Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

The Gift Closet

I am a world-class procrastinator, and I am terrible at coming up with presents on a given date, for example CHRISTMAS. This is a lethal combination and leads to a lot of heartburn. I think I’ve come up with a pretty good solution and thought someone else might benefit from it: the Gift Closet! The Gift Closet sounds magical, but it really isn’t. I’ve just realized in the past few.. Read More

Setting my goals

See that plate? The fact that it is even in my house, much less actually on the bookshelf properly displayed, is thanks to my setting goals for 2014. At the end of last year I decided that I needed to take a hard look at what I wanted to do. I have a big, busy family and way too many interests of my own. I needed to have some priorities… Read More

A little knitting, a little reading

Linking up with Ginny’s Wednesday Yarn Along link party. I’m knitting a little, as always, and reading! I read an actual book! Here’s my latest on the needles: It’s the Cafe Au Lait Tam, out of the most beautiful blue beaded Tilli Thomas Flurries yarn. I don’t even know if they still make it! It is such a lovely merino, really almost a roving with a string of glass beads.. Read More

Five-minute prompt: Prepare

I discovered “Five-Minute Fridays” back when I was doing the 31-days blog challenge. The prompt, just one word, is posted and then I write about that word for five minutes. (I even set a timer!) Well, it isn’t Friday, but I did think I’d hop in with this. Maybe it will make you think about Advent and preparations. The word:  PREPARE I saw this week’s work and immediately thought of.. Read More

Truth? Lies? And writing is not easy.

Writing clearly and succinctly is very hard. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. I have another post drafted, but it had gotten too long and ponderous. Then I saw this posted at Maggie’s Farm today. It comes close to the point I had been trying to make. It’s this: The UVA gang-rape scandal, which turns out to be at a minimum mostly untrue, and possibly completely false, has put.. Read More

Horsey update.

November was a whirlwind, with not one but two horse shows, including their first recognized show. Let me explain: the girls do a kind of riding called Eventing (or 3-day eventing). It’s an English discipline, really more like a triathlon for horses. In the short format there are three events that make up the competition; they are dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country jumping. If you mess up enough in one.. Read More

Cookie Day! And the best brownie recipe ever.

What a welcome surprise. I found myself with an entire day–no kidding–in which everything that I had scheduled fell through. In other words, an empty calendar. And an empty house for the morning. A Christmas miracle. So I put my time to good, high-calorie, high-fat use and made Christmas cookies! Last year I may have made one batch of Christmas cookies, and possibly one pan of special Christmas brownies, so.. Read More

Creative Accounting, 12/3

Here we go, a summary of the (more) creative things I’ve been working on since the last time I posted a “Creative Accounting” back on October 20. Those pillows? Done! I like them, don’t love them, because I think they are too small. But I loved making the patches and think they would make a great quilt. I do love the colors and prints together, even though they may look.. Read More

Hurtling into December

That picture was from Christmas 2004. Nothing like a ten-year-old snapshot to give me a little perspective! “I’m going to slow down this year, do less, and enjoy the season.” Have you ever said this to yourself right around Thanksgiving? I do. Every year! I’m certain I said it back in 2004, and I think I’ve said it a couple of times this year. I’m not sure how it happens.. Read More

Every day is better than never.

Well, darn. I spent all of October writing faithfully each and every day, and I enjoyed the process. I even decided to keep blogging! But of course, blogging every day is just so, well, extreme.  Who needs to do that? Apparently I do. I found during November that I have a hard time deciding that something is blog-worthy. I overthink things. And then days pass with no post because nothing.. Read More