Goodbye to January


The first month of the year,

A perfect time to start all over again,

Changing energies and deserting old moods,

New beginnings, new attitudes” 

~ Charmaine J. Forde

I’m leaving the month of January behind on a good note. While I’m not sure I did everything I hoped, I feel good about what I accomplished and enjoyed.

Here’s my visual wrap up of January …

The other thing I completed in the month of January was moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress. This has been a very positive move for me. I really like the aesthetics of my blog, the ease of following other blogs, responding to comments, making comments and adding photos is now so much nicer. For me, this definitely was a smart move. I am still working on adding tags and categories to my older posts, which I hope to finish soon. Broken links and missing photos may or may not be fixed, time will tell. All in all, I simply love my blog !

I’m excited about February and plan to post a few goals for what I want to accomplish for the month. I’ve decided to make monthly goals for myself instead of yearly goals and think this will be so much more manageable . I plan on enrolling in a few online classes, learn to make more nutritious and homemade meals and learn to bake different breads. Container gardening will be a great focus and will get me outside more. And of course there will be knitting, spinning, stitching and reading.

Yes, I do believe February will be a good month!

How was January for you?

Sunday Musings: A Day of Making

It’s a late post for me today but we have been a little busy this morning. We rather broke our rule of no shopping on Sundays and ran into town to pick up a few needed things for the week that we forgot and for something I wanted to make today.

I have been reading a lot lately about home remedies for colds and sore throats. My interest was really peaked watching Season 1, Episode 6 ”A Cure for All Ills” of All Creatures Great and Small on PBS. In this episode Siegfried has the flu and Mrs. Hall gives him a bottled tonic to take, a simple blend of ginger, thyme, garlic, honey and whiskey.

I had to investigate and found many recipes, all used along with bourbon or whiskey for an old time remedy, a Hot Toddy. If you are interested in herbal blends for old fashion hot toddies, visit the Herbal Academy for a nice variety of receipes. So this morning I made my first bottle of ”Ginger Thyme Simple Syrup” (bottled purchased from my local Fry’s Grocery Store).

I want to learn more about herbal remedies and using my herbs that I’m growing to be able to aid in soothing sore throats, colds, congestion, aching muscles and to help combat inflammation. The Herbal Academy has so many wonderful courses and I have been thinking about taking their Introductory Course to see if this is something I really want to pursue or not. While I decide, I will continue reading a few books that I’ve added to my shelves.

They only other thing I am making today is a Honey Oat Loaf . This will be baked in our cast iron oven and my hubby will be baking it for me on our grill. I love this recipe … it turns out perfect and is great with butter or sandwiches. I am still try to master bread, which is a bit challenging but love this particular recipe as it is super easy and simple.

On another note …

I think today is going to be a lovely day to sit outside and work on the mate to my Christmas At Hogwarts sock.

The heel is finished and I’m working the gusset decreases. I’m thinking this sock will be finished by tomorrow!

My sock project is sitting next to my recently potted aloe. Aloe is another plant I keep handy for burns, scrapes, wounds and for other medicinal purposes.

The gel within the skin of the aloe vera plant contains many beneficial vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, E, and folic acid, iron, sodium, copper, zinc, calcium, potassium, chromium, magnesium, and manganese. This healing plant is known for its benefits to both the inside and outside of the human body.


What are you doing today ?

Wednesday WIPs and Baking

It’s the last Wednesday of the month and Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  I simply can’t believe how time moves so quickly. I wish I could say the same for my current WIPs, but time seems to have stood still for two of them.

On my needles

My November Socks and my Christmas Socks are at the same spot as they were the last time I shared, so nothing nothing new to show you. But I have great progress on my Tea With Jam and Bread sweater.

I really love how the colors look together!

I will be separating the sleeves today, which means the body should go pretty quickly.  This pattern is super easy but the directions for the yoke could have been written a bit more clearer.  I was grateful that the thread on Ravelry was still available for help. Other than that it has been smooth sailing!


Yesterday morning I baked two loaves of banana bread and this morning will be pumpkin bread. I love baking this time of year, and often make enough to put in our freezer for later use.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so in the morning I will be making a pumpkin pie. It’s just me and my husband, so we do not do a traditional dinner, we do homemade enchiladas, Spanish rice and homemade refried beans.I know that might sound odd to some, but again it’s just the two of us and this has become a traditional meal the last few years.

What are you working on this week?  Do you have a traditional Thanksgiving meal that’s become a favorite?