Unraveled Wednesday 


Sadly, there has been some unraveling of yarn.  I tried, but I could not find the mistake and the pattern was not going to resolve itself.  I put it down for a few days but in the end, I knew I would not be happy with the outcome.  I want to start again but I think I will change up the colors.  This is a lovely pattern and quite easy to follow.  Sometimes we learn many good things when we unravel.

Now, my summer book bingo is off to a good beginning.  I checked off my first square yesterday with a book that was “blurbed by someone you admire.”  Mary recommended The Bookshop on the Corner.  A lovely little story set in the Scottish Highlands.  Thanks Mary.

So, my week is balancing out.  Let’s hope that trend continues.  Thanks Kat for hosting Unraveled Wednesdays.  

Weekending – a long one


It has been a long time since I had more that one day with nothing scheduled.  I have had to remind myself numerous times to relax.  I have had a lovely run, a hike on the trail that was a bit warmer than I was expecting, a bit of sewing, a frustrating evening with a knitting project that had to be put aside (I really need a simpler project), and plenty of time to sit on the deck with my book.  And there was some good progress made on the travel planning – just 5 weeks now.

On Sunday I decided to tackle my little whimsy garden bed.  I created this space a few years ago with some fun garden art using tea cups and pots that have little cracks and breaks.  I have not been successful with plantings.  I found some large pots that I will fill dirt and add some flowers.  I am hoping that having them up, off the ground, will keep the rabbits from snacking on the leaves.  We will see.  I do know that I want to get back in the garden more often – a great way to melt away stress.

It has been a lovely, long weekend.

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?