• Books,  Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday | All the Things.

    It’s Wednesday and that means I have an update on the making and the reading, and much gratitude to Kat for hosting this meet-up. On the making front, I have been doing all the things (well, all the things that I know how to do). First, knitting (by far my favorite and for sure my comfort zone). I finished my first Notice (this is a snagged shot from a video Marc took for a church thing) – I am delighted with the fit. which is good because I cast on for another one … this time in pink. (I also have plans for a third, in a bright blue ……

  • Books

    Announcing a New Book Bingo!

    Hello friends and welcome to a seventh season of Book Bingo. Everything in the world is topsy turvy right now anyway, so I decided (with much encouragement from my sister) that we didn’t need to wait until Memorial Day to kick off this year’s bingo. Welcome to Shelter at Home Bingo. You can generate your card here and refresh yourself about all the “rules” here. (and note there’s a page with all of that linked in the top menu bar on the blog.) In a nutshell, the only big change is that we’re starting on April 1 (the date my town officially began SAH) and ending on the later of…

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    Hello April.

    Hello April, I did take my usual dark early photo on Wednesday, the one with the new calendar photo, my coffee, my journal and an otherwise a clean desk. And while I am still taking that time each day, April is really looking a lot more like this. This is me “sheltering at home”. My town officially started SAH Wednesday evening and our state officially began today. Marc and I have mentally prepared ourselves for another nine weeks (this is the end of week three for us … so we are thinking 1/4 done … maybe?) Nonetheless. Hello April. I do have plans. or rather “things”.I’m holding everything loosely right now.…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday (for real).

    Hello friends. It feels good to pause today to write about knitting and reading. I even have two stories about actual unraveling to share! Here’s the knitting one. This is yesterday afternoon. That’s me upper left, surrounded by a lot of new-to-me knitting peeps at the virtual knit-along hosted by The Craftivist, a delightful yarn shop in Atlanta that I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting in real life. (Boy, I love these Zoom meet-ups!) It was a lot of fun! I was happily knitting along on Notice, and started the ribbing at the bottom of the body. oops. the K1/P1 pattern didn’t come out right. I counted. double. triple.…

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    And | March 2020.

    I just finished reading a few of the OLW updates y’all shared today. This past month hasn’t been what any of us anticipated. And yet. We’re opening our minds and hearts in new, often uncomfortable ways. And we ARE doing it. And most importantly, we ARE showing up for ourselves and each other with kindness, honesty, generosity, and love. A few of us seem to be more comfortable showing these feelings to others than to ourselves … if that speaks to you, please consider this post your permission slip to … take care of YOU. It’s like the opposite of that video we’ve all seen about the value of social…

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    Late March Weekending.

    Hello friends – I hope you managed to find a way to mark the weekend, especially if you have a job or kids at home, and time to rest. This is a time when honoring some kind of Sabbath routine feels especially important. As we progressed through our weekend – Friday Night Dinner (now the one time a week that we sit at the table, with “first-time” food, candles, music and wine), Saturday afternoon cooking shows (we started this habit years ago when we had to pay attention to the TV Guide to find out when the cooking shows were on; now we rely on our DVR and YouTube to…

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    Five on Friday | Getting Through the Days.

    Well, my friends, it’s Friday again. We made it to another weekend. Marc and I are both retired and we live by ourselves. There is no golf. So except for looking forward to another YouTube church service on Sunday, it seems like this weekend is going to look a lot like all the other days this week. It feels real and surreal at the same time. We are all having to hold so much. I knew I wanted to share a post today and I wasn’t feeling very TGIF-ish. I’m still not, but … I listened to Brené Brown’s latest podcast this afternoon and if I did the link thing…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends. I’m glad we have set aside one day a week for unraveling. I watched Anne Bogel’s Stay at Home Bookclub today … she was the guest author for her latest book Don’t Overthink It  (which I thought was amazing)  … and one of her coping strategies is to schedule your overthinking time. like in a 15-minute window. Wouldn’t it be lovely to think about all of our unraveling time as happening in just this one day a week? Of course that’s not really how it goes. Y’all have been kind in the comments to let me know how much you appreciate my positive voice right now and I am…

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    Weekending from Home.

    Hello my friends. and welcome to week two of the COVID-19 “sheltering at home” here at mere-et-filles. Five words to describe us right now would be healthy, anxious, tired, grateful and making-do. It feels weird that this seems “best case” and I hope I can say the same thing tomorrow. and the next day. and so on. Looking back over the weekend’s photos, it might be hard to tell that I haven’t left the house (except to walk – every day) since last Saturday – the cherry trees in our neighborhood’s island are glorious. as was the blue sky on Saturday afternoon. um. ok. maybe breaking out the crochet for…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF.

    Wow. It’s been a week, hasn’t it. I’ve been reluctant to add a tag to my posts, or honestly to even name COVID-19 here in this space. But … this space is about my story. And … this week much of my story – and everyone else’s – has been driven by COVID-19. So … I’m adding a tag. And I am going to be more open about mentioning the virus by name. I hope I can continue to refrain from actually using it in a post title. We’ll see. Thinking about … how helpful my OLW and handful of intentions are proving this year. I totally planned to refresh…