Monday, September 1, 2014


I'm rally grasping for ideas to write this post.  So much I can't convey.  In one week this wedding planning has consumed me.  That's normal for the first couple of months as the big decisions are made and then there will be some down time.  We have secured the church and the reception venue, both different from the other daughters.  My daughter's fiancĂ© is not Catholic.  The girls have always known that being married outside the Church is not negotiable and they've never balked.  Our youngest hasn't either.  In fact she has made it very clear to her fiancĂ©.  The church they really want is on the campus of TCU.  Because so much of the student body is Catholic, the altar was consecrated by the Bishop.  The couple really both love this church and so we did compromise.  Have I said how well that is going.  We have had many great conversations about keeping to the budget and menu decisions.  They are doing great at compromising and listening to suggestions.  At this point we couldn't be more thrilled.

Tomorrow we meet with our wedding planner.  She has guided us through 2 weddings so far.  I wouldn't do this without her!  She is worth double her weight in gold. We do a lot of the initial planning without her because we have done this before,but when we are nearing the end, she is invaluable.  And that week before the wedding and day of?  We all just enjoy and let her do the work :). It's perfect!

Tomorrow as well, my second oldest granddaughter begins preschool.  She is so pumped! Last week I took her to meet her teachers and she walked in like she owned the place.  That s what a year of watching your older sister do the same will do.

And in the midst of all this I am planning our vacation.  Mr. Golfer and I leave next week for Montana and Idaho.  We are driving and I am so looking forward to knitting time!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Defeated But Determined!

I have given up.  Those cool days in July and  the beginning of August were a warning that the heat would one day arrive.  And it did.  Despite the care given throughout the summer, the "dog days of August" took my garden as they sauntered through Texas.  I should not be surprised.  It does this every year.  But every year I hope for a different outcome.  I'm so naive.

So until we have a respite, I have turned my focus indoors.  Orders for Drawstrings are at an all time high and I am sewing more than ever.  I am loving this!  Knowing that this gift I received is being passed on. My friend Elizabeth, my inspiration, is not doing well and things look dismal.  Would you offer up prayers for this sweet woman who loves her family more than her own life?

Inside I am also in wedding mode.  The church has been determined and now we are moving on to reception site.  Tomorrow we will look at a few places.  I want to get that nailed down before Mr. Golfer and I leave on our long trip.  I have enjoyed being the MOB with the older girls.  Guiding them into this new role in their lives, it has been my priviledge to walk along side them during this process.  To do it again with the youngest will be precious to me.

I hope all have a wounderful holiday weekend.  Stay safe and stay cool!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? 

The Ka'ana Shawlette is progressing well and I love the Lorna's Laces yarn.  A soft and squishy worsted weight.  But the Mad Tosh yarn was sitting in the basket next to my knitting chair and I just couldn't resist any longer.  I cast on the Garden Cardigan and haven't looked back.  I'm really not sure which one will be completed first.  But alas, it doesn't matter.  Process right, not product?

The knit shop in Dallas that has been ordering my bags just placed another order for 20 bags!  My own knit shop sold out today and needs more and 4 custom orders came in today, 2 of whom were in response to yesterday's post.  I couldn't be happier!

And why?  If you read here you will know that our youngest daughter became engaged over the weekend!  We are very happy and the wedding is now being planned for next fall.  Time to take it slow and make good decisions and time to add more funds to the pot!  ( buy bags....:))))) This, however, is not our first rodeo.  She is the third of the four girls to marry so a lot of decisions will be easy ones.

My reading has turned to one of my favorite authors.  So far this is not disappointing.

The holiday weekend is approaching and Mr. Golfer and I are traveling back to my hometown for my 40th high school reunion.  I'm a little nervous and anxious.  I'm sure you will be reading about it next week!

Have a lovely Labor Day and as always linking with Ginny.

The Emily Bag...Drawstrings

I found this fabric in response to a request from a friend.  I'm off today to purchase the rest of the bolt of the inside fabric as I fear this may be a winner. The outside is a heavier weight fabric and I don't think it is available any longer, but many other choices can be substituted.

A perfect bag for toting those precious dance shoes to class or any other items that require a backpack.  Message me through Drawstrings if you are interested.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wedding Bells!

Our youngest daughter is engaged and we are very pleased!  This next year will mean lots of planning and decisions. But this is not my first rodeo!  I have planned the older 2 daughter's weddings back to back so I'm all geared up for this one.

A date has not been set as we are waiting to here back from the church, but most likely next fall.

Be prepared to walk this road along with me!