• Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Solstice! We haven’t seen the sun in a few days, so I’ll just have to look forward to the later sunsets. Maybe tomorrow?! And of course it’s Friday … of the last weekend before Christmas … so without further ado: Thinking about my one little word for 2019.  (are you?) Grateful for a “free day” on my calendar – tomorrow! of course I’ve planned two days worth of things to fill that time, but still … it feels good! Inspired by today’s reading in Advent in Narnia. The devotion is inspired by Chapter 11 where Edmund finally realizes that the Witch won’t make him king. or…

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    Three on Thursday | Opera Wednesday.

    Opera Wednesdays are always fun, but this one was really special. Because of the company,Lydia, my mom, Karen (who opted for an afternoon of shopping instead of the opera) and me the production – oh my, y’all – this La Traviata was Amazing! The set and costumes were lavish and the music … stunning! Love the great seats for the Live in HD performance.Diana Damrau (Violetta) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) and the after-party back at my house. Bubbles (with spiced apple syrup and a few pomegranate seeds) for a holiday toastand one last photo (thanks to Marc for taking it … and getting Holly to smile!) Ha! did you catch those…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Knock on wood … it’s been another week with no unraveling – except that I pared back my Christmas knitting plans (more on that next week when I can share the FO’s). So of course, I started a pair of those slouchy house socks.They’re working up quickly on size 10 dpn’s 😉 and I’m going to make this a quick post – today is an Opera Wednesday, with lunch first and a celebratory cocktail back here after. It’s La Traviata, my favorite, and the production looks over-the-top. I can’t wait! Joining in with Kat and friends. Happy Wednesday!  

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    Amaryllis Watch 2019.

    Amaryllis Watch 2019 is now in week 3 and there is finally something to see besides a pretty pot and moss … indeed, all three bulbs have sprouted! I’m sure the abundant sunshine – seems like forever since we’ve had TWO days of blue skies in a row! – has helped. It’s most definitely improved my state of mind 🙂 My goal is to have blooms toward the end of January and I think we’re on track. Same as always, I love waterlogue-ing these photos … and this week, it’s all about those two birds. Meanwhile, can you believe Christmas is only a week away?!? Happy Tuesday!! * my mom…

  • Food & Drink

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …make you smile. Especially when you spend Sunday afternoon with a few of your favorite people, a table full of snacks, a pitcher of holiday sangria and dozens (and dozens) of homemade cookies to share. and everyone gets into taking photos. My sister hosted us this year, which means she was in charge of the lebkuchen. She made the dough the day before and yesterday we rolled it out really more like patting – it’s sticky! (of course Charlie thought that was huge fun) – baked it, iced it, and eventually cut it into pieces to share.And that’s the only photo I have of food or cookies, but I’m sure…

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    TGIF.

    I just finished the second pair of socks (woohoo!) and while I ponder the next cast on, I thought I’d drop in here for a little Friday fun. Thinking about 2019 and what I’d like the year to be. (I’m also still thinking a lot about the end of 2018 – there is still much to do … and experience! … before the calendar turns!) Grateful for the library. This afternoon, I finished my 100th book (Call the Midwife) of 2018. 65 of those books have been borrowed from the library. I’ve also purchased a few and read from my bookshelves. I hope to continue all of these practices next…

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    Three on Thursday | Besides.

    As of about 20 minutes ago, one pair of socks is done (even the toes!) and my goal for this time tomorrow is two pairs done. Totally doable (especially since that second pair is for Sam), but only if I actually knit! In the spirit of Thursday and keeping myself on track, here are three things I did today besides knit: Finish a crocheted prayer shawl and start a second one. I even figured out how to calculate the “repeat” for the ripple pattern so I could make the second one a little narrower and a little longer. Hang the 13th photo on our Advent Tree. This should’ve been a…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Today’s unraveling isn’t about any of the projects currently on my WIP shelf (thank goodness)! I’m especially happy there hasn’t been any unraveling on the ADVENTurer Wrap – just s l o w steady progress. … that’s about to get even slower. Yesterday afternoon, I decided it was high time I started the little bit of holiday knitting I have planned (a hat, three pairs of socks and two cowls). That’s the first sock and I’m now past the gusset decreases. (the pattern is Rye, from tincanknits and I’m using Berroco Vintage – worsted weight socks rock!) I’m still hoping to spend a little time with ADVENTurer each day, but I’ve…

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    Looking Back | November.

    November was a weird month for me. What I recall is ten days at home with a very sick dog, a brief respite and then another week at home with a nasty cold. I am beyond grateful that these 30 photos tell a better story. camellias :: beautiful fall colors :: sunshine :: a milestone for my brother (he’s retiring from the Atlanta Police Department after 30 years … and a most accomplished career!)  :: a milestone for me and Marc (our 35th anniversary) :: seasons changing :: LOTS of knitting :: two adorable Thanksgiving chefs  :: twinkle lights :: a new ‘do …and one last FO (socks for my…

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    A Monday Haiku.

    tucked under the tree twinkle lights like stars above cozy, calm and bright ahhh… a dog’s life! Hope your week is off to a great start – Happy Monday!