Sunday, July 24, 2011


Today feels good. Life is full.

K and I spent the morning slowly waking up over coffee, scrambled eggs, and the newspaper. We still enjoy holding the printed pages in our hands, even if all the news seems bad. The sections I read end up in a messy wad. When K's finished reading the paper looks as if it's just been delivered.

Mid-morning saw us out house-hunting. We finally found one today that we could picture ourselves living in, which certainly doesn't mean we'll end up buying it, but still...exciting. I found myself sitting in the kitchen there in yellow chair at a tiny yellow formica table. I mentally added a lamp and imagined the coziest late-night tea parties. Nightcaps would also be appropriate. It seemed like a place to share secrets and talks about the future. Yes, that sweet kitchen is still on my mind.

This afternoon I've talked to my mom, dad, and sister. Being in touch with them makes me so happy. They are the reason that buying a house in my hometown feels right. I love Louisville for many reasons, but what anchors me here are those three people. I am lucky enough to also have a large extended family living here and K's family is only a short drive away.

Right now three pots of beans simmer on the stove. Granola sits cooling on the kitchen table, tempting me each time I pass by. I grab a pinch of cinnamon-scented oats and pecans and debate mixing up a batch of dough for granola bread. Right now K is taking a break from doing laundry--the fourth and final load is in the dryer. He is re-reading a book he has read probably five times before. Some well-loved books never get old.  And here I am, happily blogging for the first time in a week. I am glad to be here chatting with you.

Lately I've been looking for balance in my life. My new job takes much of my time and energy, but I find it very fulfilling. I've never felt (or expected to feel) so professional in my work. The people I work with are all incredibly smart and fun, a winning combination in my book. Even though I do like my job, I'm trying not to let it sap all of my creative energy. I want to devote some time each day to crafting, whether it be designing crochet projects (I can't wait to show you the mitered crochet cross block), knitting, or sewing. So far I've done well, but I haven't yet figured out how to fit blogging into my routine. I love blogging in the morning, but mornings now are busy with getting ready and going to work. So, bear with me as I figure out this new routine.

I am looking forward to tonight. We're making Japanese curry for dinner and I'm planning to watch a good hour of trash TV. I can't resist it sometimes.

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What's going on in your life today? 


  1. Your day sounds just about perfect. I'm so excited for your house hunt! Looking anywhere near me...? :)

  2. Sounds like a wonderful Sunday. Good luck with your house hunting, I hope you will find the perfect home. :-)

  3. House hunting? How exciting! Best of luck. :)
    Hope you do find a new blogging rhythm because your posts always brighten my day!

  4. Balancing work and a blog can be challenging -- that's for sure. You'll find a way to squeeze it all in. And of course time for crocheting too!

    Happy househunting. That is such a fun thing to do.

  5. I'm glad to hear that work & house-hunting are going well! I'm looking forward to hearing more about both.

    As for balancing work and play, I'm still figuring that out. I don't know quite what to do with myself during this last month of summer vacation (and I'm NOT ready to start planning for the school year yet!!). I do have that knitting project; but unfortunately, the instructor has been out of town for the past couple of weeks. She's returning tomorrow, so I can finally schedule my lessons. Can't wait to show you what I create! :-)

  6. Congratulations on at least being in a house that you can imagine yourself living in! When I first read the sentence, I admit, I thought you said "outhouse hunting," so I had to re-read it, but I'm sure that's just my twisted sense of humor :) Goodluck finding your balance!

  7. What a lovely post! I can just imagine you in that kitchen. and oh how I would love to visit during a late-night tea party!
    Good luck with your hunting, the new job, and balance.
    I can just hear the happiness in your words! and that makes me happy! you deserve it.

  8. How exciting! When you find "the one" you just can see yourself and your life unfolding in the room as you walk through them.

    Good luck! And I know what you mean about finding balance with work. It's something I still struggle with on a regular basis.


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