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    Choose | November 2021.

    Hello friends! It’s the last Tuesday of November and time for another check-in with my OLW – Choose. If you’ve been reading along with me this month, you know that I’ve focused on Choosing Gratitude. I’ve shared a deep dive into four aspects of my life that regularly inspire gratitude (Dark Early Quiet Time, a Morning Walk, Fiction Matters, and Family). You might also recall that this year’s OLW and the “Choose Gratitude” idea was inspired by Diana Butler Bass’s book Grateful and the Thanksgiving Prayer she shared last year. She shared another thought-provoking post this Thanksgiving suggesting we broaden our response to gratitude beyond the preposition “for”: “Other prepositions open…

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    TGIF | Late November.

    Hello friends. first, thank you for all your comments on my latest posts. For the benefit of all, no, we did not plan our outfits for that November 14 photo (but we all noticed it – even Marc! and Sara who took the photo) and I love that it was a synchronicity of spirit. and Humulus, whoa, I knew it was popular with my “friends” but I had NO idea what that really meant. Seems like every single one of y’all has either knit that pattern and loved it, or wanted to knit it. and now it’s my turn. Thinking about …  Advent. It snuck up on me this year…

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    Family.

    I saved the best for last. Today’s dive into gratitude is about family. All of my extended family – save a niece in Nashville and a nephew in Washington DC – live here in Atlanta. We haven’t had the whole family together since 2019, and it likely won’t happen this year, but 2022 shows promise. I’m especially fortunate to have family who are friends. I love getting together with these three ladies (my sister Karen on the left, my mom, and my sister-in-law Lydia on the right). We haven’t found a post-pandemic rhythm to our gatherings, but we are getting together again for birthdays. This photo is from November 14…

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    On the Needles.

    Hello friends and happy Wednesday! It’s been a while since I paused mid-week to share an update on my knitting – wanna see? First up, the project that has seen no action since November 7 – yep, Shifty. (Ravelry link)I got the second sleeve started that Sunday and then set it aside for a project that required a lot less focus (not gonna lie, all those ends – and that’s just the body – there are even more on the sleeves! … aren’t that exciting either). That would be Caramel (Ravelry link). Inches of 2×2 ribbing with a whole lot of stockinette in between. The gauge is a little bigger,…

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    Fiction Matters.

    In this week’s dive into Choosing Gratitude, I’m sharing about Fiction Matters, hands down my favorite bookish place on the internet. Sara started her Instagram account over six years ago and added a Patreon last August. The Patreon includes a monthly bookclub (with a “Bookclub Kit” from Sara that includes discussion questions, author interviews, and reviews, plus a discussion on Zoom – because there are members around the globe, she offers two meeting times each month and some folks attend both), a podcast from Sara about what she’s read/reading, a monthly Bibliobrunch where members share book recommendations with each other (also on Zoom), and a Discord channel (admittedly it was…

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    Currents | Fifty-nine.

    Happy Wednesday friends, and Happy Birthday to me! Today I’m celebrating fifty-nine years … and the first day of my 60th trip around the sun. I love the birthday tradition I started last year, to pause and reflect on what is right now. First, though, a shoutout to the background in this photo. We had a prayer service at church this morning and I had time after to walk the labyrinth out back, notice these camellias, and pause for a photo. I don’t know who decided that chrysanthemum should be the birthday flower for November, because camellias are certainly prettier, and they smell so much better. I’ve been a fan…

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    TGIF | Mid-November.

    Happy Friday my friends! Mid-November already. wow. I’ve got just over an hour to finish listening to The Lincoln Highway (Goodreads link), so if this post feels a little quick and dirty, please forgive me 🙂 Thinking about … my next sweater (Ravelry link)! Not that I’m anywhere close to finishing Shifty (or the other sweater I started – and apparently totally forgot to add to my Ravelry project page or share here?! – oops!) … but this is my Holiday Sweater and I’m so excited about maybe having places to wear a new Holiday Sweater, I couldn’t resist printing the pattern and starting a swatch. The red is the…

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    A Morning Walk.

    In this second dive into Choosing Gratitude, I’m sharing about a morning walk. I walk nearly every morning, and lately, it’s been mostly by myself; my schedule is a bit out of synch with Marc and Sara’s and I’m choosing to see the walk as some necessary introvert time. I’m grateful to these walks for getting me outside and moving, showing me the beauty of the season, and giving me an uninterrupted hour to listen to a book. The photos in this post were all captured on morning walks in the last week. Autumn has been glorious this year, and this past week has been the best so far. It was…

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    Reading Better | October.

    I added 19 books to my Read shelf last month, bringing my YTD total to 174 (Goodreads link). Here are a few more stats from October’s book journal summary page: nearly one-third (6/19) were audio – I thought that words on a page were trending up after last months 75%, but October is right in line with August. nearly two-thirds (12/19) were borrowed, two I owned, and five were purchased (four “new”, and one “used”) … which was almost identical to last month! four were non-fiction … more similar to earlier months and I credit the NBA non-fiction short list for getting me to read two of those. My Reading…

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    TGIF | Hello November.

    TGIF and Hello November! It’s my birthday and anniversary month, two reasons to celebrate! It’s also a month that reminds me to say thank you, and start thinking about the new year … and maybe, if I’m feeling really together, about the holidays next month! Thinking about … plans and menus for Thanksgiving. Things look really different this year. Sara is here!! and Katie and her family are going to be away with Rob’s family (far enough away enough that we won’t be seeing them until December). Turns out Sara’s not so much a fan of turkey sandwiches and Marc wasn’t wild about our suggestion for a steak dinner. We’ll…