We’re settling back in at home. I’m trying to get used to everything in the kitchen. I have a list of things to do a mile long (unpack the kids desk, really organize the kitchen, get my office in some semblance of order after months of being a drop spot, laundry – always laundry, hang some pictures, unpack the china, dust – so much dust now) but yesterday was my birthday and I’ve missed writing these posts.

So here I am.

Those socks above? I’d been working on them for months (since January) and I finally just gave up and threw them in the trash. The pattern was lovely but the yarn…so many splices/knots and so splitty. I kept putting them down because the yarn was so terrible. It’s a shame because it came recommended and I have another skein in gray. I’m hoping I just had a bad skein. Anyway, I picked up some Knitpicks Felici from the stash and am almost finished with the first vanilla sock.

I’ve been reading “The Self-Driven Child” lately. Violet recently made the decision to switch to the public middle school instead of continuing in the Catholic school. I love the school system she’s in and am a little sad that she’s leaving, but I told her I would let her make the choice come middle school and I feel like I need to honor that. Basically, I’m reading it to make me feel better about my parenting choices. It’s helping. (It also helps that the public school systems here are strong and she’s a smart, independent kiddo who can do well wherever she lands.)

I need to watch less television. Or I need to watch smarter television (if there is such a thing). I got suckered into watching some Real Housewives nonsense and it’s terrible. Truly terrible. But I keep watching anyway.

I can’t believe the end of the school year and summer is just around the corner. I’m completely ready for it and also kind of exhausted at the list of things I’m hoping to accomplish. I’m hoping to be around this site of mine a little more frequently now that we are mostly settled back in.

Hope you are well. What are you reading, watching, working on?


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  • The kitchen is gorgeous! I love the blue base cupboards, and the light fixture over the table, and it looks like you’ve got a lovely mud room tucked behind? What a relief, I’m sure, to be back home 🙂 .

    I hope V will do well at her new school. She’s got her reasons, I’m sure, and she’s at the age where parental support (rather than parental dictates) is the way to go. (Or at least that’s been my experience.)

    That really sucks, that you had to throw away months of knitting because of bad yarn 🙁 .

    I’ve been watching the new seasons of Call the Midwife. Have you watched this series? Reading a book my 19 yo son recommended: Happy City – Tranforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery. It’s a fascinating read. My knitting is progressing very slowly, now that I’m taking a couple of courses. I finished a final exam today after stewing over it for days. I thought I was doing better in the anxiety department, but apparently not 🙁 .

    • Nothing like a final exam to make you feel anxious. I went back to finish my undergrad after a few years and I remember how much more SERIOUS I was about everything. I think if I went back now I’d be an absolute fright about wanting to do everything “right”. I hope it went well.

      Thank you for the kind words on the kitchen. Yes, we have a combination laundry/mudroom space now and it’s one of my most favorite parts of the remodel. It’s just a more functional space for all of us.

      As for the yarn, I should have given up on the first sock. I *knew* half way through the first sock that it wasn’t going to work, but I figured I’d gotten that far, I might as well finish and then once I finished the first I figured I might as well start the second. Even as I was knitting I knew what the end result would be, but I just couldn’t bring myself to admit it…so it’s my own fault.

    • Oops! I forgot to answer that YES I have watched Call the Midwife. Though only the first couple of seasons. I really enjoyed it so I don’t know why I haven’t gone back to it.