• Just Life

    Family Fun Weekending.

    The last weekend of 2018 was full of family fun. We celebrated the end of Sara’s work week (aka “Friday night”) with a puzzle, holiday mules and mussels for dinner. I was up early Saturday morning and enjoyed the most recent Christmas episode of Call the Midwife along with a little ADVENTurer knitting.We had the puzzle about 80% finished by the time we left for Steve & Lydia’s – this year’s hosts for the annual family holiday party. It was great fun having the whole family together (for the first time since my dad’s memorial service back in April, 2016). Sam kind of stole the whole show 🙂 but Charlie gave…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | The Last One of 2018.

    I don’t think it’s just me … this week – and these last few days of 2018 – is flying by. Hopefully the weekend will put me in a better frame of mind to welcome a new year, but now it’s Friday … and time for the last TGIF post of this year. Thinking about my #makenine plans for 2019, with a focus on finishing works-in-progress, learning new skills, and using yarn and fabric I already have. Grateful for time with my girls this week. Wednesday’s lunch was delightful (and we even found a nice person to take our photo), as was Mary Poppins Returns! Inspired by our girl-talk on…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | The Blanket’s Tale (the end).

    As I mentioned early last week, the blanket was finished, washed and packed in plenty of time to travel to New York in my suitcase. It looks perfectly at home on Sara’s sofa. She prefers the backside; I’ll admit it definitely shows the gradient to full advantage, but the knitter in me thinks the right side is pretty cool. I’m glad I’ll get to picture her, sitting right (t)here, snuggled, warm and wrapped in love. The project is on Ravelry, here. I don’t often think this about a project this big, but I’m hoping to knit another one (maybe with a worsted weight yarn so it goes a little faster?…

  • Travel

    Ending on a High Note.

    I had an easy trip home yesterday. Marc and Holly were glad to see me and it felt good to walk in “my park” with Lauren this morning. Today I have errands to run and laundry to do, but first, I wanted to share one last New York post with y’all.  The timing of my trip was centered around one event, that took place Tuesday evening. The Fab Five were wonderful – smart, funny, thoughtful and entertaining (honestly, all the things I’d expect from watching them in two seasons of Queer Eye). It was a great way to end a very fun week in New York. as was this clear…

  • Travel

    New York City Weekending.

    All weekends are good, but one spent in New York, with Sara, three days of beautiful blue skies, long walks in Central Park, a Broadway show, great meals, a few cocktails and a couple bottles of wine … well, see what you think!                     In between all that, Sara and I spent a good bit of time making the new mere-et-filles feel more like home. I love the images she created and the new theme, layout and colors are making me smile … especially now that it’s done! I hope you enjoy this new space, too. Thank you for visiting!

  • Just Life

    Weekending with Sara.

    …sigh…the kitchen counter seems so empty now that it’s just me and one laptop. For most of the weekend, it was dueling MacBooks and today it was that plus Sara’s work computer. Busy fingers tapping across keyboards…. Sara arrived just in time for Friday night snacks. Saturday, she and I had lunch with my mom, and made a quick trip to Costco for mussels and wine before coming home to Queer Eye (this relaunch of the series is excellent – and I love seeing Atlanta in all the external shots) and snuggling with Holly. Marc cooked the mussels for dinner and we had a delicious meal … with basketball (and…

  • Just Life

    Mid-February Weekending.

    … started out with blue skies and temperatures warm enough to have the roof open in the car – this is Friday afternoon on my drive home. Thankfully Saturday and Sunday weren’t as rainy as the forecast predicted (meaning Marc did leave the house for several hours both days to “hit balls” which judging by the state of his clothes, he did) but I still think the best parts of my weekend were spent indoors: Catching up with Sara. I listened to her latest 2+ hour podcast and then had a long FaceTime (about much more than Homeland). Watching the amaryllis. Another flower stalk has started (this is #7!) and…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    I’ve spent most of today right here, drinking tea, snuggling Holly and alternately knitting and listening to The Immortalists (on my phone, which I had to pick up for the photo) with reading pages from To the North (which thanks to some actual daytime reading time has captured my attention … but not enough to totally set aside the knitting and listening!) … there might’ve even been a quick cat nap 🙂 also listening to The Immortalists … on my phone, which I had to pick up to take this photo because yesterday afternoon/evening looked like this! I spent an hour at Katie’s with my two favorite kiddos before picking…

  • Travel

    Hello from New York!

    Well hi there, it’s been a while! leaving Madison, Sept 16 If you follow me on Instagram, you know we arrived safely last Monday and have since made Sara’s apartment into a home. last Monday evening  Friday afternoon We’ve also had time to explore – a play on Thursday, local restaurants, the 9/11 memorial and Central Park. dinner out after the play, Thursday evening 9/11 Memorial, Saturday morning view of the Upper West Side from Central Park, Thursday morning Her neighborhood on the Upper East Side is great – lots to do, family friendly (the mama part of me feels like she’s safe) and easy access to the rest of…

  • Books

    Think Write Thursday | Again for the Very First Time.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is to tell about a book we wish we could read again for the very first time. It took me all of about two seconds to come up with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – the seventh and last installment of the Harry Potter series (and even better if I could do it over the first two days of a girls beach week like I did back in 2007). It’s no secret that those books (and the movies) are all-time favorites. I’m grateful I got to experience the story as it evolved. and it’s crazy to think that we once lived in a world where…