• Just Life

    Mostly Birthday Weekending.

    We celebrated a b-i-g birthday this weekend … Marc turned 60 yesterday! Thankfully, the whole weekend wasn’t as chilly, windy and rainy as Saturday, which merited the first fire, the first socks, and the first nice Bordeaux of the season. It also wasn’t as calm! Yesterday, Marc watched golf and then played (mostly typical Sunday for him while I “do church”) … and then we went to Katie’s for the birthday celebration. We had a ball catching up with everyone (yikes, I think the last time we were all together was back in September for Charlie’s birthday) and marveling at just how big the kiddos have grown. (if you click…

  • Travel

    Canadian Autumn | The Movie.

    Y’all might want to get a beverage and a snack! …and a jacket. or at least a windbreaker 😉 Late September and early October in Canada looks – and feels! – a lot different than it does here. but maybe not so much for where you live. So that’s our trip … in a little under 2-1/2 minutes 🙂 As I was compiling this, and sorting through the hundred or so videos, I was reminded of a few of my favorite things about the trip. And since it’s Friday, I’ve narrowed the list to five: Cappucinos on demand. Oh man y’all. I’m sure part of my “re-entry fog” is attributable…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Birthday Socks.

    Thank you to Kat for hosting our mid-week meet up to share what we’re making and reading. Today, I’ve got socks! These bright purple socks are for Sam who turns three next weekend and has chosen “purple dinosaur biscuit” – favorite color, favorite animal and favorite food – for his party theme. Today is Opera Wednesday, the first of the 2019-20 season.  We’ll see Turandot, which features my favorite tenor aria. Of course Pavarotti won’t be singing, but I’m sure the Met won’t disappoint. (nor will the super comfortable chairs we’ll be sitting in while we watch!) …and I just might get that second sock done. Happy Wednesday!      

  • Just Life

    October Weekending.

    Good morning, friends and happy Monday! Before I dive into the weekend, I wanted to share a special Hello in the language of the Cherokees, who originally occupied the part of Georgia where I live. “Osiyo means more than just hello to Cherokees. It’s a deeper spirit of welcoming and hospitality that has been a hallmark of the Cherokee people for centuries.” What a beautiful greeting and a perfect introduction for our weekend. Friday was full-on sunshine, and full-on smiles … we picked up Charlie late morning and enjoyed a whirlwind 24-hour visit with him. I think this was his first official sleepover (not prompted by his folks being out of…

  • Knitting,  Travel

    Canadian Autumn | Intro and Yarn.

    Happy Friday, friends! Today I have the first post about our Canadian trip. I’m still thinking about how I’ll share it all, but I’ve decided it’s best to start with an overview of our itinerary. We flew to Montreal on Thursday, September 19 and explored the city until Saturday afternoon (September 21) when we boarded the ship (Seabourn’s Quest). We sailed that evening, made a loop around Newfoundland (the big island with L’Anse aux Meadows and St. John’s) and returned to Montreal. We docked in Montreal on Thursday, October 3 and flew home. We made seven stops along the way: Monday, Sept 23 – Havre-Saint-Pierre Wednesday, Sept 25 – L’Anse…

  • Just Life

    First Signs of Fall.

    I know some of y’all have been enjoying Fall for a few weeks … and my mom and I just spent two lovely weeks in Canada – it’s Fall there! But this new season has been slow to arrive here in Atlanta. until this weekend. The temperatures finally dropped below 90 degrees and we’ve even had low 60’s at night (yep, windows open and air conditioning off!) So it’s been a few days and then this morning when I was out with Holly I noticed I was crunching through leaves. We’re not expecting much color since it’s been so dry, but there are a few bits of red mixed in…

  • Just Life


    Hello, friends … yes, I’m back home … and slowly adjusting to “real life” again! Coming back to a weekend helped a lot. Marc made sure there was plenty of salad and the weather gods finally sent us a breath of cooler air. I’ve enjoyed wearing different clothes (especially clean ones) and re-discovering a few of my favorite things. This was my view Thursday evening … shortly before the Braves lost 🙁 and also shortly before heading to my own bed and my own pillow 🙂 Friday morning I walked to the lake. It’s as pretty as I remember. and the hour in my running shoes, out in the fresh…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …need no further explanation 😉 I felt just a little bit like this working through lists of lists of lists this morning. Yep, the last few days before a two-week vacation are full of to-do’s even when you’re retired. Happy Monday!

  • Just Life

    Five on Friday.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I haven’t done a Five on Friday post in years … but today it’s perfect. My favorite older grandson turned FIVE today and I had the privilege of joining him and his mom for a birthday outing to The High Museum with a very special lunch (his dad joined us, too) afterwards. I culled my photos, edited video, and even figured out how to link a video to a photo so I could share Five of my favorite moments from Charlie’s first day being Five! Katie chose The High Museum for today’s outing because they’re hosting a special exhibit The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends. It’s been an unsettling day. I was expecting the emotion that always accompanies the anniversary of the September 11 attacks … even 18 years later it doesn’t get easier. We visited the memorial in New York in June and Marc shared some wonderful photos and thoughts on his (private) Instagram account. I especially enjoyed seeing Georgia Tech’s post; it makes me proud that the beautiful memorial has a connection to “our” school. Then my mom and I showed up this at the food pantry this morning to pick up the boxes to deliver … and they weren’t there. Come to find out, the volunteer who will be covering…