• Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    Birthdays come fast and furious around here this time of year. This past Saturday was my birthday … and we celebrated all weekend long! Thursday evening’s Thanksgiving Service was a wonderful beginning. Friday. the camellias were in full bloom – and the sun came out! But the best news came at the vet’s office. Holly was diagnosed with pneumonia the weekend before. Friday afternoon was her third set of X-rays and the first to show solid improvement and a good prognosis. It was really the best birthday present I could’ve asked for, but the gifts kept coming! Friday evening sunset. Birthday sunrise over the lake (I took this photo from…

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    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    Of course this was actually more like “all the moments” today 🙂 Holly is the most excellent snuggle-in-the-chair companion on a wet, chilly day. Weight of Ink has also been a worthy companion. as has Jaycee. I’m nearly into the triple digits of sleeve rounds (on sleeve #1)! My Aunt Betty is flying in tomorrow morning and Sunday, her daughter Beth arrives for a quick one-nighter before she and Betty drive to Alabama for Thanksgiving. As you might imagine, we have a full calendar of events planned. I might not see y’all back here until next week. But I promise a post full of photos … and at least a few smiles! …while I…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are best spent indoors. The rain started overnight and continues … but now our house is clean, three loads of laundry are done (the two that Marc did are also folded and put away) and I’m well into the first sleeve on Jaycee. I’m sure Holly wishes she could’ve stayed indoors all day, too. but sadly … this was us three times today.She’s now dry and resting comfortably in my lap. I know we’re both planning to stay inside until tomorrow! Hope your week is off to a good start!

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whoa. Wednesday again. already. my knitting and reading don’t look that much different from last week. but I’m still joining in with Kat and crew … because Wednesday! There is noticeable progress on my mystery shawl. I promised my Monday girls I’d have a finished shawl to share on Monday and after trading emails with a couple of you about my (lack of) progress, I decided to get serious today. It helps that I’m trying to rest my foot a LOT this week. and that I’m listening to another Vera (yep, I’m on #6 now). perfect company until I got to the bind-off… …and needed all my concentration to count and…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are stay-at-home days because Sunday afternoons are just way too much fun! YAY! but whoa. Marmie & Poppa (& Holly) are out of practice for the pace of an almost-four and almost-two year old. I’d hoped to get to knitting this afternoon, but my foot started bothering me last night and I opted to lay low and rest instead. That’s the front of the test knit I’m doing for Lori Versaci. Cruising along in straight stockinette (for 15″) while listening to Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope #4). Not a bad way to rest up! and probably more to Holly’s liking, I’m sure 😉 Hope your week is off to a good start…

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    Weekending in a Boot.

    Hopefully we’re one down and one to go; but staying (mostly) inside and off my feet still made for a pretty sweet weekend. Marc got us off to a great start Friday night with snacks and the first two episodes of Yellowstone. One of his golfing buddies had talked about the show and said it was like Longmire, except with Kevin Costner. I’ll say it’s more like Dallas, except with Kevin Costner, a little more violence and awesome Montana scenery. Highly recommend! Saturday morning I finished up my second Esme Top/Owyn Shorts ensemble.  I used the linen leftover from last spring’s aborted Daily Stitching exercise (meaning this was a “free”…

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    A Sunday Afternoon Outing.

    Sunday afternoon, I met up with Deena and Karen for some knitting (and coffee, and chitchat, of course). At the time, I had no idea that would be my last on-my-own outing for a few weeks. I’m glad it was that and not something humdrum like a trip to Costco or the post office. I’m also glad I stopped at JoAnn’s on the way and bought fabric for two more tops and a pair of pants (yes, pants!).  The gray linen is for the pants; the light fabric with the x’s is for the Willow Tank; and the dark will be another Kiomi Top. I’m planning to tweak the top…

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    Early May Weekending.

    This weekend wasn’t nearly as photogenic as the last one (or hopefully as this next one promises to be !) but it seemed a lot more typical of weekends around here. A Friday afternoon pedicure. (which isn’t all that typical – I make appointments for every five weeks in the winter and four in the summer … but I certainly wouldn’t mind if this were a regular Friday thing!) Friday night snacks (back to the typical). Morning walks to the lake. I took Holly with me on Saturday and went by myself on Sunday. The round trip is three miles and I have to carry Holly for at least 2/3…

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    A Tuesday Haiku.

    another day home quiet, but not alone with Holly by my side Thank you for all your get better wishes (more than once!)  I have high hopes to leave the house tomorrow for a dinner out with Katie and Sara and I’m even hoping I can wear makeup! It doesn’t hurt to dream big 😉.

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    Weekending.

    Turns out finishing that test knit involved a little lot more time than I thought it would. But my work on it is now done … and hopefully some concentrated fan action will yield a real FO by morning. The knitting kept me away from the computer for most of the weekend (and yikes, I feel like I’ve been gone for weeks, not just days – can’t wait to read your blogs and find out what’s been happening!) and this morning I felt like it had kept me away from more than just that … until I looked at my photo stream. Oh yeah, there was more than just test knitting! I…