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.

Unraveled Wednesday 


I am happy to report that the Unraveled project from last week has been replaced by a new version.  I am so happy with these new colors and best of all, this is stash yarn.  Just a few more rows before I begin the decreases.  I will make sure to have better light this time around.

I finished another Book Bingo book – with a day of the week in the title.  For this square I read Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta.  I thought it was going to be non-fiction when I placed the library hold but it was a novel.  Interesting and not a tough read.  It would also qualify for a book to TV series although I have never heard of the show.

The unraveling in life right now centers around caring for an aging parent.  The golden years are not for the faint of heart.  Fortunately I have our trip to keep me distracted.  I am spending some time with travel books this week, looking to make a list of sights we want to see in Amsterdam this summer. Our weather has turned warm so I put some frozen pineapple in my wine marguarita- mmmmm.  Hope your week is going well.  Be sure to visit Kat to see how others are unraveling.

Yarn and books



There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing. Robert Burns
Today is the birth date of Robert Burns, Scottish poet.  There is a tradition of celebrating with a dinner which I am determined to host some year.  Not today.  But since my yarn escapdes have been less than stellar this week, I thought I would mention it.  And I believe I might put a visit here on my list of things to do in Scotland this summer.

On my needles but destined to come off the needles this weekend is my Anisos shawl.  After getting the picot cast on finished, I cautiously started the first chart.  On row 3 I made an error that I don’t have the skills to repair.  So I will unknit and start over. I am determined to stick with this project.  I believe it will teach me much.  Take a look here to see how lovely this shawl will be.

I have been listening to Alters in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor and I am going to get a paper copy of this book.  The chapter on pain came on right after my conversation with dad’s doctor about pain management and elderly folks.  Very good stuff.

We are on the down side of the work week!  Hope you have wonderful yarn and books in your days.  Visit Ginny, or Kat, or Mary, or Karen to get inspired.

Words, yarn, looking ahead


This year is coming to a close.  It will take me awhile to sort out everything that has happened in the last month.  What I do know is that I have much to celebrate.  I have so much lovely yarn, quilting projects to keep me entertained, great books to read, and an amazing family.

I finished Commonwealth and have been enjoying listening to Ann Patchett read Truth and Beauty.  I picked up an Ann Hood book at the library and hope to sink into that this weekend.  And yesterday, this beautiful book arrived – Royal Mail, I love that.  I am eager to read everything I can about Shetland before I head across the pond for an amazing Grand Shetland Adventure next summer.

I cast on (again) the Annabel cardigan.  Next up will be the Rob Roy hat followed by a new-to-me cast on – picot edge cast on.  

Finally, I saw this fun idea on Nancy’s blog and thought I would play along.  This week is getting better already!

Island dreaming

Maybe not the island you are dreaming of, the one with the beach and sand and sunshine and hula girls.  This island captured my heart sometime in the last few years.  I have watched Ravelry discussions and Instagram feeds with beautiful photos of hills and sheep and rainbows.  And guess what?  That dream is less than a year away from becoming a reality.  My daughter and I signed up to go on a Shetland tour with Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone next summer.  Our tour will be a walking tour so I am on the hunt for some good hiking boots.  I will need to find a jacket, one that is rain repellant.  And I want to finish my Gudrun shawl and my Mary Jane sweater.  I am anxious for more information, to start looking at flights and ferry schedules.  I am trying to pace myself but it isn’t easy.

It is wet and cold outside today.  A great time for knitting and dreaming.  What are you dr among about these days?