• Just Life

    TGIF.

    … coming to you from my favorite place right this very second. I must admit I am not a huge fan of having the laptop actually in my lap, but the breeze and the view are more than worth it. ahem…views 😉 Thinking about … what I’m going to do this weekend. Apart from my weekly FaceTime with Diane tomorrow morning and church on Sunday (our annual cannot-miss Youth Service, which concludes with a slide show that always makes me cry … “kids” I taught in Sunday School a few years back are now graduating college. I can’t wait to see what their post-college plans are!) The family reunion begins…

  • Just Life,  Sewing

    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday! I wrote a few weeks back about how much I enjoy sitting down late on a Monday afternoon to write a weekending post. Writing a TGIF post late on a Friday afternoon is also a joy … especially when the weather gods have been kind enough to grant Marc an afternoon round of golf and me an afternoon “alone” with my podcasts, my thoughts, my sewing machines … and Holly! Thinking about … my making plans. I know. again. (always.) But #memadeMay is helping me identify what I wear, what I like to wear … and where the gaps are. This week, I made progress…

  • Just Life,  Knitting,  Sewing

    TGIF | Hello May.

    Hello friends … and Hello May! I so appreciated all the wonderful comments y’all shared on my last post. Thank you! I’m approaching this new month with a “saving my life” mindset and these TGIF posts are one of my favorite ways to frame a list. Three … days into MeMadeMay. I’ve been watching this parade of me-mades on Instagram for several years … and now that I have a few hand sewn items to mix in with the hand knits, I’m ready to play. My “rules” are really loose, but I’d like to wear something me-made for all 31 days and post a photo of my outfit on Instagram.…

  • Just Life

    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…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello Friday! I just realized that April offers five Mondays, but only four Fridays. so I’d better make the most of all of them! Thinking about so many things. and trying to keep my thoughts on (mostly?) the good things. My early morning journal time helps me sort through a lot of it. and an afternoon walk with Lauren brings more clarity. especially when we both pause to take a picture of Spring! Grateful for my Friday morning small group. Today was our first meeting about The Universal Christ. We sort of followed the Companion Guide (for the Embodiment Group) and the reflection, discussion and revelation were … well ……

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello, friends and Happy Friday! Wanna see what a week of Spring-ish weather looks like? These are the trees that were sporting pink blooms last month.Marc interrupted my quiet time this morning with Important News. He’d just seen the weather forecast for the weekend and it promised a Saturday and a Sunday without rain … for the first time since early November. Weather promises are cheap, but I’d love for this one to be a keeper! …and on the Blue Skies note: Thinking about mysticism. I listened (twice!) to Krista Tippett’s latest podcast with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and I’m sure I’ll listen again this weekend. I’m struck by the similarities…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Lightening.

    It’s been a heavy week. (this really wasn’t the TGIF! opening I thought I’d be writing back on Monday) I’ve run out of fingers to count the tragic and downright crazy awful news stories that have filled my newsfeed since last Friday. and I’m sure more than a handful of y’all have experienced personal news that has knocked you for a loop (at best). geez, even I – the eternal optimist – wrote “? not feeling it” next to Tuesday’s entry about Hope.  and of course things got worse. Wednesday’s pantry runs helped a ton. as did Thursday’s spring weather. and then I woke up this morning to the news…

  • Just Life,  Knitting,  Sewing

    TGIF.

    Three cheers for Friday! I failed to note in last week’s love letter to March that this year it has five Fridays. as if we even needed one more reason to love her 🙂 Thinking about Book Bingo. I’m not sure I want to play this summer, which also makes me not sure I want to host. If you have a strong reaction to this (in either direction), please let me know (and if you’d rather not leave a comment, you can always email me – there’s a button in the sidebar (under “Elsewhere” – it’s the envelope icon) that pops up an email window addressed to me). Thank you! Grateful…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Hello March.

    It felt good to flip the page on my calendar this morning to see which photo would grace my desk for the next 31 days. Nothing like two of my favorite guys in coordinating plaid to make me smile! Also, a month that begins on a Friday, my favorite day of the week, just seems auspicious (never mind that February did, too!) Reflecting on the post I wrote for February’s Hope check-in, I realized I wanted something a little different for March. The actions I took in February were reactions … to discomfort, stress, everyday things. This month, I’m choosing a proactive approach – inspired by these words from Nelson Mandela…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    I wrote a check last week and on Wednesday, the woman who was processing it asked if I’d really meant to date it March 8, instead of February 8 (she was very kind and offered to wait to deposit it). I checked the calendar. No, it was just my mistake – but whoa, now I feel like I’ve gained four weeks back! Happy Friday y’all! Totally loving this whole going gray with short hair thing. I had my fourth “no color” hair appointment this week. Short hair is super easy and quick! oh my goodness y’all – I had no idea how much time and energy I was putting into my…