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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Blue Knitting A La Gilmore Girls

Blue Knitting A La Gilmore Girls

The sleeves march on, and sadly not as quickly as the Sigla sleeves (which is finished and getting a nice soak this morning for her unveiling later this week!)

I just have miles and miles of blue to go.

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The color work is done now just miles and miles of blue knitting.

Good thing I am taking the Gilmore Girls along for the ride. I am thoroughly enjoying them, and only moderately kicking myself for not watching them sooner because, really – they are making this blue knitting so pleasant!

And, for those of you who got the Dave Brubeck nod in the title – yes, Blue Rondo A La Turk is my ear worm today.

Sadly, there has been little reading here this week. I am still not finished with Karin Fossum’s He Who Fears the Wolf, however, I am almost done listening to The Girl on the Train – I have less than an hour to go.

Stay tuned for a nice book review post coming soon with lots of good things in it.

As always, I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along where there is lots of great knitting and fantastic reads!

What are you knitting this week?

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Knitting Anticipation

Knitting Anticipation

There has not been a lot of knitting around here this week. However, there has been a good deal of knitting anticipation.

Like this, and this. Knitting ennui has been vanquished!

But, I hope to have the Honey Cowl done later today. I only have about an inch more to knit, so that is entirely doable!

There has been a good deal of reading though, thanks to Audiobooks and a bit of insomnia.

I finished listening to Clara read Knitlandia and I really enjoyed it in this format!

I began listening to The Girl on the Train, I am not yet sure how I feel about this book as I just began yesterday.

I finished The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum. (I am not reading these in order, which I may come to regret) It was a curious way to write a murder mystery. I won’t say more as to not share any spoilers, but I am not sure I really liked the manner in which the story unfolded.

Last night, I began reading He Who Fears the Wolf by the same author. I think that I will like this book a bit more than Harriet Krohn.

I have not gotten much farther in The Year of Living Danishly as I haven’t had any time to sit down to read during the day at all. I hope to correct that before this week is over. I need to get it finished, because it is due back to the library (always a good incentive to sit down and read!)

Do you have any “must finish” books this week?

Back to Work Blues

Back to Work Blues

The vacation is over and believe me when I tell you it just went too fast, but more on that later.

Today, I am here to share a bit of knitting and lots of reading.

Sadly, there was little knitting done on vacation, but I did get manage to get through the color work and the short rows on Rock the Lobster! I think I am going to switch things up and do the sleeves next. Yes, I am taking some good advice and getting them done and out of the way!

I am also still knitting these socks. I have about 3 inches to go before toe decreases on sock one.

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However, I have a couple of good Audiobooks queued up – Clara Parkes Knitlandia (which I have already read, but having her read it is something I have been looking forward to!) and Per Petterson Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes. Perhaps, this can help me get my knitting back in gear!

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I also received a book I won from Stephanie of WoolythymeElizabeth Hay Late Nights on Air, which came with a lovely card and tea! Thank you so much Stephanie!! I am eager to read this and then pay it forward.

I did finish two books on vacation – Karin Fossum Don’t Look Back and Jussi Adler-Olsen The Hanging Girl – I loved both of them! Karin Fossum is a new author I discovered and it was a book I could not put down. A quick and easy read that kept me engaged from start to finish. The Hanging Girl is the most recent Department Q novel – Carl Morck’s team has really become a well working unit and the book might be my favorite for that reason.

And, now a pile of work awaits me, but tell me please – what have you finished reading or knitting this week?

As always, linking up with Ginny and her Yarn Along!

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