"Ancora Imparo" - I am still learning ~ Michelangelo
I am a 60-something, 'career-graduate' librarian. One of the items on my life list has been to learn quilting, especially to explore the arena of journal and art quilting. I see that quilting, art journaling, blogging and scrapbooking are all facets of creativity and learning in this phase of my life.
Soon, time to make/take notes for “Simply A Moment.” Hard to believe we’re halfway through the month of September! Today is also Ali Edwards’ Story Theme Day – MORNING! OH YES! [deep sigh]. Mornings – Love, Love, Love them. And I’m so grateful that today is quiet. I sit in my usual spot, at the table. Norman’s still sleep. He needs that. The past few days have been a challenge – his glucose readings high. But with the help of medication, and constant monitoring, he’s getting closer to normal. And that’s a good thing!
I took a Zoom class last night on Gelli (gelatin) plate printing and made not a mark ’cause my paints had all dried up! Frustrating (and also a bit embarrassing). I have access to a replay – so all’s not lost …and now I have an excuse to shop for new paints. Which leads me to contemplate today’s agenda – perhaps a trip to the office supply, Michael’s, a PSL – pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and a salad – maybe even a chibata bagel – from Panera…
9:15 am! There goes the timer… taking photos for this post of the view before me. Saw Smoke – our resident feral cat – hopping along the back fence – grass is a tad too long and wet for her liking so she gingerly makes her way through. Note to Self: Txt Jason re time to cut lawn. Refresh tea after I finish reading today’s Simple Abundance essay. Light candle. Contemplate breakfast: decide on smoothie and avocado toast.
Watching Ali Edwards monthly Story Kit reveal : MORNINGS. Thinking how perfect could that be?! Every month I’m reinspired by these story ideas and especially this month’s. I think Ali’s quote for this month: one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day! is just perfect.
Guess I’d better wrap this post up and get a move on…soon the day will be over and I’ll not have made it out of the house.
How was your morning today? I trust as pleasant as mine.
During these next two weeks, Sept 7-18 , weekdays, I am joining Michele GD’s Just Five Things workshop.
For approximately the past 10-11 hours on this, Labor Day, I have been laboring in the task of reviewing, sorting and sifting, notes I’ve written on sundry pieces of papers, trying to get my written life and lists organized … it would probably be easier/easiest if I just threw everything away… but I’m convinced there are gems among these scribbles as well as a long list of check marks = accomplishments! My mom always encouraged us to toot our own horns! And that’s what I decided to do – find those to do things I’ve indeed either done or decided I wasn’t going to do! So I can toot my own horn!
These are the top five things on my list, thus far:
Taste again, for the first time, Bullet Journaling – primarily to better organize my life’s activiites and to do items…I have been back and forth on this and decided to just go ahead and DO IT. I enjoyed BUJO when I did it years ago – don’t ask me why I stopped. I just did …and ever since, have felt/been rudderless…
Implement TimeBlocking. I’ve toyed with the idea and decided to give it a real try. I can (and do) spend much of the day @the table, papers, books, pens, etc spread before me and before I know it, it’s sundown and I’ve made little – if that – progress on my daily goals…
Aim for more Healthful Meals – which means plan weekly menus and shop accordingly – neither of which appeal to me.
Reivse my Daily Walk Habits, aiming for 3 – 20 minutes a day outside. I know I won’t always accomplish that mile marker but doing so is worth the effort.
Resume Dõstädning (clutter clearing), aiming to clear one drawer, shelf, closet, etc a day and get the stuff in the garage ready to donate or discard. I’d held off due to Covid-19 …I’m thinking/hoping books and things can now be recycled.
Another item on my list… to revise my blogging schedule and practices … but that’s fodder for another post, especially since it’s 8 pm and time to hit publish!
Hope you’ve had and/or are having a good day.
PS. About the photo: Sidewalk art discovered on my walk yesterday, Sunday 6 September. Lots of fun!
Last month, I wrote: “A prediction: August will provide more results of my new habit: messy art journaling. Yes? How? Why? Everyday, I not only schedule time for the activity, I spend the time so engaged and that is how a habit is made.”
My focus was to mess around with messy art journaling. Dinna happen. No pudding. No proof. Thinking: why my prediciton didn’t materialize, why I didn’t realize, accomplish my goal, what I did create – instead, I’ve concluded that I am not a messy art creating person … my tendencies lean more towards the other end: perfectionism, and that, I hastily add is also not who or what I am – perfect. I do own up to being, as Brené Brown says ” perfectly imperfect.” I’m OK with that for it keeps me honest and real.
September is just around the corner – can you believe? – and I am thinking ahead to my focus, about the vision I desire. This is how I accomplish -with just a few tweaks- the new habit I aim to create :
change messy art journaling to daily art journaling;
decide/schedule time between 6 A.M. and 6 PM;
keep it visible, track and share! and finally
Begin Today! there is no better time than now!
How has your word shown up for you this month of August? Please share via the link up and if for any reason you have a problem, do include a link to your post in the comments. Thank you for joining us and sharing your one little word experience.
… are like and unlike any other. this morning, at 8:24 am, stillness. the world around appears to still be very much sleeping in. Eventually, the “world will awaken” but for the now, I shall relish these quiet moments.
… as I look out the window, evidence of autumn greets: just the slightest twinge of brown on the leaves of this tree and larger spaces of blue sky show in between branches. against the nearly cloudless sky, red crepe myrtle dot the landscape.
… in this 5th month of Covid-19, the stealthy, incognito, non-discerning, easily transmitted virus continues to devastate … and yet, the grass continues to grow; clouds form, come and go; birds fly, stop to rest on an electric wire or tree branch or fence; squirrels scamper; bees, butterflies and other flying insects flit their way across my vista. in the not too far distance, I see traffic move and even two small dogs out for a walk.
… in the not too distant future, the sky will be more revealed as leaves from this tree begin to drop. soon to be autumn. I hope your Monday morning was as peaceful.
PS. A reminder: tomorrow is share your 2020 August word experience on this blog.
… These are – with the exception of Begin Again by Eddie Glaude – two of the books I bought last Saturday at Barnes & Noble; the other is Roller Skates which had to be ordered and has now arrived. I guess I’ll make a quick trip tomorrow afternoon to pick it up. Roller Skates is a children’s book- one of my childhood faves – set in NYC. I enjoyed fantasizing about skating up n’ down the streets of NYC… Just thought a little trio back in time might be a pleasant antidote during these times of Covid -19.
… I am slowly reviving two knitting projects : the second sock is on the needles and I decided to do both toes at the same time. The other, Diamonds are Forever afghan, is going to receive some TLC beginning next week.
… I think I need a new chair for my computer – one that allows me to adjust the height for sitting when I’m at the “stand-up” – counter height computer desk as well as the “sit down” positions. Counter intuitive? Does such exist? Google search in order…
… I’m not really happy with the new block editor Word Press launched …I resisted using during the trial period- guess it’s just my mind rebelling…perhaps in due time I’ll change my mind. Always hard to teach an old horse new tricks . <smile>
Joining Kat and friends. Gotta have a quick dinner…have a Zoom session at 7 PM, EST.
monday morphs into tuesday… I had the best intentions, plans and ideas yesterday to post … and somehow for some reason, some way, the day got away from me … as it did over the weekend. Perhaps because I was on Zoom, more than off, it seems – I hasten to add, not a complaint, just a fact. I am grateful for Zoom and other similar technologies; not only are we able to keep in touch with family, we’re also enabled to:
connect with friends , including those who perhaps we’ve only met online via our blogs and other social media;
learn new techniques in areas of our own personal interests, etc.
saturday -the 15th- afternoon, I went to Barnes & Noble and managed to spend more than enough on books to keep me company for a bit…more on them tomorrow. t’ws my first visit to a bookstore since February! I also stopped at a local office supply – filled with back to school supplies. In normal times, the inventory would be pretty much decimated. I bought the little guys each their own composition notebook, designed specifically for their ages: 6 and 2 3/4. I know that through the balance of 2020, Chris (6 years) will be doing first grade virtually and Elias, of course, will want to do everything his big bro’ (idol) does. I felt a tinge of sadness as I looked at all the school supplies – memories of back-to-school from my childhood, my nieces, flooded over and floored me as the reality of these times stopped me cold. [deep sigh].
yesterday it rained off -n-on and then of course stormed – just as Norman was putting the trash out for tuesday’s collection. why not? fortunately, tv reception wasn’t affected so we were able to watch the Democratic National Convention.
today was nearly perfect – low 80s ! Unheard of in the middle of August in these parts. I do not complain! Cheers~
PS. A reminder: next Tuesday, August 25 is the monthly one little word linkup on this blog!
… last week (as I took my late afternoon walk , alone and slowly, for my aching back pain was then and at times, still attention-gripping), Friday’s sky was indeed a study. I wished I had watercolors and brush to stop and play; instead, I gave thanks for my iPhone camera. I wished also to lay down on the grass and look up at the sky. Ha! Who am I kidding ? I’d probably still be there, unable to get up… still the thought appeals …
… today, the sky poured earlier. As I pen this post, it appears that the rain is over – an invitation for a walk…
… the grass in the back yard, is overdue for a cut – I can see the blades waving, caressed (?) by a gentle breeze. Our lawn care guy had to postpone the scheduled “cut;” his dad tested positive for Covid-19 …
… leaving you with this link (from the Smithsonian ) to a very different window on the world during these times of Covid-19 … Enjoy!
…and now, I’m off for the walk before the next round of rain comes!
8:30 am: This morning, my candle burns brightly; its fragrance fills the air. Birds and squirrels have been very busy foraging for food. The ever-changing sky is currently blue, dotted with clouds and the sun shines. It is cooler, by a tad – but nonetheless, cooler and most welcomed. During this time of Covid-19, I write often in my journal how eerily quiet it is with no traffic. It is still so.
Normally on Mondays – well for 12 consecutive sessions within a quarter, at 8:30 am, EST time, I’m logging onto Jamie Ridler’sMindful Mondays hour long weekly planning session.
Mindful Monday, currently on hiatus, is an opportunity to rejoice in and celebrate our wild and precious lives. Held over Zoom, – mais oui – participants from over the world gather to:
celebrate our previous week
ponder and plan our upcoming week.
Looking at my planner, this week is basically free of appointments: Wednesday, I get my crown. Perhaps I’ll make an appointment with my hair dresser; perhaps not. Hmm, let me see: what else? Of course, the necessary trip to the grocery store. And my fave noontime break: Daily Pages. Those 30 minutes of creative play are so satisfying. Fun + Done!
Last week, I spent several days döstädning (decluttering) and organizing my craft studio. Progress is evident but the job’s still incomplete; I shall continue. I look up out the window, at the sky and see a strange thing flying – a drone, perhaps? Nah, a helicopter most likely. Whatever, it’s now out of sight.
It is time to refresh my tea, to continue with planning this week, the 32nd of 2020. Wonder what else is in store? Have a good Monday.*
*After I wrote that sentence, I attempted to stand up and was greeted with a shooting pain in my lower back! Too much döstädning? I may be going to the doctor instead of the hairdresser…
I like the reflection of the sunset in the window – occasionally I can get a good enough picture; last evening was one of those times. I see that the wind chime needs to be replaced…the chimes, victim of high winds over the years. Perhaps one of these days, I’ll get to a nursery/garden store, my fave closed last year…
On Sunday, I started the Kitchener stitch on the sock (that has been languishing on needles for, ahem, awhile) and/well, I just need to consult a video and focus…I’ve knit socks before so it’s not a question of can I – rather, I just need to shake up my muscle memory …in the meantime, I shall start the second sock. Today is the day!
I started Song Yet Unsung via audio last Sunday and decided, with encouragement from readers – who’d already read and listened to the book – to read it with my eyes rather than ears. So, I’m waiting for my copy to arrive, TODAY by 9 PM. Time will tell…
In the meantime, I’ve restarted Gift from the Sea and a few other titles in my library on mindfulness – plus my morning reads: Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance and Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic. I am absolutely amazed at how timely this book is, copyright 2016 and based on the wisdom of the ancient Stoics. Blows my mind and makes one wonder: is there any hope for us humans? We ain’t doin’ so well…
Another hot one on the books today/tomorrow – low 90s both days. And then, we get a break, according to the forecast: August arrives with temps only in the mid 80s for the first 7 days. Time will tell… In the meantime, I’ve plenty to keep me occupied and company.
Stay cool as well as you can. Knit and Read on! Have a good week.
Joining Kat and friends; off to see what’s up with them.