• Just Life

    Sometimes Sundays.

    …are for reconsidering. I was just hopping into the shower yesterday morning when my sister texted me about Summer Book Bingo. I grabbed my glasses and we had this quick exchange. I totally planned to just send her the link from last year. But then. I thought about how much fun we’d had together the past five summers playing our cards … and how I could simply strike out the dreaded “graphic novel” square and add one for “recommended in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide (any year)”. and by the time I got home from church, I was all in. An hour (yes, that’s really all the time it…

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    … coming to you from my favorite place right this very second. I must admit I am not a huge fan of having the laptop actually in my lap, but the breeze and the view are more than worth it. ahem…views 😉 Thinking about … what I’m going to do this weekend. Apart from my weekly FaceTime with Diane tomorrow morning and church on Sunday (our annual cannot-miss Youth Service, which concludes with a slide show that always makes me cry … “kids” I taught in Sunday School a few years back are now graduating college. I can’t wait to see what their post-college plans are!) The family reunion begins…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Monogamy.

    Delighted to be joining in with Kat and friends today with an update on my knitting and reading. Today’s story is a bit unusual – for the past three days I’ve been monogamous to my knitting and my reading. It does make for progress! I’m almost halfway through the body on the crew-neck side of Sayer. I’ve been switching between the knitting (with a steady stream of podcasts playing on my phone) and the reading. This is A Necessary Evil (the second in the Sam Wyndham series) and it’s just as good as the first. I’ve also really been enjoying the porch! …all that said, today is an Opera Wednesday…

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    More May Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! … right now, I am sitting at my usual counter spot, but unlike my favorite Monday late afternoons, where Marc is off enjoying himself with his friends, today he is sitting just a few yards away, frustrated with getting his new iPhone set up (apparently Marc, the iCloud and his multiple devices have not been nearly as synched as he thought). Looking back over my photos from the weekend and reflecting on all the stories is proving a nice distraction. Friday night started shortly after I signed off my last post. Marc made snacks, and we ate almost all of that while we watched another…

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    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I wrote a few weeks back about how much I enjoy sitting down late on a Monday afternoon to write a weekending post. Writing a TGIF post late on a Friday afternoon is also a joy … especially when the weather gods have been kind enough to grant Marc an afternoon round of golf and me an afternoon “alone” with my podcasts, my thoughts, my sewing machines … and Holly! Thinking about … my making plans. I know. again. (always.) But #memadeMay is helping me identify what I wear, what I like to wear … and where the gaps are. This week, I made progress…

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    Looking Back | April.

    April is always one of the prettiest months around here … and combined with our Beaufort trip, Easter, some wonderful knitting and sewing, a new Saturday night dinner routine … and a delightful afternoon with our favorite little boys … well. I’d do it on repeat anytime. I (finally!) compiled my #1SE video for April this afternoon and shared it on Instagram.   Life is indeed made one second, one photo, one story at a time. These posts are still my favorite way to document mine. Happy Wednesday!  

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    Early May Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! Based on my Instagram feed, I know a lot of y’all saw Spring this weekend – yay! – it’s wonderful to see … and it makes me even more aware that our weekend – yes it really is just early May – kind of feels more like summer. Beginning with our Friday evening walk. Flip flops, pink toes … and a coordinating collar … against green grass! Our snacks as dinner is still the same old good stuff (I’m not sure what nods to the season our plate will take?!) but the sausages have improved dramatically since Marc started shopping at Sprouts. I promise to…

  • Just Life,  Knitting,  Sewing

    TGIF | Hello May.

    Hello friends … and Hello May! I so appreciated all the wonderful comments y’all shared on my last post. Thank you! I’m approaching this new month with a “saving my life” mindset and these TGIF posts are one of my favorite ways to frame a list. Three … days into MeMadeMay. I’ve been watching this parade of me-mades on Instagram for several years … and now that I have a few hand sewn items to mix in with the hand knits, I’m ready to play. My “rules” are really loose, but I’d like to wear something me-made for all 31 days and post a photo of my outfit on Instagram.…

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    Hope | April 2019.

    In spite of my very best efforts to let go of hopelessness, I’m not gonna lie, it continues to be a day-by-day thing. But most days, hope wins. The practices I’ve talked about (naming gratitudes, unplugged mornings, contemplation, stillness) are a big help. and this month, I found another one – and some new voices – that have combined to lighten my spirit. I like to think I’m strong enough to do the hard work to find hope in the dark places, but day in day out, it’s exhausting. Light helps. (so does sleep. and taking care of myself with good food and exercise. but I know I’m preaching to…

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    Late April Weekending.

    I put “late April” in the title of this post to remind myself it really is still April. While parts of the country saw snow (if that’s you, I’m so sorry!), we saw abundant sunshine and felt what might’ve been the last of the 40-some degree mornings. Here’s the whole story – Friday night was our typical dinner and the last three episodes of the latest season of Bosch (we tried to go slow, but our willpower ran out big time after that second episode … I even stayed awake til nearly 10pm to see the end!) This season might be one of my favorites so far and I highly…