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    Five on Friday | In Pictures.

    Trying to figure out what I would post about today, I realized I have five photos from this week that I haven’t yet shared with y’all. Here you go!  Alaska Cardigan … done! (modeled photos coming from Alaska!) a half scoop of coffee chip ice cream (for my summer bucket list) Lauren and fabulous author Karen White (Lauren invited Karen – and me! – to her bookclub yesterday to talk about The Night the Lights Went Out … and a lot of other things 🙂 Alaska Hat & Mitts … done! … so of course I had to start another Alaska project (I still have 4-1/2 more days before I…

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    Five on Friday | The Crown.

    I was late to this party, but … finally, I watched The Crown. and yes, everyone was right – it’s excellent. I loved pretty much everything about it. The story (of course! I’m a huge Anglophile and a real fan of Queen Elizabeth, especially since reading Andrew Marr’s biography), the sets, the acting and the time period. Pure nostalgia (is that possible since I wasn’t actually alive during the 1950’s?), but a few episodes in, I started a list of things I wished were still around. And since it’s Friday, here are my top five: 1. Telephone calls that aren’t instantaneous. It took real effort to make a connection and it…

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    Five on Friday | Today’s Loves.

    …daffodils. sadly not in my yard, but around my neighborhood there are huge plantings with dozens of blooms. It is hard not to smile when you see a field of daffodils. also,  chambray shirts. I own three, all (slightly!) different, and I’ve been wearing them in constant rotation. under sweaters, over cropped pants, with boots, with flats… and with all my knitted neckwear. It’s a lesson in minimalism for me. Three shirts, two pairs of pants, a half dozen scarves…and I can be dressed for over a week! Costco’s Kirkland wines, especially their Napa Cabernet. I opened my last bottle of this tonight to accompany our tasty “leftovers and salad”…

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    Five on Friday | Signs of Spring.

    …I’m back home and slowly (but surely) getting back into the groove. I timed my return well…I’m just in time for Spring! Here’s a quick look at five sure signs of the new season. Cherry trees in full bloom. Daffodils! Clearing skies after a rainy day. Tiny shoots of green in the front bed. And a short sleeved silk pullover on the needles.  I hope it’s getting sunny and warmer where you are, too! Happy Weekend!

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    Five on Friday | Good Things.

    …oops, ran out of time to post this list yesterday, but I’m not going to let that stop me from calling it a Five on Friday! Finding it’s helpful to spend a few minutes every morning thinking about the good things when there is so much going on right now that’s…not so good*. This is the list from yesterday: 1. A warm sunshine-filled forecast for the weekend. Today it’s supposed to get into the 70’s. 2. Watching Jeopardy. My folks are huge fans of the show and I always enjoy catching up with it when I visit. This week there’s a new big winner, Andrew Chu. I googled him yesterday…

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    five things (for June).

    …inspired by my One Little Word. Play Grace*. have fun. be light-hearted. channel Grace Kelly. welcoming sunshine and the colors of summer | june 4, 2013 in my front yard. 1. Get my camera out again. For the past 3+ months, I’ve been taking all my pictures with my phone. It’s easy and “in the moment”, but I’m ready for better. I used my camera to take the photo above (also used in the new Summer 2013 banner) and it took me a few tries to remember where the buttons were. Yikes! 2. Train for the Peachtree Road Race. It’s a 4th of July tradition in Atlanta and I’m excited…

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    five (favorite) things.

    …today marks 67 days that I’ve taken and posted a daily photo prompted by fatmumslim. today’s prompt is favo(u)rite. I guess it’s been a great Friday because I had a hard time deciding what to even highlight. and that’s when I decided I should probably just blog about five favorite things. a few photos later…I logged in to blogger and saw that my last five things post was also inspired by one of Chantelle’s prompts (which led me down a bit of a rabbit hole to see if all the Friday prompts were “five things” types of prompts…and then I remembered the one about what’s in my fridge. nope. it’s…

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    five things.

    from instagram – 22. making me smile (colorful ruffles on my ella coat and holly #alwaysholly) …inspired by today’s fmsphotoaday prompt, five things that are making me smile. my response to the prompt (above) was really spur-of-the-moment (and likely much influenced by the gray 40 degree drizzle that has been most of our weather of late) but it got me thinking about the bigger picture. and yes, there are many things making me smile. here are my five favorites right now. Katie’s “bach” girls 1. much of my recent absence here is because I spent the long holiday weekend in the North Carolina mountains, tagging along (with a few of my…

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    five things.

    …fun things I found/learned on twitter this week. copyright Blue Sky 1. blue sky alpaca’s latest patterns, inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald. He’s been one of my favorite authors since high school and those little patterns from blue sky are A-Dorable. Rose Beck’s Zelda Wrap (shown left) is the perfect embodiment of that Jazz Age soul…and it’s kind of “epic“. [I’ve already checked in with Theresa and we’ll be getting the patterns and – hopefully – the new Metalico colors in at the shop soon.] 2. only four spots left in Ysolda’s on-line Your Perfect Sweater class….and I grabbed one of them! 3. the Lizzie Bennet diaries. seriously fun! 4. the…

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    five things.

    Mix No. 9, about 10% done 1. Apparently I’m developing a thing for epic projects. I finished the Annie Scarf and used up 966 yards of yarn. then immediately cast on Mix No. 9 (another thousand yard scarf/cowl; that’s it to the left). I’m planning to knit another Panoramic Stole, but in laceweight; I have two skeins of Findlay Dappled which is about 1,600 yards total. and I’m smitten with Thorn and the Cornerstone Blanket. yes, smitten! 2. Bitten Word posted about Spiced Milk. Last month, I read the Good Things column that included the recipe, and wasn’t excited at all. But now? I want to make it…and eat it with oatmeal.…