Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Autumn Love

Loving the cool temperatures, the bluest skies, the slant of the sunlight, and the windows open all the time now. The shift in clothing is underway, and I'm pulling out the throws I like to keep on the couch to curl up under, the long pajamas instead of the shorties, and I'm able to wear a shawl or two now.

I had dinner with my youngest daughter the other night and she snapped this photo of me:

Interestingly enough, I'm knitting with almost the same color of yarn as the shawl I'm wearing, and both were gifted to me by my oldest daughter! I can't remember where I picked up the shawl pin; maybe Lion Brand Studio this summer? That sounds right.

Steve is off grocery shopping for a birthday dinner we are making tomorrow night for his oldest daughter. I'm in charge of baking a chocolate cake, and instead of using a box mix, I pulled out my old recipe box and found the card for Chocolate Syrup Fudgetown Cake. I bet I haven't made that cake in twenty-five years, but I remember exactly what it tastes like. It's the type of cake where you poke holes in it while it's warm and pour the warm frosting over it, so it soaks it up and leaves some on the top. Rich and sweet.

I read somewhere years ago that spring cleaning should really be done in the fall, before we close all the windows and snuggle in, and ever since then, that's been the way I've done it. It made such perfect sense to me, to make it all homey before it gets cold and wintery; don't you agree?

I think Gracie thinks so too. Can you see her sweet little paw? She has taken to sitting behind my head on the love seat now. She's still not a lap kitty, but she loves to curl her tail around the back of my neck and over my shoulder. Such a quirky little thing she is.

I hope you get to enjoy this lovely autumn weekend!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Sublime September

Oh, how I love the light this time of year. Because I've been working so very much, I made it a point to leave school as soon as the kids did this past Wednesday, so I could get in some beach time. The light made it all worth while.


I knit.

I took a walk. Actually, it was more of a stroll.

I had all the essentials: my camera, a book, knitting, and a Mason jar of iced coffee.

Autumn is almost here, as evidenced by this fallen leaf.


The wind was whipping the water into white caps, and there were plenty of sailboats taking advantage of the day. Something about sailboats always makes me wish I was on the water.

Enjoy this brief and beautiful season.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

September Sun

The weather was absolutely gorgeous this weekend, and I was lucky enough to be on the beach most of today. I worked on my appropriately named Tidal sweater.

Not too terribly far along, but with school still taking a lot of my time, I haven't been able to work on it very much. I am hoping to have it finished in time for Rhinebeck, because I am going again this year! Even more exciting is the fact that I'm going with both of my daughters! Melissa and I are taking the train to New York on a Friday, and driving up to the fairgrounds on Saturday. It's such a beautiful drive, seeing all the leaves along the Hudson River.


Steve and I went thrifting yesterday, and I found this lovely end table. I need to have glass cut to fit, but meanwhile, we are using it as is.

It's a whimsical piece, isn't it?

Oh and not only was the beach beautiful, but I got to see a wedding with bagpipe music, and a woman flying a kite!


Have a happy week!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekend Fun

We went to Richmond Saturday to pick up Stephanie, and then drove to Randolph-Macon College to watch a football game. A friend of Steve's has a son who plays football for Johns Hopkins, and so we decided to make the drive up. It was a great day for college football, and also for knitting.


And tailgating. Homemade ham biscuits, made late Friday night.


Here are the Hopkins players at the tailgate party after their win over RMC. Happy, hungry boys.

After the game, we took Stephanie out for her birthday. Happy dad. Happy girl.

I had a fried green tomato sandwich and homemade ketchup with my fries. I think the ketchup was the best thing on the plate. Not that the sandwich was bad, but the ketchup was amazing.

We got home really late, so today was spent sleeping late, then sitting on the beach with friends.

Saw this cute dog in a life jacket, riding a mini surfboard. Adorable.



Pretty much a perfect weekend. How about you?


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bad Blogger

No, I'm not going to discuss my posting history; I just want to apologize for not thanking those of you who continue to leave kind comments. I have been quite remiss about responding and I barely comment on anyone else's blog these days, which is pretty rude behavior on my part. Please accept my apology and my promise to do better.

School started this past Tuesday and I'm teaching English 10 this year, which means I have quite a few former students. At the end of last year, the Freshman Transition teachers asked permission to loop up with our kids this year, and the administration agreed. The students in this cohort are a group who were identified as at-risk for dropping out, and we felt that maintaining a connection with them would be in their best interest. I looped once before in middle school, but it's more unusual to do it at the high school level, and although it's early days, I think it is going to work out well.

Knitting has certainly slowed down over the past two weeks. I knit a few wash cloths while sitting on the beach, finished a cowl, and started a sweater. Pretty sure the sweater will be slow going for awhile, until I get back in the rhythm of the school year.

And now, some photos:

Labor Day at the beach, knitting on the sand. That's me in the water, almost impossible to see, thank goodness.

Gracie, on the couch, napping near me every evening, after I get home. The sheet is cat hair protection.


The Atomic cowl, in MadelineTosh Vintage, warm denim.

And my classroom, before the kids showed up. I'm so lucky to have windows!

Hope to be back here again soon!