Our view of Dead & Co, pre-show. Our VIP seats meant we had to walk backstage which would have been much more fun if I weren’t on crutches. Sadly, I didn’t have any celeb sightings.

Would you believe I didn’t take many pictures on Thanksgiving? I’m not sure if I was relaxing a bit too much or missing my oldest a bit too much. Either way, I don’t think we took more than one or two photos the entire day. It was a good day. Quiet and we were a bit sad to not have Addison with us, but it really was a nice day. I didn’t do any cooking this year – a first! I have to say I did miss it. I’m curious to see how our Thanksgiving menu changes once our world traveler comes home.

Good-bye horrible walking boot.

The day before Thanksgiving was my appointment with my surgeon at nine weeks post-op. I think I could also call it freedom day. I was given the green light to ditch the book and drive. I mean, I’m not to overdue it but…what a huge relief! I drove around our neighborhood Thanksgiving evening and again this morning to Mass. And no one is sorry to not be driving me to and from school tomorrow.

I am going to physical therapy twice week and working so hard to regain strength in my leg and foot. The exercises are getting much easier and I was able to return to my second floor classroom the Monday before Thanksgiving. I’m also using some scar salve on my incision sites twice a day – they are looking so much better and not nearly as angry as they did. One section has faded so much I’m hopeful that they won’t be as noticeable by summer.

All dressed up for Thanksgiving

Can you believe Advent begins on Sunday? I’m thrilled to get updates from my son on German Advent. I remember first finding Eva’s blog, Avelinux, around Christmas time several years ago and being captivated by her photos. I know Addison is taking lots of photos so I suppose if I don’t see them in 2017, I will in 2018.

Coming up this week ~

  • House inspections (we’re moving!)
  • Advent wreaths come out at home and at school
  • Christmas shopping wrap-up
  • Walker Stalker Con
  • Christmas knitting


I checked the calendar and it has been nearly a month since I broke my ankle. And it’s been a rollercoaster ride for all of us. Now that I’m back at school, I’m trying to push myself out of bed more often. During the school week, so far, I’ve been so worn out that I hobble back to bed but last Friday I went upstairs and stayed there until Sunday night. Greyson wanted to sleep in and I figured he’d be better off with me upstairs where I could easily make coffee for myself rather than relying on him (or Maia) to be awake.  I slept in Addison’s bed and got one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in at least three weeks so I suppose that was a good idea.

Greyson and I decided to catch up on House of Cards while Maia went to the mall with a friend. (How surreal is that show right now!?!) Sitting on the sofa watching TV was the perfect spot for me to cast on the second of my rainbow vanilla socks (still loving the Susan B Anderson sock method).

The knee walker I’m using at school is a huge help at home for self-sufficiency. It has a basket on it to stow things (like my travel coffee mug) so I can move around easily. I settled myself on the couch with the family and kept on knitting and catching up on vlogs on YouTube.  It’s kind of like being at knitting group.

I also got surprised by a mystery box of yarn. Greyson thought I’d order “more yarn.” I was pretty sure I didn’t order a box of yarn, no matter how much medication I’ve been on. But after a little detective work, we found that friends had ordered it as a get well gift ~ yarn mail is the best mail!

So after a second evening of House of Cards, Sunday meant a turned heel and gusset stitches, a movie at the theater, and dinner out. Kind of a lot thrown into one day for me, but it was so good to get out of the house!


Finding time to sit at a keyboard is a rare occurrence but here I am…at 11:41 pm. C’est la vie.

I would show you photos of our weekend – Inwas honored to sponsor my daughter for her Confirmation; we had friends over for some wine by the firepit; I have several more rows on my Find Your Fade shawl. But let’s be real, here, because finding time to sit still and post anything is thanks to this ~

We had a Peapod delivery early yesterday morning and as I went to hold the door open for the delivery person, I got tripped up on our flip-flop doormat while  in Maia’s flip-flops and went down. When I look down at my ankle I noticed there was a big bulge in my foot was turned off to the side in an odd way which, of course, meant a broken ankle.  Eventually, I made it to the hospital via ambulance I had to have my ankle reset. Let’s just say that I broke it really really well because I need to have surgery. Hopefully that surgery will be tomorrow because I am in tremendous pain.

So I am out of work for at least a week, somewhat enjoying laying around on the couch, and looking forward to doing lots of knitting and reading. Luckily I did do that big Peapod order so there is plenty of food in the house if I can just convince people to do cooking instead of ordering in.



It’s been a quiet weekend so I thought I’d join Karen today. Sadly, it went much too fast. On Friday, my son was in Hartford at the State House with other kids who are participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange. He is the only out-bound student (meaning he is going abroad next year) from our district so he has been able to spend a lot of time with the in-bound kids spending their school year in the U.S. He’s been able to forge friendships with kids from Italy, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Taiwan, and Thailand. After their trip, I joined them for dinner and the Harlem Globetrotters in Bridgeport while my husband took our daughter and a friend to the middle school dance.


Saturday was just a lot of running around trying to get things done and so nothing terribly exciting. We did go out to dinner at a new-to-us restaurant in Milford, Connecticut. The food was delicious and they have my favorite meal of cavatelli, sausage and broccoli rabe. I kept half of it for lunch on Monday because it was just too much to eat all at once. We have only a couple of substitute teachers at school so, on days like Thursday and Friday, we often help with lunch periods.


Often, we only find out right before lunch so it makes having a hot lunch difficult so I ordered a small crockpot for lunches. When it became clear we may be doing a few lunch periods, I thought it was time because I’d been looking at this for months. So tomorrow my leftovers are going in this to warm up all morning. My level teachers and I take turns for lunch periods and I had Friday but just in case…


As I was wrapping up the Giants socks, I started thinking about wrapping and/or packaging. After being my somewhat constant companions for so long, I thought these socks needed a little extra touch. I found this printable sheet of labels on Pinterest so I could quickly write the care instructions for handknit socks since they are going to a single guy.


I am back to having only one project going, although I think I may need to throw in another pair of socks for myself.  I haven’t really gotten much work done (meaning, none) on those socks I’d planned knitting this year. I really do love knitting socks, even if I do complain much more than I should.


For now I’m concentrating on my sugar swirls blanket for a soon to be born baby girl. I’m hoping it will be an easy knit although right now I’ve done two rows of k3tog tbl and it’s been requiring all my focus. Oh, and I got a spiffy new project bag from madderroot, located up in Maine. Llamas and alpacas are kind of a big deal in my house.

My foot has been acting up, after a few days of a horrible migraine, so I’m taking this Sunday evening slow and just knitting and reading. Maybe doing some extra lesson planning after dinner.

How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap

How do long weekends go by so quickly?!? I promise you I just walked out of school and now I am sitting here getting ready to go back. I think, and hope, that the next four weeks go quickly and with minimal stress.  I’ve already sorted the student-made ornaments and have planned the class party for the 23rd. If I can manage the in-between…


Thanksgiving was blissfully quiet. I have way too much in the way of leftovers, however.


I have a pair of Giants themed socks underway. I’m not technically knitting anything else for the holidays this year so these should be done in time for Hanukkah (their recipient is Jewish).


We got our tree very early this year since my husband is off to Nigeria and won’t be back until mid-December. Happily my daughter did most of the decorating while I supervised from the couch.


This morning we packed up the new car and headed to New Jersey. After a six hour journey, four of which were returning to Connecticut, my husband is checked in and awaiting his flight to Africa. And, miraculously, his luggage of mostly donations for the school there weight in at just under the 50 lb. limit.

And now, those lesson plans won’t write themselves…


It was a busy one! I’m sorry to see Monday arrive for a few reasons, but mostly because we haven’t had a lot of down time.  My husband and son headed into New York Saturday for Rotary Day at the United Nations, while my daughter and I filled the neverending shopping needs of public school students.  (Have I mentioned I miss uniforms?!?!)  We also managed to see Dr. Strange so not a total loss.


Working to eradicate polio in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
Working to eradicate polio in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

While they were enjoying their day at the UN, I managed to finish the Monkey Socks, lose them to Maia, and swipe them out of her room while she wasn’t paying attention. I offered to knit another pair (we both LOVE Lambstrings yarn) but she felt she could share with me.  Um, we’ll see.

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This is shaping up to be another crazy week! Hopefully school will be quiet so I can focus on my own children.  Could happen, right?


Well this has been quite the weekend.  I co-chaperoned a sleepover of 11 girls in a hotel, went to a housewarming party, and came down for some sort of ick.  It’s been a lot of sleeping, once the sleepover was over Saturday morning.


Last weekend, my husband and son drove into the city for the day. They even stopped at one of my favorite yarn shops and brought home a shopping bag filled with Malabrigo. A sweater for my daughter and a couple of pairs of socks await.

img_3188My socks are coming along.  I was completely overwhelmed with school last week (as thought that’s something new) and didn’t do much knitting during the week, but I did make up for it over the last two days. A few more gusset rows and it’s back to lace knitting.  I fell in love with this Lambstrings yarn so I broke down and ordered more, even though more yarn is the last thing I need.




This weekend was a rainy and cold one here in Connecticut. Our plans for the Big E were derailed and we spent most of the weekend at home. Maia found a soft fuzzy blanket “with pompoms” after dinner on Saturday and she’s been under it since. 
image I spent a lot of time buried under the covers battling this virus that seems to have settled in for a long stay. After thinking I was on the mend, I’m now in bed with sharp throat pain. Strep is going around school so I think a trip to the doctor…again…is in order. All of the down time has given me lots of time for knitting and reading, though.  We have a diocesan teacher conference on Tuesday and I think knitting is coming with me. 


Weekends are for memory making,
relaxing and enjoying quiet moments of our days.
Joining Karen this evening.

Not it much has been happening here this weekend. My husband’s Rotary held their annual Oktoberfest on Saturday but, rather than attend, Maia and I have been sick with something close to the flu. If I’d taken any pictures this weekend they’d have been pictures of soup and medicine bottles.

img_2875What I have taken a photo of was the first few rows of my Monkey socks cuff. I had a bit of a hiccup with the yo2 that I’m blaming on my befuddled head.  Otherwise it’s going swimmingly.

Right now, lessons are planned and printed. I may also be working on emergency sub plans because I’m thinking a sick day is in my future this week. Time for bed.

Weekend Progress and Dinner Plans

Our goal, my daughter and mine, was a weekend with nothing.  I think we did fairly well.


This was the first home game at my son’s school and Grey couldn’t wait.  He rambled on about Friday Night Lights and team spirit.  It was a bit of a nail biter and we were down up until the last quarter when we came from behind to win the game. First home win in two years!


I was finishing up my niece’s Azel Pullover but had to leave in the midst of the bind off to get to school.  This work thing really interferes with knitting.  Anyway, I finished it up Saturday morning and it’s just waiting for buttons.  Luckily my niece lives in SE Virginia so it’s not likely to get cold down there any time soon.



I wound my new yarn that I picked up last weekend in Port Jefferson.  It’s Lamstrings Ewetopia Sock and I love it.  I’m working on Nutkin socks.  This is the first folded cuff I’ve done (and it kept me from knitting this pattern for a couple of years).  Much easier than I’d thought. The perfectly coordinated nail color was a fluke (OPI Sailing and Nailing, if you’re wondering).


Last night we had our first “Fall” fire.  Granted, fall doesn’t technically begin until Thursday but it was chilly out.  So nice to sit and relax with a glass of wine and the boys (the daughter was at a friends).

Phew, there we go.  Now to dinner plans.  I am trying so so hard to cook at home but it’s not a lot of fun.  I’m thinking of trying Blue Apron or something similar to see if I can climb out of this cooking rut.

Monday: Italian Sausage and Broccoli Raabe over Penne Pasta

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan Burgers (kids’ cooking night)

Wednesday: Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

Thursday: Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili

Friday: Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken

Saturday: Crab Cake Sandwiches