Three Things


This week has been filled to overflowing with good things.  I am, after all, in Shetland, traveling with one of my daughters, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, lovely people, and yarn.  I will share my stories when I return home. 

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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!

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.

a summer bucket list 

Summer break is still a few weeks away.  The students will be gone after next week and the teachers will finish up shortly after that so my schedule will be more relaxed but there is still much to do to wrap up the year.  That doesn’t mean I am not dreaming of summer days.  Today Carole and Kat have asked us about a summer bucket list.  A big part of my summer will be our trip to the U.K.  But there will be time for the summer things.  My top ten would be:

  1. Coffee on the deck in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening
  2. Spend time with our tiny person
  3. Mother-daughter dates
  4. Revive date night with my husband
  5. Take all the boxes from my winter and spring purge fest to various donation drops
  6. Fill some more boxes with craft stuff to be donated
  7. Have flowers in my kitchen every week
  8. Get at least two bingos on my Summer Bingo card
  9. Shop at the farmer’s market
  10. Pump up my tires and take my bike out for a few longer rides 

Thanks to Carole and Kat for a fun prompt.

Hello June


I am looking for ants.  You see I am anxious to see my peonies bloom and I know that those little insects help unstick the tight buds.  But, in typical June fashion, all I see are raindrops.  June gloom.  Oh well.  Lots of other things to look forward to on this first day of a new month.

Two days until our tiny person is six months old,

Nine more days of school,

One graduation ceremony,

Three more admin meetings,

Two weeks to get ready for a 10k,

Twenty one days until my annual quilt retreat,

Thirty days until #grandshetlandadventure.

Thanks to Carole and Kat for Think Write Thursday

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?