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Today is the first full day of summer. As a youngster these days were filled with dips in the pool, running barefoot through the cool grass, playing in the stream under the canopy of trees, going horseback riding with friends. After the sun had slipped away and the lightning bugs seemed to magically appear I’d lay in the grass and watch the night sky. Hoping to catch a glimpse of a shooting star or just watching the man-in-the-moon. Yes those were wonderful carefree days…

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Knitting

I’ve been working on several projects, 3 to be exact. I love shawls! I love making them and I love wearing them and they are excellent gifts.
My first one is called “22 Little Clouds”. The designer is Martina Behm. I knit my shawl in Manos Del Uruguay “Maxima”. I used 2 skeins of yarn which was aprox. 436 yds. of yarn.

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I love the ruffled edge!

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Next was a really nice shawl with a pretty lace edge. This shawl pattern was very fun to knit, after a few repeats the pattern was easy to remember.

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“Jen In Breck” is the name of the pattern. The designer, Karen Green is a very talented designer. I will certainly be knitting more of her patterns!

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The Manos del Uruguay brand was born in 1968 when a group of women developed an idea to promote economic & social development of women in rural areas of the country. These craftswomen are the owners of Manos & are able to stay in their home towns yet still make a decent living by handspinning & dyeing the wonderful Manos wool & wool blend handknitting yarns.
Maxima is my favorite for the time being….but I’m dying to try them ALL!!

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I’ve got all these beautiful shawls, now I need to acquire some beautiful shawl pins…I’ve seen some made from “Fimo” clay on Pinterest…I need to look into this further.

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Childry is the current shawl that I’m working on. The ruffled edges caught my eye…the designer Elly Doyle, has several patterns that I’m quite drawn too.
You can read more about Ms.Doyles’ yarn adventures on her blog http://www.magpielly.co.uk/blog
My “Childry” is worked in Malabrigo yarn. I’m using a solid deep purple yarn and accenting it with a variegated purple stripes. So far I’m liking the combo…but I’m a ways off from being finished.
The first shawl I’d ever knit was from a designer in Canada. Her name is Annie Lee aka Jumpercables knitting, her patterns looked daunting to me but they were quite easy to knit and the results were lovely!

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This pattern, “January Scarf” I’ve knit at least half dozen times. I love the pattern and its very versatile. I’ve used everything from sport weight yarn to chunky yarn and the finished shawl is alwaysperfect! I love it!!

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Storms, they are a brewing
Here in Southern Maryland summer is hot and humid! During these dog days we get our fair share of wicked looking storms. Mostly rain and wind…sometimes they (the storms) are loaded with small hail.

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As fierce as this storm looks we only got a bit of rain…just enough to dampen the lawn.

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I enjoy looking at the clouds…the sky and all that.
I’d like to take one of those “Storm Chaser” vacations! Only thing is, and I’m almost 100% certain of it, I’d surely ain’t if I saw a tornado! Seriously….

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On this particular day, I’m on my way to work, the sky is a beautiful shade of blue dotted with some big white billowy clouds…nothing threatening here… Well by lunch time that had all changed. The dark foreboding clouds moved in…

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Then the clouds opened up and the rain came down! There was no wind…just buckets and buckets of rain. We got just over 2″ in about 90 minutes. The parking lot was a small lake with in 30 minutes.

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Road Trip

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Gloria and I are on our way to Pennsylvania. Look out family… Here we come!
First we are going to Lake Anna, in Virginia. The first leg if this journey begins with the Harry Nice Bridge. I can remember when the toll for this bridge was .75! Then it went up to 3.00, now it’s 6.00! Times…they are changing, prices…they are rising…πŸ’²πŸ’²

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The Potomac river looked quite beautiful in the setting sun.🌞
As we crossed the bridge, it was a very nice day, the waters of the river were amassed with boaters. Fishermen, crabbers collecting their crab-pots and recreational boaters…enjoy!

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This beautifully serene church was where we meet up with Mother. Husband and I stopped here some years ago to take photos and walk around the grounds…so beautiful!

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The little church sets just ourside of the the town limits of Port Royal, VA. Evening is upon us..,

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Crossing Lake Anna, a brilliant sun sets on a beautiful day.

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I’ve got my cinnamon dolce latte, now…I can get my thoughts together and prepare for our departure in the morning! Gosh… It feels so good! Knowing that in a few hours Mother & I will be with family in the mountains if Pennsylvania! πŸ˜€

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Summer in Southern Maryland

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Summer time here in Southern Maryland is______!
Looking out across the Patuxent River towards the power plant, the temperature was 95 degrees. Combined with the humidity it felt like 100 degrees. 🌡
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The corn is high in the sky

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Driving down this very long stretch of highway, with the AC on max, we felt as though we were in a frying pan…sizzlesizzle
To keep cool and quench my thirst I made πŸ‹ lemon aide, it was delish!

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here is my recipe
1C fresh squeezed lemon juice. I had 6 lemons and got just over a cup juice.
1C simple syrup, to make simple syrup bring 1C water to a boil then add 1C sugar. Turn off heat,Stir until sugar is dissolved.
My pitcher is about 1/2 gallon, fill your pitcher with ice cubes, add lemon juice, simple syrup and fill the pitcher with water. Give it a stir πŸ‹ now your ready to enjoy a delicious refreshing glass of lemon aide.
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Peaches! When I see those beautiful fruits my thoughts immediately turn to ” peach cobbler”. I also like to add a handful of red raspberries to my cobbler, so good! If you want to make this peach cobbler “Easy Peach Cobbler”
enjoy!!πŸ‘
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I was going through my yarn stash, it’s kinda like going on a treasure hunt… I found a wonderful yarn treasure too! I’d tucked away some (5 skeins) of Noro Cash Iroha, I bought them about 4 yrs. ago! Now that yarn is discontinued, but lucky me… I have 5 skeins!!! Happy Days! I wound the skeins into cakes, I spent several hours looking for a pattern for my treasure yarn. In the meantime I’ve put them into my fav ceramic mix bowl and set them in the coffee table πŸ˜‡. I’ve yet to find a pattern, but that’s half the fun.

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Forth of July weekend was beautiful.
No rain just lots of sunshine 🌞

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I’m going to share some of my. Photographs with you all…. Enjoy

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Old Barn. Oaks Rd. Maryland.

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Field of Corn, Penns Hill Rd. Maryland

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Under the big blue sky, Cookseys Store

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Yours Truly, Lisa Page aka YarnFreak🌸

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Bee Keepers Quilt, Tiny Owl Knits

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Lovely Lavender

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Sunday Morning

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Roller Coaster Hwy.

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