Monday, October 16, 2017


Thank you for all your good wishes for Sam. He was happier on Friday

see that pointer finger? he has it ready all the time - pointing is his "thing"! (and apparently it's contagious - I noticed my right hand did the same thing on Saturday)
and by yesterday, pretty much back to 100%. I certainly had fun spending all that 1:1 time with him (that was a first since my last Thursday with Sam ... back in April), but whoa, I was tired Friday night!

Saturday would've been our dad's 80th birthday. My brother had the wonderful idea to visit the Tech campus in his memory. My sister was headed to Florida to spend the weekend with our mom (good thing Tech is on the way), so we met up early. Saturday morning at 7:45 on a college campus is perfect for enjoying some quiet time!

nephew Andrew, me, brother Steve, sister Karen, sister-in-law Lydia
The rest of the weekend was quiet. I opened a special bottle of Sonoma County Pinot Noir Saturday evening - in honor of my dad who loved Pinot and my mom who grew up in Sonoma County. I have many happy memories of visiting my grandparents in Santa Rosa. The images and stories coming from there now are heartbreaking. I'm glad that buying (and drinking) wine helps!

...and did my usual stuff yesterday. an early run. church. knitting. a little TV with Marc (football, baseball, golf). and very early to bed.

Looking forward to a quiet week. and nice October weather!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Alaska | Ketchikan.

Saturday, August 19, we docked in Ketchikan ... and set foot in Alaska for the first time!

It rained. Apparently, August, 2017 was one of the rainiest months Ketchikan has seen. ever.

But it's still pretty.

I love how colorful the buildings are.

This was our first official Alaska selfie.
♥ the lovely cowl that Kat knit for me

A kind stranger saw that effort and offered to take our photo. (I still like the selfie better.)

We chose a self-guided walking tour of town, intending to walk up to Creek Street and browse the shops. We did see Creek Street, but by this time we were getting cold and wet ... and decided to head back to the ship.

And that's pretty much all I have for Saturday. I'm sure we spent a lovely afternoon on the ship. I'm sure we played trivia.

Apparently someone had a beer.  And then, just before dinner, we heard "whales"!

Yeah, that's about fifty photos of water ... where a whale had been. Can you see it?

Next stop - Juneau!

Happy Friday everyone - have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Three on Thursday | In Photos.

Joining in with Carole, Kat and friends today to share three photos from today.

Those first two were, as of 7:30 this morning, completely unplanned. But then Katie texted that little Sam wasn't feeling well and could I please come to help. He didn't look nearly that happy or bright-eyed when I arrived late morning. But after a nap, he perked up a bit. I took him for a walk so Katie could take a work call ... we had a great time! I'm headed back tomorrow and can only hope the stroller is ready to work magic again!

That third photo is the tree in our front yard. Happy to document a beautiful blue skies afternoon. but sadly, it appears the pin oak's leaves turn ... simply brown.

Hope your Thursday served up a pleasant surprise or two! Head on over to Carole's to see what others have shared.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket's Tale.

Joining in with Kat and friends today to share an update on Sam's birthday blanket. In stark contrast to my last two projects, this one has traveled very little. It spent its first few days at my kitchen counter, but it did get to see the sixth season of Call the Midwife (which might be my favorite one so far --- oh the stories were so good and I really enjoyed the new characters)
yep, tissues at the ready!

Yesterday it traveled to the local car dealership to see a few episodes of Fixer Upper while I got my car serviced (boy, folks who say they "don't have the patience to knit" confound me; I don't have the patience not to knit).

And today it traveled to a local Starbucks for knitting with friends.

It had a very good time. as did I. and I love that I'm on track with my "one repeat a day" goal. The repeats are 24 rows and there are 18-1/2 of them; at that pace, I'll comfortably finish before the party on the 28th. Thanks to this afternoon's knitting, I have just two rows to finish today's repeat. I'm headed to my sister's house for knitting as soon as I finish this post --- I think I'll have a nice headstart for tomorrow!

I hope your project(s) has seen something good this week, too!  Head over to Kat's to check in with what others are knitting (and reading... I owe y'all an update on that ... next week!)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Good Start.

...finally. It seems like ever since I started listening to books (and podcasts about books), I've had less and less music in my life. I miss it; last year I set an intention to get "more music" into my life. It wasn't very successful. When we setup Alexa earlier this summer I tried again with Amazon Music. I found a few playlists and stations I enjoyed, but it still didn't click.

And then I spent two weeks with Sara and saw how much she used and enjoyed Spotify (just like many of y'all have shared). Today I finally got myself started.

In addition to joining Spotify Premium (and telling Alexa about it - which was surprisingly easy), I also suspended my Audible membership (credits have been piling up now that we're using Overdrive so much), so I'm actually saving a few dollars a month.

Now I need to start exploring the music! If you have playlists you love, would you please share them with me? My username on Spotify is mere2007. Thank you!!