• Just Life

    My Year of Books and Knitting.

    Yes, this is the fourth post in four days from me 🙂 with one last look back at 2020 … today, for books and knitting. First, the books. My 2020 reading totals were about the same as last year. I had a few more books and a few less average pages because I counted three short ones that I read with Charlie (The Dragons of Blueland trilogy) and Sally Rooney’s Mr. Salary (a brief 33 pages). The quality of what I read, based on my star ratings, was way up, though. I was a lot better about choosing books I’d love and quickly abandoning those that weren’t quite right for…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | the Last One Before Christmas.

    The sun is shining. Alexa is playing some of my favorite holiday music. I’m sitting at my desk, wearing real clothes (jeans and a sweater!) – and make-up! – and slippers 😉 Holly is nearby. There’s some experimenting with cocktails in my near future. and I am completely amazed that it will be Christmas a week from today. Thinking about … a new cocktail to celebrate the season. I baked my favorite Orange Spice cookies* yesterday and had the inspired idea to make a simple syrup with the leftover orange sugar. I guesstimated that I had somewhere between 1/4-1/3 cup of the sugar mixture. I put it into a small…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Hello December.

    Hello friends and welcome to December. I love sharing a look ahead in the first TGIF post of a new month and I had this one planned out in my head all day. then things went a little sideways and I didn’t get to it.  I’m guessing many of y’all wouldn’t have read it until today anyway, so let’s just pretend it’s Friday. Thinking about … how to celebrate the season given COVID and this massive painting project. The advent wreath is the only decoration in the house – so far?! Marc did hang our two outside wreaths on Monday so it looks a little holiday-ish from the street. We…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Late November.

    I first titled this post “TGIF | Almost December” and then changed my mind. I love November and as weird and unsettling (and downright anxiety producing … before it seemed to turn a corner. vaccines! certified election results!) as it’s been this year, I really don’t want to skip by these last few days. After all, next week I can say “Hello December”. So … here’s to one last Friday in November. With colorful leaves still on the trees, a smidge of green still showing in the grass, and temperatures in the “do we need to turn the heat on?” range 🙂 Thinking about … my One Little Word. and…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Catching Up.

    Hello friends. Is anyone else in denial that it could possibly be Thanksgiving this week?! You’d think after THIRTY SEVEN years of having a birthday, an anniversary, AND Thanksgiving typically all falling in an 8-10 day window, I’d be better at it. Throw in a three-set tennis match, getting ready to have our house painted, and … well … you have last week. I am totally going to be color coding these pages (thanks Katie!) next year so I can see at a glance how my time aligns with my priorities. Sadly, we lost that three-set match (which I didn’t even know I’d be playing until Thursday morning) – thankfully…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Another Week.

    Hello friends and welcome to another almost-weekend! It’s a gorgeous fall day here and Marc is playing golf. I’m listening to an autumn playlist and planning a fall classic* and some easy knitting once I finish this post. Let’s get to it! My running has taken a back seat to tennis these past few weeks. I’ve missed it, but things got shuffled around this week and I realized on Wednesday that I could fit in a run on Thursday. and when Carole shared her gorgeous photos, I realized what I really needed was a run in the park. I hadn’t been to the park since Labor Day. when my dear friend…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Stories.

    I sit here at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon and marvel that another weekend is upon us. I wonder if I’ll ever adjust to quaranTIME? I did manage to work my way through most of my to-do list this week (for the first time in a while … and my list even included some ugh things like getting my car’s emissions tested so I could renew the registration). and still, Georgia is in the news … thankfully not for a spike in COVID cases (which I’m honestly not sure I really believe … my life doesn’t look any different), but rather L-O-N-G voting lines. Two of my friends voted in…

  • Just Life

    Mid-October Weekending.

    Thanks to Hurricane Delta, our weekend was wet (thankfully just on the outside) and weirdly warm. We enjoyed our usual Friday night dinner (candles, wine, places set at the table, and a meal that requires a knife and fork) a little earlier than usual because Georgia Tech was on at 7pm. The game didn’t start out well and I bailed early for a book in bed. Imagine my surprise when I checked the score on Saturday morning and found out we’d won! I am not a fan of Friday night football games because they can spoil the weekend … well, unless your team wins 🙂 and that isn’t always a…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Queued.

    Hello my name is Mary and I have a serious problem with squirrels (like this). Case in point. I spent an HOUR in my journal this morning thinking about the knitting and reading I wanted to finish in the remaining 83 (!!!) days of 2020. I made two lists, one for knitting and one for reading. I wrote a few weeks back about holding my internal lists loosely-ish (the “ish” is key) as a form of self-care, and I thought this morning that sharing those are would be a way to add in some helpful accountability. Ten hours later the book list is still intact. Along the way, I also…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Another Week.

    It’s been Another Week, hasn’t it? and I’m not gonna talk about all the things I’m sure y’all are tired of reading about, hearing about, talking about, and maybe even thinking about. except to say that I’m really glad Marc is retired because he now he has a full-time job talking me off the ledge. I will say – he’s good at it. On our walk this morning, he talked about this blog post (later he forwarded me the text). It’s good. and of course I was in tears by the time I reached the end: “I have the capacity to be patient and forgiving. I can be slow to…