• Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I can hear Marc chopping and plating … I’m gonna make this quick to be sure our Friday Night Snacks includes at least a few vegetables. Thinking about pockets. Are y’all fans? At best, I have mixed feelings. I feel like they pull on the front of a sweater and I rarely use them (unless they’re a key design detail … and then only for the photos). I’m cutting out my first Wiksten Dress … and I’m undecided. I think they’re a cute detail, but I cannot imagine ever using them. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Grateful for getting outside today! I enjoyed a morning…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share another update about what I’m knitting … and a little about what I’m doing while I’m not knitting. Lately, it seems like I’ve spent a lot more time on the latter than usual. or maybe I’m just entering into a “new usual”?! On the knitting – I couldn’t even bring myself to take a photo of the brown blob that is my Olive Leaf Pullover. I am enjoying 25 rounds of plain stockinette in the round – the period after joining together the front and back and before beginning the Olive Leaf chart for the body. I think this is the…

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    Easter Weekending.

    The weekend started out much the same as usual. Friday night snacks with a little knitting and – woot! – the latest season of Bosch on Amazon Prime. Holly is still not quite used to me being home. Normally she cuddles up to Marc … but when I’m gone, Marc tells me she sleeps by my pillow. absence makes the heart grow fonder?! Saturday was pretty typical, too. The day began with a drizzle, proceeded to sewing and ended with our “nice dinner at the table”. This week it was roast pork loin, green beans, corn on the cob, sweet potato and a green salad … and a bottle of…

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    Unfolding Light.

    Two weeks ago, a friend from our Friday morning group introduced us to Unfolding Light, a daily reflection written by Steve Garnaas-Holmes. “Unfolding Light is a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods. In poems, parables, psalms, thoughts and the odd weather report I hope to invite readers into a spirit of presence, compassion, justice and delight.” ~from the About page The reflection from April 5 is one of my favorites. and with a nod to Poem in Your Pocket Day, I’m sharing it with y’all today. Deserted place Leave the noise of the traffic of ideas. Ignore fear’s nicknames…

  • Knitting,  Travel

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Travel Report.

    I really enjoyed everyone’s comments on last week’s post about my travel knitting plans. Apparently we are all over the place about how we plan and pack for knitting on the road. A lot has to do with how much “free” time we think we’ll have and how accessible more yarn might be where we’re going. This week, I’m looking back on that knitting (which is probably more useful for future planning purposes for me than any of you!) First up – the socks – the mindless project. I actually finished sock #1 (including the kitchener toe) after brunch on Friday. and I immediately started sock #2. I was just…

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    Beaufort Weekending.

    Hello friends! It’s good to be home … sitting at my kitchen counter … looking back through the photos of the weekend. but of course it’s Tuesday. and this past weekend was not the typical Marc & Mary with Holly. Nope – it was our  Girls’ Weekend in Beaufort. The place and the time together are a big part of our family’s story … and mine personally. I love that it comes in a season where I’m reflecting on love, strength, and forgiveness. Gathering with family who are friends and friends who are family seems like the perfect way to celebrate all of that. The “weekend” began Thursday morning when…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Travel Knitting.

    We leave for Beaufort tomorrow morning. I haven’t packed. I have a bit of meal prep to complete (this is on the menu for Friday morning and I’d rather have my kitchen smelling like roasted onions now than then). and I want to make a batch of thyme simple syrup (because cocktails). but my knitting is ready. I’m taking two projects. socks and a sweater. I knit plain vanilla socks (using this pattern, mostly in the DK weight, but sometimes the worsted variation) and going around and around – even on size 3 dpn’s – is suitable for all sorts of activities. Games. Car rides. Enjoying a glass of wine…

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    Looking Back | March.

    When I wrote yesterday that I was re-committing to my monthly collages of daily photos, I didn’t realize how deep a habit that had been.  (one might think I’d have looked back at that before deciding to toss it all aside when I got nervous about Flickr?!) In any event, this afternoon I looked back through the archives and discovered my first Looking Back post. January 2014. (!!) Along the way, I upgraded the collage app so I have more flexibility with the font and the layout – but the heart of it all – collecting a month of photos into a calendar grid is still there. and that –…

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    Early April Weekending.

    Hello friends – how was your weekend? Ours was nice. a good mix of our same old routines Friday night snacks, a nice meal (candles, wine, placemats) on Saturday, solo walks with Holly that provided lovely opportunities to see Spring and catch up with a few excellent recent podcast episodes. The weather was golf-worthy both days, so I had more time to myself, perfect for sewing – yay! for the first time this year – I did have to get out the instruction manual for both machines just to be sure I had things threaded properly 😉 the beginning of the latest season of Call the Midwife (it’s streaming on…

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    TGIF.

    Hello Friday! I just realized that April offers five Mondays, but only four Fridays. so I’d better make the most of all of them! Thinking about so many things. and trying to keep my thoughts on (mostly?) the good things. My early morning journal time helps me sort through a lot of it. and an afternoon walk with Lauren brings more clarity. especially when we both pause to take a picture of Spring! Grateful for my Friday morning small group. Today was our first meeting about The Universal Christ. We sort of followed the Companion Guide (for the Embodiment Group) and the reflection, discussion and revelation were … well ……