TGIF | 11.15.19

TGIF | 11.15.19

You can’t promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing off corrupt people. – George P. Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

In my opinion, this was the best quote of the week. Bravo to Mr. Kent for saying it and it is certainly true!

Now, how about a quick TGIF and then… let the weekend begin!

Tenacious Knitting –

I thought I was fairly focused in my knitting this week…so focused that I feel like I should have both shoulders done! BUT!! I had a brief set back in which I had to rip out the left shoulder of my Evening Dew cardigan because I should have been knitting the right shoulder!! One would think that at my age I would know right from left, but apparently not… Anyways, the right shoulder is now finished (with the right chart!!) and the left shoulder was begun last night – with the left chart!

Gratitude –

I had hoped to maintain a gratitude list on IG which lasted for all of one day. It has been a tough week here and I am thankful for blogging friends, especially Carole, who brought gratitude reminders back into focus for me. I also realized that posting an image does not mean there was nothing to be grateful about. And, in a tough week I revisited Michelle’s prompt for seeking gratitude when sidetracked and specifically this Gilbert K. Chesterton quote: When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. I am working hard on taking them with gratitude, but it is a work in progress – truly.

Ignoring the Impulse –

I have had some yarns sitting in a cart all week as I think about those sweaters from last week! I have been very good at ignoring the impulse to purchase said yarn. Part of my success is that while I would love a red sweater for Christmas – the voice of reason tells me that will not happen this year. And purchasing yarn for a sweater for next Christmas does not have the same feelings of urgency.

Festive Prep Plans –

I have been listening to bursts of holiday music (except when Steve has been home, because he is the Penultimate Grinch about all things Christmas – especially music!) I also heard Mother Nature loud and clear this week with her Winter Weather Warning! This weekend my plans are to get out those holiday lights and have them festively adorning our bushes, ready and waiting for the time when Steve deems it okay to turn them on!

And that is all I have for the week! I hope your weekend is full of all good things and that Monday takes her sweet time in getting here!

Unraveled Wednesday | 11.13.19

Unraveled Wednesday | 11.13.19

Greetings Unravelers and Happy Wednesday!

I finished my Baby Velvet knitting binge with a bang – one final pint-sized cowl so Vivi can match her mom! (I think it might be a little big, but it will absolutely work!) Details for my modifications are here.

I got to the next part of the Evening Dew Cardigan! Yes, I have picked out the provisional cast on (which can I just say is not for the faint of heart when using mohair/silk laceweight yarn!) and have begun the front shoulder portion of the sweater! Woooo! Yes, it is minute progress… but progress!

I also am tossing the stash to cast on an Oh Gnome, You Didn’t and I am hoping I have some orange yarn somewhere…

Now, how about a wee reading update:

Finish Number One… Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Oh my, this is a lovely book. The writing is wonderful and the stories of the people living in Holt, Colorado draw you in. I listened to the audio version and I so enjoyed it. The narrator was very good, and I loved this book almost as much as Our Souls at Night. I recommend this 4-star book!

Next, I finished How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Another audio book, this one read by Kendi, was the perfect follow up to Just Mercy. Kendi invites you gently in and helps you unpack your thoughts, beliefs, and ideas – gently, directly – beautifully! He does not condemn the listener, he inspires you to be better, to change in positive ways, and to be a more active antiracist. 5-stars for this must-read book!

That is all I have for this week. What about you? Have you had any making successes this week?

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Sometimes Monday | 11.11.19

Sometimes Monday | 11.11.19

is for remembering.

It is a long weekend in my house and usually long weekends are all about, well… the weekend and extending it one more day.

Today, however, I will spend some time contemplating all those have served (and are serving) so that I can enjoy a long weekend in November.

I hope you are having a good weekend – and are doing some remembering as well!

See you all back here on Wednesday!

TGIF | 11.15.19

TGIF | 11.8.19

I am really trying to ignore how rapidly the days are racing past. However, doing that with any success has been an abject failure. I did, however, finish Rachel’s Velvet-y Cowl last night. I have more than enough yarn left to make a “Mini-Velvet-y Cowl” for Vivi, so this obsession with velvet yarn is not over yet…

Tempted By –

Is it just me, or has Ravelry been an instrument of incredible temptation recently?

  • Temptation Number One: Thea’s Hard Cider caught my eye and Mary put an exclamation point on it with her plans! I love Mary’s choice of yarn and especially the color!
  • Temptation Number Two: A Rav ad for Delicious Toast also caught my eye… the details are so lovely!
  • Temptation Number Three: (which I am about to give in to!) Oh, Gnome, You Didn’t Steve’s mom loves gnomes and has quite a collection of them and this little fellow would be a cute addition! Plus, she watched Sherman for us on Tuesday, so I will be casting this on shortly as a tiny little thank you to her!
  • Temptation Number Four: Cellophane Flowers makes me want to drop everything, buy some speckled yarn, and CAST ON!!
  • Temptation Number Five: ADVENTuresome Wrap – yes, this pattern from Ambah O’Brien has been rattling around my brain – I have a good amount of Koigu that I think will work, I’d just need to get a skein of something to use for the main color!
Grateful Gratitude –

I have spent the week immersed in gratitude thanks to Michelle. I have thought about opening my eyes to notice gratitude. I have reveled in the wonder of gratitude. I have taken note of the things I take for granted. I have celebrated those slivers of joy that are a steady thread though my days. And finally, today I will think about gratitude that exists inside those difficult times. This week was very much needed in my life, and I plan to continue to seek out gratitude as the month continues. It is amazing how seeking out gratitude alters your entire outlook for everything!

It’s Old Fashioned Week –

Yes, indeed! And, this is the perfect day to celebrate that! I will be mixing up a special simple syrup to make an autumn-inspired Old Fashioned for tonight’s happy hour!

Finally, let the weekend begin –

Tomorrow is the fall Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer! It is on the North Shore versus in Lawrenceville and I have my fingers crossed that we will be heading off to wander and look at all the treasures! PLUS, a North Shore visit on a weekend that there is no Pitt game means that I might even be able to convince Steve that lunch at Southern Tier Brewing is in order!

That is all I have for this week, what are your TGIF thoughts for today?

 

Looking Back | October 2019

Looking Back | October 2019

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. — Hal Borland

My October images had a clear pattern of almost daily changes – I watched the trees go from green to glorious in slow motion – the color beginning at the top and gradually flowing down the course of the leaves. We had our first frost. We also had such amazing skies and, happily, very little rain! It also included a quick Michigan trip to visit some of my favorite people. And, movement… lots of movement.

The video last month has to be one of my favorites. There were so many butterflies all month long! Our butterfly bush just seemed to be hanging on just for this purpose and it was magical to head outside each afternoon and find dozens of them covering the blooming panicles.

Thanks for looking back at October with me! How about you? What did your October hold?

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