TGIF (ish) | Catching Up.

Hello friends, it’s been a minute 😉 or rather nearly two weeks! I’m finally feeling a bit settled with the puppy and ready to re-engage. Here’s a quick look at what’s going on right now through my favorite lens.

Thinking about … knitting again! I finished that sweater for Lucy last week

and I’m sure she likes it more than she shows. Since then, I’ve started two baby gifts, worked a few rows on my SSP, knitted a swatch for a sweater for me, and thought a lot about what I want to be knitting. For the foreseeable future, I will not be knitting as much as I was (or even very much at all), and I want to make that limited time fun and fulfilling.

Grateful for … the weather. Since Lucy came home on the 5th, we’ve had about 18 hours of stormy rain, and all the rest has been sunshine, and a few days have been outright warm. Potty walks, boys sports, and chewing on sticks & pinecones are all better under sunny, blue skies.

Inspired by … all that outside puppy time and getting more comfortable with my exercise routines to read more with my ears. again. Back in the days when I was knitting and walking, I read a lot on audio. That shifted to nearly 100% on the page as I worked through my injuries and I’ve been delighted to starting shifting back. Here’s a look at my October TBR – on the left is what I planned back on October 2 and on the right are books I added – all on audio! – since then.

I’ve also shifted plans for a few of those original books. I was about 1/3 through The Old Drift on paper when Lucy came – this is one of the best books I’ve read in a while (epic saga about three intertwined families in colonial and post-colonial Africa) and I desperately missed the dedicated morning reading time. I picked it up on Libby a few days ago and it’s great on audio. I am still referring back to my paper copy (family tree! wait, what did I just hear?!), but I am loving that I can still find out what happens. The opposite happened for Say Nothing. I’ve had this book on hold for the audio for months (I love narrative non-fiction on audio) and it was finally my turn. Sadly, there was just too much going on for me to keep up. Facts and numbers and dates … and I realized I needed words on the page to refer back to. I checked out the paper copy this week and hope that’s the ticket to getting oriented. I also have the audio back on hold and maybe I can finish it that way? Finally, I have paper and audio for the last three books on that original October list; I wanted to read all of them with my eyes because gorgeous writing, and maybe I will … along with listening. the good thing about gorgeous writing is that it does come through no matter how you read it! (whew, that was more than I thought I had to say about all that)


Also – figuring out the house-training routine, stick!, cookie!, getting wet (I’ve loved seeing how different Lucy is from Holly … Lucy had a great time in the rain, and likes to get a little wet in the shower every morning), socializing (she’s met so many people and been lots of places – she has another vet appointment next week and we’ll see about introducing a few dogs into her life).

It’s been a full couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to catching up with y’all … and maybe?! getting back into my somewhat-regular blogging routine. Mostly, though, I want to continue to settle in with this season and enjoy it.

Happy Saturday!

14 thoughts on “TGIF (ish) | Catching Up.

  1. You are so right. It is most important to enjoy the season. Lucy looks like a little sweetheart. Her sweater is darling. I hope your injuries are healing well.

  2. I am so glad you’re staying present and enjoying your puppy days with Lucy! She is adorable. And I love how flexible books and reading can be – it shifts based on your own needs. Yay for audiobooks! I have Chouette on my TBR for December… it sounds so good!

  3. The weather has been perfect for those frequent potty breaks. Looking forward to meeting her.

  4. Lucy is so stinking cute! And it sounds like you’re settling into a routine with her. I remember those early days with Fred & George – I hardly knit at all for months. Now I can (mostly) knit and they don’t try to play with the yarn. Note I said mostly. LOL

  5. Sounds like you’ve really lucked out with the timing and the weather! Lucy continues to be adorable, and it sounds like she has a great personality, too. And I’m delighted to hear that you’re able to knit again, in small doses.

    I have to tell you that I finished listening to Dinosaurs last night (I only started it the day before) and really loved it, so thanks for that recommendation!

  6. I have been finishing a few books that were begun ages ago so my count for the month will be higher. Just picked up Choutte from the library and started The Round House on my Kindle. I am struggling to find an audio book that catches my attention this month but that means more time for podcast catch up too. Such a fun little puppy!

  7. Aww, Lucy is so cute! I thought it would take something big to cut into your reading and knitting time, but it turns out to be something small and adorable!

  8. Lucy looks so sweet in her sweater! Glad she (and you) are settling in to new routines. Happy Fall! Our weather has been glorious this year.

  9. Lucy is just adorable! Although the puppy phase is very . . . active . . . it won’t be long until she’s settled in and comfortably potty-trained. (It’s a good thing you’re adaptable!) Enjoy! XO

  10. Enjoy your puppy days, we will be here when you are ready. Puppyhood is short and you’ll have plenty of time for all the knitting and blogging 🙂 She is adorable.

  11. Lucy looks so cute in her new hand knit sweater! I remember when my dog was a puppy and how I had to “toddler” proof the house! Now that she’s a senior pup, it kind of warms my heart when she gets into mischief!

  12. Puppies are so frustrating but so fun (funny). Lucy is so cute and you are adaptable. She’ll be changing about the time you’ve settle into her routine (if there is one!) and she will certainly keep you on your toes for a year. You’ve influenced the number of pages I read (which is so much better for retention) but I’m hoping to do more listening this month, too. I miss your missives so hope to see getting back to a blog routine.

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