• Just Life,  Knitting

    Notes from Sleeve Island.

    With a nod toward Sara’s upcoming move, I started re-reading Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island this afternoon. and since I’m still marooned on Sleeve Island, I’m listening. Marc is listening to The Road to Little Dribbling and I expect we’ll swap titles shortly. Sleeve Island is certainly a lot less interesting than the entire island that contains England, Wales and Scotland (not to mention Bryson’s engaging narrative style and the glimpse back to Britain ca 1995). Still … Friday Night Snacks and an episode of Poirot, recorded from our local PBS station. Saturday morning yoga in the park by City Hall (and a most-convenient reason to visit Theo’s…

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    Hello July.

    Hello July! Hello new photo of Charlie … his mama tells me that’s his “ROAR!!!” face ♥ … and a brand new six-month calendar. Hello trying new things and making new habits. Hello slowing down and maybe even pressing pause. Hello frozen drinks (and at least a few new Cheers!) Welcome!  

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    Early June Weekending.

    It feels good to be sitting back at my favorite spot at the kitchen counter on a Monday afternoon, looking back at photos from the weekend. It feels even better that my email in-box is now almost back to normal, I have my to-do list under control … and I’ve really enjoyed catching up with what many of y’all have been up to since I last visited. Following the 90+ degree temperatures we “enjoyed” through the end of May, the weekend brought a delightful change. It cooled off a little, the humidity dropped and it was fun to be outside. I made the most of it! Except for the gazillion…

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    More May Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! … right now, I am sitting at my usual counter spot, but unlike my favorite Monday late afternoons, where Marc is off enjoying himself with his friends, today he is sitting just a few yards away, frustrated with getting his new iPhone set up (apparently Marc, the iCloud and his multiple devices have not been nearly as synched as he thought). Looking back over my photos from the weekend and reflecting on all the stories is proving a nice distraction. Friday night started shortly after I signed off my last post. Marc made snacks, and we ate almost all of that while we watched another…

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    Early May Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! Based on my Instagram feed, I know a lot of y’all saw Spring this weekend – yay! – it’s wonderful to see … and it makes me even more aware that our weekend – yes it really is just early May – kind of feels more like summer. Beginning with our Friday evening walk. Flip flops, pink toes … and a coordinating collar … against green grass! Our snacks as dinner is still the same old good stuff (I’m not sure what nods to the season our plate will take?!) but the sausages have improved dramatically since Marc started shopping at Sprouts. I promise to…

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    Late April Weekending.

    I put “late April” in the title of this post to remind myself it really is still April. While parts of the country saw snow (if that’s you, I’m so sorry!), we saw abundant sunshine and felt what might’ve been the last of the 40-some degree mornings. Here’s the whole story – Friday night was our typical dinner and the last three episodes of the latest season of Bosch (we tried to go slow, but our willpower ran out big time after that second episode … I even stayed awake til nearly 10pm to see the end!) This season might be one of my favorites so far and I highly…

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I can hear Marc chopping and plating … I’m gonna make this quick to be sure our Friday Night Snacks includes at least a few vegetables. Thinking about pockets. Are y’all fans? At best, I have mixed feelings. I feel like they pull on the front of a sweater and I rarely use them (unless they’re a key design detail … and then only for the photos). I’m cutting out my first Wiksten Dress … and I’m undecided. I think they’re a cute detail, but I cannot imagine ever using them. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Grateful for getting outside today! I enjoyed a morning…

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    Looking Back | March.

    When I wrote yesterday that I was re-committing to my monthly collages of daily photos, I didn’t realize how deep a habit that had been.  (one might think I’d have looked back at that before deciding to toss it all aside when I got nervous about Flickr?!) In any event, this afternoon I looked back through the archives and discovered my first Looking Back post. January 2014. (!!) Along the way, I upgraded the collage app so I have more flexibility with the font and the layout – but the heart of it all – collecting a month of photos into a calendar grid is still there. and that –…

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    Early April Weekending.

    Hello friends – how was your weekend? Ours was nice. a good mix of our same old routines Friday night snacks, a nice meal (candles, wine, placemats) on Saturday, solo walks with Holly that provided lovely opportunities to see Spring and catch up with a few excellent recent podcast episodes. The weather was golf-worthy both days, so I had more time to myself, perfect for sewing – yay! for the first time this year – I did have to get out the instruction manual for both machines just to be sure I had things threaded properly 😉 the beginning of the latest season of Call the Midwife (it’s streaming on…

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    Hello April.

    Hello April. Hello to a new week, a new month and another fresh start. Hello being gentler with myself. Hello getting back to sewing. Hello exploring new – mind-blowing – ideas. Hello making plans to connect with friends. and family. Hello new habits. Let’s go!