• Just Life,  Knitting

    Weird Weekending.

    Thank you all for your well wishes on our second shots. I am beyond grateful they’re behind us (with a lingering rash – me – and a slight headache – Marc, which might also be allergies) and now I can look forward without any anxiety to mid-May when our whole family will be past that 14-day post-vaccine window. But it was a weird weekend. The power went out JUST as we were leaving for our vaccine appointments. Long story short – some transformer malfunction and it was supposed to be fixed by 8:45 … and ended up being fixed sometime after midnight. It did get us to bed early and…

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    New Year Weekending.

    Happy sigh. This last weekend looked a lot like the one before. except without the worry of Sara traveling. We spent New Years Eve at home, with bananagrams, a nice dinner, a little Broadchurch, and in-bed-before-midnight. It can be fun to stay up to greet the year, but I prefer to do it the next morning, in my PJs, with a cup of coffee and my journal. We had a lazy New Years Day (ahem, and this part of the “we” was lazier than most … from my front row at the kitchen counter) full of football, reading, more games, and more Broadchurch. and then it was the weekend! On…

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    Christmas Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Last Monday of 2020! My Christmas weekend began in the very early hours of Wednesday (the photo on the left was taken – and shared with Sara – at 12:04am), as I followed Sara on her journey from Bristol to Paddington, to Heathrow, to the Delta lounge, and finally … on the plane bound for Atlanta. By the time her flight took off (just before 8:30 am our time), that sock was nearly finished (and I’d ordered yarn to knit that sweater I crushed on last week). Wednesday passed in a flurry of last minute laundry, cleaning, … and napping … and we welcomed Sara with…

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    December Weekending.

    I feel so fortunate that this December weekend really doesn’t look much different than it might’ve in a different year. We were home. I knitted and caught up on the Modern Mrs. Darcy class I missed when the painting happened. That simply perfect white pot is this year’s amaryllis (which my mom delivered to me at our cookie swap on Friday). I took this photo yesterday and that little shoot is already noticeably a little taller. Marc puttered. and made snacks. We watched some college football. and a holiday movie (Marc tells me it was called Last Christmas) that I mostly slept through. We also watched the end of the…

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    Weekending.

    Is anyone still marking the days of COVID? I noted days 245 and 246 this weekend. I remember walking with Marc in late April and talking about how things would be better by June, July at the latest. We had no idea. Back in April and May I documented a lot of things. small joys, daily to-do’s, me-mades. and those lists made a difference in the way I saw things. looking for things to be grateful for and things to accomplish, well, it helped. Fast forward six-ish months it all still feels weird. AND I’m enjoying knitting with my sister after hitting a LOT of balls (trying to fix my…

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    Mid-October Weekending.

    Thanks to Hurricane Delta, our weekend was wet (thankfully just on the outside) and weirdly warm. We enjoyed our usual Friday night dinner (candles, wine, places set at the table, and a meal that requires a knife and fork) a little earlier than usual because Georgia Tech was on at 7pm. The game didn’t start out well and I bailed early for a book in bed. Imagine my surprise when I checked the score on Saturday morning and found out we’d won! I am not a fan of Friday night football games because they can spoil the weekend … well, unless your team wins 🙂 and that isn’t always a…

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    Memorial Day Weekending | 2020.

    Hello friends, welcome to a post that feels weird to write, and hopefully, not too weird to read. The photo below is me. Friday morning at 7:10am. voting early in our June 9 primary. at our local library. whoa.Memorial Day Weekend is typically a family gathering time for us. seriously, years. and for a host of reasons I knew this year would be different and hard, but y’all. My Instagram feed has thrown up posts from past years, which mostly made me sad, and geez. Katie kindly shared the playlist she compiled for our time together last year and I’ve been listening to it this week. Not gonna say it’s…

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    Late March Weekending.

    Hello friends – I hope you managed to find a way to mark the weekend, especially if you have a job or kids at home, and time to rest. This is a time when honoring some kind of Sabbath routine feels especially important. As we progressed through our weekend – Friday Night Dinner (now the one time a week that we sit at the table, with “first-time” food, candles, music and wine), Saturday afternoon cooking shows (we started this habit years ago when we had to pay attention to the TV Guide to find out when the cooking shows were on; now we rely on our DVR and YouTube to…

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    Weekending from Home.

    Hello my friends. and welcome to week two of the COVID-19 “sheltering at home” here at mere-et-filles. Five words to describe us right now would be healthy, anxious, tired, grateful and making-do. It feels weird that this seems “best case” and I hope I can say the same thing tomorrow. and the next day. and so on. Looking back over the weekend’s photos, it might be hard to tell that I haven’t left the house (except to walk – every day) since last Saturday – the cherry trees in our neighborhood’s island are glorious. as was the blue sky on Saturday afternoon. um. ok. maybe breaking out the crochet for…

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    Weekending | Our New Normal.

    Just looking at the photos from our weekend, you might not even know we were in distancing mode. We are so fortunate to be at a time (and place) of life where we can hunker down at home, with plenty of space, supplies, and company we enjoy … to wait it out.  I have four photos to share today. they’re the only ones I took since I last posted. Here’s Friday. after I shared my last blog post, I lit a candle and sat down to knit. The WIP you see is the sleeve ribbing on the second sleeve of Joy.  I finished the knitting, wove in a few ends…