Making in 2021.

Still looking back at 2021 … this time the things I made. For the first year since 2017, all of my FOs were made from yarn, over 18,000 yards of it! that tiny type at the lower left says 18,820 yards in 22 projects: 8-1/2 pairs of socks (4-1/2 were gifts), two baby gifts, one cowl, one prayer shawl (gifted to a confirmand last spring – this was the only project I crocheted), and twelve sweaters (one of which – Noten – lower left – I accidentally felted and gave away to my petite friend Lauren).  You can see the … Continue reading Making in 2021.

Looking Back | December.

“Stars are made of dust and nitrogen; they are balls of gas and hydrogen. But that isn’t what a star is; it’s only what it is made of.” ~Patti Callahan, Once Upon a Wardrobe Happy sigh. It’s time to Finish (2021) Regular! First up in the finishing queue is wrapping up December – daily photos first and then books and reading. and finally, one last post to look back at a year of making. A Gratitude List: twinkle lights. knitting. seeing family more than once. selfies with my sister. books (and more books). amaryllis blooms. and even seeing a peek … Continue reading Looking Back | December.

TGIF | Early January.

The view from my journaling seat this morning … all the important things are right in front of me. There is daylight peeking though the blinds because I was there a little later this morning. My mom had a very encouraging report at the doctor yesterday and I didn’t need to head over to her house for the day shift. It’s been a little weird being home all day, but the afternoon nap was most welcome, and I finally cleaned out my knitting bag. I’ve lost track of the days, and I feel a little like Scrooge waking up to … Continue reading TGIF | Early January.

Choose 2021 | Wrapping Up.

I’ve been looking forward to putting this post together for a few weeks (honestly since November, when I chatted with Carolyn about the series she was putting together to celebrate this OLW practice). Last year’s wrap up is one of my favorite posts to revisit … I love how the review tells a story about the year and about me and my OLW.  The monthly check-ins here continue to be one of the most useful practices for me around OLW – they force me to reflect and connect. Some months it makes magic, and some months it barely holds together. … Continue reading Choose 2021 | Wrapping Up.

Year in Review | 2021.

Once again, I’m borrowing Vicki’s idea (Thank you, Vicki!) for an end of year post. The idea is to share the first line (or two) of the first blog post of each month* and a favorite photo (or two) from that month’s posts. The words and photos are most likely not related. January This last weekend looked a lot like the one before. except without the worry of Sara traveling. February When Anne (Modern Mrs. Darcy) alerted us last week that today was the annual day to share about what’s saving us right now, I started drafting my list. March … Continue reading Year in Review | 2021.

Best Laid Plans and all that.

Yesterday’s post was supposed to be a reflection on this year’s One Little Word Choice. and today I was going to share a Year-in-Review. so I’d be ready on Friday for one last wrap-up. Instead, today I have a different post to share … best laid plans and all that … my mom dislocated her hip early yesterday morning – it’s back in place, thank goodness – but it’s going to be a while until she’s fully recovered. Karen and I spent most of yesterday camped out in my car in the emergency room parking lot. Grateful not only for … Continue reading Best Laid Plans and all that.

Around Here.

I hung the last photo on the Advent tree this morning. We are still waiting for the amaryllis to bloom. The house smells wonderful. Holly’s afternoon walk was delightfully pleasant with breezy blue skies. I’m especially grateful for yesterday’s visit with my sister. We had lunch and watched White Christmas (an annual tradition that took a little break the past two years). Yesterday was even more special because – in an “abundance of caution” – we aren’t going to the big family gathering next week. We are still planning tomorrow with Katie and her family and we’ll get together with … Continue reading Around Here.

TGIF | Two Weeks Left in 2021.

Yeah. Two weeks. and one week from right now, I’ll be watching our church’s Lessons & Carols livestream (or, depending on how long it takes me to write this post, maybe settling in with a glass of wine and putting the finishing touches on whatever we’re having for dinner!) Here’s another look at right now: Thinking about … finishing regular. Emily P. Freeman talked about it on her podcast this week. She walked through five steps – Be Kind, Be Growing, Be Honest, Be Yourself, Be Done – and I realize this is just what I need. I initially thought … Continue reading TGIF | Two Weeks Left in 2021.