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Another Monday morning! Time to . . . 


On Mondays I share a few tidbits and miscellaneous things I discovered over the weekend. A little of this, some of that. Things to amuse, amaze, entertain, or inform. Maybe even something to rev you up!

So. Let's get to it.


"It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey."
        --- Wendell Berry

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(And so it begins.)



What more joyful combination can we possibly find . . . than the intersection of art and knitting?

And especially when it comes to art and camouflage knitting!


Check out this fascinating collaboration between photographer Joseph Ford and knitter Nina Dodd . . . who created a series of incredible camouflage photographs featuring hand-knit sweaters! The project is called "Knitted Camouflage" and you can see even more examples here.



In staying-at-home-related news . . . have you ever wondered why so many things are "sold out" these days? I'm not talking toilet paper, flour, and jigsaw puzzles here (although there is that).  I'm talking about  . . . oh . . . kiddie pools (my daughter was on multiple waiting lists all summer and finally gave up), exercise equipment (we're on a 9-week waiting list for a rowing machine), and home office furniture . . . among other surprising things.

Well. There's a reason for that! 
And here it is.



Mostly when I read, I read silently to myself. Just seeing the words. Reading them in my head. Private. Quiet.

But a lot of the time, Tom and I read together -- out loud to each other. We don't often read books that way (although we have done), but we often read entire news articles to each other. Or poetry. And certainly phrases from books that one or the other of us enjoys.

Last week, I stumbled across this article (from the BBC) about the benefits - for adults - of reading aloud. It turns out . . . reading out loud is really good for us! Here's a quote from the article (written by Sophie Hardach):

"But a growing body of research suggests that we may be missing out by reading only with the voices inside our minds. The ancient art of reading aloud has a number of benefits for adults, from helping improve our memories and understand complex texts, to strengthening emotional bonds between people. And far from being a rare or bygone activity, it is still surprisingly common in modern life. Many of us intuitively use it as a convenient tool for making sense of the written word, and are just not aware of it."

How about you? Do you ever read out loud?



And, finally, I leave you today with this . . . a moving dance tribute to Breonna Taylor by sisters Norah, Zarah, and Rosa. (If you haven't already "met" Norah, Zarah, and Rosa, you might want to check out some of their other dance clips on YouTube or Instagram. They are sisters from The Netherlands, and they are pretty darn awesome.)


And . . . that's it for me on this Monday morning.

Here's to a good week for all of us!
Hang in there.



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I do read out loud! (I hope reading via FactTime counts!) That out of stock thing... yeah, it is crazy...but those sisters! Oh yeah!

Happy Monday!


Wendell Berry is a very wise man and the knitted jumpers project between Joseph Ford and Nina Dodd is so creative! I'm a bit in awe of the minds that can conceive something like that and carry it out so well. I thought of vera and her husband Fletch with the BBC article. They read aloud regularly, but I'm afraid John might just leave the room if I started. Thanks for a good start to my week and I hope your week is a good one!


We don't typically do much reading aloud here (mainly because we all have very different taste in books), but perhaps it's something to start. Though the audience might be limited -- I'm really not interested in hearing my husband's business books, and he's not much of a fiction reader!


The internet shopping article was very interesting. I bought a refridgerator in July (thankfully not needed, just time to think about replacing our old one), and am still waiting for it. Every two weeks the delivery is rescheduled. I'm hoping that it arrives before Thanksgiving!


What a fantastic trio, those sisters. Thanks for sharing that, because I don't think I'd have found them on my own! We do a bit of reading aloud here...I still have one child I read aloud to, and we trade off each page. And we've been doing that mostly with biographies lately, which has been a nice shift. Troy will frequently read articles or paragraphs aloud to me; I do so less frequently. But he did read the entire Ebon Alexander book Proof of Heaven, aloud to me, some years ago now. And we both still remember how meaningful that was to us.


Oh that knitted camouflage project is fantastic! So so cool. I am STILL waiting for the freezer we ordered back in May to arrive. Apparently there was a run on freezers at the start of the pandemic and when ours died on us we had to get in the queue with all of these other people who decided they NEEDED to have one even though they'd never had one before. Sigh. On a happier topic, Dale and I read aloud to each other much in the same way that you and Tom do. I think I might be less tolerant of things he reads to me, though. I probably should work on that.

Kathy Boyer

I would be overjoyed to send a blow up kiddie pool to your daughter. If you want . message me on ravelry: Huckmom


Ah yes! Fletch and I read out loud almost every evening. I love it.

Julia in KW

Oh, yeah on almost all of your points! I had to run around to a variety of places to get an office chair for a gift this year...and those girls - excellent video and interpretation! I still read articles out loud to my husband - and sometimes he even listens to me! ;)


Steve and I have been trying to buy bikes ..............no go. The cheapest we could find were well over $2,000 each.

Guess we'll be walking instead.


That article on shortages was quite interesting. Canning supplies disappeared from shelves in July. We don't read aloud but do listen to audiobooks together on road trips. We have different tastes in reading material.

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