Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Giving Thanks

A fairly random midweek post; still having ups and downs but the downs aren't as low or lengthy as they have been and the ups are more frequent, thanks to so many different reasons.  Friends, family, work, knitting, the light of autumn, Gracie, good food, coffee, and the kindness of strangers.  People I've never met but who are kind nonetheless.  People like you.
Knitters are the nicest people.  Noreen, a lovely woman who reads my blog, sent me a beautiful note through Ravelry, along with a free pattern, just to brighten my day! Isn't that the sweetest thing?  I was gob smacked, to borrow a British phrase.  But it really does describe my sense of surprise perfectly.  Thank you again, Noreen!
Speaking of Brit speak, I've been binge watching Midsomer Murders every night as I knit on my Mary Rebecca.  Isn't she pretty?  I love the front panel details.  
I went to the Chrysler Museum this past Sunday to meet up with Melissa; she told me this was one of her favorite paintings and I liked it because of the sheep.
 I put a fern in the bathroom to help with air quality (it's the bathroom where the litter box is located), and also to keep the clutter from accumulating in the basket.  That's the one I spray painted quite a few years ago.  I may need to repaint it to contrast better with the plant, but I'll hold off for a bit.  This room has a skylight, so I think the plant will do well in there.
I came home Monday night to a neighborhood cat on my front porch.  He/she is a beauty, but a bit shy. Since I don't have a new photo of Gracie, this cat will fill the void.
 I've been trying to eat better; this is the last of the kale, after roasting.  It tastes so good but smells up the house so bad.

 I took some DVDs to a used bookstore and sold them for $15 yesterday; and I have a load of miscellany that I'm taking to the consignment store tomorrow, in the hopes of making a few more dollars.  The rest will go to the thrift store.  I've definitely cleared out a lot of stuff from the garage, mostly stuff that Steve left, but I've also been trying to weed out all the clothing I've been hanging on to over the years.  The attic was where I stored my off season clothing, and it's looking a lot emptier.  And I've finally cleaned up the yarn room.  I'll take photos this weekend, because it's dark by the time I get home, now that daylight savings time is over.  It's not exactly the way I want it yet, but at least the floor is clear.

Tomorrow night is my knit group night, and then it's Friday and the weekend.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful.  Not sure what I will do just yet, but I'm hoping to get in some outdoor time.  Wishing you a lovely weekend as well.


  1. I'm so glad to hear that things are getting easier little by little. I actually envy the control you have over your space. I was a single mom for 12 years, and I'm still not over sharing space! I need to declutter -- but that is NOT spent creating, so I never seem to get to it.

  2. I, too, am glad to hear that things are slowly getting easier/better for you. I love kale, but you are right - it can certainly stink up the house! I've been using more of it raw in salads and other dishes.

  3. SO glad you are feeling a bit better. Take your time Rose, you need to heal and it isn't easy, but you are doing great I'd say. Little by little you will find your Joy.

  4. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Warm regards,