• Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Friday Already?

    Hello friends and happy Friday – oh boy, this week has made me extra happy that there are FIVE Fridays in October! and thanks to my daily photos I do have some idea what happened in this week that feels like a minute and a month (I’m sure you know what I mean 😉 ) I haven’t walked to the lake since Saturday.  I’m wondering if these trees are now showing signs of fall … I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s walk to see. I had a good hair day on Monday 🙂 and a final try-on for Donner. It’s now done and blocked. I plan to wear it this weekend.…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Five on Friday | Distractions.

    First up, thank y’all for your kind comments about my new views. I am really enjoying the study – the new layout seems to make room bigger (which also seems to give all my creative “stuff” more room to spread out) and I think I’m pretty committed to looking up at a blank wall – and the new bench. I also cast on The Classic yesterday and am almost halfway through 4″ of twisted rib on size 5 16″ needles. I knew this beginning wasn’t going to be the fun part of the project, still … I’m gonna power through it this weekend, though, and hope to have something resembling (at…

  • Just Life

    Five on Friday | Silver Linings.

    Way back before TGIF became my Friday thing, I used to share a list of five things … and wow, the last one I posted was in March, 2020 (whoa, time machine!). That last time, I wasn’t feeling very TGIF-like … and today I was thinking about silver linings and wanting to change things up a bit. Thanks to a tennis ball hit hard on my left knee during Tuesday’s practice, I’ve spent much of the last three days with my knee resting, iced, compressed, and elevated. It seems to be improving (for sure the swelling is down), so I’m hopeful I’ll be back to my usual active self next…

  • Just Life

    Five on Friday | Getting Through the Days.

    Well, my friends, it’s Friday again. We made it to another weekend. Marc and I are both retired and we live by ourselves. There is no golf. So except for looking forward to another YouTube church service on Sunday, it seems like this weekend is going to look a lot like all the other days this week. It feels real and surreal at the same time. We are all having to hold so much. I knew I wanted to share a post today and I wasn’t feeling very TGIF-ish. I’m still not, but … I listened to Brené Brown’s latest podcast this afternoon and if I did the link thing…

  • Just Life

    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…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Soldotna.

    Remember when I finished a lot of things last month and told y’all it’s because I only count FO’s in the month they’re done. This month I have only one. Thankfully, it’s a good one … Soldotna!I’ve worn this a few times (can you see those wrinkles?!) since I finished it on the 19th. Black jeans, blue jeans, white top, chambray top, short boots, tall boots … ALL GOOD! Y’all I love this sweater! The yarn is Ístex Plütulopi and it might be my new favorite yarn for stranded colorwork – it’s unspun Icelandic wool and sometimes it seemed to simply fall apart when I looked at it the wrong…

  • Just Life

    Five on Friday.

    In honor of Friday and Tsh Oxenreider’s latest The Good List episode (about the joy of a super short story), today I have five photos from this past week and a super short story to share with each. I do not have the gift of writing fiction, so these stories are – at least as best I recall! – true. Sunday was perhaps the prettiest day we’ve seen all year, with abundant blue skies and temperatures in the sixties. It felt weirdly wonderful to put on a sleeveless top and a cotton sweater for church. Wednesday’s opera was Wozzek. I’m honestly not sure I enjoyed it. The performances were amazing…

  • Just Life

    Five Good Things.

    Hello friends. and Hello Friday … evening! Whew, what a week. Marc has the President’s Cup* on behind me – LIVE golf on a Friday evening! – because it’s being played in Australia where it’s already tomorrow (and summer!) and it’s such a soothing background. I wasn’t feeling nearly so calm earlier today because my kitchen looked like this in order to create these plus cranberry oatmeal cookies (still in the oven) and lebkuchen dough for our annual cookie exchange gathering tomorrow. While I’ve been baking this afternoon, I’ve been trying to think about good things. and I thought y’all might need a little “good things” therapy, too. My kitchen…

  • 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…