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It's like Frodo says...

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It's like Frodo says...

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold.”Lately when the grief of the last 2 years crashes over me, I do my best to breathe through each moment. I take another walk, I go paint something, I pull out my knitting, I take solace in the work of my hands, because what else can you do? ***More and more of the tiny...

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Everything in its time.

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Everything in its time.

Everyone is so ready for the pandemic to be over. I’m not an exception to that rule, but am one of those folks for whom it is NOT over yet. I’ve been struggling with a huge sense of frustration and sadness over feeling left behind. The CDC guidance for people like me is basically, “We recommend you stay home and continue to wear a mask because the rest of us are tired of this and are ready to get on with our lives, and caring about YOUR life isn’t benefitting the economy.” And I’ll be honest, that just stinks. I live...

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March musings

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March musings

Anticipation is a weird one for me, at least when it comes to “things on the calendar” that relate to other people. Especially during this pandemic!  It has been painful to make and hope for plans based on dips in the numbers, only to have a new variant rise and send things back into a spin again.  Still, I find myself anticipating a few things. The flowers of spring and early summer. Poppies, lilac, bachelor buttons, tulips, and crocus. Herbs and sweet snap peas. I love walking through the neighborhoods around our home in the PNW, seeing the blooms in people’s...

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Ukraine

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Ukraine

One of my favorite books may be Anne Lamotte's "Help, Thanks, Wow". When I think about the kind of help I myself find myself asking for it's typically asking for support and for sustenance through the awful. Praying for little bits of grace or peace, for rest, for strength to get through one more moment. I've definitely experienced a lot of that in the last couple of years.So today I really am holding my hope and prayer around the people of Ukraine as they fight for their country and for their independence against Putin's invasion. As their faces and pictures and videos fill my phone screen and little bits of...

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A little bit like pulling some teeth

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A little bit like pulling some teeth

Well we did it. The first shop update in a little over 18 months. It's a small drop, but it's a drop! Somewhere in all the craziness, we somehow found time to move again only this time it was into what is hopefully going to be our forever home here in the PNW. Or at least our very long time home. We bought a house! How exciting! Anyway, all of these lovely pieces, which I'd hoped to have to you by Rosh Hashanah, are finally here. Better late than never, I guess! There are a few old pieces mixed in with the new. I...

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