• sustain (səˈsteɪn)

    — vb 1. to hold up under; withstand: to sustain great provocation 2. to undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer: to sustain a broken arm 3. to maintain or prolong: to sustain a discussion 4. to support physically from below 5. to provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities: to sustain one's family ; to sustain a charity 6. to keep up the vitality or courage of 7. to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of: to sustain a decision 8. to establish the truth of; confirm


Last year we found the perfect fall escape, so with very little discussion, I went ahead and booked it again for this year.  We lucked out, and the weather was lovely.  On the first day, I finished my reading and knitting.  I was prepared for that happening, and I cast on a stranded hat with … Continue reading


Celebrating December VI

December has got to be my favourite month of the year, and I wish time would go slower so it would all last longer – the music, the lights, the food, the gatherings, the making, the coziness, the togetherness . . . That being said, I equally resent the obligatory gifts, the jam-packed scheduling, all … Continue reading



Ella had a few days free of exams and work, so I planned a short mid-week train trip to  ogle exotic sea creatures and soak up some art and culture with my girls.  Thanks to airbnb, I found a sweet lake-side condo on the 50th floor, and we braved that elevator many times like bosses.  We watched … Continue reading



I’ve been using up all the scraps of wool left from completed projects to knit up colourful accessories – mittens, hats, cowls . . . My one knitting goal this year is to knit a blanket for my parents with a deadline of Christmas.  It figures that I’ve been procrastinating.  I spent hours and days … Continue reading

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These pictures were taken at Halloween. I’m only 4 months late.  Sue me.  This kid LOVES Halloween and trick-or-treating. I don’t get it.  She doesn’t even enjoy candy much.  Most of her loot sits in a bowl on top of the fridge for months until I trash it.  This year she wanted to dress up … Continue reading


wood slices

I picked up these wood slices from The Been Garden in Old East Village.  They make my heart sing with their simplicity and natural beauty.   Apparently we own a chainsaw, and we have a crew coming to trim some trees in the backyard, so I feel that it is imperative that I slice some branches … Continue reading



We are deep in research mode.  Food, music, language, housing, lifestyle, transportation, packing, student visas, sandals . . .  Ella is off to study abroad in September, and there is so much to do.  I wish there was a way to visit her for nine months.  I would just toot around on a bicyclette, stroll … Continue reading



This young adult is now two decades old.  She is resilient.  She is brilliant.  She is extraordinary.  Another year of  school, studying and working has paid off, and she is heading off to study in Nice in September.  This reminds me.  Ella, if you are reading this, that France travel guide is due back at the library … Continue reading



So grateful for two weeks of my people and lots of quiet.  I like this.  I needed it.  While knitting my Still Light, I have watched all of Master of None, The Bridge, and Narcos.  I am currently on the second season of Fargo, and it’s starting to look like the dress it is supposed to … Continue reading

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I took a break from knitting my tunic and many mittens, and I knit a lot of i-cord to make these sailor knot keychains.  They will go well with stripes, topsiders and windbreakers.