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News from the Nest, September 25

Hello friends.

Thanks so much for all the condolences you sent my way last week. We truly felt the love. We are finding a new rhythm without our very best fuzzy girl; Peep the Cat is still off. But we are a resilient bunch!

I finally got my new laptop back midweek, so I am slowly adding programs and learning the new configuration. So far, so good!

I am significantly behind on my goals with everything that has occurred lately. I came across this simple saying recently, which I continue to repeat to myself.

You are exactly where you need to be.

When I start getting anxious about all that isn’t done, I remind myself of this and take a deep breath.

We just found out last week that our youngest, the one all the way across the continent in California, has decided to move back home and work remotely! One happy momma here. I’ll have all my nestlings in the same state for a little while anyway. We will head out in early November to help him with the move.

New on the Blog

This sweet little blanket is named The Quiet Plaid Baby Blanket, thanks to Jeanie’s suggestion. Not only is the plaid quiet, given the tone-on-tone pattern but the blanket is hoped to quiet the wee baby under it! If you can knit and purl, you can make this subtle and reversible plaid pattern. A simple crochet edge finishes the blanket, but I also include instructions for a knit applied i-cord border or a seed stitch border.

From the Knit Studio

  • The applied i-cord is one of the border options for the new Quiet Plaid Blanket pattern shared above. If you need to learn how or need a refresher on this technique, please pop on over to this post on how to Knit the Applied I Cord.
applied icord on washcloth.
add crochet edge to knit piece.

From the Kitchen

  • Have you seen those Brazi Bites in your grocer’s freezer? These cheese puffs are basically the same thing. And not for nothing, they are gluten-free, tapioca flour being the binder. They are pull apart soft, with a slightly crisp exterior; in other words…really yummy!
Cheese puffs.
Bowl of healthy homemade tomato soup with fresh basil and tomatoes in the background.
  • This shrimp salsa is a breeze to make with common ingredients that combine for a delicious twist on traditional salsa.
overhead shot of a jar of shrimp salsa.
  • Dehydrate some of your Fall bounty of apples! These dehydrated apples are a great way to use up apples that may be past their prime and are fantastic travel snacks! This recipe instructs you how to dehydrate apples even if you don’t have a dehydrator!
A bowl of dehydrated apples
Stacked pieces of brownie brittle.
Stack of pumpkin spice donut holes on a wooden platter.

From the Arts + Crafts Studio

  • These neckwarmers are relatively easy to make. I walk you through the process step-by-step. Make sure to make enough for yourself and for gifts…I went through my stash very quickly! Everyone can use a warming neck wrap at some time!
A person standing in a room, with Heating Pad
Wooden bowl filled with needle felted acorns.

From the Garden

We cleared out our garden beds this weekend to ready them for our fall/winter plantings. Actually, we didn’t fully clear the beds. Instead, we cut back the marigolds and bush beans to the ground, leaving the roots in the soil to feed the microbes in the soil. This is the first year we have consciously done that.

We still have some tomatoes growing, so we left them in their bed. I think their roots will be too big to leave in, but if you leave tomato roots in the ground after each season, please drop me a line and let me know if it works for you.

Then, we topped the beds with a layer of compost and a layer of soil. If you haven’t started your compost bin, it’s never too late. Granted, the summer heat helps supercharge the composting, but you can still get some action in the winter.

I’ve started various seeds, including broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, broccoli rabe, lettuce, arugula, and kale. Check out these posts for great companion plants for kale, as well as great companion plants for broccoli.

In the Home

A bedroom with a bed in a room
Hutch with painting in Kitchen.

Reviews From our Readers

Have I ever told you how much I love getting mail? Hearing your reviews or suggestions fuels my fire, so keep them coming!

I made the Rigatoni al forno recipe featured in your blog…Mama Mia!! The wonders of fresh mozzarella cheese make this SO GOOD! Thanks for keeping me from a food rut.

Baked Rigatoni.

Hi There

This exercise in decluttering has been very helpful for me.We retired and relocated 3years ago…..now was the right time to re-evaluate our “stuff”….I’m nowhere near finished,but have felt so positive about this process and will start over again.

Thank you for sharing your insights and for all the encouragement.

Love and blessings


A Few Fun Finds and Tried + True Tools.

  • This mini metal spatula has many uses. It makes a great stocking stuffer. Mine went missing recently, which made me realize how often I reached for it and used it. I couldn’t find the old one, so had to replace it.
  • This is a great storage basket at a pretty good price!
  • Darling linen tablecloth with pom poms, also at a good price!

On My Nightstand

a stack of books.

On the last Monday of each month, I update the books I’ve read thus far during the year. I give my very brief ‘review’, a term which I use lightly; I barely scratch the plot line. You can see all the books I’ve read and the two I added this month here.

I’ve got a good bit of reading to do if I’m going to reach my goal of thirty-three books read this year! Luckily, I have some travel coming up, so should get quite a few read then.

Wishing you a week full to the brim with good things!


Signature of Lynn

Thanks for making my day by SHARING!!

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  1. Hello, thank you so much for all your words of wisdom! Also, the tips and patterns and recipes. “You are where you need to be”. Came to me when I needed it most, thank you. I so look forward to your newsletter each week.😊

    1. Hi Janet,

      Oh dear, I’m not sure I’m worthy of passing on words of wisdom! I guess when something speaks to me, I hope that it speaks to others as well. And that quote, “You are exactly where you need to be” has been repeated frequently by me recently! It’s a good one!

      I’m so thrilled you find this newsletter helpful. That’s my goal each day! I always hope others find the info useful, but it is very nice to hear!

      Have a great day!

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Re:tomato plants.
    I leave any imperfect dropped tomatoes in the bed on the ground. I find they sprout new plants in the spring. Even though they may seem small at first they eventually catch up and out perform started potted transplants.

    1. Good Morning Rita,

      I will do that! If nothing else, it adds compost to the soil! I’m curious, what is your grow zone? We are 8B

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Did you recommend reading The Bookbinder of Jericho by Pip Williams? If so, thankyou very much, if not get yourself a copy, it so good, It’s about a girl who works at the Oxford University Press as a bookbinder, the process of binding is described so well, I looked it up on Google, just fascinating! It is set during World War 1 and describes some of the rationing, the men who volunteered & how it affected the workers and their families.
    At present I am reading the previous book to this, The Dictionary of Lost Words, set at the end of the 1800’s and beginning of 1900’s, about the setting up of the Oxford dictionary, another fascinating book and being written by an Australian makes it special!!

    1. Good Morning Ailsa,

      Thanks so much for the recommendation. I did not recommend the Bookbinder of Jericho, but will put it in my library queue today!! That always makes me happy.

      Have a fantastic day and thanks again for the recommendations.

      Hugs, Lynn

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