• Books,  Knitting

    Queued.

    Hello my name is Mary and I have a serious problem with squirrels (like this). Case in point. I spent an HOUR in my journal this morning thinking about the knitting and reading I wanted to finish in the remaining 83 (!!!) days of 2020. I made two lists, one for knitting and one for reading. I wrote a few weeks back about holding my internal lists loosely-ish (the “ish” is key) as a form of self-care, and I thought this morning that sharing those are would be a way to add in some helpful accountability. Ten hours later the book list is still intact. Along the way, I also…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Looking Back | September.

    What a difference a month can make. I wrote my August Looking Back post just before heading next door to share a totally spontaneous girls night out by my neighbor’s pool. just four of us – very comfortably distanced, catching up, it felt like a game changer (September 2 – popcorn and and an adult beverage). Sara arrived a few days later and then I started playing tennis. Three things. I know one of them was HUGE (still not sure Sara’s gonna brave the travel for a Christmas trip) and we reclaimed our bubble with Katie and her family. and maybe that’s enough. October is gonna be a test, isn’t…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Hello October.

    Hello friends and Hello October! This month has always been a favorite … sweater weather (and not just short sleeved cotton sweaters, we’re talking sleeves, wool, and jeans!), clear blue skies, sleeping with the windows open, college football, birthdays! (four of the best guys in my life – my dad, Marc, Rob, and Sam all celebrate this month), crisp apples, snuggling with an afghan and a good book, starting to think about the holidays, bourbon cocktails, … I could go on and on. and this year all of those things are still here. and yet. yeah. I know you get it, too. And still. it’s October in what feels like…

  • Just Life

    Celebrating Charlie & Sam.

    Our two-week quarantine following Sara’s visit ended last Friday and we celebrated on Saturday. in real life. with our favorite just-turned-six-year-old. Almost two weeks had passed since his birthday, so he’d finished assembling his Big Present.This is a Batmobile, constructed from 3,000+ LEGOs. The instruction manual is nearly an inch thick. Katie reports that he was often up at 5am to work on it before school. I think the thing itself is impressive, but my favorite part is how proud Charlie is of his accomplishment! Our gift was a modest 1,000-ish piece camping set (I love that there’s a fishing pole and a fish!), complete with an RV. Sam grabbed…

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    And | September 2020.

    I just re-read last month’s OLW post. apparently the whole “I can” thing (which was also gist of my most recent post) has been going on here for at least a month. I didn’t put that together until just now. The feelings behind those “I can” posts were different … last month it felt more about freedom to choose the not-so-obvious path, and this month it feels more about strength. another powerful reminder of these “little” words. which brings me to today’s post and the ninth monthly reflection on this year’s One Little Word AND (with a heartfelt thank you to HonorĂ© for hosting the meet-up and giving me the…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Another Week.

    It’s been Another Week, hasn’t it? and I’m not gonna talk about all the things I’m sure y’all are tired of reading about, hearing about, talking about, and maybe even thinking about. except to say that I’m really glad Marc is retired because he now he has a full-time job talking me off the ledge. I will say – he’s good at it. On our walk this morning, he talked about this blog post (later he forwarded me the text). It’s good. and of course I was in tears by the time I reached the end: “I have the capacity to be patient and forgiving. I can be slow to…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Sweater Weather.

    Oh my, 2020 just keeps on giving, doesn’t it? Like all of you, I was devastated by the news on Friday evening of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing. Her memory is a blessing today and will be for all our future generations. I hope my grandsons see a day when our Supreme Court has nine (or eleven? or more?) women justices. In thanks and with love and respect, maybe she rest in power, and rest in peace. and. (2020 is providing all the lessons here for sure!) The weather has turned fall. and it’s glorious. 53 degrees this morning when I took that run. Our windows are open, I’m wearing jeans…

  • Knitting

    Plans for a Rainy Day.

    When I shared my calendar spreads in Monday’s post, many of y’all commented on how full last week was. I don’t think anyone noted (noticed?) that today was empty of plans (until a 7pm board meeting). A full day with no commitments is unusual for me (more so in these stay-at-home times as I’ve added Zoom and FaceTime meetups to my calendar). Of course “no commitments” does not mean “no plans”! I began the day finishing this beautiful book. Then I checked the weather … a full day of rain today (with maybe a short break in the early afternoon … enough for a run perhaps?) … followed by a…

  • Just Life

    Back to Basics.

    Is anyone else amazed that September is nearly half over? yikes! It still feels very much like summer here, but there are early signs of a new season. The cherry trees are nearly bare of leaves, the grasses are turning, and the days are noticeably shorter. I’d been in a real funk on Thursday (empty house, nothing to look forward to … seemingly ever again đŸ˜‰ ?!) and was surprised how just the simple act of reaching out to a tennis pro to schedule a lesson – have something to look forward to – changed my outlook. Saturday morning I listened to a podcast (The Next Right Thing episode 143…

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    Staycationing with Sara.

    Greetings, friends! We’ve had A FULL WEEK with Sara … one with moments I could almost forget what was happening outside the walls of my house … and then the things we did (and didn’t do) with others … and the photos. It’s clear things are different. and. This is the life I have. I am going to live into the good parts and celebrate them. and find ways to make more of them when I can. Obviously, the opportunity to lay eyes and hands on Sara (who has been living solo in a flat in Bristol since mid-March … and hasn’t seen another human in real life without a…