Category Archives: Happy Hippie

Knitting and Plotting

My friend Adam (and I’m sure others quietly) has long made fun of my love for the holidays. I love Thanksgiving — the prep, family time, football, food, days off of work and cooler weather. And I love Christmas, although less so since my family has scattered and now it seems to involve stressful travel. All the same, the gift planning and creating is my favorite.

I’m not entirely sure why it is so important to me to make as many of the gifts I give for the holidays as I can, but it is. I enjoy combing through patterns and recipes and plotting gifts for family and friends alike. It truly brings me joy.

So, make fun — but the Christmas knitting has begun. (How can it not? Knitting is so time intensive. You’ve got to plan!)

First up: this orange cable scarf that seriously took 15 months to complete, but is ready for Christmas this year! Yay!

Christmas Knitting

Christmas Knitting

I am also really enjoying the Golden Pear beanie pattern:

Christmas Knitting

Christmas Knitting

 

Christmas Knitting

 

I first made this pattern for my friend’s new baby, Sawyer:

Golden Pear Beanie

Yep. Looking forward to the next 10 or so weeks of knitting and wrapping and spending time with those I love most. And yes, I know I am a dork. A knitting dork. And I’m totally okay with it.

~K

Mini Goes to the Circus

Min's circus school performane

My friend Mini (or Elizabeth, or Liz, depending on how you know her) started taking classes at circus school last year. She has always been a dancer and was on the dive team in high school. The girl is flexible. She’s most recently been doing a bunch of those crazy relay running races, like Ragnar.

Min's circus school performane

She mentioned to a handful of us that the circus school was having a student show and, “would we like to come?” Uh, yes. Yes I would like to come. And I agreed even before she sent me the link with her costume, or ideas for face painting. I’d been listening to her talk about the characters at this circus school for months. And occasionally seeing her bruises from the routines. And I wanted to see what could possibly be so fun she’d be willing to drive 40 miles one way to play.

So, there we were on a hot Saturday afternoon in a cramped industrial park in north Scottsdale sitting on gymnastic mats. I played with her nephews and chatted with her boys. She had a strong showing of support, including her parents, sibling and family friends. We mingled among all the others, also sitting on gym mats, also sporting tentative looks.

Min's circus school performane

Min and her friend were the seventh act and they nailed it. They seriously nailed it. It was fun and exciting and scary in parts. (Those silks don’t come with a backup safety plan.)

Min’s always been my adventurous friend. (It is funny to write that because she is also my friend who is scared of windy roads, the dark and anything that has to do with planning related to death.) But she really is so adventurous — including getting over her fear of the dark by doing those ridiculous relay running races at 2 am. The day after her rather amazing circus performance on the silks, we were out hiking in the desert and it dawned on me how very proud I am of her.

Min's circus school performane

 

 

Min's circus school performane

Min's circus school performane

These photos don’t do these weirdos justice. Their performances were certainly strange, but also beautiful. And you could tell how passionate they were about their craft. It was fun to watch and hard to photograph.

 

It sounds silly, but that is the right word: proud. She is a hilarious mix of sarcasm, wit and gossip. And she’s also a great mom, super successful realtor, and writer. She’s fun to be around, and she also has a lot to teach me — a rather nice combination for a friendship that is pushing 30 years old.

Min's circus school performane

Proud of you, Mini Tolar/Liz Newlin/Liza Wildcat. You make one hell of a circus weirdo.

~K

Grand Canyon Prep

Have I mentioned I am soon hiking from the north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon? (With two blissful nights at Phantom Ranch in between.)

Breath-taking every time

I am a little nervous, Interwebs. And I could use your help. I’ll be okay physically. And I’ve got the gear. But hey! I’m all ears if you have any advice on great, calorie dense, light weight snacks for 17 mile hikes? And any other long hike tips and tricks you’d like to share.

I’ve got good socks. And I plan on cutting my nails super short. We’ve also got a water filter and ample sun coverage. What else?

An average of 12 people die each year

I remember after running my first marathon watching men wander by with bloody nipples showing through their shirts. I couldn’t believe that was even a possibility. And each race after, there was some lesson learned by noticing someone else’s discomfort. So! Spare me this embarrassment and hit me with your best hiking advice.

Go.

And thank you!

~K

August Gardening in Arizona

Gardening in August

Transplants taking off by the front door. Not sure what this plant is, but it blooms tiny bright pink flowers that look like sea creatures.

Gardening in August

Pumpkins, trying.

Gardening in August

Sunflowers, in heaven, reaching for the heat.

Gardening in August

Lots of succulents and one surviving pepper plant.

I am looking forward to planting a bed of root veggies and dark leafy greens come fall. The winter garden is going to be fantastic!
~K

I know. I’m weird.

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I may have a vintage linens problem. (Vintage linens is code for old sheets, but “old sheets” sounds creepy. Right?) They are soft and the designs are fun and the quality just seems so much better.

Also,when I can find embroidered linens in good shape, I think of the time the person must have spent on that item and that I’d be a fool to pass up the history.

As such, I may need better storage. Or more beds.

Also — to be honest, I should probably stop saying I don’t collect things.

I do. Old Sheets. And they are glorious!

~K

~K

Guests are Sleeping Banana Bread

Sue's visit

  •  1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  •  ½ cup almond flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  dash of cinnamon
  •  dash of vanilla
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 cup butter – or ¼ cup butter, 1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  •  2/3 cup brown sugar
  •  2 eggs, beaten
  •  2 cups mashed overripe bananas

Preheat the oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar. Add dry ingredients, adding bananas last. Pour into a greased casserole or bread pan. Bake 45 minutes, or until brown. If possible, pull out of the oven just as house guests are awaking. Serve with coffee, tea or a cup of milk. This bread is especially good with almond butter.

You will be cherished, no matter how hard the mattress was, or, say, how loud the neighbor’s rooster was at 3 am.

Enjoy!

~K

CAOK

CAOK 2014

Birthday cookies for a barista; she and her colleagues were very pleased to be receiving baked goods for a change.

CAOK 2014

 

 

St. Pat’s scarf for a fellow scarf lover.

CAOK 2014

CAOK 2014

 

Encouragement gift for a friend who has made a commitment to get back to the gym. Always easier when you have a dedicated gym makeup bag.

CAOK 2014

 

And since I had the sewing machine out, (woo! she’s back from the shop!) a couple other toiletry bags stuffed with goodies for friends.

Calculated Acts of Kindness continues. See more ideas here.

~K