• Travel

    Hell Yeah Homeland.

    Sara is a huge Homeland fan. I’ve known that for years; she’s the real reason I watch the show and feel connected to the story. But what I didn’t learn until last fall was that she created a whole website  and community around the show. It’s called Hell Yeah Homeland.  Part of my “preparation” for Sunday night’s episode was reading through posts about the season and then listening to a few of the podcasts. I’m consistently impressed by the quality of the writing. Sara and six others host the site. The “six others” was a fairly recent addition and much needed – it is a ton of work! and the…

  • Knitting,  Travel

    Socks!

    Whoa, time flies and all that. but hey, I finished a pair of apartment socks for Sara! even without kntting for most of yesterday. or even thinking about writing a blog post. because Homeland. (more to come. soon. promise!)

  • Travel

    Fridaying Alone.

    Thank y’all so much for your kind words and encouragement on yesterday’s post (and yikes all the email on the iPad! I’m a qwerrty girl but I can’t manage more than pointer fingers on the iPad “keyboard” … first world problems 😉) – here’s hoping it’s a short learning curve! So, day two of the Madison Project (as I’ve now named this crazy iPad thing). I knew I’d have the day to myself. Sara is working today but she’s off on Monday. When we were at dinner last night I was telling her how excited I was about a “day off”; she didn’t get it. Yes, I’m retired, but I…

  • Travel

    Think Write Thursday | If You're Reading This.

    …I have successfully completed the first step on a project I’ve been putting off for months: posting on my blog from my iPad.  Three things happened early this week that finally made me move on it: 1. I got a new-to-me iPad (because Marc upgraded to the iPad Pro); 2. I realized this weekend’s trip to Madison was the perfect trial run (my biggest reason for wanting to post from the iPad is Alaska … I really want to blog while I’m on that trip and I really don’t want to take my laptop); and 3. Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is procrastination. (please forgive the lack of links…taking baby…

  • Travel

    A Morning Walk in Madison.

    Last Monday, I had a little over an hour left in Fahrenheit 451; there’s nothing like a little dystopia in your ears to add atmosphere to a quiet, cloudy morning. Henry Vilas Park is about a mile and a half from Sara’s (this time, I checked the map before I set out  🙂 This was my first time visiting there and I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t disappointed. The scenery is beautiful. (no filter required) I made it back to Sara’s with a little more time left in the book (at this point I was listening to the Coda and Afterward) so I kept going. This view…

  • Food & Drink,  Travel

    Cooking with Sara.

    I’ve written before about how much fun Sara and I have together in the kitchen. This past weekend, we cooked more than yesterday’s post (and my Instagram feed full of blue skies and cocktails 🙂 might’ve suggested. But it wasn’t until Monday that we cooked together. For brunch, we made a spinach mushroom strata and sangria. It was delicious (especially accompanied by a mini-marathon of the last season of Sex and the City episodes). and you’ll have to take my word for it since I forgot to take photos. So I made up for it with dinner. a very non-traditional 4th of July menu, featuring fresh produce and bread from…

  • Food & Drink,  Travel

    Weekending, Madison Style | 2016.

    Ha – why mess with a good thing, right?! Apparently this year’s visit was almost an exact duplicate of last year’s. So maybe I should simply call them our traditions. The day before the long weekend, Sara works. I hang out, enjoy a run, walk to Trader Joe’s for dinner provisions, prepare dinner, then enjoy time on the balcony and by the lake with my knitting and/or a book. It’s fun to have a special cocktail and plate of appetizers ready for Sara when she gets home (upper right). We go to a matinee. This year we saw Finding Dory on Saturday afternoon. The theater has been renovated since last…

  • Travel

    Finding Family History.

    One of many things I love about Sara living in Madison is feeling a sense of family connection. My grandmother on my mom’s side was born and raised here (the family home wasn’t far from where Sara now lives). Her family settled in Madison in the 1800’s. The only family left here is Cousin Lois (the widow of my mom’s cousin Ed) and their son and his wife. But at one time, there were several generations and lots of cousins living here. And of course, there are some buried here, too. Last week, my mom suggested I visit the family plot in the local cemetery; she said it wasn’t far…

  • Knitting,  Travel

    FO Friday | Eleventh Hour.

    I spent much of last week knitting a new afghan for Sara. This is Purl Soho’s Eleventh Hour, knit with Lion Brand Thick and Quick. held double. on size 36 needles. This wasn’t nearly as quick a project as I thought it would be. maybe because I made it almost twice as big? and I’m glad I did – it’s about 70″ long and 52″ wide. An afghan for snuggling up (especially in Wisconsin) has to be this big!Sara chose the main color when we visited the Lion Brand store in New York back in April. But I chose the pattern, the border color…and the timing to knit it!I even…

  • Travel

    En Route.

    I don’t know how people who don’t knit can stand to travel. This is the text exchange I had with Marc (at 1:35 ET) contemplating an almost two hour wait for my 3:20 flight. Yep, two new projects! I started another summer cardigan while I waited. 267 stitches on size 1 needles is the kind of slow going just made for waiting in airports. Here’s my progress by the time we took off. The guy next to me asked what I was making. A sweater, I replied, I have a ways to go. He smiled and said something about it being warm now so no rush. I didn’t bother to…