• Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …need no more explanation. I do need physical therapy to strengthen my ankle and until then walking only on flat, even surfaces (thank goodness we have a treadmill), no yoga, no pilates, no running 🙂 (I told the doctor I’m not sure that’s even part of my plan right now). But still, two shoes, white jeans (yep, they still fit) and I drove myself to knitting this afternoon.Even the late afternoon traffic couldn’t dim my smile! Thank y’all for your support and encouragement these past six weeks – you made a difference and I’m so grateful. Here’s to a great week!!

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    TGIF.

    Just three more sleeps … not that anyone’s counting 😉 or really needs another reason to celebrate Friday! Thinking about fall making. I’m usually still full-on into summer knits well into September, but this year, I’m already thinking about wool. and the sewing has added a whole new level … no, I’m not thinking about flannel, but I am thinking about long sleeves. and pants (yep, still … stay tuned). Grateful for all the rides (and offers of rides). friends who have dropped by to visit. my mom who has faithfully fed me lunch at least once a week. and everyone who has offered me encouragement and support these past…

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    Three on Thursday | Counting Down.

    Happy Thursday, y’all!  Hopefully by this point, you’ve found something to be happy about – me, I’m happy to mark another week in the boot … and just four more sleeps until Monday’s doctor visit. Three weeks back, I was mentally preparing for another three weeks, but this time, I’m anticipating liberation! I guess it goes without saying that if I leave Monday’s appointment in the boot, I’m going to be … disappointed … because I have plans. This is a list I couldn’t possibly keep to just three. But I did manage three three’s: Going out by myself. even for a mundane errand. (note that I have not for…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whoa. Wednesday again. already. my knitting and reading don’t look that much different from last week. but I’m still joining in with Kat and crew … because Wednesday! There is noticeable progress on my mystery shawl. I promised my Monday girls I’d have a finished shawl to share on Monday and after trading emails with a couple of you about my (lack of) progress, I decided to get serious today. It helps that I’m trying to rest my foot a LOT this week. and that I’m listening to another Vera (yep, I’m on #6 now). perfect company until I got to the bind-off… …and needed all my concentration to count and…

  • Knitting

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    Thanks to my driver Deena, I was back with my Monday afternoon knitting group yesterday after a five-week absence. Karen even baked healthy brownies to celebrate (note the green-topped tupperware)! The projects have progressed a lot since then: Karen had just started the baby blanket (pink and white mosaic on the right) and now she’s on the last repeat; my Natsu (bottom center) is almost to 300 stitches (six weeks ago I was still stalking the pattern test thread on Ravelry and waiting for its release); Deena has started a new baby blanket (purple and white mosaic on the left); Kathy (out of the frame) showed off two finished shawls…

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    Paris Is Always a Good Idea.

    When we were first planning Lydia’s 50th birthday party, my brother suggested “French” as a possible theme. Lydia has always been a Francophile – me too! – and it sounded like fun. Then my mom and I found these cocktail napkins and it all just fell into place from there. Turns out Paris is the perfect jumping off point for all sorts of Good (Party) Ideas: Plates, napkins and centerpiece featuring a smartly dressed woman walking her poodle by the Eiffel Tower (Lydia’s standard poodle Sophie is black, but she definitely sports pink bows! – that’s her on the banner of Lydia’s blog) The menu – Brie and goat cheese, olives,…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, y’all! Friday is one of my favorite days of the week (still, even retired) and my usual rotation of Friday posts – finished objects, Cheers! and TGIF – are always fun ones to write. I did finish a dress this week, and I have a solid plan for new cocktail (once I can visit the grocery store on my own), but for this week, it’s TGIF! Thinking about … zippers and buttonholes. in other words, taking my sewing to the next level. a level that even has me thinking about a mostly handmade wardrobe. Marc has been super encouraging about my sewing (he offered to drive me to Joann’s…

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    Three on Thursday | Saying Yes.

    Wow, I just counted up my time in the boot and this is day 31. I knew it was a lot, but I didn’t think it was a whole month of days. In the big ol’ scheme of my 55+ years, a month is just a drop in the bucket, but it is enough to start a habit. And in the spirit of Three on Thursday, here are three things I’ve said Yes! to in this past month-of-days that I hope to continue: Cottage Cheese. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pre-boot, this was a “sometimes” thing for me. I’ve always loved it – with fruit or vegetables or doctored up…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat & friends today to talk about what I’m knitting and reading … happily (*knocks on wood*), with no unraveling! I’m still working on the front of Lori’s test knit. She delivered the last installment of the pattern today and I’m excited to see how it all comes together. (I have no new photo to share … it still looks a lot like it did on Monday.) In more exciting knitting news, Deena and Karen came over this afternoon to knit. They’re both part of my Monday afternoon group and they’re both participating in Kirsten’s mystery shawl KAL. Karen has finished hers (I’m pretty sure she was…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Progress.

    All this time at home has been good for many things, but I’m especially thankful for the push to get back into sewing. Ditto the internet for patterns and tutorials … and so many of you with experience for your encouragement and advice! With four solid successes,  all of which include darts and facings, I decided I was ready to tackle the Uniform Tunic. I knew (thank you Kat and Kym) that the Uniform darts would require some adjustments. whoa. no kidding! The Uniform pattern is the one on the bottom. Next is the Esmé tunic (which I’m wearing in the bottom two photos above) and on top is the Willow…