Showing posts with label charity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label charity. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Knitting On The Prayer Shawl

I am trying to knit "some" on the Prayer Shawl (for Charity Knitting) every single day. It can be just a single row or maybe many rows while watching television in the evening. It is a simple triangle shawl that starts with three knit stitches with one increase at the beginning of each row thereafter to form the triangle. It is all knit stitches so it "should be" a fast knit. It is kind of a challenge to fit knitting into my schedule  since I am trying to spend time in the garden. The next "Knitters and Hookers" get-together is tomorrow afternoon. I better get "clicking".  



I want to say something about the wonderful concert we attended on Sunday afternoon. It was called Composers' Corner III and was held at 3:00 in the afternoon. The beautiful original musical "works" were presented by four of our local artists who included two people who are members of our church. One of them is our Musical Director and the other is our Choir Director. Pretty impressive - don't you think? 

There were many highlights in the concert. It would be impossible for me to identify a favorite. However, a presentation of Improvisatory Poetry and Music at the piano was a performance like nothing I have ever witnessed.

According to Wikipedia, "Musical improvisation (also known as Musical Extemporization) is the creative activity of immediate (in the moment) musical composition which combines performance with verbal communication of emotions and instrumental technique." It was transfixing!

That's it for today. My To-Do list is calling me.

Wishing you a Fabulous Day.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Sweet Little Surprise




Remember these cookies that I made a week or so ago for the Heavenly Chocolate Festival at my church. As I said, I did not take a photo of the presentation  before I took them to the church. I wrapped them in pretty Valentine's cellophane with a big red bow. Since I did not attend the event, I did not realize that they were taking a vote on the many "goodies" that were brought for the event.  They had a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner along with 10 Honorable Mention winners. AND, I was one of the Honorable Mention!

It's really not a big deal - really.  But, when I read the email  I was totally surprised. During this challenging time that I am going through it was a very nice little piece of sweetness to be recognized in this way.


I hope you are having a SWEET DAY.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Looks Good And Is Good

Yummy, yummy home cooked food. Nothing fancy, just good cooking and good flavors. I am really enjoying cooking again. And, cooking healthy food is more important now, than ever in the past. As Ricky Gervais said on the Pierce Morgan show,  "Life is good and I don't want to blow it".

Now, don't get me wrong. I love food ~ pretty much ~~~ all food and especially desserts. And, you can't go wrong if it's chocolate! 

This is what I came up with for dinner. No recipe, just some of this and some of that.


 






Now, don't misunderstand me. Restaurant food can be "mind blowing". But, moderation is important. And, given the expense of eating out in these recessionary times, I would like to think of "dinner out" as a special treat! Actually, that is how I have always thought about eating out unless it is a quick pickup.

During these times, there are so many people that can use some help. And, I wish there was more that I could do. It just doesn't feel right to spend money frivolously for self gratification, indulgence and exhibition on a regular/daily basis! It seems rather hedonistic. I have always felt this way and I guess I will never change that attitude.

Perhaps, I can return to some charity knitting/crocheting. I'm going to think about that. 

Help someone today, if you can. Even a "kind word" can be a huge gift for someone in need!


Friday, February 17, 2012

New Toys For The Kitchen

Well, really not new. I just have not been able to use them until recently. It is so nice to return to baking and cooking in a relaxed and peaceful way. Quite awhile ago I saw these scraper blades for Kitchen Aid Mixers and I knew that I had to have one. What a great idea!  And ~ it worked great!

 

See how nice the bowl is scraped and the batter is nicely blended.



And, now look at my new cookie sheets and non-stick silicone liners. Aren't they pretty? Again, I have had these for quite some time but never could take the time to use them.






You say, "What are you making?"  Oh yes, that would be nice to tell you. The Women's Fellowship at my church had a fund raiser and the theme was Heavenly Chocolate Festival in celebration of Valentine's Day. So, I made Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. In years past, like the 70's, I made this Betty Crocker recipe every Christmas Season. This particular recipe uses vegetable oil instead of shortening and is not quite as sweet.

 




The cookie sheets and liners work fabulously! I highly recommend them.




For a short time I will have dietary restrictions, so I chose not to attend the Heavenly Chocolate Festival  but  when I delivered my contribution I saw the Beautiful Decorations. For a little country church, we have an incredible number of talented and impressive women - - - and men. They even had Chocolate Fountains for dipping strawberries and other goodies as well as Hot Chocolate and an assortment of all things CHOCOLATE. What could be better ! ! !

And, the event was a HUGE success! A significant amount of funds were procurred for Habitat for Humanity, Mentoring Programs and Food Bank to name a few of the local community projects that the women's group supports. Wonderful!

Have a Great Day.



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Busy - Busy Day

This is another very busy day starting with walking with a neighbor friend to the Bakery on Main Street for coffee and some kind of bakery goodie and chit-chat. Then back home to meet with a yards person to help with the huge job of cleaning the garden that is in need of racking of all the leaves and debris from the winter storms. A three-yard refuse dumpster was delivered yesterday for disposal of the yard waste. As soon as I have the yards person "squared-away", I am off to the dentist for a scheduled appointment. Then, I'll check back at home to check out the progress before heading down the hill to my Charity Knitting Group (aka, Knitters and Hookers). And, most likely I will be having dinner with My Special Man. I am so busy and so happy.

I hope your day has a little time for relaxing!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bright Colors

This image makes me think of yarn and this time of year!



By now, you know  that I like bright colors. And, I hope someone else (perhaps, in a nursing home) will enjoy them in this shoulder wrap that I am crocheting for my charity knitting/crocheting group. It will be about 20 inches from the neck edge down. I am using yarn that is remaining from some other projects that I have made or that I am still working on.  I am going to crochet a simple edging with variegated yarn. I started it already to see if  I like it and I do.  Also I will make some short string ties for the top front closure.





By the way, the Tudor and Baroque Afghan - see - http://everydaydelight09.blogspot.com/2009/09/tudor-and-baroque.html  that I have been knitting for the group is finished except for weaving in the ends. I will take a photo soon. 

I am not sure if I have a favorite between knitting and crocheting. I really do enjoy both. But, I think crocheting  is faster and I understand that it takes less yarn. Do you have a favorite?

I hope you are having a Warm and Cozy day.

~Mary~

Friday, August 07, 2009

A New Project

Knitters understand that you do not have to finish a project before you start another! I think that can be said about all crafting. The thrill seems to be in the planning, visualizing, dreaming and of course the shopping for the yarn. In this case I had the yarn and I am happy about that.

I am always amazed when I meet someone who would not think of preparing for another project until they have finished the project they already have started. I haven't met many of them but they do exist! Just imagine - - - - - no stash.



"Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles..." Written in 1998 by: Janet Bristow Copyright ©2009


She also writes "Shawls can be used for: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; commitment or marriage ceremonies; birthing, nursing a baby; bridal shower or wedding gift; leading ritual; first menses or croning rites of passage; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others; graduation, birthday, anniversary, ordination, holiday gifts; or just socializing...there are endless possibilities!"


I don't usually work with bulky weight yarn. The advantage to bulky weight yarn is that it is faster and especially nice for a project like this. The yarn color is Tahoe Multi in Red Heart Light & Lofty. The number three is significant in the Shawl Ministry so I have added three ( four row) strips of the color green at the beginning and I will repeat it at the other end. I am using a regular knit stitch and letting the variegated yarn colors create the pattern. This is a lot easier than a lace pattern, wouldn't you say? Oh, I may put a green fringe at each end,too.
It is certainly a good TV watching project.

I must run, the dog needs a bath.

In between goals is a thing called life,
that has to be lived and enjoyed.
---------Sid Caesar

LIVE A LITTLE LIFE AND REMEMBER TO SHARE.

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014