Monday, June 4, 2018

Hello June!

Here in my remote corner of the planet ... May 2018 was tough on this dillydallier!
May 31, 2018 - Alaganik
If you follow along on Instagram, you know that we only had one day the entire month of May without rain.  On Thursday, the forecast mentioned a slim chance ... that a bit of sun ... might be available out the road.  Ever the optimist, I packed up my knitting ... organized snacks for Nissa and I ... with the intent of spending the entire day at our favorite spot!  As we approached our destination ... the weather took a U-Turn and went from marginal to bad!  Yep ... more cold rain!  It doesn't happen often, but I could feel a fragment of despair entering my psyche.  Would spring ever arrive?

Welcome June! 

Friday, June 1st! 
June 1, 2018 - Alaganik
What a difference a day makes!  June arrived in all her sunshine filled glory!
Oh my ... I could feel the plants and living creatures soaking up the sun's warmth!  Nissa and I joined them ... it felt wonderful ... finally the sights and sounds of spring!!!
We celebrated with honoring Nat'l Donut Day and Dairy Month!  We took a long, leisurely walk!  I love knitting outdoors ... it felt wonderful ... and any hint of despair immediately floated away!
The sunny day lasted for 19 hours ... every living thing responded!

Saturday, June 2nd!
Saturday morning revealed that clouds were moving in ... so we took our walk early.  Caffeine was required!
Brother and GF DillyDally were out on the Sound, so we had Ari for the day.  They play hard ... tired pups are happy pups!
Friends came over for a potluck dinner!  Good food and great conversation with friends ... enjoyed every minute!

Sunday, June 3rd!
The clouds were thick ... but it didn't rain!  We returned to Alaganik for a family picnic!
It was fun to return and see the impact the sun and warmer temps had made!
The alder leaves have finally emerged ... even though they are about 2-3 weeks behind schedule ... I am so happy they are finally here.  They are my favorite version of green!
Blossoms are beginning to show themselves as well!  Fresh colors revealing their magic!
The first campfire of 2018!  Hotdogs roasted on a stick ... smores ... the clouds and chilly wind did not dampen our enthusiasm for spring's arrival! 
This is also happening ... I finally feel like the end is in sight! I am eager to get it finished, and spring's arrival increases my fervor to see it done!

Monday, June 4th

The first full week of June begins ... spring is finally here ... summer will quickly follow!  The month of June is filled with plans, family, projects and fun!  Stay tuned!  Enjoy June in your corner of the planet!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Happy Birthday Baby Sister!

Today is my baby sister's birthday!  We are five years apart in age, and for most of our lives we were inseparable! 
My sister at age one!  She would refuse to take naps unless I took them with her ... a constant companion ... exactly how sisters should be! We roomed together until I left for college.
Christmas ... I was seven, the oldest of my brothers was four, sister was two and youngest of my brothers was nine months!  I remember feeling that I was too old for naps, but both my sister and the baby wouldn't nap unless I went with them.  I would try to sneak out after they had fallen asleep with little luck!
This photo wasn't dated, but my guess is that my sister was three or four.  She loves cats, and we always had a barn full on the farm! 
Puppin ... our grandparents collie was very patient with children.  Sister age 6, brother age 4.
My little sister's 8th birthday ... with neighbor girls from our rural area!  So many fond memories of these beautiful faces!
Easter 1970 ... our grandparents, we were 13, 10, 8 and 6 years in age.  We saw our grandparents nearly every day, as they remained active participants on the farm.  They taught us so many valuable lessons that we carry with us to this day!
My beautiful sister in 5th grade and age 10.
Our ages ... 16, 13, 11, and 9!  Look at those hemlines!  And look at those sweet innocent faces.  We had yet to face the challenges that come with adulthood.  Our childhood was wonderful, we never doubted that we were loved and our futures were bright! 

My sister doesn't participate on social media in any form, but she does access this blog ... that is why I have chosen to send her birthday wishes here! 

Happy Birthday to my Sweet Baby Sister!  
Love for you always!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

These two ...





... I have loved every moment of being their mother.

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy Birthday Mom!

Many around the world celebrate today, May 1st!  Today was also my mother's birthday!
Mom - 1955
Every year we would make cards and baskets to deliver to neighbors ... she made the day special ... not by celebrating herself, but by doing for others.
By 1965, she was 28 years old and the mother of four.  A farm wife's life is extremely busy.  Here we are celebrating Dad's new logging truck.
Every other year, Mom would pack up her four kids, and drive us out west to Oregon to visit her side of the family.  This photo is the 50th Anniversary of her parents during the summer of 1971.  As children we so looked forward to those trips ... as an adult, I now understand and appreciate the effort and stress my mother went through to get us there.
This photo was taken Easter 1973.  I love her body language in this photo ... tightly hanging on to my brother ... and keeping a close eye on something else going on!  Cracks me up!  We have so few photos of Mom ... she was always behind the scenes ... making things happen for us ... and taking the pictures.

Since her death in 2006, I have made it my task to honor her memory on her birthday!  I don't make cards or May Day baskets like we did as children, instead I do little acts of kindness for others.
This year I decided to keep it "in the family" and made candle mats for each DillyDally household!  Roseann's book, "A Little Something" has the sweetest designs.  The floral candle mats are perfect for a May Day gift!
Girlfriend DillyDally's favorite color is purple ... sew her version had to be lavender with a red violet center.
Yellow has been Sister DillyDally's favorite color since she was two years old!  Mom's favorite flower was the yellow rose!
I made mine pink ... my mother had a pink pant suit ...
Mom & me - 1979
... I loved that suit on her.  When she fussed about what to wear to my college graduation, I asked her to wear it!
I actually began these last summer when Roseann's book was first released ... in January I decided to honor Mom's birthday with them ... since then Sister DD has started her own business!  Often times ...  we are unaware that the stars are in alignment ... her candles fit the mats perfectly!
I miss my mother every day ... I long to pick up the phone and hear her voice.
I seek comfort
     - by making things with my hands
     - creating the design of a friend
     - supporting a child's endeavor
     - thinking about the women in my family
     - dillydallying in my Mothers memory

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Life is Messy

Life is messy ... for everyone ... on so many levels!  Mother Nature is messy too!  Yesterday she gifted us with hurricane force winds and torrential rains.  My house was messy ... I intended to stay home all day ... so I listed all the things I planned to accomplish ... my "To Do" list filled the page ...
... and then this happened!  Meet Mrs. DillyDally Bird!  Take note of my very messy dining room table too!  Yep ... I had a million things I should have done ... but life has been especially messy for one of my Knitting Buddies ... and my heart decided she needed a Mrs. DillyDally Bird!
She is a bit of a tipsy bird ... which gave me a serious case of the giggles!  So I removed a candle and placed her in the holder.
She was a joy to knit ... I was smiling or giggling during the entire process ... and successfully ignored the mess around me!  Yep ... Mrs. DillyDally Bird is very therapeutic!  Pattern can be found free on Ravelry here.
Last night our local Knit & Lit group had their monthly meeting, and I knew my KBee (knitting buddy) would be there ... so Mrs. DillyDally Bird was in attendance!  The gorgeous and delicious chocolate cake was made by her as our group was celebrating its first anniversary!
We set our messy lives aside ... drank tea ... ate cake ... and shared our thoughts about the book we had all read!  A brief respite from the storm outdoors ... and in life.
My hope is that Mrs. DillyDally Bird brings a smile to the face of all who meet her ... and that for a brief moment they forget the messes of life.

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Monday, March 19, 2018

Furry Fun!

We enjoyed a long weekend of furry fun here in DillyDallydom!
Fur is the primary reason for our daily walks ... big dogs require a lot of exercise ... and it is great for human family members too!  Even when the weather is uncooperative ... we take a walk.
Brother and GF DillyDally were out of town for a long weekend, so Nissa and Ari got to have puppy pack sleepovers!  They are so happy together ... cute ... busy ... and yep, they fill the house with fur!
In my last post, I ended it by pulling out this WIP ... yep, Foo-Whee (toddler speak for furry) mittens.  The official term for mitts with this technique is "thrummed" mittens.  You can read the back story here.
When I knit ... Little Miss Flicka changes her occupation from Snoopervisor to Master of Stealth or Theft.  I can't decide which title works best)!
While moving in ... she pretends to be interested in something else!  "Don't worry, I am focusing on everything but your favorite knitting tool."
"I think I'll relax for a second, while claiming ownership of your favorite knitting tool."
"Your favorite knitting tool is mine!" (Insert sinister kitty laugh) "I dare you to try and take it from me!"  She always knows exactly what tool I need ... I swear cats have a sixth sense!  Her weakness?  She will give up all coveted items for a treat!  And of course, that just encourages her crime career! 
Even amongst all the furry shenanigans ... I finished the knitting and began working in the ends!  Every time I turn thrummed mittens inside-out they make me giggle!  They look as silly as my furbabies behave!
Speaking of silly furbabies ... playing is not limited to the outdoors!  During our marriage we have had seven dogs in our family, Nissa is the only one to make up the game, we refer to as, "Blanket".  It is a game that confuses other dogs, but Nissa has been giving Ari lessons each time she visits, and now Ari is as adept at it as her instructor.
Every long session of "Blanket" ends with puppy kisses ...
... and a nap.  These two are just as sweet as they are silly!
While pups napped, the mitts took a bubble bath!
A quick spin in the washer and they were ready to be blocked.  This style of mitten takes a bit longer to dry with all that wooly-furry goodness inside!
The furry fun continued all weekend!  Rain, slush, and ice do not dampen the fun these two create!  A good lesson for their human family members!
When we get back to the house ... it is all about towel rubs and puppy kisses ... all while trying to back their way into my lap!  Tired pups make for happy pups!
Speaking of wet fur getting dry ... by Sunday afternoon my furry mitts were dry!  If you've never tried on a pair of thrummed mitts ... you are missing out!  They feel like clouds from heaven on your hands! 
With all this fur flying in my house ... a dillydally brainstorm windstorm kicked up ... yep, it was a frenzy of graph paper and swatching!
According to the calendar,  tomorrow is the first day of spring ... here in my remote corner of the planet, that makes us chuckle.  We will continue our freeze and thaw cycle well into April ... sometimes even into May!  We need furry mittens to keep our hands warm and furry pets to keep our sense of humor!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally