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    Three on Thursday | A Playday with Sam.

    I had the immense pleasure of spending yesterday with Sam – a “just us” playday. I’ve had a few opportunities for one-on-one time with him, but this was our first full day (apart from helping out when he’s sick) since he and his family moved into town two years ago. It’s hard for be to believe he’s now about the age that Charlie was when back then, but the pictures don’t lie! Here we are on our way to Starbucks (for steamed milk and a much-needed second cup of coffee … I left the house at 6:30 to get to Sam’s house at 7:45) … note the golf ball and…

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    Mid-March Weekending.

    It’s late Monday afternoon here. I spent a delightful (as always) afternoon with my knitting girls and came home to a quiet house because Marc (almost always) meets up with his golf buddies at The Tavern (the golf course is closed on Mondays). I love looking back over the weekend from this quiet place … and then writing a blog post about it. There wasn’t much more to Friday evening since I was last here. We did snacks. and watched the first two episodes of the latest (and last 🙁 ) season of Catastrophe. (NYTimes review) I find the show super-uncomfortable … sometimes in a good way. and never because…

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    TGIF | Lightening.

    It’s been a heavy week. (this really wasn’t the TGIF! opening I thought I’d be writing back on Monday) I’ve run out of fingers to count the tragic and downright crazy awful news stories that have filled my newsfeed since last Friday. and I’m sure more than a handful of y’all have experienced personal news that has knocked you for a loop (at best). geez, even I – the eternal optimist – wrote “? not feeling it” next to Tuesday’s entry about Hope.  and of course things got worse. Wednesday’s pantry runs helped a ton. as did Thursday’s spring weather. and then I woke up this morning to the news…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Spring!

    My mom and I completed our first “Pantry to You” drop-offs this morning. We met the Senior Services Volunteer Manager at the local food pantry to load up the boxes and get a quick introduction to the two routes, covering three deliveries. The whole thing went really well. Google Maps was key, and we had awesome timing with the many (many!) lights … but the best part was meeting the three ladies. The little bouquet above is from our first delivery. The woman lived in a “small house between 2 large ones. Easy to miss.” In springtime, the house would better be described as “small house with huge yard, completely…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are for procrastiknitting (that’s Natsu with the body now finished). also procrasticleaning. procrastilaundry. and now procrastiblogging. maybe tomorrow will be for mattress stitching! Here’s to a productive week 😉  

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    Three cheers for Friday! I failed to note in last week’s love letter to March that this year it has five Fridays. as if we even needed one more reason to love her 🙂 Thinking about Book Bingo. I’m not sure I want to play this summer, which also makes me not sure I want to host. If you have a strong reaction to this (in either direction), please let me know (and if you’d rather not leave a comment, you can always email me – there’s a button in the sidebar (under “Elsewhere” – it’s the envelope icon) that pops up an email window addressed to me). Thank you! Grateful…

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    Looking Back | January and February.

    Here we are, barely 64 days into this new year … and January 1 already seems like ages ago. I’m switching things up a bit this year with my daily photos, using Flickr and a mosaic maker instead of apps on my phone and iPad. It’s a little easier and it makes me feel better about paying $5.99 a month for Flickr*. Here’s January and February amaryllis, daffodils and cherry blossoms … lots of knitting … a little bit of Holly … a few people (me included!) … and even a little sunshine. I’ve started two new habits this year – eating breakfast (see January 2, 3 and 10) and…

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    Three Photo Weekending.

    I have only three photos to share from this weekend. They may be few, but they are mighty 🙂 The sun was out on Saturday and it was lovely. I took a solo morning walk to the lake. Solo is key for capturing these kinds of #blueskyblooms. Marc played golf and I indulged in some quality time with myself and a few magazines. I was reminded how much I love baths and bubbles! I think my last bath was last February, when we were in Los Cabos (the bubbles and the room were infused with the same scent and it was … wonderful). All that alone time was wonderful preparation…

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    TGIF | Hello March.

    It felt good to flip the page on my calendar this morning to see which photo would grace my desk for the next 31 days. Nothing like two of my favorite guys in coordinating plaid to make me smile! Also, a month that begins on a Friday, my favorite day of the week, just seems auspicious (never mind that February did, too!) Reflecting on the post I wrote for February’s Hope check-in, I realized I wanted something a little different for March. The actions I took in February were reactions … to discomfort, stress, everyday things. This month, I’m choosing a proactive approach – inspired by these words from Nelson Mandela…

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    Hope | February 2019.

    What a difference a month makes … five of the flower stalks have bloomed! Sadly, I had to cut back three of those stalks on Monday morning; I walked into my study and their spent blooms were resting on the credenza. But two stalks are still going strong and the last one is about an inch high. I just might get three hope posts from these bulbs! But in other ways, February has been a challenging month for hope. Like showing up for a graduate-level course without any of the pre-requisites. I found courage in scripture For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare…