Minutes – October 27, 2014

::thankful – for returning to the Land of the Living!

::praying for - healing for Mr. Pea’s knee after surgery; for my children; for rain.

::remission – recovery has been rocky, which explains my long absence.  The hole in my shoulder just refused to heal, so I was referred to a Wound Care and Infectious Disease Specialist.  Turns out that the original infection was more than just plain vanilla….I had staph.  It took ten weeks (forever and a day) of antibiotics, dressing changes, doctor visits, more antibiotics, collagen, and enough über expensive special bandaids to cover a small army until the infection cleared and the hole in my shoulder healed and closed up. After months of gross and discomfort, I’m happy to report that I am completely encased in skin once again and feeling quite chipper.

::fun – In fact, I’m feeling chipper enough to put some more miles on my bike!  I made a ten-mile ride on a dirt trail a few weeks ago with the family, and this past weekend I rode with the Bombshells in a local charity ride.  It was so wonderful to see everyone again, and to be seen.  And Thank You, Roxie, for staying behind the group and riding at my slower pace and shorter distance, and for graciously stopping to rest along the route with me. Believe me, my strength is ten-fold what it was a few months ago and I hope to be able to keep up with everyone soon!

::delicious – Can I just wing it this week?  There’s a batch of butternut squash soup in the fridge,and the makings of Chili for Friday, but beyond that, I’m just not with it!

::creative – The Architect informed me he needs “Pirate Boots” for Halloween, and then proceeds to come home from work with some pieces of leather looking fabric.  Genius that I am, I whipped up a pair of boot covers for his old cowboy boots.  I love projects like this!! (The Architect cleaned and polished his boots after this picture was taken….they “blend” better now with the covers.)

2014.10.27 Pirate Boots

::this week – Work and school, and a Scary Nighttime Ride with the Mayor!

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Crafty – September 3, 2014

Hydref (2) Hydref (4)I have wanted to make a fall themed scarf for a long, long time.  I’ve been browsing through patterns for leaf edged beauties, and then this caught my eye…a test knit for a favorite designer, Abigail Phelps of Blackberry Knits.  I raised my hand, yelled “Me! Me! Pick Me!” and Voila!!  I’m working on a gorgeous scarf that looks like giant leaves strung together!

I’m using Madeline Tosh merino light, “Magnolia Leaf”.  Even more decadent is that the scarf is kissed with scattered glass beads in an antique gold color, and each leaf is tipped with cut glass drop beads.

Reading this week – Philippians and The 4:8 Principal: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life with friends over at The Littlest Way. I’ve also been nudging along with the Outlander series; I’m halfway through Dragonfly in Amber.  

Linking up with Ginny…hop over and see what everyone is making.

Knit Something. Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – August 18, 2014

::thankful – for my baby sister, Twyla!  This week is her Birthday!!!

::praying for - all the things.

::fun – Well, Let’s See.  What fun things happened last week?  Princess Pea popped in for a surprise visit!!  Actually, she was in town to greet her Sweetie who returned from his job training at Goldman Sachs in the Big Apple.  She stopped by my office for a little while to visit.  I love it when my big kids come home for a visit!

::delicious – Yesterday I was feeling particularly perky, so I made a Costco trip and spent the afternoon packing up several dozen meals for the freezer, something I haven’t done since my cancer diagnoses last fall. (We were abundantly blessed by friends and family who kept our freezer stocked while I was in treatment!)  I’ve been doing this for years – prepping multiple entrees and keeping them on hand has made getting dinner on the table so much easier after long days at work, school and other activities.  It has become exponentially easier since the kids all learned how to cook.  With everything assembled and ready to go, whoever gets home first starts cooking dinner!

  • Cedar Smoked Tilapia, Tomato Salad, Peas
  • Ground Beef Gyros, Sautéed Baby Squash
  • Pepper Steak, Potato and Rutabaga Hash, Green Beans
  • Leftovers
  • Cobb Salads
  • Pasta with Roasted Veggies
  • Dinner Out!!2014.08.18

::this week – The boys are back in school.  DirtBike is all excited about taking a Physics class. The Architect is loving the prestige of being a Senior, and is still working on plans for taking over the school during his term as Student Body President. There’s a dentist appointment on the calendar, as well as hair cuts and fetching school supplies and books that were not listed on the school website before classes started.

::captured – Yes…that’s The Architect.2014.08.18 (2)

Superstar!  Keep the Faith.

angela pea