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    TGIF | Post-Inauguration.

    Happy Friday, friends! I’m still enjoying a post-inauguration high … what with the Bernie memes, the fashion (women and jewel tones are back!), and a pervading desire for decency … well… it’s been a week! I shared some of Wednesday’s pomp & circumstance (and happy tears) with my girls on Zoom … it was so much fun (and that ball of yarn off to the left … is still a ball of yarn!)…and that’s just another way to say this week got away from me in a most delightful way. and also, wow, I’m so grateful I was able to simply step back and enjoy it. Thinking about … the…

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    Looking Back | December.

    When I shared last month’s Looking Back post (on December 17) I commented that November already seemed like years ago. I’m getting this month’s review posted a little sooner and still … I guess December really was “last year” 🙂 I continued the weekly diptych on Tuesdays; it’s a fun way to tell a story. Also, I’m surprised that none of the daily photos explicitly show the total chaos that was our house for the first two weeks when the painting happened, or the third week when we cleaned up and put everything back together. But I can see a few signs: there is an extra table in my study…

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    TGIF | Hello January.

    Hello friends and Hello January. Like all of you, I’m feeling a bit gob-smacked* by everything that’s happened this week. Both yesterday and today, I noted in my journal that I was grateful to have time to just sit. I planned for the year to get off to a slow start so I could make the most of Sara’s weeks with us. Truly, my typically not-so-full calendar has been practically empty … and it’s been a blessing. as has Sara’s presence. and for sure the post that I’m writing today is not the post I envisioned just last Friday as I journaled plans for January. Thinking about … 2021. a…

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    New Year Weekending.

    Happy sigh. This last weekend looked a lot like the one before. except without the worry of Sara traveling. We spent New Years Eve at home, with bananagrams, a nice dinner, a little Broadchurch, and in-bed-before-midnight. It can be fun to stay up to greet the year, but I prefer to do it the next morning, in my PJs, with a cup of coffee and my journal. We had a lazy New Years Day (ahem, and this part of the “we” was lazier than most … from my front row at the kitchen counter) full of football, reading, more games, and more Broadchurch. and then it was the weekend! On…

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    My Year of Books and Knitting.

    Yes, this is the fourth post in four days from me 🙂 with one last look back at 2020 … today, for books and knitting. First, the books. My 2020 reading totals were about the same as last year. I had a few more books and a few less average pages because I counted three short ones that I read with Charlie (The Dragons of Blueland trilogy) and Sally Rooney’s Mr. Salary (a brief 33 pages). The quality of what I read, based on my star ratings, was way up, though. I was a lot better about choosing books I’d love and quickly abandoning those that weren’t quite right for…

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    Year in Review | 2020.

    Once again, I’m borrowing Vicki’s idea (Thank you, Vicki!) for an end of year post. The idea is to share the first line (or two) of the first blog post of each month and a favorite photo from that month’s posts. The words and photos are most likely not related. January I am easing gently into this new year … slowly wrapping my head around the “twenties” being something right now instead of the “roaring twenties” of my grandparents’ generation and thankful the calendar isn’t quite ramped up to full speed – that happens next week and I think I’ll be ready! February Sometimes Mondays can’t help but make you smile. Holly…

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    And | December 2020.

    Today is the last Tuesday of December, which means it’s the day to share our OLW thoughts. This was the 14th year I’ve picked a word, and I keep wondering if/when the magic will wear off. Y’all, it hasn’t yet … and at this point, I’m thinking it probably never will. Thanks to these monthly check-ins, I’ve captured ten snapshots of this year’s journey. what a time capsule! As I prepare to make space for another word in 2021, I want to use this post to look back at those posts. January 14 – I welcomed the word knowing the year would bring challenges. “I trust this year will bring…

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    Christmas Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Last Monday of 2020! My Christmas weekend began in the very early hours of Wednesday (the photo on the left was taken – and shared with Sara – at 12:04am), as I followed Sara on her journey from Bristol to Paddington, to Heathrow, to the Delta lounge, and finally … on the plane bound for Atlanta. By the time her flight took off (just before 8:30 am our time), that sock was nearly finished (and I’d ordered yarn to knit that sweater I crushed on last week). Wednesday passed in a flurry of last minute laundry, cleaning, … and napping … and we welcomed Sara with…

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    December Weekending.

    I feel so fortunate that this December weekend really doesn’t look much different than it might’ve in a different year. We were home. I knitted and caught up on the Modern Mrs. Darcy class I missed when the painting happened. That simply perfect white pot is this year’s amaryllis (which my mom delivered to me at our cookie swap on Friday). I took this photo yesterday and that little shoot is already noticeably a little taller. Marc puttered. and made snacks. We watched some college football. and a holiday movie (Marc tells me it was called Last Christmas) that I mostly slept through. We also watched the end of the…

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    TGIF | the Last One Before Christmas.

    The sun is shining. Alexa is playing some of my favorite holiday music. I’m sitting at my desk, wearing real clothes (jeans and a sweater!) – and make-up! – and slippers 😉 Holly is nearby. There’s some experimenting with cocktails in my near future. and I am completely amazed that it will be Christmas a week from today. Thinking about … a new cocktail to celebrate the season. I baked my favorite Orange Spice cookies* yesterday and had the inspired idea to make a simple syrup with the leftover orange sugar. I guesstimated that I had somewhere between 1/4-1/3 cup of the sugar mixture. I put it into a small…