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:

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

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

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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!

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Gotta run — super busy Saturday!

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weekend

This past long weekend, Paul and I headed north to Chattanooga, where both of my children live. It was a good weekend, with lots of wandering around, too much food, and chilly temps. Here are a few photos from the weekend:

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Bye 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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random thoughts

carocollageBefore I begin rambling, let me just say that 21 years ago today, I welcomed sweet baby Caroline into the world. And just last night, she got engaged!! I’m so happy and excited for her. 

And now, until I get more details on the upcoming nuptials, let the randomness begin:

~ I can’t get enough fresh peaches. Or okra. Not together, of course.

~ Now that I spend more time on the road, I’m even more annoyed with slow drivers in the left lane. Seriously, if everyone is passing you on the right, you’re doing it wrong! A couple of days ago I got boxed in by a slow car in front of me and one that insisted on driving along beside me for miles. My guess is that at least one of the drivers was on the phone.

~ Waiters who don’t write down our order don’t impress me. A correct order does.

~ Surely I’m not the only one tired of the “I’m offended” culture so prevalent today — especially on the internet. Just this week I saw it on an instagram pic put up by someone who is rather famous in some circles. It was a funny — darkly so — meme that I chuckled at and kept scrolling. Lots of folks left comments about how offended they were and that they were now unfollowing (that’s a modern word, isn’t it?) her account. I guess they’ve never heard the phrase “don’t take offense where none is intended.” And I guess they live super-insulated, cushy lives where they’re never confronted or challenged in their thinking. In my experience, life is jam-packed with unpleasantness, unfairness, and just plain old garden variety yuck. If you can’t just let at least some of it go or even laugh at it, you’re in for some misery — and probably not too much fun to be around.

~ It sure is nice being married to an IT guy. The wifi on my laptop has been dropping out every few minutes for days. I finally had Paul take a look and he fixed it right up — something about a duplicate IP address. Given his distaste for Apple products, it was an especially loving act.

~ Random thoughts, random photos:

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~ I’ve got a whole day (Lord willing!) stretching out ahead of me, with nothing scheduled. I need to do some regular chores around the house — with the music cranked up, but I also plan to get some stuff listed on eBay. I’m in a purging mood.

~ True confession: I finally saw Shrek for the first time last night. Yeah, I lost a bet, so now I have to watch 5 movies of Paul’s choice. 1 down, 4 to go.

~ And the word of the day is:

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…and that probably sums up this post. 😉

Happy Saturday!
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monday night miscellany

Another collection of randomness:

~ I love me some Dennis Prager. And he’s spot on:

…when Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the United Nations about the threat Iran poses to his country’s survival and about the metastasizing cancer of Islamist violence, he, unfortunately, stands alone.

Virtually everyone listening knows he is telling the truth. And most dislike him for it. Appeasers hate those who confront evil.

~ Sitting is deadly. I was far more active as a stay-at-home-mom/homeschooler. Now that I’m at a desk all day, I’m grateful that my workplace encourages me to move. I have an exercise ball/chair, and we’re involved in an 8-week step challenge that keeps me focused on moving.

~ Confessions of a Kindle Convert. If you know me at all, you know I love books. But I’ll be honest: I need to get rid of many of them. We’re in the thick of moving, and packing and hauling books is no fun at all. I actually uttered these words to Paul yesterday: “I need to get rid of some books.” **shudder**

~ Starve your idols to death.

~ 5 small Georgia towns with great shopping.

~ the audacity:

Forty years of provision, forty years of tangible, edible grace, and what do they have to say to God in response? This: “We loathe this worthless food.”

We loathe this worthless food!

The audacity! The. Audacity. At least when I think these things, I’m savvy enough to couch these emotions in more subtle disgruntlement. “I’m just tired,” “I’m weary,” “It just seems like the onslaught never stops.”

~ Don’t follow your heart:

The truth is, no one lies to us more than our own hearts. No one. If our hearts are compasses, they are Jack Sparrow compasses. They don’t tell us the truth, they just tell us what we want. If our hearts are guides, they are Gothels. They are not benevolent, they are pathologically selfish. In fact, if we do what our hearts tell us to do we will pervert and impoverish every desire, every beauty, every person, every wonder, and every joy. Our hearts want to consume these things for our own self-glory and self-indulgence.

No, our hearts will not save us. We need to be saved from our hearts.

~ Very helpful, practical info: What to do when your flight is cancelled. We had a cancelled flight last month when fog blanketed Phoenix. I knew our flight was cancelled as soon as we landed in dense fog and I checked my email. I immediately called our airline to get in line for re-booking instead of standing in that long, awful line. Aside from having to wait  a few hours for our luggage to be delivered, all was well.

Well, that gets me a little bit caught up on posting things that have been bookmark-worthy. As I mentioned, we’re in the middle of moving, and I’m just flat out tired and overwhelmed.

May you be less tired and sore than I this Monday evening!

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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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