a Friday list – breathe deeply


I have an extra long, long weekend.  We put a snow day on the school calendar this year and it was decided that we didn’t need to make up any days so here we go – four days to see if I can remember how to breathe (it has been a whirlwind at work).

Here is what is on my list:

  1. An early movie time
  2. Long walks on the trail
  3. A slow wander through the grocery store to restock the fridge
  4. A bit kitting, a bit of sewing, a bit of reading,
  5. Sitting on the deck with a lovely cup of coffee to start the day and a glass of wine at the other end.

Think Write Thursday

The Think Write Thursday topic for May 25, 2017 is to write about the contents of your purse. Are you a minimalist? Or do you carry around a knapsack? And say, what’s in there, anyway? Tell us what you’ve got in your purse and why!Happy writing!


I love purses!  For most of my adult life, I have switched up purses more than is reasonable.  I think I have come to a place where I stick with one bag a bit longer but I am not a one bag only type – at least not yet.  My current bag is a Namaste.  I just switched back to this bag after carrying a Fossil bag since September.  I needed some color in my life after a very wet and grey winter that lasted well into spring.

I like to have enough space to carry the basics but still have room for a book or perhaps a knitting project.  I have this wonderful organizer that holds many necessities (lip balm, tissues, lotion, hand sanitizer, pens, store cards).  And best of all, if I want to change bags, I just lift it out and move it.  Sweet deal.  My Sojourner is a planner, journal, and wallet.  I have a mini Sojourner that hold my earbuds, tissues, and a reusable grocery bag.  I like to have exterior pockets for my phone and keys (so they don’t get lost in the bottom of my bag) and a long enough strap to cross over my body leaving my hands free.

So there you have it.  I am certainly not a minimalist.  And, can you figure out my favorite color?

Unraveled Wednesday 


I finally reached the point of placing beads on my shawl.  The first round went well and I am ready for round two.  It is a very subtle addition but fun.

I am re-reading my Shetland magazines, thinking about what to pack, and dreaming of being out of cell phone range for almost 3 weeks!  

This week is getting filled with those kind of tasks that you would rather would hand over to someone else but there is a long weekend coming up so . . .

Thanks Kat for hosting us each week.

Weekending


Someone flipped the switch and we went from winter to summer in the blink of an eye.  Seriously, no time to shift.  My weekend included hunting down some sunglasses and sunscreen, chicken salad with grapes, my first iced coffee of the season, and a lovely hike on a very hilly trail.  In 6 weeks we will begin our Grand Shetland Adventure and there will be a lot of walking.  I’m pretty sure I am up to it but just to make sure, I am planning a longer hike each week.  I do know that I must get some different socks to wear with my hiking boots.  

Hope you had a lovely weekend too.

Unraveled Wednesday – Book Bingo!


I am happy to say that there was no yarn unraveling in the last week.  Believe me, there is plenty of unraveling in the rest of my life.  I did get one more donation hat finished.  I will pick up a few more this week and get the delivered on Saturday.  I am planning to start doing longer walks on the Pipeline Trail over the next 6 weeks to get my hiking boots ready for our Grand Shetland Adventure this summer.

I printed my Summer Bingo card so now it is time to see wher the books on my TBR list will fit.  Visit Mary to get your own card.  I just finished listening to Lily and the Octopus, another great audio book option.

Thank you for the great ideas for adding cinnamon to my beverages.  I tried Lori’s idea and have been very happy with the cinnamon in my smoothie idea.  I am going to try sprinkling some cinnamon on my coffee grounds when I use my Moka.  It sounds like a grand idea.

Thanks again to Kat for hosting Unraveled Wednesdays.

Mondays in the kitchen – cinnamon


I have read that cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar.  Okay.  I’ll try it.

My first attempt at adding cinnamon to my coffee was less than successful.  Apparently, cinnamon does not dissolve.  In fact, it gets kind of gooey, almost gelatinous.  Weird.  Next I tried putting it into my Ninja blender with a bit of milk and coconut oil.  That was much better.  But also more work.  This weekend I settled on adding a bit of coconut oil and cinnamon to the cup and then adding my coffee.  I think that will work.

I have been sprinkling cinnamon on sliced apples for a snack or toppping a piece of toast with coconut butter and cinnamon.  Last night I added cinnamon to my yogurt – yum!  I don’t eat oatmeal but I hear that cinnamon on top of cooked oats is good.  I bought some cinnamon sticks and plan to leave one in my cup of tea or even just warm water.  That seems a good option for work.

Any other ideas?

Unraveled Wednesday 


We are finally getting some sunshine and blue skies!  It looks like it won’t last long but I am grateful for this reprieve.

I started my new shawl.  Now I need to watch a video on adding beads before I move on.  I have only added beads to one other project.  Helen had a great video so I will rewatch her instructions first.  I tried two other yarns befor settling on this grey yarn.  

My new notebook arrived.  I just love the wrap around pockets.  I transferred all of my inserts and pockets this weekend.  I have been using a smaller wrap around for almost two years (also a Sojourner) but I wanted a bit more space for note taking and memory keeping.  I have tried bullet journaling and daily planning and they don’t really work for me.  I keep my calendar on my phone, multi-calendars actually.  But I do love to have lists and place to make notes, write quotes or scriptures, capture ideas and book titles.  So inside my Sojourner I have one dot grid notebook, a folder with slots for my I.D. And a bit of cash, and a plastic pocket holder for credit cards and receipts.  I also have a small notebook for menu and grocery ideas.  Finally I am using the font pocket to hold index cards with my weekly To Do lists.  It is a flexible system.  I am always looking for new ideas but I am also trying to keep it simple.

I finished The Nix yesterday and yes, I loved this book.  I had the audio version and it made me laugh out loud in my car several tims.  Up next?  Not sure but I have an ever growing list.  Just a few weeks until Summer Book Bingo.

Happy Wednesday and thanks to Kat for hosting Unraveled Wednesdays.