Tuesday, January 15, 2019

So this is summer

Down at the river yesterday morning...

And this morning it was already 17C at 7am, and supposed to get into the 30s, so I'm hibernating, and dreaming of cool climes...
...as in climates and climbing!

But it's never too hot for coffee and Castello!!

Finally finished Us Against You.  Was reading in small increments towards the end.  It was intense, very good, but also sad.

I felt I needed a change, so started The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (from the library)...
 definitely different...will see how it goes

Still working on my random grannies...

And trying to decide what colour to edge them in...
I'm thinking maybe a sage/moss green? or a brown? to tone it down a bit?

(and we won't mention the baby sweaters/cardigans I'm still sewing up!)

I'll leave you with this 'bit of colour' I pass each day on my way to the river...

Stay cool!

Keep warm!

Be Happy!!


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Into the new year...

I've been down and out for two days with a full blown migraine.  Back in the land of the living again now and catching up...

So, let's see...

What's been happening...

The weeds are growing, and I've started picking my green beans...

And I posted this pic on Instagram, and Natasha wanted the recipe...

Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry

In a large fry pan, saute some chopped onion, garlic and grated ginger in a small amount of olive oil.

Add chopped or thinly sliced chicken breast and cook.

Then add whatever vegies you have.  I used chopped capsicum, celery, carrot, zucchini, broccoli, peas.  Add a little water, cover and steam, until vegies are still slightly crunchy. Add some tinned pineapple pieces. 

To make the sauce:  the pineapple juice from the pineapple pieces, a tablespoon of brown sugar, a tablespoon of vinegar (I used red wine vinegar, but you can also use apple cider vinegar), a tablespoon of soy sauce and a tablespoon of cornflour (to thicken the sauce).  Mix all together and stir into chicken/vegie mix. Depending how thick you like the sauce, you will need to add some water if it is too thick, and you can vary the quantities to adjust to your taste.  And because I was using a combination of two sauce recipes, I can't  remember if I added a tablespoon of tomato sauce (I don't think I did, but you can try it!).

I served with brown rice, and some cashews (because they are my favourite) sprinkled on top!

Bon Appetit!

Continuing to work on the crocheted squares, but have change my mind...

Instead of making them into 10" squares, I am going to make them smaller (maybe 7"?) and edge them in (don't know what colour?)  It all just sort of evolves as I go along :)

Still reading Us Against You.  It's good.  Intense, but so very good!  Savouring it.

And this one arrived today...Sunlight Through Dusty Windows...
looking forward to reading it when in the right frame of mind

Every morning, I get up and make my early morning cuppa...

And take it back to bed to spend half an hour 'waking up' and enjoying my 'quiet time'...

For years I've been using the Our Daily Bread devotional booklet, but then vary my other reading material with a couple of other devotional books.  

This year I'm using Grace Notes - Philip Yancey (one of my favourite Christian authors)
Closer to God Each Day - Joyce Meyer

I also aim to read through the Bible each year.  Start of well, and then...

So this year I'm being a bit more realistic and endeavouring to read the New Testament, at my own pace (no time pressure).  I might even get through it a couple of times :)

Do you have any plans/aims/goals for 2019?


Thursday, January 3, 2019

January Yarn Along

All the projects I am working on at the moment are for charities...
 cot blanket finished

I really like working with this self patterning yarn...
baby jumpers/sweaters and cardigans

These will eventually be 10" granny squares, using up my left over bits and pieces of yarn...
 to be made into blankets

Reading Us Against You (the sequel to BearTown)...
really like the way he writes, how he gets inside the character's heads

And while we're on books...these are some I read in 2018...

Also, from the library, so not pictured, The Better Son - Katherine Johnson; and Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredrik Backman.  There were probably other, but these are all I can remember.  I usually write (in pencil) in the backs of my books when I read them, but this year I will make an actual list!

And did you know Ann Lamott has a new book out: Almost Everything. She is one of my favourite Christian authors and I have read all her previous non fiction books.

And after 10 years Leif Enger ( Peace Like a River and So Brave Young and Handsome) has a new one too: Virgil Wander. I really enjoyed his two previous books.

I've ordered both these books from Book Depository, but I can truthfully say I've bought no new books this year, as they were both purchased the last day of 2018 :))

Check out Yarn Along on Ginny's blog to see what others are reading and crafting!


Monday, December 31, 2018

Resuming normal transmission...

My house guest (Benjamin) left on Friday, after being here for 2 months, so now I am resuming 'life as I know it'...

I'm not sure that I'm cut out for having someone in my house 24/7 (it's the 96% introvert in me !), but we had some good times, survived the ordeal, and didn't kill each other.  And more importantly...we parted friends :)

Ok...I know you're all dying to see it...so here's a pic...

And a general update...

Christmas was quiet but we did family stuff (with Marnie, Phil and Denver) either side of it.

We don't really do presents, but every so often one of the family surprises me.  This year it was Jefferson and Anushka, and they sent me this...
It's Jefferson's photo (The last pic. No...not the spider!!) from THIS post that I really liked.  They had it printed on a wood block from Memory Block.  Such a unique gift!

And I also bought myself a book (no Christmas is complete without a new book)…
and my friend Vicki gave me some Australian botanicals soap :)

In the garden...
 the apples are growing

the blueberries are flourishing

 the thornless blackberries are ripening

and see the tiny beans?

I also have an abundant crop of weeds, but I'm not showing you those!

I'm continuing to read Us Against You.  It's good, but if you're going to read it, read BearTown first as Us Against You follows on.  I'm pretty hard to please where books are concerned and have trouble finding ones that I really like, but I really liked these two!!

And to while away the hours, when it's too hot and sunny to go outside...
 using up my 'bits and pieces' to make granny squares for charity blankets

knitting more baby cardigans (for charity)

Oh...and I finished this one (that I had to make from a square to a rectangle)…
also for charity

So that's you all caught up! 

I'm continuing to enjoy the solitude and recharge my batteries.

The joys of routine… :)


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Weekend Words

As we approach the start of another year, I will again read this poem...

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude 

And a few more quotes that I like, to take you into the New Year...

"Do not be too moral.  You may cheat yourself out of too much life.  Aim above morality.  Be not simply good; be good for something" - Henry David Thoreau

"And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." " - Isaiah 30:21

"Walk joyfully on the earth and respond to that of God in every human being." - George Fox

"There will come a time when you will believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning." - Louis L'Amour

"Others can give you a name and a number, but they can never tell you who you really are.  That is something you yourself can only discover from within." - Thomas Merton

"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream." - Malcolm Muggeridge

"A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." - George Moore

"Groan and forget it." - Jessamyn West

"It's good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula K Le Guin

"I find television very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx

"Weeds are flowers too once you get to know them." - A A Milne

"Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting." - Anon

That's more than enough from me.  You've probably heard them before, but sometimes it's good to be reminded...

Do you have any favourite quotes?


Monday, December 24, 2018

The Christmas Post

Another year almost over. 

It's had its ups and downs, but mostly ups.  I hope your year has been good for you.  If you've been reading my blog over the past year, you'll have kept up with most of my doings, and I thank you for taking the time to read and comment. 
If you do read, but have not commented before, do say hello, as it's always nice to get some feedback.  I know Blogger makes it difficult to be able to comment sometimes (Hey Natasha!), but if you'd like to say something, you can always email me direct (lyndahkay@hotmail.com).  
I've 'met' some really nice people via my blog.  And I also have blogger friends who's blogs I enjoy reading and commenting on regularly.  I don't do Facebook or other social media, but I do like my little Blogger community, and I hope you'll come back and read in 2019!

Enough chatter from me.  Here are some family photos.  It's Christmas, so you have to indulge me :))

In Connecticut, USA (although this was taken on their way to, or in, Quebec City, Canada, where they are spending Christmas/New Year)...
back - Patrick, Natasha and Dylan
front - Zak and Oli

In Canberra, ACT...
Jefferson, Anushka, Rafe

In Deloraine, TAS...
Marnie, Phil, Denver

In Robina, Queensland...
Ben, Hazel, Hayley

In case you are wondering, Natasha, Jefferson, Marnie and Ben are 'mine' :))

And because I'm usually behind the camera and not in front of it, and also hate having my photo taken, no pics of me.  But if I get one over the holiday break that meets my critical appraisal, I will post it for you...but don't hold your breath!! :))

From Stillmeadow Sampler by Gladys Taber

We always think of Christmas as a time of icicles hanging from the old well and snow over the valley. But I had a friend who was newly married and went to live in the tropics. She felt sorry for herself as Christmas drew near…

And it came to her suddenly that Christmas was not a place, nor was it weather, it was a state of mind. After all she thought, Christ was not born in the north, He was born in a stable in Bethlehem. And so she got a small palm tree and put flowers on the flat leaves, and was gay and merry. It was, she said, one of the best Christmases ever…

It is certainly true that Christmas is only seasonal in the heart. The snow may be clean and deep outside, or you may be in a dingy city apartment or you may be in a steaming tropical country. But it is still Christmas. Whether you serve the plump crispy turkey, or something exotic wrapped in pandanus leaves, the feeling of Christmas is there. It is in the mind and in the heart. The faith we have in the good rises like a tide and wherever we are, we feel it.

Christmas graces any board and gives a new lift to our life, and as we hear once more the familiar carols, we thank God for the birth of His Son.

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie-
Above thy dark and dreamless streets the silent stars go by.”

I hope Christmas is 'merry and bright' for you, but if you're feeling lonely, reach out to others...it does wonders to lift the spirit!

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace"

Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)

Thanks for reading...


The Christmas Song

My favourite Christmas hymn and my favourite version.