Three on Thursday, November 30

Three on Thursday, November 30

Today’s three things are all about celebration! So, first, a little listening music for this celebration post!

Thing 1:

Today is the final day of another successful NaBloPoMo! Yahoo! This is our celebration!

Thing 2:

My November stitching will get its last stitches today and tomorrow I will begin December! And, December will bring to the close this Year of Stitching. I cannot tell you how much I have loved growing in this project! I have such incredible ideas for next year, I can’t wait to share it with you all in December! Celebrate good times, come on!

Thing 3:

The Peace Train starts tomorrow! And, after a quick toss of the stash, I have found the perfect yarn for my Peace Shawl. And, it is hand spun yarn to boot!! Let’s celebrate!

There you have my celebratory  things for this final day of November! If you want to see more Thursday Things, head over to Carole’s!

Unraveled Wednesday, November 29

Unraveled Wednesday, November 29

No unraveling here at all this week, just plenty of sweater love! This is my finished Rusty, which turned out better than I could have imagined. Things I would change…I reduced the number of stitches picked up, but I think I could have reduced a tiny bit more. But, it is much better than previous attempts at this! I had to add in 3 stitches on the round before I began the color work to get the pattern to work out correctly. But, I just love this sweater. It is warm and so comfortable! I would absolutely knit this again with the exact same yarn. And, can I talk about Plutolopi for a moment? I LOVE IT! You might think it would be kind of iffy looking at the wheels, but it makes the most amazing fabric! I will definitely be knitting with this stuff again!

Now, if only sweater weather would stay here for a bit! This week we have headed back to the upper 50’s and low 60’s during the day. Crazy. And, what is crazier is that Steve mowed the lawn yesterday. Yeah. He was thrilled, let me tell you! LOL

And, now how about some reading updates!!

I have about 10 chapters to go in Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. It is so good, and I am hopeful that I will have this done before November ends!

I finished Pioneer Girl: The annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder and LOVED IT! It got 5 stars from me and I highly recommend this for anyone who has read and re-read the Little House books.

I also finished A Small Porch by Wendell Berry, oh my. I loved it. This was my first Wendell Berry book, but it won’t be my last. It was such a breath of fresh air for my head, and I gave it 5 stars as well.

I have some good things in my listening queue that will be up next: an interesting suggestion I got from the library – Never Caught, The Washington’s relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. And The 100-year-old who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonason which was recommended to me by Mary. I am eager to start listening to them.

So many books, so few days left this year. I won’t make 100 books read this year, but I am hoping to get to 85 (I am at 72 books completed today!)

But, really… what are you making this week?

Tuesday Things, November 28

Tuesday Things, November 28

I had absolutely no clue what to write about today and then the swissmiss newsletter came!

And, especially this link!

I have:


Perhaps a bit of a riff on this. I am thinking this will be the most festive accompaniment to my Christmas decorations! Who knew I would still have Rosemary growing at the end of November, but somehow I do! I wish you could smell it in here right now!

In a totally unrelated thing: why is it that lights that worked last year when you took them off the tree, magically no longer work this year when you are trying to put them on the tree? I am pretty sure there is a conspiracy in the Christmas light industry to ensure that you must buy new lights every year. GRRRR!

Hope your Tuesday is full of good smells and working lights!

The Monday-ist Monday, November 27

The Monday-ist Monday, November 27

Why is it that the Monday after a nice long weekend is even more Monday than usual? That is what my Monday is looking like, my list is long, and I feel like time is not on my side today!

We had an awesome weekend with lots of good things to eat. Okay, perhaps too many days of lots of good things to eat!

We watched some football that was sad and some football that was glad.

We even got the outside lights up, even if Steve a certain someone grumbled the entire time!

And, Frosty is back in town!

I hope your Monday is going smoothly!

Sunday Reflections, November 26

Sunday Reflections, November 26

This was the sunrise that greeted me yesterday morning. It was glorious indeed. Then when I later read this passage from Wendell Berry’s A Small Porch, it seemed the perfect picture to accompany this beautiful text.

A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015

By Wendell Berry

VIII. A Small Porch in the Woods


The watcher comes, knowing the small knowledge of his life in this body in this place in this world.

He comes to a place of rest where he cannot mistake himself as larger than he is, the place of the gray flycatcher, the yellow butterfly, the green dragonfly, the white violet, the columbine, where he cannot mistake himself as more graced or graceful than he is.

At the woods’ edge, the wild rose is in bloom, beauty and consolation always in excess of thought.

May today be full of that place of rest where we cannot mistake ourselves as larger than we are.

Happy Sunday, Gentle Readers.

Simply Saturday, November 25

Simply Saturday, November 25

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. Francis Bacon.

Today is all about embracing the darkness to let our lights shine!

And, perhaps, if the rain holds off, getting our outside lights up!

Happy last Saturday of NaBloPoMo everyone!

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