Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday | Morning to Night.

...sunrise to sunset. Today we had them both, beautifully.

I snapped this first shot on my early walk with Holly. at 7:50 a.m. I remember thinking how weird it was to see "sunrise" at ny 8 a.m. I also remember thinking it was too bad I was running late for yoga and I wouldn't have time to post it to Instagram (nope, even with #nofilter!)

I left yoga just after 9:30 and the weather had changed. It was wet and about 10 degrees cooler. Great weather for grocery shopping. I went to Whole Foods, Costco and Kroger and made it home before 11:30. Time to unload, walk Holly and have one last cup of coffee before I had to get ready for class. Fast forward through knitting class (by the way, I'm now 16+ hours into Outlander #3. loving it!) and then a very fun wine and knitting Wednsday. My turn to host, and Penny is visiting from Birmingham and she dropped in. As did Becca and Virginia (along with Karen and Katie...and Charlie). Loved that they all got to meet Charlie (and agree with me that he's the sweetest baby ever and that his mama looks great) ... and then Marc came home and he had a great time with Charlie, too. His first time seeing Charlie (in real life :-) with his eyes open.

Katie left a little early and Karen helped them to the car; she came back to say the sunset was amazing. And of course she was right.

The girls all stayed a little longer. We shared WIPs and swatches (and thoughts about next projects) and then everyone packed up. It was all over well before 8...and long before the first run in that last World Series game.

Marc's gone to bed and now it's just me...and seven more innings to play. (Marc and Karen are cheering for Kansas City, but me...Giants all the way!)


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ten on Tuesday | Feeling Good.

...Carole's suggested topic this week is things that we're feeling good about. That should be easy (provided we don't linger too long on those scary numbers I shared on Friday) and I'm not even gonna make this ten photos of Charlie!

1. But I will share one. This is from Sunday. I feel good that I can see Charlie and his mama nearly every day. (and oh my, that little curl on the top of his head!)

2. Inspired in large part by Dinner: A Love Story, I haven't had popcorn for dinner in days. Friday night wasn't going to be anything special, but turned out I had all the ingredients for a roasted shrimp caesar salad. (and there was enough leftover for my dinner last night).

3. Loving my exercise routine right now. It's a mix of running and long walks (with a friend and/or Holly), yoga and pilates. Saturday morning was just me and Holly (and Wonder Boys on Audible) for a four mile walk. It was also nice that Georgia Tech beat Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon...I'm sure because Holly had her spirit wear on!

4. Getting Sara's birthday package mailed off on time (this is the first year I've had to mail presents.)

5. Holiday knitting plans. Yes, I know it's not even November yet (so remind me I wrote this on October 28) and maybe too soon to have any sort of confidence. But I've scaled things WAY back this year. Hopefully I won't be madly finishing on Christmas Eve.

6. 35 more hours to go on Voyager (aka Outlander #3) on Audible. I started it late Sunday and oh my, it's good! It also means I'm making lots of time for needlepoint and knitting!

7. This is my Lindsay coat, blocking. I promised to have it finished by November 3. Once it's dry (and it almost is) I have to seam the sleeves, pickup and knit the collar, and knit on the cuffs. I think it's really doable. I might even be able to wear it this weekend?

8. That extra hour Sunday morning. Seems like my Sunday mornings are always rushed so it will be nice to slow down a bit.

9. My Halloween plans. Just like last year (even down to the snack I plan to share), except that I have a very fun fascinator to wear instead of a witch's hat. (stay tuned for a photo!)

10. A good balance between blogging and Instagram. Also, my new daily photo routine. I stopped the FMS prompts this month and I've found myself taking more photos, not less! I've also not felt compelled to share every day on Instagram and I think that's been nice for the blog. to be continued, for sure!

Now it's your turn - what are you feeling good about these days?
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Friday, October 24, 2014


...please forgive me. I think a few of these numbers are gonna be tough. I apologize in advance!

One of the things my sister and I discussed at some length on Wednesday was the Thanksgiving social calendar. My parents are visiting (as they do) and we wanted to be sure we provided ample opportunity for seeing children, grandchildren, and great grandchild...and football and cocktails and holiday meals... and I do vaguely recall she threw out a crazy "four" number.

but it didn't really hit home until I was at my hairdresser yesterday. needing to reschedule my every-five-weeks-without-fail appointment that would fall on Thanksgiving. yep, my folks will be here in just four weeks. and we'll be having our first of many get togethers at my sister's four weeks from today.

then Katie and I talked a bit yesterday about holiday plans and I realized then that Christmas was exactly four weeks after Thanksgiving. that's actually really great news for those of us who have live trees. it's a really short advent season.

this morning I noted those things in my journal ... and it hit me. that means it's going to be 2015 in only 4 + 5 + 1 = 10 weeks. yikes!!!

ok, the scary part is over.

now I have photos of a nearly six week old (tomorrow!) little boy to share. I visited last night for dinner and bath time and Katie was nice enough to take a few photos of play time. He's learning to smile (practicing to be a charmer is what I think) and loves the ceiling fan. and books. and close up faces. six weeks.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday | Wine & Knitting.

...I was sure I must've blogged about this at some point, but I just did a quick search and didn't find it. Maybe it was all just for "wordless" Wednesday?

In any event, my sister and I have been meeting every Wednesday evening for years. We open a bottle of wine, fix a light snack (popcorn is a sure favorite, but if Katie joins us we can manage a full vegetable plate and hummus) ... and knit... and talk. Until the wine or the talk runs out (the wine nearly always wins that race).

I get choked up just typing this when I think about the joys and tears we've shared over all that time. It was a highlight of my mama-life when Katie started to join us last fall. Chalk up another one for knitting (and for wine!) - it's cross-generational.

We mostly rotate houses. This week was Karen's turn to host (which meant just two of us - Katie isn't venturing out that far this late in the day with Charlie just yet). Karen's the green thumb in our generation and I love the view onto her deck with pots full of living things! She opened a delicious grenache/syrah/mourvedre blend. and popped corn. and we talked. about everything. and about nothing. Really...the stuff of life and especially (these days for all three of us!) motherhood.

Special, treasured times. for which I am beyond grateful. xo!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Embracing Fall.

...way back in September, many of my Ten on Tuesday friends wrote lists about getting ready for fall. I mostly wrote about enjoying a new baby, and being grateful I didn't need to think about fall just then. Fast forward to October 1 and I started to think about it. And finally, this past weekend, I embraced it. Full on.

I spent Friday re-working the containers on my front porch. Gone are the tired lantana, deer-chewed sweet potato vine and faded petunias (also gone is the dead sky pencil holly!)

Now we have living sky pencil holly, pansies, creeping jenny, dianthus and compact loropetalum (that the Lowe's gardener promises I can get to "weep" over the sides of the pots with careful pruning).

There's a welcoming wreath on the front door.

Inside, there are apples and pears, pinecones and a few candles adding a spicy scent.

(I still need candles for the dining room table).

Holiday menu planning is in full swing, too, inspired in large part by this ad that I stumbled across on Sunday.

Katie just gifted me that Sunday Suppers cookbook* so I have all the recipes. (thanks to a bit of on-line sale shopping, I have some pretty new table linens coming, too!)

It even feels like fall now, too. Low temperatures in the 40's and high's in the 60's. Our bright blue skies are back this week and it's sweater weather! I just need to find a pumpkin or two and we're set! How about you? What are you loving about Fall?

*oh my, it's gorgeous! beautifully styled and the food looks delicious! She also gave me Dinner: A Love Story. Coming soon - an update on cooking inspiration!