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State of Flux

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Not sure why it is, maybe it’s the changing season, but my life feels as though it has been in a great state of flux lately.  I feel restless, like something is coming.  The urge for me to do something wild and different is so strong and the call is hard to ignore.  We flirted with the idea of moving into a bigger house recently and went through the whole process of pre-approval, getting an agent, etc, only to change our minds because of the lack of good homes on the market.  So moving isn’t going to be the thing that settles me down.  Now I’m focusing on myself and my health.

This week I’m going to tour a fitness facility near my house.  One of my friends goes there and she’s been trying to get me to go for a while.  Since going on anti-depressants I’ve put on some weight and it has me a bit freaked out because nothing fits.  I’ve got to change that!  In addition to trying to get into better shape, I’m going to do something CRAZY (for me!) with my hair.

Have you seen the trend of women dyeing their hair silvery purple or platinum?  Well that is what I am going to do!!  I’m very excited about it.  My hair has been going gray for the last few years and I really didn’t want to cover it up.  My grandfather had the most beautiful snow white hair and I was hoping that mine would do that, too.  What happening with it right now though is, it’s so light at the roots that it looks like I have no hair when I pull it back!!  So I’m going to embrace my silvery dreams and color my hair.  It’s only hair, if I don’t like it, I can change it or cut it.  It will grow back.  :)

My youngest turned 13 last month and it was so much fun.  He asked for cupcakes that looked like burgers so I was happy to oblige.  Anything that doesn’t require me to do something artistic with the frosting on the cake is perfect for me!  LOL  They turned out pretty well, too.  You just take a yellow cake mix and bake cupcakes.  You make a batch of brownies.  Let everything cool.  Then, you cut the cupcakes in half and place a 2″ circle-cut brownie inside.  Top with red, yellow, and green frosting to look like ketchup, mustard, and lettuce and then put the cake top back on.  Voilá!  Cupcake burger!  I will say that they were mostly a hit but for me, the brownie was a bit much.  I think I would have enjoyed it more had the “burger” been devils food cake instead.  We got the recipe off Pinterest somewhere, I can’t take credit for it.  They did turn out really cute though.

I love Springtime.  Everything looks so bright and happy and new outside.  All the trees have buds on them now and flowers are beginning to bloom.  A couple of weeks ago when I went grocery shopping, our store had the most beautiful potted plants for sale.  You cannot imagine my excitement when I looked at the tag and they were ranunculus!  There have been so many things I’ve pinned on Pinterest that had ranunculus in them but we never had any for sale around here.  I about fell over when I saw them and immediately put two in my cart.  They produce the most beautiful blooms!!  So many layers of soft, fluffy goodness.  Today and tomorrow we’re supposed to get some thunderstorms and I am really looking forward to that.  There’s nothing more relaxing than a gentle rain and some rolling thunder.

Hope all is well in your world!

susan - April 9, 2015 - 10:56 pm

Hi Evie – I love ranunculus too. They’re one of my favorites because, not only are they beautiful, but they are perfect to plant this time of year because they can take the colder weather.
I love silver hair! What a fun change that will be for you and a great way to lift your spirits. And joining the gym – that’s always a good idea – good for the body and mind.
I’m sorry your plans for buying a new home fell thru but your current home looks just beautiful! – I love your dining room and your craft room. What a wonderful place to create. xo
Oh, and I love your burgers!

Evie - April 9, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Hey Susan! The ranunculus are so gorgeous!! I may see if I can get some to plant in the yard for next year. They bloom so much!

You know, as far as the house thing falling through, I feel like it all worked out the way it should have. We decided to refinance our current home instead and will have it paid off in 15 years, which will be really nice. We had gotten all wrapped up in having a bigger home when we should just focus on the home we have.

I actually went to the gym and signed up today so look out world! I’m hitting the ground running!!

Carlin - April 14, 2015 - 12:38 am

Love these photos, the flowers are amazing.

Evie - April 14, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Thank you, Carlin! This time of year is amazing for flowers!

bobbi - April 18, 2015 - 9:09 pm

YES!! Do something crazy with your hair!! I’ve had purple hair many, many years ago and it was great! it gave me a real boost of happiness. Also, that fitness facility is a great idea. There is nothing like moving your body to help you in increasing both your mood and your weight. I’ve always been a huge swimmer and have been into yoga for many years now. To me it’s perfection. Finding the right kind of fitness activity is sometimes difficult so don’t give up if you don’t like it at first. Experiment and have fun, i’m pretty sure there is something for everyone. And I can totally understand they state of restlessness you are in because it’s happening to me as well. It actually happens to me every spring…I kind of become lethargic during winter and wake up again in spring, like bears…:)

Cassadie - May 5, 2015 - 4:16 am

Those burger cupcakes are amazing! I lack the attention to detail to make something like that happen, though my kids would love it. And yes, go for the platinum silver hair- my friend just did it and it’s so flattering.

A Snow Day!

Yay! It took almost all winter to get here but we finally got a substantial snow here in NC. Oh, snow had flirted with us a couple of times but this snow was the one we had been waiting for. You know the kind I’m talking about, where the whole world is muffled due to the thick fluffy cover of snowflakes.  So beautiful! My youngest son and I went out that morning and walked down to the lake (cough, cough, really a big pond) that is near our house. Gosh, it was really gorgeous down there. There wasn’t anyone else out so we had the whole view to ourselves and it was blissful.



What else is going on ’round here?  Well, let’s see.  I have been working on an afghan for my youngest son for the last couple of weeks and have really been enjoying it.  I was inspired by this post at Stix on the Beach and got to work on my own version of the crochet style she was using.  It’s so relaxing to sit and crochet row after row of pretty colors and I find myself putting off other (important!) things to crochet instead.  This is the blanket I’m working on for my son, just simple rows of single crochet.



Oh, and here is a picture of my favorite breakfast in the whole world right now, sunny-side-up egg and home-made hash browns.  Cooking is not my strong suit but I have really mastered cooking the perfect egg, hash browns, and biscuits.  If you’re interested I can share my recipes in another post soon.  These hash browns are SO GOOD!!


This past weekend I got to stretch my photographer legs a little bit and take pictures of a friend of mine and her baby.  It has been so long since I did it professionally but boy was it fun!  We got some really adorable photos and she’s a really happy little thing, too.  Here is one of my faves that we captured.  Isn’t she adorable?!


Well, I hope all has been wonderful in your world lately and that Spring is just around the corner for all of us!  I think we’re all ready for some warm temps and sunshine now!


BellaKarma - March 4, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Wow! I picked the perfect post to read to start my morning!
That breathtaking blanket of snow! Those beautiful color combinations in your crochet blanket! That delicious-looking breakfast! The adorable baby! Be still, my heart!

Evie - March 6, 2015 - 1:51 pm

GAH! You know what I just discovered about my afghan?? I have been goofing up the edges the whole time. It looks like an hour glass right now. LOL!!! I’m not going to stop because it’s more than halfway there but dang!! Oh well, I know what not to do on the next one. :)

susan - March 9, 2015 - 12:37 am

Great photos, Evie. Your world looks beautiful covered in a blanket of snow.
Eggs and home fries for breakfast – looks delicious. I sometimes make that for dinner too because we like it so much. I love your blanket and your beautiful baby picture.

bobbi - March 9, 2015 - 3:45 pm

WOW!! You live in a wonderful place. And…near a lake! Lovely, lovely pictures. I live in a place with a climate of its own. when in the nearby town, which is just 1,5 km away it’s snowing, around my home there’s a real ice storm. If in the town is raining, we’re having monsoons. But not this year. This year just a few snowflakes fell around my house, while EVERYWHERE else they had meters and meters of snow! Ha! But I actually missed snow this year, I love it so much. In manageable doses.

BellaKarma - March 11, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Yes! The sides can be tricky when finding the right chain from the hook, especially while changing colors. I’ve also discovered when changing colors, crochet about two stitches on the new row, then GENTLY pull the yarn tails of the previous color and new color to help give stability to the sides. When you pull, you’ll see it tightening up, just don’t ‘bunch’ it up. Hope that makes sense. :)

Cassadie - March 15, 2015 - 4:00 am

That snow is so WHITE! Since we’ve had none at all this winter, I had forgotten how serenely still and pure a good dumping of snow actually is. I have been working on perfecting my biscuits, so yes, please share your recipe with us!

Evie - April 10, 2015 - 12:05 am

Ok, Cassadie! I will share my biscuit recipe in my next post!!!

Kim Adams Morgan - April 22, 2015 - 10:39 pm

Evie, Kim here from the class. What part of NC? We are in Northern CA now, but still own a home in Western NC near the NC/SC border. It’s smack in the middle of horse country, which is why we built there. It’s rented now. It’s in an equestrian/lake community. We love NC.

Evie - April 22, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Kim, we’re in Greensboro, pretty much in the middle of the state! How glorious to have a home in western NC!! I would love that.