I have no words at all this morning.

I had planned to share the wonderful stack of books I received through the #SaveTheCulture Book Exchange.

And, as I sit here at a complete loss for words; I am profoundly struck by how vital books are – especially when you have no words.

And, your heart is sore.

And, you are feeling lost.

And, alone.

In books, there is a refuge…

A solace,

And, perhaps the strength to continue another day.

Monday in Brief

Monday in Brief

The weekend was oh so nice.

And, then comes Monday…

Therefore, rather than dealing with Monday and all its Monday-ness, I am going to just relive the weekend.

Perhaps it will make Monday just a bit shorter, which is always a good thing!

The weather was divine. Clear, sun-filled, blue skies – which made the crisp weather so much more palatable!

As you can see in the photo above, the leaves are almost all gone from our tree in the front yard. BONUS in that Steve raked (or used some motorized device) and removed them all while I was at church on Sunday. I know. YAY!!!


I made the most amazing martinis on Friday, and I mean amazing. With gin. Yes, gin!! And, for my Michigan pals – Grand Traverse Distillery Barrel Finished Gin is TO DIE FOR! Anyways, a dirty gin martini with a Gorgonzola stuffed olives…I think I heard angels singing as I sipped it. It was such a special moment.


We visited our favorite farmer – Jose Quiroz Farms for his last week at our local Farmers Market. This week, in his words, he will be heading back to “where all those bad hombres are”. And, really – that statement is just so sad for so many reasons. It is my fervent hope that the candidate who won’t build a wall will win the election tomorrow. Because, really – we need Jose’s friendship and his produce in our lives.


I did some knitting – I finished a hat for Steve’s mom. We can be fraternal twins when we vote on Tuesday. And, yes – I am wearing my hat to vote! I also got to the sleeve decreases on Rock the Lobster! All this production knitting was courtesy of Michigan Football! 8-0 people, 8-0!!!

I started a new “record keeping system” for spinning. We will see if this works before I share all the details with you. However, I am so hopeful!

There was a wee bit of retail therapy – and new and SMALLER jeans were procured! Only one pair though, I am hoping they last at least through the end of January.

And, there was one extra hour!!

Finally, a reading update:

The Year of Living Danishly – 5 stars. I simply loved this book. I laughed, I learned, and I yearn! Things I learned: I am probably not neat enough to live in Denmark (but I might be able to fake it until I make it?) I want to have hygge in my life – and I think it might be the perfect thing to make winter better! I think that arbejdsglæde or work happiness is fascinating – and, really, who would not like an 18-and-a-half-day work month? I would have to step it up to “fit in” fitness-ly speaking – they are an exercising nation! They are also recycling fanatics, like I am, and they love to sing! And, they do Christmas right, and they start early – so yes, please – sign me up! I highly recommend this book!

The Girl on the Train – 2 stars. I thought the book had some great moments, however, the entire book was so disjointed. Perhaps my problem was listening, because if I was reading, I could easily flip back to figure out what was going on. That was not so easy listening to it. Sadly, I do not recommend this book.

He Who Fears the Wolf (Inspector Konrad Sejer Book 3) – 3 stars. I liked it, but it was not fascinating reading. Although, I did not know who “did it” until the end, the writer did not show the work that Inspector Sejer did to figure it out. I am on the fence as to whether or not I will read any more of her books at this time. My recommendation is read at your own risk.

That is all I have for today, but what I really want to know is how was your weekend?


The Last Gasp of Summer

The Last Gasp of Summer

It was a fantastic weekend and it was a bit longer than usual since Steve took Friday off.

The weather could not have been more incredible. It was in the 70’s all weekend until late yesterday afternoon when the rain blew in and brought with it much colder temps.


There were cocktails, good food, long walks, fantastic football, and even a movie! Note – the later items were perfect for knitting and knit I did! One sleeve to go and Sigla will be finished!

All that weekend gave me just what I need to take charge of Monday, rather than feeling like it is taking charge of me!

And, today kicks off Gratitude Week with Michelle GD! Look for gratitude to be woven through all my posts this week.

How was your weekend?

Speed Weekend

Speed Weekend

When I was in school I took some classes in Speed Reading. I was not tremendously successful at this, but as I recall the idea behind it was to skim over the unnecessary words.

I will attempt to share my Speed Weekend and leave out the unnecessary bits.

There was knitting.

There was some football watching!

There was more knitting.

There was some catch up on A Chef’s Life.

And, really – it went just too darn quickly.

How was your weekend?

Rewind, Replay, Reverse

Rewind, Replay, Reverse

Today, I just want to go back in time.

Back to when we were on vacation.

Or at least back to Friday and the start of the weekend. Especially since yesterday was a day of Mary Poppins weather – you know the kind, Practically perfect in every way!

It all just went too fast and this week is full of so many fun-less (un-fun?) things it is looming with a huge UGH.

Someone is making noises that we will need to turn on the AC this week to which I will declare all-out war, and I have no intention of losing! No more AC in 2016. Period! Ha!!

On a calmer note. There was some knitting time this weekend, but no finish on the Honey Cowl. I have about 7 inches (of 11) done. To be continued. (Good thing Sunday was so nice that I did not even miss a cowl!)

This begins the “get my ass in gear and finish the painting in this freaking house” week (okay maybe month, but really – I want it all done BEFORE Christmas explodes in this house!)

And, this is just the tip of my iceberg. Can someone please just hit the rewind button??

How’s your week looking?

Monday, ugh.

Monday, ugh.

The weekend just FLEW in my neck of the woods, which could be directly related to the amount of rainy weather that filled the days.


There was no outdoor cocktail hour because it was raining so hard. This also put the kibosh on a backyard bonfire, however, the indoor Tapas were excellent!

Saturday we had a successful trip to the local farmer’s market, managing to get in and out in between raindrops as well as a bit of retail therapy. (Yay for indoor activities!)

There was not much knitting, but there was some reading – although I did not finish any books.

There was a tiny bit of spinning though – this Whitefaced Woodland from Sheepspot is just amazing!


Today, I think will spend part of the day ripping back that darned sock while I catch up on Poldark. I hope you have Monday off, and if not, then may it be one you can ease into and it is over before you know it!

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