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2014 Socks 7.2

October 30, 2014

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The second July sock. I am not likely to get all twelve pairs done in 2014. Still, I’ve made more socks this year than any previous year!

What making goals are you working towards?

My Little Room

October 29, 2014

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One of the only drawbacks of the old apartment was the lack of personal space. I like the quiet and to be away from the others sometimes. Now we all have little nooks to duck into.

The piano will be in this space soon. Lots of opportunity for making. Music and quilts and socks and spinning  and writing letters. I am overjoyed already.

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The closet still needs a bit of attention.

Even Pirate Winkie approves.

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My New Room (and a gratuitous picture of the dog that isn’t mine)

October 28, 2014

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This is Sassy. She is the sweetest dog. That means a lot coming from me because I don’t really understand pets. But I understand that other people understand pets and Sassy belongs to the smallish bears. She is lovely, but does not like to sit still for pictures.

My new room is almost done. There is one more curtain to hang and new sheets to go on the NEW MATTRESS!

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Since we bought the bed last August, we’ve been using a full-sized futon on the queen-sized frame. It made the bed feel like a little boat you climbed in to. So far (twenty minutes) it is amazing.

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The ship is sailing above the jewelry box. The beautiful lamp is near the bed. Every time I see it I am thankful for Spartacus and The Library Fairy and the healing time they let me spend at Shinobi Retreat.

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Saint Odile is close by, a gift from Bird Girl when the Kettle Slayer was first ill.

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The sparkly mirror is in place and only a tiny bit crooked.

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New sheets are ready to be washed. I’m loving this orange! It will look great when the quilt is finished.

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Nearly finished. So very thankful for the beauty in this sacred space.

The Joy of Unpacking

October 26, 2014

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The best (and worst) part of moving is discovering exactly how much stuff you have. It is exciting to find things believed to have been lost and frustrating to discover how many little plastic junk toys have infiltrated the house. Unpacking and rearranging the books is my favorite part.

These blue booklets are part of a series put out by the Fish and Wildlife Service Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. I found them at a Goodwill Outlet where they sold items by the pound.

I love the shrimp cocktail recipe that calls for an entire cup of horse radish and the crab cakes for 100 that begin with a pound and a half of butter. It all sounds delicious.

What joys will be in the next box?

Things I Love: Fall Clothes

October 24, 2014

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Fall clothes are my favorite. Cold year-round and rarely without a sweater, I suddenly blend in to a crowd of other layered dressers. Tights. Thick, warm tights. A long scarf wrapped around my neck twice over. Sweaters in browns and greens and oranges. Not wrapped up in our marshmallow coats yet, but happily insulated from the beginnings of the chill winds.

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Rest

October 23, 2014

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The fall cold has hit me hard. I was supposed to teach about proteins this morning, but trusted my heart and taught about rest instead.  It’s week sixteen, I told them. In a normal semester system this would be a break week. Let’s go have breakfast.

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We sat at a long table in the cafeteria and I let them tell me their stories. So many roads to the same place. They are dedicated and tired. Rest is important.

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We’ll pick up the proteins with an extra lecture on Monday. After the weekend. After a little more rest.

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Some lessons I am still learning too. We stayed in tonight and I played in the kitchen, practicing pot roast. I am pleased to report I am getting better at that too. And resting is an important step.

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(I used Ina Garten’s Company Pot Roast recipe from barefoot contessa’s back to basics. We didn’t have cognac or  onions -howisthatevenpossible- and I am rarely a celery fan. It was delicious.)

Lady Bug’s Evening Pursuits

October 20, 2014

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This smallish bear of mine has been on a Greek and Roman mythology jag for a year or so. She can’t get enough. Tonight she spent the evening “studying”.

What are you studying?

This!!

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I need to find a greek tutor.

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