I hope this finds you enjoying a lovely Monday!
As I went out into my backyard this morning to feed my two favorite fowl friends, Reg and Delilah, I was greeted with this GORGEOUS sunrise.
Clouds always make for the best sunrises and sunsets…the whole silver lining thing!
And back to Reg (short for Reginald, of course) and Delilah; it seems that every year I get ‘adopted’ by one or two of our local fowl. My hope is that by endearing myself to them, they will build their nest in our yard and I’ll get to see all the ducklings on a regular basis. That being said, not that I am a waterfowl expert or anything, but I would think that they need to get busy on the nest and eggs thing if we are going to get ducklings anytime soon.
We have been busy around here. We will be having a Memorial Service for my dad this weekend; I will be giving the remarks and hosting family and out-of-town guests for dinner following the service. Spending the time to put into words my memories of dad has reinforced to me what a lovely man he was and what a lucky daughter I am.
We were also able to gather with our Game Night Friends at our home for the first time in almost 2 years! It was a reminder of just how much we need and missed socializing with special people over the past 18 months. We humans need and thrive on other human contact.
I will be preparing some simple, make-ahead appetizers for Saturday. Marinated Castelvetrano Olives, Jalapeño Cheese Spread, Rosemary Walnuts, and Fromage Fort are some of our favorite appetizers and, luckily, are easy to make.
Looking for some knit baby blanket patterns? Check these out:
And if you are a knitter, you most likely have circular needles. Circular Needles make knitting large items much easier, but are rather a pain to store and organize. Check out how I solved that problem and now neatly organize and store my circular knitting needles.
Escape the hot and humid summer months (or the cold and dreary winter months for our Southern Hemisphere friends) by tackling clutter in your home. Join the 6-week Declutter Challenge and receive one email for 6 weeks targeting specific areas of our homes with tips and specialized checklists.
This Monogram Pillow remains one of my favorite embroidery projects.
How is your garden growing? If your cucumbers are coming along, make sure to check out this recipe for Jar-at-a-Time Dill Pickles.
Well my friends, I am off to finish up an Apricot Jam recipe for you and to put the finishing details on my remarks. I wish you a week of sunshine and smiles.
Until next week,