TGIF | 8.9.19

TGIF | 8.9.19

Once again, Friday is upon us in a week that just sped by! I need to figure out how to slow these August weeks down in order to fully savor these summer days!

Thinking –

Why does it seem that stripey socks knit up faster than plan socks? I cast on my Non-Euclidian socks Wednesday night while watching Maddow and above is my result of two nights of knitting. Perhaps it is these fun “Happy Accident” colors from Knitterly Things – because I am really happy knitting them! Perhaps it is that urge to “just get to the next stripe” that makes them seem to speed by!

Also, in the how is this going so quickly category… I am into the “Right Front” section of the puzzle knitting that is Romi’s Morrinne Short and Sweet! This has project is my “I can finally sit down and watch an episode or two of Father Brown” afternoon knitting – so it is really moving right along! I love how Romi has laid out the pattern row by row – there is something so enjoyable about crossing off each completed row! I know it does not look like much yet, but it feels like it is moving along rather quickly I promise you!

Grateful –

I spent much of this week thinking about those grandparents I mentioned last week and their impact on my life. I am profoundly grateful to each of them and so blessed to have had them in my life. They each provided a safe harbor in a turbulent life and it has been a good experience to reflect on them and a joy to find bits of them in me. Theirs are the voices I hear in my head with their words of encouragement and love.

Inspired –

By this question: Do you need to let anything (or anyone) go? Oh my, sometimes Michelle brings clarity to exactly that thing you are struggling with. These words are exactly what I needed today!

Forward looking –

My daughter shared some fun news this week – they found a house and in October they will no longer be renter’s, but homeowners! I am so excited for them, but this means that I need to get a move on finishing up Genevieve’s quilt! It will be perfect for her new bedroom! There is an added bonus to this because it means Christian will be home again in October to help with the move… and that might be the best thing of all!

What about you? What is your TGIF today?

Have a great weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!

TGIF | 7.26.19

TGIF | 7.26.19

It is almost painful to type these words: The last weekend of July is upon us…and while I have no desire to return to the ungodly temps we had last weekend, I would like to put July on pause and slow down these days that are just racing by!

Thinking –

I did not make a “Summer Bucket List” this year, but with July almost over I have been thinking about what things I’d like to do before September is here. One thing I have wanted to do for some time is visit the Woodville Plantation which is around the corner from me. Sunday I will be able to check that off as I am going with a girlfriend!

Grateful –

I have struggled with finding gratitude in recent days and I realize that finding even one thing to be grateful for is crucial to my wellbeing. This morning’s Tiny Bit of Quiet is an excellent reminder to pay less attention to the “what” and more attention to the “how”… Today I will pay more attention to all the how’s of my day – and I am so excited to have this reminder that sometimes you need to change your focus, to look beyond.

Inspired –

By so many things! But this crossed my radar today and I love that steps can be art!

Finally –

I laughed at a tied vote between Daelyn and The Weekend yesterday. I bound off my Early Bloomer yesterday… she is having a bit of a spa treatment currently and I hope to be wearing her soon! And, I am hoping that plums will be available at the farmer’s market tomorrow – they are one of the best tastes of summer!

That is all I have for this week! Have a great weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Oh, Friday | 7.19.19

Oh, Friday | 7.19.19

There is no black-and-white situation. It’s all part of life. Highs, lows, middles. – Van Morrison

Mary has challenged us this week to share #goodnewses, and, Gentle Readers… the struggle is real. How do you find good news when there is so much horrific news? Part of me feels that even finding something good is being a Pollyanna, especially not in the times we are living in. I think Van Morrison is right – it is not a choice of good over bad, but rather understanding that sometimes it is not either or, not good or bad, but rather just bad.

And, so rather than trying to write a forced TGIF post – today I am taking page from Michelle and sharing #atinybitofquiet.

My plan for today will include cutting out another Uniform Dress, finish the last 3 inches of the body of my sweater, and be comfortable in the fact that bad news is part of life.

Happy Friday everyone… if you are in the path of the heatwave, stay cool! See you all back here on Monday.

TGIF | 7.12.19

TGIF | 7.12.19

Another Friday and another weekend. Summer is not being lazy at all!

Thinking About:

The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do. – Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

I find myself pondering the passage of time this month. In less than 10 days, Genevieve will be 4 years old and that seems so impossible to me. July is almost halfway over, and that also seems impossible to me. Gaiman’s quote seems most appropriate – indeed the future is coming and going all to rapidly. And speaking of Genevieve – her mom and dad took her to get her ears pierced last week. Genevieve has been begging and begging to have this done. Well, as you can see – she has one ear pierced but there was no way in hell she was getting the second one done! I confess, I am laughing about this – I should not, but I am. That face looks so angelic… ha! Bribery to get the second ear done has begun in earnest but she has not yet succumbed!

She looks so innocent…

Grooving On:

Early Bloomer’s color work! There is something addictive about color work – it is hard to put down. The urge to knit just more row to see how the pattern will unfold pulls me in and keeps me knitting. I have one set of flowers to go and their magical lure will be complete! Vera asked to see the colors I am knitting with… a dark brown, coffee-colored yarn paired with a green and a turquoise. I think they work well together. I am a little concerned that the neckline is going to be too wide – but maybe not. Once I am done with the color work, I am going to take Heidi’s suggestion and finish the neck to check the fit.

Just one more section to go!

Impatiently Waiting:

While I would like summer to slow down a bit, I am eager for my growing tomatoes to ripen! I think we need more sun than we have had for that to happen, but I am hoping that soon I have at least a handful of tomatoes to put on my salad!

Yes, those are raindrops on my tomatoes!

Fed Up With:

Rain. And really, the volume of rain we have been having! We got another 2 inches of rain yesterday. The flooding here is crazy and my garden has had a moat surrounding it more days than not. I might not mind the rain so much if we had an all-day, soaking rain versus the torrential downpours we have been having. They are “rain events” not rainstorms.

That is all I have for this week! I have my fingers crossed that I will win the battle and Happy Hour tonight will be outside. Have a great weekend everyone and I will see all of you back here on Monday!

Friday Thoughts | 6.28.19

Friday Thoughts | 6.28.19

Sometimes, I feel like I just need to shake my brain out – empty it of all sorts of odds and ends to free up some space! Today is definitely one of those days!

I got my second (and final) dose of the shingles vaccine this week and can I just say that I am glad that is over with! 48-ish hours of feeling meh was not what I needed this week, but I am really glad that I don’t have to worry about shingles! (now if only some other worries were as easily relieved!!)

I watched and knit my way through two nights of debates this week (this was a huge boon to knitting as I am racing through my Screen Door. I have 5 repeats to go to the DECREASES! My takeaway thoughts on the candidates… night one I was pleasantly surprised by Julián Castro. But, night two was owned by Kamala Harris! Wow! She seriously rocked it! I know there are still miles and miles to go, but this is a very promising start!

The outpouring of support for Ravelry this week has been inspiring! Or, perhaps it is better to say that I am inspired by the outpouring of support for and the inclusion of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ members! Is it perfect? No – far from it, we still have so much work to do to in making sure everyone feels welcome and like they belong, but this was a huge step in the right direction!

Also in knitting, Thea has a new pattern out this week and she is donating 50% of the pattern proceeds to RaicesTexas until Sunday!

I think Sewing Hacks might be my favorite thing but I was especially wowed by this week’s hack from Grainline Studios!

Finally, in the colossal fail category – this weekend will find me grocery shopping. Yep, that’s right in a grocery store the weekend before a major holiday. I am entirely blaming that damned shingles shot that I will be a member of the shopping bedlam!

I will also be treating myself with a little visit to JoAnn’s as well – they have a crazy sale this weekend and sometimes you just can’t pass up a sale, right?

There you have my brain dump – what do you need to get off your mind before the weekend starts?

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