September Morn

     I remember when the song “September Morn” was a hit.  In fact, I was a big Neil Diamond fan.  Huge!!   I had most of his albums (think vinyl here, gals).  These days, though, I much prefer Andrea Bocelli’s lovely version of September Morn.  The Bocelli version sang in my head throughout the day today.  It was, you see, a most beautiful September Morn here – sunny and bright, breezy and cool.  Delightful!

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     After a bit of a slow start (I’ve not felt well the last several days), my day quickly became more productive.  Laundry was sorted and the first load placed in the washer.  Sprinklers and drip irrigation lines were hooked up and valves turned on.  Homeschool work was begun.  Dani and I took advantage of the cool morning and headed out for a bike ride.  I cannot tell you what a treat this was!  Neither of us have had a rideable bike for the better part of a year.  We do now!

     Dani’s birthday is approaching.  My husband and I knew that we wanted to buy her a really nice bike for her birthday.  She wanted a cruiser and, after much fruitless searching, we found just the bike for her.  We were not quite certain which of the fun styles available she would prefer, so we had her join us at the store to choose.  You can see what Danielle chose and read her account of the day on her blog.  I knew we’d come home with a bike for Dani.  What I didn’t know, though, was that my husband, my wonderful, wonderful, handsome husband, would buy a bike for me as well!

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     Isn’t she beautiful?  Her name is Gypsy and I absolutely adore her.  From her comfy, wide, spring supported seat, to her wide chrome handlebars. 

 

 

 

 

 

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     She’s a three speed cruiser which is just about right for this low-key rider.  I even love her extra large bike bell that sounds with a wonderful “ding-dong” rather than the usual bike bell ring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     And, Oh!  That paint job! 

     I pedalled my way around our 3 mile block today, down shifting for the hill on our route, and squealed with glee as I coasted full speed down the other side.  I was following behind Dani, but had enough momentum coming down off that hill, that I passed her!  Swooosh!  I was within a mile of home when my poor, old legs needed a rest.  Dani patiently stopped and allowed me to rest a bit and catch my breath before we continued home.  I can’t wait for my next outing with Gypsy!

     Bike riding is the ideal exercise for me.  The unknown arthritic condition that pesters me makes running, or even walking long distances, painful for my feet and hips.  Bike riding, however, seems to suit me just fine!  We have so many weeks of fine weather still ahead of us.  I am setting a goal for myself to be able to make the 3 mile route twice in a row by the end of October or the first of November.  We’ll see how I do, but the goal seems realistic to me today! 

     After returning home, I hung my first load of laundry out and started another.  The bread machine was loaded with the ingredients for our favorite, every day bread.  I put a baker’s dozen of our own beautiful eggs into a pot to hard boil.  I filled the Kitchen Aid mixer bowl with the ingredients for French Bread and set it to knead as well.  After the first rising, I shaped the dough into two smaller baguettes and one larger loaf.  We had one baguette with our dinner tonight, sliced, buttered and seasoned with fresh minced garlic and dried parsley.  The other two loaves were wrapped for the freezer. 

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     By lunch time, three loads of laundry had passed through the washer.  Two were hanging on the line in near perfect clothes line weather – warm enough for the clothes to dry in a few hours, and breezy enough to soften them as they dried.  My husband’s uniforms tumbled dry, and wrinkle free, in the dryer.  I love his new uniforms.  They are the first really-truly “No Iron” uniforms he’s ever had!  All of my kitchen towels, tea towels and white cleaning towels made up my last laundry load of the day.  They benefited greatly from today’s clothes line weather.  The kitchen towels dried without being too stiff, thanks to that lovely breeze, and they all soaked up that wonderful, bleaching sun shine!  Oh, they smell and look so nice! 

     My husband was gone all morning attending to some business for our church.  On his way home, he called to let me know that he would need my help during the afternoon on a project.  I quickly finished up the necessary daily tasks and had most of those finished before he came home.  I was so happy that the Lord had given me such a productive morning and that so many tasks were already completed!  After serving the Lord, being my husband’s helpmeet, in whatever form that needs be, is my highest priority; and by allowing my priorities to fall in that order, I continue to serve the Lord by helping my husband in his work.  What a joyous thing that is!

IMG_6896      My second shawl is coming along nicely!  I love the picot edging that the pattern creates, and I’m looking forward to working the knitted-on edging into the outer eyelets soon.  The pattern calls for U.S size 4 needles, but I chose to work my shawl on U.S. size 11.  The larger needle size, and bulkier yarn I’m using, is not only giving me a slightly looser knit, but it will also result in a larger finished product.  I use Clover bamboo circular needles for most everything (hat tip to my friend Kendra, who is an expert knitter, on using the circulars for most projects), and I am especially keen on the feel and sound that the wooden needles have.  I’ve never had any problems with the joins on the Clover circulars, either, even when using the smaller needle sizes.  The yarn for this shawl is from Knit Picks.  It’s a lovely Peruvian Highland wool, in a heavy worsted weight, called Shamrock.  I’m using the Doyle colorway.  I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished product.

IMG_6886    Dani has been working on a lot of wonderful projects, most of which she has completed.  I’ve been bugging her to post some of them on her blog, especially since one of her projects was a piece that she made for me for inspiration in my sewing nook.  I caught her in a very green, and extremely silly, sort of mood this afternoon.  She’s knitting a cabled knit hat for herself.  The lime green yarn almost matches the green shirt she’s wearing.  I totally missed catching her perfectly crossed eyes, but man-oh-man, this is almost better.  My five year old grandson and his “crazy eyes” have nothing on Aunt Dani!   (You’ve gotta love a girl who’s a good sport and actually lets me use a picture like this!)

 

 

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     We were able to keep our house opened up all day.  Our lovely September Morn, matured into a glorious day.  The steady breeze kept my wind chimes ringing throughout the day, and that is a sound that I dearly love.  With dinner over, I took Gypsy out for another short ride with Will.  He had made the 3 mile circuit earlier in the day with Dani, and she’d ridden it with Aaron before that.  Yep, that makes three times around for my Dani-girl today.  Will and I rode about a mile this evening and then turned around and headed back home.

     Tomorrow will be busy and full, but blessedly so.  I’ll want to work a bit to catch up on some of the things I didn’t get to this afternoon while I was helping my husband, along with the normal occupations of the day and starting some seeds for fall, too.  Busy?  Yes.  Always.  But the beauty of that is that I am busy doing what I love, with those I love, in the place that I love best.  Home.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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24 comments to September Morn

  •   It will be easier riding once the weather stays cool.

    Everytime I cross my eyes I can still see Grandad’s concerned expression and him saying “Be careful, they might stick!”.

     

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Beautiful Bike. Keep riding and you will soon catch up with Dave.:) He rides 60 miles 3 days a week. 🙂 The doctor said that is the only reason his heart is so healthy. We are on hurricane watch again. Looks like Mr. Ike will be visiting us in a few days. I am not rolling out the welcome mat for him. LOL Tomorrow we plan to go food shopping and start bringing things inside and by Thursday we will be hunker down for a few days.

    Blessings,

    Elizabeth

  • @Ex_Goat_Milker –   Really?  You can SEE him? LOL!  I can picture Grandma Nora shaking her head in disapproval, but with that sly little smile that always accompanied the head shake! 

    @elizabethq – Remembering you, and others, as you prepare for yet another hurricane.  God bless you!  Hurricane preparation is, indeed, looking well to the ways of your household! 

  • That is a super cool bike! I love Dani’s too.  Very fun!

    And btw, I’ve wanted to tell you  – your new blog look is absolutly beautiful.

    The header is very Anne of Green Gables – ish. Lovely!

  • a very snazzy bike ~ and great exercise!  Those handlebars look like they come up high enough that you don’t need to bend over, which really is hard on the back.  Exactly the type of bike I would buy. Hope you have lots of beautiful September morn’s to enjoy it.

    Blessings,

    Niki

    http://www.ruralwritings.blogspot.com

  • What a cool bike!!!!! I am not good on a bike. I ride a short distance and feel like I am going to die! I can walk forever, but….. maybe I need some “speeds”!

    Your day sounds wonderful. I am hoping you are feeling better. I had a nasty bug last week…dizzy and sick to my stomach. Zach’s allergies are awful. It is that time of year.

    Your shawl looks beautiful, and that Dani-girl is so gifted at knitting. I loved the hats she did for the grand-girls last year. I may need to commission a cute hat for Emerson!

  • Those bikes are absolutely wonderful!!!  WOW!  What a special gift from your DH!!  I’m sure the two of you will enjoy them so much!!

  • Well, Miss Gypsy is stunning!  Her basket just completes her look, too!

    And ooooooooo…your shawl just looks scrumptious!  Like chocolate, only better because you can snuggle into it.  Yum!!!   Really pretty!  And when I read the paragraph about how you were making it, it all sounded like Charlie Brown’s school teacher in my head!  (I’m sure it sounded perfectly normal to other “knitting” people!  Or is that “crocheting” people?  Yeah, I never know the difference!!!)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Alesha

  • What a really, really great bike!  I am so glad that you were able to find such a nice bike!  That book Do Hard Things…I’ve been considering getting it for my 9yo.  It might be a bit over the top now, but nice for him to have later.  I’ve hear really good things about it.  You’ll have to let us know what you think.  I’ve also added the Keeping House book to my wish list!  I read the excerpt on Amazon, and wanted to read more, it was so good!  Thanks for sharing such wonderful treasures with us!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Monique

  • What a really, really great bike!  I am so glad that you were able to find such a nice bike!  That book Do Hard Things…I’ve been considering getting it for my 9yo.  It might be a bit over the top now, but nice for him to have later.  I’ve hear really good things about it.  You’ll have to let us know what you think.  I’ve also added the Keeping House book to my wish list!  I read the excerpt on Amazon, and wanted to read more, it was so good!  Thanks for sharing such wonderful treasures with us!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Monique

  • I too, enjoy Andrea Bocelli. I have one cd of his and your mention of him reminds me to put that cd to use. He has such an amazing gift, doesn’t he?

    Your cruiser! Oh my goodness, that cruiser is SWEET! Love the basket – did it come with the bike? I have a basket on my bike but not a cute material insert. Hmm. Must remedy that. At one time I used to bike 12-15 miles a day, for health and for enjoyment. What happened? sigh.

    Your new shawl is coming along beautifully, Cheryl. I like the idea of using larger needles and taking liberty with size alteration and such. I need to get a few more projects out of the way before I venture into knitting a shawl for myself. Although, through our church there’s a new ministry begun: Prayer Shawl Ministry. Making shawls for ladies experiencing severe challenges, be they health or family. I’m praying about becoming involved.

    This weather is glorious, isn’t it?! Last night it made for excellent sleeping conditions, even for tHaT cAt. He was in and sleeping from 10:30pm to 6:17am. That means I also got rest. hehe.

  • @SunnySideoftheRoom – @Niki497 – @tjsNana – @jengi33 – @akconklin –   Well thank you one and all for all the bike love……..Gypsy is a delight to ride! 

    @moritchey – Do Hard Things is an excellent book, but I’d save it until your son is about thirteen, and you might want to pre-read it then.  I read it and then put it into Aaron’s hands at 14, but one of the elders from our church did some editing before giving the book to his 14 year old son.  You know your son best, so I’d pre-read it in any event.  To tell you the truth, the book challenged me to “do hard things”. 

    @ladyjanesjournal –  Yep, we are having great sleeping weather.  It was almost cold!  The shawl I finished a couple of weeks ago was actually a pattern from Prayer Shawl Ministries.  

  • How fun! My bike hasn’t been ridden in several years. I haven’t had the time yet.  For now, my sister in law is getting some use out of it while I have the little ones to care for.

    I have been looking at the KnitPicks yarns for a few years. They look sooooo nice!

  • How fun! My bike hasn’t been ridden in several years. I haven’t had the time yet.  For now, my sister in law is getting some use out of it while I have the little ones to care for.

    I have been looking at the KnitPicks yarns for a few years. They look sooooo nice!

  • Thanks for the heads up!  I was planning on putting it up for at least a couple of years, this gives me a timeframe though!  Now….the trick will be to remember that I have it five years from now!

  • Thanks for the heads up!  I was planning on putting it up for at least a couple of years, this gives me a timeframe though!  Now….the trick will be to remember that I have it five years from now!

  • @natalylynn –  Hey!  Maybe you could watch for one of those trailers that hooks to the back of the bike and seats a couple little ones.  Plus another seat for a toddler over the back fender……….pedalling that extra weight behind you would really give you a work out!!   I’m sure your days are busy enough that you don’t need any extra exercise!!!  We have loved all of our Knit Picks yarns.  They are a nice balance of quality yarn, without the high price in the yarn shops. 

    @moritchey – Make a list somewhere, on your computer even, of books and supplies that you are buying in advance of need.  You could categorize it by grade levels, or by which child it is intended for. 

  • What a cute bike! I love riding my bike too…but am not able to go for even a mile…yet

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • What a cute bike! I love riding my bike too…but am not able to go for even a mile…yet

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • @Pearl0709 – Megan – You just keep pedalling and your distances and stamina will improve quickly.  I promise!

  • I love your new bike!!!  How fun for you! 

  • Oh Cheryl,  I love the new look of your blog- and your photos are lovely.  What a wonderful bike!  Perfect timing for this beautiful weather.  Blessings!  ~R

  • Cheryl

    I love Gypsy.  I have Rosie my hubby got for me 2 years ago, along with my daughter got Daisy.  They are wonderful bikes.  I truly love it.  People in our neighborhood know when we are out with our bikes.  What I love about them they are definitely girls bikes, not these generic type bikes where you can’t tell if it is a girl’s or boy’s bike.  You will really enjoy riding it.

    Sibyl in Houston who’s hunkering down for Ike (only 30 miles from the coast)

  • @heykristigirl – @from_rebecca_j – @SibylScott –    She is a wonderful bike!  She rides like a dream.