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Monday Musings, March 1

Good Morning, Glories!

For my friends still in the throes of winter, you may want to avert your eyes for a few sentences, because…it was a BEAUTIFUL weekend here in Southeast North Carolina!

I cannot even tell you how wonderful it was to come in from a day of working the yard and have to clean dirt out from under my fingernails! Pure Bliss. It is amazing what spending the day outside in sun and warmth can do to improve one’s mental health.

And the icing on the cake, my peonies are poking their heads up! They were planted a year ago and didn’t produce last year, so I am hopeful that I might actually get a few flowers this year. Any Peony Masters out there willing to share your growing tips?

If you can work in your soil, now is a good time to get your soil tested so you can amend it before the growing season. We are the poster children for the benefits of soil testing. When we tested it for the first time last year we found that our soil pH was dramatically off, which is why our plants just couldn’t thrive. Adding lime made a huge difference.

I’ve been promising this new Baby Blanket Pattern for a couple of weeks! While I love the delicate look of this Cloverleaf Eyelet Baby Blanket, this Knit Argyle Baby Blanket is a nice contrast. And funny story, the day I published this blanket I got a text from one of my besties letting me know her daughter will be having their first grandchild! I am beyond tickled to be knitting a baby blanket for her!

Beige knit baby blanket on a blue bedspread.

On a related note, if you want to be notified when I publish a new knit or crochet pattern, make sure you sign up by clicking on the button below.

One more question for my knitting & crochet friends. I am working on a Knit & Crochet Planner/Organizer; if you have a moment, reply to this post with what you would like to have in an organizer. Many thanks in advance..

We are still in the Oyster Months, those months that have the letter ‘r’ in their name. As such, you should be able to find oyster shells for free at your local seafood market. This Oyster Shell Mirror and these Oyster Shell Balls are some of my favorite projects and will add a little coastal charm to your home.

While you are at the seafood store, grab a pound of shrimp and make this Shrimp and Grits recipe! It is so very good! And you can sub tomatillos for the green tomatoes.

Even if you can’t get outside and work in the dirt, it isn’t too early to start thinking about your garden. One of my favorite gardening ‘chores’ is planning out my container gardens each year. To that end, I have accumulated an assortment of ‘recipes’ that I borrow upon. You can see those recipes in the several posts I have written; Container Gardening 101, Container Garden Ideas and Recipes #1, Container Garden Ideas and Recipes #2, and Container Garden Ideas and Recipes #3.

We think this hummus recipe is better than any store-bought one we’ve tried.

Forty-nine Quick Household Tasks that take 15 minutes or less.

Little PSA here, I found myself with a touch of acid indigestion/reflux the other night after having consumed a bit too much of our Nachos. I mixed up a teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of water and drank it; while it tasted awful, it definitely helped calm down the acid.

Have a wonderful day, my friends.


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  1. Lynn,
    In regard to your knit/crochet planner, I believe a notes area, pockets for storing extra pattern pages and essential to me would be a pattern holder with ruler. Sometimes, I loose my place and having a place to put a chart or written pattern with a slide rule so I can move it down as I finish each row. This would be so helpful to me. I love your blog, and enjoy reading the tips and tricks and have made many of your dishcloths.


    1. Thanks for the input Rose,

      I’m slowly working on the planner, though it has had to take a back seat for a bit. Thanks for being a such a loyal reader, folks like you make this blog work!

      Have a great day, my friend



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