a space of my own …

As you, my blog friends/readers know, this month I am participating in LOAD: Layout A Day. This is my 10th anniversary for doing the February session. LOAD comes around three times a year: Feb, May and Oct plus a week in August. I joined because I had a lifetime of stories to tell about my life’s journey and the time – I retired January 2010. Most of those years, I did make 28 or 29 LOs (layouts) in February; thus far this session, I’m on track.* Many of my life stories I’ve also shared over the years via blogging.

My intention/goal this year – 2020 – is to build on the momentum from this month’s LOAD. I want to exhaust my memory/daily life banks – to get those stories written down and published as:

  • blog posts
  • scrapbook layouts/albums
  • printed books

Today, I thought I’d share my Ode to LOAD 220 Day 18 layout. Below is the text from the layout tho’ I think it’s readable in the photo too (but why have to work at it?)… And now, after I publish this post, it’s time to create today’s LOAD. My plan is to share all the layouts using the Collect app Monday  March 2.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday!

Cheers~

*Text of layout

Every morning I read and write. One of my AM reads is Sarah Ban Breathnach’s 2019 revised and updated Simple Abundance .

Today’s entry invites, encourages us, women, to find, create, and secure our own individual space to create – be it: a room, a studio, her bed, an iPad,  “staring at a blank wall,”or a piece of paper and a pen.

My space/place is my paper journal  and a pen or pencil:

• some times it is bound and ,

• sometimes, it happens to be a piece of whatever paper is available… ; and

• sometimes it is my iPad and pencil or keyboard.

• sometimes it is a photo with a caption or not.

• sometimes it is a memory brought to surface via a tune/melody; time of day; day of month; month of the year; or a quote.

It matters little. Whatever the incentive , I am transported to a place/space in my mind/memory that brings me joy, encouragement, sustenance , love, promise, calmness, gratitude.

Perhaps it is serendipity that today’s LOAD prompt invites us to share our private, safe, creative spaces ~ where we discover/experience/enjoy :

• calm, quiet, peace, rejuvenation, communion, insight, encouragement, gratitude,

• remember with warm heart memories of loved ones and places, dreams ~ some realized, others, still on the menu…and even those abandoned for whatever reason ~ most likely because it wasn’t the time.

unraveled wednesday | 2.19.20 …

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Hello! Yes, I’m still around… I took a break from blogging; not meaning to but it happened. There just weren’t enough hours in my days and I had a groaning board agenda or perhaps I’m just not too organized. Whatever, my days have been full; I can’t quite believe a week has come and gone. Time flies…

  • On Valentine’s Day, I finished the second tree quilt block for Australia and off they’ll go tomorrow. Wahoo!
  • Monday we got a new microwave oven. Wahoo!
  • I have kept up with LOAD (making a scrapbook layout a day).Wahoo!
  • I started what I think will be the last big block on my log cabin 9-patch lap quilt and then I’ll decide the next size blocks I’ll make. Wahoo!
  • I am finishing Fever … later than I planned but I expect to do so before Feb 25.

Time for me to hit publish and go fix dinner…Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 2.12.20…

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~ nearly sunrise/ 6:55 am ~

6:55 am: I turned on my phone and discovered a txt message from friend K…we had a lot of fun with MeMojis – hers is too much like her! Looks, animations, just perfect. I have yet to create mine …. but I want one! Ahhh, just another item for my someday maybe list. I should live so long!

After that unexpected and much treasured treat, I prepared to microwave water for my morning cuppa tea and set my place for MSQT.  I picked up the phone again to search for today’s focus on Ali Edwards’ Pieces of Us photo – capture and got distracted by Google’s news clips, in particular two articles: 1- a review from Consumer Research on the “best microwave ovens and 2 – an article from nbcnews.com , “Are Audiobooks for You?”

The audiobooks’ article provides a brief history of the talking book, beginning with Edison’s  1877 phonograph record to today’s offerings… and a list of five books to start an audio book reading journey. Some books on the list I’ve read; one I might and one I’m pretty sure I won’t, ever.  A while back, I shared a goodreads  article that weighed in on the question: Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the print version? What say ye?

Why microwave ovens? Long story short: March 2019 I bought a new oven (after much consternation) only to have it begin to freak out in the past week. Bottom line: the oven is not serviceable. Mais oui (but of course)! Some manufacturing flaw in newer-made versions of the original model I had (that had also lasted 14 years after multi use daily!) GE will honor the warranty and reimburse me after I jump a few hurdles: produce receipt (I have) and wait 6-8 weeks for a reimbursement check, minus depreciation. So, sometime in the next 72 hours we go get another new oven; we use the oven a lot!

In the stitching arena, I’ve made more progress on the Log Cabin/9 Patch lap quilt : One more block to make and one to finish – approximately 70 rows of garter stitch … and then on to the next phase, joining the blocks and knitting medium and small ones. I’d planned to finish my second Tree Quilt Block for Australia this afternoon – after a hair appointment and very.quick.trip to the grocery store for bananas – but those plans were waylaid by unexpected company.

It is now after 6 pm, later than planned and I’m finally finishing what I started early this morning: this blog post! Time to move on to the other items on my agenda, especially my scrapbook layout for today’s LOAD.

Joining Kat and friends for unraveled wednesday!

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 2.5.20…

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Yesterday was Alexa’s* day to attend to some household chores. She did pretty well with ticking off tasks but ended the day with a few leftovers, so this morning after MSQT, she:

  • rolled up her sleeves, cleaned the frig …
  • washed salad greens for this evening’s dinner…
  • made out the grocery list, tho’ she’s not sure when she’s going to shop or perhaps try home delivery again?

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Knitting and reading thus far this week have been catch as catch can, especially with the addition of LOAD 220. She’s starting a new block – the yellow on the needle. And right after she (Alexa) publishes this post, she’s going to make/finish** the second quilt tree block for Australia.

Joining Kat and friends for unraveled wednesday!

Cheers~

*this is just a spoof on the Amazon echo home device.

**and well, she ran into a little problem with photos not downloading so she just spent  an hour+ on the phone with Apple Support!

weekending into monday |2.3.20…

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In 1985, my mother and I went to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to see The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.  On Saturday, I saw the current  performance with a friend, my niece and my sister, in a local movie house, at the Metropolitan’s Opera Live in HD series. Before the opera began, I managed to knit about 3 stitches on the 9 Patch Log Cabin. During the  Super Bowl I finished one block and started  another!

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The performance did not disappoint! The Met Live in HD is about as close to being there as can be! If you’re an opera fan, this is the next best thing.

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Today we were greeted with a preview of Spring. Not warm enough – at least for me – to go coatless or short sleeved but certainly a breath of fresh air. Blue skies were made a study by all the jet contrails. I took this picture at the church where our quilting group meets – it’s quite close to BWI Airport and there was a lot of  air traffic at 10:30 am.

And now I’ve got to get to work on today’s LOAD (Layout a Day); this session’s theme is Magic, inspired by Harry Potter books (which I’ve never read – but maybe I should ’cause I’m currently fresh outta inspiration) … I have til 12 PM Pacific Standard Time to get something posted…

Cheers~

currently | 1.31.20 …

 

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today marked the resumption of the winter session of Journal Club; we’ve been on break since before Christmas and Fridays are just not the same when we don’t meet. each 10 weeks’ session we choose an animal spirit guide; this session’s guide  is turtle.  since I’m  a novice in this arena, I always have to look up the symbolism/meaning.  I think this is possibly a good mascot for my 2020 word habit. time will tell.

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wednesday afternoon, i went to see just mercy, the movie. if you participated in the Read with Us online book discussion, i think you’ll find the movie, as the book, riveting and difficult (emotionally) to watch. i found the movie well done and agree with this Washington Post’s movie critic review.

tomorrow brings

  • february…
  • LOAD 220, 29 days of making a scrapbook layout a day…
  • Porgy and Bess, the Metropolitan Opera’s performance, simulcast in HD around the world. i will be watching at a local movie theater; we truly have the best seats in the house.

have a great weekend.

cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 1.29.20 …

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Tree quilt block #1 for Australia done! Background not included. I will begin the second, using different fabrics and design.

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Wishing loads of love, congrats and many more years of happiness to this young lady, my grand niece Kayla, who celebrates her 19th birthday today.  This photo was taken 7 years ago and despite the words on the shirt, she – the total antithesis of difficult!  – is now in her first year of college.

Winding up Fever this week, going this afternoon to see “Just Mercy” and joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

Cheers~

my one little word | 1/2020 …

My 2020 word, habit, continues from 2019. I decided to stick with it for several reasons, most pointedly ’cause I gave the word short shrift most of the year. Closer to year’s end did I begin to think and deliberately, seriously live with the word and all its facets and connotations.

Sitting on my stand-up/sit-down computer desk, is a plaque that reminds/invites me to Make Today Amazing. I’m of the opinion that I not only can do that but am also the only one who can! Most times, my daily plus +/ delta* Δ ) action list has more right forward >>> arrows, I’ll do them tomorrow, or perhaps never? … shhh… next to items that I didn’t get around to let alone complete. *Greek symbol for change

This month, I’ve:

1- been gathering into one central place, my habit tools and resources:

  • journal, planners & notebooks
  • books on the subject
  • signage & words
  • quotes, sayings, etc., and

2- looking at my life ( activity, actions, schedule, and druthers and especially those habits that I think (know!) do not serve my better intentions) and making small changes/improvements.

My plan for this year of focusing on and living with my word habit is to achieve much better outcomes.

What is your 2020 word and plan? Please share and join us in the linkup… and if for some strange reason the linkup doesn’t work, please share the link in this post’s comments.

Cheers~


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sometimes mondays | 1.27.20…

 

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…follow Friendstitchin’ Sundays.

We had a lovely meal: great soups, salads, bread, cheddar sun chips, and coconut cake. Our gatherings, now entering year 6? 7? , are something we all look forward to and jealously guard on our calendars.

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This morning I felt a bit under the weather so I played hookey from my Monday quilt group meeting… Feeling better and back to the sewing machine; am making progress with the first of my two quilt blocks for Australia and I have two blocks to stitch for the group’s 2021 annual raffle quilt.

Tomorrow is the first One Little Word for 2020 share on this blog. I’m looking forward to our year together.

Cheers~