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January 9, 2022


appetite, law, and sunshine in the 40s
posted by soe 1:54 am

We’re out in Salt Lake dealing with some family stuff that is taking a lot of mental and emotional energy — but it’s not my story to share. For the next little while, I’m probably going to go light on content, so my apologies for that.

Three beautiful things from today:

1. When I arrived to see Rudi’s mom, she was eating with gusto the dumplings that the aide had made especially for her.

2. Salt Lake has put a mask mandate into place, which makes me much happier about being indoors.

3. I got to walk in the sun a bit today.

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January 8, 2022


epitaph
posted by soe 7:28 am

Someday, someone’s going to write on my gravestone, “Really liked sleeping on couches.”

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January 7, 2022


spectacular skies, helper, and celebration
posted by soe 2:55 am

Sunset over Orlando

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Lovely sunsets in Florida and Utah (we caught the first part while we were walking in a park and then I made Rudi pull into a cemetery so he could see what it became after that).

SLC Sunset

2. A kind Moldovan tech who speaks Russian to Rudi’s mom and who offered to make her some varenyky (Russian pierogi-like dumplings)

SLC Sunset

3. Pizza outdoors on New Year’s Eve with Sarah and Rudi

SLC Sunset

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

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January 6, 2022


first unraveling of 2022
posted by soe 1:59 am

First Unraveling of 2022

Greetings! It’s been a few weeks since you’ve seen any knitting in these here parts, since I went dark before the holidays as I was working on a Christmas present for my mom, who reads this blog. (Hi, Mum!)

As you can see here, I am still working on her Christmas present, despite this being the project (work or otherwise) that I most wanted to finish by year’s end. But the great thing about knitting is that it will be a great shawl when I do hand it over, hopefully the next time I see her — maybe next month? After all, it’s bigger than a babushka now!

I started a new book this evening, another Christmas romance. It’s overdue back at the Virginia library from which I borrowed it, but the 8 inches of snow we started the week with made it impossible to return it on Monday when I’d planned to, and then I had to get on a plane on Tuesday afternoon. So I figured if it was going to sit unread on my coffee table until I got back to town, it might as come with me and get read. Plus, I suppose I can always mail it back if need be.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see what others are reading and crafting this first week of the new year!

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January 5, 2022


bout of books 33
posted by soe 1:19 am

The start to 2022 has been a little more distressing than we’d expected, which means that until I happened to check Twitter on Monday evening and discovered the Bout of Book Twitter chat going on, I’d neglected to see that we’d come back around to our thrice-a-year readalong.

I did follow up the Twitter chat by finishing two books — one in print and one audiobook — so whatever happens the rest of the week is icing on the cake.

Might you be interested in participating?

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 3rd, and runs through Sunday, January 9th, 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 33 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Come join us!

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January 4, 2022


most anticipated books coming out in the next 6 months
posted by soe 1:46 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic at That Artsy Reader Girl’s Blog is Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022:

  1. Serendipity, edited by Marissa Meyer
  2. An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn (the next book in the Veronica Speedwell series)
  3. The Great Troll War by Jasper Fforde (at least one site says the final book in the Last Dragonslayer series will be published in May, although Fforde’s site says it has yet to be contracted for the U.S.)
  4. The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith
  5. The Maid by Nita Prose
  6. Reclaim the Stars, edited by Zoraida Córdova
  7. The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill
  8. Sense & Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price
  9. The Emma Project by Sonali Dev
  10. The Secret Princess by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz (Have you ever thought, “What if there was a mash-up of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess? Me neither! But I’m still excited to learn someone has!)

What new releases are you looking forward to in the next six months?

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