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January 22, 2020


fo: posey socks
posted by soe 1:54 am

Posey Socks

This weekend I wove in the ends and wore for the first time my Posey socks. I’d finished the knitting — which I started back in January 2018 — this past spring, but had simply put them away for the season at the time.

I bought the yarn, Lollipop Yarn Quintessential Gripes in Purrfection, the day our cat Posey died back in 2017. I’d picked up the ball because the colors reminded me of her — she was white with grey and brown patches and had an adorable pink nose and pink ears that stood out through her fur — and then saw the name, and pretty much knew it was a sign.

Cat in a Box

The dark grey of the heel and toe was a mini skein from MarigoldJen Yarns that I picked up at the Homespun Yarn Party a couple years ago.

Much like Posey, the socks are soft and comfortable and adorable.

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January 21, 2020


top ten new additions to my book collection
posted by soe 1:49 am

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share the top ten most recent additions to our personal bookish collections:

  1. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller: I picked up this at a Little Free Library on Saturday.
  2. Kate Murphy’s You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters: This book came as a freebie with the purchase of …
  3. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: I bought this on New Year’s Day, when one of our local indie bookshops was having a sale, because I loved her debut novel.
  4. A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader, edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick: Karen gave me this collection of letters for Christmas.
  5. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: A surprise gift from my parents for Christmas.
  6. The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling: Rudi’s mom gave me the illustrated version for Christmas.
  7. Hillary McKay’s The Skylark’s War: I picked this up while doing some last minute Christmas shopping when I saw it, because I hadn’t realized it had finally been published in the U.S.
  8. Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday
  9. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  10. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: All three of these books came from my #TBTBSanta, Helen.

What are some of the most recent additions to your personal library?

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January 20, 2020


monday morning music: ‘a dream’
posted by soe 1:49 am

“A Dream” by Common and Will.i.am.

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January 19, 2020


seems obvious
posted by soe 1:27 am

Seems Obvious

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January 18, 2020


long weekend planning
posted by soe 1:17 am

I have Monday off, which means I get to fill three days with some combination of fun and chores. Here’s some of what I’m thinking that might include:

  • Taking part in the Women’s March. I’m just going to march, not hang around for speechifying, nor take part in the theatrical flash mob singalong they’ve planned.
  • Having a hot drink with Sarah after the March.
  • Finishing some overdue correspondence.
  • Washing laundry.
  • Listening to my audiobook.
  • Putting away the last of the Christmas decorations.
  • Bowling.
  • Baking cookies. Maybe I will make myself a batch of Gramma cookies, since her birthday was today.
  • Doing something with Rudi on Monday after he’s back from coaching.
  • Knitting another row on my shawl.
  • Clearing off my couch and my coffee table.
  • Catching up on some sleep.

What are you thinking about doing this weekend?

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January 17, 2020


removal, civil twilight, and discounts
posted by soe 1:18 am

Indicator Cherries

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We managed to get our skeletal Christmas tree out of the house with a minimum of fuss.

2. I left the office this evening and it was still light enough out to bike home before dark.

3. We have had some good luck shopping Christmas sales in the last week, picking up inexpensive candy, stationery, lights, and extension cords.

How about you? What’s been beautiful lately in your world?

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