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.

mypeeps

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!

signature

 

SaveSave

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.

meandk

(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.

embracing-obscurity

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!

signature

 

 

saturday

Good morning!

life-changingOn this first day of a three-day weekend, I’m starting off with coffee and books in bed. I’ve read the local paper (via iPad), done some of my read-through-the-Bible plan, caught up on social media, and finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’m late to the party on that one, and now I know why it has mixed reviews. Truly, you could scan it for the bold print tips, but then you’d miss the parts where she bids thank you and farewell to her castoffs. Clearly, Marie Kondo and I have different worldviews. For instance, I don’t believe inanimate objects have feelings, and she believes objects aren’t really inanimate. The cultural differences are evident, too. Having lived in Japan, Europe, and Hawaii, I’m aware of the space and storage differences in housing. We Americans take so much for granted, and I think Kondo takes for granted certain facts of living in Japan. (I will not put my clean dishes outside to dry, thank you.) Also, she mentions stockings throughout the book. Those are not at all a storage issue for me. 😉

The book has inspired me, however, to tackle my closet today. At her suggestion, I plan to take all of my clothes out, only putting back the items that I truly wear and like. She advises asking of each piece, “Does this bring me joy?”  If the answer is no, she thanks the pieces that don’t make the cut.

I won’t be talking to my clothes today, but I will be listening to podcasts as I work. These are currently in my listening rotation:

And now I have questions: What projects do you have planned this weekend? What are your favorite podcasts? What are you reading?

Happy Saturday y’all!

signature

2017 knitting goals

If you know me, you already know that knitting is my favorite hobby these days. Here’s how that happened: A little over two years ago, a fabulous yarn shop opened up in Thomasville, and some of us at work did a team-building exercise of learning to knit there. I’ve always tended to be busy with my hands — cross-stitch, a brief foray into macramé back in the day, needlepoint (I’ve got dining room chair cushions and a William Morris framed series to show for that), sewing (for home, for me, for my daughter), and cake-decorating. I’d tried to knit here or there through the years, but it never “took” — mainly because I had no one close by to help me when I hit snags. This time, the utterly inviting and inspiring atmosphere at Fuzzy Goat, the ever-available help and encouragement from Cadence, and a common bond with work peeps combined to make me fall in love with creating with yarn.  I’ve slowly progressed, but I feel that I really learned some new skills in 2016, and I am more confident now that I can tackle harder projects.

So this year, I want to:

  • make a sweater for myself (I’ve made two baby sweaters, but a larger one that really needs to fit will be a challenge.)
  • learn to cable
  • start my Christmas gifts early
  • make a few fun decorative items for our home (maybe a wreath or a seasonal garland for our mantel)
  • visit yarn shops as we travel and pick up souvenir yarn

I recently updated the knitting tab up above, and I’ll try to add to it as I go. I’ve been spending a good bit of time these days on ravelry searching for projects and inspiration. You can find me there as ge0rgianne (the o is a zero).

Here’s my current work-in-progress. It’s a gauzy wrap made with very fine yarn that is causing me to go blind, but I love the color (the gorgeous blue-green does not photograph well) and the softness:

etherial-scarf

Are you a knitter? If so, let me know so I can follow you on ravelry. And if you’re not a knitter or have no clue what I’m talking about, please be patient with these posts. There are other topics here at floridianne, I promise. 🙂

I’ve got lots to do today around here — cleaning, finally undecorating the Christmas tree, grocery shopping, laundry — but I’m already looking forward to this evening when I can settle into my chair beside Paul and pick up my knitting. That’s when I will relax, feel so at home in our home, and be productive and creative all at the same time! Perfection!

Happy Saturday friends!

signature

 

 

lately

Things have been busy but good around here. Most notably, Paul and I traveled to Tennessee last weekend to have Christmas with my children and their families, along with their father and his wife. It was a wonderful time of celebrating together, and all of us were grateful for the healing and grace that allowed us to gather. My daughter and her husband hosted us for a delicious meal, and my sweet granddaughter was passed around and cuddled. She’s a gift!

 

I knitted some gifts this year. Below are a scarf for Anna, and a cardigan for Kenna. I forgot to take a photo of the scarf I made for Caroline:

(I couldn’t resist getting Kenna some skinny jeans! Jersey-lined, with an elastic waistband!)

We continued our tradition of visiting McKay’s, and I finally stopped by Genuine Purl and picked up a skein of yarn I can’t get locally. We also had some Mojo Burrito.

Outside of Genuine Purl, these leaves took my breath away:

ginko

Caroline cut my hair, too! I got the luxury salon treatment and a new do! (Photo by Caroline – @haircrash on instagram):

hair

We gave the kids record players! (totally Paul’s idea!). We celebrated to the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin:

record

Paul washed dishes, and I snuggled sweet baby girl:

I’ll leave you with this one (photo by Will). It cracks me up every time I see it!

amazed

Gotta run — super busy Saturday!

signature

saturday

It’s my third day off in a row from work, and there’s still one more to go! And it’s starting off well — coffee and reading in bed. And — true confession — watching a variety of Kick Six videos. (This one is a classic.) I never get tired of that!

Yesterday I decorated the house for Christmas, and Will came in for the weekend. Today my big plans include watching the Auburn/Alabama game with him on the big screen.

(I’ve got soooo many blog posts in my head, including one I mentally composed while decorating the Christmas tree yesterday. But today is unlikely to be a day I can actually put those thoughts to virtual paper.)

Thanks again to all of you who have encouraged me to keep blogging. I’m amazed that anyone reads what I write, and I’m surprised that you have stuck around through my blogging famine. I really appreciate it!

Happy Saturday, y’all! And Waaaaaar Eagle!

signature

saturday miscellany mashup

Whew! After a tough week, it’s Saturday, and I’m so very glad. I slept until 8:30, made some coffee in my new Keurig (the one I’ve had for over four years finally gave up, and Paul couldn’t resurrect it), and got back in bed to read. I’ve caught up on the news (none of it good), and I’m about to pick up The Nightingale from the tall stack of library books on my nightstand.

Paul told me that today is Anne Day*, but I still haven’t decided what to do with it. For now, I’ll enjoy this quiet time in our room. And I think that later I want to hit up the sale at Fuzzy Goat.

Knitting has been a reliable stress reliever for me these days, and I’ve got some finished projects to show for it. Recently I completed a self-fringing shawl that got me back into my knitting groove:

fringeshawl

And I made my sweet granddaughter a cardigan and hat. I just need to block the sweater and add a button and then it will be done:

libertyset

Last night on a whim I cast on for a shawl with Zauberball Crazy yarn that is really driving me crazy — the yarn keeps tangling. But it’s in the perfect Auburn orange and blue, so I will persevere — much like I hope our team will persevere tonight.

Here are a few links I’ve bookmarked this week and finally been able to read this morning:

~ Ina and Jeffrey: A Love Story

~ In the pot nine days old

~ Stop acting immutable

~ The gift of sleep

Oh, Saturday! How I love you! And Paul, thank you ever so much for giving me an Anne Day!

Happy Saturday to y’all!

signature

 

 

 

*If you’re new around here: Anne Day is this sweet gift Paul gives me. Essentially, it means that I get to do whatever I want to do. This means that we spend the day together doing fun things instead of chores. 🙂

a little Saturday miscellany

It’s been a crazy week — big project at work — so the blog has dropped way down on the priority list. I’m enjoying a lazy morning today, though, so here are a few links:

~ A reminder for clueless jerks: DON’T DRIVE SLOW IN THE LEFT LANE.  Can you hear me shouting “Amen!”? The article mentions that Georgia is aggressive about writing tickets for this, but I’ve never seen it happen.

~ Socialists are scarcity deniers. Which is just another way to say that they live in the land of fairies and elves.

~ The ten item wardrobe. I’m seriously interested in this.

~ Busyness is not the problem:

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Rather than commanding us to try harder to find him, God tells us to be still and know him. Stop. Enough. Cease striving. Because he is God and he is moving and doing glorious things in both the sunshine and the rain, whether we stop and notice or not. We must not miss out because our hearts are too busy.

Though I would never admit it, it’s almost as if I want to streamline and organize and simplify my life to a point where I no longer need God to get me through my day. But my strengths and abilities will fail, again and again. I need a Savior every day.

Perhaps feeling overwhelmed and inadequate isn’t such a bad thing if that is what brings me to my knees and shatters my false sense of security. To the place where I realize my planning and intelligence and coping mechanisms mean absolutely nothing if I’m not becoming more and more like Christ and resting in the strength and presence of my creator, the author of my day. More of him and way, way less of me.

Read the whole thing.

~ I need to watch some more things like this to get me in the mood for football season. It’s been a long HOT summer, and I’m just not feeling it.

That’s it for now. Happy Saturday, y’all!

signature

saturday

Today has been a perfectly lovely day:

~ Paul’s brother and his wife are in town and stopped by for a visit. I can’t believe I didn’t think to get a photo of the brothers!

~ Paul and headed up to Thomasville for lunch and a couple of errands:

beemer

gear

George & Louie’s for lunch:

gandl

~ A stop at my favorite yarn shop. I just love this place! I love that when I walk in Cadence calls out, “Hi, Anne!”

lys

~ A stop for an Icee on the way home (I know, I know… it’s not Whole30. But I felt like we were on a little vacation, so I indulged. It’ll be okay.)

iceestop

ic

drive

I hope you’re having a good Saturday, too!

signature

 

saturday

~ Some reading and blogging and coffee, then a shower and a little cleaning.

inchristalone

~ Breakfast with Paul.

 

vi

~ A birthday party for our twin baby friends.

gifts

vivirene

 

paulviv

~ Coke icees.

icee

~ Laundry.

laundbask

~ Errands.

pk

~ Eye exams.  I need new glasses.

eyes

~ Dinner with Paul.

chuys

chuys2

A really good day. I hope yours was, too.

signature