Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Sunday in Photos

It rained first thing this morning and in fact, throughout the day.
Rosy and I hung out around the house a bit and she pretended to be a lion.
Eventually I wandered out and went to Morris Arboretum. I walked through the flower garden admiring the variety of beautiful flowers.
And sat on my favorite bench under the willow, journaling and reading.
Wandered a bit more and visited the small log cabin. Right about then, it started to rain again. I slowly, deliciously, made my way back to the car enjoying the delight of warm weather rain along the way.
And I came home, walked Rosy, visited with my neighbor and came home to make more tomato basil soup.

Perfection!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Enjoying the View

I had to take a detour to work yesterday as the bridge I normally take was getting a paint job. Driving down Kelly Drive, I decided to stop and take a few photos since it was such a pretty day. And, just admiring the beauty of the day made the whole day better..... it's the small things.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pillowcase Delight

I went to a craft show over the weekend. And, as I was walking the booths, I spotted a thrift store. Of course I had to go! My friend and I poked through everything. Their linen section was small but cheap and lovely. This pillowcase was only $1 and had to come home with me.
I already see this been added to a number of projects in the future!! I can't wait.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Peaches, Corn and Sewing: What, they don't go together?

This past weekend, my friend Katie and I went peach and corn picking. It was a lovely sunny day and we were all for embracing our inner goofball. The peaches were huge and beautiful. We picked a half peck, so we each ended up with 5 peaches. In retrospect, I wish I had come home with more. Because they were delicious....
As for corn, we didn't pick as much. I had just eaten two ears the night before and Katie had some at home. The corn field ended up being lovely entertainment though. We took lots of photos and just had a good time.
I've been thinking about scrapping - for now - the summer dress I was working on (and is currently guiltin' up my kitchen table) and starting a quilt top. Simple squares of loveliness. Everything keeps calling me back to quilting. Meanwhile the dress languishes on the table, not inspiring me to sew at all. And because it's in the way of other projects I sulk off to the living room and do nothing.... So I'm thinking this weekend will involve some cleaning and pulling out of quilting fabrics. Maybe some square cutting. Ahhh... the decision makes me feel better already!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Contest Winners!

The contest is closed and winners picked!! If Kitten With a Whiplash and Maria Rose could please send me your addresses, I'll get a little package in the mail to you. Thanks for all of the lovely staycation ideas.

My staycation was a delightful treat. I took Rosy to the vet. I went to prison. I had lunch with friends. I saw the Ramona and Beezus movie. I started PT for my knee. I slept in. I took Rosy for a hike in the woods. Wonderful and relaxing.... just what staycation should be! I've been back to work this week and although busy with fun projects, I do miss the quiet delight of a little time off....

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Giveaway Love

This week, I spent a little more time exploring Philadelphia and just loving life and taking care of myself. Staycation is the best! I only wish I had another week of it. In light of my staycation and my desire to do a contest on here, I'm asking you to tell me about the best staycation activity in your area. What would you do if you had one or two days completely free (and money was no object)? Think about what you'd do strictly for you.

I'm keeping the contest open until Thursday. Prizes will include some sewing stuff, a Yarn Harlot book, some lovely little lotion samples, and other stuff. Most likely there will be two winners, although it might be enough for three. I'll pick one winner with the "best staycation idea" and one or two randomly.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prison Break

Yesterday, I spent the day in prison. Eastern State Penitentiary to be exact. Two of my friends and I went for the tour. The prison opened is 1829 and was in operation until 1971. It's in a state of semi-ruin, making it kind of creepy and cool.
We visited Death Row and solitary confinement. We saw where Al Capone stayed when he was housed there. We saw the synagogue, which was recently restored. We learned about the dog held prisoner there and the cats that moved in after the prison closed.
Luckily, they let us leave. We went for a delicious lunch. It was a great outing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

No Knitting Sadly

I wonder when I'll be able to knit again. I took a bit of a break from knitting because of some carpel tunnel. But after injuring my left wrist this spring, I have residual pain. The doctor took additional X-rays last week because it hurts where a bunch of the small bones are. And I should add, it doesn't hurt consistently. Regardless, I'm frustrated because I don't want to never knit again. I have a bunch of yarn just calling out for a project. I wanna knit!!!!! I'm thinking about tempting fate a bit and casting on soon..... I have just the project and yarn in mind.

Luck be a Stacy Today

I am a lucky girl! Recently Maria had a number of giveaways to celebrate her 1,000th post. And I won! She sent me a beautiful apron, some stationary, and a couple of pretty photos. Love, love, love! Yay for me..... thanks Maria.
And speaking of contests, look back at the end of this week as I'll be hosting a little giveaway right here.

And a gratuitous photo of Little Dog following her grooming on Sunday. She's a clean, pretty little girl. And look at those sweet eyes!

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Shakespearean Picnic

My friends and I had a lovely time at Shakespeare in Clark Park on Saturday.
The show was A Midsummer Night's Dream. The audio was good, the audience plentiful and the actors funny. The weather cooled off a little so it wasn't too hot and the sun was shining and bright.
The day dipped into evening as the show progressed. The lights came on, though the bugs stayed away. We had sandwiches, cake and wine. An old man offered me a peach.
It's definitely one of my favorite summertime activities in Philadelphia.