The Thankful Mama

Father’s Day and a Pair of Socks


It’s been a great Father’s Day especially since it’s my hubby’s 1st. His first year of fatherhood has been wonderful. He has risen to the challenge on many different fronts. He successfully helped me get through pregnancy and labor…our first, everything was new and exciting/scary. He also goes out everyday and cheerfully slays dragons so I can stay home with our little one. I am one lucky girl, but I have known that since the day we met!

For Father’s Day we kept it low key with a lunch for our dads. We made the entire meal low carb, since Hubby and I and my dad have given up the carbs. Grilled salmon and a breadless deep dish pizza that seems more like lasagna or quiche to me. Whatever it is, it’s delicious and I can’t make it enough for my hubbby!

Father in law 3x3 rib socks

Of course I had to craft for Father’s Day…it’s a holiday right? I decided two pairs of hand knit socks, one for each dad, was in order. My dad is a regular customer already, but I haven’t made anything yet for my dad in law. Thank goodness he and Hubby have pretty much the same size 14 feet. That’s a pretty big sock and I somehow figured I was going to make two pair of big men’s socks. I ordered Knit Picks Stroll Sport, figuring the heavier weight would help me crank them out. I’m pleased to say I completed one pair in time to give to dad in law on Father’s Day. I wrapped up the yarn for my dad’s socks and presented him with that. He was slightly confused until I reassured him I wasn’t trying to teach him knitting, but those were soon-to-be-socks. Overall, I have to say I enjoyed working with the Stroll yarn. I usually knit with fingering weight, so it was a nice change and it made a difference in the completion time. The yarn itself is stretchy and soft. My dad in law kept squeezing them and commenting on how comfy they felt. I’m looking forward to starting my next pair!


Project Details:

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport

Colorway: Fedora

Needle Size 2 (3mm)

More info and photos on my Ravelry page


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Fishing For Fun

Father’s Day for most was June 21st. For us, it was to recover from a busy wedding weekend for Hubby’s cousin. He performed the music for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding ceremony. After two days of playing, dancing and hardly any sleep, we returned home exhausted…just like we knew we would. We actually had the forethought to reschedule celebrating Father’s Day for the following Sunday, June 28th. Much better!

What better way to spend a Sunday with a couple of dad’s than fishing? We are fortunate enough to have found a nice little pond (lake wanna-be) in the neighborhood. It’s quite secluded and it does take some traversing to get down the hillside to it, but the fishing is worth it!

Fishing Pond

We went out about 8:30am and it was a perfect morning for fishing. Clear and not too hot, the lake was as smooth as glass. We saw fish jumping out of the water before we could even bait our hooks…good sign, they’re hungry! First try and we were getting bites, but not able to reel them in. Smart fishies, these are! My dad in law finally made the first catch. Very exciting!

I’m busy blabbering about something, when I feel a tug on my line. I manage to set it and realize I’ve got something! It feels pretty big, although they all do! 🙂 I get him to the surface amidst cheers and whoops and discover I’ve caught a catfish! A catfish? Cool! I haven’t caught a catfish since I was little, so this was really exciting.

My Catfish Catch

My Catfish Catch

He turned out to actually be pretty good sized and not just in my imagination. Our dad’s worked quickly and efficiently to remove the hook (I got him pretty good, poor fellow) and another old hook already in him. This guy was a real war vet! Back in the pond he went on his merry way. Before it got too hot and we packed up to go back for a french toast brunch, we had caught about six fish. Pretty good morning’s work I’d say.

I’ve discovered that it’s actually fun even of you don’t catch the big one (although that’s preferable!) Fishing is a really a wonderful way to spend time with your friends and family and yourself. Sitting by the water, be it a pond, lake or ocean, and listening to nature around you is a great opportunity to open up your mind and let the positive thoughts flow. You can reach a very relaxed state of mind when you get out and enjoy the quiet beauty of nature. And don’t let it bother you if you don’t catch a fish, it’s a great excuse to go back and try again!

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