Goodbye June


Dear June,

You were such a blur.  That is probably a good thing because while I remember some fun times, there were also too many glitches.  Just the other day I told someone that I felt like Rosanne Rosannadanna, if it’s not one thing it’s another.  

But there were hikes enough to get my boots ready for Shetland.  And there was that 10k, the one we didn’t really train for but we finished and didn’t get hurt.  I finished my hat and started a shawl.  The sewing projects used up some stash.  And there were lovely visits from our tiny person who is getting so mobile.  I finished a few books and wrapped up enough loose ends at work to be able to turn off work and turn on summer.  

So goodbye June.  You taught me much.  See you again next year.

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Unraveled Wednesday – retreating

Last Friday I headed east to join my quilting friends for an annual retreat.  I am not quilting much these days and with the chaos and stress that has been my life lately, I contemplated skipping this year.  In the end, I was happy that I went.  I stitched up four new project bags, a pair of pants for our tiny person, and a gadget bag that was much fussier than I would normally tackle but since I sewed this one alongside one of my friends so it was fun.  There was a fair  amount of unsewing (the quilting equivalent of unraveling).  There was also good food, catching up, coffee, wine, and plenty of laughter.

Between sewing projects, I made some good progress on my most recent knit.  I don’t think I will finish before I leave but this could be my travel knitting, at least for the first part of my trip.  Then I will need to acquire the materials for another project once I get to Shetland.  I still need to make some final decisions on travel clothing.  I have two smallish books to take and leave along the way and two audio books on my phone.  Departure time is so close!

Thanks for hosting us Kat!

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