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    And | January 2020.

    Holly and I took our first walk outside the neighborhood cul-de-sac this morning. Pink-tipped trees don’t seem like January. and yet. We were both wearing our “heavy coats” because it was freezing (literally, 32 degrees). and I didn’t plan a photo like this to open a first reflection on this year’s One Little Word. and yet. I had time with my journal a few hours before our walk: “I am not at all sure what I want to say. maybe just a little about how I am paying attention to the ANDs. thinking/noticing my own choice of words. which is impacting how I think. holding paradox. being uncomfortable.” Truly, I…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    are good days for catching up! I spent a few hours yesterday with my in-box and Feedly reader and enjoyed reading about what y’all have been up to. Today I have a few updates with what’s been happening around here. First, the mother of our two favorite little boys is celebrating a birthday today. (and not that anyone’s counting, but this means I’ve been a mama for 33 years!) We have plans for dinner and cake next weekend and I love that we’ll be able to celebrate in person. And now, back to the weekend before last (yep, it has been a while). My mom, sister, sister-in-law and I are…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends – apologies for my silence in response to the lovely stories y’all shared on Friday’s post. I’ve been taking a little break from my inbox and blog-land and I’m almost ready to dive back in. Please know I have read and appreciated all your comments and I look forward to replying and reading about what you’ve been up to. maybe tomorrow? for sure by next week! One little step to get me back in the groove is this mid-week meetup. I’m grateful (yet again!) to Kat for hosting us and giving me a good reason to update my knitting on Ravelry and my reading on Goodreads. On the knitting…

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    Five on Friday.

    In honor of Friday and Tsh Oxenreider’s latest The Good List episode (about the joy of a super short story), today I have five photos from this past week and a super short story to share with each. I do not have the gift of writing fiction, so these stories are – at least as best I recall! – true. Sunday was perhaps the prettiest day we’ve seen all year, with abundant blue skies and temperatures in the sixties. It felt weirdly wonderful to put on a sleeveless top and a cotton sweater for church. Wednesday’s opera was Wozzek. I’m honestly not sure I enjoyed it. The performances were amazing…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Happy Wednesday! and happy sigh to be finally joining in with Kat and friends with an update on knitting and reading … I’ve even managed to update Ravelry and Goodreads, too! First up, the knitting – I’m knitting the body of Soldotna nowand kind of amazed I have this much progress to show. The colorwork shows up much better in this photo than it seems to in my lap while I’m knitting … so it’s a “bright light” only project. And there hasn’t been much of that this week. Thankfully, Night Shift is bright enough for just about any light!It’s also mindless enough to accompany even the most compelling TV or book. The…

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    Welcome 2020 | And.

    Hello friends. Two weeks into this new year and I am finally ready to share my One Little Word. I’m going to continue exploring the “both/and” thinking that Richard Rohr introduced me to last year, first in his interview with Krista Tippett and then with his books Falling Upward and Everything Belongs. For 2020, my OLW is And. I’m still amazed at all I learned with Hope last year. I really had no idea where that word would take me and I traveled some truly marvelous – and helpful – paths. I trust this year will bring more of that same wonder and discovery, along with (sadly) more discomfort, discord…

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    Looking Back | December.

    Ah… December. It is certainly one of the prettier months around here. and this year it was exceptionally full of smiling faces. and typically full of twinkle lights, fun cocktails, and knitting. The video version* also captures more moody skies, a quick binge through the latest Great British Bake-off Holiday and some very delightful little boy antics.   View this post on Instagram   December in less than a minute … twinkle lights and candles, cookies, cheers, two crazy little boys, one little dog and a lot of ❤️ #1se #1secondeveryday A post shared by Mary (@mere2007) on Jan 7, 2020 at 1:47pm PST I finished five knits and TEN…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Are we really a full week into 2020 already? I’m in that weird place where time seems to be speeding by and standing still at the same time. At least this week I’ve got a firm handle on what day it is 😉 And I am so happy to be getting back to the routine of sharing about knitting on Wednesdays. I have two projects on the needles – Nightshift, looking a bit more colorful since I shared a photo on Friday. I am nearly done with the 5th (of 9 planned) repeat. Adding 20 stitches with each repeat, the rows are getting longer and longer (and slower and slower).…

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    A Monday Haiku.

    morning walk pause, see winter sun pale, shadows, light breath prayer: and this Happy Monday! and if you’re headed back into the routine after a holiday break, I wish you an easy re-entry.

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    TGIF | Hello 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! Thinking about … reading better in 2020. I spent a few fun hours Wednesday morning going over the book lists my various groups have planned for this year and deciding how I’d read – paper, kindle, audio – and how I’d acquire – own, buy, borrow. I placed a few orders for books, tagged “immediately available” on Overdrive for…