thursday 3 | 3.25.21 …

~Pink is the color of Spring ~

It has been cloudy today; yesterday was all rain … but the nice thing about Spring is the budding and blossoming of flowers and trees. Always a welcomed sight and a boost to one’s morale, especially on a rainy day.

My week began with a fairly empty calendar – no medical appointments for us. Wonderful. And because Monday was sunny, warm, I took my car for a much needed interior cleaning and exterior wash. An item that had been on my “let’s do this” list far too long! I’d forgotten that a car wash was just about 4 blocks away; that was a nice perk.

I finished Hamnet Tuesday evening. Such a wonderful book. I continue to think about it; it has been a long time since I read any or about Shakespeare. I have a huge tome of his works so I think I’ll revisit Hamlet.

I’m on the threshold of starting the Confetti Quilt; the background fabric arrived – I was a half yard shy; my mistake. Today, I ordered more. As Bonnie, I’ve an errant sock that put the brakes on my knitting so I’ve added it back to the stitching queue. One thing’s for sure, I won’t be running out of stitching projects any time soon.

And – drum roll please: A shout out to my grand niece Dolly! Sunday she celebrated her 35th birthday! I can’t begin to wrap my head around that! Seems that just yesterday she was a little baby. Now she’s the mom of two boys, ages 3.5 and soon to be 7 in June.

Joining Carole and friends for Three on Thursday.

it’s thursday !| 3.4.21 …

…and as I begin to pen this post, also 4:45 pm, EST. I have had great intentions to post every day this first week of March – as they say: “life gets in the way of one’s plans…” Seems that my plans and better intentions are waylaid by unplanned events, e.g., today: I wound up making a grocery store run; fortunately, it took me about 75 minutes, portal to portal. And then, the next thing I know the day’s over and I’ve not written a word let alone a post. Oh well, I tell myself: “there’s always tomorrow.” Oh really?

Fortunately I’ve managed to carve out a 45-60 minutes block at noon, most days of the week to make a Daily Page, to play with cardstock, rubber stamps, washi tape, watercolors, etc on a 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 canvas along with people from all over the globe – also under COVID-19 restrictions. Thus far this week, I’ve also walked outside at least 20 minutes a day!!! I owe Mother Nature a huge thanks – she’s certainly brought us the weather that encourages such activity. The forecast for Sunday is very promising, too – maybe a walk to Franciscan Monastery? Weather permitting.

I am about to begin The Confetti Quilt Stitch Along. I alluded to it in my post last Thurs. Currently, I am waiting for my background fabric, on order from a shop in Texas – I think they’re back in business after all the turmoil with water and electrical grid … I am especially excited because I’ve not done any quilting since the beginning of COVID-19 …

On the reading front: I commented on Mary’s blog post for today: “Fun post AND I think “I’ll borrow a page from your book” -pun intended (I.am.so. clever – hah!): since I have yet to connect to my/a year-long read, I’ll read fiction in the morning, also! Duh! What took me so long to figure that out?!
Thanks friend for waking up a few sleepy brain cells…
Cheers~

The neat thing about this bright idea is I have lots of fiction titles awaiting my read – I don’t read much fiction and have been aiming to change that but have not had much success I think this will definitely work! Stay tuned.

Finally, I am pleased to report that soon both Norman and I will be among the 100 million who will have received their Covid-19 vaccination during POTUS 46’s First 100 Days!

Have a good weekend!

Cheers~

three for one| feb 2021 …

1 – one little word | feb 2021: color

Pops of color greet me in almost every direction I turn; I’m sure this is because my RAS (reticular activating system) is ON during my waking hours, functioning on all four burners. It seems every every drawer I open or pile/stack I look into is filled with color… every color of the rainbow.

I am buoyed by these discoveries and also amazed…colors of the rainbow have always been magnets and the color yellow – my favorite. The walls on the first floor in my house are yellow; I recall in the places I’ve lived throughout my life I’ve always had at least one room – the kitchen or my bedroom – painted yellow.

I have found in these first two months of 2021 that I’m eager to explore and learn more about color/s … and to see, on a daily basis, how I will express their presence in words, photos, the clothing I wear, the art I make and/or see in both the natural (earth, sky, weather, flora, etc) and man-made worlds.

Connecting with Carolyn of YourOneWord . Do visit and join others who are sharing their 2021 words.

2 – unraveled wednesday | 2.25.21 …

I’m convinced that a well-known search engine tracks one’s searches and thus populates its home page with articles/sites of potential interest. Sometimes it works! A couple weeks ago, I was introduced to a book The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color – amazed that it wasn’t in my personal library…so of course I bought the book, subscribed to the author’s blog and plan to participate in a virtual quilt along, starting Monday 1 March …and yes it is a adventure with color. Jane introduced me to The Blue Hour, a lovely book for children and adults. I’m eager to share with my great grand nephews…one of these days. Currently, I’m savoring…

Visit Kat and others for more sharing of their making and reading…

3 – LOAD 221 | 2.25.21 …

Quilting and memory keeping (aka scrapbooking) are two areas of art-making on my 2021 agenda. During the month of February, I join a daily challenge to create a layout a day – LOAD. Though there is a theme and daily prompt, participants don’t have to follow suit – and many of us don’t. We must however post a layout by midnight PST… The layout of Hazel – my niece’s pup- I share ’cause it’s fun and cheerful. Ah, the love of a pup!

Today, I am sharing this post on Carole’s weekly Three on Thursday link up.

Thanks for joining and Have a Great Week!

Cheers~

wintry morn | 2.18.21 …

…sleet, snow, birds of many feathers, flocking to stay warm, forage, occasionally gang up on one who has a prized gem in its beak.

I sit here at the table, watching Mother Nature; it seems that the sky is brighter – still very much grey – yet brighter. We’ve just finished breakfast – late, today; but that’s OK, we’ve nowhere to go, be. Thankfully.

I check the weather app; yep, precip scheduled to end in the next 4 min – it’s now 11 AM. The birds are resting on tree branches, electric and Fios wires. Perhaps wondering what they’ll do next? As I.

I see a new denizen in the yard – a squirrel …and that reminds me of a project patiently awaiting my attention. Yes, for sure I will stitch a bit … but first, time to wash breakfast dishes and then … so many choices.

I hope you are having a good day.

Cheers~

on color/s…

~color search: google screen shot~

Over the past 12 years or so I’ve had an annual word to focus/guide me. Some, I think, have been ever present in my life; others have challenged me – and still do; a few bring up bittersweet memories for they are often associated with family members and/or longtime friends and experiences; and some are still front and center as I’ve not yet reached the mountaintop with them. For 2021, I toyed with a variety of words, thinking that perhaps I might even revisit some previous. And then …

My 2021 word – color – came to me in a flash. On or about December 9, inspired by a sunrise, I think or perhaps playing with paper or fabric and memories or I ran across a photo or a quote or even all of the above. But intuitively, I felt, knew that color was the word; I immediately googled the definition and felt right at home, asking out loud: What took you so long to appear?

Since glomming onto my word, I’ve experienced serendipity, RAS – reticular activation systems– practically every day. Color is always ever present in our lives in so many ways – from the sky to flora, fauna; weather; events; sensory experiences, e.g., an evergreen candle that sits on the table greets me daily with its unmistakeable evergreen spruce scent; my Flower Garden quilt hangs on the wall over my left shoulder – I get to gaze at its very colorful presence; yellow, my fave color, adorns the first floor walls and is a very visible in my life on a daily basis. Already, my photos are very color focused: the sky; inauguration fireworks; charts; etc.

Color is the perfect choice. I look forward to exploring and living with this word in 2021. I think it’s going to be a joyous and different ride- it has already … To be continued!

Joining Carolyn:  https://youroneword.com/ for the sharing of our 2021 words. What’s yours?

Cheers~

sometimes mondays | 1.25.21

…are grey and dismal and cold. a winter weather advisory – mixed precip: possible snow accumulation, 1-2 inches and ice — in effect until tomorrow AM.

…are not a good day for calling a business…apparently everyone who has business with the same company as I, chose to call today. one listens to the message and choices and then, after selecting the “speak to a customer service rep,” a prerecorded voice comes on the line: “all service reps are busy …” and the call is abruptly ended. C’est toute! irritating, to say the least.

…are the 25th day of the new year, 2021 and one month since Christmas Day of the previous. we were ever so eager for 2020 to come to a close and are thankful that the protracted victory of the presidential election and installation of POTUS 46 has transpired. a deep sigh of relief…

…and a note: Carolyn of youroneword is hosting the 2021 monthly One Little Word share/linkup. So mosey on over to share your 2021 word and see what others’ words are, too.

Cheers~

sometimes mondays | 1.11.21 …

… begin with

… a spectacular sunrise, so I was advised by friends who saw such … and shared, per above. sadly I did not … tho’ the sun did shine a bit and there was the gentle hint of rose pinks in the sky on my end…

… a late breakfast: scrambled egg with a bit o’ chicken, broccoli and Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese plus unsweetened applesauce; I am full …

… seven items on today’s agenda – the last of which is updating/posting to the blog. Wahoo! One down and only six left to do. Yep, I got this!

How is your Monday shaping out? Have a great one!

Cheers~

one little word | dec 2020 …

Well, here we are at the end of this unprecedented year in humans’ lives and when/what the end will be is anybody’s best guess. I certainly have no ideas…just hopes, dreams, wishes, desires. Friday marks the beginning of 2021 – most of us are anxious for the new year to come, hopeful that this long chapter of human suffering and loss will end. And with the end of 2020, also comes the choosing of a new word for 2021. I am still pondering mine tho’ I’m 99.9% positive that I have settled on the track I intend to take; I do know that my 2020 word: habit will continue to play an important role in my relationship with my new word and the 365 days of 2021.

I shared last month that I would not be hosting the 2021 monthly linkup. I’m delighted to announce that Carolyn of https://youroneword.com/ graciously offered to host for 2021. Clearly, this is a natural transition. Thank you Carolyn (and kudos to Carole of Carole Knits, who also offered to host). And thanks to you for joining me and sharing your 2020 word journey in this space.

Here’s to a better – much! – 2021!

Cheers~

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unraveled wednesday | 12.9.20 …

It’s WEDNESDAY and time for Unraveled Wednesday with Kat and friends…

1- On the stitching front:  Progress  – slowly – on an appliqué project  – shhh, it’s for a friend. I’ve cut all the pieces and now need to adhere to the background – once I decide on what I want to use…that will probably be enhanced when I take another deep dive in my stash. Who knows what I might uncover? 

2 – On the reading front: Ordered/Received from Blackwell’s in the UK:  Hamnet. My Christmas gift from me to me … The cover is spectacular and an invitation to reproduce as a stitching project…hmmm? 

My TBR list continues to  g-r-o-w and my time to make a dent in it and Louise Penny’s  Inspector Gamache series, decreases. I’m thinking  that I will resume reading  Inspector Gamache  in print rather than the audible version. 

I noted the Good Reads Best Books of 2020 list and saw a few titles I might add to my TBR list… I’ve started my Christmas Gift books list – books for the little boys beg for a trip to B & N and/or local Indie stores…but COVID-19? Online! Chris is quite the whiz on the ‘Net…

3 – Each day when I log on to DayONE, I have the choice to ‘jumpstart” my journaling with a prompt; this was today’s and my response:

Day ONE: Do you feel you owe anyone an apology? My Response: Probably lots of people and maybe most of all: MOI!

Cheers~