Goodbye January


This first month has flown by!  As I look at my calendar, I see a blur of days, back and forth to visit dad, returning to work, too much cold weather, too few running days.  I also see the excitement and joy of caring for our tiny person after school on Mondays, books finished, hats knit, and even a bit of sewing.  

I am excited to welcome a new project for February.  I read about A Month of Letters on Kym’s blog and I knew I would join in the letter writing fun.  I picked up some fun stamps and pulled out a stack of notecards from my stationary stash.  I have started a list of recipients.  If you would like to receive a handwritten letter in February, please let me know.  I will be in touch to get your address.  

I have other plans for February but will save that for my Think Write Thursday post.  

Happy Tuesday!

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#17ufosin2017 – January progress


I love that Meredithe is encouraging us to make substantial progress instead of just focusing on finishing the projects on our lists.

I have one finish for the month – my Gwen Marston inspired flower basket medallion.  I am going to hang this in my front hallway and enjoy the promise of spring in spite of the wintery weather.

I pin basted my Windmills quilt and have about 70% of the machine quilting finished.  And I am closing in on finishing my Simmer Dim shawl.  I only have 9 rows left and will look forward to adding this beautiful pop of color to my wardrobe in the next week.

Be sure to visit Meredithe’s blog for more progress reports.

Monday in the Kitchen – breakfast


First a confession – my meal plan did not go well last week, sigh.  Too many bumps in the road and before I knew it, there was pizza for dinner.  Oh well, another week, another start.

What I do seem to do well is breakfast.  I make a green protein drink most days but a few mornings each week, I have enough time for a sit down breakfast.  My go to option?  Coffee of course.  But also poached eggs on a bed of broccoli and a serving of Lil’ Kim Chee from the Pickled Planet.  Love that ferment d boost! 

Happy Monday!  Eat well.

Hello Friday


Instead of sharing some fiber happenings, I have a few thoughts on books and bookstores and the good people in our lives.

I was searching my library site for books of knitting stories recently and came upon this sweet book about a little girl and a woman who knits hats.  I hope we all have someone like this in our lives, that person who teaches us the importance of caring for others.  Perhaps it is you.  After reading this book, I decided that my shawl will need to wait a few more days to be restarted.  I have two hats that are nearly finished and I want to get them off to the goood people at Knitting4peace by the end of the month.

When our family travels, we look for local bookstores.  I was disappointed when we could not find a bookstore in New Orleans last year but I know I will find plenty when I travel to the U.K. this summer.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to travel across the country with bookstores as our destination?  And coffee shops of course.  One bookstore on my list would be Parnassus Books in Nashville.  Ann Patchett is one of the owners and I have heard her speak of the wonderful staff and events at this store.  I read a great post on the Parnassus blog that I would recommend.  We have fewer and fewer local bookstores every year.  In Seattle, we have author events weekly, and most are in partnership with one of our local stores.  Next week I will go to hear Helen Macdonald speak.  Maybe it is all the rain that makes this such a book friendly part of the country.  I am always thankful for the abundance of bookish events I find in the newspaper each week.

The weekend is almost here.  I have this Friday off work and I will treasure every minute of this day.

Yarn and books



There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing. Robert Burns
Today is the birth date of Robert Burns, Scottish poet.  There is a tradition of celebrating with a dinner which I am determined to host some year.  Not today.  But since my yarn escapdes have been less than stellar this week, I thought I would mention it.  And I believe I might put a visit here on my list of things to do in Scotland this summer.

On my needles but destined to come off the needles this weekend is my Anisos shawl.  After getting the picot cast on finished, I cautiously started the first chart.  On row 3 I made an error that I don’t have the skills to repair.  So I will unknit and start over. I am determined to stick with this project.  I believe it will teach me much.  Take a look here to see how lovely this shawl will be.

I have been listening to Alters in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor and I am going to get a paper copy of this book.  The chapter on pain came on right after my conversation with dad’s doctor about pain management and elderly folks.  Very good stuff.

We are on the down side of the work week!  Hope you have wonderful yarn and books in your days.  Visit Ginny, or Kat, or Mary, or Karen to get inspired.

Monday in the kitchen


I am using the AIP menu plan for the next two weeks (you can get it here).  Life has still not slowed down so I decided to grab this meal plan with the recipes and shopping lists and give it a go.  I do have autoimmune disease but I don’t think I need the full program.  Except for the holiday stumbles, I do eat well.  We don’t buy prepackaged or fast foods.  I enjoy cooking, kind of a stress buster for me.

On Sunday I did four loads of laundry, cleaned out the fridge, printed the meal plan and recipes, and bought the items on the list that I didn’t already have.  Sunday evening was spent doing the prep to get the week launched.  And, I noticed that the days are getting longer which will make going for a run after work an option again.

Happy Monday.  Hope there is nutritious food in your fridge!