I said I would, so here I am

March 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Posted in art, blogging, Christmas, country life, country living, dating, dogs, faith, family, flowers, food, free knitting patterns, gifts, Holidays, knitting, love, marriage, pets, photography, relationships, romance, snow, stockings, yarn | 14 Comments

Firefly enjoys a cuppa tea with soy froth on topYes, I said on Wednesday that I would write more this week, so here I am to keep that appointment. Have a cuppa with me?

I am on a mission to publish my first knitting book by the end of this summer. It will be a book of hand knit Christmas Stocking patterns, the firefly way. It is an ambitious mission because I do have writing clients I must attend to, my fine art paintings to continue creating, and my husband, daughter, and dog to continue to attend to as needed here at home. I must design and knit one new stocking each week between now and mid-June in addition to my other responsibilities and joys. I think I can do it … we’ll see how it all turns out.

Firefly gets started on yet another Christmas StockingIf you check my “Christmas Stockings” page (see link above) next week you will see some photographs of my progress. I’ll use that page to keep people apprised of my progress, in case anyone wants to cheer me along.

See that lovely cuppa in the photo? You know that feeling you get inside when you select and present a gift that just zaps a person right where they live and tickles them up one side and down the other?

Well, my sweet parents struck such a home run this past Christmas when they gave my husband and I a cocoa latte maker. It is a cute little machine that heats the liquid and stirs the ingredients together for a perfect cuppa hot cocoa, or a latte, or whatever foamy hot drink you wish to make. It heats the drink to a perfect sipping temperature and then, as it dispenses the drink there is a frothing feature so you get a perfect, lovely froth on top.

Blu suffered a badly upset stomach for a few daysWe have been enjoying our cocoa latte maker daily ever since we got it. One of my favorite things to do is to heat up and froth about eight ounces of plain, unsweetened soy milk (I add a bit of Splenda so that it sweetened, but sugar-free). I’ll then put about half a cup of hot tea or coffee in my oversized mug, and dispense frothy soy milk on the top half. With eight ounces of soy milk, I can do that twice in the morning with my breakfast and feel quite cozy and toasty the rest of the day. Yum!

Tomorrow my husband and I are going to take a drive through parts of Western New York to visit a few independent, local yarn stores. I will be showing samples of my printed knitting patterns to shop owners to see about getting them carried in some of those stores. We enjoy taking long, meandering drives so a yarn shop crawl will give us a purpose and direction for this one, which we are both looking forward to. Blu will most likely accompany us, and I hope he will think it is as fun as we most likely will.

Poor Blu wasn’t feeling very well for about a week or so. The snow was melting and many piles of who knows what were thawing out all over the farm and, well … he needed to check a few things out to see what was what. Unfortunately, something he ate upset his stomach and it took him a few days to recover. What amazes me is how quickly he changed from feeling bad and out of it to being his usual frisky, sometimes naughty, self. And yes, he can be quite naughty. Lovable always, but very naughty at times.

Snow buds or something coming to life beneath fireflys kitchen windowI am told that spring is out there, outside somewhere, patiently waiting to arrive. I have seen the first signs of her in the arrival not only of the Canadian geese but also in the tiny little snow bud flowers (or whatever their real name is) and some other bulbs climbing their way up out of snow and left over autumn leaves beneath my kitchen window. I love to get down on the ground and photograph these dear, tender little beings.

Yes, spring is out there somewhere … in spite of the fact that it snowed again last night and now the world is covered in white once again. Last year on March 28 I posted this photo as well as a sound file of peepers chirping up a storm. Today, March 28 again, it is all white and cold out there.

Fireflys favorite buttonsI am not complaining. As you know, I do love the snow, but we are ready now to enjoy the beauty and growth of spring. Get here when you will Spring, we will welcome you with gladness and bid our dear snow farewell for now. No hard feelings, no regrets. Change is beautiful, and we welcome the changes you will bring when the time is yours.

Now I must take leave myself … but I will be back early in the week to give you another peek into our world.



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  1. Dear firefly, You write and we will buy… and think how fun it will be on Christmas mornings future, waking to think of people all over the world opening the stockings that they have knit to your designs! Good luck with the book.

  2. Thanks for the cuppa. Cozy time!

  3. We were also given a cocoa latte machine for Christmas by friends. I have used it for many different hot drinks, but your frothed soy and tea sounds wonderful. I must try that!

    I understand your apprehension regarding designing and knitting one stocking a week. I set a goal for myself to knit one fair isle hat each month so I would have one for each member of the family for Christmas. I am falling a little behind and I wish success for you. It will require a little more resolve than I have been able to gather! I am looking forward to your book.

  4. Hi Firefly,

    The flowers in your photo are snow drops. I have a few blooming here in NW Pennsylvania.


  5. Here in the South we call those flowers Snow Bells. But I guess it is relative to where you are.
    Sorry that Blu was Blue, I am glad he is better.
    That froth machine was a wonderful present.
    I love the picture of the stocking. Your color choice is lovely.

  6. The buttons are lovely. Glad to know that blue is better and the froth machine sounds wonderful – though if I had one I’m sure I’d be drinking hot drinks all day long…

  7. Firefly, the cocoa looks delicious and doesn’t a pretty froth make everything taste better too? Good luck with the patterns I’m sure you will be done in no time at all. Spring flowers coming up make you feel like you can do anything after the long winter days don’t they?

    Glad Blu is feeling better. Wilbur & Charlotte say he isn’t naughty, just sometimes inquisitiveness looks like naughty to moms. 🙂 ~kim

  8. That is a great machine. We gave one as a gift and the family we gave it to were so excited we bought another for our kitchen. It is fun to have those hot drinks. Chocolate soy milk goes great in a frothy drink.

  9. Wishing you a satisfying Spring.

  10. Another cosy post!!! That drink looks so tempting. Just checked out your stockings and I just adore the white stocking.

  11. Out blog hopping and found you. That cuppa makes me warm just looking at it. Browsed your knitting too. (I’m also a knitter). I’ll look forward to seeing your stocking progress.

  12. What’s the exact name/model of your cocoa latte machine? Sounds like something I’d love.
    If you ever find your way over to the Capital Region of NYS, let me know! I’ll steer you to some great yarn shops.

  13. I don’t know how you do it! All the best! I so look forward to your book!

  14. Always good to hear from you!
    Happy Sunny Day! Ann

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