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This was the sunrise that greeted me this morning as I headed into work, beautiful!
Now to show you all what I’ve been working on during the week I was off from my full-time bill paying job…
Knitting fingerless mitts…

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These are knit from the pattern “Main Morning Mitts” I’m using a chunky weight yarn with sz. 6 DPN’s. The pattern is sized for Small, Med & Large. These mitts are for a pre-teen so I’m using the Small sz.as written in the pattern.

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These are called Susie Rogers Reading Mitts”. I paired this pattern with Berroco Vintage Colors. The yarn is a pure delight to work with. It’s soft yet sturdy. These are for a friends wife. This pattern is also wrote with three sized available to the knitter to choose from. I’m using sz. 4 DPN’s and the small size of the pattern instructions.

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My last Main Morning Mitt! I’ve just got to finish the thumb and then the 3 sets of fingerless mitts are on their way to their new home 😀

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I took a walk the other evening, the sun had dropped below the horizon and the sky had this lovely illuminated blue color, looking at the sky through the big birch trees made for an intriguing photo…I couldn’t pass this photo opp up.

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My fav coffee beverage from Starbucks is the Cinnamon Dolce Latte, ex wip cream 😎. Some days I just can’t make to my local Starbucks so I have to settle for my home brew latte. I did purchase the cinnamon dolce syrup…I must say…I make a dam good latte.

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This lovely knit cowl is so simple. It’s my own design. Knit 3 purl 3 rib for a good 7 inches. Then I worked in short rows to give it a collared look. I came across a piece of beaded jewelry and decided to add it to my cowl. It added that little bit of visual interest and sparkle that was missing. The cowl is 3 lace wright yarns held together, one was a silk blend, one a wool blend and the last was a purple-white-green (long color ways) yarn, I’ve had them in my stash for quite some time. The silk blend and the wool blend were purchased from Blackberry Ridge in Wisconsin. The yarn with the long color ways that really brought the project together is a mystery yarn. I cannot recall the name of the yarn or where I purchased it…bummer

Now for your viewing pleasure…some of my local photography 😀. enjoy

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WoW, I’ve been negligent with my blog post. We’ll I’m preparing to be back on the inter-Web in FULL force! Until then I’ll leave you with some photos…

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On our way home from Mothers we were in a fender-bender…a $4700 dollar “fender bender” SMH

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We went down to Sandgates Sunday, the weather was beautiful and the view was great! The River is the Patuxent.

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After sporting blonde locks all summer I decided to go ombré red

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I love my Starbucks! When I can’t get to them, I just have to make my own…what’s a girl to do??

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Taking a walk to the mailbox…

And one last photo then it’s time for my beauty sleep…

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The corn is reaching for the sky…
Check back soon! I’m going to have knitting projects I’ve been working on and some very delicious recipes to share with you ALL
XO Lisa

My neighborhood has lots of dogs, just about every family has one dog some even have two… Now, I love dogs! I love cats! I just don’t have either one now in this time if my life.
My neighbors on either side of me have dogs. They come over (the dogs) everyday. I’m glad they do because it makes me feel good. 🐾

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This is “Clark”, he is a Doberman/Hound mix. The neighbors got him from the Doberman rescue. He is a sweet friendly dog but there are times when he is seriously bat-shit crazy! He is afraid of his own shadow, he is afraid of squirrels and if you leave the hood up on your vehicle he is afraid of that too… I wonder if something is wrong with his eyes ?!
Clark comes by every morning just as we are finishing breakfast. I always save him a bit of crust from my toast, a little egg white and a kibble of sausage… Do you know how he repays me?? He grabs my slipper are takes off outta the house at full tilt! I saw him later that day laying in his front yard with my slipper tucked under his big old paws… I said to him ” what do you think your going to do with my slipper”… He looked at me with his ears perked up, head tilted ever so slightly. Then he grabbed my slipper in his mouth and rolled over on his back making puppy noises… It was obvious he’d claimed my slipper as his own. 🐾

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Clark is only 9 months old. He loves to run like the wind in the mornings… He gets tuckered out fast!

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My other dig visitor is Boss. He lives on the other side of me. He is a very smart dog, he does have some issues, I’ll tell you about them later. Boss doesn’t like other dogs. He feels this is his domaine and any other dogs will get run-off . So Boss came over to visit last evening, he’s had 2 hip surgeries. I guess Boss is about 8 or 9 yrs old. He’s a grumpy old man. But he loves me…😁

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Boss came from the local humane society. He has German Shepard and some terrier blood in him. He HATES birds and airplanes! Go figure that one out, lol

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Enjoy the beautiful cool days of autumn!

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Clark is using his laser vision on me…he wants another doggie treat…💩

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Back in December a good friend from Florida sent me some lemons that she picked off a lemon tree growing in her yard. I decided to see if I could get the seeds to germinate and maybe grow a lemon tree or two for myself… Well success!! I planted aprox. 9 seeds and surprise… They ALL sprouted and are growing!🍋🍋🍋

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Then I read on-line that you could “root” a pineapple top… 🍍So I gave that a try, success again!! I actually have two! No fruit yet… But as I understand it, the pineapple I rooted may not produce… That’s ok with me. I’m just tickled pink that my gardening trials are working!🍍

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The hummingbirds are buzzing! My sister-in-law fills the feeders twice a day! I tried to count them… They’re just too fast 😊

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I guess they’ll be heading to Mexico soon…
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Knitting

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Everyone loves my knitted chicks, I’m finding the best yarn for the body is acrylic Bernat brand yarn. I don’t have the label here or I’d give you more 411 on this yarn😬

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I ❤ these chicks!
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Pennsylvania

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I took a trip earlier this summer, back to Clearfield PA.

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All the fields were lush & green.

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Bridges of Clearfield Co.
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One Rolling Mountain
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Small Mountain Town
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Aug.16,2013
Whew… Where dies the time go?

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Temps got down to the low to mid 50’s here this morning, fog was starting to burn off by 9:00 am. Everyone is commenting on the low humidity and the the cooler temperatures, in this area, Washington D.C., August is a hot,humid miserable month. This summer has been very nice.

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Crabs are big and so delicious!

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Ohhh the mess they leave, it’s so worth it!

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I love Black-eyed Susan’s…
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My current knit project, Martina Behm has such wonderful knitting patterns!

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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…💲💲

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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! 😀