Weekending – outdoor time


I just returned from my annual retreat weekend.  For years this was a quilt retreat weekend and I have created many quilts over the years.  This year I made some fun project bags, a pair of pants for our tiny person, and did some knitting.  Today, instead of staying inside and sewing, I pulled on my hiking boots and went for a hike before heading home.  It has been a hot weekend and the trail was dry and dusty.  I did a short hike, just a little over three miles, before it got too hot.  The trail was very quiet.  Everyone must have headed to the lakes and rivers.  But I saw some lovely wild flowers, butterflies, two eagles, and a hawk.  On the way home I stopped for a very large iced tea.  Now I will unpack and perhaps take a nap before thinking about heading to work tomorrow.  Hope your weekend included some outdoor time.

Unraveled Wednesday – food and health


This morning I have been reading an book that has popped up on blogs and Instagram feeds a lot lately.  I was able to download the Kindle version from my library.  I think I eat well and follow “the rules” but there are some pesky health issues that I just cannot conquer so I figured I would give this a try.  Of course, now is not the time to dive into a full dietary reboot.  That would make traveling much too difficult.  But there are some tweaks that I can easily practice do the next few weeks.

I am almost finished with The Wonder and my fourth Summer Book Bingo square.  And I have cast on a travel knitting project that will use up some more of my stash.  

Hope this first day of summer treats you well and does not involve too much unraveling.  Thanks again to Kat for hosting.

Think Write Thursday – looking back 


Mostly I want to greet each day with a heart that is watching for treasures and blessings. It’s time to really live on the half full side of the table, to look for good, to celebrate, to listen, and to pause.   January 5, 2017

This is what I wrote the first week of January and looking back, I think I have done fairly well.  There have been a few mornings when I wondered how I would get through the day but only a very few.  Now, to stay on this course, that would be a very good thing.

Today was the last day of school – at least for the students.  I sat at my desk and read the wonderful thank you notes I received  from students, staff, and families.  I got more than a few hugs and heard some lovely stories about the school year.  I have a beautiful vase of sunflowers to brighten my desk as I close out the school year and gifts cards for coffee and books.  And the icing on the cake, our tiny person came home with me for the afternoon so his teacher-mommy could get her classroom closed up.  Life is good on the half full side of the table.

Thanks to Kat and Carole for asking us to look back today.

Unraveled Wednesday – gift yarn


Is it only Wednesday?  The last week of school seems to be never-ending this year.  There are so many fun things going on at school.  I am holding on, trying to laugh as often as I can, and enjoy the ride.  Our new principal is starting next week and I will be very happy to hand over the keys to that office and get back to my own work.  I have learned much about myself these last few months and I am grateful to have been able to step into this role temporarily.  It is good work with very good people.

I finished Lincoln on the Bardo this week.  I chose the audio book on the recommendations of many and it was very good.  I was a bit confused in the beginning but I had a few days when I was able to listen as I did some garden clean up for an extended time and the story began to flow.  I have a Kindle book and a hard cover competing for my time right now.  I am also trying to decide which books to take on my trip.  Long flights should yield some good reading time.

I received this skein of yarn for Christmas, a gift from my sister.  I love the colors and I very much want to knit a shawl or maybe a hat but I have cast on and unraveled about four patterns now and cannot seem to find a good match.  I don’t often knit with variagated yarn.  I am open to ideas.

Joining Kat today for Unraveled Wednesday

Hello Friday


The weekend is just around the corner and I have a short list.  I am trying to keep it simple, not an easy task given all the things we could be doing.  

I have downloaded a dozen kindle book samples – hoping to narrow down some choices for my Book Bingo card.  Not sure if Lincoln in the Bardo might qualify for Magical Realism or maybe Fantasy?  I also need to choose a few projects to take on my quilting retreat which is just a few weeks away.  I think this year I will take some projects that need to be finished rather than starting something new.  

The highlights of the weekend will be a 10k tomorrow morning – happy to be running with my daughter again – and a visit with another tiny person.  This little lady was born just a few weeks after our tiny person and her mom is a long time friend of our daughters.  Love this next generation thing!

Happy Friday!  EnJOY!

a summer bucket list 

Summer break is still a few weeks away.  The students will be gone after next week and the teachers will finish up shortly after that so my schedule will be more relaxed but there is still much to do to wrap up the year.  That doesn’t mean I am not dreaming of summer days.  Today Carole and Kat have asked us about a summer bucket list.  A big part of my summer will be our trip to the U.K.  But there will be time for the summer things.  My top ten would be:

  1. Coffee on the deck in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening
  2. Spend time with our tiny person
  3. Mother-daughter dates
  4. Revive date night with my husband
  5. Take all the boxes from my winter and spring purge fest to various donation drops
  6. Fill some more boxes with craft stuff to be donated
  7. Have flowers in my kitchen every week
  8. Get at least two bingos on my Summer Bingo card
  9. Shop at the farmer’s market
  10. Pump up my tires and take my bike out for a few longer rides 

Thanks to Carole and Kat for a fun prompt.