I finished my socks!

I’m very pleased with them.

And good thing I finished them today: I have some hats to start! Christmas is just five weeks away, and my dear heart friend Melissa just had a new baby, Caroline Rose, yesterday — and as miss Caroline lives in Colorado, clearly she needs a nice warm hat to wear as well. Good thing we are headed up to Steve’s parents’ this week. (Hopefully) plenty of knitting time awaits me. I wish I could knit in the car!

— And speaking of being in the car, Steve and I are going to finish the last Harry Potter book on our way up on Tuesday. Any suggestions for new audiobooks to listen to? I’m tempted to suggest we just start again at the beginning.

I am in search of some new blogs to read. As I learn more about nutrition, traditional foods and healthy living, I am trying to find some like-minded bloggers with knowledge to share — who also acknowledge that no one is perfect, everyone is different, and that we all have to live together in a society! Some of the blogs I’ve been checking out I have wanted to like, as they have a lot of really rich information, but the bloggers’ attitudes are a huge turn-off. I’m invested in a healthy lifestyle, but I don’t want to be told I’m doing it wrong because I haven’t switched to raw milk. Or that, like, vegans are slowly killing themselves. Or that I have done my son irreparable damage by having him vaccinated or by getting an epidural during labor. I just want to learn more about homemade body butter and how to make my own yogurt and where I can get lard. Any suggestions? So far I have found mommypotamus and mama natural, which I like, but there’s got to be at least one blogger out there who’s a bit more … relaxed. (Or will I have to be that blogger? When C.S. Lewis said we must write the books we wish to read, did he also mean blogs?)

I just got the new issue of Yoga Journal and I am very excited to read it.


Six practices for happiness! I have not neglected my 2012 happiness project and I have some thoughts to share in a future post, but for now I am looking forward to checking out this month’s issue. My yoga practice may sort of be on life support right now, but I have a HUGE desire to be on my mat more than I have been. My home practice — how to build it, how to focus — has been on my mind a lot lately and I have been doing my best to practice more often, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It’s amazing (and also sad) how much of my flexibility and strength has waned since I set my practice aside. No more of that.

I’m making pumpkin butter tomorrow. And maybe cranberry apple butter. Or applesauce. And, eventually, some pear-cinnamon jam — maybe with some ginger? who knows. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Check out this picture of my mom.

That’s all. Have a good weekend!