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    Unfolding Light.

    Two weeks ago, a friend from our Friday morning group introduced us to Unfolding Light, a daily reflection written by Steve Garnaas-Holmes. “Unfolding Light is a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods. In poems, parables, psalms, thoughts and the odd weather report I hope to invite readers into a spirit of presence, compassion, justice and delight.” ~from the About page The reflection from April 5 is one of my favorites. and with a nod to Poem in Your Pocket Day, I’m sharing it with y’all today. Deserted place Leave the noise of the traffic of ideas. Ignore fear’s nicknames…

  • Knitting,  Travel

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Travel Report.

    I really enjoyed everyone’s comments on last week’s post about my travel knitting plans. Apparently we are all over the place about how we plan and pack for knitting on the road. A lot has to do with how much “free” time we think we’ll have and how accessible more yarn might be where we’re going. This week, I’m looking back on that knitting (which is probably more useful for future planning purposes for me than any of you!) First up – the socks – the mindless project. I actually finished sock #1 (including the kitchener toe) after brunch on Friday. and I immediately started sock #2. I was just…

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    Beaufort Weekending.

    Hello friends! It’s good to be home … sitting at my kitchen counter … looking back through the photos of the weekend. but of course it’s Tuesday. and this past weekend was not the typical Marc & Mary with Holly. Nope – it was our  Girls’ Weekend in Beaufort. The place and the time together are a big part of our family’s story … and mine personally. I love that it comes in a season where I’m reflecting on love, strength, and forgiveness. Gathering with family who are friends and friends who are family seems like the perfect way to celebrate all of that. The “weekend” began Thursday morning when…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Travel Knitting.

    We leave for Beaufort tomorrow morning. I haven’t packed. I have a bit of meal prep to complete (this is on the menu for Friday morning and I’d rather have my kitchen smelling like roasted onions now than then). and I want to make a batch of thyme simple syrup (because cocktails). but my knitting is ready. I’m taking two projects. socks and a sweater. I knit plain vanilla socks (using this pattern, mostly in the DK weight, but sometimes the worsted variation) and going around and around – even on size 3 dpn’s – is suitable for all sorts of activities. Games. Car rides. Enjoying a glass of wine…

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    Looking Back | March.

    When I wrote yesterday that I was re-committing to my monthly collages of daily photos, I didn’t realize how deep a habit that had been.  (one might think I’d have looked back at that before deciding to toss it all aside when I got nervous about Flickr?!) In any event, this afternoon I looked back through the archives and discovered my first Looking Back post. January 2014. (!!) Along the way, I upgraded the collage app so I have more flexibility with the font and the layout – but the heart of it all – collecting a month of photos into a calendar grid is still there. and that –…

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    Early April Weekending.

    Hello friends – how was your weekend? Ours was nice. a good mix of our same old routines Friday night snacks, a nice meal (candles, wine, placemats) on Saturday, solo walks with Holly that provided lovely opportunities to see Spring and catch up with a few excellent recent podcast episodes. The weather was golf-worthy both days, so I had more time to myself, perfect for sewing – yay! for the first time this year – I did have to get out the instruction manual for both machines just to be sure I had things threaded properly 😉 the beginning of the latest season of Call the Midwife (it’s streaming on…

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    Hello Friday! I just realized that April offers five Mondays, but only four Fridays. so I’d better make the most of all of them! Thinking about so many things. and trying to keep my thoughts on (mostly?) the good things. My early morning journal time helps me sort through a lot of it. and an afternoon walk with Lauren brings more clarity. especially when we both pause to take a picture of Spring! Grateful for my Friday morning small group. Today was our first meeting about The Universal Christ. We sort of followed the Companion Guide (for the Embodiment Group) and the reflection, discussion and revelation were … well ……

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends! I’m delighted to be joining Kat’s lovely mid-week link-up today. On the knitting front, I am happy to report no unraveling on Marsa Alam.Since I took these photos yesterday afternoon, there’s now one sleeve in process. I worked the button bands and collar first to be sure I would have enough pink to finish both sleeves. Also, I have tried it on, and apparently I’m not as well endowed as my dress form *ahem* the fronts meet quite comfortably on me (and both sides really are the same length) 😉  I’m still smitten by that sleeve construction … it makes me happy every time I see it! To…

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    Hello April.

    Hello April. Hello to a new week, a new month and another fresh start. Hello being gentler with myself. Hello getting back to sewing. Hello exploring new – mind-blowing – ideas. Hello making plans to connect with friends. and family. Hello new habits. Let’s go!

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    Currents | Spring 2019.

    Hello Friday … and hello to all of you! Spring arrived in full this week … pollen and all 🙂 and it seems like a perfect opportunity to pause and write about right now. Loving the longer days. That top photo was taken at 8:20pm Wednesday evening. Noticing all the colors – and signs of life – on my walks. The top photo is from my after-small-group walk to the library (see Reading below) and the bottom is from this morning’s outing with Holly. Planning a trip to New York. with Marc!!! in June. Eating breakfast. I missed a day earlier this month (upset stomach … drank tea and ate…