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

Unraveled Wednesday 


Sadly, there has been some unraveling of yarn.  I tried, but I could not find the mistake and the pattern was not going to resolve itself.  I put it down for a few days but in the end, I knew I would not be happy with the outcome.  I want to start again but I think I will change up the colors.  This is a lovely pattern and quite easy to follow.  Sometimes we learn many good things when we unravel.

Now, my summer book bingo is off to a good beginning.  I checked off my first square yesterday with a book that was “blurbed by someone you admire.”  Mary recommended The Bookshop on the Corner.  A lovely little story set in the Scottish Highlands.  Thanks Mary.

So, my week is balancing out.  Let’s hope that trend continues.  Thanks Kat for hosting Unraveled Wednesdays.  

Weekending – a long one


It has been a long time since I had more that one day with nothing scheduled.  I have had to remind myself numerous times to relax.  I have had a lovely run, a hike on the trail that was a bit warmer than I was expecting, a bit of sewing, a frustrating evening with a knitting project that had to be put aside (I really need a simpler project), and plenty of time to sit on the deck with my book.  And there was some good progress made on the travel planning – just 5 weeks now.

On Sunday I decided to tackle my little whimsy garden bed.  I created this space a few years ago with some fun garden art using tea cups and pots that have little cracks and breaks.  I have not been successful with plantings.  I found some large pots that I will fill dirt and add some flowers.  I am hoping that having them up, off the ground, will keep the rabbits from snacking on the leaves.  We will see.  I do know that I want to get back in the garden more often – a great way to melt away stress.

It has been a lovely, long weekend.

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.

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?

Unraveled Wednesday 


I finally reached the point of placing beads on my shawl.  The first round went well and I am ready for round two.  It is a very subtle addition but fun.

I am re-reading my Shetland magazines, thinking about what to pack, and dreaming of being out of cell phone range for almost 3 weeks!  

This week is getting filled with those kind of tasks that you would rather would hand over to someone else but there is a long weekend coming up so . . .

Thanks Kat for hosting us each week.

Weekending


Someone flipped the switch and we went from winter to summer in the blink of an eye.  Seriously, no time to shift.  My weekend included hunting down some sunglasses and sunscreen, chicken salad with grapes, my first iced coffee of the season, and a lovely hike on a very hilly trail.  In 6 weeks we will begin our Grand Shetland Adventure and there will be a lot of walking.  I’m pretty sure I am up to it but just to make sure, I am planning a longer hike each week.  I do know that I must get some different socks to wear with my hiking boots.  

Hope you had a lovely weekend too.