Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Reading List

Just before sunrise is so beautiful. I love this time of day. So quiet and peaceful before the bustle of the day.

Amanda inspires me with all her lists. I love lists too. At the end of last year she wrote her list of books she hoped to read in the new year and that inspired me to keep one for 2014. I'm so glad I did. I like looking back and seeing what I accomplished on the reading front!

::Arcadia by Lauren Groff
::If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
::One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez
::Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood
::Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
::The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
::Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
::Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
::Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro
::My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell
::The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
::Shirt of Flame by Heather King
::Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott
::The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
::Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen
::The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay
::7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn
::Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
::A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor
::The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
::The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
::Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
::Benediction by Kent Haruf
::The Secret Life of Violent Grant by Beatriz Williams
::Stitches by Anne Lamott
::Someone by Alice McDermott
::The Little Oratory by David Clayton & Lelila Lawler
::Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler 
::The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
::Divisadero by Michal Ondaatje
::The Book Thief by Markuys Zusak
::One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
::Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
::The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
::The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
::Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
::The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
::Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
::No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty
::Stoner by John Williams
::Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
::Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
::One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

2014 was a pretty good year for reading!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Yarn Along


There's been some knitting and reading going on the past few days!

I am knitting matching hats for the girls for St. Nicholas' Feast Day. V's hat is finished (and I forgot to get it out for the picture) and Ree's hat is almost finished. I just need to do the decreases and it'll be done!

I also began my last pair of Christmas socks. I have hope that they will be finished in time for Christmas.

Over the weekend I began Stoner. So far it is very good! I am not too far into it though to offer a full review. 

I am also thinking about some sort of reading plan for the New Year. My husband and I were talking the other day about all the classics that I am sure are wonderful, but due to the force reading of them in high school I have bad memories of. I am thinking of picking twelve for 2015 and reading one each month. I may go through this list and possibly this one too in order to pick which ones I want to read. I have a feeling it will be hard to narrow the list down to just twelve! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday. Joining Kim

Golden light on this first morning of December 
Morning:: 8:30AM

A few minutes of quiet this afternoon 
Noon:: 2:00PM

Night:: 4:45PM (technically still noon but I'm going with "twilight" we had just finished putting lights on the outside trees!)

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st


December already!

November was so full. I missed this space and visiting all yours. I will be fixing that this month!

But most of my computer time in November was writing for NaNoWriMo. I wrote 50,000 words. It was a wonderful motivating, inspirational and habit forming month. I learned that if I just sit down at the computer then words will come. I cannot guarantee that they will be the perfect words, but for writing a draft, they were good enough.

While doing that there was a first birthday to plan and celebrate. HOW has this first year gone by already? I cannot wrap my head around it!

There was Thanksgiving at my mom's. I made the cracker and cheese turkey, she made the fruit one. We had a fabulous day. And there was so much food left over that we went back down for supper Friday night too!

Over the weekend we enjoyed Daddy being home for four full days, an unheard of event around these parts. (I am very much looking forward to it's repeat at Christmas!) There was slow days of knitting and slowly getting up the Christmas decorations, sipping tea and hot chocolate, a little bit of shopping, a whole lot of Advent planning. My goal for this month is simplicity. In everything. To enjoy the season through the eyes of my girls. They need some art projects, baking cookies, twinkle lights and decorations and they are overjoyed. Simple and intentional are the mantra I will be repeating to myself in the next few weeks.

I am looking forward to catching up with everyone again!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gratitude::it's everywhere

Gray skies; rain softly hitting the window; the taste of the coffee he made me; yellow lamp light; beginning a new book; curled under blankets & hand knits; early morning quiet that fills the house #liberatedlines #liberatedlinestellme

michelle's gratitude week is over. I skipped posting the last few days last week. But I didn't stop counting. Or taking pictures. Taking pictures causes me to pause, to see the beauty in front of me in a different way, it helps me focus and be centered on the moment in front of me.

The action of noticing, and then writing down, my gratitudes has helped me to be open to more gratitudes. To more things to be thankful for. The big, the small, the ones in between.

I seek beauty for my life. I seek joy. I seek peace. I seek enthusiasm.

I am slowly finding that the beginning of those things (for me) is to give thanks. And from that thanks all other things come. 

This time of year always makes people more aware of our gratitudes. My wish is that I can carry it throughout the rest of the year, not just for the month of November. 

I have so much to be thankful for. I think gratitude posts will become a regular here.

Because when there is nothing else that comes to mind to write, I am always able to sit and write out a gratitude list. Lists and gratitudes. Two things that make my heart sing. Along with gray afternoons & candle light; opening new books as the rain hits the window; holding a steaming cup of chai tea between my hands; the warmth of a blanket on my legs; falling twilight; the sound of Christmas carols; the quiet of the girls resting; the knowledge that supper will be easy. 

Just a few things to be grateful for this late afternoon

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gratitude Week: Day 3

{gratitudes} lamp light on a gray afternoon; hot chocolate & a book; the men and women who have fought for our freedom; an afternoon text message conversation with a sister; sinking into the quiet at the end of the day

::for lamp light on a gray afternoon
::hot chocolate and a book
::online community
::quiet evenings
::sinking into the whiney moods, accepting them & moving on
::curling into bed, even if no sleep comes
::gray mornings and the promise of a fresh day ahead

What are you grateful for? Joining michelle for gratitude week

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gratitude week::Day 2

IMG_2748 IMG_2750 End of the day gratitudes:: morning walks; collecting leaves; leaf creations; messy table; soup simmering; apple pie baking; writing with my girl while the baby plays at our feet #gratitudeweek_2014

::beautiful weather for a fall walk
::crunching leaves with my girl
::fresh air that helps any mood--good or bad
::messy, creative tables
::writing down gratitudes
::apple pie baking
::soup simmering
::tea steaming

some gratitudes from yesterday to join with michelle for gratitude week