It’s been a quiet weekend so I thought I’d join Karen today. Sadly, it went much too fast. On Friday, my son was in Hartford at the State House with other kids who are participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange. He is the only out-bound student (meaning he is going abroad next year) from our district so he has been able to spend a lot of time with the in-bound kids spending their school year in the U.S. He’s been able to forge friendships with kids from Italy, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Taiwan, and Thailand. After their trip, I joined them for dinner and the Harlem Globetrotters in Bridgeport while my husband took our daughter and a friend to the middle school dance.


Saturday was just a lot of running around trying to get things done and so nothing terribly exciting. We did go out to dinner at a new-to-us restaurant in Milford, Connecticut. The food was delicious and they have my favorite meal of cavatelli, sausage and broccoli rabe. I kept half of it for lunch on Monday because it was just too much to eat all at once. We have only a couple of substitute teachers at school so, on days like Thursday and Friday, we often help with lunch periods.


Often, we only find out right before lunch so it makes having a hot lunch difficult so I ordered a small crockpot for lunches. When it became clear we may be doing a few lunch periods, I thought it was time because I’d been looking at this for months. So tomorrow my leftovers are going in this to warm up all morning. My level teachers and I take turns for lunch periods and I had Friday but just in case…


As I was wrapping up the Giants socks, I started thinking about wrapping and/or packaging. After being my somewhat constant companions for so long, I thought these socks needed a little extra touch. I found this printable sheet of labels on Pinterest so I could quickly write the care instructions for handknit socks since they are going to a single guy.


I am back to having only one project going, although I think I may need to throw in another pair of socks for myself.  I haven’t really gotten much work done (meaning, none) on those socks I’d planned knitting this year. I really do love knitting socks, even if I do complain much more than I should.


For now I’m concentrating on my sugar swirls blanket for a soon to be born baby girl. I’m hoping it will be an easy knit although right now I’ve done two rows of k3tog tbl and it’s been requiring all my focus. Oh, and I got a spiffy new project bag from madderroot, located up in Maine. Llamas and alpacas are kind of a big deal in my house.

My foot has been acting up, after a few days of a horrible migraine, so I’m taking this Sunday evening slow and just knitting and reading. Maybe doing some extra lesson planning after dinner.

How was your weekend?


It was a busy one! I’m sorry to see Monday arrive for a few reasons, but mostly because we haven’t had a lot of down time.  My husband and son headed into New York Saturday for Rotary Day at the United Nations, while my daughter and I filled the neverending shopping needs of public school students.  (Have I mentioned I miss uniforms?!?!)  We also managed to see Dr. Strange so not a total loss.


Working to eradicate polio in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
Working to eradicate polio in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

While they were enjoying their day at the UN, I managed to finish the Monkey Socks, lose them to Maia, and swipe them out of her room while she wasn’t paying attention. I offered to knit another pair (we both LOVE Lambstrings yarn) but she felt she could share with me.  Um, we’ll see.

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This is shaping up to be another crazy week! Hopefully school will be quiet so I can focus on my own children.  Could happen, right?



This weekend was a rainy and cold one here in Connecticut. Our plans for the Big E were derailed and we spent most of the weekend at home. Maia found a soft fuzzy blanket “with pompoms” after dinner on Saturday and she’s been under it since. 
image I spent a lot of time buried under the covers battling this virus that seems to have settled in for a long stay. After thinking I was on the mend, I’m now in bed with sharp throat pain. Strep is going around school so I think a trip to the doctor…again…is in order. All of the down time has given me lots of time for knitting and reading, though.  We have a diocesan teacher conference on Tuesday and I think knitting is coming with me. 

Weekend Progress and Dinner Plans

Our goal, my daughter and mine, was a weekend with nothing.  I think we did fairly well.


This was the first home game at my son’s school and Grey couldn’t wait.  He rambled on about Friday Night Lights and team spirit.  It was a bit of a nail biter and we were down up until the last quarter when we came from behind to win the game. First home win in two years!


I was finishing up my niece’s Azel Pullover but had to leave in the midst of the bind off to get to school.  This work thing really interferes with knitting.  Anyway, I finished it up Saturday morning and it’s just waiting for buttons.  Luckily my niece lives in SE Virginia so it’s not likely to get cold down there any time soon.



I wound my new yarn that I picked up last weekend in Port Jefferson.  It’s Lamstrings Ewetopia Sock and I love it.  I’m working on Nutkin socks.  This is the first folded cuff I’ve done (and it kept me from knitting this pattern for a couple of years).  Much easier than I’d thought. The perfectly coordinated nail color was a fluke (OPI Sailing and Nailing, if you’re wondering).


Last night we had our first “Fall” fire.  Granted, fall doesn’t technically begin until Thursday but it was chilly out.  So nice to sit and relax with a glass of wine and the boys (the daughter was at a friends).

Phew, there we go.  Now to dinner plans.  I am trying so so hard to cook at home but it’s not a lot of fun.  I’m thinking of trying Blue Apron or something similar to see if I can climb out of this cooking rut.

Monday: Italian Sausage and Broccoli Raabe over Penne Pasta

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan Burgers (kids’ cooking night)

Wednesday: Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

Thursday: Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili

Friday: Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken

Saturday: Crab Cake Sandwiches

Menu Monday, er, Tuesday

I hope everyone had a great Fourth. We had family visiting so we packed in a lot in just three short days. Although, really, most of it was at the beach.  For two nights, our beaches here in town, down the CT shoreline and across to Long Island were lit up with fireworks and bonfires – both of which are illegal although the police really just work to keep order.  A facebook post this morning alluded to citizens “showing their independence.” 🙂


Apparently there's something called Fish Racing which, if you didn't know that was a thing, don't feel bad.  I had no idea.
Apparently there’s something called Fish Racing which, if you didn’t know that was a thing, don’t feel bad. I had no idea, either.
Snapchat continues to provide ridiculous amount of entertainment.  But I also realized it works like a little scrapbook when you add a filter.
Snapchat continues to provide ridiculous amount of entertainment. But I also realized it works like a little scrapbook when you add a filter.
Chilly New England evenings make long sleeves almost a necessity so I thought my DAR shirt would be just right.  The back reads "Celebrate America with the DAR"
Chilly New England evenings make long sleeves almost a necessity so I thought my DAR shirt would be just right. The back reads “Celebrate America with the DAR”

On Sunday, we all piled into the car and drove into the city.  It was our first time driving (we usually just take the train) but I think we’ll be driving in all of the time now.  A quick trip in the car and $27 to park on the Upper East Side all day!

Our main objective was to take our niece to American Girl for her first doll since her 5th birthday is coming up.  It’s so much more fun to go to the shop and just order one online. But before we got there, we headed down to Battery Park for the views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. While we didn’t ferry out to the islands, we did head over to the Seaglass Carousel.  I highly recommend doing this.  For $5 you get to ride in iridescent sea creatures and feel like you’re swimming underwater.  Even my fourteen year old was impressed.  And, trust me, there isn’t a lot to do in Manhattan for $5 per person.

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After Battery Park, we headed up to Central Park to go to the zoo.  Central Park Zoo is the perfect size for little kids.  And for big kids who have walked all over creation. And, if you followed the news from NYC on Sunday, we were in Central Park, very close to where the explosion occurred.  My SIL was a little nervous about being in NYC after that, but watching how quickly the NYPD and the NYFD descend upon things like that makes you feel very safe.  My only concern was keeping the big kids with us just in case we ended up having to leave the park. No worries, though, that city is amazing in an incident and we never felt anything less than 100% safe.

Clearly my eleven year old showed no concern while chatting with her friends.
Clearly my eleven year old showed no concern while chatting with her friends.
In the Tropics House - so many beautiful birds.
In the Tropics House – so many beautiful birds…
And very friendly.
And very friendly.

Now that everyone is out for the day, either traveling back to Virginia, on their way to work, or heading down for the first day of work as a Junior Counselor (!!), it’s back to laundry.  I think we used every single towel we own and there is a layer of sand on the floor.  Which, I personally think is a good reason why we need to include an outdoor shower in the backyard renovation.  Just sayin’.

Tuesday – Cajun Chicken Alfredo (from the Buzzfeed app or search for it on Facebook)

Wednesday – Greek Salad Tacos with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Thursday – Grilled Steaks with Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Friday – Phish

Saturday – Phish

Sunday – Maia’s Birthday Dinner

Scenes of a Last Day

Well, the school where I taught and my children attended closed its doors permanently last Friday. As you can imagine, it was a stressful and emotional time. More than a few tears were shed. But, as teachers, we did everything we could to make it a fun day for the kids. 

I’ve had to take a break from Facebook. Too many feelings that are still raw. My daughter had two more years so she’s feeling the most loss, while her brother graduated this year and is heading to high school in August.   But, it’s been months now and I’m feeling relieved to have it over. 💙

Spring Has Arrived


My Facebook feed assures me that March 20, 2015 looked quite the same as 2016 is forecasted to be.  If that purple could just move a few more miles west, I could rest happy in the near surety of a snow day.

A few quick photos of last week. I’ve been busy although I can’t think of why this past week left me so scattered.

My daughter as Veronica in Stations of the Cross
My daughter as Veronica in Stations of the Cross
Some lovely bedside reading this week
Some lovely bedside reading this week
Celtic Knotwork for Saint Patrick's Dat
Celtic Knotwork for Saint Patrick’s Day

Dinner is in the oven, laundry is about midway through. Lesson plans are a faint glimmer in my brain.  I think I’d prefer to work on my newest pair of socks, instead.

Once Upon a Time

Oh, time does fly. I was charged with locating (and scanning) my son’s kindergarten picture for the year book. He is graduating this year from grade school. And his is the last class to graduate before our school is closed by our parish/diocese. Bittersweet, indeed.  I also happened upon my daughter’s photo from the same year, when she was in the three year old preschool class.  Now, at 13 and 11, I wonder how on earth they grew up so very fast!

afskindergarten Every year, Addison’s photo has the same expression.  I always ask him to smile, and up until now I thought he was just giving his pensive teenager look.  I guess it predates the teen years!
Now, Maia…I treasure every photo of Maia in a dress because she absolutely hates them now. I recently signed her up for Stitch Fix because our years in uniform end this year. I didn’t even bother with skirts and dresses because I can only get her in them for special occasions and a good deal of begging on my part. I’m hoping she’ll find herself friends with a few fewer tomboys.

My babies. I sometimes wish I could go back in time, although I am so very proud of the young people they are becoming.

FO: Rose City Roller Socks


It occurred to me late last week that I’d never shared Maia’s finished socks.  In fact, had it not been for Spud & Chloe reposting it on Instagram, I’d have forgotten entirely.  I am in love with this yarn, but be forewarned: you need to buy two skeins to get a pair of socks.  I thought I was safe with ankle socks but still needed that second skein for the last three inches.

Pattern: Rose City Roller Socks (Ravelry link)
Socks: Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine in Cherry Sundae
Needles: Size 1, using Magic Loop