let’s just pretend…

… that the blogging break didn’t happen, shall we? Here I am again, determined to get back into the blogging habit. I’ve gotten back into my bullet journal habit this past week, and I’m feeling more organized and inspired, so maybe I can post more regularly.

The past couple of months have been filled with the usual busyness, lots of family birthdays, and two trips up to Chattanooga to visit my peeps. My sweet granddaughter continues to grow and change, and I don’t like to go very long without getting my hands on her.

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I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump these days, but I feel like I’m beginning to climb out of it. (I’ll be updating my 2017 reading list momentarily.)

I’ve finished a few knitting projects recently, and I need to update my knitting page with those. I still have a bag full of works-in-progress, and I suspect it will ever be thus.

I just realized that Paul and I closed on our house a year ago today, and I’m over-the-top grateful that this summer — the first in SEVEN years — I don’t have to move.

I mentioned my return to using a bullet journal. I share more about that later, but I think I finally figured out a system that works for me. And one of the things I’ve added is a place to jot down my ideas for blogging, so maybe that will help me dust off the cobwebs around here and bring this place back to life.

Happy Saturday to you!

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well, hey there

I didn’t mean to take a blog break — especially such a long one, but sometimes life gets in the way. February flew by, and March is nearly gone, too. I don’t have much to show for it here, but I did get to go see my peeps in Chattanooga for a long weekend last month. Kenna (now 8 months old!) has grown so much and is learning new tricks every day. Paul and I kidnapped her and had so much fun. She’s a sweet, happy girl.

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(photo credit: Will)

I have been knitting up a storm and reading some, too, but not as much as I’d hoped. I cast on a center-out baby blanket that should have been really easy, but I took it apart and started over about 10 times — once after starting the third skein of yarn! I can live with some imperfections in a project, but I decided to rip it all out when I realized I would never be happy with this one as is. So I cast on yet again — which is a real pain because it starts with a circular cast on and then double-points. If nothing else, knitting pushes me to persist and be patient.

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Last month I finished reading Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything (by Anonymous!), and y’all, it is good and challenging.

I read Rules of Civility, a fiction work I’ve heard fellow readers recommend again and again. I enjoyed it.

I found a copy of Sweater Quest on my shelves recently, and it was my bedtime reading for about a week.

I’m still slowly rereading Island of the World, and I’m juggling several other books, too.

 

If anyone is still reading this poor little blog, thanks ever so much! I’m looking to make some changes in my life — inspired by some recent things I’ve read and heard which I want to share — and hope to return to more regularly updating this little corner of my world.

Happy Saturday!

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a change of plans

That’s allowed, right? I’ve changed my mind. Shortly after I decided to give up on blogging, I got the urge to start again. Isn’t that the way it goes? So, I’m going to recommit to updating this little corner of the internet more regularly, and I plan to do a little remodeling. It will take some time to get back into the habit, so please stay tuned.

Many thanks on this Thanksgiving Day to those of you who left kind comments, and to my husband who encouraged me not to give up. I appreciate you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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hey there

Hi, I’m Anne, and I’ve been a very lazy blogger. It seems that when I get one or two areas of my life together, something has to go, and for this past month or so I just haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and type anything coherent. I’ve been focusing on improving my health, and that is going well. At the beginning of April, I began another round of Whole 30, and after a day or two of detox “flu,” I immediately felt so much better.  On my first round I discovered that I’m allergic to dairy. Nevertheless, I let it back into my diet and had a terrible fall and winter of stuffed up nose, sinus headaches, and absurdly puffy eyelids. But since giving it up again, I haven’t had to take a single pill for my allergies all month — when everything is blooming and I’d normally be sniffing and sneezing.

We also began a step challenge at work around that same time, so exercise has been a priority. I’ve been walking nearly every day, and that has me feeling more energetic and more antsy when I have to sit for any length of time. I can tell that my endurance and speed have improved, as well.

I still compose blog posts in my head when I’m in the shower or on the road, but they’ve not yet made it to my laptop.

I have kept up with my 366 photo project on Instagram. Here are some recent photos if you don’t follow me there:

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I’ve also been knitting, reading when I can, and trying my best to avoid thinking about moving soon.

If anyone is still checking in over here, thanks! I’ll try to have something new next time you stop by. 🙂

Happy Saturday!

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1,000 post! ***a giveaway and gratitude ***

Good morning & Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m starting today in my favorite way — coffee and reading in bed. Gratitude comes quite easily in these circumstances!

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It’s also my 1,000 post here at georgianne! I didn’t realize that until I hit post on my last entry, so I’ve held off writing more until I could celebrate by giving something away to you faithful folks who have stuck around. Some of you have followed me from blog to blog and have offered me encouragement and prayed for me through some dark times. I’m thankful for you! I’m also thankful for you lurkers and hope that you’ll pipe up and enter this giveaway.  Feel free to share it with others, too, because I’d love to get this blog thing going again, and new readers would be fun.

***Here’s the deal:  I’m giving away a 30 Days of Hymns Perpetual Desk Calendar by littlethingsstudio. I have one on my desk at work, and I love it. Hymns have always been a source of comfort and rich meditation for me, and I’m grateful that I grew up in a church where I learned so many. This little calendar is a good daily reminder of truths that are always timely. It’s pretty, too! 🙂

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To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post. If you’re reading this on Facebook, you’ll need to click through to the actual blog post for your comment to be counted. (If you’ve never commented here before, your post may be held for moderation. So don’t panic if it doesn’t show up right away.) If you share this on Facebook or Twitter or one of the many other social media sites that I haven’t figured out yet and probably never will, let me know and you’ll receive an extra entry for each share. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. I’ll close the comments on December 1st at 8 pm ET. ***

So that’s the giveaway; now for the gratitude. I’m deeply thankful for so much. God has blessed me with blessings too numerous to count. Thank you, Father, for saving my soul and giving me eyes to see. Thank you for my sweet husband who encourages me daily to see all of those blessings. Thank you for my children, for my family, for health, and a good job, friends, freedom, clean water, plentiful food, all of my material blessings, that I live in this time and place in history, books to read, yarn to knit, and on and on and on.

I think of this quote from historian and author David McCullough often, but especially on Thanksgiving and when politics and current events bring me down:

And so many of the blessings and advantages we have, so many of the reasons why our civilization, our culture, has flourished aren’t understood; they’re not appreciated. And if you don’t have any appreciation of what people went through to get, to achieve, to build what you are benefiting from, then these things don’t mean very much to you. You just think, well, that’s the way it is. That’s our birthright. That just happened. [But] it didn’t just happen. And at what price? What grief? What disappointment? What suffering went on? I mean this. I think that to be ignorant or indifferent to history isn’t just to be uneducated or stupid. It’s to be rude, ungrateful. And ingratitude is an ugly failing in human beings.

Let’s overflow with gratitude today and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all,
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what’s going on

The blog has been quiet for several reasons these days:

~ I was away all week for work, adding Indiana to the states-I’ve-visited list. Here’s a sunrise in Muncie:

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~ I’ve been doing the “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything” thing. I’ve been discouraged by politics and Auburn football and current events and have tried to avoid ranting about ungrateful, cowardly, spoiled college students.

~ Much of my downtime has been spent knitting or surfing Ravelry. I’ve got four works-in-progress at the moment. Here’s one of them:

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~ Even though I compose blog posts in my head on my commute or in the shower or as I toss and turn at 2 a.m., I haven’t felt like sitting down to my laptop and actually typing them up. Just call me lazy.

~ I indulged in some Netflix binging on Call the Midwife recently. Now I’m all caught up. Any recommendations for another series I can watch while knitting?

I hope to get back in the blogging groove, but I’m not making any promises. Thanks for sticking around.

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well, hey there

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’d meant to blog more regularly in 2015, but having failed at that already, the pressure is off. 🙂 I’m just trucking along, living life, with a trip to California thrown in a couple of weeks ago. I plan to share a few pictures and thoughts about that at some point.

Meantime, I’m hanging out with Paul, watching the final season of Justified, reading fiction, trying to finish knitting a shawl that has been a big challenge, and have recently kicked a brief addiction to Trivia Crack.

Oh, and we’re planning to move within the next month or so.

Catch ya later,
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an excuse

But a valid one. This blog sits neglected because every last brain cell is being used to slog through three graduate-level courses this summer. Currently I’m trying to make my way through the in-residence portion, and the workload, content, and time zone change are taking their toll.

So, please excuse me.
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