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    Hope | August 2019.

    I thought it would be nice to open this month’s update on Hope with a glimpse of the sunrise over the lake. Sadly, the slight drizzle that greeted me when I left the house didn’t register on my weather app. It’s hard to see a sunrise when there’s no sun. Thankfully, though, eight months into this Hope journey, I’m not seeing anything hopeless about it. While I was in England, I read Richard Rohr’s, Everything Belongs. Subtitled “The Gifts of Contemplative Prayer”, this was another meaningful step in my exploration of Rohr’s work and perfect “morning work” while I awaited numerous UPS, Royal Mail and other deliveries. I highlighted a…

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    Late August Weekending.

    When Sara and I FaceTimed yesterday, she told me how nice it was to have a quiet weekend; this was her first weekend since mid-May that wasn’t full of travel, work, entertaining, moving, or settling in. It has been a very full season for her. not so much for me. but still. I did enjoy my quiet weekend, too. Here are few glimpses into what that looked like. Friday night snacks – prepared by me. Saturday night’s dinner – now that we’re back to College Football Season – looked much the same, except that it was prepared by Marc. Picture fewer grapes and cucumber and more sausage and you’ve got…

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    TGIF | Happy Birthday!

    Today my mom is celebrating her 81st birthday – so today’s TGIF is all about her! Traveler.┬áThose two photos are clearly a woman on the move! and my mom’s been on the move since practically the day she was born. She was born in southern California (the San Fernando Valley when it was farmland), moved up to northern California, and then moved another countless times to cover 11 more states before landing here in Georgia in 2017. Four of those states (and six moves?) were when I was growing up. And my my mom still loves to travel. I must admit, I’m not a traveler at heart, but I do…

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    TGIF | Hello August.

    Hello August! I do love a month with five Fridays – especially because I will likely miss a TGIF post for two of them while I’m in England. Honestly, I’m having trouble thinking beyond my trip right now – and I do love playing around with words – so this post is all about what I’m welcoming for that experience: Two of us. I thought for sure I’d written a post about what an awesome travel partner Sara is, but I can’t find it, so maybe I didn’t. In any event, we started traveling together – two of us – in 2006 (Sara was in middle school) and since then,…

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    Three on Thursday | Right Now.

    Hello friends and Happy Thursday. I’m delighted to be joining in with Carole and crew today to celebrate Friday Eve ­čśë ┬áMissing my Wednesday post gave me room for this one and I’m reminded how much fun it can be to switch things up! Things are feeling a little bit crazy in my world right now. Good crazy. but still. I leave for Bristol on Monday. My to-do list is full of things for women’s ministry (which – thanks to no blog post yesterday and very little knitting are now DONE!), getting stuff ready for Sara (nearly done – still need to order the air mattress*) and traveling myself (British…

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    Hope | July 2019.

    I sat at my desk this morning, thinking about what I was going to write, marveling once again how this OLW has been such a gift … and in unexpected ways. I added two more “HOPE quotes” to my journal this month: The power of hope is greater than greed. ~Pastor Steve’s daily meditation, July 4 Patience is hope in action. ~Fr. Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart But the message that really hit home for me comes – again – from Fr. Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward. In the last few chapters, he paints a picture of the second half of life … the half that I am working to…

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    July Weekending.

    Hello friends and Happy Monday! I’m glad to share a few bits and pieces from the weekend. Turns out it delicious, fun and inspiring! The delicious part wasn’t all that unusual. We started with Friday Night Snacks, of course.Marc made the pimiento cheese top center and yummm…. Saturday lunch I shared with Katie. She’d visited the farmers’ market for the tarts and fruit and tossed a lovely arugula salad to accompany. As wonderful as the meal was, uninterrupted one-on-one time to catch up was the best treat. Saturday dinner was Marc’s treat for me leaving the house before 8am.I’m sorry I forgot to take a photo of our plates! It…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, y’all! In spite spending all that time on sleeve island, the week really flew by. and without further ado: Thankful for … an FO! I finished up the ribbing and blocked yesterday afternoon (oh my – this yarn blocks beautifully and dries fast) and then seamed those sleeves this afternoon. I did try it on very quickly (and it fits) …and I can’t wait to actually wear it! (and looking at the weather forecast for Bristol, it appears I might even need a heavier sweater. and a raincoat. and an umbrella). Gathering … book recommendations. Y’all, I have about 20 hours of solo travel time and a week…

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    Notes from Sleeve Island.

    With a nod toward Sara’s upcoming move, I started re-reading Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island this afternoon. and since I’m still marooned on Sleeve Island, I’m listening. Marc is listening to The Road to Little Dribbling and I expect we’ll swap titles shortly. Sleeve Island is certainly a lot less interesting than the entire island that contains England, Wales and Scotland (not to mention Bryson’s engaging narrative style and the glimpse back to Britain ca 1995). Still … Friday Night Snacks and an episode of Poirot, recorded from our local PBS station. Saturday morning yoga in the park by City Hall (and a most-convenient reason to visit Theo’s…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday! I feel like TGIF is sort of an honorary Good Newses, so it really doesn’t even need to call it out. I must admit, I haven’t been this glad to see a weekend in a very long time. Trying out … my new skincare routine. I finished up the old products last week and started Monday with all ten steps … well, except I still haven’t used the mask. That’ll be tomorrow. Two of my ten steps live in the shower – the exfoliant and the “water cleanser” – so I didn’t include them in the photo. I know it’s just five days in, but I haven’t really…