Hello September

Look at that blank page. It is nice to pause, to plan, to imagine how this new month might unfold.

  1. More green matcha tea, more words on the page.
  2. Perhaps a few batches of soup as the days begin (hopefully) to cool.
  3. A new reading list as the summer bingo card is put away.
  4. A second sleeve and collar on my green sweater.
  5. A shawl made with yarn from Shetland.
  6. Yoga on Mondays.
  7. Daily steps adding up and perhaps a return to running.
  8. Weekly visit with our favorite tiny person.
  9. Unpacking the drums and scheduling practice time into my days.
  10. Thinking about joining this KAL.

Oh yes September, I think we are going to have a good month.

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Hello Friday

The countdown to the first day of school continues. Next week the elementary students begin and our preschoolers follow the day after Labor Day. Bit by bit we are getting there. I am also looking at Fridays and weekend with new eyes. I finished the first sleeve on my sweater this week and hope to get the second one done by Labor Day so I can go to my last class with just the shawl collar to finish. Now I just need some cooler weather.

I caked up my hand dyed Shetland yarn this week and I am on the hunt for a shawl pattern to show off these great colors. What about socks you say? Well, I just don’t think that is going to happen. Maybe some day or maybe not. I am contemplating Kay’s Celtic Shawl KAL but I’m not really sure how much yarn I have in these cakes.

Finally, I got my first Stitch Fix box this week and I love it all. I may never go to the mall again!

Hello Friday


There you have it. I have eased my way back into a work routine. Morning smoothies, getting in at least 10,000 steps each day by walking before meetings or during lunch, lots of water and a bit less coffee, getting all those dates on the calendar, making time each day for reading, and checking things off the back to school list. Next week will be a bit busier but everything I did this week has created space for what comes next.
This weekend I am going for a hike with my daughters and doing a harvest/gleening time at a local farm. The temperatures are supposed to cool a bit – oh please let this be true. And I am going to be playing with my traveler's notebook and new workbag. I am trying very hard to whittle down, lighten my load (literally and figuratively).
Step by step.

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.

Hello Friday


The weekend is just around the corner and I have a short list.  I am trying to keep it simple, not an easy task given all the things we could be doing.  

I have downloaded a dozen kindle book samples – hoping to narrow down some choices for my Book Bingo card.  Not sure if Lincoln in the Bardo might qualify for Magical Realism or maybe Fantasy?  I also need to choose a few projects to take on my quilting retreat which is just a few weeks away.  I think this year I will take some projects that need to be finished rather than starting something new.  

The highlights of the weekend will be a 10k tomorrow morning – happy to be running with my daughter again – and a visit with another tiny person.  This little lady was born just a few weeks after our tiny person and her mom is a long time friend of our daughters.  Love this next generation thing!

Happy Friday!  EnJOY!

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.

5 for Friday


Patiently waiting for my new notebook that will become my everyday carry and wallet

Planning to cast on this lovely shawl tonight

Putting this salad on my meal plan 

Placing an order for this book to use with a some justice-seeking students

Picking up some avocados and chips for a much needed Friday night feast

Happy Friday!