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    TGIF | Hello October.

    Hello friends and Hello October! This month has always been a favorite … sweater weather (and not just short sleeved cotton sweaters, we’re talking sleeves, wool, and jeans!), clear blue skies, sleeping with the windows open, college football, birthdays! (four of the best guys in my life – my dad, Marc, Rob, and Sam all celebrate this month), crisp apples, snuggling with an afghan and a good book, starting to think about the holidays, bourbon cocktails, … I could go on and on. and this year all of those things are still here. and yet. yeah. I know you get it, too. And still. it’s October in what feels like…

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    TGIF | Hello September.

    In the Before Time, I welcomed each month with a T-G-I-F post. I remember thinking hard about the things I’d highlight and the words I could use to represent them. I got pretty creative (thanks to googling things like “positive words that start with I”). The “original” concept (loosely termed because I’m sure no one can actually claim it) was Thinking About – Grateful for – Inspired by – and Fun. and for my first pandemic Hello post, I’m going with the original: Thinking about TENNIS. Honestly, I’m even more surprised than y’all. My tennis career began in the late 1990’s (both of my girls were playing in junior leagues…

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    Hello July.

    I’ve been counting our SAH days in my journal and today is Day 113. whoa. As a point of reference, I noted these “new prayers” in my prayer journal nearly 120 days ago  “COVID-19. early March. starting to get serious. 19 dead in US” … and right below “March 12 … shut downs/cancellations becoming widespread. feels like the country shifted dramatically in a 12-hour period…” And in the intervening days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen so many more shifts. For much of this time, I’ve felt like I was just reacting … to the (never good) news, the ever-evolving expert advice, and then the social changes … and I was…

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    Hello June.

    I finally had time on Friday morning to get my thoughts together around this new month, well somewhat at least. Along with many of you, on Monday, I muted myself on-line with the intention of listening, and (maybe) sharing. Then as the week progressed, I realized I didn’t have anything to share. I kept listening (I still am). I talked with family and close friends. I cleaned my study. I took walks with Marc. I spent time with the boys (and their mama). and I spent time alone (with God). I recommitted to the lifelong work to ally for Black people. The pause was both necessary and good, and I’m grateful…

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    Hello May.

    Hello May. It’s hard to believe we have a full-month of SAH behind us. and (at least) another month ahead. At least now we know we can do it. I’ll share more on the looking back next week. For now, I’m looking forward. just for 31 days! This morning, I sketched out another month of Things. Me Made May started today and I am All In to wear at least one me-made each day. Last May was a big sewing month and I want this May to be an even bigger one. more to come. The Big Project I have this month is my closet. After a few months of…

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    Hello April.

    Hello April, I did take my usual dark early photo on Wednesday, the one with the new calendar photo, my coffee, my journal and an otherwise a clean desk. And while I am still taking that time each day, April is really looking a lot more like this. This is me “sheltering at home”. My town officially started SAH Wednesday evening and our state officially began today. Marc and I have mentally prepared ourselves for another nine weeks (this is the end of week three for us … so we are thinking 1/4 done … maybe?) Nonetheless. Hello April. I do have plans. or rather “things”.I’m holding everything loosely right now.…

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    TGIF | Hello March.

    New month. new calendar page. otherwise same view. still dark-early. My morning time starts around 5am which is dark-early here all year. It ends, though, sometime around 7am and this is the time of year that I really start to notice the light (my study window faces west … even without rain, there’s no direct light until later). I must say, there’s a certain energy that comes with daylight and I’m welcoming that as I wrap up these mornings! I journaled a quick TGIF list as I wrapped up this morning’s time … Hello March! Thinking about … my closet. One of my projects for this year is to re-work…

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    Dear February.

    Dear February, I realized this past week just how much I’ve been looking forward to you (not at all a new thing, except I apparently forget every.single.year. shame on me). Of course I wish you’d been just a little more consistent in what season you were bringing. Last weekend it was spring (or yikes, summer? yep, Marc wore shorts to golf!) and today it was freezing (literally. I had sleet on my windshield this morning). I must admit to a slight preference for winter leaning into spring. My post-holiday knit-for-myself thing has resulted in two new sweaters that are for sure for winter and I’d love the chance to wear…

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    TGIF | Hello January.

    I am easing gently into this new year … slowly wrapping my head around the “twenties” being something right now instead of the “roaring twenties” of my grandparents’ generation and thankful the calendar isn’t quite ramped up to full speed – that happens next week and I think I’ll be ready! Thinking about … reading better in 2020. I spent a few fun hours Wednesday morning going over the book lists my various groups have planned for this year and deciding how I’d read – paper, kindle, audio – and how I’d acquire – own, buy, borrow. I placed a few orders for books, tagged “immediately available” on Overdrive for…

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    TGIF | Hello December.

    Hello friends and welcome to this year’s final edition of TGIF | Hello. I really love the challenge of framing a monthly look ahead with only four words that start with T, G, I, and F. And I almost always end up searching words that start with one of those letters! This month was no exception. See if you can spot the letter that challenged me: Twinkle Lights. also candle light. and the soft glow of the lamps that light my desk and my knitting chair. Gatherings. of friends. family. faithful women. Yesterday morning, I led my women’s circle lesson and enjoyed a delightful potluck luncheon. In the afternoon, I…