Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

I’m not a fan of New Years resolutions.  I’ve watched gyms become packed with fevered folks looking to lose those 10 pounds only to become ghost towns by March.  I’ve seen people tear themselves up trying to stop or change something about themselves and failing. However, there are some things that I would like to …

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Fall is a busy time around here.  The farmers are in the fields hurrying to get the corn and soybeans harvested before winter comes.  The combines and tractors run 24/7 in years that there is a lot of rain or bad weather.  Everybody is trying to get their homes and yards ready for the onslaught …

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I’ve not written here for a while. Parts of this had to do with grad school. Being expected to write nearly constantly caused me to avoid it when I could. It wasn’t just this blog that has felt the inattention, but also friends who I would somewhat regularly write too via either snail or email. …

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Today I was sitting in Jimmy John’s waiting for my sandwich reading one of the many signs that they have posted around the shop.  This one in particular caught my attention as it was made up of “I believe” statements (For full text, go here).  There was one statement in particular that caused me to pause.  …

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There are days that I feel like I’m on a treadmill and then there are days that feel as though I am on an elliptical machine. In my universe, an elliptical machine is the devil.  Probably invented sometime during the Spanish inquisition by the same man who invented panty hose, SPSS, and stiletto heels.  I cannot …

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A true-ism that has been forcing it’s way to the front of my mind a lot lately is that things always seem easier after you’ve done them. Especially if you’ve done them a few times.  Often, it is the thought of something more than the actual thing that keeps us from doing it.  It may …

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I know that this is a little late. Like most things this year, I’ve been behind on doing this. It’s been that kind of a year, you know? I realized around Christmas eve that there was no way I was going to get my Christmas cards out (again) this year let alone write a letter …

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So, today I nearly finished my most recent monkeys, but I had left my sewing-up needle at home.  However, I really wanted to get the almost completed monkeys off the needles so I could cast on another pair.  What to do? So, I thought about what I had around me.  I was at the ISU …

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One of the things that I have come up against when giving handknits as a gift is how to express the care and feeding of the item to the recipient without making the birthday or baby card sound like a do’s and don’ts list.  Given that often cards quickly get separated from the gift, this …

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Today you get what would normally be two blog posts only in one, compact edition. Yay! It’s like a 4th of July sale at Menards! Your first lovely blog post is called: I Shall Swim in the Pool of Victory I finished the socks for Joel finally. The knitting was done this morning (I just …

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