• Just Life

    Looking Back | April.

    Hi friends. Before I start Looking Back to April, I’d like to look back to Friday’s post, particularly the kind and thoughtful comments y’all left in response to my questions. I really appreciate every single one of you who makes the time to read what I share, whether you comment or not! Truly, this community is one of my favorite things about the internet (apart, some days, from Instagram). Thank you! 1. What am I celebrating? + we did a whole month, without having any end date in mind. + the Three Things and Small Joys practices to bookend my day with a sense of energy and gratitude. (also, I’m…

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    Next Up.

    Hello friends! I am finding it nearly impossible to believe that we are heading into our ninth SAH weekend. SAH has affected all my days, but weekends without golf (I’m even missing it on TV!) and church … are the weirdest. I am so grateful for our time together on Sundays. Please note I just emailed the Zoom details for this week and we have moved the time to 1pm ET. If you’d like to participate and you’re not on the email list, just let me know in the comments and I’ll forward the details. Speaking of comments, I am still struggling to reply to them in a timely manner.…

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    Three on Thursday | Making Me Smile.

    Hey y’all, it’s Thursday – almost the end of Week Eight in SAH Time … and I’m happy to be here with Three Things making me smile this week. Thing One.Newleaf is done! and in the time since I took that photo and started writing this post, it’s finished soaking and is now laid out on to dry. (also, fingers crossed my swatch didn’t lie because it’s not at all the width/length I want – yikes!) Thing Two.The morning walks have been glorious these past few days. It’s like we have two Springs here. The first one when all the trees blossom ended a few weeks back and now we’re…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Tuesday.

    Hello friends and yes, it’s Tuesday! I’ve never gotten the hang of scheduling posts, my tomorrow is full, and I want to share about the knitting, crocheting and reading … so Tuesday it is! First up, the knitting. and the unraveling. Yesterday afternoon I was ready to start the ribbing on the body of Newleaf, on the smaller needle. Searching through my knitting bag, I found all my bigger needles and an empty bag for the smaller one. I got out my needle gauge and checked. and yep, I knit the entire body of the sweater on the smaller needle. ugh. ugh. ugh. I spent a few minutes wondering if…

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    Hello May.

    Hello May. It’s hard to believe we have a full-month of SAH behind us. and (at least) another month ahead. At least now we know we can do it. I’ll share more on the looking back next week. For now, I’m looking forward. just for 31 days! This morning, I sketched out another month of Things. Me Made May started today and I am All In to wear at least one me-made each day. Last May was a big sewing month and I want this May to be an even bigger one. more to come. The Big Project I have this month is my closet. After a few months of…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Same Old.

    Hello friends and happy Wednesday. Thankfully without any unraveling … although maybe not much forward progress either?! In spite of all the time I’ve had to knit, crochet, and read, I still have the same WIPs as last week (oh boy, I hope to have something different to share next week!) For knitting, it’s been all Newleaf all the time.I have had a very fun time knitting the yoke. The last bit of colorwork is on that last row (how do folks get those awesome circular WIP shots?!). I’ve since worked a few short rows and am now ready to split the sleeves. From here on in, it’s straight stockinette…

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    And | April 2020.

    Around here, the magnolia trees are full of buds … the sky is a brilliant blue, with just a scattering of pure white clouds, and the sun is warm. Around here, the number of confirmed cases in our county is edging closer to 3,000 and the number of deaths just passed 100. Around here there is the beautiful renewal of spring and the promise of summer, and the ever-present shadow of a virus that threatens lives and livelihoods, and kills. We are living in a state of paradox. A few weeks back, I saw this graphic on Instagram and it resonated with me (credit) Who knew that AND would become…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    FO Friday | A Whole Outfit!

    Woohoo, friends, we’ve made it to weekend SEVEN! and on this sixth Friday staying at home, I have not one, but two finished projects to share. Marc, bless his heart, is trying on the photo front. I do love that these photos show the sweater and the skirt to full advantage. and that he managed to capture me eyes open for a few shots. For sure my eyes were open in those where my back is turned 😉 The sweater is my second Notice (on Ravelry here) – I knit it exactly like the first one. The row gauge on this one was a little tighter (8.5 rows to the…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Three on Thursday | In-Process.

    Hello friends. We are still safe, well, and staying home. I reassured Sara on Monday night that we were not planning to head out tomorrow for tattoos and massages, followed by a few rounds(? lanes? games?) of bowling. Honestly, Marc and I (and thankfully my family and friends) aren’t planning any changes to our Stay at Home routine … in spite of our governor’s plan to re-open things. Still, the reality of that craziness, combined with a delightfully full schedule of FaceTime and Zoom calls, long walks with Marc, short walks with Holly, regular stuff-around-the-house, audiobooks, knitting, sewing, crochet! … well, it sucked up all of my energy for two…

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    TGIF.

    It hardly seems possible that we are heading into our sixth weekend of Staying at Home. Part of me resists the endless repeat of posts with the same titles – Weekending/Sometimes Mondays, Unraveled Wednesday, Three on Thursday, TGIF/Five on Friday, Looking Back – and part of me welcomes the markers of time moving forward. a day, a week, a month at a time. Right now, the welcoming part is winning! Thinking about … what Marc and I are going to “rebuild”. Before Marc and I take our morning walks, Holly and I take a little pre-walk. This morning, I used that pre-walk to listen to Monday’s The Lazy Genius podcast.…