Saturday, October 22, 2011


I love taking family photos!  It's so fun to see people spending time laughing with their kids.  Here are a few groups I've had the priviledge of shooting in the past month.  You may have seen one or two of these on my Flickr page but I'm having so much fun with them that I thought I'd do a little post here, too.   


8852 future rockers

Hello Fall

I'm enjoying a delicious tea that my mother-in-law recommended while BFJ is loading the back of the garage with firewood, and turning my garden beds over for the winter; two boys are watching cartoons, and one is coloring.  Someone pointed me to the perfect barn and giant tree for my afternoon photoshoot.  This evening, I'm invited to a birthday party for one of my favorite little girls.  If I were just binding off the perfect sweater, or sewing down the binding on a sweet little quilt, it would be a flawless fall day. 



0285 orange flowers




Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkin Time!

It's almost jack-o-lantern time!

Are you working on a Halloween costume?  I would love to hear about it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Knitting

I've gotten several knitting projects finished up lately.  I have not taken the time to post about them because most are gifts, but maybe I'll take a moment this week to get some pictures of those that aren't or have already been given.  Or make something for myself?  Hope you're all enjoying your fall preparations!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

something to think about

I know you can't believe everything you read on the internet but what if.  And I know that 83 experiments won't convince everyone.  But what if you knew for sure, that this is true?  Would it change your lifestyle, or would you just think, "that's too bad," and continue on?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Am I a lone reed?

"Kathleen, you are a lone reed. You are a lone reed, standing tall, waving boldly in the corrupt sands of commerce."  -Frank Navasky


Do you ever have that thing where you say something out loud, and the moment the words leave your lips, you wish you hadn't said it out loud?  Almost like you jinxed it, even if you don't believe in jinxes?  I just had to go and say that my word for this year is 'contentment.'  What I have been struck with this week, several times, is the irony that I am seemingly alone, or perhaps one of very few people, looking to have deep, meaningful connections with real friends. 

I invited every friend I have that a) lives in my relative corner of the world that I b) thought would be interested, to join us in some of our traditional fall festivities.  With the exception of my parents, and one VERY wonderful pair of friends, everyone has declined.  Everyone is too busy, or in too much of a hurry.  The kicker is that several of them has since mentioned that they went ahead and did it without us.  So the idea was good.... 

Several events of this year have resurfaced in my concious mind, and I don't know what they add up to. 

I had a date with a friend; I arrived at our meet-up where I proceeded to sit and wait for 35 minutes without any sign of her.  Finally, I decided that something unforeseen must have happened so I went back to my car, and there she was - talking to another friend.  And she informed me that if I just had a cell phone, this wouldn't have happened.  It was my fault.

I have a friend who on one hand, has repeatedly said she loves my pictures, but on the other hand has said that if she had to pay for my pictures she would take her own because, "I just can't justify paying for pictures." Then she went and bought a camera that cost twice as much as my first digital SLR. 

And don't even get me started on that popular networking website everyone belongs to!  Thanks to a tip from one of my younger cousins, I was the first person I knew with an account.  But it got to the point where I realized that "friending" had very little to do with friendship, so I quit.  And of course, I have not been invited to some things because people have to "go out of their way" to invite me. 

I love blogs, I love Ravelry, and I love Flickr.  But I want to look someone in the eye, hear their voice, see emotions on their face.  I want to go see a friend's local band because I knew they were good back when no one had heard of them, and not because I'm networking.  I don't want someone to say to me, "Okay, you can be right," because, frankly, they don't care either way.  I want friends who don't answer their phone in the middle of our conversation, because the conversation we're having is satisfying.  And I want a friend who accepted my invitation not only because it was a good idea, but because they knew I'd be there. 

I feel like I'm wading knee-deep against the blowing sands of commerce, and technology.  I guess I'm having a midlife crisis. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Red Corn

In trying to persuade loads of friends to go with us to Miller Farms, I looked all over for pictures I've taken, and did not find many.  I will be sure to take many this year.  In the meantime, as we were making Mr. Shagnasty yesterday, we discovered a previously untouched pile of indian corn from last year's excursion to the Farms. 
8511 indian corn with dahlia

We don't have loads of friends, but we do have a select few of the best!

On the schedule for today:  church, lunch, applebutter-making.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


One person woke me up this morning singing, "We get to decorate for Halloween today."  The next person plotted to find some branches.  Yet another sewed... 

We borrowed a shirt from this Grandpa, some pants from that Grandpa, and a couple of buttons from Marie.  Not quite done, but meet Ukulele Threadneedle Shagnasty. 

More to come...?