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    Looking Back | July.

    “Just, it’s kinda fraught and I’m not up for frought.” ~Stacey Swann, Olympus Texas I snorted when I read that line a few weeks ago. Fraught is just such a great word, isn’t it? (especially when paired with “y’all” … which would’ve been inserted before that “I’m” if I’d been the one speaking 😉 ) and it seems so perfect to describe this month … starting to get out a bit more and then BAM! Delta variant … and for me, knee injury, and for others, a host of different things. and then … I look back at these photos. which might be the best cure ever for feeling fraught.…

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    Looking Back | June.

    “We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive …” ~Niall Williams, History of the Rain My first thought when I saw these 30 photos, all compiled into one place was that it didn’t look at all like COVID. There are people (friends Charlie on the 3rd and Deena on the 24th) who aren’t in my family bubble up close (unmasked). There’s evidence of a long-awaited haircut (on the 4th), multiple trips to the library, two coffee dates (one with with me and a book on the 9th and another with Deena on the 24th), and a trip to the pool with Sam (on the 25th). but the rest…

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    Looking Back | May.

    “So new to the city, I remember wanting to photograph everything in sight. It was during my first few months that I began to sharpen my eye and appreciate the extraordinary findings in life’s everyday moments. In many ways, I was like a photograph myself, coming into focus, developing not just my art, but my life.” ~ Renée Rosen, Park Avenue Summer Ah May … what a treat it was to look out and see people (unmasked), along with plenty of blue skies and early summer blooms … and books. so many books! Every single one of those everyday moments did indeed feel extraordinary. A Gratitude List: family who live…

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    Looking Back | April.

    “Seeing is a form of pure being unlike watching or looking at. Seeing is why we’re here.”  ~ Anne Lamott, Dusk Night Dawn I’m trying to be more intentional about this daily photo habit … so it tells a true story. Thinking about these photos capturing what I see, instead of what I’m just looking at has been helpful. I even managed to get pieces of myself into 13 of those photos! It helps that I’m taking weekly photos of my book/manicure pairings right now. and that also upped the book representation. Books show up eight times and knitting/crochet six (and only five of those were me – those are…

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    Fully Vaccinated Weekending.

    Marc and I passed the 14-day mark on Friday (coincident with Sara’s second shot) … I knew this weekend was gonna be different, but in so many ways it was just the same as the last how-many-has-it-been?!Friday night dinner – now cheers with three instead of two (which hit its one-month anniversary on Friday!), a fabulous sunset (so long April), two early morning walks to the lake (this weekend’s weather was amazing) … and one Hello May journaling session. and in between all of that, there was thisSaturday morning pedicure then time with my sister, in person, at her house! Sunday morning church … this was the one thing I…

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    Looking Back | March.

    “…every year, you’re all, ‘March! This is going to be great! Start of spring!’ But it’s definitely not, right? Because there will be a weird, freak snowstorm, and it’s like winter’s started all over. Unexpected things happen in March.” ~ Kate Clayborn, Love Lettering Of course here in Georgia, March is the start of spring … and this year it also included Third Winter and ushered in a Fourth (which actually began overnight on the 31st to welcome in near record breaking lows for April). Weather aside, we got our first vaccine shots; and I felted a sweater (totally on accident). Unexpected things for sure! A Gratitude List: longer days.…

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    TGIF | Burying the Lede.

    Fun fact – I wasn’t quite sure what “burying the lede” meant unto about five minutes ago when I finally looked it up and decided it was indeed what I intended to do with the photos I had 🙂  Also, I love that I can tag one of my mostly-regular TGIF posts with a title that doesn’t reference time.  (and yup, burying that lede even more!) Happy Friday y’all! and welcome to TGIF in this little corner of the internet. Thinking about … how to balance stillness and connection as things start to re-open. When I wrote this year’s intentions, I was imagining a world that looked like most of…

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    10 on the 10th | March.

    March 10, 2020 has been on my mind a lot lately. It was the last somewhat-normal day …my sister Karen took the day off to see Emma with me at the theater. We brought clorox wipes to clean our seats (I remember that the theater was pretty empty for a 2 o’clock show and no one else looked remotely concerned about needing to clorox anything). We loved the movie (I also remember listening to the first ever Novel Pairings podcast on the treadmill that morning; Chelsey and Sara talked about Emma!) … and afterwards shared a glass of wine at a bar across from the theater. We asked the bartender…

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    Looking Back | February.

    This month makes 12 – a full year – COVID-19 looking back posts. February 2020 was the last one I wrote pre-COVID and I thought it would look a lot different than this year. The cherry trees and daffodils bloomed earlier last year, but the amaryllis didn’t. There’s plenty of knitting and books. and then I saw that group photo – my mom, SIL, sister, me, and Holly on Sunday the 16th. We had gathered at my mom’s for our second “cookbook club”. and that was the last time we did that – both cookbook club and that kind of get-together. Fortunately we live close enough that socially distanced gatherings are possible…

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    TGIF | Hello December.

    Hello friends and welcome to December. I love sharing a look ahead in the first TGIF post of a new month and I had this one planned out in my head all day. then things went a little sideways and I didn’t get to it.  I’m guessing many of y’all wouldn’t have read it until today anyway, so let’s just pretend it’s Friday. Thinking about … how to celebrate the season given COVID and this massive painting project. The advent wreath is the only decoration in the house – so far?! Marc did hang our two outside wreaths on Monday so it looks a little holiday-ish from the street. We…