• Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Mid-March.

    Hello friends, and TGIF. It’s been a sad, weird, stormy, somewhat productive, and at times, even joyful week in our house. Like all of you, I was devastated to learn about the mass shootings that took place in Atlanta Tuesday night. At times, Georgia can be the best of us … and at other times, the worst. In the north/northeastern suburbs where I live, the AAPI community is huge. I left my neighborhood for the first time this morning (Holly had a grooming appointment) and was sad/glad to see flags at City Hall and at the lake flying at half staff. I listened to Pantsuit Politics latest episode (it dropped…

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    Third Winter.

    I’m sure y’all have seen versions of this meme where you live. For many of you, Mud Season replaces The Pollening* and gosh, shouldn’t the welcome of Actual Spring be something good?! Actually proud of myself for the version you see up top because I couldn’t find anyone shouting out Third Winter! so I had to edit another image. The weather forecast I shared with y’all on Friday turned out to be pretty right. We had a glorious weekend – sunny and 70! Then yesterday it was 60. today it was 48 and it rained. and when I took Holly out for her walk this afternoon I saw yellow in…

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    TGIF | Burying the Lede.

    Fun fact – I wasn’t quite sure what “burying the lede” meant unto about five minutes ago when I finally looked it up and decided it was indeed what I intended to do with the photos I had ūüôā ¬†Also, I love that I can tag one of my mostly-regular TGIF posts with a title that doesn’t reference time. ¬†(and yup, burying that lede even more!) Happy Friday y’all! and welcome to TGIF in this little corner of the internet. Thinking about … how to balance stillness and connection as things start to re-open. When I wrote this year’s intentions, I was imagining a world that looked like most of…

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    10 on the 10th | March.

    March 10, 2020 has been on my mind a lot lately. It was the last somewhat-normal day …my sister Karen took the day off to see Emma with me at the theater. We brought clorox wipes to clean our seats (I remember that the theater was pretty empty for a 2 o’clock show and no one else looked remotely concerned about needing to clorox anything). We loved the movie (I also remember listening to the first ever Novel Pairings podcast on the treadmill that morning; Chelsey and Sara talked about Emma!) … and afterwards shared a glass of wine at a bar across from the theater. We asked the bartender…

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    TGIF | Hello March.

    I was so happy to see these daffodils on my walk this morning, turning their faces to warm in the sun … it felt nice to turn my face toward it, too. and that feels like the perfect metaphor to say Hello to March! Trying¬†hard … to stay focused. which mostly means having the courage to simply say “no” to most of the new things that come across my path. practically Giddy … that I dropped off our tax information with the accountant this afternoon. also Glad the pile of papers came together in much less time than I thought it would. and now I need to be careful that…

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    Reading Better | February.

    I added a whopping 13 books to my Read shelf (Goodreads link) last month! one 5-star, ten 4-star, and two 3-star. 2021 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for reading better! A few stats from February’s book journal summary page: nearly 75% (10/13) were words on a page – I’m finding that COVID life and all the podcasts doesn’t allow much time for listening to books. 38% (5/13) were borrowed and the rest were purchased – a definite improvement over January and probably about where I can hope to be given my library, the various book groups I belong to, and my preference for writing in books. (I…

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    Looking Back | February.

    This month makes 12 – a full year – COVID-19 looking back posts.¬†February 2020¬†was the last one I wrote pre-COVID and I thought it would look a lot different than this year. The cherry trees and daffodils bloomed earlier last year, but the amaryllis didn’t. There’s plenty of knitting and books. and then I saw that group photo – my mom, SIL, sister, me, and Holly on Sunday the 16th. We had gathered at my mom’s for our second “cookbook club”. and that was the last time we did that – both cookbook club and that kind of get-together. Fortunately we live close enough that socially distanced gatherings are possible…

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    FO Friday | Jingle.

    Happy Friday my friends! and this one is especially happy for me because I finished a sweater … and it’s chilly-wet enough today to wear it!This is Jingle¬†(Ravelry link), a new-ish design from Isabell Kraemer, knit with Harrisville Designs Shetland. It’s my first time using the Shetland and it’s awesome for colorwork. It’s also awesome for sweaters because it spit-splices beautifully (seriously, weaving in ends took about five minutes and that’s only because I stopped and started the contrast colors a few times). I wrote on Ravelry that I love everything about this sweater, and that’s true … because with an FO like this, it’s easy to forget last week’s…

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    Choose | February 2021.

    I am still very much in the early stages of this year’s OLW … the time when I pay close attention to where it shows up and how I use the word in my own thoughts, speech, and writing. Choose/Choice aren’t quite as prevalent as AND; and wow! they are still all over the place! Last month I talked about recognizing how many choices I have and that they are mine to make. This month’s lesson is about the choices I make in my thoughts. Last February, I gave up complaining about the president for Lent. From my journal, dated February 28, 2020: “have decided to give up complaining about…

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    TGIF | Still February.

    Yep, still February. for a short month, it sure seems L-O-N-G doesn’t it?! Thinking about … Texas. and taking action with prayers and money. I listened to Pantsuit Politics podcast this morning and the first segment is excellent for trying to understand how we got here … and what we might do to take a different path. We do need government; it might not always be the best way to solve a problem, and sometimes it’s the only way. Grateful for … Holly seems to be feeling better. again. We were back at the vet on Saturday morning after two nights with no sleep and non-stop tummy troubles. It might…