Unraveled Wednesday – inch by inch

No unraveling, just some slow progress on my Birkin sweater. I have never been a monogamous knitter but I do want to see if I can finish this one while there is still time to wear it. I am putting a small marker that I can move each day as I inch toward the hem. And then of course there will need to be sleeves. But one thing at a time.

Not much reading due to that nasty sinus thing. It was so bad that I could not even wear my glasses which makes it hard to read. I did finish listening to It’s Not Dark Yet. I am in awe of people who find the light in every situation. I have a few audio books on hold at the library so I will spend this in between time catching up on podcasts.

I am also excited to read that Grace will be writing about books and reading and readers. Be sure to stop by and see her.

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#ttmt,

I have been battling a sinus thing for almost 8 weeks now. Just when I think I have won, it creeps back. I spent the weekend drinking tea and doing some serious napping. But the weekend was made brighter by a little bag of goodies left on my doorknob to brighten my day and wish me a full recovery. A very sweet, tiny, tiny moment.

Magazine shock

I had some time between meeting last week and there happened to be a bookstore right there so I went in for a wander. I headed to the magazine section thinking I might pick up one or two gardening magazines. Have you seen how expensive they are? Yikes! I didn’t find one that I was willing to buy but I did see this issue of Paleo and with a coupon, it was a reasonable purchase. Guess I will go back to Pinterest and the internet for those gardening ideas.

P.S. my amaryllis is still plugging along. We have had the craziest weather – very cold and even snow but with the longer days, we might just have enough light for her to bloom before spring arrives.

Three Things

Last week we had a food box from Hello Fresh arrive on the porch. Our daughter had told me about trying this meal delivery option and she had a coupon code for a free box. Can’t beat the price. So I hopped online and placed an order for three meals. Here are three things (thanks Carole)triggered by my Hello Fresh experience:

  1. I love to cook – I seemed to have forgotten that lately but preparing these three meals helped me remember how much I used to like making dinner.
  2. Herbs are an important part of a delicious meal. One meal has a dill sauce and used fresh dill – it was very good! I have herbs in my garden, I just need to relearn how to use them to jazz up my cooking.
  3. Leftovers are an important part of cooking for us. I rely on leftovers for lunches and this plan only included enough for two people/one meal.

I won’t be ordering another box but I will be pulling out my cookbooks and getting back into a food prep/cooking routine.

Unraveled Wednesday

The unraveling around here comes in the form of illness. It seems most of the family and too many co-workers have succumbed to the crud. Hopefully I have had my run and will stay well this time around. Somebody needs to play nurse.

I continue on the body of my Birkin. There was a glitch with the formatting on the printed pattern and a number of knitters have given up on this sweater. Mine seems to be okay (only 3 rows missed on the size I am knitting) so I plug away. I’m not very fast and this is fingering on size 6 needles so I will be here awhile. I did finish two more toddle sized hats for the donation box and have used up a bit more stash. Somehow, as much as I have been knitting from stash, the piles do not seem to get smaller. I have had the same experience with quilting fabric.

I started listening to It’s Not Dark Yet and downloaded White Houses to my kindle. Both are holding my attention which is good. I have a few books on hold at the library, just hoping they don’t all arrive at the same time.

Happy Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kat for more fun post and perhaps a bit of unraveling.

#ttmt

I didn’t start this Tuesday thing expecting that our tiny person would be the feature of these posts but right now, he is such a treasure. Last week we went to the library and he ran right to the window and pointed at the outdoor area – he loves to be outside. So we ventured out. It was a bit sad because I remember when they were installing this area and it looked like it would be so fun. But I guess vandalism and weather have taken a toll. The tiny person didn’t notice the state of disrepair. He was happy to run around outside, pick up rocks, and touch, touch, touch. I could see all sorts of possibilities for my own garden as I watched him explore.

as always, thanks to Michelle for this #tinytinymoments inspiration

Monday mindfulness

I have had so much fun with my sewing machine this weekend. I made the white Scout Tee first. This is a pretty straightforward pattern except I don’t really like doing a bias edge on necklines. So I made a facing for the back. For the front, I added a piece that was cut on the bias to add a different direction. (I have been sewing for over 50 years so these adaptations are years in the making.)

Then I dug into my clothing fabric stash (yes, I have a fabric stash for clothing and an even larger one for quilting) and found the print. I had seen a Scout Tee with longer sleeves so I decided to try that. Again, this was not new to me. I have altered and adapted patterns many times. I forgot how soothing it can be to sew.

And this sewing time made me think about my closet and this concept of enough. I want to get back to a more mindful approach to my wardrobe. I am looking forward to this book and to making a few more items to add to my closet. Until then, I am planning to spend some time cleaning out my closet. Spring will be here before we know it. How wonderful to have a more mindful closet to welcome the new season.