Crochet Pip-Life Taking Stock

Taking Stock: June

June 10, 2016

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Oh hello!

It’s been a little while since I did ‘Taking Stock’, but I know lots of people have been merrily doing it all over the internet. I think it’s really cool that a simple little exercise can slow things down and tell us a lot about where we are and who we are. It’s neat-o!

I’ve added some fresh things to the list this month, so maybe you want to play along too (with the lure of the new?!)

Here’s a little snapshot of me. (Scroll down for a blank list that you can cut and paste to you fave part of the internet/your phone/your computer!)


Taking Stock: June

Making : A lot of tea cosies. I am a bit obsessed!
Cooking : Pumpkin soup. Pumpkin is so plentiful and delicious at the moment.
Drinking : A heck of a lot of tea. And heaps of water. And wishing for coffee. We ran out yesterday. Dang.
Reading: Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing and I’m trying to find time to start Outlander. Life is so busy! Gah.
Wanting: A quiet day to be here soon.
Looking: Out onto the back garden. Lots of trees. Lots of leaves. Two damp banana lounges. A bare fence in need of some green.
Playing: Ella Fitzgerald and the Design Matters podcast.
Deciding: On which order to do which thing in today.
Wishing: To have more energy.
Enjoying: Broad City. My kids love it and I’m trying to be down with the kids.
Waiting: For a yarn order to arrive. Yay for new colours and new projects!
Liking: A new granny square pattern I tried last night.
Wondering: If people know how good a toasted onion bagel with butter and Promite is.
Loving: Writing useful or fun things that people like to read.
Pondering: If I have time to go to the library.
Considering: A dumpling lunch. I love dumplings with black vinegar and chilli oil. Yum.
Buying: Some new nibs and ink. I have been practicing writing with some old ones I have, but am ready to upgrade.
Watching: The Path. I am really liking it a lot. Creepy and unsettling and ace.
Hoping: I can manage my time well in the next week because I have heaps of things to do.
Marvelling: At the fact that all my kids have jobs now. Gainfully employed!
Cringing: A bit at the business of online ‘influence’ and what it really means…
Needing: To get out of my walking clothes and get dressed properly.
Questioning: Why there is no gosh-darned coffee in the house. I like coffee. It’s the truth.
Smelling: A lack of coffee.
Wearing: Sneakers, leggings, dorky t-shirt…
Following: Bon_Chic on Instagram. (I wrote about her yesterday too!)
Noticing: I am possibly growing a very fine beard. I think I AM! Gasp!
Knowing: Yellow and red leaves are really nice.
Thinking: That my house is nice and cosy and sunshine grabbing.
Admiring: Anna Spargo-Ryan. Her debut book is out and it’s going gangbusters.
Sorting: Out what goes in my workroom and what stays tucked away elsewhere.
Getting: Used to not having Bronte here (Bronte is our friends’ cat. We just finished cat-sitting her at our place.)
Bookmarking: This blog. I really love reading it. Alway something unexpected and non-generic and heart-felt. So many blogs are so glossy and same-same now. I love it when a blog is more personal and true to the writer, and you can find out about their life.
Coveting: A new coat. I am working with Obus this year and I have half an eye on this one.
Disliking: Never-ending election-related coverage from across the globe.
Opening: A package full of chunky yarn.
Giggling: At Broad City. Of course. #SoWrong
Feeling: A bit puffy. Around the eyes. And also the body.
Snacking: On crackers with tomato, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Helping: My friend with her party. She’s turning 40. There will be singing AND dancing, apparently. PLUS cake.
Hearing: Birds twittering in the tree tops.
Mixing: Up my priorities a lot of the time.
Worrying: About… How I am waking up at all hours of the night, WIDE awake. Worrying makes me even more wakeful
Slicing: Rye and caraway seed bread. For toast. Yum.
Celebrating: The fact that Seasons 3 and 4 of Outlander have been confirmed.
Forgetting: To write it all down.
Winning: At…. having warm toes!
Pretending: To know what I am doing.
Sneaking: Little glimpses at our dogs playing.
Embracing: These cosier, crisper days.


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  • Reply Isabel June 12, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Gorgeous, Pip. I am envying your warm toes. Mine are chilly. How good is Still Writing? I am glad I find out about Dani Shapiro, maybe through you. I had dumplings with vinegar and chilli for lunch today at the South Melbourne Market and they were DELICIOUS – although the while I was eating them I had to stop thinking ‘these are yum but they are 500 x the price of dumplings in China’! I agree that personal blogs are so much better than the shiny generic type. Thanks for sharing your Taking Stock. I will do my own soon, though I don’t want it to be emo and moping about not having a job…does anyone out there need a professional dumpling taste tester? x

  • Reply Jac June 10, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    This won’t be too merry, sorry. I did this a while back, not long after Pat died…I think some of my answers are still the same!

    Making : Crocheted apples
    Cooking : schnitzel, mash, gravy and veg. And some dough ready to make into bread tomorrow
    Drinking : Prosecco. A whole bottle. It’s been a long week.
    Reading: Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour
    Wanting: my husband back. Always.
    Looking:at the tennis
    Playing:tickle fights earlier with my daughters
    Deciding:on whether to paint my son’s bedroom tomorrow
    Wishing:life wasn’t so unfair
    Enjoying:connecting with old friends
    Waiting:for the pain to ease
    Liking:my clean bedroom (thanks my darling sister)
    Wondering: if I’m ever going to wake up?
    Loving:my kids and their pure life force. They just go on.
    Pondering: bed or more prosecco (but that will involve opening a second bottle)
    Buying: homewares I don’t need. But I have stopped buying wool and typewriters. For the time being.
    Watching: Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, The Good Wife, Masterchef, Lucifer and more
    Hoping: I can sleep, and my kids let me sleep in
    Marvelling: at how my life can have so much darkness and lightness at the same time
    Needing: a hug of reassurance from my husband. No one else can do it.
    Questioning: everything!
    Smelling: toast
    Wearing: dressing gown and slippers
    Following: the rules. Otherwise I will crumble.
    Noticing: my house is decaying
    Knowing: I can’t crumble
    Thinking: of my husband. Yes, all the time. Still.
    Admiring: widows who have been doing this longer than me
    Sorting: anything that doesn’t belong to my husband. His things still wait.
    Getting: by
    Disliking: platitudes
    Opening: the fridge. No cold champers. Decision made I guess.
    Giggling: with my girls earlier
    Feeling: sleepy and tired. Yes, they are different.
    Snacking: on toast. With jam and lurpak butter.
    Helping: my friend with her craft shop.
    Hearing: my computer grumble.
    Worrying: about my kids. Always!
    Slicing: bread, tomorrow
    Celebrating: another day done. Though not really celebrating, just glad I survived.
    Forgetting: what my husband sounded like. Devastating all over again.
    Pretending: he’s coming home.
    Sneaking: cooking chocolate buttons
    Embracing: distraction.

  • Reply Claire June 10, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Hi Pip!

    I LOVE the rug that Bronte is sitting on in the picture in the middle on the second row! I’m assuming it is one of your creations…. Can you direct me to where I might find the pattern?

    Love your work,

  • Reply Inex June 10, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Oouuuhh, this is a very neat idea 😀 I came here through The Illusive Femme blog 😀

  • Reply Jen June 10, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Well knowing someone’s winning at the warm toes business explains why I’m losing! But I feel you on the coffee front – we ran out earlier this week and the 36 hour gap before new (and even then substandard) coffee arrived was a sad time.

  • Reply Anna June 10, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Thank you darling Pip! xx

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