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Visions of Our Day of Thanks...

From brunch...


to turkey time...






our day was simply about enjoying our first major holiday in our new home. (I'm not sure why, but I've felt very strongly about being here in this old house for our first winter holiday season. I think it's my heart's way of trying to make some peace with our relocation.) We were able to Skype with the Bertram clan in Nebraska as well as Uncle Jason and April in Germany. Grandma Peg stopped by for a short mid-afternoon visit on her way to the meeting of the sisters to plan their attack on Black Friday. Football was watched and a gym visit for a run was made. Wine was opened to help with the task of peeling potatoes and the carving of the moistest turkey I have every cooked. And much to their enjoyment 2 little girlies spent the whole day in their PJs.

I am thankful for the simple joy of spending a very low key holiday weekend with my most favorite people in the world. (And for the power that yoga has to help ease the bloat of a big holiday…

Here We Go Again...

Chili is in the crock-pot for tonight's dinner. (And for leftovers all weekend when we just can't eat another bite of turkey.)

Sticks of butter are softening for pie crust making.

Our very frozen turkey is chillin' (no pun intended) in a water bath in the cooler on the back porch in hopes that it will be thawed and ready for the smoker by tomorrow morning.

The holiday season is upon us. And today, much like the skies, I find my mood gray. (In fact it appears as if the possible freezing rain is indeed going to make an appearance today.) Generally I try to keep things optimistic here. I mean who wants to read a whiny, complainy, depressing blog? (Isn't that why we have newspapers and editorial news magazines? And those of you who know me best know I do my very best at avoiding those publications.) But today I feel compelled just to share from my heart in hopes that sharing will help lighten my mood a bit.

I'm not even sure where to start. Maybe it's with the general …

The Comforts of Yarn...

Cooler weather means my knitting bag has taken up regular residence in the living room. Here's what's been happening with yarn in my world lately...

The big news of the day is I finished my Italian February Lady Sweater! It's actually been finished for over 2 weeks and sadly enough this is the best picture I've taken of it to this point...


The new sweater knitter side of me is totally amazed at how it turned out. It still blows my mind that I knit a WHOLE sweater. The perfectionist side of me would like to be able to go back and make a few changes. But in the end I feel lovely when I'm wearing it and the soft Italian yarn feels like wearing a hug...just as I imagined it would.

When my Mom and Rod came to visit our new house this summer, my Mom brought me some woolly goodness from back home in the form of 2 hanks of this very colorful hand-painted Brown Sheep Co. yarn.


I will be the first to admit that I don't get near as excited about bright multi-colored yarn as m…

It's Not You, It's Me...

Dear Blog,

I know, lately the time I have made to come here to write has been a bit sporadic. I mean sure, I've stopped by now and then with cute pictures and little pieces of commentary on life, but we both know those visits have been short and a bit less organized than normal. I'm sorry.

The truth of the matter is I'm kinda in a dark place right now. And while I know you have always been open to letting me vent my feelings and talk through my swirling emotions, I'm not sure I'm ready to sprawl out on the leather couch to start sharing. I'm not sure I want to share the shadows here as I need a place where I can come to celebrate the light.

I just wanted to let you know the reason for my absence least you think our relationship needs to seek out counseling. I promise, it's not you, it's me. And for a while I may just need a little space and a little time to process my inner life. I will be back more regularly at some point...but until then I promise to sto…

And Now, the Rest of the Story...

It was a beautiful October Saturday. The cool weather that had dominated the forecast for most of the week had cleared and the sun had warmed the temps up to comfortable coat free weather. After a morning of teaching yoga, working at the gym, and a quick run to grab the final costume making supplies needed to pull everything together, I returned home to a family eager to head out for our chosen day of fun. I sewed up a Hogwarts worthy scarf and hand-warmers while Scott made some lunch. Shortly after sandwiches and a little Iowa football, we were off to The Blank Park Zoo for Night Eyes. We have often talked about how fun it would be to check out this annual zoo event, and now that we only live 10 minutes away how could we NOT go.

We loaded up with the girls' costumes and my camera and headed out, arriving to a packed parking lot and lots of happy families out enjoying the beautiful fall day. After being directed to a parking spot in the "extra" lot, we headed towards the…