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    Reading Better | February.

    I added a whopping 13 books to my Read shelf (Goodreads link) last month! one 5-star, ten 4-star, and two 3-star. 2021 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for reading better! A few stats from February’s book journal summary page: nearly 75% (10/13) were words on a page – I’m finding that COVID life and all the podcasts doesn’t allow much time for listening to books. 38% (5/13) were borrowed and the rest were purchased – a definite improvement over January and probably about where I can hope to be given my library, the various book groups I belong to, and my preference for writing in books. (I…

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    Looking Back | February.

    This month makes 12 – a full year – COVID-19 looking back posts. February 2020 was the last one I wrote pre-COVID and I thought it would look a lot different than this year. The cherry trees and daffodils bloomed earlier last year, but the amaryllis didn’t. There’s plenty of knitting and books. and then I saw that group photo – my mom, SIL, sister, me, and Holly on Sunday the 16th. We had gathered at my mom’s for our second “cookbook club”. and that was the last time we did that – both cookbook club and that kind of get-together. Fortunately we live close enough that socially distanced gatherings are possible…

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    Choose | February 2021.

    I am still very much in the early stages of this year’s OLW … the time when I pay close attention to where it shows up and how I use the word in my own thoughts, speech, and writing. Choose/Choice aren’t quite as prevalent as AND; and wow! they are still all over the place! Last month I talked about recognizing how many choices I have and that they are mine to make. This month’s lesson is about the choices I make in my thoughts. Last February, I gave up complaining about the president for Lent. From my journal, dated February 28, 2020: “have decided to give up complaining about…

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    TGIF | Still February.

    Yep, still February. for a short month, it sure seems L-O-N-G doesn’t it?! Thinking about … Texas. and taking action with prayers and money. I listened to Pantsuit Politics podcast this morning and the first segment is excellent for trying to understand how we got here … and what we might do to take a different path. We do need government; it might not always be the best way to solve a problem, and sometimes it’s the only way. Grateful for … Holly seems to be feeling better. again. We were back at the vet on Saturday morning after two nights with no sleep and non-stop tummy troubles. It might…

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    Staying Warm.

    Same as y’all, it’s cold here today. Unlike many of y’all, though, this “Georgia cold” is not single or minus degrees. and thankfully, it didn’t come with snow. My standing Tuesday morning tennis match was cancelled yesterday morning; I’ve only ventured outside for about 15 minutes – two times, in my Uggs, to walk Holly. We’ve spent the rest of the day in this spacewith me alternating between the chair (for knitting and/or reading) and the desk (for getting some ToDo’s done). I finished two books yesterday, and two more today. and just a bit ago finished binding off the body on Jingle. I’m grateful to have a cozy space…

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    TGIF | Chilly, Gray, Wet, February.

    Hello my friends and happy Friday! It is a chilly, gray, wet day here in Georgia. and I am trying hard not to let the weather color my mood. A little TGIF is just what I need! Thinking about … yet another devotion our pastor, Beverly, shared this week. She talked about a conference she attended – virtually – the week before: Much I heard at this conference pushed back against that feeling that things are not as they should be. To be clear, NO ONE said that this virus and pandemic are good or are God’s will or “should be” happening. What I heard over and over again is…

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    Procrasti-queuing.

    Today’s blog post is brought to you by an overflowing email inbox and 64 degrees. The inbox is the thing I’m avoiding and the temperature is the thing that’s making me think about warmer weather knits. Today’s mail brought the four additional balls of pink Lindy Chain I ordered to knit a spring-y JiJi. and instead of simply adding those balls to the other three and then getting on with the email, I decided to pull all the spring/summer sweater quantities off the shelves and … make some plans. Of course sharing those plans with y’all is a rather clever form of procrastination, don’t you think?! I don’t buy a…

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    TGIF | Early February.

    Most months I love to use this first Friday to welcome in the month … and right now, I find myself thinking more one day at a time. Here’s what TGIF looks like right now, on February 5. Thinking about … spring/summer makes. Georgia, y’all! It’s 47 degrees, sunny, and very windy today. I saw a daffodil maybe getting close to popping open on our morning walk. and all the shades of gray in my closet, well. I ordered some pink yarn from Knitpicks to knit a spring-y JiJi. and I’m working up the courage to call Lakes Makerie to chat about fabric to make a tunic or two, and maybe…

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    Looking Back | January.

    I know January felt like a very long month for most of y’all. Here, though, Sara didn’t fly back to England until the 13th. The first half of the month felt like “late-December”, so only the last half of the month was January. I’m pretty sure the secret to January is that it needs to be just two weeks long!I’ve been taking these daily photos pretty much forever; and still, every single month when I compile them into a single view, I am awed – and often delighted – by the story they tell. I see books and knitting (of course), but also connection, growth, stillness, joy, and love. It’s…

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    Saving My Life Right Now | Winter 2021.

    When Anne (Modern Mrs. Darcy) alerted us last week that today was the annual day to share about what’s saving us right now, I started drafting my list. I shared my first “saving my life” list here way back in April 2019 (with a shoutout to Barbara Brown Taylor, Jen Hatmaker, and Sarah & Beth from Pantsuit Politics – whew!). The thing I love most about this kind of list is that it captures right now. I’m good about Looking Back. and Looking Forward by saying Hello. and sometimes, simply pausing to name the things that matter today, or in this season, well, that matters most of all. ♥ Here’s…