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    Three on Thursday | Currently.

    from today’s walk It’s nice to be back with Carole and friends! We are slowly getting back into the post-holiday swing of things: 1. The Christmas decorations are put away. The two remaining poinsettias (the big ones in the dining room), baskets of glittered pinecones, Frasier Fir candle and mercury glass trees on the mantel are now “winter” decor. 2. Lauren and I braved the park – just for a lap – this afternoon. I know the “feels like 15 degrees” is warm for many of y’all … but it’s not for us! First time ever – the pond has ice cubes! 3. We finished all the leftovers last night.…

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    Three on Thursday | Randomly.

    Random Thursday seems to be the theme this week. Here’s my contribution: waiting for the movie to start 1. We saw White Christmas on the big screen last night. (my mom was with us, too, but she left the theatre for the few minutes it took to get that three-of-us smiling selfie and she was fine not being included!) I’m sure I’ve seen this movie at least 50 times. I still love it. 2. I finished The Redemption of Scrooge this morning. At times I was really irritated that the author kept bringing up so many seemingly unrelated ideas in each chapter; it was hard to follow. But in the…

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    Like a Bee.

    from Saturday morning’s run Happy to report that I haven’t filtered all my recent photos to black & white. This lucky shot is straight off my phone, although it did take a few tries to capture that bee just still enough to not be a blur. Over the course of those few photos, the bee went in and back out of a half dozen of those purple flowers. My mind’s a whirlwind today rethinking a few plans to make room for a new priority…that I can’t share here until it’s a bit more…formed. I don’t like “busy”, but like that bee, I do like to plunge into something sweet and…

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    Shaking Things Up.

    I’ve been thinking a good bit lately about routines. Familiar paths that were once comfortable are now seeming worn and restrictive. I remember seeing the wagon wheels ruts in the Oregon Trail; they were as deep as I was tall! I couldn’t imagine how the wheels could even turn…let alone drive the wagons forward. Fitting metaphor. Or maybe it’s just a good dose of Spring Fever! it’s not really warm enough for bare feet, but I couldn’t resist! I got a pedicure today. and so much for shaking things up – this is OPI’s Dutch Tulips, a warm weather color I’ve been wearing for years.  There are some routines I’m…

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    Newsletter Thursday.

    …yep, the shop’s newsletter goes out today and I have a lot of work still to do. Typically that means I don’t share anything here. But I’m going to change that starting today. Here are two fun photos (and not many words).First, Charlie sporting his new Playtime cardigan (on Ravelry). This is the first pattern from tincanknits new collection. I knit the 6-12 month size and yay! it fits…with a little room to grow. And then Holly, exhausted after playing keep away (from Charlie) all day Tuesday and another couple of hours yesterday evening. We had Wednesday night wine and knitting at Katie’s. I think Holly was most grateful for…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Guilty Pleasures.

    NOT a guilty pleasure…just a pleasure. one of many out-takes from today – and a fun way to kick off the post! …nothing like a little bit of secret sharing to brighten up our days, right! This week, Carole’s asked us to share guilty pleasures – here’s my top 10 list: 1. popcorn and wine. for dinner. 2. buying yarn when I already have yarn. 3. Bailey’s in my coffee. 4. an afternoon nap. 5. HGTV. 6. Debbie Macomber. 7. Martha Stewart and Ina Garten. (magazine, cookbooks, cooking shows and some of the best tasting recipes. ever. not sure I really do feel guilty about that) 8. Downton Abbey. I…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Shoes.

    …This week Carole’s asked us to share about shoes, well technically “types of footwear”, but for me, that still means shoes! I’m curious to see what other “types” y’all share. These are the ten eleven I’ve worn this season. 1. Fun sneakers. I have these and a plain back pair. They’re the newest addition to my shoe wardrobe, purchased solely for their “fun with Charlie” factor. Note that, so far, I haven’t worn them out with him because I haven’t actually taken him out. Hopefully come spring, we’ll be walking outdoors, and these sneakers will get their chance. 2. Fleece-lined slippers from Costco. In brown this year. (I think last year’s…

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    A Super-quick Drive By.

    …I “found” this photo when I opened my photostream; I must’ve taken it Sunday evening when Holly and I managed a quick walk in between “severe thunderstorms”. A definite happy accident because I certainly don’t remember spinning around like that! Katie and I walked this morning, starting from my house instead of the park, which afforded us this lovely view of the lake just about 7:30. Tomorrow we’ll be back at the park and I can only hope we see something watercolor-worthy. (or the baby comes… actually, I think I probably hope the baby comes!) …because I am now only six rows from finishing his blanket (plus a few ends…

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    Twitter? Pinterest? (why?)

    … I’ve been thinking about a “so really, what is twitter? (and why should I care about it)” post all week because yes, for real, item #12 on this week’s to do list is “check in on Twitter.” (and yes, I have underlined and capitalized it on said list). I could have (and maybe should have) also listed Pinterest. I have accounts on both – as does the shop (and I get paid to check in on those two accounts!) but I just can’t seem to get into any sort of … habit with either. I think I’m missing the boat. Or maybe it’s a boat I just don’t need…