Hello December

Yesterday I was thinking about what to post on the first day of a new month. I thought about lists, goals, books I want to read, ideas for journaling, things I want to knit or stitch. But then our tiny person (who is turning one in just a few days) toddled over to the tree and I realized this is how I wanted to welcome the new month. It is going to be so much fun!

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3 on Thursday

1. There is a new play area at our local park and our (not so) tiny person is ready to explore!

2. Yesterday was cool and overcast – the perfect day for wearing my orange sweater, I love the cozy, squishy garter stitch.

3. After three weeks of cutting back on caffeine, I have come to love my cuppa tea (caffeine free).

What a fun weekly prompt – thanks Carole

Hello Friday

This was one of those weeks when I felt like it should have been Friday days ago. But even on the longest days, I have time for taking a stroll and watching the ducks with our tiny person.

On this day, 38 years ago, I went out to dinner with the man I would marry. We laugh a lot about how Friday the 13th is anything but unlucky for us. Looking forward to a special wine and cheese night.

I have stayed away from this space for too long but I am inspired by Kat’s idea of planning posts and have missed being part of the weekly link-ups.

I have been reading – The Snow Child and News of the World.

I have been knitting – two sweaters finished, two more hats, one shawl at 60% and a second one cast on.

I have been moving – averaging 10,000 steps a day and yoga once a week

I have been putting pen to paper in my notebooks

I have been cooking clean, healthy, whole foods

Hello Friday – hello weekend!

Unraveled Wednesday

My green sweater has had a soak and is drying. One last step will be to pick up stitches for the front band and collar. In the meantime, I have acquired yarn for another sweater! Hope to swatch and practice short rows this weekend.

I did not manage to get a cover all in Summer Book Bingo but I am happy with how many orange squares are filled in. Best summer reading in a very long time.

Now that we are back to school, afternoons with the tiny person will be more regular. A few hours between oak and dinner are a great way to balance the day. He is standing and crawling and such a happy guy. Grampa calls him the two hour tornado! Yesterday I gave him a doll that his momma had as a toddler. He loved the eyes and gave her many kisses.

Happy Wednesday and thanks to Kat for hosting us.

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.

Fiber Friday


It was a long week and I’m not exactly sure why but I know that it felt long to a lot of people.  But we did see a bit more sunshine this week and even had a few days that didn’t require me to put up my hood every time I stepped out of my office.  That was lovely.

And there was fiber in my week.  I started the sleeves on my Annabel cardigan.  I am almost to the elbow on sleeve #1.  I started with magic loop but after two inches my arms were getting tired so I am knitting the rest of the sleeve flat and will seam it up.  I will follow that same method on the second sleeve to have consistency.  The garter stitch is quite forgiving and bouncy.

I made two pair of pants for our tiny person.  That was very fun and super simple.  His lovely mom put them on him yesterday so I got to see them when I picked him up for a few hours.

Tomorrow I am going to meet with some quilters.  I met these ladies when I joined the Sue Spargo block of the month  last year but have not made it to many of their gatherings.  I am taking some of the red strips I cut last weekend to sew some blocks for the 70273 project.

Hope your week was good.  Happy spring and enjoy your weekend.