Welcome December | 2019

Welcome December | 2019

How did it get so late so soon? – Dr. Seuss

Ahh, December! In a whirl, you are here with your darkening, colder days.

But December you also bring Christmas trees, twinkle lights, carols, the best bits of childhood memories!

There is gift giving, with the hopes that you got just the perfect gift for loved ones near and far!

December, what you be without some last-minute rush knitting! (Yes… a phone call from my son has compelled me to knit a tiny bit more so queue up those Christmas movies! lol)

And December, you bring my birthday, although I think I am a bit less enthusiastic about its arrival than I was when I was little!

Finally, Dear December, I hope that you will still bring a good helping of that “child-like wonder” to your magical days!

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Looking Back | October 2019

Looking Back | October 2019

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. — Hal Borland

My October images had a clear pattern of almost daily changes – I watched the trees go from green to glorious in slow motion – the color beginning at the top and gradually flowing down the course of the leaves. We had our first frost. We also had such amazing skies and, happily, very little rain! It also included a quick Michigan trip to visit some of my favorite people. And, movement… lots of movement.

The video last month has to be one of my favorites. There were so many butterflies all month long! Our butterfly bush just seemed to be hanging on just for this purpose and it was magical to head outside each afternoon and find dozens of them covering the blooming panicles.

Thanks for looking back at October with me! How about you? What did your October hold?

Sometimes Monday | 11.4.19

Sometimes Monday | 11.4.19

Who besides me feels a bit off kilter on this post-time change Monday?

My list is not off kilter at all though and here is what I have percolating this week:

I don’t know how this crossed my path on Friday, but it did and Saturday morning I headed to JoAnn’s to procure some Baby Velvet! Sometimes the impromptu gift knitting bug strikes and there is no way to ignore it! I forgot how fast things go on size 11 needles! I am almost done with one cowl and my plan is to make one more!

Tomorrow is an election day and even though this is an “off year,” it is still imperative that you all go out and vote! So, please… put that on the top of your list this for tomorrow.

I have some mending to do that I really can’t ignore any longer. My plan is to sit down, sew on buttons and fix hems while I listen to the two new episodes that dropped in the 1619 podcast!

And then there is the raking…sigh. Yep, all that rain and wind from late last week means that there are a plethora of leaves that need to be removed and bagged before pick-up next Monday.

Plus, all the “regular weekly to-do list” – it is a full week!

I hope your Monday is full of at least one or two things that you enjoy doing! See you back here on Wednesday, albeit a wee bit later than usual!

Hello, November

Hello, November

The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully. – Henry Rollins

November brings bare trees, windy days, and yes – grey skies (which is exactly what greeted me this morning!)

It means woolly sweaters, extra layers, and socks on your feet!

Walks outside that include hats and mittens – but yes – outside walks!

November brings reflection that is hopefully full of gratitude.

November is my reminder that this year is almost over and brings a quiet sense of urgency to finish the year as I began.

That’s my November…what does your November look like?

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

TGIF | 10.25.19

TGIF | 10.25.19

By this time next week, it will be November and I am quite shocked by that. We have had such incredibly wonderful temperatures – warming beautifully during the day with only a couple nights with very light frosts. If I could order up the weather – it might just be exactly this! However, there is a part of me that knows that these days are not here for the duration and soon it will be cold with not much sunshine and yes, even snow!

Triumphant Knitting –

People… I have ONE SLEEVE DONE!!! I am so happy with sleeve one and I have begun sleeve two which will likely take all next week and maybe part of the following. But this sweater is much closer to completion today!

Gratitude Week Anticipation –

That’s right – Michelle has moved up her annual Gratitude Week offering, and I am really looking forward to it. Oh, and there is still time to sign up if you are so inclined! Michelle always brings so many “ah-ha moments” and new ways to think about life!

(IM)Patiently Waiting –

I will finish Just Mercy today and November will bring the discussion portion of Read With Us. (I think it will start on Kym’s blog on the first Tuesday.) I have so many thoughts about this book – so much I was colossally ignorant of – so much I blindly supported (Three Strikes, for instance) without having a clue. Reading, learning, and contemplating have made my white privilege obnoxiously evident. I am very eager to see what I can learn from Carole, Bonny, and Kym – and from all my fellow readers!

Full-on-Autumn –

Every year I love watching as Janelle’s maple tree transforms from summer to gloriously autumn. Yesterday she posted the Pennsylvania Fall Foliage update – and yes, I agree – the colors are full-on right now! My neighborhood practically glows with reds and yellows. Yet while the trees are glowing loudly, the cacophony of birdsong is mostly silent – save our fierce Catbirds. This week has been Cat Bird Song Wars which consists of two birds each trying to out-do the other with their song repertoire! Sometimes the songs would erupt into bouts of air battles that look less like a battle and more like an intricate dance. I truly love watching these incredible little creatures! I also love seeing all the Halloween decorations that dot my neighborhood. And, I am soaking in each magnificent detail of these glorious autumn days. Saturday will be the final Farmer’s Market for the season – a bittersweet event. And for this final weekend in October, I plan on immersing myself in these glorious autumn days.

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

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