• Just Life

    TGIF | the Last One Before Christmas.

    The sun is shining. Alexa is playing some of my favorite holiday music. I’m sitting at my desk, wearing real clothes (jeans and a sweater!) – and make-up! – and slippers 😉 Holly is nearby. There’s some experimenting with cocktails in my near future. and I am completely amazed that it will be Christmas a week from today. Thinking about … a new cocktail to celebrate the season. I baked my favorite Orange Spice cookies* yesterday and had the inspired idea to make a simple syrup with the leftover orange sugar. I guesstimated that I had somewhere between 1/4-1/3 cup of the sugar mixture. I put it into a small…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Looking Back | November.

    Hello friends and happy Thursday! I finally managed to compile my looking back collage and wow, is it just me, or does November already seem like ages ago?! Seeing all the photo together, I’m struck – yet again! – by all the blue! Inspired by Emily P. Freeman, I started taking a Tuesday self-portrait/diptych – one photo looking down and one looking up – both photos from the same place. Thankful for my three times (at least) daily walks with Holly so my photos aren’t of the floors and ceilings in my house. I’m going to try to continue those diptychs … they tell a great story all on their…

  • Just Life

    A Shoutout to Sara.

    Something very cool happened on Friday. Sara’s friend Rachael Horovitz had an article published in Rolling Stone.  The “young creator” referenced in the title is … Sara! Even for folks who know nothing about Homeland, the article is a fun glimpse into a world I’m guessing most of my readers know little about. Of course, I’m one of Sara’s biggest fans, and not at all unbiased 😉 so when I get to read things like Auburn-haired with arresting blue eyes, she resembles a grown-up Angela Chase, the complicated teenager Danes played in her breakout show, My So-Called Life. Yet, her beguilingly enigmatic online persona, sara, is outspoken AF. and Like…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Following Up.

    Thank y’all so much for your kind words and encouragement about our Painting Project. I have a few answers and follow-ups to share today. First, y’all were not the only ones to notice Dissent, drying on the floor. It’s now safely folded up in my closet, awaiting a day I put on “real clothes” (I think the last time I did that was Thanksgiving?) for a modeled shot. Bonny asked about “before” and I do have a pretty recent photo of the play roomfrom just after I packed up all the yarn and fabric. When we put the room back together, we switched the bookcases (and moved that middle piece…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    look like progress! The top photo is my Play Room (fka “Craft Room” … I think Play sounds a lot more fun, don’t you?) and the pink markups show next steps: 1. hanging five coat racks on a very blank wall and then hanging skeins of yarn; 2. putting my stash of sweater quantities on the top two shelves of the bookcase. also, do you spy that blocked Dissent and three socks on the mats? yay!!! The bottom two photos are my study. All that needs to be done in here (yes, I am back in here, sitting at the desk, looking out the window) is hang pictures. which likely…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Hello December.

    Hello friends and welcome to December. I love sharing a look ahead in the first TGIF post of a new month and I had this one planned out in my head all day. then things went a little sideways and I didn’t get to it.  I’m guessing many of y’all wouldn’t have read it until today anyway, so let’s just pretend it’s Friday. Thinking about … how to celebrate the season given COVID and this massive painting project. The advent wreath is the only decoration in the house – so far?! Marc did hang our two outside wreaths on Monday so it looks a little holiday-ish from the street. We…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    are a mess! Marc and I spent most of the weekend making sure we were ready for the painters. We transferred closets to a spare room in the basement (lower right) and a little bit to our living room (center right). I unloaded my craft room (upper right). and we both spent a few hours decluttering and reorganizing along the way. It felt like we were in good shape. until about 11 am (center left). That’s our bedroom. Last night I was so happy to have ALL my clothes out of storage units in the closet and actually in the dresser. Now we understand that the way they’re going to…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Late November.

    I first titled this post “TGIF | Almost December” and then changed my mind. I love November and as weird and unsettling (and downright anxiety producing … before it seemed to turn a corner. vaccines! certified election results!) as it’s been this year, I really don’t want to skip by these last few days. After all, next week I can say “Hello December”. So … here’s to one last Friday in November. With colorful leaves still on the trees, a smidge of green still showing in the grass, and temperatures in the “do we need to turn the heat on?” range 🙂 Thinking about … my One Little Word. and…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Choosing Thanks.

    I’ve had a version of this post knocking around in my brain since Tuesday. I spent most of that day prepping the food we’ll be sharing with Katie and her family this afternoon. Much of this year’s menu is new-to-us (Thanksgiving dinner is, for us, not about traditional dishes, and still, all about good food); the only thing I’m making for “not the first time” is cranberry sauce. Thanks to Sara’s great notes it turned out perfectly (also, the new not-a-le-creuset has now cooked a lot more than popcorn!) Before I started cooking, I printed out this year’s menuand all the new recipes. I made notes as I cookedand eventually,…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Catching Up.

    Hello friends. Is anyone else in denial that it could possibly be Thanksgiving this week?! You’d think after THIRTY SEVEN years of having a birthday, an anniversary, AND Thanksgiving typically all falling in an 8-10 day window, I’d be better at it. Throw in a three-set tennis match, getting ready to have our house painted, and … well … you have last week. I am totally going to be color coding these pages (thanks Katie!) next year so I can see at a glance how my time aligns with my priorities. Sadly, we lost that three-set match (which I didn’t even know I’d be playing until Thursday morning) – thankfully…