Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time

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Casting on.

It’s a rainy Monday here in Pennsylvania. The weather over the weekend was lovely, so I won’t complain too much about the clouds today.

My friend had a Mom & kids happy hour play date on Friday. Littlest was in one of those moods where he thought everyone was being unfair to him. It started off rough, but then everyone mellowed and we had a good time.

Our neighborhood had a giant yard sale on Saturday. We walked the dogs so, of course, we had to stop and look at everyone’s stuff. I swore that I wouldn’t bring home more junk, but the call of good bargains was just too strong to resist. The best thing that I found was a hand made quilt! I’ve wanted one forever and have finally come to terms that I will never be able to sew it myself. This one was only $10 and pretty and in perfect condition! I know, right?! I had intended it for the beach house, but I love it so much that it might stay at the regular house. Squeeee!

The next best thing that I got was a bread machine, which I’ve also wanted forever! My sourdough experiments have been mediocre at best, so I rationalized that a bread machine would magically transform my bread into something delicious. I’ve already used it to make a loaf of white bread (bland… it was supposed to be french bread, but I messed up the settings) and a loaf of honey wheat bread (that one was mmmm…). Now I’m obsessed with bread baking again. Next up, tackling that sourdough again! A few online sources suggest using the machine just to knead and proof the dough then putting it in the actual oven to bake. Interesting. I’ll let you know how it goes.

And, (it keeps getting better) I bought a book on how to knit and the lady selling it gave me some yarn. We had dinner plans with friends, but they canceled and I was secretly sooooo glad and immediately ran right out to buy some needles, which led to this…

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Pathetic! I couldn’t even figure out how to cast on, which led to this…

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Seriously, how cute is he? Here’s Tom trying to figure it out so that he could teach me, which led to this…

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A successful cast-on!!! Wheeeeee! Neither of us could figure out what to do next… you know, the actual knitting part, but that’s a task for another day.

Sunday, I baked more bread, and kickboxed, and cross stitched, and hung laundry outside in the sun, and planted some green onions, and ate hot wings, which basically equals a perfect day in my nerdy introverted world.

My Valentines Day Extravaganza

I had such a nice Valentines Day.

I got spoiled with flowers…

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and homemade cards (those are the best kind).

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When the boys and I looked through old pictures recently, I realized that there were barely any of me. I asked Tom to try to take more of me even though I hate getting my picture taken. Here I am with my giant bouquet.

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We spent Valentines night eating pizza with the boys and rehydrating the Water Kefir that arrived… I was so excited!

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This is what they looked like after we put them into water. I know they look gross, but assure you that they will eventually taste delicious!

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We’ve named our kefir “Kefir Sutherland.” The first thing I do every morning is run downstairs to check on Kefir Sutherland. This morning, I forgot that I had moved him last night to a warmer location and panicked that he was missing.

The other creature in our house who likes warm locations is Sammy. He has a knack for locating sunny spots.

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On Saturday, Tom and I left for a little getaway to the beach. I didn’t take ANY pictures, well, except for one of the Sourdough loaf that I made. Like Kefir Sutherland, our sourdough also has a name… SourJoe. I carried SourJoe the entire way to the beach in my lap. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! This loaf had a good sour flavor and a crunchy crust, but was still too dense in the center… definitely some room for improvement.

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We went to a Valentine Musical. It was really good. I am always amazed by people with musical talent, because I have none.

On Sunday, Tom installed a new thermostat at the beach that he can control from his phone from anywhere! How cool is that?! We might as well be the Jetsons!

While he worked on the thermostat, I laid on the sofa and watched 5 HOURS(!) of TV. Can you even imagine that?! I was a lazy slug. Then I only got up to GO SHOPPING! I might as well be a Kardashian!

I never get a chance to stroll the shops in town without boys hanging off of me and whining to leave, so it was nice to walk around on my own. I bought Biggest a dreamcatcher that he’s been wanting and I bought myself a big fluffy scarf because it was cold. I even tried on some swimsuits in anticipation of Spring Break in Florida, but that just ended up being depressing.

Hope that you all had fun with your sweethearts this weekend.

Don’t you just love Morticia & Gomez? It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Random musings of late.

Since I’m sure that you all are waiting with baited breath for the results… I (once again) won the “Most Likely to Cause Gas” category of the Chili Cook-Off. My prize was a whoopee cushion which Littlest quickly claimed as his own.

It is still brutally cold, which is not new news. We just bought plane tickets to Florida for Spring Break. I am not usually a fan of Florida, but it is sounding better and better.

Yesterday I order this sourdough starter. I am so excited to give sourdough a whirl. It gives me a weird thrill to grow it like some science project.

This is such a random post.

We have been enjoying my tea experimentations lately. My current favorite night time mixture is Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Mugwort. I call it my “Dream Tea.” I like it with a little honey (Sage, that I made) and a big Honey (Tom, who drinks it with me). I also like straight up Rosemary tea with some Agave Nectar for a touch of sweet. Yum.

Work is killing me. It is good (I guess) because it is busy and I feel useful, but bad because I feel stressed about it. It’s currently occupying too much brain space.

Here’s the latest on my stitching…

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I like the blends.

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And the little details.

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