• Food & Drink

    Cheers | Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic.

    My friend Lauren has a prolific herb garden this summer. When we walked on Monday she offered me cuttings and I started thinking about herbal summer cocktails. I have a bunch of limes (yay Costco!) and thought they might mix well with  mint. This mule variation looks really tasty (I’d probably omit the simple syrup). But the recipe I decided to try was this one. Y’all know I have a thing for St. Germain and I picked up elderflower tonic the last time I was at Total Wine. Lauren provided the mint and I was ready to go! Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic (inspired by Sarah Sharratt ) 4-5 fresh mint…

  • Travel

    A Quick Hello.

    Hello from New York! I’m writing this from Sara’s living room, looking out on another beautiful blue-sky day in New York City. Truly, the weather has cooperated nicely for being out and about. Yesterday, Diane came up for the day. We met at Penn Station, walked to Greenwich Village for lunch (at Cafe Clover – highly recommend!) and then to Purl Soho. We both found what we wanted. Diane stuck to her plan (she bought yarn for Terrace Wrap, Sayer and those adorable pom-pom socks). I bought a little bit more than I’d planned. Yes, there is going to be more sewing in my future! I never thought I’d visit…

  • Just Life


    seen in our front yard on Tuesday morning I’ve been a long-time fan of #blueskyblooms … I think I’m going to start #rainwashedblooms (which apparently is not a thing already … how can that be given the “spring” we’ve had?!) But this post is really about Friday – which came super fast this week! Thinking about … June, and what I’d like to say “yes!” to this month. Grateful for … generous friends who have offered me help, support and suggestions about so many different things this past week – working around Blogger’s comment notification fail, thinking bigger about my blog, balancing our women’s ministry financial reports, making copies, punching…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Edie.

    Happy Friday, y’all! It feels like it’s been the longest week, and I still have things left to-do on my list, but one thing I do get to cross off is five days of blog posts … and finished Edie photos! I’m really pleased with the length now (and so happy I spent the eight-ish hours to fix it). Ravelry details here  Isabell Kraemer is one of my favorite designers – great shapes, fun details and well-written patterns – and Edie delivers all of these. Isabell wrote the pattern to use a 100% linen yarn (the lovely Quince & Co. Sparrow). She says she added the slip-stitch stripe detail – barely…

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday.

    An unexpected thunderstorm blew through our neighborhood yesterday evening. It left behind a most-welcome sign of hope, rain-washed blooms and bright blue skies. Happy Friday, y’all! and to you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Comfort Fade Cardi.

    When I cast on (way back on March 4), I thought this might be just the project to convince Spring to come … and stay. Turns out she wasn’t that easily tempted. I bound off the stitches while we were in North Carolina and finished it up late last week. I’ve already had two chances to wear it – and thankfully, Sara was around for one of them take photos. Raveled here  I’m a newbie to the whole “fade” thing, and it was only when Tanis (from my favorite indie dyer TanisFiberArts) released kits that I succumbed. The pattern itself is a very (very) basic topdown seamless raglan – easy…

  • Just Life


    borrowing this Friday post idea from Kym, with thanks! more of the lovely landscape outside our North Carolina cottage Thinking About … solitude. I’ve been reading Holy Solitude this Lenten season. As an introvert, I’ve always felt comfortable being alone (I need time by myself to recharge). Haverkamp is introducing me to a whole new-to-me cast of folks through the ages who practiced solitude with purpose. “Being alone sounds sad, aimless, or lonely, to hear ads or memes describe it. Solitude, however, is chosen and purposeful.” (from the Introduction) I’m looking forward to incorporating some of her ideas into my morning solitude time … after Easter. Grateful For … a slow…

  • Just Life

    Happy Weekend!

    It’s not often that I get to 5 o’clock on Friday and have all the items on my list checked off. Today, those items included getting our taxes ready for the accountant, a trip to Costco and dropping off last week’s consignment pieces. Opening up the first pinot grigio of the season (because it was supposed to be 73 degrees and full-on sunny today … weather folks lie!) and a new book, along with my first knitting of the day seems like the perfect way to celebrate. Happy Weekend – hope y’all have a good one!

  • Travel

    Fridaying Alone.

    Thank y’all so much for your kind words and encouragement on yesterday’s post (and yikes all the email on the iPad! I’m a qwerrty girl but I can’t manage more than pointer fingers on the iPad “keyboard” … first world problems 😉) – here’s hoping it’s a short learning curve! So, day two of the Madison Project (as I’ve now named this crazy iPad thing). I knew I’d have the day to myself. Sara is working today but she’s off on Monday. When we were at dinner last night I was telling her how excited I was about a “day off”; she didn’t get it. Yes, I’m retired, but I…

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday | Blue Sky Blooms.

    A few #makelight collages came across my Instagram feed yesterday and of course I couldn’t resist seeing what it was all about and making my own collage for 2016. Look at all that blue! I did knit two blue sweaters for myself and one blue baby blanket for Sam, but I’m pretty sure most of the blue is thanks to #blueskyblooms. and a few winter visits to Florida. I can’t remember when I started using this tag, but it was certainly before last year. I shared a few Eye Candy shots with y’all back in February and figured I’d keep up the tradition. Wishing you all the warm sunshine and…