• 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


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.



I have exciting news to share!  The Bridges out of Poverty | Circles program (that I love with all of my ♥) is raising money for a micro loan program designed to help eliminate barriers to poverty by granting education loans, providing financial backing to overcome barriers to employment, and helping to avoid financial crises. … Continue reading


community conversation

I would like to live in a city where no one is left behind – a city in which everyone prospers.  Poverty is unkind, and it hurts all of us.  And ultimately poverty affects our city’s ability to grow. It’s important to ask ourselves how we contribute to poverty. I think about the times I … Continue reading



I bought myself a new mug.  The same week that I finished up ten weeks  of a Simplicity Circle.  The irony doesn’t escape me.  I have a cupboard full of drinking vessels.  This new mug does not fill a need.  Unless you count needing a little piece of beauty topped up with earl grey for those quiet … Continue reading



Today I solved a problem that has been plaguing me for months.  I subscribe to This American Life.  I love it. Every night I tuck myself in bed, turn off the light, and start an episode.  Within ten minutes, I’m passed out – sawing logs. I can not stay awake.  It’s nothing against the podcast. … Continue reading



This week found another bedroom stripped of brightly-coloured paint.  The white is a nice change from the 10 years of “wordpress blue”.  I could not persuade the oldest to de-colour her bedsheets, comforter and assorted blankets.  The mish-mash of patterns and spectrums look oddly in place and have slightly grown on me.  We still need to … Continue reading



This summer we were childless for the first time in almost 20 years.  So we did what any normal couple does when their kids are out of town for six days.  We completely emptied the littlest’s room, and we cleaned, painted, sorted, trashed, organized, fixed, and then prettied it back up for her return.  We finished … Continue reading



Over the (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, we had a rare day in which the four of us were together to share a meal and and enjoy each other’s company. Originally we planned a full pajama-turkey-eating day, but it was too beautiful outside to stay inside in our pajamas.  Once the turkey was cooked and the bread … Continue reading



We live in a society where success is defined by what you have.  The more expensive your stuff is, the more successful you are.  This doesn’t need to be our truth.  To me, success is having a bit of money in the bank, peace of mind, food on the table, a roof overhead, a place … Continue reading


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