Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursdays with Sam | A Different View.

Today's Think Write Thursday topic is to look out a window you don't normally look out of and tell us what you see. I kind of cheated. I did do the "don't normally look out" part - but I knew what I'd see.

I snapped this photo from Charlie's bedroom window just after I put Sam down for his last nap of the day*

That sign is in their front yard; and yep, they're moving. Three weeks from today.

They're moving 25 miles away. back into town. 25 miles closer to Katie's work**. They'll also be a lot closer to fun things to do like the Botanical Gardens, the Children's Museum, the Aquarium, the Center for Puppetry Arts and I'm sure we'll find more.

I know 25 miles isn't another state, but - especially on Atlanta highways - it's a big deal. After the move, I (we!) won't be spending Tuesdays here with Charlie or Thursdays here with Sam. I do plan to see both boys (and their parents) on a regular basis ... but we're going to let things settle a bit before we figure out a new routine.

And you know it will be a very little bit because I don't think I can go more than a week without seeing this in real life.


*not to confuse y'all - I pick Sam up in the morning and we spend the day at my house ... until just after his 3pm bottle. Then we head back to his house, so he can have a good nap in his own bed (instead of a carseat), before the family gets home for dinner.

**she works at Coca-Cola's headquarters and she'll have a 15 minute commute. a real life changer!

Thank you to Carole and Kat for the prompt. I had no idea how to share this news ... but I think this worked! Click here to join the Think Write Thursday fun!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Knitting Colors.

It's no secret that I love to wear neutrals. and since that's mostly what I wear, it's also mostly what I knit. So it was kind of a shock in class today that I was wearing a blue sweater and knitting on two decidedly colorful pieces (Brights and Sunshine Coast).

Of course the next few projects in my queue will get me back to my comfort zone (a cream cardigan, two pullovers in shades of gray and a cream/gray wrap). But I think I'm going to explore colors more, especially with accessories. I saw a friend before class and she was wearing this scarf. We got to talking about making it in Shibui's new linen, Reed. Shibui has great neutrals and pretty pops of color. to be continued....

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sometimes Tuesdays.

...don't need any more words*.

*and I trust none of y'all will ask "why?" 😉

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekending.

My weekend got off to a great start (especially with all the kind comments y'all left about my Friday afternoon FO post - thank you!). It's been a while since I've enjoyed a beer with Holly's evening walk.

Saturday morning was chilly and wet outside, but full of warmth and laughter inside. I was fortunate to have little Sam to myself for three whole hours! He danced a little jig on the floor while I heated up his bottle.

and then entertained me mightily by rolling over (and over and over).

I'm not sure what part of Saturday evening I enjoyed more - seeing Wisconsin beat Villanova, or (finally ... it's been a while!) seeing a new cork for my collection.

Yesterday, Holly and I enjoyed a long walk in the park. It wasn't nearly as warm nor as green as I expected, but the sky was blue.

I spent the rest of the weekend finishing the knitting on my Wisconsin sweater (the KAL in Amy's group on Ravelry ends at midnight tonight) and the latest Armand Gamache (oh my, I really loved this one).

Here's a sneak peek of the sweater since I'm not sure if/when I'll have a chance for Katie to take photos.  Not gonna lie - this yarn is a washable wool/silk blend and after a long soak in the sink this morning it was about a size XXL. oops! I crossed my fingers and put it into the dryer. first on extra low, then on low and finally on medium low. By the time it was dry, it was back to a size S. I couldn't be happier with it!

Today's lip color is Aussie Rose. (super happy with it, too!)

Hope your week is off to a bright, spring-like start. We're expecting warm sunshine tomorrow. Marc reports that the construction is in high gear at the golf course and our neighbors are hoping to shotcrete their new pool. I'm not even planning any other activities for Charlie tomorrow!

Friday, March 17, 2017

FO Friday | Loulou and Mineral.

It was 40 degrees, drizzling and windy on Sunday morning, but Katie did a fine job with the camera - and now I have not one, but two!!!!, finished sweaters to share!

First up is Loulou, a pattern Amy Miller released in January. I bought it the day it came out, thinking the sweater quantity of Kid Classic I had (purchased on major sale a few years back when Rowan discontinued the color) would work. My stitch gauge was a smidge loose but the row gauge worked (phew, I would not want to recalculate that raglan shaping!). I knit the size 36 to get a 37. and I couldn't be happier with the fit. (thank you, Amy, for getting me to more ease and more length in my sweaters ... it works!)


This sweater was knit in pieces and seamed. The hardest part of the whole project for me was the exposed seams. seriously. two days of "knitting time" with a sewing needle. But what a cool detail!

The funnest part of the project was the texture stitch on the front and back. (I haven't looked at the finished piece too closely - if there are boo-boo's in the pattern, I don't want to know!)

I also learned a new-to-me technique - knitting an i-cord and then picking up stitches along the edge. I love the look - and it's easy!

A friend who owns a clothing boutique suggested the white jeans. It was colder yesterday when I wore the sweater again (hopefully for the last time this season) and I wore my boots (also hopefully for the last time this season 😉) ... definitely a better choice than those flats without socks! 

And here's Mineral.

This is the sweater I started on that lemonade day back in January. I finished it quickly (topdown seamless stockinette on size 8 needles - sweaters don't get much faster than that, especially when the pattern is written by Melanie Berg and just ... flows) and wore it once or twice before the February spring came. I took it to Madison and it was too warm to wear there, too. But I'm not complaining. 

It's a great piece - simple styling, that new "more ease, more length" fit, in one of my favorite Shibui colors. I know I'll wear it plenty next year!


Next week, maybe I'll have a Spring sweater to share. I'm close. and hopefully a weekend full of knitting and basketball is all I need to finish. What are you wishing for this weekend?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday | Four(ish) Months.

Charlie's on the left and Sam is on the right. I see a lot more similarity in their actions than their looks!

(and what a difference a little mascara and LipSense - one layer of Aussie Rose and two of Apple Cider - makes for me!)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Midweek Mash-up.

...aka I have nothing more than a few photos to share and they have not much in common with each other ... except that it's Wednesday!

First up, I dropped my taxes off this morning and was delighted to see a redbud in full bloom just outside the accountant's office. ♥ #blueskyblooms

Next, I wore my Fiona Coat today. I finished it way back in January and I've worn it a couple of times, but I've always had to take it off because it was too warm. Not today! These two photos will have to suffice for FOs because I totally hope it's too warm from here on out to put it on again before next fall.


And finally, my first LipSense order arrived (thank you, Carole, for the helpful and quick service!) Isn't her packaging wonderful?!


I'm getting used to the feel of the product on my lips, but I can certainly attest to it lasting all day long. I applied the color this morning and it still looks fresh. This is Roseberry and I love it!

OK, now that I've shared a few random thoughts 😉 - I hope you have one to share with me!

Here's to Wednesday! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesdays with Charlie | Pi(e) Day.

2017 has given me the gift of Valentine's Day and Pi Day with my favorite toddler. A BIG Thank You to Bonny for alerting me to this double goodness and then sharing a delicious recipe for Apple Hand Pies.

I'm honestly not sure Charlie even knew about Pie before today (and I'm positive he still doesn't know about Pi) - but I think he might remember now! We followed the recipe pretty much as written (except that I bought Pillsbury pie crusts). We peeled and chopped apples and then cooked them in butter with a little sugar and cinnamon. Charlie kept a healthy distance from the stove.

And was happy to find a spoon to put the filling into the waiting crusts.

Of course he loved watching the baking.


(this wave was for his mama)

Note that I have no photo of the unbaked pies to share ... here they are just out of the oven.

We waited until after nap to try one.

Wow! It was delicious.

yep, was...

Pi Day is still relatively new for me. I learned about it from Katie and Sara who both took pies into math class during high school. I guess it's a big deal at Georgia Tech, too. I got a big kick out of their Instagram feed today, giving away pies. The rest of my Instagram feed has been (mostly) full of knitting, pies and snow. Of course on any day it's mostly full of knitting. The pies are fun. and for all of you with snow, I wish I could share one of our pies with you! Stay warm!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekending.

late Sunday afternoon
My entire weekend looked a lot like that photo I shared Friday afternoon. I finished the body of the sweater and by yesterday evening was well into the first sleeve. Most of that knitting was accompanied by Small Great Things, which I really liked (except for the first 100 or so pages when I was completely regretting telling my girlfriend this would be the Jodi Picoult I'd read if she'd choose it for bookclub, which she did). But it also saw a little of the ACC tournament - sadly, despite my Carolina blue, Duke won. (but that's ok, Carolina still got the #1 seed.)
this shade of blue is especially hard to capture in my house - I promise - it really does look a lot more like the sky two photos down!
Besides knitting and reading and college basketball, there was also pilates. This 21-day challenge has completely hooked me.
it's not too late to join!
And one chilly walk in the sunshine.  This is the tree that was covered in pink blossoms last month. It is wonderful to see green on the branches again!

But the real highlight was church yesterday morning - our annual "Gifts of Women" service. This is an annual event sponsored by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (which has ordained women as elders since 1930 and as pastors since 1956). Our congregation is blessed with two women pastors and a host of fantastic women leaders and congregants. This year's worship theme is gratitude and the prayers, hymns, music and sermon left me light-hearted and thankful.

I was honored to be a liturgist for the first part of the service that includes the Prayer of Adoration. These lines especially spoke to me and it was even more meaningful to be the one to read them aloud:
O God,
you richly bless us with all that we need.
With all your creatures, great and small
we sing of your goodness,
for in the cycles of the seasons,
and the wonders of each creature,
you reveal your generosity.
Grant us one thing more:
grateful hearts to sing your praise... Amen.
Wishing each of you a wonderful week!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Weekend!

It's not often that I get to 5 o'clock on Friday and have all the items on my list checked off. Today, those items included getting our taxes ready for the accountant, a trip to Costco and dropping off last week's consignment pieces.

Opening up the first pinot grigio of the season (because it was supposed to be 73 degrees and full-on sunny today ... weather folks lie!) and a new book, along with my first knitting of the day seems like the perfect way to celebrate.

Happy Weekend - hope y'all have a good one!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursdays with Sam | What Really Matters.

Today's Think Write Thursday topic is about bullying. Yesterday's entry in A Year in Miracles was titled "Today I will be a friend to myself." These lines from the devotion spoke to me
No one is going to accept me if I don't accept myself first. Today I will be a friend to myself. Not in denial about my weaknesses, but loyal...and kind...and embracing. Other people will see my goodness when I have seen it first.
and gave me the idea to write about how much we - especially we women - bully ourselves. and, when we judge other women for their choices in partners, careers, parenting, clothes, bodies, etc, etc - each other. I thought I'd have an hour (maybe two) today while Sammy napped to work on the post and I planned to cap it off with a cute photo (because, after all, Thursdays with Sam).

I'm sure you know where this is going now, right? Yep. He was happy, played hard, ate great, and slept...not much.



As I was driving home this evening, thinking about this post (not even started), I decided the reality of the day spoke for itself.

Today I will be a friend to myself.
(I will focus on what really matters.)

and that will enable me to be a friend, a wife, a mother, a Marmie, a sister, a daughter ... to others.

I'm curious to see what others have written on the topic. Click here to join in!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Looking Back | Winter 2016.

I know many of you are still looking at Winter head on. But hopefully here in Georgia, Spring is here to stay - and that makes "looking back" at Winter a lot more fun!




The holiday season got off to a rocky start; apparently hanging that wreath on December 1 was just what I needed. Twinkle lights, little boys, another visit from Sara, along with plenty of cocktails and White Christmas with my favorite sister made for a beautiful month.

I love the juxtaposition of Florida with Atlanta in January. Those five days I spent at my mom's are such a contrast with the woolen knits and hats we were wearing here!

And February, well, I think it looks like a typical March (even the time I spent in Madison seemed spring-like).

On the knitting front, I count 12 WIPs, of which all but three have since become FOs. And I realize I'm way behind in sharing the finished projects now that Katie has gone back to work (Marc is willing, but he just doesn't "get" the knitting photos like she does). In any event, I'm hoping to do better. I'm weaving in the ends of my last "winter" sweater this morning and Sunday's forecast looks like it might be a perfect sweater day. We'll see.

I've now completed a year of sharing these collages three months at a time. I do love seeing the season all together, but I've gotten terrible at keeping up with them (as in I spent a few hours over the weekend pulling it all together). So I'm going to try monthly again. At least that way I won't be able to fall behind more than 31 (or so) days.

Here's to blue skies ... and looking forward to Spring!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesdays with Charlie | Big Trucks.

Today's library outing got off to a weird start. The first book that Charlie chose featured the Jewel Fairies and a costume ball. The second was about Strawberry Shortcake (I didn't know she had books) and had a good message, but saying "berry" in place of "very" started to bother me a lot by the end.

I was happy to spot the 75th anniversary edition of Mike Mulligan and that's the book we brought home. We both enjoyed the story. I have a new appreciation for the book, too; I love how the words and illustrations play together on the pages. Matthew Broderick narrates a bonus free download. Highly recommended all around.

After nap, we took a walk to check out the construction site next door. Marc had suggested Charlie might find the new driving range "fun and interesting" and he was right. Excavators, dump trucks, bulldozers and tractors. If it hadn't started to rain, we probably could've stayed for an hour.

Hoping next week's weather is nice. I might bring chairs.

Happy Tuesday!