Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello October!

morning journal this month's calendar photo - hard to believe Charlie was that little just a year ago!
...finally! Limited sunshine, too much rain and what felt like it might be a cold but was maybe just allergies and today is the first day of this new month - my favorite! - that really feels like OCTOBER. Here are a few things I'm ready to give a warm welcome:

  • Birthday Season - beginning next week, we'll celebrate five family birthdays in five weeks.
  • Sweater Weather, and wearing jeans and boots (or ballet flats).
  • Slow cooker meals. I made chicken soup with couscous on Saturday. Marc says it reminds him of chicken and dumplings (which is, I think, a compliment!)
  • Crisp morning walks, crunching on leaves.
  • College football weekends (even when our team doesn't win, it's still a great reason on knit!)
  • The return of Homeland. This is the only show I'm going to watch all year ... in real time. Which I'm loosely interpreting to mean "Monday afternoons"; I'll be watching last night's season premier (YAY for our DVR working again!) just as soon as I press Publish on this post!

What about you - what are you welcoming this month?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday Knitting.

...on my own.

It takes a lot for us to cancel - crazy work deadlines, illness, travel - and this week I added a new reason "our DVR isn't working and the soonest AT&T can come is Wednesday...between 4 and 8". Thankfully, Joe came just before 5 and quickly plugged in the wire that magically fixed the whole thing (the wrap up with AT&T's service center took a bit longer so it was nearly 6 when he left and I could take Holly out for a walk). But after that I had my knitting and wine time. Of course this view looks like the other six nights around here...I'm really looking forward to next week!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ten on Tuesday | No Learning Curve., Carole's asked us to share 10 things we wish we could learn instantly. You know, like how toddlers learn which drawer is the one that holds the plastic...the one they're allowed to play in without anyone worrying anything will break.

Learning new things is one of my favorite things, but I'd love to wake up tomorrow and know how to:

1. speak French and Italian

2. bake bread

3. take beautiful photographs

4. and process them

5. knit fair isle with two hands

6. bake the best oatmeal raisin cookies (without needing a recipe)

7. order the perfect bottle of wine when I'm out or

8. mix the perfect cocktail when I'm home

9. apply makeup the way the artist at Bobbi Brown showed me (and boy did she make it look easy!)

...there is one thing I'm currently learning that I still want to learn the old-fashioned way. Something about investing time and making mistakes makes the learning sweet. and for me, right now, that's quilting.

Can't wait to see what "instant learnings" y'all have. If you're not already playing Ten on Tuesday, click here to join the fun.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Watercolor Wednesday | Warmly, Fall.

...celebrating with my first pumpkin spice latte of the season!

(with a warm thank you to my friend Honoré for giving me this watercolor idea.)


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ten on Tuesday (ish) | Fun with Charlie.'s topic is things we like to do with our best friend - I'm taking a little license here, because my post is Ten Things I Like To Do with Charlie. right now. just a little bit past twelve months old.
checking out the toy box
1. Eat breakfast. Charlie is all about the food right now. And fixing breakfast and lunch and snacks (yep, he eats every 1-1/2 to 2 hours) for him has made it easier for me to eat better. He had toast and peaches for breakfast. I had avocado (well, actually leftover guacamole so it was too spicy for Charlie) toast. But we ate breakfast together...and that was the fun part.

2. Next we head upstairs... I make the bed while he checks out the toy box. He only plays with these toys on Tuesdays and it's fun to see him unpack the layers...and find his (for now anyway) favorites. I'm happy to see that he still loves the sorting box and the stacking rings. and he claps when the pieces come together!

3. Read. no news here.

4. Dance. I'm not sure you can really call shaking your leg(s) and bobbing your head dancing, but it's moving to the music (we typically listen to the kids station on U-verse) and that's good enough for me!

4. Visit the library. A new favorite as in we did this for the first time today. Our local branch just reopened in a brand new space... and it's awesome! We got there at 10am when they opened and had the entire kids section to ourselves. Charlie explored and chose a few books - which I read out loud (in my quietest out loud voice) ... and then he explored some more. We checked out two CDs for the car - Sesame Street and Arlo Guthrie.

5. Cook. It's always fun to cook for someone who likes to eat. I've known for a while that Charlie loves scrambled eggs and today I cooked those (which is a big deal. I really really dislike eggs)...and it was good. Because he loved them! I thought there might even be enough leftovers for Marc to snack on ... yeah, no.

6. Climb the stairs. This was another first time today thing. Because 17 steps with two landings is scary. I spotted him the whole time and he did great. He even wanted to do it again. (I'm not sure when we'll be ready for climbing down the stairs).

7. Walk. He likes to hold my hand (which is really just one finger in his whole little fist) ... or not. He's getting really steady on his feet and I think he likes my finger more for comfort than stability.

8. Explore. Looking out. looking around. Katie tells me we need to be practicing pointing and talking ... all the time. Done! (and tippy toes!!)

9. Share him with Holly. Honestly, this is a bit of a stretch right now because Holly doesn't like him nearly as much as I do! but she's learning. and so is he. and I really need these two to become friends, so we work on it every week. At this point, she's a lot more nervous around him than he is around her (until she barks, and he cries, and ...)

10. Share him with my friends. Today was the prayer shawl meeting and we had a full house. Most of the ladies hadn't seen Charlie in a few months. He didn't disappoint.

It's pretty special that I get to have this little guy all to myself (more or less) for one day each week. Looking back over this past (almost) nine months of Tuesdays with Charlie is another blessing...and a reminder that I need to keep writing and sharing the stories. Thank you to Carole and all you Ten on Tuesday folks for letting me "ish" a topic every now and then!