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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Happy Birthday, Catherine!

Good morning,

Happy Birthday to our beautiful daughter, Catherine.

The picture above is a flashback to earlier this year when she had our Baby Elsa at her office.  A client snapped this picture and sent it to Catherine just this past week.

Elsa is nine months old now, a whole lot bigger, and just as sweet and lovey as she was the moment she was born.

Happy Birthday, dear daughter!

Love you!

Mom and Dad




Saturday, October 19, 2019

Passing St. Louis

Good morning,

I snapped this picture with my phone camera as we were passing St. Louis at about 60 mph. 

Quite a few years ago daughter Catherine and I had a girl's trip to St. Louis over a long weekend.  We went up in the arch in those tiny little carts. 

We also had a lovely dinner aboard one of those riverboats by the arch.

It was a fun trip, but I'll skip the trip up in the arch next time!

;),
Lois

Friday, October 18, 2019

Indiana Farm Land

Good morning,

We had beautiful weather for our recent road trip.

We passed many farms in Southern Indiana similar to the one pictured above. 

It's wonderful to get out of the city and enjoy the countryside.

All the best,
Lois




Thursday, October 17, 2019

So Much Work In Process this Week!

Good morning,

During our road trip my fingers kept moving while My Honey was driving!

Above is the beginning of what I first thought would be a crochet scarf, but I changed my mind while making it. 
Now it has become a small light weight lap, wheelchair, or baby blanket.  The colors are all in the same ball of yarn.  Beautiful!
I've begun a custom order mulberry cables and lace sweater.  I switch between knit and crochet to keep my fingers from being too stressed with the same movements and my brain enjoys the variety, too. 
I have a black crochet lace shawl almost finished.   The sunshine on the road trip sure helped me work with this black yarn.
 While sitting at an event in Springfield, Missouri, I started this slouch hat.  I'll finish the top with double pointed needles (I didn't have them with me) and add a pom pom in the multi color yarn.
And, finally, this pretty large afghan blanket is still being assembled back in my studio.  It is too big to take anywhere else to work on it so it waits for me to return to the studio for more squares to be crocheted together.  This is so close to being finished!  I want to get it finished, photographed, and in the shop.  It's chilly outside here so it's the perfect time to cuddle up under a pretty afghan blanket.

Thanks so much for your encouragement, likes and shares here on the blog and on Facebook, as well as your favorites and purchases in our shop, EvensensProductions.com.  You are so very appreciated!

What are you making, baking, and growing this week?

All the very best,
Lois

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dream House Going Down the Road

Good morning,

When we pulled up along side this oversize load I told My Honey it was surely our dream house going down the road.

Actually, it was only half of our dream house.  The other half was about a mile ahead of it.

;),
Lois





Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Not Like It Used To Be!

Good morning,

During a quick stop on our recent road trip, I ordered a Quarter Pounder with Cheese at the Golden Arches.

This is what I got.  I really think it was made by a machine.  I don't think a human would have made it with the dry hamburger falling out of the sandwich.  And, the beef patty just wasn't what I remembered from years ago.

Has this sandwich changed or is my memory just not real of a happier time?

Lois

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Crossing the Mighty Ohio River at Louisville

Good morning,

We are on our way! 
We are crossing the Mighty Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky. 
So far, the weather is outstanding!
Where are we going?  We're on our way to Springfield, Missouri, for a wood working event.

More to come!  I hope you come with us.

Lois

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Car Wash Color

Good morning,

These colors are just so pretty in the car wash that I had to see if I could grab them digitally.
And, I did!

Tomorrow is the beginning of our road trip.  I hope you'll join us!

Lois

Friday, October 11, 2019

Road Trip Preparation!

Good morning,

We are preparing for a road trip so, of course, we took the car in for service.

We'll be leaving in another day or so and hope you will enjoy the trip with us.

:),
Lois

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Norwegian Fish Balls

Good morning,

My Honey gets the credit for making these and for the image.

A treat in Norway is fish balls fried in butter.  If you've never had them, think of meatballs/hamburger balls only with fish instead of hamburger.

These are very tasty!

Thanks, Sweetie!

Lois

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Elsa vs. The Critter

Good morning,

This critter was crossing the driveway last night when I let the pups out before going to bed.
Of course, Mr. Critter didn't get past Elsa!
Elsa didn't bother the critter, but she sure did carefully watch it.
Precious!

:),
Lois


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Doggie Yoga

Good morning,

Elsa is doing her evening stretching exercises. 

So cute!

;),
Lois



Monday, October 7, 2019

Work in Process - Boot Cuff

Good morning,

Here's this week's Work in Process.  It's a boot cuff to match  the rest of a sweater set that is already spoken for.  This yarn is just so pretty!  I love the way the colors fall into place as I work on each part of this set.

What are you making, baking, growing today?

All the very best,
Lois

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pine Cones and Memories

Good morning,

While walking Penny recently I passed the trees that produce beautiful pine cones every year.

When we moved into the neighborhood 40 years ago, the kids and I collected many pine cones in this spot along the sidewalk, brought them home, rolled them in glue and glitter, then attached ribbons to make Christmas tree ornaments.  Of course, those children are all grown up now, but the memories will always be with me.

What wonderful memories!

Happy Fall!

Lois

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Needlework and Wood Working Update - October, 2019

Good morning,

We have a short list of items completed during the past month and since the last update.  These items were both quite time consuming.

Above is Kjell's engraved wall art that has been a huge hit in the shop.  He has made two of them that are already sold.
Kjell is working on another already spoken for and will add another to the shop as soon as he can get them made.  It takes about a week to plan, engrave, and finish each of these.
If this looks familiar it is because it is the same colors and design, but different size as a sweater I made the previous month.  Both of the sweaters have been delivered to the buyers.

Both Kjell and I have a number of other projects that are in process.  We'll be traveling for a few days this month and I'll surely be working on more knit and crochet items while he drives, too. 

We have many other wood, knit, and crochet available in the shop finished and ready to ship.  Come shop now for the holidays!  Since we'll be on the road for a few days, our next shipping date is Friday, October 11. Gift wrap option is available at checkout.

All the very best,
Lois

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Snuggle Bug Elsa

Good morning,

This little sweetie snuggled up next to me and immediately went to sleep when I got into bed.  Of course, I didn't use a flash because I didn't want to disturb her.  I love the way her face is all "smooshed up" as she gets as close as possible.

There is no place like home!

Lois





Thursday, October 3, 2019

Roundabout

Good morning,

I took Penny for a walk around the block late one evening.

This roundabout is on the opposite side of our block features beautiful flowers that are still happily blooming even in the dry heat of late Summer/early Fall. 

Very soon the colorful flowers will be replaced by grey and brown and we'll all be wearing coats. 

There is a fun story about those gas lights, too.  When we moved in 40 years ago, I told the kids the same as I had in our previous neighborhood, "Come home when the street lights come on."  It didn't take long for the kids to tell me, "Mom!  Those lights are always on!"  I still chuckle....

All the best,
Lois

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Table Garden - Fall Blossoms

Good morning,

It is so much fun to watch the daily changes in my little table garden of house plants.  The Peace Lily is in bloom again;  this bud has a drop of moisture that has formed at the tip.
This is a different bud beginning to open.
Also on this small table in front of the dining room French doors is this African Violet that loves the morning sunshine.

Happy Fall!

Lois

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Viking Magazine

Good morning,

For my yarn loving friends out there, there is a great article about Norwegian yarns in the current issue of Viking Magazine. 

The magazine is published for members of Sons of Norway, but is surely available through library services. 

Enjoy!

Lois