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.

Looking Back | December.

When I shared last month’s Looking Back post (on December 17) I commented that November already seemed like years ago. I’m getting this month’s review posted a little sooner and still … I guess December really was “last year” 🙂 I continued the weekly diptych on Tuesdays; it’s a fun way to tell a story. Also, I’m surprised that none of the daily photos explicitly show the total chaos that was our house for the first two weeks when the painting happened, or the third week when we cleaned up and put everything back together. But I can see a … Continue reading Looking Back | December.

New Year Weekending.

Happy sigh. This last weekend looked a lot like the one before. except without the worry of Sara traveling. We spent New Years Eve at home, with bananagrams, a nice dinner, a little Broadchurch, and in-bed-before-midnight. It can be fun to stay up to greet the year, but I prefer to do it the next morning, in my PJs, with a cup of coffee and my journal. We had a lazy New Years Day (ahem, and this part of the “we” was lazier than most … from my front row at the kitchen counter) full of football, reading, more games, … Continue reading New Year Weekending.

Christmas Weekending.

Hello friends and happy Last Monday of 2020! My Christmas weekend began in the very early hours of Wednesday (the photo on the left was taken – and shared with Sara – at 12:04am), as I followed Sara on her journey from Bristol to Paddington, to Heathrow, to the Delta lounge, and finally … on the plane bound for Atlanta. By the time her flight took off (just before 8:30 am our time), that sock was nearly finished (and I’d ordered yarn to knit that sweater I crushed on last week). Wednesday passed in a flurry of last minute laundry, … Continue reading Christmas Weekending.

Family Fun Weekending.

The last weekend of 2018 was full of family fun. We celebrated the end of Sara’s work week (aka “Friday night”) with a puzzle, holiday mules and mussels for dinner. I was up early Saturday morning and enjoyed the most recent Christmas episode of Call the Midwife along with a little ADVENTurer knitting.We had the puzzle about 80% finished by the time we left for Steve & Lydia’s – this year’s hosts for the annual family holiday party. It was great fun having the whole family together (for the first time since my dad’s memorial service back in April, 2016). Sam … Continue reading Family Fun Weekending.

Around Here.

…the sun is shining,(the poinsettias are much happier this year) the dining room table is ready for a puzzle, the mantels are dressed, the stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped, the last photo is hanging atop the advent tree, Holly has her jingle on,(yes, that’s my mom and Sara in the background!) …and dinner is almost done. Around here, we’re ready for Christmas! I hope your week is off to a bright start as well. and if you’re celebrating, all the best for a most Merry Christmas! (and if not, Happy Monday!)     Continue reading Around Here.

Three on Thursday | Opera Wednesday.

Opera Wednesdays are always fun, but this one was really special. Because of the company,Lydia, my mom, Karen (who opted for an afternoon of shopping instead of the opera) and me the production – oh my, y’all – this La Traviata was Amazing! The set and costumes were lavish and the music … stunning! Love the great seats for the Live in HD performance.Diana Damrau (Violetta) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) and the after-party back at my house. Bubbles (with spiced apple syrup and a few pomegranate seeds) for a holiday toastand one last photo (thanks to Marc for taking it … … Continue reading Three on Thursday | Opera Wednesday.


I just finished the second pair of socks (woohoo!) and while I ponder the next cast on, I thought I’d drop in here for a little Friday fun. Thinking about 2019 and what I’d like the year to be. (I’m also still thinking a lot about the end of 2018 – there is still much to do … and experience! … before the calendar turns!) Grateful for the library. This afternoon, I finished my 100th book (Call the Midwife) of 2018. 65 of those books have been borrowed from the library. I’ve also purchased a few and read from my … Continue reading TGIF.