 4 boys on his own. I miss him deeply. 

Hug your family tight and tell them how much you love them, you never know how short time can be til it’s gone. 


I write this to let you all know I will be taking a break from blogging for the summer.  The loss of my dad has left me beside myself and feeling incredibly lost. 

I’m sure I will return again, with garden progress photos and experiments and builds, I hope I can pick up a paint brush and my knitting needles again but for now I just need some time to heal. 

I wish everyone a happy and safe summer, hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them every chance you can.  We never know how much time we have on earth and never know when it will be the last good bye, that last hug.

Take photos, always take photos, twice I have learned this the hard way and all I have is my memories no photos of us together.  

Blessed Be 

Love & Light,



Every now and then I just don’t want to knit.  I went through a phase of that until I as browsing The ‘Mitten (my local yarn store is The Little Red Mitten) and came across this beautiful yarn.  I was knitting my ass off again. So in the last little hiatus I’ve been busy! I’ve completed three shawls I’m quite happy with.
The first one I just love how the colours stripe out and follow each other. The pattern was easy to follow and very enjoyable to knit up and for a shawl it was rather quick.  It took the entire skein of yarn, just enough for the tassels.
Light and Up is a shawl I’m sure I will make again.

  The second shawl, Renya, was also easy and a quick knit. The yarn stood out while walking through the one room and I had to have it. I think it looks so summer and maybe it could even be worn as a beach wrap? I had hoped the colours would fall different but it’s still very nice; I enjoyed knitting in the sunshine with this one.


The third shawl, Elven Bosk Wrap. I wanted something a little more solid, not so much scattered colours. So when I found this beautiful “Peacock Plume” blue wool I thought it needed a fancier pattern to go with it.  I am, again very happy with this shawl and think it’s beautiful.  I can’t wait to get photos of these on some young models.  The pattern was written and also provided a chart.  I didn’t even bother with the chart and came across some issues while knitting; mostly making mistakes when setting it down/pick it back up and dropping an occasional YO stitch which is hard to recreate without frogging it.  I frogged a few rows I think 3 times.   If I ever come across a beautiful white yarn I may just have to remake this shawl.




Well this weekend has been a non-productive one to say the least.  I did manage to bottle 2 gallons of kombucha, get the studio set up completely and go for a nature walk with sister and nephew.  It’s been a good weekend though.   

 Relaxing is always nice and it was a bit gloomy here.  The weather has warmed up and very spring like.  It’s supposed to be rainy for the next couple of days… Boo.
The past week I’ve been cat sitting my co-workers 3 girlies. They’ve never met me before and also are new to the area so they weren’t sure what to think of a stranger coming to feed them and scoop their litter.  I swept and vacuumed too, I know how cats like to be clean and sometimes just normal upkeep not being done can be alarming or stressful.  I got to scratch a couple of their heads and brought them some new toys infused with cat nip. I think that helped the one warm up to me more. My co-worker uses the normal clay litter for her kitties, I switched to corn a little over a year ago and well, scooping clay litter is awful. It made me happy to clean my own litter boxes hahaha!  Plus all those added fragrances!! ICK!  Although I’m sure the corn used in the litter is GMO…. I’m still happy to be using it over the clay.  Clay is SO heavy! I forgot there was such a difference between the two so this has been a happy reminder that I made a good choice to switch. Sure it has an odd smell from time to time but I’ll take that over the fragrance bomb.  Her kitties are going to be just so happy for them to be home again.   It’s also really made me realize that I won’t have more than 3 cats at a time. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, hair to clean and litter to scoop.  To much for this girl.
I did work on my one painting a little yesterday.  Small lines. Oy! So now I think I just want to add one more thing and it will be complete.  I think it’s going to look pretty darn good in these old frames I found laying at the curb years ago.  There’s 2 small oval frames I had tried to get to L long ago but never accomplished that, I even tried to give them to my little sister at one point but I think she was between places at the time and wasn’t interested.  Now I’m glad I hung on to them over the years and finally have found something to put in them.  
I started cutting out stencils for a yoga painting I’m doing for a kinder spirit. I’ve completed the background, orange and yellow very energizing, but have stalled on adding the symbols because they will be black and I just want to be sure not to screw it up! I got the Om symbol cut out and will get that centered and work from there.  I just hope I don’t go to small for the symbols but I don’t want them to be too overpowering either. Fingers crossed I’ve chosen the middle road. 

My kitten, Gwen, has really come a long way!! This year she started actually full blown meowing!! Before it was just squeaks and we thought her vocal cords had been damaged by the respiratory infection she had so young. NOPE She can cry just as strong as the boys, it’s just SO girly hehehe  She’s started to wait for me at the bathroom door when I brush my teeth before bed, she does this twirling thing and mews; it’s beyond adorable.  She waits for me to get into bed and then jumps up and wants to cuddle.  Well she used to want to cuddle that is.  Now she’s discovered playing and likes to chase your wiggling toes or fingers under the covers. She’s figured out it only happens when I’m in bed and will sit there waiting, looking all over the bed watching for some small movement.  I’ve come to realize that she doesn’t play, she chases Boog around and attacks him but doesn’t play with toys.  I may have caught her with the kicker the other day but she very well could have been sucking the catnip spray off.  She will get interested with the red dot but not for long, the boys kinda take over that one.
One of these days I’m going to set up the webcam and see what goes on while we are away!

~Love & Light