Words I’m considering

A few years ago a friend introduced me to the concept of a Word for the year. This can be used to help you focus or make decisions, or just serve as a subtle mantra or reminder during the year. It can encapsulate what you want out of the year in a way. It can be a softer focus than a series of RESOLUTIONS that might seem like huge goals or that quickly become unachievable once the “new relationship energy” of January wears off.

One year my word was “Light.” Light has many meanings and it helped remind me to have more daylight (open the curtains, go outside), use the stacks of candles I have in the house, focus on the weight loss I wanted to achieve, reduce the unnecessary things in my life.  Lighten. Enlighten. Light.

This year I’m not set on any one word yet and I was thinking about recycling Light again. I used an online thesaurus to find some synonyms and they’ve led me down an interesting path. As a result I currently have a list of words that are up for consideration. I think I’ll end up with one main word and then a few words that are auxiliary or scaffolding words. Maybe branches. Maybe some other metaphor I can’t quite grasp at this moment. The word list (in no particular order) is:










I actually had a few more words written down on my desk blotter, but as soon as I typed them I knew they needed to leave the list. So, that was useful. There was at least one word that as soon as I wrote it on the blotter I knew it was wrong and crossed it off. Others were wrong just by saying them aloud.

I need to do some work and sit more with these words and see what really speaks to me.

If you choose a word or words for the year, which did you choose?

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Spots of organization

I’m only vaguely organized. I have little pockets of space that make sense and the rest remains a work in progress. I had a couple of shirts that needed to be ironed (just throwing them in the dryer with a damp towel wasn’t going to remove the wrinkles). So, I also rounded up the hankies that I try to keep on hand and ironed them, too. It’s possible the first things I was ever allowed to iron (remember when you had to ask permission and it was a treat?) were hankies or tea towels. I really enjoy this tidy pile.

I also went thru my various knitting works in progress at the start of the month. I reclaimed some knitting needles (things I was never going to finish for various reasons). I also made a list of things I definitely wanted to finish so that those items take priority.

Here’s to a productive 2020!

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Back to basics

I used to post regularly with Ginny’s Yarn along. Instead I’ve completely slacked on all blog things, so I’m easing back in with a Yarn Along style post.

I’m knitting in my car before a work shift starts. I’m reading The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen and kniiting the Precious Metals socks by Louise Tilbrook.

I’m posting from my telephone and may add links later from my computer. That seems like one task too many right now.

What are you reading?

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Day 9: 30 days of gratitude



I’m certain that most people won’t post an image like this when thinking of technology. This is a picture of the bidet controls on a toilet in a hotel room. Can you see all those functions?? There’s a water heater and everything! It was AMAZING. And I know – you’re thinking, “How could a toilet be amazing?”, but it totally was. You’ll have to just trust me.

How can I relate this to gratitude? This toilet was part of our 20th anniversary trip to the UK and beyond. I am grateful to be married to the same great guy for 20 years, that we were able to plan for and afford this trip, and that we have modern sanitation. It’s amazing.

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Day 8: 30 days of gratitude


I decided to focus on friends for this because there are prompts coming up that will cover family for me.


This picture was taking a couple summers ago at Camp Little Notch. A bunch of us were all out on the lake at once and hooked ourselves together in a sort of flotilla (??). These people are all my friends. Some I only speak to once a year, others I talk to on the regular. Either way – they’re my people and I’m glad to know them.

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Day 7: 30 days of gratitude



I don’t work for pay out of the house (or for pay in the house). My work, or the things I consider work, center mostly on the kitchen. I don’t love making dinner nor doing dishes. This is a shot from a weekend where I had been letting the dishes get away from me.

I’m grateful that we can afford the food that makes the dishes dirty and the hot water and soap to get them clean. Maybe I need to remind myself of that the next time I’m staring at a sinkful.

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Day 6: 30 days of gratitude



Considering the name of the blog, this should come as no surprise. I also do a decent amount of reading (print and audio) and I waste a stupid amount of time watching Netflix.

I’m currently reading Fletch Won and The Stonecutter.  I’m watching season four of Orange is the New Black – I’ve seen most of it but had forgotten and wanted a review before I started season five. I’m not sure what the current season number is, but I’m behind for certain.

The knitting pictured is a request from my spouse: a wool sweater for him. It’s “Beagle” by Norah Gaughan knit in Wool of the Andes Superwash in “Cobblestone Heather.”

This is the first yarn I’ve acquired in a long time. I’ve been able to knit from my stash for a long time and that’s definitely something for which I am thankful. I’ve had some patches of very over-zealous buying and have been trying to curb that. It actually has been pretty easy with how large my stash is. I didn’t have a sweater quantity of anything, though, so this project required a purchase. We did the pattern and yarn browsing while my mom was here visiting and then she offered to buy the yarn. She said she would consider it DH’s Christmas present from her and that doing that made the holidays one person easier. I’m not certain the finished sweater will be his present from me this Christmas. Well, not if I still need to be useful in other ways…

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