Just Life


Hello Friday!

Thinking about Braving the Wilderness and looking forward to getting back to the discussion with my Friday morning small group. Today we’re discussing Chapter Five (pictured above). Timely, no?! Somewhat related, I listened to the first episode of NYT’s new podcast, The Argument. It’s a great format and a nice example of how to Be Civil.

Grateful for a new volunteer opportunity. Yesterday marked the first “Knitting with Mary” gathering at my mom’s community. A handful of ladies showed up … and two stayed. One of them is a knitter looking for someone to knit with. The other wants to learn so she has something to do with her hands while she sits with her husband (who’s a resident in memory care). The first is easy and the second … well, she had over an inch of garter stitch by the time our hour was up.

Inspired by Robin’s next Back to the Mat Challenge (it starts Monday and it’s free – sign up here), to get back to daily pilates. It’s been … a while!

Fun … I signed up for a sewing class – to sew a knit top! The class is October 30 and I’m planning a fabric shopping trip this weekend. I honestly didn’t think I could sew knits without a serger (and I don’t have a serger), so this could be a game changer!

I hope you have something fun lined up for this weekend – enjoy!


  • Kat

    I too am eager for the Back to the Mat Challenge – it is just the motivation I need to refocus. And, thank you for the link to the NYTimes new podcast! I have downloaded it to listen on my morning walk!

  • Bonny

    I am dealing with four different customer service issues with four different companies (carpet, furniture, the title company for non-receipt of the deed to the house in MD, and health insurance!) so I am going directly to download The Argument. Not a day goes by that I’m not speaking to someone on the phone, emailing, or sending a letter, and I’m finding myself becoming less and less civil. Thank you for something I desperately need!

  • Margene

    I started downloading The Argument as soon as I read your post. You’ve focused on getting back into daily life in a productive and lovely way, Mary. Thank you for passing on your knowledge and links to good guidance.

  • Honoré

    I would be happy to bring your class up to 3 – or is it 2? I think that would be most fun and rewarding! Enjoy your “stitching knits” class…look forward to seeing your new top!
    Happy weekend!

  • Carole

    The last thing I need is another podcast but that one sounds quite tempting. Hooray for enabling a new knitter! And sewing knit fabric without a serger can definitely be done. The serger is easier and faster but it’s not a deal breaker.

  • Patty

    I wish I could attend Knitting with Mary! That sounds like it will be great and I’m sure your Mom is thrilled! Looking for a low key weekend as next week is jam packed. Maybe I’ll blog it! 🙂

  • Vera

    Love your “Knitting With Mary” class – what a great idea. And a knit top – can’t wait to see your fabric and see how it turns out (I don’t have a serger either). The Argument looks great! Thanks for the link.

  • Penny

    Yes, sadly, chapter five looks very relevant to today. Thinking about checking the book out and definitely the podcast, because some days it’s hard to be civil. And yes to volunteering! I’m a little envious of those ladies getting to be a part of “Knitting with Mary. : ) Enjoy your weekend!

  • karen

    the book looks good and the podcast sounds good. I listen to them on my way to and from work which makes my drive so pleasant and fun! So glad you are back, I missed you 🙂

  • Alexa

    I have no idea what a serger is! but stitching stretch fabrics would indeed be a useful skill – looking forward to seeing the finished product. Enjoying your mix of the physical, creative and intellectual challenges you set yourself :).