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    Three on Thursday | A Playday with Sam.

    I had the immense pleasure of spending yesterday with Sam – a “just us” playday. I’ve had a few opportunities for one-on-one time with him, but this was our first full day (apart from helping out when he’s sick) since he and his family moved into town two years ago. It’s hard for be to believe he’s now about the age that Charlie was when back then, but the pictures don’t lie! Here we are on our way to Starbucks (for steamed milk and a much-needed second cup of coffee … I left the house at 6:30 to get to Sam’s house at 7:45) … note the golf ball and…

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    Three on Thursday | Georgia Aquarium.

    This past Sunday, Marc and I visited the Georgia Aquarium … the perfect activity for a chilly, wet day. This was the first time either of us had been (nothing like being a tourist in your own hometown!) and I think we were both surprised by how much we really did enjoy it. Sorting through the dozens of photos, here are my favorites, neatly organized into a group of three (because Thursday!): We started with the penguins – oh my goodness are they fun to watch! I had no idea starfish came in so many colors. Or that jellyfish really could look cool. My only prior experience with them has…

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    Three on Thursday | Knitting Goals.

    Progress continues on the Coatigan. I finished the body and am now officially very worried about running out of yarn (the body used about 8-1/2 of my 19 skeins). So of course I’m trying to knit faster. I’m also knitting the sleeves before I tackle the collar and pockets. I can certainly have a “coatigan” with a smaller collar (and maybe not even pockets), but I cannot have one without sleeves. This afternoon, while I was going around and around on the first sleeve (with just the occasional pause to pet the little dog in my lap … or take a photo) I settled on knitting goals for this year.…

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    Three on Thursday | Opera Wednesday.

    Opera Wednesdays are always fun, but this one was really special. Because of the company,Lydia, my mom, Karen (who opted for an afternoon of shopping instead of the opera) and me the production – oh my, y’all – this La Traviata was Amazing! The set and costumes were lavish and the music … stunning! Love the great seats for the Live in HD performance.Diana Damrau (Violetta) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) and the after-party back at my house. Bubbles (with spiced apple syrup and a few pomegranate seeds) for a holiday toastand one last photo (thanks to Marc for taking it … and getting Holly to smile!) Ha! did you catch those…

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    Three on Thursday | Besides.

    As of about 20 minutes ago, one pair of socks is done (even the toes!) and my goal for this time tomorrow is two pairs done. Totally doable (especially since that second pair is for Sam), but only if I actually knit! In the spirit of Thursday and keeping myself on track, here are three things I did today besides knit: Finish a crocheted prayer shawl and start a second one. I even figured out how to calculate the “repeat” for the ripple pattern so I could make the second one a little narrower and a little longer. Hang the 13th photo on our Advent Tree. This should’ve been a…

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    Three on Thursday | For This Holiday Season.

    My small group is reading Heidi Haverkamp’s Advent in Narnia this holiday season (along with a few chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe* and maybe even watching a few scenes from one of the movies … I haven’t seen any of them so that part really intrigues me). Advent is short this year so we started the book this week in order to mostly finish it by our last meeting on December 21. All of which is to explain how I’m into Week One of an Advent devotion and looking at Chapter 4 of Lewis’ book. This is the chapter where Edmund finds his way into Narnia,…

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    Three on Thursday | Unraveled.

    Good morning! Yep, I’m back – sadly, Betty’s travel plans changed and she and Beth aren’t visiting us.  So today, I’m catching up with a quick mash-up of Wednesday and Thursday. First. It’s still raining. and it’s gotten colder. but at least it’s not snowing.We did get a little break from the rain yesterday afternoon. It’s hard to tell which Holly hates more – wet or cold. (and I wonder how much longer the grass will be green?!) Second. I’m making great progress on Jaycee.Just one more sleeve (and a whole bunch of ends to weave in) to finish it. And third. My church is hosting the community Thanksgiving service…

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    Three on Thursday | What Should I Read Next?

    Inspired by Honoré’s recommendation, this morning I listened to episode 158 of the new-to-me podcast What Should I Read Next? In this episode, Anne talks with Whitney, known on Instagram as theunreadshelf. I have unread books all over my house and their conversation inspired me to peruse my shelves and gather up three (because Thursday!) that I might read next. Coincidentally, these are all books my mom passed along to me. She’s a long-time Taylor Caldwell fan  and she just read The Miracle of the Bells this year. I added the books to my TBR on Goodreads and noted that all three have excellent reviews. And as much as that…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello November.

    Hello November! It’s been a while since I said “hello” to a new month from this most comfortable perch at my kitchen counter (and with both feet resting on the rungs of the stool 😉 ). There’s just something about November that makes me glad to be home. I find that when I focus my attention on home, family and friends – I can see light shining in even the darkest places. It gives me hope. It feeds my soul. It gives me courage. and for all of this I am so very grateful. I need – and I’m sure y’all do too – massive doses of ALL of those…

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    Three on Thursday | A Walk in the Park.

    I took myself for a quick walk in the park this morning. and since it’s Thursday, I have three photos to share – and with a nod and a wink to Carole, I Waterlogue’d them 😉 The leaves aren’t putting on much of a color show, but they make a most delightful crunch underfoot. No blue skies this morning, but a surprising amount of light still filters through the trees. I am completely smitten with the colors in this last one. In real life the berries are purple, but rendered here in a deep red, combined with all the browns and pops of light and green, I’m re-thinking the palette…