Just Life


from yesterday morning’s walk

Hello friends and happy Friday!

Thinking about Advent. what to read – my small group is considering Advent in Narnia (and ooh, I’d love a good excuse to re-read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and I think I’m going to read this one on my own. and maybe join in Ambah O’Brien’s Advent-along. I haven’t done a knit-every-day kind of project before but this one looks like fun. especially if I could find some friends to join me!

Grateful for all the community in my life – on social media and in real life. Chapter Six of Braving the Wilderness is titled “Hold Hands. With Strangers.” I think it should be Strangers and Friends.

Social media are great for developing community but for true belonging, real connection and real empathy require meeting real people in a real space in real time. (page 141)

This blog, Instagram and Ravelry are the only social media platforms I engage with. I don’t live close enough for face-to-face with all the connections I’ve made through those platforms, but they add a diversity and richness that expands my North-Atlanta-suburbia reality. Thank you!

Inspired by the fabulous fall weather to get back to sweater knitting. I pulled out Calyx on Wednesday (it’s been hibernating since early May) and spent a very fun couple of hours knitting and attaching the shoulder pieces. Now on to the neckband!

Fun … Sam turns two next week. His birthday party is tomorrow and Katie’s chosen a New York City theme. This afternoon, I get to bake little cheesecakes and black and white cookies. and I’m mixing up a pitcher of this very Fall in the Big Apple sangria.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  • Kat

    The blue skies this week were so incredible, weren’t they? Such a treat! Happy Birthday Sam! Have fun making cheese cakes and that sangria looks yummy!

    What yarn are you thinking about for the Advent KAL?

  • Bonny

    When you post lake photos I usually admire the sky and water. In this one, I really like those feathery grasses. Very fall! And Happy Birthday to Sam! I’m looking forward to seeing some party pictures.

  • Kym

    It’s so hard for me to believe that little Sam is already turning 2!!!! It sounds like such a fun birthday party, and I’m hoping you’ll share some photos. 🙂 We enjoyed a few days of blue skies and sunshine . . . but today is back to cloudy and maybe-even-rain (again). Here’s to a lovely weekend, Mary. XO

  • Honore´

    I’m with Bonny – those grasses, with their lovely pink tint got me! Mother Nature makes the most beautiful color palettes. Sam! TWO already! I’m eager to see the the NYC theme…save me a cheesecake, pls ;-)). Enjoy the party and your weekend.


    Your Advent plans sound great… hard to believe so close…

  • Lydia

    It took me a while but I’m finally getting to all the blog postings I’ve missed. Am hoping the next few weeks will find me cycling, and finishing up my languishing WIPs. I want December to be all about the holidays and easy-peasy quick knits. Hopefully our storage unit will get emptied soon so I can finish part 2 of unpacking/sorting!

  • karen

    beautiful photo!! I haven’t even started thinking of Advent readings!! It’s just around the corner isn’t it? Two years old?? wow! time flies.

  • Vicki

    Woefully behind but catching up! (So behind that comments were closed on a few posts… OPERA. I hated it until I actually attended a live performance.)

    Advent-along sounds very intriguing…