Eye Candy Friday

tulips in the snow for carole kntis

We had a teeny dusting of snow the other day so I stepped out onto the deck with my little bouquet of tulips and snapped this photo. I love the way the white background really makes the pink of the tulips pop.  The contrast of winter and spring is not lost on me, either.

Find something beautiful this weekend and enjoy!

Right Now

living room for carole knits

As I looked at this photo of my living room I couldn’t help but think about how much I love the way it looks right now. It’s cozy and there’s a fire in the woodstove. There are plump pillows and a cat and twinkle lights. It’s my favorite place to spend my time and here’s what I’m doing with my time right now.

Reading . . . Still Alice. I just finished The Good Girl and if you like suspense and you’re looking for a quick read then I’d recommend it. Before that I read Station Eleven and while post apocalyptic fiction is not my think it was very very good.

Watching . . . Movies! In the past few weeks I have watched Grand Budapest Hotel (my favorite so far), American Sniper, Wild, Gone Girl and Selma. We have plans to see The Imitation Game this weekend.

Cooking . . . Mostly comfort food. It’s the time of year for casseroles and soups and comfort food. I have plans to make a banana cream pie tomorrow to bring to a friend’s house when we go for dinner.

Learning . . . Evernote. I’ve always been happy with the notes app that comes with the iPhone but lately it seems that everyone is using Evernote but me. I have taken the plunge and I’m finding that there is a good reason why everyone loves this app.

Listening . . . To podcasts. I love Books on the Nightstand and I’m enjoying Two Knit Lit Chicks. I miss Serial, though.

Drinking . . . Coffee in the morning and wine at night.

Writing . . . Blog posts and One Little Word journal entries. And the Annual Reports for the Library and the Council on Aging.

Playing . . . Threes. It’s very fun but also very very addicting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Loving . . . Winter nesting.

Bragging . . . Hannah started her student teaching yesterday. She’ll be doing half at the school where she works and half at a local middle school. It’s the final piece of the puzzle for graduation in May. Hooray!

Laughing . . . At this post questioning the things in the bedroom of Good Night, Moon.

Knitting . . . Socks for Dale. It’s a slog but he needs them. I’m hoping to get back to my Market Jacket this weekend.

Planning . . . Valentine’s gifts and crafts.

Anticipating . . . Snow on Saturday?! Sounds like a great opportunity to hunker down with some good wine, delicious food and games with Dale.

What’s current in your world right now?

Hoping For Spring

Something that makes me happy but that I didn’t list yesterday is house plants. When everything outside is brown and dreary, having some bright green inside can make such a difference.

english primrose for carole knits
Last week English Primrose plants were on sale at my grocery store. I bought two and I brought them home and replanted then in the pot that my dud of an Amaryllis had previously occupied. Getting my hands in the dirt and working with these little plants made me feel hopeful and happy. And those little yellow flowers are so cheerful that I can’t help but smile when I look at them.

Spring will come again, in the meantime I’m pretending it’s already here.

Ten On Tuesday

When life is hectic and crazy, when work is stressful or overwhelming, it really helps to focus on the good things that are going on. Honestly, it’s always helpful to focus on the good things and that’s why this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I’m Happy About Right Now.

drying socks for carole knits

  1. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl!
  2. I’ve returned to running. I know – again. It seems like I get to this point over and over and never break through the interval part to actually get to the all running part. But now this time – I’m happy with running and I’m going to keep pushing those intervals until I can run for an entire 30 minutes.
  3. The Oscar nominations. There are some great movies on the list this year. You know I’ll be talking about them more in the weeks to come.
  4. Long weekends. Mondays off make me very happy.
  5. My One Little Word choice. I don’t know if it’s the word or if it’s because this is my second year of doing this but I find myself thinking about it a lot and really using it as I move through my days.
  6. Reading. I have been reading some really great books lately.
  7. Handknit socks. Mine are all clean right now, as evidenced in the photo above.
  8. Parks and Recreation is back. I love this quirky show about people who work in town government.
  9. The iPhone 6. While I don’t love the bigger size, I do love that I can see it better. And it’s nice to have a phone with lots of GB so that I can have plenty of apps without slowing it down.
  10. Mango Languages. My library has a subscription to this and I’ve been using it to learn Spanish in advance of this year’s trip to Mexico.

And I will leave you with this: Que tenga un buen día!

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Eye Candy Friday

This is not your typical Eye Candy Friday photo but, really, what else could I post today?

go pats for carole knits

 

Dale and I make a pretty good team – he drew the logo and I did the lettering. We’ll be cheering for the Pats this Sunday with good friends and good food. And we’ll be cheering on Monday morning because it’s a holiday for those of us in the public sector.

Have a great weekend, my friends, and see you all on Tuesday!

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