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!



I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

A few years ago, we started a post- Thanksgiving tradition of watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy over the long weekend. And every time I watch that first movie, I am struck by the quote above. I want to do more deciding what to do with the time that is given and less wishing away the things that are hard. So today, I am once again wiping the smudges from my lenses and choosing to be in the moment, deciding to do the best I can do for today.

And by the way, it took us an extra day to finish watch the trilogy this year because I kept falling asleep! It is still a wonderful tradition.

Three on Thursday

Today I am thankful

For my family and the laughter and music they bring into our lives,

For opportunities to learn that I am much stronger than I ever imagined,

For a day when we can eat good food, sip some amazing wine, and take the time to catch up with our wonderful tribe.

Enjoy your day!


There was snow and rain, flip flops and tennis shoes, wonderful music, a few tears and a lots of smiles, cupcakes, donuts, and plenty of sprinkles. And now our family is a bit larger and overflowing with love, laughter, and reasons to celebrate.

P.S. the bride and groom were much happier looking than their LEGO counterparts!

Wovember is coming

I know that November is NaBloPoMo month but it is also Wovember – a chance to embrace and celebrate all things wooly.  The Yarn in the City ladies have an Instagram based photo challenge going on.  Be sure to check out the Wool=Wellness posts too.

Time to say goodbye to October.  It has been a busy month but so many beautiful, crisp fall days.  I have really enjoyed taking our tiny person to the park and watching him explore.  I haven’t done as much running as I had hoped but I think I am edging back into it.  I am contemplating joining a fitness center for the dark, cold months ahead.  And I have promised myself that if I lose just a few more pounds, I will get a new FitBit.  I finished a few knitting projects and got back to writing in this space.  My journals have seen some regular attention and there has been some good reading progress.
How about you?  Was October a good month?

a new project is brewing

I was stalking reading Honore’s posts labeled Me A-Z category.  I finally asked her about this project and she shared a bit.  That triggered a memory of taking an online class with Cathy Z with that title.  I had started the class but never finished.  Now I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.  I stuck a little notebook in my bag and began making a list of words.  This morning I pulled out a photo album and counted the pages – plenty of room for an A-Z project.  I don’t know how long this will take.  I only hope I don’t lose interest.  I am sure I will have plenty of opportunities to collect stories and pictures over the next few weeks.  Best of all, I won’t need to buy anything!