• Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Mid-September.

    It’s been a while since I paused on a Friday afternoon to share a post through the TGIF lens … I’ve been thinking all day about the T-G-I-F and this afternoon it all came together. The title says “Mid-September”, but this is really “September 17”. Thinking about … stories. I keep seeing a theme in the books I’m reading this year about who tells the stories and the stories they (get to) choose to tell. memory. power. privilege. history. I’ve come to a whole new appreciation for memoir and unreliable narrators. My church has been hosting a seminar on “Story Companions” – “Through reverent listening to each other in suffering, joy,…

  • Just Life

    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…

  • Just Life

    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…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    TGIF | A Stormy One.

    I’m typing this looking out my study window (at the rain) with Holly in my lap. The lightning and thunder started about an hour ago. Radar says it’s nearly past us, but there are lingering rumbles. Holly-in-my-lap isn’t shaking any more and I am grateful. Still, it’s gloomy, wet, and, now that the stormy part has mostly passed, surprisingly quiet. I mostly hear the whirr of the fan blades overhead and my laptop keys. the birds just started singing again and now I know for sure the storm has passed. I suppose a smarter version of me could’ve made that whole opening bit a full blog post. But I’m in…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Hello July.

    Last month I greeted June and this new season with a few intentions. All of that (with the exception of porch time!) is still a work in progress. I published my first set of minutes for the women’s ministry this morning and yikes, I’m rusty!  I’ve played three tennis matches with three new faces; I haven’t made any new friends, but I am learning more names. Also in the not-started category is the recipes – I haven’t tried a single new recipe in weeks. But a few weeks ago (to use up some bread that was going stale), I resurrected a favorite Caesar salad from years back. It’s been in…

  • Sewing

    TGIF | One Without Books.

    That’s right y’all … I’m writing a post without any reference to books because I have a book-filled update to share this weekend 🙂 Thinking about … finally starting that half-square triangle quilt … it will be my first attempt at a quilt (well, at one I actually think I might finish!) Grateful to … Juliann for the encouragement and advice. She suggested Red Pepper Quilts’ Retro Half Square Triangle Quilt pattern to begin. It is a very beginner-friendly pattern with lots of photos and techniques. I purchased this fat-eighth bundle (birds! flowers! those colors!) from Fat Quarter Shop back in April when I was first thinking about those half-square triangles. and…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Mid-May.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! That view above is from yesterday, and today was just as pretty and even a few degrees warmer, which is welcome. I’m wearing jeans and a sweater and socks … which isn’t really all that typical for mid-May around here. Still, I’ll take blue skies with a scattering of puffy white clouds at just about any temperature! Thinking about … the CDC’s announcement yesterday about relaxed guidelines for fully-vaccinated folks. It feels like we turned this last corner super-quick (like my body has been slammed against the door, and I’m glad I’m wearing a seat belt quick) and I need time to adjust. My small…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Hello May.

    Hello friends and welcome to the first Friday post for May … this is the post where I like to look forward to a whole month through the helpful frame of TGIF. Thinking about … finding a new rhythm for my days. Needing to be regular with Holly’s schedule so she can be “regular”, adding in-person lunches with my mom and Sunday church (and one church meeting and more to come), working out with Sara at 7am, more tennis, more traffic (ugh. ugh. ugh!) … I sort of flew by the seat of my pants this week and I’m not all that pleased with how it worked out. Grateful for…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Still April.

    Yep, it’s still April. Mother Nature is doing her thing and Spring is for sure coming … sooner for some of us than others. We did have freezing temperatures the last two mornings (thankfully I hadn’t yet washed my jacket or my mittens!) and then the sunshine warmed things up nicely. I’m even wearing flip flops for Holly’s afternoon walks. And since it’s Friday, I’m sharing a quick look into my world through the lens of: Thinking about … “Real Life”. My Friday morning small group is studying Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. Today we talked about Guidepost #5 – Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the…

  • Books,  Just Life

    TGIF | T-2 hours.

    … until Marc and I get our second shots. I haven’t knitted a stitch today (so far), nor have I even thought about getting a hand knit near a dryer. Instead, I’ve been reading and planning more reading, and browsing Instagram for half-square-triangle quilt ideas. Depending on how long it takes me to post this, I also might try for a nap. …so yeah, today does feel a little weird 😉 and hopefully a solid TGIF post will right things! Thinking about … a potential new volunteer opportunity. With my four-year term leading our church’s Women’s Ministry coming to an end, I have some space. A friend texted me just…