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May 17, 2024


51, growth, and strawberry … sauce
posted by soe 1:46 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We celebrated Rudi’s birthday today at a local brewery with friends.

2. When I stopped by the garden earlier this week, the tallest pea vines were 5 feet tall and covered in flowers and the earliest pods.

3. My jam didn’t jell last night, but it made the apartment smell so fragrantly of strawberries. I may try reheating it again tomorrow and adding a little pectin to help solidify it some if I can figure out where it’s gone to. But even if it doesn’t, it will be delightful on ice cream or in yogurt.

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

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May 10, 2024


gathering, getting to _f_o, and mobile once more
posted by soe 1:05 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We can’t quite pull off an intrasquad game, but we do pull of a team dinner on one of our off weeks. It’s a lovely night to spend with five of my teammates under the stars.

2. I have been dragging my feet on finishing a shawl for the past six months. I mean, I started it 11 years ago, so there has been plenty of procrastination built into this shawl. But six months ago, I realized that I was running a yarn chicken race that was going to depend on whether the ends of the yarn already in the shawl were long enough to fill the dozen or so rows I still had left to knit. This weekend, I decided enough was enough, so I wove in the ends, looked at what I had left, and, despite knowing there was most certainly not enough yarn left, proceeded to try it anyway. Then I ripped those all out and contemplated my options. I dug through the stash, came up with likely contenders, and, with some input from Rudi, came up with an option that I think works okay. I still need to block the shawl, but, for better or for worse, it is done. (And I have to think a finished, imperfect shawl is definitely better than an unfinished knitting project than has lingered around since I was in my 30s. Ouch.) Look for photos next week, maybe.

3. After a month without a cell phone, my mom’s is working again.

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May 3, 2024


babies, berries, and coach
posted by soe 1:29 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. There are ducklings at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

2. Strawberries have arrived at the farmers market and also are appearing in my garden.

3. We have a new head coach for my volunteer volleyball program, and she is young and enthusiastic and receptive to ideas and feedback and just generally everything I want for the kids.

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

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