• Books

    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…

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    Three on Thursday | The Rest of the Story.

    I was up past my usual bed-time last night … sitting at the kitchen counter … and I took this photo to remember these three things: I ripped and re-started the socks. twice. The yarn said it was “dk” (so socks on size 3 dpn’s), but it feels a lot more like worsted (socks on size 4’s) … and really needs size 5’s (which is what the Churchmouse pattern suggests and gah, why didn’t I just start there?!) I found a delightful Grüner Veltliner (my new favorite white wine thanks to our Danube cruise) at Trader Joe’s. For just $5.99 a bottle, I think I’m going back to pick up…

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    Three on Thursday | Live in HD.

    We’re taking a break from Europe (but mostly those 700+ photos) today to join Carole and company and share three things I love about the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD offering. But first, a little background – I love opera. and so does my mom. Before she moved here she told me she was looking forward to enjoying the Met’s Live in HD offerings. Thanks to Honoré, I knew about them, but I couldn’t imagine attending one by myself, and the closest theater offering one wasn’t really “close”. Fast forward to 2018 and the theater that’s just three (!!!) miles from my mom (and me) offers the live and encore…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making for Europe.

    Yesterday’s Soyokaze finish was the last “official make” I’d planned for our trip. Doesn’t it look great with the tote?of course you do have to imagine it on me … with no pin holding it in place. and for sure a top. and pants. The tote was a lot of fun to make (even the cutting wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be) and the lining fabric – a Rifle Paper Co print on canvas (purchased at my “local” fabric store – sadly, the shop is a 45 minute drive in good traffic, but still…) – makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks to those finishes, I…

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    Three on Thursday | Fun Things.

    Joining in with Carole and friends today to share three fun things.Thing One. Snagged from a recent FaceTime with our favorite almost-two-year-old. “Watch” he tells Poppa. Also, that’s a Batman cape around his shoulders. Chainsaws are for superhero pirates.   Thing Two. My mom and I spent yesterday afternoon making lists and updating our Google map to include bakeries (Lebkuchen in Nuremberg and pastries in Vienna). I also downloaded Rick Steves’ Travel app. Super impressed with the content and usability. also free!   Thing Three. This photo was taken four years ago. Yes, today is Charlie’s 4th birthday! I have the privilege of baking his cake; and Marc and I are…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making.

    September is always a month I look forward to – back-to-school, college football, cooler temperatures (sweater weather!), Charlie’s birthday – and this year promises something new. My mom invited me to accompany her on her first trip to Europe; we are headed to Vienna on the 24th for a cruise on the Danube River! I’ll have a lot more to share about our trip – but for today (after all it is Thursday) – it’s three things I’m making to wear while I’m there. We’ve been stalking the weather forecasts for Vienna (we’ll be there for three days at the beginning of the trip) and Nuremberg (two days at the end)…

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    Three on Thursday | Counting Down.

    Happy Thursday, y’all!  Hopefully by this point, you’ve found something to be happy about – me, I’m happy to mark another week in the boot … and just four more sleeps until Monday’s doctor visit. Three weeks back, I was mentally preparing for another three weeks, but this time, I’m anticipating liberation! I guess it goes without saying that if I leave Monday’s appointment in the boot, I’m going to be … disappointed … because I have plans. This is a list I couldn’t possibly keep to just three. But I did manage three three’s: Going out by myself. even for a mundane errand. (note that I have not for…

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    Three on Thursday | Saying Yes.

    Wow, I just counted up my time in the boot and this is day 31. I knew it was a lot, but I didn’t think it was a whole month of days. In the big ol’ scheme of my 55+ years, a month is just a drop in the bucket, but it is enough to start a habit. And in the spirit of Three on Thursday, here are three things I’ve said Yes! to in this past month-of-days that I hope to continue: Cottage Cheese. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pre-boot, this was a “sometimes” thing for me. I’ve always loved it – with fruit or vegetables or doctored up…