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    Looking Back | January and February.

    Here we are, barely 64 days into this new year … and January 1 already seems like ages ago. I’m switching things up a bit this year with my daily photos, using Flickr and a mosaic maker instead of apps on my phone and iPad. It’s a little easier and it makes me feel better about paying $5.99 a month for Flickr*. Here’s January (link to the album) and February (link to the album) amaryllis, daffodils and cherry blossoms … lots of knitting … a little bit of Holly … a few people (me included!) … and even a little sunshine. I’ve started two new habits this year – eating…

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    Looking Back | December 2018.

    Is it just me, or does December seem like it was a year ago?!twinkle lights :: twinkle lights :: twinkle lights 😉 little boys :: three of us ♥ :: family (who are friends) :: holiday decorations :: knitting :: reading … and the start of this year’s amaryllis watch. Sometimes I look back at these mosaics and think “oh, it wasn’t really as wet/cold/rainy/ as I remember”. This month, I thought “whoa, it really was wet, cold and rainy!”. Only two (yes, TWO) of those photos were taken outside – those gorgeous camellia blooms on the 22nd and the very foggy lakeview on the 31st. Much of the knitting…

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    Looking Back | November.

    November was a weird month for me. What I recall is ten days at home with a very sick dog, a brief respite and then another week at home with a nasty cold. I am beyond grateful that these 30 photos tell a better story. camellias :: beautiful fall colors :: sunshine :: a milestone for my brother (he’s retiring from the Atlanta Police Department after 30 years … and a most accomplished career!)  :: a milestone for me and Marc (our 35th anniversary) :: seasons changing :: LOTS of knitting :: two adorable Thanksgiving chefs  :: twinkle lights :: a new ‘do …and one last FO (socks for my…

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    Looking Back | October.

    These Looking Back posts are some of my favorites to write (and later to read). The hardest part is compiling the mosaic – I’ve been taking daily photos for years now, but I don’t pull them together until the end of the month – and that pulling together process can take a while. not because it’s hard or time-consuming, but because I enjoy revisiting the whole month. Once I have my Daily Photos compiled, I go back and delete … and this month, I still have 182. About a third of those are from the last leg of our Danube adventure and I think I might be close to being…

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    Looking Back | September.

    Whoa, September was a full month! (which makes me feel a little better about not having it all pulled together to share until well into October) The month began at the lake, still full-on summer, moved home for a whirlwind of knitting, sewing and birthday and ended in Austria. wow. I also mashed my favorite sixty seconds of video from the month. What a happy accident that the Sound of Music sing-along happened on the last day of the month … no way I could’ve planned “My Favorite Things” any better! …and now it feels right to embrace October. Bring on Fall! Happy Tuesday!

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    Looking Back | August.

    Apparently, August 2018 will go down in my history as the month of feet – they show up a whoppin’ eight times! and along with a good amount of knitting, sewing and reading, a few cocktails, multiple visits with the little boys and two milestone birthday celebrations, I also have a multitude of happy memories. I realized there are also a couple of finished projects that never made their way here (it always amazes me how I can blog nearly every weekday and forget to share some things 🙂 ). Here you go! First, this year’s Through the Loops Mystery Shawl (now officially named Vine Pops):This was a group project…

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    Looking Back | July.

    Especially coming after a month like June – an outing with Katie and the boys, numerous meet-ups with friends and a week in NYC – July couldn’t be more different! Looking back, I’m surprised I found as many different things to photograph as I did. (the only duplicate, completely accidental of course, is the planter on our front porch, which shows up July 4, July 21 and July 31. oh well.) Still, it was a good month! full of bright blooms, great books, lots of sewing, a little knitting … and a plenty of time to just be. I’m also reminded that I need to finish the current season of…

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    Looking Back | June.

    I was certainly out and about (and away) more than usual, but there are still morning walks, Friday night snacks, cocktails and coffee and a lot of knitting. But most of all, I love the upper right (June 2) and middle (June 13) photos … any month where I get to spend time with those four people is a great one! Happy Tuesday!

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    Looking Back | April.

    Today, I have one last look at April … through the lens of my daily photos. That bright green knitting really dominates the show, doesn’t it?! I’m very happy to have it finished and realize I never showed y’all how it turned out. Marc definitely brings out the goofy in me! But for me, the star was the family and friend time (including my best furry friend – who got groomed on the 10th), along with plenty of good food and some gorgeous spring blooms. April certainly lived up to my high expectations.  Now May has a hard act to follow; I hope it’s up to the challenge!

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    Looking Back | March.

    March sure looks better through the lens of my daily photos than what I remember! Full on Spring, for sure, including some fun with the portrait feature on my iPhone camera in our neighborhood, March 29 outside our North Carolina cottage, March 20 and the last, faded bloom on the amaryllis. March 16 There was also a lot of knitting, two great TV shows (Longmire and the new Queer Eye), a few more self portraits (thanks to Michelle’s challenge at the beginning of the month) and a few other faces, including one very shaggy one on March 30. I know y’all are ready to see Spring, too – hopefully she’ll…