Sometimes Monday | 8.31.20

Sometimes Monday | 8.31.20

August, die she must… — Paul Simon, April Come She Will

Sometimes Monday is for weekend reminiscing…with memories of proscuitto wrapped figs happy hour,  torrential downpours, the return of autumn beer, and the departure of the endless heat and humidity.

Sometimes Monday means the return of a woolly sweater, which is a most welcome layer in this mornings chilly air and this knitter’s heart sings with joy.

And sometimes Monday brings the end of August and with it; darker mornings, flocking birds, and a mug of hot coffee to warm my hands.

What does your Monday look like?



Sometimes Monday | 8.17.20

Sometimes Monday | 8.17.20

The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected. — Julian Casablancas

There are days when I win at the Yarn Chicken game and it is always such a good feeling.

But then there are days you don’t win at Yarn Chicken…and the results are practically perfect. Better than you can imagine, an unexpected surprise! That little bit of dark blue bind off is unexpected, and perfect!

Now it is off for a wee bath and weaving in some ends, then a trip to my Nana’s button box!

May your Monday have some unexpected, practically perfect moments!

Sometimes Monday | 8.3.20

Sometimes Monday | 8.3.20

Yesterday, Garrison Keillor read Hands by Jack Ridl. The words were brilliant and when I realized it was this Jack Ridl, I just had to share with you. I am pretty sure I have run into Mr. Ridl a few times when I lived in Holland, and I had the pleasure of knitting with his wife occasionally at a local knitting group!

But, back to his poem…it is brilliant, and so appropriate for a Monday! Here is to a week with my hands being busy…and no boredom!

(You can read Mr. Ridl’s poem here on his blog)

Photo by Luis Quintero from Pexels

Sometimes Monday | 7.20.20

Sometimes Monday | 7.20.20

Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind. – Neil Armstrong

The past couple of weeks I have been reminiscing in my mind about the summer of 1969. Eight-year-old me was fascinated with the Apollo 11 journey to the moon. I watched the landing on our black and white television in awe that Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin were soon going to be landing on the moon! I remember thinking that it took 4-days to get to something I could easily see. It’s funny how looking back at that time, I see the beginnings of a child that was fascinated with science. I loved that the moon could look so close to us, but it was so very far away! It was also the start of my love of Star Trek…and that love continued for years. Apollo 11 went “where no man had gone before” and my life was certainly richer because they did.

I found this Moonwalk Montage video on the NASA website and watching it brought the same thrill today as it did when I was eight! (if you want to watch the restored, full-length version you will find it here!)

Some years later, I was in Washington D.C. and I saw the Space Window at the National Cathedral, it filled me with awe and wonder that I was seeing a piece of the moon those brave men had brought back.

In these days when travel to the simplest of places seems impossible, it is a very good thing to remember and celebrate this incredible journey.

Finally, it would be remiss of me to not mention the passing of John Lewis. He might have been a man of small stature, but he possessed the drive of the mightiest of men! Though he is no longer here to inspire us, he has given us our marching orders: “I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.”  We must not let him down and find some good trouble! May you rest in power, dear sir.

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Sometimes Monday | 7.13.20

Sometimes Monday | 7.13.20

‘Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about. – John Mayer

Joy of joys, this morning I found the temperature had departed from the 90+ degrees where it had been lingering far too long. A little bit of 90+ days go a long way, right? The weather person says that I will get a few days of reprieve before those hot days come roaring back. My plan for this welcome relief…!

I finished Clue 5 last night, and I am having a bit of panic because I am not quite sure I will have enough of the darker yarn…sigh. If that is the case, then I will just figure out some work-around bind off.

I also have been watching the US COVID-19 numbers in horror. I listened to this timely Life Kit episode this morning. I added “make more masks” to my weekly list.

Random things from my Gratitude list last week:

  • Rain
  • More rain
  • Ripening tomatoes
  • All.the.beans!
  • AC

That is all I have for this slow starting Monday. How about you? What things were you grateful for last week?

P.S. Apparently, my brain was totally fried from the heat last week. I spent lots of time working on this post, which I then did not publish. What?  LOL So, you get a bonus post today… from Friday, published late. But, better late than never, yes?

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