Monday, March 24, 2014

I Made This!

This week I started knitting a new sock. This is number two of a pair and getting that second sock started is always hard for me. I've already knit one sock and am a little bored with the yarn by now. Plus, I really really don't enjoy casting on with double pointed needles or the back and forth, knit and purl of working on the cuff. Yet, here I am, cast on, past the cuff and on to the body of the sock which is by far my favorite part!

I almost always have a sock on needles for someone in my family. This particular sock is for Frank but Max is next in line given that he has totally outgrown every pair of hand knit socks he has. These socks are being repurposed to keep the floor safe from the scratchy legs of his music stand.

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2: Time Capsule


What are you reading?

Where'd You Go Bernadette?
for my book group

The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart by Gabrielle Calvocoress
for inspiration

The Year of the Flood
I read Margaret Atwood's poetry all the time but I had forgotten what a pleasure her fiction can be.

Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas by Jan Richardson
I am loving this beautiful book!

What are you watching?

Some funny network television in the evenings. Nothing spectacular. Looking forward to the new Hobbit movie!

What are you listening to?

What are you loving?

Advent. In the last couple of years, I have learned to embrace and savor this season of getting ready for Christmas.

What are you wearing?

Capris and a t-shirt. It is 81 degrees today here in San Antonio!

What are you creating?

I am working on a display for an alternative giving opportunity at my church. It involves lots of glitter. I'm also knitting a sock.

What are you looking forward to?

Christmas. The new year. Putting up our tree this weekend.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 1

I had so much fun writing a poem every day in November, I decided to blog every day in the month of December with the lovely Jamie Ridler, her sister, Shannon and a community of folks who are putting the fun back in blogging!

So our first prompt was to take a selfie and though I had every intention of working at this (taking lots of photos and processing them a bit) I just didn't have the time today. So here is unedited, unfiltered me.

December is such a wonderful month, just brimming with hope and promise and light. I look forward to sharing a little bit of that with you.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Windows Open

When you live in the NE part of this country, there is something magical about the first warmish morning of Spring when you open your windows after being shut inside with the furnace going through those long months of winter. That Spring wind blowing through the house seems to promise everything good, wildflowers, fresh corn, afternoon swims and lemonade.

In South Texas, something similar happens on the first cool morning of Fall, when we throw open the windows and peek out the screen door. That first morning when the temperature dips into the 50s and the Autumn breeze blows through promising pumpkins, stews, fresh-baked cornbread and dark red wine.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bad News / Good News

Bad News: Max came home from school yesterday with a badly sprained finger from an attempt to catch a football in P.E. class. (Stupid stupid football.) He texted a photo during lunch which I thought looked pretty awful but I am trying to be the calm mama these days so I texted back saying we would put some ice on it when he got home. By the time he got out of school he was in a lot pain and we spent thirty minutes debating whether or not to call the doctor. Unable to get in to see his pediatrician, we went to the local emergency care clinic and the people who saw Max there were wonderful. They were reassuring and kind.

Good News: It was all covered by our insurance! As I was pulling out my debit card and doing frantic calculations in my head, we were waived away with a cheerful you are all set!

Bad News: Max's finger is sprained and bruised and swollen and it hurts. There is some concern about damage to the growth plate which cannot be seen on the x-ray.

Good News: Max's finger is not broken. His NO BROKEN BONE streak continues!

Bad News: Max must wear a splint for a week and cannot practice his cello and there is a playing test next week and if he can't practice he's going to lose First Chair to that new kid he's been watching out of the corner of his eye who seems pretty good...

Good News: Max will most likely be able to play his cello again by next week.

Bad News: Max cannot play Minecraft with just one hand.

Good News: Max can play World of Warcraft with one hand.

Monday, September 2, 2013

See How We Are: Take Two

We did not have the summer we planned. The list of things that derailed us is long and fairly complicated and mostly health related. A detached retina and a bone graft - that's about all it took to make us cry uncle, cancel our vacation, shelter in place, circle the wagons and spend the summer taking care of each other, which is, in retrospect, not a bad way to spend a season.

Max had adventures of his own this summer.

Strings Camp at Texas State University 

Tornado Relief in Moore, Oklahoma

And now it is Labor Day. (Cue The Internationale.) Max has the first week of seventh grade successfully under his belt. Frank's classes met last week. I am in the process of excavating my desk from beneath a summer's worth of neglect. We are together, avoiding the heat, enjoying each other, which is, I believe, a very good way to begin a new season.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

On Hold

So, one minute you are fretting about the fact that June is a little too busy for your own personal taste and worrying a little about money being tight this month and wringing your hands just a bit about successfully navigating the subway to get where you are going when you fly to Toronto in 10 days and the phone rings.

My husband spent yesterday being diagnosed for a retinal tear and partially detached retina. He met with a surgeon in the afternoon and is undergoing surgery on Monday morning. (For the technically minded, he is having pneumatic retinopexy and a vitrectomy.)

Suddenly, I find it hard to even remember those things that were driving me to distraction on Monday morning.

Our summer has taken a hard left and I have no idea what the road ahead will look like. I am too focused on the next 48 hours to even think about what's next.

We are so blessed. We have health insurance. We are surrounded by a supportive, brilliant and kind community. 

I don't know how to finish the sentence. We are in a holding pattern until Monday morning. Yes, I'll keep you posted.

When in doubt, roast a fish, wash the dishes, fold the laundry, pray.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013