It’s a strange business, turning those days into sentences, and then paragraphs.Elizabeth McCracken, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
Some months it feels strange, too, stringing together stories based on a collection of photographs. And yet, here I go again!
I’ve shared many of these stories here already: a magical trip to Santa Fe, with a fun welcome home breakfast (1st-5th), Lydia’s birthday & socks without ears (8th, 12th), a delightful evening with Sara & a new Monday afternoon gig with the boys (15th, 17th, and 29th), #10days10books (25th), and a new sweater project (26th).
In that same post about the new sweater, I mentioned two boys coming for a sleepover. They did and the big highlight was the pool. Not only did it give them plenty to do, it also ensured a full night’s sleep for everyone (yes, there were a few hours in our house, with pizza, a movie, and sleep! between these two photos):
For the #10days10books, I saved these two inside-the-covers (the 22nd and 24th) for the grid:
… and one last story. Those lovely cappuccinos on the 28th (and opening this post). Sara & I met for coffee and I got her started on a new knitting project! It’s a baby blanket for a co-worker expecting early next year. The last time she started a project was early 2021 (she still lived in England) and we did it over FaceTime. Face-to-face, over coffee, is so much better. and not only because I could do the cast-on.
Here are a few other things that made my Happy List last month: reading most of the Booker long list. A League of Their Own on Amazon Prime (this was the most life-giving TV I’ve watched since All Creatures Great and Small and in a few ways this one was even better; if you haven’t heard about it, please know I’m calling this a re-imagining, not a re-telling … and in spite of Tom Hanks’ brilliant performance in the original, this version is hands-down better). the return of Saturday night snacks to the grid! a first fall pedicure (OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques). cooler temperatures for porch time. homegrown tomatoes (and Marc is still harvesting). my first in-person BeSMART presentation.
What made your happy list in August?
p.s. I learned about Queen Elizabeth’s passing after I’d already drafted much of this post. She leaves such a legacy … and talk about stories, wow!!