Photographic Overload Friday

Photographic Overload Friday

Today I am sharing my brief, but spectacular trip to Michigan in photos!

It was a whirl-wind weekend, packed full of so many good things!

My backyard pano was insane!

Monday’s sunset was truly amazing, but boy was I happy to get into my own bed!

And that, my friends, brings us to another weekend. One that will, at least for me, be much less busy! See you all back here on Monday and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Unraveled Wednesday | 10.9.19

Unraveled Wednesday | 10.9.19

Hello Unravelers! I am back from my whirlwind trip to Michigan – the weather was practically perfect. Although there was a bit of rain on Saturday afternoon, but that did not hinder any plans we had! More about my weekend on Friday!

It felt like I did not knit at all while I was gone but somehow, I managed to knit the final inches needed to divide Tegna (must have been that Packer knitting I did on Sunday! LOL)!! I decided that dividing front and back while on a flight might not be the smartest move ever, so I waited. And then yesterday I attacked the mountain of dirty laundry but today my list is short, and I am eager to get this sweater done, so that dividing to begin shortly!

I finished Early Bloomer again. I need to give it a soak, block, and weave in ends – but this will get some good rotation this fall!

The Reindeer Parts were greatly appreciated… stay tuned for the “complete ensemble” for Halloween! We ate dinner outside on Friday, which was perfect because Genevieve spent a good bit of time practicing her Deer Prancing!

Getting pictures of Genevieve was a challenge, she was most uncooperative!

 

Her patience for pictures was wearing thin at this point!

The week did bring a good number of book finishes:

I brought Red at the Bone with me and I devoured it on the way to Traverse City. I loved it! It is brilliantly written, and I highly recommend this short but sweet novel – 5-stars.

Next in the “devoured” category – I finished my second Max Porter book: Lanny. I listened to this one and I enjoyed it very much – however, I did not think it was quite as good as Grief is a thing with feathers. It is short, but brilliant – I think Kym’s review mentions Lincoln on the Bardo and I agree with her that there are some similarities between the two books! 4-stars and if you have not read any Max Porter – fix that…. IMMEDIATELY!

I also listened to Leaving the Atocha Station. The writing was good, but I so despised the main character – Adam – that I just could not get past that. He is truly as self-centered, highly medicated ass. This only got 2-stars from me.

Finally, I finished Searching for Sunday and I really debated how to rate this book. I did not like it yet; I was not sure how to rate this book given that the author is deceased. In the end, I just determined that I will give it the one-star I felt it deserved. I found the book trite and very clichéd – over and over and over again.

Now, I am focused solely on finishing the first Read With Us book and eager to do so!

What are you reading this week?

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Looking Back | September 2019

Looking Back | September 2019

September was an incredible month…there was baking, and the first day of school, and so many amazing skies (most of which were captured on my morning walks!) and there were good sips, Pilates, Sherman, and a new do! One thing struck me in looking back was this: even though the daylight hours were waning, the light itself was truly spectacular! Especially for taking pictures because it is softer and warmer and I definitely noticed that in this months photo images.

The video shares 1 minute of a September that felt like it began and ended about that fast!

And, that  is a wrap for the week! I am heading off to Michigan bright and very early tomorrow morning. (Okay, really dark and insanely early as I will be on my way long before the sun rises!) I will see you all back here next week in time for Unraveled Wednesday!

Unraveled Wednesday | 10.2.19

Unraveled Wednesday | 10.2.19

The blocking is finished, although I was quite unsure about exactly how to block Reagan. In the end, I just blocked the lace, leaving the sleeves, back, and neck unblocked. I used blocking wires and t-pins and I think that worked. I love how incredibly soft the Einband gets when you soak it – the yarn also blooms a bit. However, taking photos in a sweater in the sun in 90+ degree temps… oh boy. It is indeed warm! Despite the heat I love the sweater and it will be the perfect layer for fall and winter.

As you can see above, I have the body finished on Early Bloomer and have started on the sleeves. My plan is to divide the yarn I have left and knit until I am out. I think I can manage to get an elbow length sleeve. And, the fit is MUCH better with the modifications I did on the re-knit (you can see the mods here.) I don’t know if I will have it done to take with me, but at least it will get some wear this fall, and it is off the “mend” pile!

One of my tasks for today is figure out some “travel knitting” for my Michigan trip. I know I won’t knit much once I am there, but I have a lay-over in O’Hare both going and coming home. I think the smartest (and lightest) thing for me to take would to pull out my Tegna and perhaps I can get the body completed!

It takes incredible talent to sleep with your head up, just saying….

AND!!! Sherman’s surgery was successful and here he is sans histiocytoma… albeit a little groggy from the anesthesia but home and so happy! He had a great night and is thrilled to be back to normal today – normal as in he can eat again, because he hates to miss a meal! Ha!

Now, how about the reading this week?

The reading was varied this week, with the bad seemingly outweighing the good… but the good was just so incredible!

The first Bess Crawford Mystery – A Duty to the Dead. I just could not get into this book at all and I tried over the course of several days… and eventually, I gave up – life is too short to struggle with a book when there are so many other choices!

Second dud of the week – Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling. I only got a few chapters into this one and stopped. How this is rated so highly on Goodreads is beyond me – I do not recommend this book at all.

I finished Everything I Never Told You and I really wanted to like this one, and perhaps my rating is because I only read it at night before falling asleep,. However, this one fell flat for me. I never really got into the story at all and while I did finish it, it only got 2-stars.

I heard about On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century on TRMS last week and was surprised that it was available at the library. It is a short read but full of eye-opening and thought-provoking things. 3-stars.

I read my first Max Porter book – Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Oh.my.gosh! I loved every word of this powerful little book. And, can I just say that Crow should be part of everyone’s grief process!! 5-stars and I highly recommend!

I also listened to some very interesting things this week that were not books! First up, did you know that you can listen to the entire whistle-blower complaint here? You should! It is not long – I listened to it while on a walk.

Next, if you have not listened to any of the 1619 Project podcast go now and do so! It is eye-opening and moving and there are just four episodes.

Finally….have you heard about Bonny, Kym, and Carole’s new book club? The first book looks like an excellent choice! I picked up my copy from my library yesterday. I’d love for all of you to join us!

That is all I have to share today, as always if you wrote a post to share please leave your link below and thank you!

Oh… and what are you making or re-making today?


Make It Monday | 9.30.19

Make It Monday | 9.30.19

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost. — Henry Rollins

The weekend days were indeed summer-like, warm and breezy. Even the pop-up storms we had Saturday night had a summer-like quality to them. And, yes – we needed to turn the damned AC back on, and it looks like we will need it several more days this week. But I also must turn lights on morning and night and that makes me really long for summer light!

But there was an outside happy hour on Friday that was so nice…until the mosquitoes arrived! They are the one thing that makes me yearn for that first hard frost.

This is the professionally-styled me… but how I love my Morrine Short and Sweet

I got my money’s worth from Friday’s haircut – it is so short! I loved how she “did” my hair on Friday but I have yet to replicate that. I feel like I have 2 left hands as I struggle with my brush. I am sure I will soon be comfortable styling it but right now, the struggle is real.

I managed to finish Reagan and I am blocking her today. Glamour shots coming on Wednesday if the weather cooperates! Steve thinks it is too big, but I am reserving judgment until the blocking is complete. I also ripped back Early Bloomer and began the re-knitting process. I do not think I will have this done before I leave on Friday, but maybe? I started the ribbing last night, but I think I should have slipped it on a couple of needles and tried it on. I will do that this morning before I go any further!

It will be a full week –

– A friend is dropping off her sweater pieces today for me to block and seam
– Sherman has a bit of unplanned surgery tomorrow morning – another histiocytoma appeared last week and is in a spot that is most irritating for him so off it will come
– I need to run to JoAnn’s to get a bit of pink fabric to make a bow for Vivi’s Reindeer headband

Plus, all the normal weekly things – just with one less day to get them all done

That’s all I have for today – how does your week look?

TGIF | 9.27.19

TGIF | 9.27.19

This last full week of September just raced by, didn’t it? It was a week of crisp mornings that gave way to warm days. Yesterday morning there were some brief rain showers and even though I did not “feel” like going for a walk I did, and it felt so good when I was done. My doctor visit reinforced that moving my body is good for so many things! My cholesterol numbers were better than last year, which makes me want to leap with joy.

Travel Planning –

This time next week, I will be well on my way to Michigan to visit my kids. The dates worked out for everyone (juggling multiple schedules can be challenging, can’t it?) and I am staying in my son’s guest room for the weekend. It will be a full weekend and I can hardly wait!

Great Cuts –

Later today I am heading back to my hairdresser after a seven-month hiatus. My plan is to cut 4-5 inches from the length, which I hope will make “doing my hair” an easier process… and I can hardly wait!

Inspired Sips –

I have been trying different combinations to come up with the quintessential autumn beverage and I think I found the perfect combination. I shared it this week on IG, and Patty asked if I would share the recipe. That caused me to go back and tweak the cocktail a bit so that I can share a recipe that you can all replicate it! Last night’s sip was a success and it is truly the perfect taste for fall! There is a hint of apple flavor, but it is not at all overwhelming or sweet!

Apple Pie Manhattan

(makes 2 generous cocktails)

  • 5 oz. Crown Royal
  • 1.5 oz Crown Royal Regal Apple
  • 1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla (or if you have it, you can use the same amount of Salted Caramel Crown – although this is not available in stores in our area right now)
  • 4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 6-8 dashes of Wigle Bitters

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Stir for 45-60 seconds to chill and pour over a large ice cube. Garnish with an apple slice or a cherry.

And finally,

Fantastic Finishes –

Yes, you are reading that right. I am almost done with my Reagan! I have a bit of the bind off to finish and then I just need to pick up stitches to finish the sweater off. I am so excited for this to be done because I think it will get some use on my trip to Michigan! I might even be inspired to rip back this and reknit the body/sleeves so it fits (and I can take it to MI with me!)

That’s all I have for this week – see you all back here on Monday. Have an amazing weekend!

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