Why Focus | 3.26.19

Why Focus | 3.26.19

Thank you all for your wished for Heidi and Genevieve yesterday. They are much appreciated!

I am joining Juliann again this month as I review my word and how I did in March.

In January, I spent my days focusing inward and in February, I focused on me.

March has been a month of questioning so many things. And, my thoughts have been turning around the “can you teach an old Kat new tricks” idiom. Yes, I have been focusing on the things I do (and don’t do) and the whys of them.

Things in my focus this month have been –

keeping my closet clean
better dinner planning
and moving more consistently

One of those things continued to be an epic failure all.month.long. (Hello, closet!! I am looking at you!)

Being organized in the tiniest closet ever is not easy – but part of the problem might be too.many.clothes.

But help is on the way!!

Some Closet Kondo-ing is already underway and maybe some Wardrobe Styling are in order. But hopefully, next month my closet (and wardrobe) will have a new focus and stay that way!

What about you? Do you struggle with closet organization?

Photo by Artem Bali from Pexels


Oh, Monday | 3.25.19

Oh, Monday | 3.25.19

Sometimes there are no words for Monday, but there are plenty of words to read.

I love these little interviews that The Guardian does!

Is Valium the new Soma?

Posthumous James Baldwin makes me want to read all his essays!

Hey, Kym! I think your Bunnies need some friends! (Psst, here are some Ready to Knit Kits)

This is a genius idea, and to start with French.Onion.Soup is brilliant!

Wait, what? Alcohol without the alcohol

P.S. We had a rough weekend around my house – a grand-dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge. The tears have flowed heavily and consoling a 3-year-old who loves her Dolly seems impossible. And, my poor daughter has put her grief aside to comfort Genevieve – but it was just Heidi and Dolly for a long, long time.

If you could send some good thoughts (and prayers if you are so inclined) to my daughter today – they would be greatly appreciated.

TGI-Fotograph Friday | 3.22.19

TGI-Fotograph Friday | 3.22.19

This has been a very mixed bag week, but it is finally Friday, so I am setting the week aside and making room for the weekend!

Tracking my brackets!

This might be my best start of any bracket I have done in years! And, believe me there have been years that my bracket was blown on Day One, but this year I only missed two picks on the first day! And, there were some crazy good games yesterday!! You would think with all this basketball, I’d have some knitting to show for it… think again, lol.

Good plans, bad timing??

So, my plans for knitting yesterday somehow went by the wayside. There was a trip to Costco and then during dinner a conversation started about possibly moving the bedroom furniture around… which then morphed into moving the bedroom furniture around after dinner. Yes, we have completely and totally lost our minds. We managed to get things moved enough to go to bed – but it was not pretty. You know what I am doing today… more bedroom furniture moving!!

Inspired to Sew…

A few Bunny Bags to fill with treats for the kids and Genevieve! These were courtesy of the Bernina We All Sew Newsletter yesterday – and so timely. I would love to join Kym with her latest knitting obsession, but I think the sewing of bunnies might be easier (and quicker) than knitting an army of bunnies!

I also stumbled upon a new-to-me magazine yesterday which has FREE PATTERNS available on their website!

Fotograph Friday!

And, finally – I am joining kmkat again this week with a photograph from one year ago! Yes – we had a doozy of a snow storm and damned if we don’t have snow and gale-freaking-force winds in the forecast today. Spring!! I am looking at you! I am a wee bit concerned about my lilacs!!

That’s all I have for this week! Have a great weekend everyone!

Three on Thursday | 3.21.19

Three on Thursday | 3.21.19

I am joining with Carole to share some things today!

Thing One:

I believe in the “three strikes and you are out” theory. Because, generally if after three tries of doing something one way unsuccessfully, continued tries in the same manner means you are heading down the path to insanity. And, so yesterday Deschain and I sort of had it out – in a big way. I will spare you the gritty details, but I will tell you that cotton yarn and picking up stitches in a fabric knit at a loose gauge were beyond my capabilities. End result? I have taken out the side seams and I am knitting those blasted sleeves flat. Once done – I will seam it all together. All this has reinforced to me that I am a wool knitter. Period. If I want a cotton sweater – I will buy the damned thing! LOL

Thing Two:

A fun fact about Pugs – they are perpetual shedders. So, if you don’t like dog hair – you don’t want a Pug. However, a couple of times a year they go from being a perpetual shedder to an Oh My Gosh, How Can This Small Dog Have This Much Hair, Super Shedder! However, one of these Super Shedder phases always happens about now and so Sherman and I spend a good bit of time in the back yard where I attempt to defur him. I calculate the amount of hair removed in “Pug-sized” quantities and the past two mornings have reached the “three pugs worth” of hair. However, within 30 minutes every last bit of hair is gone from the yard – carried away by the nesting birds. I like knowing that this year’s baby bird crop will be snug in a nest lined with Sherman!

Thing Three:

There is some success in the seeds I planted! Beans and Basil and Atomic Cherry Tomatoes are spouting! Also – this hilarious photo my daughter sent yesterday! Genevieve all decked out in her “strawberry” clothes ready to start gardening! I am too, Vivi – I am too!

That is all I have for today! What about you? What things are on your list today?

Unraveled Wednesday | 3.20.19

Unraveled Wednesday | 3.20.19

A very short post this week… I seem to be at the “in between stage” at lots of things!

Yes, I spent some of yesterday seaming up Deschain. Thank you, Mary for the fantastic suggestion on how to make the yarn work – splitting it worked perfectly!! Today is all about doing a bit of an in-the-round gauge swatching to see what size needles I will need to use for the sleeves! (Just sleeves and the neckline and this baby is done!!)

In the not going to be done soon category – I did find some time yesterday afternoon to work on Tegna – and I worked on it more at Knitting last night! It is truly to the “easy knit” stage and it will get lots of attention during March Madness so maybe I can get this done sooner than I am thinking! But, still, I have miles and miles and miles of knitting ahead of me on this one, so I don’t think that even all of March Madness will see this finished – but who knows!

I finished just one book this week – but what a book it was! I think that Kym was the person who put The Heart’s Invisible Furies on my radar. Her review was so excellent that I immediately got on the wait list for it and fortunately, I did not have to wait long!! I realize that it is only March, but I predict this will be in the top five of the best books I read this year. The writing is just fantastic. The story is compelling – so compelling I could not stop listening! I laughed often, and cried hard more than once. It gets 5-stars and really – you need to read this book, it is just that good!

I have several books going right now, and hopefully by next week I will have at least a couple of them done!

That is all I have for this week, and as always:

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