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May 17, 2022


top ten books i was excited to get, but haven’t read
posted by soe 1:57 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is to share books that we were desperate to get our hands on, but that have sat on our TBR pile ever since. Here are ten of mine, which include books by some of my favorite authors:

  1. Paradise, Toni Morrison
  2. The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
  3. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  4. At Home, Bill Bryson
  5. On Writing, Stephen King
  6. Threatened, Eliot Schrefer
  7. Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins
  8. Truthwitch, Susan Dennard
  9. Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell
  10. The Constant Rabbit, Jasper Fforde

How about you? Do you have any books lingering on your TBR pile that you just had to have?

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May 13, 2022


awash in yellow, supported, and bells
posted by soe 1:37 am

Hey there. There are a lot of really important things that are not beautiful in the world right now and it’s easy to get caught up in that and to feel that the negatives are winning. But they aren’t. They’re just the loudest. There are beautiful, positive things, too, either occurring naturally or of our own or someone else’s making. That’s what these posts on Thursdays are meant to focus on — finding the kind, the wondrous, or the beautiful moments that are just waiting for us to see them.

Here are three of those moments from my past week:

Buttercups along the Canal

1. Every vacant lot, field, verge, or tuft of plants are dotted in buttercups at the moment. They’ll be gone in two weeks, but for now I’m appreciating the cheerful jolt of color every time I see it.

2. As I was reading posts in a forum on Ravelry leading up to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, one poster suggested adding insoles to galoshes to make being in them all day more palatable. As I wore my wellies all day on Friday about town, I was reminded how much more comfortable mine used to be when I had more supportive footbeds I’d switch into them. I picked up a new pair (I’d never replaced the old pair after I drove off with the hiking boots containing them on the roof of my car) on Saturday and my feet, hips, and knees were so grateful on Sunday.

3. Rudi and I were biking back from the Mets-Nationals game (yay, Mets!) this afternoon when we passed some of the local daycare child caterpillars out for their afternoon stroll. I dinged my bell merrily for them as we each went our own way, and the wee children stared from their group strollers and walking ropes and waved.

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

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May 12, 2022


post-sheep and wool unraveling
posted by soe 1:06 am

2022 Sheep and Wool Haul

While Sunday was overcast, it was not pouring, which was a pleasant change from Friday and Saturday. I was going to Sheep and Wool regardless, but I’ve been in the rain before and it definitely is a drawback. So to only have to deal with mud seemed pretty easy. I pulled on my wellies, and headed up to the fairgrounds.

It ended up being a nice afternoon all things considered, without the need for my coat, but with the advantage of it being cool enough that all the knitters were able to show off our handknits one final time for the spring.

I went with a limited budget and I stuck to it. I wanted something I couldn’t just buy at one of my local yarn shops, and I think I found it. Urban Girl Yarns is made locally in Virginia by a Black woman knitter and dyer. This is her Virginia Fingering in Caliente. The necklace matches a shawl pin I bought a number of years back and is made by a Maryland metalworker, Silver Siren Designs. I also came home with two jars of local honey and six seedlings, which have already been planted.

Reading along the Canal

On the reading front, I’m still alternating between two print novels, The Lincoln Highway and Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake. I gave up on the overly descriptive romance novel I’d been listening to when it came due and I’ve downloaded Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things to try instead.

Head over to As Kat Knits for the weekly Unraveled Wednesday roundup.

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May 10, 2022


top ten bookish characters and bout of books, day 1
posted by soe 1:21 am

Two literary endeavors in one post!



Bout of Books
First, I’m signing up again for this round of Bout of Books. Don’t know what that is?

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 9th, and runs through Sunday, May 15th, in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 34 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

It’s not too late to sign up and Bout of Books is super chill. I read a couple chapters of Alexis Hall’s Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake for it this afternoon.

On the Top Ten Tuesday front, That Artsy Reader Girl has asked us to share our top ten bookish characters this week.

  1. Thursday Next, literary detective: The Eyre Affair and its sequels by Jasper Fforde
  2. Matilda, child reader: Roald Dahl’s Matilda
  3. Liesel, book savior: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Nina Hill, bookstore employee: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
  5. A.J. Fikry, bookstore owner: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  6. Lila Castro, creator of a book exchange and secret book blogger: The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo
  7. Isola Pribby, quirky book club member: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  8. Queen Elizabeth, British matriarch: Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader
  9. The Mac, librarian: Booked by Kwame Alexander
  10. Lily and Dash, the most adorkable couple to meet through The Strand: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohen

How about you? What bookish characters do you love?

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May 6, 2022


playing, music, and local eats
posted by soe 1:41 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Playing with kids in my new volunteer gig.

2. The first outdoor concert of the season, followed in short order by the first bar (patio) concert since COVID began.

3. Strawberries in our yogurt. Risotto with fiddleheads. A salad with pea shoots, garlic chives, and asparagus. Stir fry with pak choy from the garden

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

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May 5, 2022


pre-sheep and wool unraveling
posted by soe 1:04 am

Pre-Sheep and Wool Unraveling

It occurred to me suddenly last week that this coming Sunday was Sheep and Wool and that if I wanted to debut something new (weather-pending), I’d need to get a move on finishing a piece. So I’ve pulled out Fully Charged, my Tour de France 2021 shawl, to see if I can finish it. Technically, I could do the border rows now, but I still have yarn and, frankly, the shawl seems a little small at the moment. So I’m just continuing on with the stripey section until one of the balls gets small enough for me to start feeling worried.

I have not yet started Amor Towles’ The Lincoln Highway, but I’d better get started because it’s 600 pages and due back in less than two weeks. It’s in my knitting bag for tomorrow.

Visit As Kat Knits for this week’s reading and crafting roundup.

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