The Weekend and Seven Banned Words

The Weekend and Seven Banned Words

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.” – George Orwell, 1984

When the weekend began, I had no idea that before it was over we would be living in Orwell’s dystopian 1984 2017. It began on Friday night with a couple of Perfect Manhattan’s. And, I am not just saying that…nope, it is an evidence-based conclusion, rooted in fact! And, they were the ideal way start to the weekend! We had discussed during the week that we really were feeling in a rut with our Friday night eats, so we changed it up a bit. Meatballs instead of Salami, Lobster Dip instead of Hummus…why we even added in some onion rings! Three cheers for diversity!

Saturday, we still had snow on the ground but with quickly rising temperatures, I knew it would not last for long. After all, science-based evidence is clear that warming temperatures make the snow melt. There is no changing that, no matter how much I want the snow to stay, wish cannot make it so!

I also, sadly, did not get my super-secret knitting done on Friday and I feared being vulnerable to criticism on Christmas morning if I delivered an empty box filled only with an IOU, so I managed to do some covert knitting in the light of day! I am quite certain My recipient feels no sense of entitlement, but they still are deserving of this gift – so I feverishly knit on, grabbing a row or two here and there while no one was paying attention! And, with some sneaky persistence the knitting was done and now begins the seaming. It’s a good Monday task!

We got our annual visit from Santa and the Scott Township Fire Department rolled out the red carpet firetrucks for him! It is a high point of the season and feels so “small town”. I really love this little tradition!

Sunday, it rained most of the day. Hard. The melting of the snow kind of rain. AND, Sunday was a HUGE football day! There was a game for the ages: The Steelers vs The Patriots IN PITTSBURGH, and wonder of wonders – I actually rooted for those crazy Steelers! Perhaps I am finally becoming a Yinzer, n’at! Steve wanted “football foods” for the game. You’d think it was the Super Bowl or some such thing! Ha! So there was a mini-feast with more good eats and even a beer or two! It was an incredible game, even though we lost, thanks to that incredibly bad call in that last 28 seconds (because in any other football game the ball crossing the plane of the goal would be a touchdown, but apparently not in Pittsburgh)!

Finally, we come to the last two banned words: transgender and fetus… I cannot imagine that they actually think that by not saying these words it will change how people feel about themselves, their identity, or a choice that is intensely personal.

I am reminded that every single day I must embrace all that is different. I must support those who are defenseless with words and actions, and if I don’t understand something, I need to be open to new thoughts and ideas. John Lynch said it best, “We will not agree on every issue. But let us respect those differences and respect one another…”

Make it a good Monday!

P.S. I saw this late last night The CDC Poetry Project if any of you want to try your hand at a submission!

Fiber Friday, December 15

Fiber Friday, December 15

I have been doing some super-secret knitting during the day which I can’t tell you all about or show you just yet, but I am making some good progress. This has been assisted greatly by audiobooks (I am almost done with Bonfire) and Season 2 of The Crown on Netflix, which I finished yesterday.

I am anticipating this super-secret knitting to be completed today, which will allow me to BREATHE a deep sigh of relief!

I am also anticipating the 2018 Read Harder Challenge, which I am going to participate in next year. I have also been contemplating my Goodreads book challenge this year – do I play it safe or really push myself this year? Perhaps with the Net Neutrality debacle, reading might be more important next year as streaming Netflix might be limited. I am leaning towards pushing myself.

AND, as you can see, I am really ready for some Christmas Break Reading. The Library is being SUPER good to me right now and has somehow moved me up on my “hold list” almost to the GAH point! I checked out the above books on Tuesday night, and last night Killers of the Flower Moon was downloaded to my iPad. With these additions, it almost feels like I can make that 85-books-read mark!

But, how about some links:

First up, staying with the reading theme:

I laughed at this Hogwarts House Quiz (I got Slytherins and loved that I have read most of the books on the House Slytherin list)

I also loved the 100 Must-Read Books with One-Word Titles. I added quite a few to my read list!

Are you a mystery series lover? 25 Of The Absolute Best Cozy Mystery Series

Also, FYI: You can now follow hashtags on IG…

And, finally the knitting links:

Playtime

Sankta Lucia Socks

Little Knots Cardigan… LOVE!

Is 2018 you Year of Knitting? Big Sky Weather Scarf This could be an excellent stash buster as well!

Pine Burr I am not sure if it’s the color (which is divine!) or the stitch pattern but, I love this cowl!

Bittersweet Oh, my. I love the texture. Will 2018 be the year I finally tackle texture?

And, Kate Atherley’s Rosetta Tharpe is FREE until midnight December 17th in honor of the induction of Ms. Tharpe to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

That is all I have for this week! Have a great weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Nine on Thursday?

Nine on Thursday?

Taking a page post from the most brilliant Vicki, I present my IG Best Nine of 2017:

 

Knitting, stitching, protesting, and bird watching are wonderful things to be reminded of.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled holiday freak out.

If you want to see more thoughtful and better prepared Thursday Things, head over to Carole’s!

Unraveled Wednesday, December 13

Unraveled Wednesday, December 13

The rush of the season makes for little knitting time, so no real progress on anything. However, I have managed to get some rounds in on Treysta. I am just so in love with the colors in this sweater. It makes me happy even if I can only knit a haphazard round here or there! The body grows slowly, but it grows!

I am still on the Peace Train and I worked on it last night at Knit Night. It is the perfect peaceful knitting project, and it has grown a bit from this photo taken during the daylight hours on Tuesday!

I am ever so grateful for audiobooks as they are the perfect companion for the rush of Christmas.

I finished:

The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and LOVED it! I have added another of Jonas Jonasson’s books to my “read list” The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.

I also finished Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance. I enjoyed it and it was a quick read. It reminded me of Jungle Book, in that here is a story of Weylyn Grey who was raised by wolves. It is a charming little tale. There is magic and wonder and fantasy and it is a beautifully told story.

Currently reading:

Sing, Unburied, Sing and The Rules of Magic.

Up next is Bonfire. I am really pushing hard to get to 85 books before the end of the year. I am close, but it will require some work!

What is occupying your time this week?

Thank you for joining me this week!

Virtual Advent Tour: Reading Memories

Virtual Advent Tour: Reading Memories

I would first of all like to thank Sprite for including me again this year! It is so much fun reading all the posts! It is a highlight of the season for me!

Today I want to spend a little time going back in time and reminiscing about the best books I read with my kids when they were much younger.

It could simply not be Christmas without these books. We read them over and over and over and over.

We talked about community, and sang the songs.

We drank cups of hot chocolate, and ate Christmas candies.

We did voices of animals.

We talked about the stories.

We thought about what perfect really is.

And, Christmas wishes.

and, best of all were the stories we made up ourselves when there were absolutely no words at all.

What did you like to read to your children? Or have someone read to you? And, please make sure you stop by Sprite Writes and see what all the other Virtual Advent participants have to share!

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