Sunday, November 26, 2023

2023 Project 365 – Week Forty-seven

Thanksgiving! It turns out that it’s my favorite holiday because I get to see my family, eat, & then spend two (or three if I’m extra slack like this year) glorious days doing diddly and squat. I mean, I did do laundry & some cleaning, but mostly I sat on my butt and read, crocheted, and played on my iPad. Happy sigh.
Sunday, November 19th       
I saw this license plate in the drive-through and at first I thought heck yeah I’ll buy Snark Yarn, but then I realized that it was a snarky nurse driving the car and I guess that’s ok too.          

I was taking green bean casserole to work on Monday for our holiday meal & I told Dr. M I was afraid I would forget it so he put this helpful hint on the counter.

Monday, November 20th
In addition to our holiday meal, we had a little mini bridal shower for one of our assistants who was getting married on Friday.

Tuesday, November 21st                      
We watched one of my favorite “comfort food” movies. It makes me smile that it has a baby Rihanna in it (she was 23 or 24 here).

Wednesday, November 22nd                                
A dog in a car will never fail to make me smile. And if I can get a photo I will always text it to Dr. M.

Dr. M says Happy Thanksgiving from down in the holler!

Thursday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving!                     
Lots of photos from today. We have our group photo, some candids, and proof that I didn’t eat by myself this year (even though I tried).

Also, here I am trying to show folks how to do my craft – a little ‘zine with some of my poems. They were really good sports about it!

Dr. M wasn’t able to attend (he took lunch to his father so he wouldn’t be alone – unfortunately bringing his dad to our gathering was not a good idea for many reasons) – but I made sure he got his Thanksgiving feast anyway!

Friday, November 24th                          
No matter how many videos I watch I can never get the seeds out of a pomegranate without it looking like a murder scene. Someone on Instagram said that the cutting board & knife photo looks like the cover of a cozy murder mystery. Ha!

Sue gave us this amaryllis. The bulb has wax on it & it’s supposed to not need watering. I’m intrigued to see how it does!

Saturday, November 25th                     
Dr. M says: If those metal patio chairs could talk, what tales they’d tell! Pretty sure they are almost as old as me. That picnic table has some age on it, too, but it’s still strong enough to support a catnap. The wood shop is quiet, the tools covered in dust. My 91 year old loves sitting out there in the sunshine, petting his guard cat and glaring at the falling leaves. Some days he is present, asking significant questions and trying to understand my answers. Today he was lost in memories from well over 70 years ago. And the guard cat slept on.

I made a sleeve for my iPad and then decided to frog it. I really liked it, but it was a smidge too small. Unfortunately I think adding a couple of stitches to the width is going to make me lose that excellent accidental color pooling (it will look more like that middle section). We shall see!

I ate persimmon pudding, banana pudding, corn pudding – ALL THE PUDDINGS! Also, my family is pretty cool. Did you enjoy your holiday?

Saturday, November 18, 2023

2023 Project 365 – Week Forty-six

There was a lot of celebrating this week!
Sunday, November 12th       
We had a baby shower at church for a young couple. This is their first baby & they had a LOT of questions about how things were going to work. Fortunately we have a lot of mommas in our congregation who can help them (including the one who made the quilt and the little elephant – so talented!). Also, that Tres Leches cake was so good!

Monday, November 13th – Dr. M’s Birthday!!
I gave him a card that had a little pelican Lego kit in it. It was so cute!

That evening we went out to eat with family. We had a lovely time – and I got to hold Elliott for a while (not pictured: how quickly I handed him back to his dad when he started squalling. Ha!).

This sequence is called My Dad Says Something Outrageous and My Nephew Shoots Right Back with Something MORE Outrageous. Note Sue’s side-eye in that middle photo.
Tuesday, November 14th                     
Dr. M went to his dad’s and did a little leaf photo shoot. I love this one with Mr. Squirrel.

Wednesday, November 15th                               
It’s giving Librarian. Which was my dream job until I almost flunked Library Science in high school. Damn that Dewey Decimal System! (Note: I have an accounting degree that I don’t use so I guess I did ok.)

It’s soup & hockey season!  

Thursday, November 16th                            
Dr. M’s breakfast burrito. I love the artful placement of cherry tomatoes.

Dillards had an interesting sort of princess display & I had to have my photo taken in front of it. Ha!

Friday, November 17th                          
No photo.
Saturday, November 18th                     
Is it ironic that I had a sandwich for lunch and then found this old poem about making sandwiches?

Next week is Thanksgiving. We’ve had a minor turkey crisis (resolved now), but I have a pecan pie on my table ready to go so that’s all I really need. What are you looking forward to eating?

Saturday, November 11, 2023

2023 Project 365 – Week Forty-five

In which I post three photos of myself where I am wearing three different glasses toppers (not at the same time – but I could!).
Sunday, November 5th       
These are not the buttons I chose. I printed these off of Etsy & cut them out to see what I thought, and I picked the larger ones, but when I went to check out they were going to cost more than $50 (they were coming from the UK). It’s ok – the ones I ended up getting were a much better match.

Monday, November 6th                  
I took the day off of work so my best friend & I could watch the Evolving Faith conference. It was a lovely day.

Tuesday, November 7th                     
Dad & Sue were at the beach (insert jealous face here), so I went by their house a couple of times during lunch to make it look occupied work the puzzle.

Wednesday, November 8th                               
My car was FILTHY. I meant to take a before & after picture.

Thursday, November 9th                            
Ms. Pinky bloom. Happy happy.

Friday, November 10th                          
I sewed on the buttons Thursday night & wore my new cardigan to work on Friday. Fast fashion! (That took me three months to make – ha!). I love it & I’m already plotting the next one with different colors.  

Saturday, November 11th                     
Dr. M took so many lovely photos of Lincoln and Catawba Counties today that I just couldn’t pick. So you’re getting them all.

<Insert my annual gripe session about the time change here> What are you griping about these days?

Sunday, November 5, 2023

2023 Project 365 – Week Forty-four

There were only mild shenanigans this week, so no need to brace yourself.
Sunday, October 29th       
Dr. M ate oatmeal for breakfast. And I went to my dad’s & ate cake. Ha!

Monday, October 30th                  
Dr. M says, “In Pagan Europe, common folk understood too well that Autumn was a season of last harvests, of color but also of dying, with long, cold nights looming on the horizon.”

Tuesday, October 31st                    
My only regret is that I never told any employees to walk the plank.

I had to share this photo of my great-nephew Elliott who is adorable in his lion costume.

Wednesday, November 1st                              
I’m making progress on my cardigan. Since this photo was taken I’ve completed the bottom ribbing & started on the button band. But then I’ll have to stop because I haven’t gotten the buttons yet – I want to make sure the holes fit the buttons I end up with.

Thursday, November 2nd                           
The three stages of getting ready for work. I put the middle photo as my FB profile picture & judging by the number of “hearts” it got I’m guessing people are blessing my heart in the good old southern meaning of the phrase. Ha!

Friday, November 3rd                          
Ms. Pinky & Miss Rita are in the tub for winter. This year they’re considerably less extravagant than usual – we actually trimmed them before bringing them inside.

Saturday, November 4th                     
I “let” Dr. M borrow my car so he can get gas for me on Saturdays. One of us (me) might have cut it closer than usual this week. Oops!

We’re moving into the holiday season, which seems ridiculous given what’s happening in the world. Can I tell folks that I’m not participating in protest? That probably wouldn’t fly around here. I’ll just have to move through the season with this extra angst on top of my usual angst. Happy holidays?

2024 Project 365 – Week Twenty-three

As I had hoped, this week was a bit less chaotic – I worked a lot of hours, but they were orderly and I made headway on some of the tasks on...