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    Looking Back | July.

    Especially coming after a month like June – an outing with Katie and the boys, numerous meet-ups with friends and a week in NYC – July couldn’t be more different! Looking back, I’m surprised I found as many different things to photograph as I did. (the only duplicate, completely accidental of course, is the planter on our front porch, which shows up July 4, July 21 and July 31. oh well.) Still, it was a good month! full of bright blooms, great books, lots of sewing, a little knitting … and a plenty of time to just be. I’m also reminded that I need to finish the current season of…

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    Looking Back | June.

    I was certainly out and about (and away) more than usual, but there are still morning walks, Friday night snacks, cocktails and coffee and a lot of knitting. But most of all, I love the upper right (June 2) and middle (June 13) photos … any month where I get to spend time with those four people is a great one! Happy Tuesday!

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    Looking Back | May.

    Today I’m looking back at May … one last time … through the lens of my daily photos. I expected the blanket to dominate, so I was surprised to see a lot more than knitting! …and a lot more blues skies than I remember (but surely my photos don’t lie). I also realize I completely forgot to share an FO with y’all – Sunday the 6th, I debuted Bateaux Mouches. The finished piece is just what I hoped it would be – a light, airy cloud. The girls in my knitting group are divided about what a great knit this is … I love the endless rows of garter stitch…

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    Three on Thursday | Haiku.

    Joining in with Carole and friends today to share a three-line poem. creamy blooms spread wide atop glossy green, spreading the scent of summer Thanks to our 90+ degree stretch last weekend, the magnolias are starting to open. This tree is in the common area where Holly takes her evening walks. It smells wonderful! Hope your week is going well … here’s to almost-Friday!

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    Looking Back | April.

    Today, I have one last look at April … through the lens of my daily photos. That bright green knitting really dominates the show, doesn’t it?! I’m very happy to have it finished and realize I never showed y’all how it turned out. Marc definitely brings out the goofy in me! But for me, the star was the family and friend time (including my best furry friend – who got groomed on the 10th), along with plenty of good food and some gorgeous spring blooms. April certainly lived up to my high expectations.  Now May has a hard act to follow; I hope it’s up to the challenge!

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    Eye Candy Friday.

    Partly in response to all the favorable comments about yesterday’s blue sky blooms and partly because I know many of y’all are expecting snow in the next couple of days, I thought I’d share some more April Eye Candy. I’m pretty sure the photo I shared yesterday is a wild azalea. Here’s that same tree with its neighbor and a portrait shot of those orange blooms. These are the azaleas at the front of our neighborhood. I took these photos yesterday morning, anticipating that Masters-focused post. From this morning’s walk, here’s the snowball viburnum I shared in Tuesday’s March recap (this is what the “green hydrangea” turned into!) and last…

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    Looking Back | March.

    March sure looks better through the lens of my daily photos than what I remember! Full on Spring, for sure, including some fun with the portrait feature on my iPhone camera in our neighborhood, March 29 outside our North Carolina cottage, March 20 and the last, faded bloom on the amaryllis. March 16 There was also a lot of knitting, two great TV shows (Longmire and the new Queer Eye), a few more self portraits (thanks to Michelle’s challenge at the beginning of the month) and a few other faces, including one very shaggy one on March 30. I know y’all are ready to see Spring, too – hopefully she’ll…

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    Looking Back | January.

    Looking back at January through the lens of my daily photos, I’m struck by three things – crazy weather, a LOT of knitting! and a beautiful basket of amaryllis. The amaryllis is continuing its stunning show; here’s what it looked like Saturday … more buds and blooms! And for maybe the first time ever, more coffee and tea than cocktails (one glass of wine on the 1st!) – and more photos of me and Holly than other people. Thank goodness I saw the boys on the 30th, or it would be just me and Holly! I’m pretty sure I can do a better job with both those things this month!

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    Looking Back | December.

    Looking back at December through the lens of my daily photos, I can’t help but smile! Family (who are friends), a few cocktails, a delicious spread of cookies, reading, knitting (and one FO – that lovely bit of pinned out lace on the 23rd is the 2016 Mystery Shawl), plenty of twinkle lights … and the beginning of this year’s amaryllis watch. My mom gifted each of us super fancy bulbs from Jackson & Perkins. I set mine out on December 1st and have been documenting their progress every Friday since then. I’m positive I can really see those stalks growing! This week, I threaded the two taller ones through…

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    Looking Back | November.

    Looking back at November through the lens of my daily photos, it’s full on Fall! plus a few of my favorite people, knitting, great food and drink, and a bit of Christmas showing up toward month-end. Daily blogging means I’ve posted most of these photos here already, but I do have two extra stories to share today. First, the gift knitting (cleverly disguised back on the first) was finished, blocked and photographed on the 10th. Some of you might even guess who it was for! Happy 75th HonorĂ©! Yellow is her favorite color … and once you see her smile wearing it there’s no doubt why! thank you HonorĂ© for…