Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, October 20, 2017

Rhinebeck Eve

My friends and I decided to start the Rhinebeck party early this year, so we left Thursday after work and drove to the foot of the Delaware Bridge. We got to the hotel around 11p.m., and celebrated with a glass of wine.  
This allowed us to arrive in Saugerties for a late lunch at Rock da Casbah, before checking into our AirBnB.  We went to the Needles Up event, and the Knitting Garage, before driving over to Kingston for Indie Untangled, and wrapped up the day with dinner at the Olympic Diner.
It was our first time at Indie Untangled, and although the vendors were wonderful, it was way too crowded for me.  It was nice to see some designers, as well as some gorgeous knitwear; this jacket/sweater was amazing!
We lucked out with yet another beautiful AirBnB; this year's house is right on a creek, and has two decks.  The weather, while too warm for my taste, is beautiful.
Lots more tomorrow!  Now I have to get to bed, so we can get an early start.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October is My Favorite

October is my favorite time of year, although it still feels like summer around here.  I'm trying to get my house ready for the cozy season, even though I'm still having to use the air conditioner.  Last week, I hung some twinkle lights in my kitchen, and I love them!  Alicia Paulson was my inspiration; I've wanted to do this for years, ever since I first saw her blog photos, and I finally did it.  It makes washing my dishes so much more pleasant, especially since my ceiling light quit working.  And the smell of the Mrs. Myers Apple Cider dish soap makes it even better.
The skies have been simply gorgeous lately.  I took these pictures last Thursday after work, but the morning sky has been just as lovely.
I found a surprising amount of sea glass on my walk too.  One of these days I'm going to use the glass for something, but until then, I'll just enjoy having little bowls of it here and there around the house.
I finished my Bousta Beanie well ahead of my Rhinebeck deadline.
I deviated from the pattern at the very end; instead of switching back to the dark grey, I finished up with the blue, for a brighter look.
And because I finished early, I started a second one.  My friend, Lori, had cataract surgery last Monday, and isn't going to be able to see well enough in time to knit her own, so I'm knitting hers for her.  I started on it last night, while watching my Sunday night PBS shows.
This is Homecoming week at school; the theme is A Night at the Movies.  One of the activities is a door decorating contest, and I think my students did a phenomenal job on our door!
I'll finish this disjointed post with a picture of Gracie, relaxing as usual.
As always, I wish you peace and joy.

Friday, September 29, 2017

TGIF, or The Honeymoon is Over

Well. This was the longest week.  I can't fully express how happy I am that it is officially the weekend.  I had a tough day with two of my three classes, for various reasons, although it really is right on schedule.  The newness of a new school year has worn off for the kids, and if I'm honest, I'm sure it's the same for me.  The phrase, pearls before swine, kept running through my head, as I feel like I try so hard to make my lessons engaging and relevant, and my kids just want to do the easiest thing they can get away with. And in speaking with a few other teachers today after school, it's not only me and my kids who are feeling this way.  We all need the space of the weekend to regroup.  And we will, just like every other year over the past twenty-one years I've been doing this tiring, magical, exhausting and exhilarating thing we call teaching.  

I am looking forward to my girls' getaway to Rhinebeck, which is only three weeks away.  We had a planning meeting of sorts on Thursday night, to map out our itinerary.  We're going to leave after work on Thursday this year, and drive for about four hours before stopping overnight, so we can get to to the Rhinebeck area earlier.  There are a number of events we want to attend on Friday afternoon and evening, so we need to arrive earlier than we have in the past. We may be overly ambitious, but we're going to see how much we can fit in. I can't wait!!


My hat is slow going, despite the easy pattern, due to the limited knitting time I have.  I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.  Of course, I also hope to do some caulking, painting, and a few other maintenance chores, so we'll see how it plays out.  
I met Melissa at the Chrysler Museum last weekend to see the Rene Lalique glass exhibit.  I love so much about the pieces from the Art Deco period.  Everything seems so elegant, yet also simple somehow. 
It is really wonderful to live so close to this museum.  It's another one of the reasons I love living in Norfolk. (Since I can't live in NYC that is.)
And finally, as these pictures illustrate, Gracie has been making sure all of my clothing is sufficiently covered in cat hair.  This is a skirt I left on the bed one morning, after deciding to wear something else.
And my new black jeans didn't escape her ministrations either.  Guess that's the price I pay for not putting everything away properly.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  I still have a few New York memories to share, so bear with me.
Peace and joy to you.


Monday, September 25, 2017

New York Botanical Garden

Unlike my desire to visit The Cloisters, I had never had an urge to visit the NYBG.  Until I saw that a huge Dale Chihuly exhibit was there, that is.  I love his work and knew I couldn't pass up this opportunity, so off I went, on a gorgeous and mild Wednesday.  It was a 90 minute trip from where my daughter lives in Brooklyn, but it was well worth it.  It turns out that it would have been worth the trip even without the Chihuly works, but with them?  Simply amazing.  

I'm not commenting on these, but know that these are not all of the photos I took, nor are they all of the pieces in the show.  I also left out the beautiful landscapes and gardens, unless the glass was part of the scene.  I'm so glad I made the trip to see it all, and I was incredibly lucky to have such marvelous weather!  I hope you enjoy them. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mostly Knitting Photos

I swear I thought I had posted the finished Close To You shawl, but the last one I shared was the brown one, so here it is.  Can't wait to use this one!
I made it past the halfway point on my Stratcona scarf, in Quince & Co.'s Sparrow, when I messed up the pattern, and I haven't picked it back up since.  
Instead, I made a log cabin dishcloth; I finished it, but haven't photographed it yet.  Fun and mindless beach knitting.
And here is my Bousta Beanie; I don't exactly love my color choices, but I'm okay with them.  As long as I finish before Rhinebeck.  I ordered the yarn from Tolt.  They were terrific last year when I bought the yarn for my Stopover, and they didn't disappoint this time either.
Finally, pictures of Gracie in her happy place: sleeping on my bed.  I just love the way her paws are folded here.
Here too, now that I notice it.  
Take care of yourselves; it's the surest way to peace and joy.  Indeed, it's probably the only way.