• Books,  Food & Drink

    Reading Better.

    Way back in November I wrote a post about six things I was going to be working on this year. By mid-April, I’d whittled the list to five things (there was no way a trip to England was going to happen) … and I’ve been making progress on all of them. It feels really good to say that! and πŸ˜‰ now that there are just over 100 days until my next birthday, I want to get more specific about the progress I’ve made and the actions I still want to take. Today, I’m getting specific about Reading Better. I remember being really pleased when I figured those words out. Read…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveling a Week.

    It’s been an unsettling week here in Georgia. Our governor has taken his crazy coronavirus tactics (remember when we were the first state to reopen and even the president said it was too soon) to a new level, suing the mayor of Atlanta (a current hotspot) for implementing a mask mandate. Y’all. I can’t even. In between reading news updates, listening to podcasts, talking (and walking πŸ™‚ ) with Marc, calling at risk seniors to ask about Angel Tree wish list items, participating (mostly on mute! PRAISE!) in a women’s ministry leadership team meeting, and having a few sanity saving discussions (not at all on mute!) with friends and family…

  • Books,  Food & Drink,  Knitting

    Little Boys, Knitting, and Books.

    These three things are pretty much my life right now, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Here’s what it looks like this week. First up, it was Week Five of Marmie & Poppa camp.The boys made granola, a few LEGO models, and a set of stepping stones for our yard; helped in the garden (including harvesting the most expensive tomatoes ever πŸ˜‰ ); learned about electrical circuits (Charlie) and practiced super shooter target skills (Sam). We all laughed and played, and slept well. I didn’t have as much time to knit and read, but I managed some. I’m working through the latest clue of Kirsten’s MKAL, as are most of…

  • Books,  Just Life

    Becoming a Better Human.

    I wrote last week about all the listening I’d been doing, conversations I’d been having, and other work about truly being anti-racist. I made plans to read books. I made plans to host discussions at church. I donated money. I followed along when Bookstagram revolted against Book of the Month. and when Bon Appetit’s Editor in Chief stepped down and a crew of the folks I love from their Test Kitchen shared about the terribly toxic and racially biased environment. I read more. I listened to Lisa Sharon Harper on Pantsuit Politics’ podcast. I sat with things. and finally, on Thursday, I listened to Austin Channing Brown and BrenΓ© Brown…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Tuesday.

    Hello friends and yes, it’s Tuesday! I’ve never gotten the hang of scheduling posts, my tomorrow is full, and I want to share about the knitting, crocheting and reading … so Tuesday it is! First up, the knitting. and the unraveling. Yesterday afternoon I was ready to start the ribbing on the body of Newleaf, on the smaller needle. Searching through my knitting bag, I found all my bigger needles and an empty bag for the smaller one. I got out my needle gauge and checked. and yep, I knit the entire body of the sweater on the smaller needle. ugh. ugh. ugh. I spent a few minutes wondering if…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Same Old.

    Hello friends and happy Wednesday. Thankfully without any unraveling … although maybe not much forward progress either?! In spite of all the time I’ve had to knit, crochet, and read, I still have the same WIPs as last week (oh boy, I hope to have something different to share next week!) For knitting, it’s been all Newleaf all the time.I have had a very fun time knitting the yoke. The last bit of colorwork is on that last row (how do folks get those awesome circular WIP shots?!). I’ve since worked a few short rows and am now ready to split the sleeves. From here on in, it’s straight stockinette…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Three on Thursday | In-Process.

    Hello friends. We are still safe, well, and staying home. I reassured Sara on Monday night that we were not planning to head out tomorrow for tattoos and massages, followed by a few rounds(? lanes? games?) of bowling. Honestly, Marc and I (and thankfully my family and friends) aren’t planning any changes to our Stay at Home routine … in spite of our governor’s plan to re-open things. Still, the reality of that craziness, combined with a delightfully full schedule of FaceTime and Zoom calls, long walks with Marc, short walks with Holly, regular stuff-around-the-house, audiobooks, knitting, sewing, crochet! … well, it sucked up all of my energy for two…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | In Progress.

    Today was the first day in two weeks that I didn’t have a single “commitment”. no Zoom or FaceTime. no pressing to-do list items. just me and a whole open (free?) column on my calendar. Pre-SAH, I typically had 2-3 days like this each month … and I’d usually spend them “at home”. maybe I’d take a long walk in the park with Lauren, but more likely, I’d dive into a project (Kon Mari-ing with Marc on Feb 11, or photographing a bunch of clothes for StyleBook on Feb 18). Here are three things I dove into today: Thing One. Cutting my first Cleo Skirt.The fabric is a gorgeous Nani…

  • Books,  Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday | All the Things.

    It’s Wednesday and that means I have an update on the making and the reading, and much gratitude to Kat for hosting this meet-up. On the making front, I have been doing all the things (well, all the things that I know how to do). First, knitting (by far my favorite and for sure my comfort zone). I finished my first Notice (this is a snagged shot from a video Marc took for a church thing) – I am delighted with the fit. which is good because I cast on for another one … this time in pink. (I also have plans for a third, in a bright blue ……

  • Books

    Announcing a New Book Bingo!

    Hello friends and welcome to a seventh season of Book Bingo. Everything in the world is topsy turvy right now anyway, so I decided (with much encouragement from my sister) that we didn’t need to wait until Memorial Day to kick off this year’s bingo. Welcome to Shelter at Home Bingo. You can generate your card here and refresh yourself about all the “rules” here. (and note there’s a page with all of that linked in the top menu bar on the blog.) In a nutshell, the only big change is that we’re starting on April 1 (the date my town officially began SAH) and ending on the later of…