• Books,  Just Life

    Good Newses | Thursday.

    Hello friends. I must admit, when I dreamed up the idea for this week’s series, I had no idea things could possibly get as negative, and downright scary as they have. I am grateful for the strong, so-much-better-at-speaking-up voices I’m seeing on-line that are reassuring me I’m not alone in how I’m feeling. I can’t say anything better than any of them and all I can add is a hearty “oh yes!”. So I’ve decided that today’s good newses are going to be personal – three little things I’m celebrating today that have nothing to do with anything you’ll see on-line. I’m happy to put a little joy in your…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Good Newses | Wednesday.

    I am sharing a little about knitting and books today (because Wednesday) … and also because I have Good Newses to share for both 🙂 First up, the knitting. I am almost afraid to type this, but y’all – Whippet is about 1-1/2 sleeves (and two sleeve seams) away from being finished … and I have not had to unravel anything so far. I know things look a bit wonky in the photo, but it’s nothing blocking won’t fix. The only big change I’m making to the pattern – and it’s not even really that big – is to knit the sleeves flat. As written, that lovely lace pattern is…

  • Just Life

    Good Newses | Tuesday.

    Thank y’all so much for sharing your Good Newses … and embracing the idea! I think the world needs as much good as we can share right now and I would love for y’all to take the idea and RUN WITH IT! I don’t post very often on Instagram, but I might even be tempted to share a square of that photo above (as y’all know, summer in Georgia is not always that pretty) and encourage my few hundred followers to find some good and SHARE it. and if y’all shared something too, well, this could be something good to hold on to. and I know we all need that…

  • Just Life

    Good Newses | Monday.

    When Katie was in high school, she coined the phrase “good newses” … (typically) small bits of good news that, when taken with a few other bits of good news, could change your mood and put a smile on your face. Her good newses were almost always accompanied by a hug, and I’m sure that was part of it, too. (but we all know that virtual hugs work, too.) This past weekend, I realized I was much in need of good newses … and I found some! Specifically, one of the best things I did this weekend was catch up on my favorite podcasts. I missed a few episodes of…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Wow, y’all – thank you so much for your enthusiastic support about Sara’s upcoming move. This will be the fourth time I’ve had the privilege of helping one of my girls settle into a new home … and honestly, I’m still kind of in awe that this time I’ll get a stamp in my passport! …and now back to the reality of a Georgia July 😉 Thinking about … skipping church on Sunday (Wimbledon spoiler alert)! Grateful for … summer morning walks. I got the cast on my right foot a year ago this week. Last summer wasn’t a total loss by any stretch, but remembering where I was is…

  • Just Life

    Good News.

    Happy Thursday, y’all! I’ve been sitting on some good news and I’m delighted I have the official go-ahead to share it. Sara is relocating to Bristol, UK! She’s transferring with Epic (the same company she’s been with since she graduated college) in August. The Epic office is a couple hundred employees strong (including a few folks from Madison who joined the company back when Sara did) and she’s really excited to be part of it. And I am really excited she’s asked me to help her settle in! Delta flies to Bristol via Amsterdam, and we are meeting there early on August 6 (our flights both land at 5:55 am).…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    It’s Wednesday (again? already?) and I’m happy to be joining in with Kat and friends to talk about knitting … with no unraveling. Knock on wood, all three of my current projects have been – so far! – unravel-free! First up, knitting in public at this afternoon’s Live in HD re-run (from 2007) of The Barber of Seville. It was the first time any of us had seen that opera and we expected “fun”, but oh-my-goodness it was laugh out loud funny. Our next opera is Turandot in October … maybe I’ll have a new sock on the needles by then. This is the first sock of another pair for…

  • Just Life

    Looking Back | June.

      Unlike most of the daily photo mosaics I share, I think y’all have actually seen nearly all of these photos already – either here, or on Instagram, or maybe even Ravelry (that meta moment on the 20th when I was knitting an Espace Tricot pattern while watching the latest Espace Tricot podcast) … so there isn’t much new news here. But still, seeing the whole month together, marveling that yes, I really did take FOUR photos of the daisies by the front gate, THREE of me reading a book, TWO of the butterfly bush in our front yard, ONE more of gardenias, and NONE of the lake … along…

  • Just Life,  Travel

    July 4th Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! …especially after what was – for us! – a FIVE DAY weekend. Yep, we left for the lake early Wednesday and enjoyed a very full day and night there with Katie and her family before driving home Thursday afternoon. I shared three of my favorite photos from the trip with y’all on Friday. Here are a few more …and – of course – a video (36 hours collapsed into about that many seconds) whoa, no wonder we were tired 😉 The pool, the grounds, s’mores, fireworks, and of course the lake … the Ritz does July 4th in style! The fireworks are open to all,…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | to Summer.

    We are home – and Marc is on the golf course. I haven’t enjoyed this kind of quiet … in a few days. It’s been wonderful to scroll through the dozens of photos and seconds of video from our quick getaway and remember how much fun it was. I promise more on Monday, but for now, how about a few favorites from our “family photos by the lake” on Wednesday evening. First – because this just cracks me up – an outtake of the boys as we were warming upCharlie has obviously been practicing his “ROAR” face … and Sam has just practiced being a two-year-old angel 😉 A bit…