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    Practicing Gentle.

    This week I’m participating in Michelle GD’s Intention for 7 offering. Yesterday morning, I said Yes! to “gentle” with the intention of being kinder, softer, gentler with myself, and with Marc, during this period of healing. I traded emails with a few of y’all early last week about my “boot break” (aka “boot camp”) plans – sewing, knitting, reading, cooking, modified mat routines, daily blogging, …. It started out great – I sewed an outfit, finished a great linen accessory and two amazing books, started a test knit for one of my favorite designers, enjoyed delicious lunches (thanks to Lauren and my mom), made calcium rich smoothies … but on Sunday,…

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    Weekending in a Boot.

    Hopefully we’re one down and one to go; but staying (mostly) inside and off my feet still made for a pretty sweet weekend. Marc got us off to a great start Friday night with snacks and the first two episodes of Yellowstone. One of his golfing buddies had talked about the show and said it was like Longmire, except with Kevin Costner. I’ll say it’s more like Dallas, except with Kevin Costner, a little more violence and awesome Montana scenery. Highly recommend! Saturday morning I finished up my second Esme Top/Owyn Shorts ensemble.  I used the linen leftover from last spring’s aborted Daily Stitching exercise (meaning this was a “free”…

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    Three on Thursday | Luxuries.

    Not only is Carole hosting Three on Thursday (as always) this week, she’s also provided an of-course-I’ll-steal-it prompt – luxuries. First up – that’s the scene at my kitchen counter about 9am today … luxuries aplenty, for sure. But the real luxury for me is about the time (and the space) to do what I want. journaling. knitting. volunteering (that pile of notebooks way back there and the spreadsheet open on my laptop are for the women’s ministry at church – my first full meeting as Moderator is this Sunday … needless to say, I have a few to-do’s beforehand) … and top-of-mind right now – healing (that blue pump…

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    A Sunday Afternoon Outing.

    Sunday afternoon, I met up with Deena and Karen for some knitting (and coffee, and chitchat, of course). At the time, I had no idea that would be my last on-my-own outing for a few weeks. I’m glad it was that and not something humdrum like a trip to Costco or the post office. I’m also glad I stopped at JoAnn’s on the way and bought fabric for two more tops and a pair of pants (yes, pants!).  The gray linen is for the pants; the light fabric with the x’s is for the Willow Tank; and the dark will be another Kiomi Top. I’m planning to tweak the top…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …need rose-colored glasses. I put mine on this afternoon when I learned* I have a stress fracture in the three middle toes on my right foot** that will keep me in a boot (no driving!) for at least three weeks. First up – the doctor is confident I will be fine in about 6 weeks (maybe sooner) and Marc has already agreed to drive me to my most-important hair appointment next Tuesday afternoon. My favorite tennis tournament is on TV. Serena and Roger are both well-positioned to be playing to win on Saturday and Sunday. The World Cup! I have plenty of yarn, fabric and books to keep me company…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello July.

    Summer is in full swing here. Heat, humidity, and almost daily thunderstorms, the smells of freshly mown grass, sliced tomatoes and peaches, the sounds of laughter coming from the pool next door, the constant whirr of ceiling fans, and a generally slower pace. Hello July! When I started thinking about this month, I was tempted to just go with that slower pace and, you know, just go with it. but no, that’s really who I am. So this morning, it’s Thursday, I set three goals for the month: Stay focused. There’s a bit of “getting my focus back” here, too. I had a wonderful time in New York last month and…

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    Looking Back | June.

    I was certainly out and about (and away) more than usual, but there are still morning walks, Friday night snacks, cocktails and coffee and a lot of knitting. But most of all, I love the upper right (June 2) and middle (June 13) photos … any month where I get to spend time with those four people is a great one! Happy Tuesday!

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    Just Life.

    One of the most time-consuming things about making the transition from Blogger to WordPress was categorizing my posts (Blogger allows for tags, but not – at least as far as I know – categories). First there was getting my head around the whole category concept. Sara’s “think bigger, Mom” was a huge help (i.e., fewer is better); as was the blog layout I chose which features the categories on the sidebar (and in pink – thank you me! – above each post’s title). Knitting, Food & Drink, Books and Travel were obvious choices. I toyed with Family & Friends, but those posts often overlapped with one of the other four…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …look like a fresh start, full of possibilities. This little mass of daisies is blooming at our neighborhood gate. I see it every morning when I take Holly for her walk. All those blooms, wide open to the sun, help me greet each day with a smile. Happy Monday!

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    Welcome!

    …to my new home on the internet. mere-et-filles.com This place doesn’t really feel like “home” yet. I need to move some things around, categorize all the old posts (whoa, more than 2,200 since I started blogging in February 2007) and find a theme that’s more like me. But this is a start. Thank you for visiting!