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    Looking Back | February.

    Last month I started Looking Back with a slightly broader lens – encompassing not only the daily photos, but also a few reflections. This month I’m making a few more tweaks: 1. What am I celebrating? + first signs of Spring, another beautiful amaryllis season, and 41 years with the same Valentine. 2. What worked well? what didn’t? + our cookbook club – two meetings in and I think we have a plan that’s going to carry us through. – the planning for our women’s service was at times both stressful and frustrating; this was my 4th (or 5th?) year leading the preparation and it was the first where I…

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends and happy Friday. I am glad to be here today. These end-of-week glimpses into right now are always fun to write. and I hope you’ll find something to enjoy here, too! Thinking about … Lent. about looking inward. about opening space in my heart and my head. about renewal. about creating new spiritual habits. I mentioned on Wednesday that I’m following Sarah Bessey’s 40 Simple Practices for Lent (link) and yesterday I downloaded the (free!) Book of Common Prayer app to my phone. I have the hardcopy and it’s a bit of a brick … I love having the daily content so accessible/portable and the app lets me…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    … are for catching up. I certainly didn’t set out to skip a week here. Every day, I thought about it. and every day I gave myself permission not to. In the meantime, I finished a pair of socks and a baby sweater, started a new sweater, finished a fantastic book, kept watch over the amaryllis, treated myself to a manicure, and enjoyed a few delicious meals (with wine ♥). I also spent time reflecting on next steps, making lists, and just being. It was a wonderful break! and it’s good to be back. Here’s to a great week, my friends!  

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    Five on Friday | Good Things.

    Happy Friday, friends. I hope you’re finding some Good Things to celebrate this week … here are five of mine. Thing One. The Polar Coat. It’s finished. It fits. It’s warm. I’ve worn it lots. and I LOVE it. Lydia took some photos when we met up for coffee last Friday.This might be my favorite indoor FO backdrop ever – the lobby of a nearby hotel and yes, that is a horse, coming through a wall of grass. The pockets are one of my favorite things about this sweater (well, aside from all those things I said already). I am so glad I included them!I wasn’t sure about the longer…

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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…

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    Early March Weekending.

    In spite of the chilly wet weather, both Marc and I were out and about.  Marc played golf. I took a very cool field trip and spent a wonderful (but long) morning at church to celebrate Gifts of Women Sunday.  The field trip was to a Hindu temple, specifically the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, with our spring confirmation class (I am fortunate to be a mentor to one of the confirmands). Ten teens and 13 adults visited on Saturday afternoon. Most of us had no idea what to expect; all of us were blown away. We learned not only about the Hindu religion, but also about the amazing construction process that…

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    Looking Back | February.

    Yep, one more catching up post before I’m ready to move on to March!  Today, I’m looking back at February through the lens of my daily photos: I’ve already shared most of these photos here or on Instagram, but I’m still surprised by the story all 28 photos tell together – what a month! The trip to Mexico over the last week was planned, but I had no idea Marc would be such a willing participant in the photos! Then there were the little boys – breakfast on the 11th, followed by two whole days with little Sam on the 14th and 15th. First signs of spring … and an…

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    Mid-February Weekending.

    … started out with blue skies and temperatures warm enough to have the roof open in the car – this is Friday afternoon on my drive home. Thankfully Saturday and Sunday weren’t as rainy as the forecast predicted (meaning Marc did leave the house for several hours both days to “hit balls” which judging by the state of his clothes, he did) but I still think the best parts of my weekend were spent indoors: Catching up with Sara. I listened to her latest 2+ hour podcast and then had a long FaceTime (about much more than Homeland). Watching the amaryllis. Another flower stalk has started (this is #7!) and…

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    Amaryllis Watch | Week Nine.

    We have blooms – lots and lots of blooms!! Here’s what that one basket of bulbs looks like today  with waterlogue’s natural filter, which rendered those gorgeous blooms most “naturally” and a close up of that far right bloom seriously stunning. and also not as dark as last week’s buds suggested. I’ve kept up my daily photos, (still) amazed at the pace of growth. and change. top left is Saturday, bottom right is yesterday – the big photo is from Tuesday Also delighted to see the evidence of so much sunshine in my west-facing study. The clouds are moving in and we’re supposed to have a wet weekend. These photos…

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    Amaryllis Watch | Week Eight.

    This week, the first two buds opened!  I started a daily photo watch the day the snow came … it’s remarkable to me how much can change in 24 hours! Tuesday Wednesday I took this photo while my sister and I had our weekly cocktail hour via FaceTime 😀 Thursday and today Here’s a topdown view of that four-blossom bloom. I wonder if the flowers will be so dark? Waterlogue (and a little bit of photoshop) suggests maybe not! Streamlined filter Wishing you a happy Friday and a great weekend – and may your team win on Sunday!! (Weeks One – Six, Week Seven)