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As you already know if you follow me on instagram, I’m once again obsessed with knitting. That has cut into my reading time — and into my blogging. So here’s a brief attempt at catching up a little.

~ I mentioned that when my son was visiting recently, he interviewed me for his podcast. That episode is now up, so you can listen in to our late night conversation if you’re so inclined. We chatted about photography, blogging, knitting, football, and my need for speed. It’s a pretty mellow episode, so grab some caffeine first.

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~ I’m working on an easy drop stitch scarf with a skein of yarn I bought earlier this year in California. It’s turning out really cool, and it’s an easy pattern.

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~ September is coming to a dreary, wet close. It looks gray and cool outside, but it’s really muggy and warm. I’m pretending otherwise, however, and am putting myself in a fall frame of mind with flowers, a scented candle, and lots of coffee.

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~ I’m still working on the 1 Peter Memory Moleskine, but I’m not on schedule. I’m not giving up, though.

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So that’s a quick round-up of what’s going on around here.

Happy fall y’all,
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random thoughts

~ I don’t know what’s worse: walking out of a dressing room when nothing fits or walking out when everything fits.

~ We recently rented a condo on the Gulf coast, and it was crammed full of useless “decorative” items (a large frog with artificial greenery coming out of the top, odd fish-shaped vases, etc.). It was a small studio condo, which was all we needed, but it felt even smaller because of all the clutter. Less really is more, you know.

~ Fall is in the air. I’m so happy. But what’s with the pumpkin-spiced everything? We recently went to a Mexican restaurant, and at their hostess desk, a heavily fall-scented candle was burning. Um, pumpkin-spiced Mexican food does not smell good, y’all.

~ I went back on Whole30 for a whole five days. It made a difference, though, and I do feel better. It was a good detox from vacation.

~ Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Trader Joe’s and get some dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Or don’t. So there will be more for me.

~ I’m back on a knitting binge. I’ve got so many projects in progress and in the queue, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve got my Auburn football scarf all ready to resume during tonight’s game, a spur-of-the-moment easy drop stitch scarf on my needles, a complicated shawl waiting patiently at the bottom of my awesome knitting tote, a wrap I’m itching to start, a class to take in a couple of weeks, and countless patterns pinned and saved in Ravelry.

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~ Today is a Saturday with nothing on the calendar except a football game tonight. I’ll be making a Costco run, cooking, and cleaning, with college football as my soundtrack. Yep, I love fall.

~ Late start this morning. Yay!

~ Hey, if you’re in a drive-thru line, would you please consider pulling up close to the car in front of you? When you leave a car length or more, you leave folks hanging out in the road. Thanks ever so much.

~ I’ve got a bad case of TrumpFatigue. Seriously. I don’t want to hear any more about him.

~ Speaking of politics, so glad Boehner is out and I wish he’d grab a few others as he heads off into the sunset.

Signing off now to get started on my Saturday. What’s on your agenda?

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north carolina

I’m so behind on this whole blogging thing these days. Any spare time is used for knitting. At the moment I have some quiet, uninterrupted time but my knitting project is upstairs, and I’m too lazy and comfortable under this warm blanket to go get it. So blogging it is:

A few weekends ago, Paul and I headed up to North Carolina to spend the weekend with my parents at their mountain cabin. Because it’s such a long trip, we both took Friday off and left after work on Thursday. We enjoy road trips together, but it was a late night and we were both pretty tired when we arrived at midnight.

The next morning we rode over to Blue Ridge, Georgia, in a pretty dense fog. We had a big breakfast at Mercier’s Orchards, and let me tell you, there are some folks out there who are pretty crazy about apples. Seriously, it was an apple frenzy. The place was full of senior citizens who clearly thought that was their last chance on earth for a good apple.

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They were dropped off by the busload, and there was no stopping them. We browsed as best we could, and I was pretty relieved when we got out of there. The fog had lifted by then:

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The next stop was downtown Blue Ridge where Mom and I stopped in several shops while Dad and Paul found comfortable places to sit and wait on us.

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After a tasty lunch, we went back to the cabin for some down time. You guessed it: I used that time to knit.

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That night Caroline and her boyfriend met us for supper and then stayed the night at the cabin with us. We had the most relaxing Saturday eating lunch downtown, visiting a little farmers market, watching football, and hanging out.

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On Sunday it was time to head south again, and we stopped in Atlanta to visit IKEA. It felt like I was back in Europe, but this time I didn’t have to do the Euro/dollar conversion. We took our time in the maze there, and then had a yummy lunch at a nearby Yard House. It was bright and clear on the drive home. Paul drove, I snoozed for a little while and then woke to knit.

What a fun weekend it was! Beautiful weather, a taste of fall, family, a comfortable cabin, football, good food…. I’m so thankful for all of it.

Happy fall, y’all!
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