• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    TGIF.

    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…

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    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!