• Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF.

    Hello, friends. I hesitate to say Happy Friday … it’s not at all happy for so many. and it’s full of uncertainty and concern for all of us. and yet. I just caught up with dozens of blogs and Instagram posts sharing stories of hope, love, resilience, and plain old common sense. This week has shown me the kind of community I knew in my heart was possible. In the last 36 hours, our local schools closed indefinitely. My church closed for at least two weeks. The apartment building in my mom’s community announced a lock-down (she lives in a stand-alone cottage and can have visitors). Katie is working from…

  • Just Life

    Looking Back | February.

    Last month I started Looking Back with a slightly broader lens – encompassing not only the daily photos, but also a few reflections. This month I’m making a few more tweaks: 1. What am I celebrating? + first signs of Spring, another beautiful amaryllis season, and 41 years with the same Valentine. 2. What worked well? what didn’t? + our cookbook club – two meetings in and I think we have a plan that’s going to carry us through. – the planning for our women’s service was at times both stressful and frustrating; this was my 4th (or 5th?) year leading the preparation and it was the first where I…

  • Food & Drink

    A Monday Haiku.

    blue skies, faces turned upward, feeling warmth return breath prayer: welcome welcome a fresh start. welcome a full week. welcome connecting with friends (near and far). welcome another day of sunshine (we’ve had three in a row and this makes four – the longest stretch of 2020!). welcome a reasonable to-do list. welcome signs of spring. welcome all. What are you welcoming today? Wishing you a lovely week!

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Hello March.

    New month. new calendar page. otherwise same view. still dark-early. My morning time starts around 5am which is dark-early here all year. It ends, though, sometime around 7am and this is the time of year that I really start to notice the light (my study window faces west … even without rain, there’s no direct light until later). I must say, there’s a certain energy that comes with daylight and I’m welcoming that as I wrap up these mornings! I journaled a quick TGIF list as I wrapped up this morning’s time … Hello March! Thinking about … my closet. One of my projects for this year is to re-work…

  • Just Life

    Weekending for Days.

    Is it really Thursday? evening? my calendar says yes, and thankfully so does my to-do list … and yet in my head (and looking back on these photos, my heart) … well, the week is surely just beginning! Welcome to a peek back into a VERY long weekend! The conference I attended on Friday evening/Saturday was, quite simply, amazing. I’m still processing … and expect the content to feature prominently in my next OLW update. The overnight accommodations – aka the “Tieman B&B” – was also 5+ stars. So many Legos (so much imagination). a cold breakfast (thankfully with HOT coffee for the grownups). and my first-ever Peloton experience (it…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello friends and happy Friday. I am glad to be here today. These end-of-week glimpses into right now are always fun to write. and I hope you’ll find something to enjoy here, too! Thinking about … Lent. about looking inward. about opening space in my heart and my head. about renewal. about creating new spiritual habits. I mentioned on Wednesday that I’m following Sarah Bessey’s 40 Simple Practices for Lent (link) and yesterday I downloaded the (free!) Book of Common Prayer app to my phone. I have the hardcopy and it’s a bit of a brick … I love having the daily content so accessible/portable and the app lets me…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Jumping back in again today (which makes three days in a row in case you’re not counting 😉 ) to share things in process on the knitting and reading front. I do love that Kat provides us this weekly check-in to keep Ravelry and Goodreads up-to-date. Thank you, Kat! First up, the knitting. I started another pair of socks for my mom and Joy is still providing joy! This is the second pair of socks I’m trying with a German wool/nylon blend yarn and I am in love with it. The patterning is so much fun and it feels great. I checked out the website where I ordered it and was delighted…

  • Just Life

    And | February 2020.

    Checking in with my OLW today … and reflecting on the special place that February holds in this journey. the holiday high has fully worn off. the decorations are packed away. maybe they aren’t. we have wonderful memories from the recent months. maybe we don’t. the bills come in. we have fun plans for spring break. maybe we don’t. the primary season is heating up. girl scout cookies arrive. it rains. it snows. it rains. it rains. the sun comes out. it rains. it’s cold. it rains. and still. a friend’s mom falls and breaks her hip. a vulnerable senior’s son gets injured. a dear friend is hospitalized (for the…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    … are for catching up. I certainly didn’t set out to skip a week here. Every day, I thought about it. and every day I gave myself permission not to. In the meantime, I finished a pair of socks and a baby sweater, started a new sweater, finished a fantastic book, kept watch over the amaryllis, treated myself to a manicure, and enjoyed a few delicious meals (with wine ♥). I also spent time reflecting on next steps, making lists, and just being. It was a wonderful break! and it’s good to be back. Here’s to a great week, my friends!  

  • Food & Drink

    Cooking the New Frontier | February.

    Happy Tuesday that feels kind of like a Monday and kind of like a repeat of all the other days this month (I’ve decided the movie Groundhog Day was set in February for a really good reason!) It is – yet again – wet, gray, and chilly outside (mostly wet) and 🙂 I am delighted to have something to share that is none of those things. A few weeks back, I told y’all about a new thing we (me, my sister, our mom, our sister-in-law) were doing this year. Cooking the New Frontier! The loose idea is that we meet monthly. for dinner. cooking recipes from the Pioneer Woman’s New Frontier cookbook.…