I have quite a library of books about journaling – no surprise. Last week I bought Be A Blessing, a journal created and written by Debbie Macomber, the author. It’s colorful, fun and she uses a gardening metaphor. I think I’ll buy copies for my nieces’ Christmas presents.
I finished the journal! And soon it will be wending its way to my friend in FL. I opted for the elastic band; she also weighed in and said she liked that option. Wish granted. Thanks for your suggestions and votes.
My next quilting project is to assemble approximately 75 of the above squares – each different and made by members of my quilting association as a gift/thank you at the end of my presidency, 2015. Obviously, I didn’t rush into completing this quilt; it has literally taken me this long to find a fabric I liked that complimented the variety of the blocks. All very colorful. I think the fabric works.
And that’s the way it is on this, the last day of July 2019. My, how time flies! Feel that way to you, also?
Joining Kat and friends for another Unraveled Wednesday.
PS. Several readers commented on yesterday’s post about habits and the “need/desire” to make a few adjustments to their own mornings. Check out this link on the process of using a tiny habit to create a new one.
Last month I wrote that I was working on the habit of dressing in “street clothes” before I went downstairs in the mornings for MSQT (morning solitude and quiet time). I did most mornings – primarily motivated by my aim to walk before the temperature climbed above 90°F, which, unfortunately, happened at least 21 days this month!
Several side benefits of my morning walks:
- a few more mornings at Zeke’s (coffee shop) …
- chance to enjoy more of the season’s colors displayed by the flowers …
- more audible books read…
- several when I get roun tuit items on my “to do” lists are now “ta da done!”
I think this habit is a good one to continue. Joining Juliann and friends for this month’s One Little Word share.
Since last Fall, I’ve participated in Mindful Monday – setting the week’s course with mindful intention. This is an offering from Jamie Ridler, who also hosts the weekly Journal Club sessions. Each weekly gathering is scheduled for 10 sessions and then there’s a break. I find that both are not only great bookends to the week but also set the stage for examining both the planning, implementation and assessment of how I live my days on this planet earth. Each is a practice that I can and do carry on during break times, aided by access to the recordings of our sessions. Being able to “playback” the sessions is invaluable in helping me continue the practices.
Today marked our last Mindful Monday for the summer season. T’was a good session and I was ready to move on with the week: wrapping up July and preparing to welcome August. My plan:
- write and publish this post after breakfast ( the session runs 8:30 am to 9:30 am) …
- make a few calls to set up some appointments …
- go for a walk to beat the heat -sadly it has returned – and then …
- stitch on the journal cover (I found the grommets!), maybe even finish …
You are no doubt familiar with this famous saying: The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agle … Yep, that’s what happened in this house. Norman’s mouse ( computer) died. We thought it was a simple matter requiring a new battery. Check! Replace. Test. IT DID NOT WORK! What??? I’ve been a Mac person for ten years; my intimate knowledge of PC and Windows – zilch.
Our only recourse: off we went to buy a new mouse: So not on my agenda. Fortunately, the office supply was about a 20 minutes’ drive …and the sales person who helped us had working knowledge of what was no doubt the problem…as did Microsoft and every other maker of the computer mouse: probably the usb dongle (transceiver) was bad because the new mouse came packaged with the dongle and a free battery! Would you believe the whole package was $19 dollars and change!
We returned home, a tad apprehensive, fingers crossed all would work. I inserted the battery in the new mouse, removed the old dongle from the PC, inserted the new one and moved the mouse! IT WORKED! Yay! Big sigh of relief. Norman a happy – albeit a poorer camper. Honore´ – a happy camper too: back to the real business of the day!
All’s well that ends well and Norman’s mouse has a new home!
I’m making a fabric cover for a journal and have hit a small, yet solvable, puzzle: how to create a closure. Could it be:
- an elastic band, e.g., the type used on a Traveler’s Notebook? Do I have any grommets?
- a ribbon that can be tied? Probably the easiest;
- an elastic “frog” that fastens around a button? Can I find such an item? I can clearly see one in my mind’s eye.
I’m sure I’ll come up with the best solution. Moving right along…
On my daily walks, I’m reading (listening to) Educated by Tara Westover. It’s an interesting memoir and well narrated. I’m struck by the author’s ability to translate her vivid childhood memories into very readable descriptive prose. I don’t normally give stars to books but if I were, I’d easily give this one 3.8 stars.
Time to take a walk and enjoy this absolutely beautiful cooler day!
Joining Kat and friends for another installment of unraveled wednesday..
We had a delightful Sunday afternoon gathering, a tasty lunch: salads, fruit, sun chips, desserts, punctuated by delicious orange mimosas. The day was H-O-T, not fit for man or beast , but we were cool, calm and collected (despite the delicious orange mimosas. I know we each had more than one refill!)
Margaret – center photo – stitched the binding on a table runner and proudly displayed the finished piece; it is lovely. Michelle stitched on a Santa cross stitch – hey, it’s almost Christmas in July ( the 25th is just days away). Pat was cutting out pieces for a small quilt she’s hand stitching and I played with my weaving: the circular loom and the fabric weave. Nor sure what I’ll do with them but I do enjoy the process… very mindful .
Too soon it was time to go.
Friendstitchin’ Sundays: So grateful for good friends, good food, good time. We missed friend Theresa, who is on holiday in Ireland.
…’cause the thermometer’s scheduled to reach at least 98 degrees today and 100 degrees tomorrow …
Listening to Educated by Tara Westover – my new walking companion. Very interesting and I like the narrator’s voice …
Observing rush hour traffic, birds foraging …
Eating a mixed berry jam oat bar, tasty …
Feeling a cool breeze! Refreshing, if only momentary …
Thinking about this afternoon’s agenda: Journal Club; hair appt; buy ink for printer; maybe a stop at the shopping mall across the street? …
Grateful for air conditioning, the ice maker and a shower ….
Inspired by this quote: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fun looking forward to Sunday Friendstitching gathering; seems as though we’ve not met for months …
Wishing you the best weekend, ever… hoping it is cool!
12 noon | 94° F … on the way to 96° F
- totally trying to stay cool on this super hot July day… and so very grateful that I don’t have anyplace to be and the A/C is doing its j-o-b! Merci!
- on my walk – about 10:30 am (I didn’t get movin’ as early as I’d planned; it was still in the high 80s, tho) – I listened to Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast, Episode 230 . Today, she and Elizabeth interviewed Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Steve Jobs’ daughter) about her memoir: Small Fry. I’m undecided if I will read; I’m intrigued mainly because the reviews ,Gretchen and Elizabeth extol the “writing.” Have you read? Thoughts?
- progress on the Log Cabin blanket is s-l-o-w (I can’t even stay steady) but who needs wool (even tho’ 80% + 20% cotton, so it’s not hot in A/C) on a day like today ? I’ve introduced a third color – the pink. This project is a good traveling companion or for watching the evening news…
- on the cutting station in my sewing studio, I have a fun quilting project … just as soon as I hit publish on this post, that’s where I’m going next.
- Enjoy your Wednesday and check out what Kat et al are unraveling, too!
sometimes mondays … are off to a slow, cooler and easy start …here’s hoping the day ends as well …
sometimes mondays … are sitting at the table, enjoying the sound of paper as my pen makes marks … and smelling the aroma of the lavender sandalwood candle …
sometimes mondays … are the promise for this, the 29th week of the year and 4th week of summer …
Soon this slow easy monday morning will be after noon so I guess I’d better sign off and publish! Here’s to a good week for us all!
Today started with an emergency weather alert : flash flood warning til 11:15 am, accompanied by thunder and lightening … and the rains came. Then magically, just about 11:15 am, the rains stopped, the sky brightened and all was good.
I spent most of this day – as well as a few last week, purging stuff – mostly paper. Saturday, we took quite a haul, including the stuff that’s been languishing in the garage far too long, to the city’s solid waste and recycling center. It occurred to me one day last week that most of the stuff in my craft studio is paper:
- books and magazines;
- files – some may need weeding;
- journals – both filled and others, waiting;
- supplies: memory keeping; office; printer;
- scrapbook albums (approximately 50 – some completed, most are “in process”);
- holiday cards and assorted notepapers; just plain stuff.
I think I should rename my craft studio my stuff studio .
The rain has ended; the sun shines; I do not know if there was any flash flooding. Soon, Monday will come to a close and I will have all day tomorrow to purge more