Saturday, June 20, 2009


One of our favorite things about summer is dining outside. We had an evening recently that was perfect...... a light breeze, clear skies and the birds singing..... our meal was so yummy....... you can't beat a nice aged Angus beef tenderloin on the grill with a few veggies on the side(and, of course, a glass of wine). It was wonderful!

Rod and I sat outside for a while and just savored the time. This time of year we usually just grab a salad or sandwich or eat on the run..... you may wonder why.....mostly because of the nature of our business.... this is our busy "season".

....another thing about summer...... flowers, flowers, flowers..... nice to go out early in the morning to see what is happening in the yard. Here's whats blooming in our perennial bed.....

Oh..... yes, that's Beau..... my garden companion....

Next to bloom are the cone flowers, garden phlox, monarda and delphiniums...... can't wait!

Here is the brown bear I knitted for Bradyn last weekend. He was staying with us while his parents were away. Bradyn was really sick...he ask me to knit him a bear and, of course, I started on it immediately. He ask me to give his bear a "mean" face..... couldn't quite bring myself to make a face any meaner than this! Stuffed animals are supposed to have happy faces, right? (Bradyn is all in to super heroes......)

I am working on a sweet little top for Layla from Sublime patterns..... there are so many cute things to knit for little girls..... and big girls too!

"I want to have fun. I want to shine like the sun. I want to be the one that you want to see. I want to
knit you a sweater. I want to write you a love letter. I want to make you feel better. I want to make you feel free."
Joni Mitchell


  1. ooohhh! i just loved this "joyeux de vivre" post about "this", "that" and "the other"! ...and what a precious boy thing....wanting a mean face on his bear! lol! great colors on the's charming even without a smiling face.

    Love the joni mitchell quote..."I want to knit you a sweater"'s good to know that perhaps just the thought itself can count many people I'd like to knit sweaters for!

  2. Karen - you capture summer perfectly - peaceful evening dinners, using our own hands to create the perfect gifts for our loved ones, and watching nature "bloom". I, too, love the summer! Thanks for sharing this piece of happiness. :)

  3. love everything in your post ... outdoor evening dinners are so important for Jp and I too !!!

    love the adorable knitted teddy bear !!! I think of you A LOT my friend.

  4. Beautiful flowers, adorable dog and FAB looking dinner!