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TGIF

It's cold.  The leaves are falling.  
(But I'm still wearing my flip-flops.)  
(Strangers feel like it's okay to comment on my footwear choice these days.)  
(Like. . . it's none of your business, dude.)

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Anyway . . . it's Friday.  So, let's TGIF.

T - Thinking about . . . what to knit next.  I finished my Tegna sweater well over a week ago now, and I haven't cast on for anything yet.  I have several ideas in mind (like this or this or this) (or, now, this), but I'm also considering knitting a few Christmas gifts this year.  Decisions, decisions.

G - Grateful for . . . our plans for a quiet weekend at home.  It's been busy lately, and I'm ready for a no-commitments kind of weekend.

I - Inspired by . . . my copy of the new book Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh.  It's a beautiful book full of all kinds of lovely images (who could imagine that mending could be so incredibly lovely?) and handy mending techniques that look so very cool.  It makes me want to go rip up my jeans, just so I can mend them.

F - Fun . . . I love walking in my neighborhood in the fall.  I love watching the leaves change -- but I especially appreciate some of the very clever - and very fun - ways my neighbors decorate for the season.  JoJo and I were quite surprised to see this near the sidewalk earlier this week.  Definitely fun!

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So . . . what's your TGIF situation today?


TGIF

Friday . . . so glad to see you!

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Let's TGIF!

T - Thinking about . . . planners!  I've been researching and asking and watching YouTube videos and trying to figure out which planner would be perfect for me. (Did you know that there are hundreds of YouTube videos documenting how people set up and use their planners?) (I was floored by this.)  (People are zealots about their planners, let me tell you!)  I think I've made my decision.  Planning to order today!

G -  Grateful for . . . a break in the weather.  After days and days of sticky, hot, muggy weather, a cool front finally moved in.  And it looks like it may last a few days.  I'm eager to get outside -- and I'm especially happy to have my windows open again to gentle breezes.

I - Inspired by . . . a personal training session at the gym earlier this week.  Although I work out regularly, I've never worked with a trainer before.  In an attempt to mix things up a bit, I purchased a series of sessions with a trainer at my gym.  I'm inspired to try some new things -- with the confidence that comes from knowing I'm doing them correctly.

F - Fun!  The fall semester of my colored pencil drawing class started up again yesterday.  I love the class - and the structure it provides for me to work on/finish my drawings.  I like learning new things and having the opportunity to experiment a bit.  Plus . . . I really like the people in my class.  Many of us have been working together for years now, so there's friendship and support and laughter and encouragement.  Great fun - every Thursday afternoon.  (And sometimes a beer afterward.  BONUS.)

Here's to a great Friday - to start off a great weekend - for all of you!

See you Monday.

 

 


Glorious-ness, Pure and Simple

GOOD MORNING!

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(Y'know . . . it doesn't get much better than that . . . on a Friday morning in August.)

It's Friday.  Let's TGIF!

T - Thinking about . . . how wonderful and laid-back this summer has been.  In fact, I would guess that I haven't had such a low-key and open summer since I was a kid.  I've also been thinking about how September will bring changes (because Structure Returns), and that's okay, too.  (But I'm going to hold on to this glorious-summer-feeling as long as I can.)

G - Grateful for . . . quiet mornings and a gentle start to my day.  One of my goals for the year was to start my mornings earlier so I could build in time for meditation and reflection and stretching.  It was really hard at first (because deep inside of me, there is a lazy bum), but I've gotten into the habit now, and I am so glad.

I - Inspired by . . . the light.  Although I am in deep denial about summer coming to an end, I love the long shadows of late summer.  So much drama!  And gorgeousness!

F - Fun . . . Today is the day Tom's new fishing boat is (supposed) to be delivered.  (Please keep your fingers crossed, because things happen when they happen up north, and this is sometimes Not Easy to Deal With.)  This little boat has been a long time coming (don't even get me started on "decision fatigue" that sometimes lasts for years. . . ), and it's going to be perfect and fun and glorious.  (And it's even red, so how fun is that???)

I hope your Friday is filled with good things . . . and your weekend, too.
See you Monday! 


TGIF

Well, friends.  We've reached the end of another week.

Let's TGIF.

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T - Thinking About . . . gauge swatching.  And how tricky it is to get the right gauge with linen.  (Tricky?  Let's change that to . . . frustrating.)  Which means I'm thinking a lot about knitting, but not actually doing any of it right now.

G - Grateful For . . . a weekend forecast of rain.  Because my garden could really use it.  And I could use a break from my constant battle agains the weeds.  (Although, of course, the rain will just bring aid to my enemies.)  

I - Inspired By . . . how good it feels to be less "plugged in."  First, I turned off all my notifications.  Then, I got rid of Facebook.  (Like . . . entirely.)  Next up?  I got rid of Pinterest.  (Just off my phone . . . but still.)  I've cleared huge swaths of time to go up north with Tom every other week.  I haven't committed to anything -- not Book Bingo, not mystery knits.  (Nothing.)  This is my JOMO (joy-of-missing-out) summer, and I've got to say . . . it's been liberating - and inspiring.

F - Fun . . . tomorrow I have an all-day colored pencil workshop.  (I. Can't. Wait.)

TGIF, everyone! 
Enjoy the weekend!


TGIF

Although yesterday felt like Monday, today is actually Friday.  And that means . . . 

TGIF!

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T - Thinking About . . . drawing.  I don't take art classes during the summer (too much garden and up north), so I don't have the structure a regular schedule provides.  I'm starting to miss it (although I do have a one-day workshop coming up later this month), and I have Ideas.  Now, I just need to get my pencils out.

G - Grateful For . . . waking up to a surprising change in the weather.  After weeks of super-hot-and-super-humid, it's . . . sunny and pleasantly cool this morning.  I wasn't expecting this (nor was the weather app on my phone).  We actually turned off the air conditioner and opened the windows this morning.  I'm grateful for fresh air, bird song, and the sound of sprinklers -- and especially for this little reprieve from the oppressive heat.

I - Inspired By . . . almost everything.  I seem to be wide open when it comes to inspiration these days.  Maybe it's the summer, with its explosion of color and texture and sound and smells.  Or maybe it's just that I've cleared enough space in my head so I can BE inspired.

F - Fun . . .packages for my kids.  I explained a couple of weeks ago that I've been sending my far-away (and very grown up) kids "care packages" every month.  Some months I send them useful items, sometimes seasonal items, sometimes hand knits, sometimes treats.  This month?  I've put together summer fun boxes -- with squirt guns and bubble guns and and flying parachute men.  (The only thing missing is popsicles. . . )  Kids nearing 30?  No problem.  I know they'll have fun with this stuff!

Enjoy your Friday -- and have a great weekend!


TGIF, Garden-Style

Back home.  Back in my garden.  And it's Friday.

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Time for a little TGIF . . . garden-style!

T - Thinking About silver linings.

First, it was super annoying to have my air conditioning break down.  Then, I had to dig up large swaths of my garden to facilitate installation.  But, now that it's done, I'm actually . . . 

G - Grateful.

Not only for new (and functional) air conditioning (because YAY), but also for this "clean slate," which allows me to re-fresh yet another garden bed!

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Now I'm totally . . . 

I - Inspired.

Because I have this collection of plants to play with all over again.  (My poor, displaced plants).

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It's like re-opening an almost-new box of paints.  And, really, won't that be . . . 

F - FUN!

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Have a great weekend!  (You'll know where to find me.)

 


TGIF

Not much time to blog right now. . . my sister arrived yesterday!

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(I dragged her out for an early morning walk on the Kal-Haven Trail to see the trillium blooming.)  (She's a very good sport.)

Here's a quick TGIF:

T - Thinking about . . . spending the next several days catching up and hanging out with my sister.

G - Grateful for . . . family time.

I - Inspired by . . . laughter and good conversation.

F - Fun times . . .  we're heading to Chicago for a few days (and super excited to see Hamilton while we're there).

I'll be taking a bit of a blog-vacation next week.
Catch you on the flip side.


TGIF

It's Friday.  Spring is finally springing.  And I have a busy day today.  Time for some TGIF.

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T - Thinking about . . . my garden, of course.  Now that it seems to be Actual Spring (instead of Calendar Spring), it's time to get out there and get busy.  I can't wait.

G - Grateful for . . . those two little early tulips in my photo above.  They are "volunteers" that hitched a ride to my garden with a hosta transplant from my mom's garden many years ago.  (You may remember that my mom loved tulips, and had a garden full of them.  These are some of an early variety she planted.  They bloomed before her other tulips even popped out of the ground.)  Anyway, every spring they've been a surprise in my garden, but now they're more like a special gift.  (Hi, Mom.)

I - Inspired by . . . the success of my dining room re-do, I am thinking ahead to another big project.  (I have one last old wallpapered room to go.  It's my upstairs bathroom, and it is awful.)  But . . . not until next year.  (See "T," above.)

F - For fun . . . we're hosting a little beer tasting gathering for some of our friends tonight.  Tom has been busy making beer all winter, and it's time we share it!

Have a great weekend.  I hope you'll be able to enjoy being outside for some of it.

 


TGIF

No matter what kind of week it is, I'm always happy to see Friday roll around!

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It's time for some TGIF!

T - Thinking About . . . gardening, of course.  It's still far, far too cold to do any work in the garden, and there certainly isn't much joy to be found in looking at it right now.  But you can be sure I'm doing a lot of thinking about it!  In fact, I'm really thinking about this . . . 

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(Which looks like this once things kick into gear. . . )

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I need to move the path.  Which means . . . moving plants and the small pond.  (We relocated Garden Buddha last fall.)  This portion of my garden has been in a holding pattern for a couple of years now -- while I've focused efforts on other areas.  In the meantime, the garden has overgrown the path, and it's causing lots of "flow" problems.  It's time for some changes -- but it's gonna be complicated!  (Tom is readying his digging tools already.)  I'm doing a lot of thinking. . . 

G - Grateful For . . . a change in plans.  A friend canceled our lunch date scheduled for today, and I am grateful for an unexpected break in my day.  (We'll catch up another day.)

I - Inspired By . . . signs of spring.  That crooked picture of the blue sky out my window at the top of this post?  Well, I took it yesterday as I was lying on my couch, waking up from a 20-minute refresher-nap.  (This time change has hit me hard.  I've been exhausted all week.)  I woke up, and there was that lovely blue sky!  And I've seen some barely-appearing buds on a few trees this week.  And my crocus are up - although not quite blooming yet.  (Because cold.  It is very cold here right now.)  Spring is coming - and I'm inspired.

F - Fun . . . Tom and I went to Bell's for dinner-and-a-beer the other night, and Tom ended up purchasing grain for another batch of beer.  As he was using the equipment there to grind the grain . . . 

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I was having fun reading the signs on the wall.  Here's my favorite. . . 

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TGIF, my friends!  Have a great weekend.


TGIF

It's been a really busy week around here.

But now it's Friday.

TGIF!

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T - Thinking about . . . gardening.  Our weather did another flip-flop, and that has me itching to be out in the garden.  (It's amazing how quickly 17 inches of snow can melt with a couple of 50-degree F days and a little sunshine.)

G - Grateful for . . . a low-key weekend ahead.  I need some time to breathe.

I - Inspired by . . . this new book (available as a pre-order for now).  My "uniform" is already tunics-and-sweaters, so this book is right up my alley.

F - Fun ahead . . . I'm starting to make some plans for a possible May visit from my sister.  Could it include "Hamilton?"  (Stay tuned. . . )

Hope you all have a great Friday, continuing right on through the weekend!