Wednesday, November 28, 2012



 It's an interesting word. It's also an interesting process when knitting. 

A process that I taught myself this evening. If I had not been interrupted, the cowl would have been done in 3.5 hours, including the video tutorial, cast on, knitting the pattern and bind off. 

Due to the normal things that but into our fun time, I'm hoping to finish in the morning before work. We shall see what the morning brings.

...may there be mercy in the progress of the clicking of the needles...

Monday, November 26, 2012


After a week of being deliberately thankful each day, I find it hard to write anything today. So here are the bits and pieces...

Work was a difficult place to be. Not just because of the return after holiday weekend, but broken promises and a serious lack of respect in conversations between coworkers makes it hard to be glad to be there.

Amtrak vacation package vouchers arrived for our upcoming anniversary trip.

Monday knitting nights allowed progress on a Christmas gift.

Two out of three ain't bad.

...may there be mercy and focus on the two or better.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


This week of expressing thanks has been good for me. Of course there are many things for which I am thankful. There is definitely an abundance in my life.

Today, I'm thankful for home.

We had a lovely trip and enjoyed our time with friends so much. The long drive was easy and smooth, each way. 

But it is always good to be home, in my own space.

...may there be mercy and productivity in our return to normal life, post holiday.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

small people

While at our friend's home, stories and laughter abound. As we linger over coffee, the little ones decide to both crawl up into my lap together.  Both want to snuggle with me at the same time. Sweetness and peace seep into my spirit in  the unspoken trust and love, demonstrated in their sprawling comfort and whispered confidences. 

...may there be mercy in the sweetness of a child's love and trust. . 

Friday, November 23, 2012


We are in Portland for the Thanksgiving weekend. While here, I am reminded of how certain traditions will serve to ground me in who I am. These traditions can ease the aches and dark places that have been difficult in any year and I am thankful for them all. Both the silly and serious traditions, they work in my heart and make me glad.

...may there be mercy and joy in the continuity.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful for all the usual suspects, of course. 

But the highlighted point  of thanks for today is friends who have become family by choice. You know who you are. Thanks for loving me, baggage and all. 

...may there be mercy in the grace and love of chosen family. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Today's thankful moment is about one of those things that I am not truly thankful for, but am deliberately choosing to be thankful despite myself.


Last night, while with a new small group from my church, I cried. Most folks don't find this to be unusual behavior, and will shed tears when appropriate. But for me, it is one of the biggest things on my list of things I hate to do. It is rare for me to do this, I simply don't cry in front of people.

Oh, I might get misty-eyed, but actual tears running down the face, nose running, unable to speak type crying, nope.

It's an obvious step in the right direction for my healing that I could not hold back tears last night, and with this group.

...may there be mercy and gratitude for healing tears.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

yay moment

Today's thankful moment... goddaughter is home from college for a very brief visit. Mostly to see the dentist. But she wants to spend time with me, so I'm taking her out to lunch to celebrate her birthday next week.

...may there be mercy in the celebration of someone I love dearly.

Monday, November 19, 2012


The past 18 months have been hard. Really hard. So this week I want to focus on just taking moments and being thankful.

My office has recently hired a young woman to do our outside courier work.

I used to have to cover the afternoon portion of this job twice a week. The car is hard to get in and out of, so my back and hip hurt constantly for a very long time. 

  Being pain free again is so lovely.

...may there be mercy as I move freely again.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I did some writing this week for friends. It was a description of my recent trip to San Diego to visit family. 

It made me realize how much I've missed writing in the last year or so.

So hello again, little blog. I've missed you. No promises of daily writing for now, but it won't be long till I am back with more.

...may there be mercy as I contemplate what to write.