~7 already~

~Emma Rose Stark~

How in the world can  you be 7? I remember as if it was just yesterday.  I let your dad take me to the hospital late one Friday night, very begrudgingly. I did not think I was in labor until  I was standing at the counter checking in.  The lady just kind of smirked saying we’ll see if your really in labor, your too calm for that.   I just laughed to myself.

Yes, you were born just about and hour and a half later, by caesarean section. You were breach and just determined to come out your own way.  You do things your own way even to this day.

What a pleasure it was to meet you and hold you and call you our own.  We waited so long and you  filled our lives with such joy in these past seven years.

You are our littlest angel.  You are the little sister that Sara prayed many years for.

You are joyous and full of imagination. You play and play for hours with games you make up yourself.  You are never bored.


You are a driving force in our family. You have expectations that must be filled. You insist we have tea parties and celebrations. You insist on beach parties in the back yard. 

You love all animals, especially our doggies. You grew up right in the middle of them and they are your constant  companions.

You are always ready for an adventure.

You love to be playing outside.

You have spent endless hours creating fairy houses. Decorating them and watching and waiting to spy a fairy. Even at seven you like to create little special places and your own little games.

You are such a special person and you have such a special place in our little family. You are a gift that we treasure.  We are richer for having you in our lives.

~our littlest angel, your growing up so fast.

Never lose your wonder little girl.

Or your joy~

We love you!

~Wednesday again~

Nobody in the world can make strawberry chocolate pie like you. Wednesday is my favorite day of the week just cause I get to have me a slice of it. I think about it as I’m waking up. It could solve all the problems of the world, that pie. It’s a thing of beauty….how each flavor opens itself, one by one, like a chapter in a book. First, the flavor of an exotic spice hits ya. Just a hint of it…and then you get flooded with the chocolate, dark and bittersweet like an old love affair…..and finally – strawberry – strawberry the way it was always supposed to taste like but never could….

~Script from the film Waitress, with Kerri Russell, written by Adrienne Shelley. Recipe by Marcy Goldman-

I watched the cutest movie last weekend called ” Waitress”.  It is an adorable movie. It was funny, endearing,and sad.  I loved the ending, it was perfect.

The one thing I kept thinking though during the movie was that I needed to make a pie and I mean right away.   It could not wait.

I googled chocolate strawberry pie.  Low and behold I found  this recipe.  Once I read through the recipe I knew this was the one, the one I had to make.  Oh my! It will make you want to slap someone- it really is that good!

I highly recommend you watch the movie and then you’ll see why I wanted to make a pie. I bet you will want to make one to!  Seriously!

~Lordy, Lordy, I can’t be 40~

Dear God, I am 40.

I am not really believing it.  I am OK with being 40, the alternative is well, you know..

~40 Things about me you might not know~

1. I believe in God.

2. I am a true Pisces, I am a dreamer.

3. I love the water, I want to move to the beach, and soon!

4. I am a Registered Nurse.

5. I work at the jail.. (I know).

6. I am not scared to work at the jail.  It is often sad, but also humorous.

7. I love to see people’s faces when I say I work at the jail.

8. I wanted 3 children, but I only have 2.

9. I am really short, 5’0 on a good day.

10. In my heart I am a hippie.

11. I am conservative when it comes to my family..

12. I used to be wild when I was younger.

13.  I taught myself to quilt, crochet and knit (my grandma tried to teach me, but I didn’t really get it at first.)

14. I love to read.

15. I wish I had more  time to read.

16. I love Spring.

17. I love Fall more.

18. I can’t stand Winter.

19. I like hate to be cold.

20. I don’t like to excercise, but I feel really good afterwards. (don’t we all?)

21.  I love being a wife.

22. I love being a Mom.

23.  I wish I could have one more baby, but I know I am too old. Darn it.

24. I love old houses, LOVE!

25. I want to move to Fiji.

26. I want to go to France where my grandmother grew up.

27. I want my house to be picture perfect, but it is not.  I am not the best housekeeper.

28. I worked in ICU for 14 years and by the time I left, I was having panic attacks.

29. My brother died from sudden cardiac death, he was 29. I still miss him like crazy.

30. My dad was recently killed by a drunk driver and I am still really mad and sad. I miss him like crazy also.

31. I miss my dad today. He always emailed me on my birthday. I always emailed him back the same thing each year.  Hi Dad, thank you for the Birthday wishes.   I am sad today…

32. I love red wine and my favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip (the green one.)

33. I get bored really easily, I always need to have something going on..  I blame it on the adrenaline rush from being a nurse– I guess..?

34. Sleeping is one of my favorite activities, cooking is another.

35. I love to garden, but not in the middle of summer.

36. I buy most all of my clothes from the thrift store.  If you need it, you will find it if you look hard enough.. I used to be embarrassed to shop at them.   That is funny to me now.

37. I used to spend money like there was no tomorrow.  Now I am super frugal and proud of it.

38. I love animals. 3 dogs, 2 cats.  These animals are so spoiled. They are all rescue, except for  one dog that showed up on our porch, half dead.  We were going to find her a home, but then I buckled. She is the most spoiled.  She is a pit bull named Olivia.

39. My husband wants to come back in the next life as my dog. Weirdo!

40. My favorite place to be is home.

If you made it to the bottom of this list you will see I am super boring!  I have no idea why I always felt sad on my Birthday, but I can say this year is different. It really is. I am not sad, not today. I am truly grateful for all the love I have in my life.  It has just filled me up, more than I could have ever expected.  I am truly thankful.

~It was a really hard week~

Late February days; and now, at last,
Might you have thought that Winter’s woe was past;
So fair the sky was and so soft the air.
The Earthly Paradise by William Morris (1834 – 1896)

This week has been really tough. I like to keep things light and happy here. 

Blame it on the weather, blame it on my upcoming birthday, thinking about the past… I don’t really know.

Sometimes we just get stuck I guess.

To try to find an end to my problems.. I went outside.   I went looking for Spring.  I think it is the only thing that will make my heart feel lighter.

~look what I found!  Some pretty yellow crocus.. that is cheerful right?


~I found a pretty purple Lenten Rose.  I love these, they are really pretty and they get better and better each year.

~Lastly I found some buds, I love buds!  These are Quince buds, they are really late this year, usually this blooms in January.  This winter has been a little strange, but what is normal really? Everything is always changing.  So, we deal with what we are given right?

After I looked for spring, I felt a little better, but not really.   I made one of my favorites for dinner, Pizza!!   I have made this so many times, but it never stops making me happy.  This one came our really good!

It helped a little.

I guess no one every said life was easy, right??

I ended the day with a meditative  knit.

Time makes everything better so, I will wait.

~Francis revisited and an update~

Horrible picture isn’t it? But it is a cute pattern!

My pictures are horrible!   Someone dropped the Nikon and now it is dead. I mean really dead. I am so sad.

I am trying to get a handle on my new little camera. Whatever, it is just not the same.

~I love baby feet~

Here is Caroline in her new little outfit.  It is so much cuter on then just hanging on a hanger.. Don’t you think?

Isn’t she the cutest?

So cute!

It almost leaves me speechless!

We also had a Valentine’s day party..

They started with ice cream, then crafts, and then games.  I love these little parties– they are so much fun.  Somehow I only manage to get food pictures. That figures.. oh maybe it is because all heck breaks out, after they are loaded up on ice cream.  Yes, that’s it!

Here they are getting their instructions for playing Valentine jingo/bingo.

~Simple sewing~

   ~I tackled this pattern yesterday. Honestly it only took a couple of hours. Very easy to put together.

I made this for my precious little niece Caroline, who is probably have way to 20 by now, I haven’t seen her in a few weeks.  Each time I see her she is so much bigger. Her little eyebrows and eyelashes have come in.  She is more beautiful each time  I see her.

This was fun to make.  I intended to add the ric rack and a grograin polka dot ribbon, but this pattern just did not work for that.  It is made with  a lining and perhaps I could have figured it all out, but not this go around.  The last jumper I made really allowed me to add those little extra’s very easily. I am sure I could do it with this pattern~ maybe not just the first time around.

I do think this is cute, but maybe a little boring??  I was thinking of doing an applique heart  or a crochet heart ?  Then again, maybe simple is the way to go. 

~A. if you see this, let me know what you think!!

Have a good weekend!!

~Back from the land of the dead and hungry~

I told you I was sick, but I had no idea how low I would go. Chills, shakes, then hot flashes, my throat felt like I was swallowing glass. My head was full of concrete.  I won’t lie, it got a little rough.

On Tuesday, I did nothing, NOTHING at all, I went from my chair to my bed, to the tub, to a hot shower if I could stand up longer then 5 minutes. I haven’t had that kind of sick in a while.

Thankfully I woke up a lot better Wednesday, and by dinner time, I felt like I needed to replenish.   I was craving tomatoes, strawberries, and basil & greens.  I felt like  this is what my body needed.

~it started with these strawberries rinsed, sliced, and placed in a bowl with a smidge of sugar  to macerate the berries.

~and these little grape tomatoes, rinsed.

~collards, I really wanted some greens… washed and cut into tiny bite sized pieces.

~chicken tenders cooked in cast iron skillet.

~chicken sliced and tossed with basil.

~cooked pasta, drained with a bit of the cooking liquid reserved in the pot, collard and tomatoes tossed in.

~ricotta cheese added, salt and pepper.

~chicken added. Yum! Restorative and fresh, I am ready for Spring. 

Then it got really good….

yes, really good.

~told you!

It was so good and I feel better, much better.  It pays to listen to your body and this made an even better breakfast.    I am ready to get back to the things I need to do.

~Sewing for little ones~

Unfortunately I am sick, but I won’t let it stop me.  I am still sewing..

This is the cutest little pattern.

My version:

~Cute! But, I think it’s too big and not really proper for Feb. weather… is it?
Too white I think.

Love the little hem design.. can you see it?
I love gingham!!

Here is another that I tried.. it came out more like a top because I used home dec weight fabric and it just would not shirr. I ended up shirring with elastic, and it works .. kind of.

Next up is this pattern— for a girl of course…

I love pink and orange! hopefully it will fit. Sewing for little ones that are not yours, is tricky… you forgot how tiny/big they are.  It’s been almost 7 years since my littlest was a baby. How quickly time goes by..

Now, back to my chicken soup…