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    TGIF | Hello September.

    In the Before Time, I welcomed each month with a T-G-I-F post. I remember thinking hard about the things I’d highlight and the words I could use to represent them. I got pretty creative (thanks to googling things like “positive words that start with I”). The “original” concept (loosely termed because I’m sure no one can actually claim it) was Thinking About – Grateful for – Inspired by – and Fun. and for my first pandemic Hello post, I’m going with the original: Thinking about TENNIS. Honestly, I’m even more surprised than y’all. My tennis career began in the late 1990’s (both of my girls were playing in junior leagues…

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    TGIF.

    It hardly seems possible that we are heading into our sixth weekend of Staying at Home. Part of me resists the endless repeat of posts with the same titles – Weekending/Sometimes Mondays, Unraveled Wednesday, Three on Thursday, TGIF/Five on Friday, Looking Back – and part of me welcomes the markers of time moving forward. a day, a week, a month at a time. Right now, the welcoming part is winning! Thinking about … what Marc and I are going to “rebuild”. Before Marc and I take our morning walks, Holly and I take a little pre-walk. This morning, I used that pre-walk to listen to Monday’s The Lazy Genius podcast.…

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends! It’s time to mark the beginning of another weekend, our fifth one of Staying at Home. Today I did three things that weren’t on my Three Things list. First, I swapped out the winter decorations (glittered pinecones, sugared fruit, red potpourri, dark throw pillows) for spring (eggs, a bird’s nest, different candles, lighter pillows). Then I helped Marc setup the screened porch (bless him, he cleaned it all by himself – even scrubbing the floor!). and finally, I visited the Post Office to mail the masks I sewed yesterday for Katie’s family. Those first two things really helped me feel normal – and lighter!  … and that last…

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    TGIF.

    Wow. It’s been a week, hasn’t it. I’ve been reluctant to add a tag to my posts, or honestly to even name COVID-19 here in this space. But … this space is about my story. And … this week much of my story – and everyone else’s – has been driven by COVID-19. So … I’m adding a tag. And I am going to be more open about mentioning the virus by name. I hope I can continue to refrain from actually using it in a post title. We’ll see. Thinking about … how helpful my OLW and handful of intentions are proving this year. I totally planned to refresh…

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    TGIF.

    Hello, friends. I hesitate to say Happy Friday … it’s not at all happy for so many. and it’s full of uncertainty and concern for all of us. and yet. I just caught up with dozens of blogs and Instagram posts sharing stories of hope, love, resilience, and plain old common sense. This week has shown me the kind of community I knew in my heart was possible. In the last 36 hours, our local schools closed indefinitely. My church closed for at least two weeks. The apartment building in my mom’s community announced a lock-down (she lives in a stand-alone cottage and can have visitors). Katie is working from…

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    TGIF | Hello March.

    New month. new calendar page. otherwise same view. still dark-early. My morning time starts around 5am which is dark-early here all year. It ends, though, sometime around 7am and this is the time of year that I really start to notice the light (my study window faces west … even without rain, there’s no direct light until later). I must say, there’s a certain energy that comes with daylight and I’m welcoming that as I wrap up these mornings! I journaled a quick TGIF list as I wrapped up this morning’s time … Hello March! Thinking about … my closet. One of my projects for this year is to re-work…

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends and happy Friday. I am glad to be here today. These end-of-week glimpses into right now are always fun to write. and I hope you’ll find something to enjoy here, too! Thinking about … Lent. about looking inward. about opening space in my heart and my head. about renewal. about creating new spiritual habits. I mentioned on Wednesday that I’m following Sarah Bessey’s 40 Simple Practices for Lent (link) and yesterday I downloaded the (free!) Book of Common Prayer app to my phone. I have the hardcopy and it’s a bit of a brick … I love having the daily content so accessible/portable and the app lets me…

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    TGIF | Hello January.

    I am easing gently into this new year … slowly wrapping my head around the “twenties” being something right now instead of the “roaring twenties” of my grandparents’ generation and thankful the calendar isn’t quite ramped up to full speed – that happens next week and I think I’ll be ready! Thinking about … reading better in 2020. I spent a few fun hours Wednesday morning going over the book lists my various groups have planned for this year and deciding how I’d read – paper, kindle, audio – and how I’d acquire – own, buy, borrow. I placed a few orders for books, tagged “immediately available” on Overdrive for…

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    TGIF | Hello December.

    Hello friends and welcome to this year’s final edition of TGIF | Hello. I really love the challenge of framing a monthly look ahead with only four words that start with T, G, I, and F. And I almost always end up searching words that start with one of those letters! This month was no exception. See if you can spot the letter that challenged me: Twinkle Lights. also candle light. and the soft glow of the lamps that light my desk and my knitting chair. Gatherings. of friends. family. faithful women. Yesterday morning, I led my women’s circle lesson and enjoyed a delightful potluck luncheon. In the afternoon, I…

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    TGIF | Gratitude.

    Oh my, I have loved the gratitude notes that Michelle popped into my inbox each morning this week. As a rule, I don’t check email before I begin my morning quiet time, but this week, I logged on briefly to snag a screenshot of her prompt. I logged a few comments with my morning journaling, then let the prompt sit … marinate even … and I was surprised – and delighted – with what all of that time turned up. My evening posts weren’t what my morning time envisioned. or some days even could’ve imagined. Is that gratitude at work? or time? I’d like to think it’s both. Thinking about…