Thursday, November 29, 2007

How Do You Enjoy Your Coffee?

This week's question for the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap is all about how we enjoy our coffee. What an easy question for me! I love coffee but for me the best and most special way to enjoy it is......

Picture a quiet morning, the sun is rising and maybe there is a mist rising up from the lake. If it is spring the birds may be chirping. There is a smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting from inside the camper. I have my favorite mug which is the green, yellow and white Starbucks mug that is made to represent a lawn chair. I sit on the patio looking at the lake sipping my coffee alone except for my knitting which is at hand. You know- I think I have some pictures.

Pictures of my favorite view

and my favorite cup of coffee

And here are some pictures of my son's multi directional scarf

Enjoy some coffee and some knitting this coming weekend.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Give Thanks

Family and Great food!!
Beautiful/ Restful Smith Mountain Lake
My Three Sons. The other two are pretty camera shy
All things fiber!
Friends that go to the Concerts with you and You have a perfect day!!

For those of us in the US it is a day for Thanksgiving and often this involves reflection. I am thankful for many things this day and every day. I am most thankful for my family. I am truly blessed to have spent the day enjoying a great meal and time with my family. It is an hnor and priviledge to be Mom to Three Sons! I am thankful for my health. While I have had some trouble with arthritis invading my knees lately it seems to be responding to the medicine and supplements I am taking. I am so thankful for this as I hate to not be able to walk at my usual brisk pace. Not quite there yet but getting better!! I am thankful to have friends that share a passion and love of all things fiber. I am thankful to be a "rabid" fan of musical artist Elliott Yamin and to recently realize my dream to meet him. I am thankful to have finished the knitting part of the "Surf Stitch" sweater.

I am thankful for each of you that stop by and spend some time here with me.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Hot off the Press!

Elliott Yamin has just released (as of midnight1) a video of his second single off his debut album. The song is "One Word" and I just have ONE WORD for you and that is GO! Follow the AOL link and see this video. I know that you will love it!!!

AND just in case you think that I forgotten that this is a knitting blog- I refer you to the picture below - you know the one I am talking about -the one of ME and ELLIOTT!! Look in my hand. I am clutching those knitting needles for dear life! and there is yarn stringing along right out of my bag. LOL ! I still need to bore all of you with my recap but that will have to wait until the weekend.

RIght at this very minute there are 4 good friends of mine in the hospital. Please if you believe in the power of prayer please pray for them. SO please pray for Gordon, Becky, Elaine and Dr. Bruce.

Thank you all!

The Topic of the Week

A little late but here

This week's topic is :

I love the holidays, it turning colder here, and I love coffee. As the cold of winter approaches, do you change the projects you work on? Do you work on gifts for others or do you continue working on projects for yourself?

I do find I go back to knitting with wool more in the cooler months. I usually knit with cotton and lighter weight yarns in the summer . Actually I have two sweaters that just need to be sewed together and button bands and trim knit. I have been saving them up for the cooler weather that is here now. I also make a few Christmas gifts. I am not a very good deadline knitter so I try to limit myself to just one or two smaller Christmas gifts. This year will be a hat for sure and a scarf. possibly one more scarf. and of course when the weather gets cold I have to have some coffee by my side.

I must say that I am enjoying getting to know my swap pal.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mission Accomplished!!!

I am here in Norfolk for the ELLIOTT Yamin Concert tonight at the Norva. No time for many details but I was successful in giving Elliott the scarf I knit!! We waited by the bus and guess who popped out of the alley. Tried to only keep him a moment, but you know he needs it next week when he is in Canada!

I hate "Pictures of Me" but Elliott is the redeeming factor in this one- so her ya go!!

Elliott and me and E-trainer Lilly looks on! Elliott waving good-bye for the camera. Gosh I hope he will wear the scarf.

Gotta go. I have a CONCERT To attend!!

p.s. I don't hate the song "Pictures of me" I meant pictures of me- really.

Friday, November 09, 2007

For Love of Coffee

The Winterwonderland Coffee Swap I joined has weekly topics for posts to our blogs: Here is my first installment.

When did you first start drinking coffee?
What age were you? Was it about the caffeine, or do you love the taste and smell?
Tell us how your passion began!

I used to drink coffee on a very very rare occasion with lots of milk and sugar and very little coffee when I was a girl. I LOVED it! I felt so grown up! As I grew older I started enjoying caffeine in the form of Diet Dr. Pepper. I can still remember how the coffee thing came about. I started working and most of the other employees older than I used to offer me coffee- no thanks I'd say I have my DDP. Then I started with a cup just when the weather got cold and only thing I knew it was two. Then I started enjoying a cup in the spring and fall, before I knew it I was drinking coffee year round. It's only been in the last 5 years or so that I have gotten a grinder and usually prefer to grind my own beans....what is next? Roasting them? I doubt it.

The Ukrops ( Richmond based grocery store chain) nearest me just put in a Starbuck's and boy does that store smell good. I love the smell of coffee brewing almost as much as drinking it. A day without coffee is like a day without sunshine for me.

* With interruptions by the time I hit POST it looks like I am a little late but maybe they will take pity on me. Maybe not.

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