• Just Life

    Saying I Do.

    Jillian and John got married yesterday. She’s the daughter of my sister, my elder niece and goddaughter. In other words, she’s a woman I hold dear and close. She and John have been together for years (first here in Atlanta, then in Austin, TX and lately Nashville, TN) and I just was surprised as … anyone … when they announced their engagement a few months back. and an August wedding. um what?!? Of course back then (May?!) we all imagined Things would be Different by now and … they’re not. and I know lots of folks are putting things on hold and on the back burner and I just have to…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | A Two-fer.

    Friends, it was a productive week here. Marc and I have kind of forgotten how to be Marc & Mary, and this week we both got back into a few familiar grooves. Marc actually went to the driving range and walked 18 holes of golf (first time for each of those since February?). I got a new pair of running shoes and ran to the lake in record time. and in the midst of new-normal Zoom and FaceTimes, I sewed something besides masks … and finished a sweater and an afghan. The sweater is Notice (again) … yep, the third one of these I’ve knit since March. I used leftovers…

  • Just Life

    Looking Back | July.

    I’ve been saying for months that I wanted to Look Back before I said Hello. This month I finally managed it, and whoa, I can see the benefit. We’ve now been “at home” for four full months and this month really showed it. Save one Saturday (the 11th) on my sister’s porch and the four Sunday runs to the lake, every other photo was taken within less than 100 feet of where I’m sitting right now – and 15 of them were in the same room! wow. In Before Times, I would’ve made a goal to broaden my world. Today, I’m especially grateful to have such a warm, welcoming space…

  • Books,  Food & Drink

    Reading Better.

    Way back in November I wrote a post about six things I was going to be working on this year. By mid-April, I’d whittled the list to five things (there was no way a trip to England was going to happen) … and I’ve been making progress on all of them. It feels really good to say that! and 😉 now that there are just over 100 days until my next birthday, I want to get more specific about the progress I’ve made and the actions I still want to take. Today, I’m getting specific about Reading Better. I remember being really pleased when I figured those words out. Read…

  • Just Life

    Marmie & Poppa Camp | Week Nine.

    This week of camp was held at the last minute. Charlie’s LEGO camp was cancelled and Sam really didn’t want to miss out again. I texted Katie over the weekend “one night is no big deal”. and it’s true. We had plenty of food, the promise of our neighbor’s pool, and close to 2,000 LEGO pieces. On Sunday, Marc cut boards to build a treasure chest, then made two quick trips (Home Depot for hardware and Walmart for the infamous RED light saber), and we were set (of course we went to bed early too 😉 ). The fun began soon after they arrived on Monday morning. Marc led the…

  • Just Life

    And | July 2020.

    Charlie & Sam just left with their dad, bringing a close to the ninth session of Marmie & Poppa camp. In another time, those two ampersands might make a delightful topic for a post (or two) about this year’s One Little Word. This month, it’s just an opening and a photo.The boys are completely obsessed with Star Wars. When Charlie was here last week, he wanted to “build a light saber with Poppa”. Poppa researched and ultimately ended up purchasing a light saber for less than $5. Needless to say, Sam wanted one, too. a red one (I didn’t know that they even came in different colors). Sam’s favorite line…

  • Just Life

    Marmie & Poppa Camp | Week Eight.

    This week unraveled in a particularly delightful way. Marc and I hosted Charlie for two nights and the 8th iteration of Marmie & Poppa Camp. We had BIG plans … and we managed to do even more 🙂 On the left is the list we penned on Monday morning and on the right, the one we ended with before Charlie left yesterday, with lots of checks, a few revisions and only one missed activity (watercolor … maybe next time). Two-on-one camp with an almost six year-old is much different than what we experienced the first seven weeks. Based on Charlie’s feedback (most fun ever!), maybe we found our sweet spot!…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveling a Week.

    It’s been an unsettling week here in Georgia. Our governor has taken his crazy coronavirus tactics (remember when we were the first state to reopen and even the president said it was too soon) to a new level, suing the mayor of Atlanta (a current hotspot) for implementing a mask mandate. Y’all. I can’t even. In between reading news updates, listening to podcasts, talking (and walking 🙂 ) with Marc, calling at risk seniors to ask about Angel Tree wish list items, participating (mostly on mute! PRAISE!) in a women’s ministry leadership team meeting, and having a few sanity saving discussions (not at all on mute!) with friends and family…

  • Just Life

    My Morning Practice.

    One of the things I took away from last month’s Looking Back was re-committing to my morning journal and prayer practice. The practice had evolved since I retired (morning practice time? wow!), and then Marc (what’s morning quiet time?!), and then SAH/COVID. Marc and I started walking together (which takes a lot more time than the treadmill/pilates routine I’d just started to embrace), I found it hard to sit still and focus on much of anything, let alone close my eyes and quiet my mind for 20 minutes, I expanded my Instagram follows to include more voices, we hosted the little boys for two days each week … and I gave…

  • Knitting

    On and Off the Needles.

    Happy Friday, y’all! It’s been a while since I shared an entire post about knitting (and crochet). Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to … and what I might be up to next. First off – a finish. finally. This is the pattern I previewed for Lori Versaci, maybe coming out next month. It was a pleasure start to finish (even the little bit of seaming wasn’t bad) and I can’t wait until it’s about 40 degrees cooler than the “feels like 101 degrees” it was this afternoon so I can actually wear it. I had on shorts before we took the photos … and simply couldn’t bear to…