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Pillow Talk

We just had our living room painted yellow. “Yellow is hard to get right,” our painter warned. And we got it right. When I sit there, I feel sunny.

But the green throw pillows on our caramel-colored sofa looked wrong with the yellow walls, so I went looking for yellow pillows, print pillows that had the right yellow in them, or fabric that I could make pillows with. I’ll spare you the details of my failed search.

And then a light bulb went off. I’d knit pillow covers!

I found just the right shade of yarn, and project-yellow-pillows was almost ready.

Next, I searched a carton on the top shelf of our linen closet. I found fabric leftovers from miscellaneous sewing projects, my collection of knitting needles, my mother’s collection of knitting needles, a lace collar detached from I don’t know what, and other items that won’t move if we do. The key find was the size eight knitting needles that I needed.

Now, once I find a TV series to binge-watch, I’ll be good-to-go.      


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Can we have pictures of the pillow covers when they're done?


Slightly off topic of decorating, but if you're looking for something to binge watch I heartily recommend the series "Turn," which is now in its second season. It's an AMC show, and is a period piece based on the true story of America's first spy ring during the Revolutionary War. We binge watched all of season one when we visiting our son last fall, and we're now watching season two in its weekly episodes.

I also wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. My husband and I are bot 70-somethings so I really identify with a lot of what you write. I'm especially interested in what you are doing since retiring from your satisfying job, as I am wrestling with what to do if/when I retire. I'm down to 50% time in an academic unit and it gives the perfect balance of stimulation, a sense of contribution, and flexibility.

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