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)
Fun … TEN WEEKS!
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.