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    TGIF.

    Thinking about how I’m going to document our trip – both while we’re traveling and once we’re back home. This post is coming to you from the WordPress app on my iPad. so far so good. and there’s Instagram. and 1SE videos. and maybe a photo book. Grateful for getting back to the lake! Marc and I walked there and back yesterday morning (3.5 miles – by far my longest walk in months). I’ve driven by that spot many times since June, but seeing it from the sidewalk was different. and wonderful. Inspired by an even chillier forecast for Vienna to knit a headband! I have one ball of light…

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    My Heart in the Sky.

    This poem, by Philip Britts (described as a British Wendell Berry), landed in my inbox yesterday morning (thanks to Plough Publishing. I do love their daily emails). It’s a beautifully worded reminder to really live this life. not just the lovely and fun parts, but also the messy, ugly and painful parts. grounded. with my heart in the sky. I hope you enjoy it, too. Happy Tuesday! Let there be not only the roses, Not only the buds of the day, But the noon and the hour that discloses The full flower torn away: Not only the bliss and the sweet When the sun is soft and low, But the…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, my friends! seems like a perfect morning for a little TGIF. Thinking about everything I need to accomplish next week. I usually make up my to-do lists on Monday morning (because #retired), but this one is longer – and more important! – than usual. Grateful for healing. I had my third PT appointment on Wednesday and was cleared to resume all my activities (except for running, but I don’t have plans to resume that anyway), with caution. To celebrate, Lauren and I walked three miles in the park yesterday morning. It was wonderful! Inspired by the Vienna weather forecast to sew one more tunic for our trip. I…

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    Three on Thursday | Fun Things.

    Joining in with Carole and friends today to share three fun things.Thing One. Snagged from a recent FaceTime with our favorite almost-two-year-old. “Watch” he tells Poppa. Also, that’s a Batman cape around his shoulders. Chainsaws are for superhero pirates.   Thing Two. My mom and I spent yesterday afternoon making lists and updating our Google map to include bakeries (Lebkuchen in Nuremberg and pastries in Vienna). I also downloaded Rick Steves’ Travel app. Super impressed with the content and usability. also free!   Thing Three. This photo was taken four years ago. Yes, today is Charlie’s 4th birthday! I have the privilege of baking his cake; and Marc and I are…

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    Looking Back | August.

    Apparently, August 2018 will go down in my history as the month of feet – they show up a whoppin’ eight times! and along with a good amount of knitting, sewing and reading, a few cocktails, multiple visits with the little boys and two milestone birthday celebrations, I also have a multitude of happy memories. I realized there are also a couple of finished projects that never made their way here (it always amazes me how I can blog nearly every weekday and forget to share some things 🙂 ). Here you go! First, this year’s Through the Loops Mystery Shawl (now officially named Vine Pops):This was a group project…

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    Labor Day Weekending.

    Those three photos I shared on Thursday gave you a pretty good idea what the rest of our “long weekend” looked like. But pictures always tell a better story, right?! Lots of games. both inside and out. Toddler cornhole, which is apparently way more fun than the grown-up version. Relaxing outside and enjoying beautiful views in all directions. Kayaking on the lake. Enjoying meals together (once the little boys are asleep). A very special early birthday celebration, which began with hotdogs and hamburgers and ended with ice cream sandwiches! And finally, on the last evening, a bonfire at the beach, complete with s’mores and one last sunset. The whole family…

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    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    I hope you weren’t expecting to see a third – successful – attempt to start Soyokaze 🙂 I did wind that mess of yarn into a neat ball, but that’s all that’s happened with that project since yesterday. maybe tomorrow I’ll have a good (un) unraveled story to share! But for today, I have two tiny moments … that tell a different part of the story I’d like to remember about what’s happening in my life right now. I joked with Kym last week that this blog seemed to be morphing into mere-et-feets. and I wouldn’t blame y’all for rolling your eyes at one more reminder that I broke a…

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    Happy 80th!

    My mom celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday. …with us! We enjoyed a lovely lunch out and then gathered again in the evening for a party, with cards and gifts. My sister gave her a fun little book that included this quotation. I can’t think of a better way to sum up 80 years! Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend!!