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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …make you question the date*! Here’s what I saw when Holly and I walked in the afternoon. And here’s a glimpse from the same day last year. Weather is a crazy thing for sure, but last year it was February before we saw the Lenten Rose bloom. I hope your week is off to a sure start … for Monday, January 7! *full disclosure, this post should probably be titled Sometimes Sundays because the photos I’m sharing are from January 6 … which in 2019, was yesterday.

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    My Friday morning book group is still on holiday hiatus, so I had a few extra hours this morning. I put it to good use and cleared out my inbox and then – finally! – my Feedly reader. I didn’t leave a lot of comments (so as not to clutter up too many other inboxes), but I must say, this little corner of the internet where I spend my time is already enjoying a most fulfilling 2019! Here’s to its first Friday! Thinking about Hope and how often I throw the word around when I really mean “wish” (or “want” or “would like”). I want to give it more meaning.…

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    Three on Thursday | Knitting Goals.

    Progress continues on the Coatigan. I finished the body and am now officially very worried about running out of yarn (the body used about 8-1/2 of my 19 skeins). So of course I’m trying to knit faster. I’m also knitting the sleeves before I tackle the collar and pockets. I can certainly have a “coatigan” with a smaller collar (and maybe not even pockets), but I cannot have one without sleeves. This afternoon, while I was going around and around on the first sleeve (with just the occasional pause to pet the little dog in my lap … or take a photo) I settled on knitting goals for this year.…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share a quick update on my knitting and reading. I’m still doing both 🙂 OK, not that quick! On the knitting front, I’ve been mostly working on my Coatigan. I thought I might have a completed body to share today, but the hem is taking forever. (also, see the part below about reading.) I did add a few more rows this afternoon, catching up with my friend Virginia over coffee. My last Starbucks purchase was back on December 8. I’ve really missed knitting with friends over coffee! I also thought I might have real progress to share on ADVENTurer, but it’s just…

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    Welcome 2019 | Hope.

    This One Little Word started stealing into my heart in early December when we lit the first candle – the candle of Hope – on the Advent wreath. and when I set out this year’s lovely amaryllis bulbs. Of course my brain countered with other options that seemed more practical, sensible and … grown-up. But then this past weekend, I read the introduction to Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark. She says “Hope is an embrace of the unknown.” She quotes Martin Luther King, Jr: We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. and Maria Popova: Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is…

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    Family Fun Weekending.

    The last weekend of 2018 was full of family fun. We celebrated the end of Sara’s work week (aka “Friday night”) with a puzzle, holiday mules and mussels for dinner. I was up early Saturday morning and enjoyed the most recent Christmas episode of Call the Midwife along with a little ADVENTurer knitting.We had the puzzle about 80% finished by the time we left for Steve & Lydia’s – this year’s hosts for the annual family holiday party. It was great fun having the whole family together (for the first time since my dad’s memorial service back in April, 2016). Sam kind of stole the whole show 🙂 but Charlie gave…

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    TGIF | The Last One of 2018.

    I don’t think it’s just me … this week – and these last few days of 2018 – is flying by. Hopefully the weekend will put me in a better frame of mind to welcome a new year, but now it’s Friday … and time for the last TGIF post of this year. Thinking about my #makenine plans for 2019, with a focus on finishing works-in-progress, learning new skills, and using yarn and fabric I already have. Grateful for time with my girls this week. Wednesday’s lunch was delightful (and we even found a nice person to take our photo), as was Mary Poppins Returns! Inspired by our girl-talk on…

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    Year in Review | 2018.

    Once again, I’m borrowing Vicki’s idea (Thank you, Vicki!) for an end of year post. The idea is to share the first line of the first blog post of each month and a favorite photo from that month’s posts. The words and photos are most likely not related. January Happy New Year! It was a quiet weekend around here.  February Hello February, I am glad to see you! March Hello! We had a wonderful vacation, but it feels good to be back here (finally!) April Sometimes Mondays … …begin with a few quiet moments and a heart full of gratitude. May It’s 80 degrees today …. with blue skies, sunshine and low humidity.…

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    Making Merry.

    Good morning and Happy Boxing Day! How was your Christmas? Ours got off to a dark, chilly start – the power went out at 3:15am. Thank goodness for candles and headlamps, gas fireplaces, and gas stoves and french press coffee makers. And gathering at Katie’s for the afternoon.  The little boys make everything more fun! Reindeer, racecards and legos for table decor. Socks as mittens?! The power came back while we were gone. It was wonderful to return to a warm home and lights! Today, Sara and I have plans to meet Katie for a late lunch and then see Mary Poppins. a practically perfect way to continue making merry…

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    Around Here.

    …the sun is shining,(the poinsettias are much happier this year) the dining room table is ready for a puzzle, the mantels are dressed, the stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped, the last photo is hanging atop the advent tree, Holly has her jingle on,(yes, that’s my mom and Sara in the background!) …and dinner is almost done. Around here, we’re ready for Christmas! I hope your week is off to a bright start as well. and if you’re celebrating, all the best for a most Merry Christmas! (and if not, Happy Monday!)