A Gratitude Focus | November 2019

A Gratitude Focus | November 2019

I am joining Juliann and friends to share my word – Focus.

I started the month off strong with Michelle’s Gratitude Week – her reminders were so perfect and in hindsight, it turns out that start was crucial to surviving a very challenged month for me.

I am grateful that my normal focus carried me through the month – being in the moment, focusing on right now and moving. Bad days are infinitely better when you move your body and get outside for a brisk walk. Fresh air really clears out the doldrums and it is hard to do anything but focus on Pilates when you are doing Pilates!

Add to that my usual knitting focus – and making some impromptu gifts really helped as well. I also learned that rhythmic knitting (read mindless stockinette) sometimes allows you to dwell on problems – but seed stitch keeps you focused on those knits and purls and not on worrisome thinking!

And all of those things have helped me to stay in the moment rather than being consumed by worry beyond that moment. And for that I am holding on to those tiny bits of gratitude.

Photo by Irina Iriser from Pexels

Quiet Weekending | 11.25.19

Quiet Weekending | 11.25.19

It was a quiet weekend trying to cure my cough/cold and my only trek out was to the post office bright and early on Saturday to mail Genevieve an advent calendar.

Friday, the monumental task of cleaning out the refrigerator was gleefully crossed off my list! All shelves and drawers removed, washed out, dried, and replaced. Food replaced in a more organized fashion. I even gave Steve a quick “tour” to try and eliminate the “I don’t know where X is” discussions! It worked, sort of… lol

Friday night I settled in to cast on Tsé Biníi doo Headband. I had an issue with “color dominance” that made me rip back the first few rows of color work, but I got back on track quickly – and with the white stitches popping nicely. I loved it so much that on Sunday afternoon I started a second in more muted shades. I am hopeful that I will get this done today as I will have time to knit in between working on the daunting (and overflowing) laundry pile.

After my outing, I spent much of the remainder of the day camped out on the sofa watching a bit of The Man in the High Castle and then some winning Michigan football.

Sunday brought another helping of the previous day, sans Michigan football, but with a surprise photo from my daughter. I love this picture so much – and I could see her mother doing that very same thing so many years ago in my minds eye.

And that after that quiet weekend, I am feeling much better and ready to get things organized for Thanksgiving!

I will be back tomorrow to join Julianne in sharing my word update! Happy Monday all!

 

TGIF | 11.22.19

TGIF | 11.22.19

The last Friday before Thanksgiving looms large in my house. While I did pretty good at checking off most of my list, I did not quite get everything crossed off…Refrigerator, I am looking at you! But a rainy Friday and an engaging audio book will help me get it cleaned out this morning! (Proof on Monday, I promise!)

(sort of) Tiny Gnomes –

My Gnome knitting is completed and delivered! The hat was absolutely the fussiest part of the entire thing. But he is so cute, and Steve’s mom loved this new addition to her collection!

Gaining –

Yes, I am making progress in my other knitting project(s)! I have finally reached the point of joining the fronts and back of Evening Dew!! AND, I have the heel flap *almost* done on sock one of those Gift Socks!

IN love –

I had been thinking that this “half-hat” would be perfect, but then I saw this in the first Making Winter! I have yarn that will work, and my subscription has been renewed (just this morning!) Entrelac vs Colorwork… it seemed an easy choice! PLUS!! Making Winter is full of more lovely little things that could keep me busy the entire winter season and beyond!

Fiona and the Women –

I have been watching the impeachment hearings faithfully, and while I have been so impressed and comforted at the steady, hard-working, doing the right thing career government employees, Dr. Fiona Hill really was something to behold. I have a bit of a fan-girl crush on her – she is incredibly well-spoken, smarter than everyone in the hearing room, and with incredible recall. She has attained Superhero status in my book!

And adding to all my joy over Dr. Hill – did you catch the debate on Wednesday night? There were more women than men on the stage! Of the 14 on stage, there were 8 women including the 4 moderators. IMO, it was the best debate thus far. And, I am thinking this morning how much better everything would be if smart women were in charge.

And, that is all I have for this week! I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!

Unraveled Wednesday | 11.20.19

Unraveled Wednesday | 11.20.19

Late November unraveling feels a bit frantic; do you agree?

I have a pair of socks I’d like to finish for a Christmas gift… this from the person who might just be the slowest sock knitter in the Northern Hemisphere. I don’t even have a HO (and that damned clock is ticking!) And these socks are knit on a bigger than usual needle and it is still slow going!

However, the Gnome has been started and I think the fiddliest bits are done (that three-pointed cap was a bitch, just sayin’) I am almost to the body decreases so the speed of knitting has picked up dramatically!

(And, my poor Evening Dew Cardigan has not seen much knitting time at all this week!)

But I do have a finished object!! Yes… it took a long time (I really can’t even remember when I started this hat – but it was a while ago) It has been languishing and fell into the out of sight, out of mind black hole. However, a bit of cleaning on Saturday and it resurfaced – and some attention on Saturday night, and a wee bit on Sunday and by Monday morning I was doing the decreases and now I have a blocked finished Sockhead Slouch Hat to keep Steve’s head warm!

His exuberance is overwhelming, no?

Books this week included Ann Cleeve’s sixth book in her Shetland series; Thin Air. I struggled to get into this series, but perseverance has paid off because this was my favorite one yet! 4-stars and I truly recommend this series!

I also finished Eventide, the second in Kent Haruf’s Plaintide trilogy. I loved it more than the first. I especially love how he has woven the stories of the people from Holt, CO together. If you are looking for a series that is the perfect thing for a “holiday read” look no further! I highly recommend (and Eventide got 5-stars!)

That is all I have for this week and if you wrote a post to share, please leave your link below!


Sometimes Monday | 11.18.19

Sometimes Monday | 11.18.19

Includes some “carry-over” items from last week’s list.

I had hoped to get a Gnome stared and Thanksgiving is now looming large! But, my yarn is all set and I’ve moved it up on the list, so it gets started AND completed!

I had hoped to get Christmas lights out… however, looking at the forecast, Thursday might be our warmest day – perfect for doing this undone task!

I had hoped to get the refrigerator cleaned out (and I am truly wondering why this task is so easily ignored??)

Plus, I found a thing or two to add to my list – I need a “half-hat” (otherwise known as a headband) for outside walking. You know… for those days when you need something for your ears, but a hat is just too warm. I hope to find the time to cast one on tonight!

And, so with my exceedingly long list in hand, I had better get started on this week! Happy Monday all!

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