"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.
The following questions are from the book An American Sunrise, Poems by Joy Harjo, an internationally renowned performer (she plays the saxophone) and writer of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019.
“FOR THOSE WHO WOULD GOVERN, p. 74
First question: Can you first govern yourself?
Second question: What is the state of your own household?
Third question: Do you have a proven record of community service and compassionate acts?
Fourth question: Do you know the history and laws of your principalities?
Fifth question: So you follow sound principles? Look for fresh vision to lift all the inhabitants of the land, including animals, plants, elements, all who share this earth?
Sixth question: Are you owned by lawyers, bankers, insurance agents, lobbyists, or other politicians, anyone else who would unfairly profit by your decisions ?
Seventh question: Do you have authority by the original keepers of the lands, those who obey natural law and are in the service of the lands on which you stand? “
I found this poem provocative and thought it most fitting for contemplation on this day of commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day.
An American Sunrise : poems/Joy Harjo. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
..already, signs of meteorological autumn/fall are beginning to display in the trees and of course the flowers in my and neighbors’ yards – my crazy azalea is blooming yet again. Black-eyed Susans, mums, add their pop of color to the landscape. This morning I saw a yellow school bus making its way to or from a school – yes! Kids in DC started school yesterday. (Chris, my 7 years’ old great grand nephew, starts Tuesday – he lives in MD- and will also be going to school, virtually, yet again. I noticed Sunday – on a Target run – all the children were wearing colorful masks.)
Yesterday’s mail brought a colorful collection of scrapbook papers, an order from The Paper Curator (how could I resist?) and an acrylic stamp set, depicted by the colorful geometric shapes on the left side of the picture. (The stamps are made by Ali Edwards and Laura Wonsik; more info here ). The colorful pencils I picked up from Barnes and Noble and the mini composition books from Walgreens – I couldn’t resist. Occasionally I use a composition book for a specific project’s notes. I am still making colorful Confetti Quilt blocks…and tho’ I’ve yet to master the process of foundation paper piecing, I do like the final result. I’ve decided to make my final quilt a wall hanging – approx 24” x 36 .“ Which means perhaps I’m half-way there? I plan to share a progress photo before the week’s end.
We’re slated for fallout from Hurricane Ida; slowly yet surely the sky is turning from blue to grey as the rain clouds start to move in. At least it will be cooler and that’s always welcomed!
Joining Carolyn and others for another look at our 2021 One Little Words.
The highlight of the end of week #33, Sunday August 22, 2021: our second Friendstitch gathering since Covid-19 shut the country/world down in 2020. The food was delish: salad; breads; Sun Chips (I cannot ever eat “just one” ); Prosecco and delicious cookies for dessert. The best part: leftovers to take home so we could savor the tastes as well as the afternoon’s memories. I think I was so busy stuffing my mouth that I plumb forgot to take one picture! Say what?!
We always have a lovely time; yesterday was no exception. Despite the fact that I didn’t take any photos, I did find a needlepoint project online that I ordered. There is a story that goes with it and as soon as the canvas and yarns arrive, I will share. In the meantime, the photo above is of last Friday’s sunset.
It’s hard to believe that in just nine days September – my favorite month – will be here. Bring it on! Are you looking forward to Autumn/Fall?
8 am/cloudy/70 degrees, I wrote and continued: My tea’s cooling, if not cooled, cold. I’ve returned to the classic (7 x 9) Happy Planner dot grid paper for journaling. At least for today – it’s Simply A Moment time. Many years have elapsed since I first began documenting a specific several moments on the 15th of each month. I chose the 15th because the date is generally the middle – or close to – of the month and also happens to be my birthday numeral. I also use the convention of capturing the moment based on the date + time, e.g., this month, the moment I captured (in pen on paper) was 8 – 8:15 am on Sunday August 15 – 8/15. It could have easily been 8:15 pm for I think I’d most likely be awake at that time. But a bunch of Zzzzs does not make for very interesting copy. And so the countdown begins – 3 min to go til …
8:15 am Two sips of my now cooled tea. Sunday Baroque in my ears: Bach’s “Two Choruses'” is playing …so lovely. The sky is laced with grey colouds. Autumn – meterological only 16 days away – 1 September. I saw an artist on Instagram (Lorene Edwards Forkner – #gardenercook ) who selects a daily color palette based on a plant: it’s leaf or flowers. She has a book coming out Spring 2022; I plan to purchase but in the meantime, I’ll follow her on IG. Today’s colors: shades of grey (and not 50!). Guess it could be green with a hint of brown as the season’s changing. Looking out the window, I see the leaves on this tree are not only turning brown but that many have fallen and there are more gaps, spaces, views of the grey sky showing through. My tea needs replacing – it’s cooled and my cup’s almost empty…
And thus was the beginning of my Sunday which later included an afternoon trip to Barnes & Noble, complete with my mask! There were a lot of people out at the shopping mall – nearly all were masked and moving and most retail establishments and eateries required masks. Worked for me!
Sitting on my computer shelf is a quote from Buddha: each morning we are born again; what we do today is what matters most. I’m astonished – too strong a word? – well, maybe amazed – that it is already 4 August. Where does the time go -when you’re having fun … or not? Each day I plan to publish a post and then the next thing I realize, the day is over. So, I tell myself: tomorrow. And here t’is… tomorrow! The question: How did that happen… 24 hours every day, the sun rises/sets … seasons come and go … For sure there is a lovely rhythm to the days of our lives, tho’ sometimes, the days seem to be just one long endless continuum…
Drafting this post has taken me all afternoon – with a few long breaks interspersed: Zoom sessions with storytelling scrapbooking friends and another with a quilting friend – then a walk on a most pleasant afternoon, the last of ? until? The weather forecast for the next nine days and counting: H-O-T! Besides that side activity, I had to connect with Word Press for assistance with the new block editor. I do not like. Currently I’m reading a few assorted other titles, old and I started Anne Lamott’s newest: Dusk, Night, Dawn.
So far, I’m enjoying the change of pace. Deep sigh: I’m still aiming to conquer making Confetti Quilt blocks. Daily, I tell myself: “this is the day” and then, “well, there’s tomorrow … fingers crossed, I hope.” Today I found this fabric remnant from a quilt I made for niece Chris when she left for Rutgers in 2010. I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since she graduated! I think the fabric is a perfect bit of advice for an Unraveled Wednesday. Hope your day’s been less frustrating!
today, we had a break in the weather AND I took my first walk in almost a week. It’s just been too durn hot; weather not fit for man or beast – tho’ I see plenty of dogs and their owners out for strolls, primarily in the early morning or evening. My normal walking path is to and through the park; round trip I clock a bit over a mile.
today, the park was pretty quiet – no children on the swings or jungle gyms, etc. They were probably all at the pool! On an errand Tuesday, I drove by the park and was surprised to see the pool was open!
today, I was also delighted to see a new reading bench in the park! Wished I had a journal + pen with me (actually I did – on my iPhone – but that’s just not the same as feeling /seeing a pen glide across a page). The new bench will no doubt be very popular; hopefully, I’ll get a chance soon to give the new bench a test run. Note to Self: Carry a pen and small paper pad or index cards. Wish there were a few more benches scattered throughout the park.
today I’m having all sorts of problems with Word Press so I’ll bring this post to a close and hope that I can get the issue resolved on Monday. Apparently “helpers” have the weekends off!
… Shortly after noon Saturday, about 12:30 pm, I looked out the window (over the kitchen sink) and gasped: I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a cloud such as this! T’was just incredible and made a wonderful backdrop for the crepe myrtle tree in a neighbor’s yard.
…Today we’ve not been gifted with such a lovely and different sky and it’s a tad bit (aka a whole lot) h-o-t! Fortunately there is a bit o’ a breeze that helps a lot. I’m in a lazy + organizing (sort of) mood:
busy one hour sorting papers;
jotting down ideas;
making this week’s daily to do lists;
vacillating between doing a little or nuttin’ much at all;
taking a few moments to chat with my niece about her plans for her last two years of undergraduate school.
It’s nearly 5 PM; guess it’s time to move on and continue with this day’s agenda; soon it’ll be dinnertime. Where does the time go?
2:22 pm: I’m having a hard time grasping the idea – well, no – the reality – that today is Thursday and the week is better than half over! As is almost the month! And also, if one follows the meteorological calendar, summer, June 1 – August 31, is almost half over. YAY! Bring on autumn! Already, there is evidence of the changing season: crepe myrtle and day lilies are in full bloom; oak and birch leaves, especially those that are closer to the sky are turning brown and falling and: It is HOT!
This morning, since today is simply a moment, I resumed capturing a few moments, written by hand. Over the past 4-5 weeks, since about June 11, I’ve opted to journal using the app DayONE. It’s pretty cool, is a good way for me to practice qwerty (aka typing) and syncs across all my iTools/Toys: the Mac, iPad and iPhone. Not only that, the app keeps track of streaks- today is my 35th day of at least opening the app and adding a word or two. But …
… I have been missing writing by hand – after all, one doesn’t just quit a nearly quarter century (24+ years ) habit like so… I know there are a lot of factors, er uh, Covid for starters, that have played into my dis-ease with my MSQT journaling. Today, though, I’ve felt very comfortable bouncing between the two platforms. Yes! there is room in my life for both and then some. I think/know that I will spend the next weeks over this summer exploring and creating a practice that works for and with me. Stay tuned.
I invite you to join me in capturing the moments of your life: the ordinary as well as the special. And if you do and choose to blog , please share your post’s link in the comments.
Over these past three days, my plan has been simple: post to blog today… Well, on
+ Unraveled Wednesday, I realized what I was doing not quite right stitching the Confetti Quilt block using the Foundation Paper Piecing technique. Simply put, I was using the full 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper when I only needed the actual block with just about a .25 margin around the outer perimeter. Duh! Smaller + smarter makes all the difference in the world – not that I’ve yet mastered the technique but I am on the right route …
+ 3 on Thursday, my agenda included: several loads of laundry; a long phone conversation with my sister; a two hours’ beak, midday for a a bit of “daily pages” creation; joining Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Book Club session: Find Your Book People (i.e., people in your community who might enjoy chatting on an informal basis about books they read ); and a telephone conference with Norman’s medical team. It is now well past 6 PM, EST – time to prepare a light meal; soon, it will be time to join an 8 PM, EST Zoom session … Whatever happened to the day? Might as well wait til tomorrow to post … and so tomorrow is Today –
+TGIF, This is the week for the annual – 46 years and counting – Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon; last year, ’twas cancelled due to COVID and this year, the week long classes were held virtually. However, the quilts, from quilters near and far will be hung/displayed tomorrow, Saturday, outside on buildings and from trees throughout the Town of Sisters and also virtually*. Visitors – some too from around the globe – are expected to descend on the Town – pop 2K+- on Saturday. Were times different, I might’ve been one; I’d like to have been one. I’ve not been to Sisters since 2017 and frankly, I miss my trips to my favorite spot on the planet. I reserve hope for 2022… and I’m grateful this year’s SOQS is on! Thanks to modern technology, I can at least view the quilts from home. Almost the next best thing to being there! * You too can see the quilts on SOQS day – starting 7 am Pacific Time, just click on the link above and ENJOY!
P.S. This week, in honor of the Quilt Show and in lieu of being in Sisters, I’ve worn T-shirts acquired since 2009. It’s the next best thing to being there. ;-)). Have a great weekend!