Monday, April 7, 2014

Blessings, Favor, and Grace

Dear All,

I want to share my first image taken using my new zoom lens (Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 with image stabilizer).  The photo was altered using Photoshop Elements 12.


This image was taken during lunch today, looking out of the kitchen window, while home for my lunch break.  Mrs. Bluebird likes to sit on top of our Purple Martin bird house in the back yard.  She rested there for a while and looked so peaceful and calm.  She is very cute and fluffy.

Little things make a big difference to remind us of God's many blessings.

Have a Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Susan

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bread and Olives - Blog that inspires!

Dear All,

I've been having lots of stress in my life lately. If you are going through the same thing and need some inspiration, please go to this link!  This blog has gorgeous images to help you rest from the stress of the world!

Click here:  --> Bread and Olives

Take care!
Susan

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow and Ice Storms in Pennsylvania


Dear All,

In the last few weeks in Eastern PA, we have had two large snowstorms, followed by a nasty ice storm!  The first two photos show the cold front that came through.


 


We could tell that a storm was coming because the backyard birds were at the 
bird feeder most of the day!



We have 5 sets of Cardinals!





There are many birds in our yard, including cardinals, wrens, sparrows, giant woodpeckers, nut hatches, chickadees, and other varieties.





There was no wind, so the snow stayed pretty much in the same position on the trees.





Here's one of the deer behind our house searching for food.




More snow-covered trees in the yard.









Little Mr. Wren!



Then a few days later came the ice storm.  It covered the snow and started to bend the trees.   Here are some ice covered wires peeking through two Leland Cyprus trees!  It looks heart shaped!



These trees bent forward.



Our tall grasses fell down with ice.


Icy deck, chairs, and bird feeder.




The small Japanese Maple was covered without any damage!



Icy branches bending over our stone barn wall.



Finally, shiny branches and blue sky!



We didn't have power for 2 days!  Thank God my husband installed a generator last year!

Take care and be safe.

S.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Free Knitting Pattern - Super Bulky Neck Warmer

Hi Everyone,

Here's one of my free knitting patterns.  This is a quick project that can be completed in one weekend.  I hope you enjoy knitting this easy and warm neck warmer (shoulder warmer).




Size: Woman’s Medium. 

Materials Needed:
·       Yarn: 125 to 200 yards of any super bulky yarn (6 gauge)
·       24” Circular Needle - Size U.S. 15 (10.0 mm)
·       1 Large stitch marker

Finished Measurements (Lying Flat):
·       Height = 10” to 12” (depending on your preferences)
·       Width across top = 12” and when stretched = 16”
·       Width across bottom = 17” and when stretched = 20” to 21”

Instructions:
·       Cast on 72 stitches.  Join for working in the round (being careful not to twist stitches)
·       Place Marker
·       Knit 2, Purl 2 for 5” or 6” (depending on preference)

Next Row:  First Decrease:
*K2 P2tog, K2, P2 (repeat from * to end) = 63 stitches

·       Continue knitting for another 2” following the pattern:
*K2 P1 K2 P2 (repeat from * to end)

Next Row:  Second Decrease:
*K2 P1 K2 P2tog (repeat from * to end) = 54 stitches

·       Continue knitting following pattern for another 3” to 4”

Finishing: 
·       When piece measures 10” to 12” inches from bottom to top, bind off loosely
·      Following the pattern stitches, and weave in loose ends
·       If necessary, steam block to shape

·       Enjoy your neck warmer.  It will keep you very warm!

   
     Take care and keep knitting!