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    Currents | September 2021.

    Well, these last few days flew by. Here’s a brief glimpse of what that looked like though my iPhone camera and here’s the longer story through another Currents update. Celebrating SEVEN!! with Charlie and his family and friends this past weekend. (also Saying Thank You we live close enough to be there in person for a two-hour party). Laughing About how fun it is to have a September birthday at the pool! Our girls had November and January birthdays … we bowled, we skated, we dressed up for Halloween, we never once dreamed of swimming! Embracing this last stretch of warm (hot?!) days … but oh so much looking forward…

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    Looking Back | August.

    “Time is behaving strangely. Sometimes an afternoon goes on for days and then a whole week will disappear altogether and I’ll find it’s Friday again …” ~Mary Lawson, A Town Called Solace Looking back at these photos I have a hard time even remembering that first week of August … my last matching book/manicure (I’m giving my nails some needed R&R and anticipate resuming the polish routine next week), Tosca in HD on the 4th was a real treat! And then … a lot of sticking close to home. Morning walks with a new place to pause by the lake (My Bench), weekly trips to the library, a little knitting…

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    TGIF | Still August.

    I so wanted to title this post “Almost September” and (but?) as much as I’d like to wish this month into the past, it’s not there yet. And (no buts this time) I’m reminded to pause in this moment, still August for four more days, and be present. It helped to put my toes in the warm grass and point my camera at the vinca. Yes, I did succumb to “almost September” for my last pedicure two weeks ago (it’s OPI Malaga Wine and one of my favorite fall colors), but the vinca tell such a great summer story. They are all volunteers from previous summers and they thrive on…

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    Currents | August 2021.

    Hello friends, it’s been a stormy day outside (thanks to Tropical Storm Fred) … which means plenty of quiet alone (with Holly) time inside. And a perfect day to capture a Currents list. Embracing masks. again. I know. Katie was wearing one from Lizzie Fortunato when I saw her Friday. It might be time to up my game to pearls! Laughing About honestly not as much as I’d like. Things seem so much more than fraught right now. but really little things, like how reliably Holly runs to the kitchen when the cutting board hits the counter, still make me/us smile. Wearing OPI’s Malaga Wine on my toes. I went for a pedicure yesterday…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Five on Friday | Distractions.

    First up, thank y’all for your kind comments about my new views. I am really enjoying the study – the new layout seems to make room bigger (which also seems to give all my creative “stuff” more room to spread out) and I think I’m pretty committed to looking up at a blank wall – and the new bench. I also cast on The Classic yesterday and am almost halfway through 4″ of twisted rib on size 5 16″ needles. I knew this beginning wasn’t going to be the fun part of the project, still … I’m gonna power through it this weekend, though, and hope to have something resembling (at…

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    New Views.

    Hello friends, and Happy Tuesday. I talked in my last post about embracing the season’s transition. I was thinking about summer turning to fall (and honestly looking forward to days getting cooler); being at peace with another season passing with COVID still not behind us (I heard on a few podcasts this week that it will likely never be “behind us” and that was a paradigm shift I wasn’t quite ready for); and figuring out what “active me” might look like without running. It’s all complicated mix of joy, hope, and sorrow. In the very back of my mind, I’m also grieving a second summer spent totally at home. Y’all,…

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    TGIF | Hello August.

    I love greeting my day from this spot … smiles from my favorite family (and those boys are not so little any more – Charlie started first grade yesterday and Sam is in Pre-K!), the warm, softly scented, glow of a candle, a cup of coffee, and my journal. off to the left, Holly is curled up in our white chair. overhead, the fan is whirring. and way off in the background, Marc is watching the final round(s) of the women’s Olympic golf match. Hello to August from an early Friday morning (which somehow became a late afternoon). Thinking about … easing into Fall. The shorter days, especially the darker…

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    Looking Back | July.

    “Just, it’s kinda fraught and I’m not up for frought.” ~Stacey Swann, Olympus Texas I snorted when I read that line a few weeks ago. Fraught is just such a great word, isn’t it? (especially when paired with “y’all” … which would’ve been inserted before that “I’m” if I’d been the one speaking 😉 ) and it seems so perfect to describe this month … starting to get out a bit more and then BAM! Delta variant … and for me, knee injury, and for others, a host of different things. and then … I look back at these photos. which might be the best cure ever for feeling fraught.…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Mint Berry Spritzer.

    I know at least a few of y’all recall that I promised* a new cocktail this month. My sister, my cocktail muse, came over Tuesday evening – maybe you saw us on Instagram?and very close readers might’ve noticed that bright pink drink to the left of my laptop in the lower left? Yep, that was the first draft of the Berry Spritzer! Frozen berries (from Costco – a blend of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries) are a staple in our freezer and they are awesome for cocktails because they get really juicy when they thaw. I figured I’d muddle a few thawed berries with some ice and gin (duh) in the…

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    Five on Friday | Silver Linings.

    Way back before TGIF became my Friday thing, I used to share a list of five things … and wow, the last one I posted was in March, 2020 (whoa, time machine!). That last time, I wasn’t feeling very TGIF-like … and today I was thinking about silver linings and wanting to change things up a bit. Thanks to a tennis ball hit hard on my left knee during Tuesday’s practice, I’ve spent much of the last three days with my knee resting, iced, compressed, and elevated. It seems to be improving (for sure the swelling is down), so I’m hopeful I’ll be back to my usual active self next…