Just looking at the photos from our weekend, you might not even know we were in distancing mode. We are so fortunate to be at a time (and place) of life where we can hunker down at home, with plenty of space, supplies, and company we enjoy … to wait it out. I have four photos to share today. they’re the only ones I took since I last posted.
Here’s Friday. after I shared my last blog post, I lit a candle and sat down to knit. The WIP you see is the sleeve ribbing on the second sleeve of Joy.
I finished the knitting, wove in a few ends and blocked it Saturday morning. It’s dry now. and needs a little finishing (two sleeve seams and a million buttons). How about I PROMISE to share some FO shots on Friday?!
Saturday, I had lunch with my girl-peeps (sister, sister-in-law, mom), enjoying my sister’s new screened porch. in real life. thankfully my sister is now working from home and my SIL might be soon. We managed to talk about some things besides COVID-19 (but honestly not much … we are reworking plans for two trips – one to Hilton Head and another to Alabama – both to celebrate my/our dad/husband … and we all have grown kids … who live elsewhere).
Later, I enjoyed an extended FaceTime happy hour with Katie and then, snacks. IRL with Marc.Thankfully, New Normal still includes snacks. and thankfully we still have a lot of fresh things in our fridge. I wonder how long that will last.
On Sunday morning, I woke up to an email from our church that there was a 30 minute service available on YouTube (the church hasn’t made the video widely available, but if you’d like to spend 30 minutes with a liturgical service – the sermon was on this Sunday’s lectionary from Exodus, let me know in the comments and I’ll send you a link). I decided to “save” the service for later in the day. Sara and I shared a FaceTime call (another “old normal”) and then Marc and I walked to the lake. and back 🙂 My treadmill/pilates workout has been winning these past months because it’s efficient. now that I have time, I’m recommitting to getting outside for a walk when I can (Marc doesn’t run … I’m sure I’ll be able to fit in a couple of runs on days it rains). especially if he’ll consent to a mid-walk selfie.After we got home, I watched church (y’all, that is something I never imagined I’d be able to say!). and then started a new project. Petite Knitter’s Anker’s Summer Shirt with a lovely sky blue CotLin from Knitpicks. I also took a nap (gah, since New Normal seems to be not sleeping well at night, I’d love for it to include a 30 minute pick-me-up nap each afternoon … I had one today, too, so we’ll see!), watched some cooking and home remodeling shows with Marc, enjoyed another FaceTime with Katie et al … ate pork carnitas taco salad for dinner … watched some more cooking TV, read a little and went to bed.
And here are a few things from today
First up, Mac Barnett is doing a daily bookclub on IG live. Y’all!!! EVERY day at 3pm ET he’s reading one of his books. It’s a very fun 20 minutes. (I cannot wait until he gets to Extra Yarn … it might be a while. He’s reading from earliest published to most recent; today was 2009 and Extra Yarn is 2012). Also, Oliver Jeffers is reading at 2pm ET.
I’m slowly (with highlighter) making my way through the paper pages of Don’t Overthink It in preparation for The Modern Mrs Darcy Bookclub discussion on Friday. Anne has graciously offered her bookclub space (a virtual meeting via Zoom) for other authors whose tours have been postponed … she announced the first week this morning (link). It starts next Monday! Please note her space is limited to the first 500 participants. first come first served. I’ve marked my calendar.
and finally … the Anker’s Shirt. You might notice that there is a bit of “used” yarn wrapped around the ball. and not so much progress for something I actually started yesterday afternoon? Yep, I woke up this morning to a pattern update. with significant enough changes to the gauge and sizing to make me rip without a second thought. I started again early this afternoon and made that progress while Deena and I enjoyed our first virtual Monday Afternoon Knitting.
My instagram feed has continued to be full of thoughtful, kind, helpful and fun posts. My wish is that this blog fills some of that same space for you. Please know that this community does for me.
All the warm virtual hugs, M.