and tomorrow …

… #walk 20 in 21

begins a new month. I wonder what’s in store, how the month will develop, end? What the weather will be like? Will we be graced with those rare June days – or will Mother Nature announce June’s arrival with a vengeance ? Treating us to days of endless heat and humidity? Our plan – weatherwise – is to go with the flow, take each day as it comes… and hope for the best.

Over these next 30 days I have a few a few exciting items on the calendar:

  • a couple in person gatherings with friends;
  • a Zoom workshop with Samanthe Dion Baker, creator and author of Draw Your Day and soon (22 June) to be published, Draw Your World ;
  • a 30-days’ journaling e-course : Here, Five Things
  • 2021 summer Book Bingo : my list of potential titles continues to grow; my next step is to attempt to determine which title will best fit into what square. I am beginning with The Great Circle tho’ I’m not sure where it’ll go …
  • significant progress on my Confetti Quilt

I wonder where my June wall calendar has disappeared … perhaps it’ll show up tomorrow. The dinner bell rings.

Cheers~

zoomin’ along …

Over the next few days, much of my awake time is committed to Zoom: confabs with friends who are spread out around the US, CA and the world. I know shareholders – and I’m not one – are delighted with the technology’s performance over this past year, 365+ days and counting . Since 31 January 2020…. I’ve connected with family and friends, made new friends, traveled to areas of the world I’d never get to under any other circumstances, attended conferences, celebrated weddings, birthdays, participated in graduation events, several scheduled just this past week … The list goes on.

In April, 2020, I discovered and joined a weekly, M-F, 12 N to 12:45 pm, give or take a few minutes, scrapbooking in a 3 x5 and/or 4 x 6 small stitched journal…sometimes I went small and sometimes I also ventured big – e.g., 7×9. The session, brought to us by rukristin, owner and founder of The Awesome Ladies Project, is very informal and friendly. We talk, exchange ideas and information, solve the world’s problems, have fun and engage with our own individual creativity. Yes, we learn that indeed we are creative! Today, I stopped to take inventory of my year’s worth of Daily Pages and I was impressed. NOT every book or page I began was completed – and that’s OK. I continue to experiment, play, learn and enjoy this break in the day and the camaraderie among us.

If you are a scrapbooker, you are probably quite familiar with Shimelle. She offers a variety of interesting techniques for capturing memories into scrapbook pages, stories. Her current offering, “Half and Half,” provides ideas and techniques for using 2 pieces of card stock to tell one story. I scrapbooked the story of my nephew’s changing voice during puberty. Loved the story. Love the scrapbooked rendition.

Finally, I am learning and practicing a new quilting technique – foundation paper piecing – with several friends – one is local and the other, lives in Washington state. Thanks to Zoom, we can both show and tell! A preview coming soon…

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 5/19/21 …

playing with fabric scraps & background for the Confetti Quilt

After too long, I’ve finally begun the Confetti Quilt!

  • Fabrics selected and loosely organized by color – ROYGBIV …
  • Patterns for each block printed on paper designed specially for foundation paper printing …
  • Morning Glory Studio – aka my sewing room – organized. Touching and putting things away was a great tactile experience that infused me with creative energy and the desire to actually spend time there – now that I have restored outer order. Gretchen Rubin is right: “outer order is indeed inner calm.”

I’m also gathering all sorts of ideas – fiction titles – for summer reading. Last week I received Stacy Abrams’ While Justice Sleeps and a friend surprised me by sending The Great Circle! That was a delightful treat.

Not much else to share. I’m still wearing my mask when I go out among the crowds or for a walk. Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

Here’s to a good week!

Cheers~

sometimes mondays | 5.17.21

Tho’ the morning began @ circa 6 am, I was almost wide awake and looked forward to the quiet start of a new day, a new week. Last week I participated in week in the life – using the DayONE app on my iPhone and iPad. And tho’ I don’t do QWERTY ( aka “I don’t type” ), I found doing my morning journaling in the app was indeed a good method for practicing and improving my typing…now, if I can only learn the QWERTY row on the keyboard, perhaps I will break myself of the habit of typing oyu for you. Mornings, my journaling is generally an overview of daily plans, etc. I’m also trying to decide if/how to meld the analog and digital systems: I still intend to hand journal – perhaps close out the day by hand… something to ponder.

Before the air fryer…

We have several new toys, er uh, tools in the house… one is an air fryer. A week ago this past Friday, our oven died. Replacing the oven is more than a notion so we/ I decided to try an air fryer. Saturday, the cook, moi, attempted to bake chicken tenders …they were tasty but fried to a crisp! – aka tough. Of course I will give the chicken tenders another try … or perhaps return the air fryer oven. To be continued… the jury is still out. Any and all tips are welcomed!

Here’s to a good week!

Cheers~

3 hashtags in 2021…

#walk 20 in 21 … is the hashtag Gretchen Rubin created to encourage followers to walk 20 minutes daily. You can even download a tracker . Yesterday, I took a later than usual afternoon walk , about 5 PM. The weather was perfect – 67 degrees. My usual 25 minutes stretched to 52 min, I walked 1.36 miles round trip and was greeted by an abundance of lovely flowers. Spring has been cooler and certainly very colorful: vibrant greens in the trees; blue, white and gray clouds; and flowers – vivid colors of pinks and purples with touches of yellows…

#read 21 in 21 … another hashtag from Gretchen & Liz invites listeners to read at least 21 minutes, daily. There are days when I wish I could do nothing but read but that’s just not possible, durn it. Currently, I’m revisiting several older non-fiction titles in my collection, working (a relative term; IRL it means thinking about) on Summer Book Bingo; and waiting for Stacy Abrams new fiction title, While Justice Sleeps, to arrive and a library reserve : The Great Circle; the last I checked, there were 67 readers ahead of me… And finally,

#21 for 2021 … also created by Gretchen, replaces new year’s resolutions. In short, a “list of 21 concrete things one wants to accomplish by year’s end .” I’m still working on my list – it’s in a general state of revision and flux; the latter as new things – the dandelions – crop up in life. Currently, on my list are the two hashtags described above and

  • Make the Confetti Quilt and finish 3 other quilting projects
  • Finish 3 knitting projects
  • Finish clearing out the garage and basement storage area
  • Complete stash bashing craft and sewing projects and supplies
  • Practice watercoloring
  • Get new eyeglasses (and eye doctor)

Right now, it’s time for me to finish this post and have a bite to eat. The clock moves on and as my mother was fond of sayin’, “time’s awastin’ kiddie.”

Joining Carole and friends for Thursday Three.

Cheers~

sometimes mondays | 5.10.21 …

today begins Ali Edwards’ (at least annual ) Week in the Life documentation of one’s daily life. the week always starts with a big bang, lots of excitement and determination to see the project through with the same intensity at the end – sunday – as one began the previous monday. this year, I decided to use the DayONE app to document my days; it’s available on all my iTools : Mac; iPhone and iPad … and I really do need to learn the program. with the app, I can write in both type and cursive; the latter using the Apple pencil or my finger to scribble – the software converts to type… that’s pretty cool.

it is now 1:30 pm; I looked at my DayONE notes thus far – I haven’t recorded anything since 10:30 am, +/- when my sister arrived – we started a family text chat with her daughter/granddaughters…and then, life got in the way and then, time to join Daily Pages…

so here I sit, at the Mac; Daily Pages have ended and true to my vow to myself last week, I am drafting a post for today. also on my agenda for the rest of the day:

  • send email re: tomorrow’s Recent Reads Zoom session
  • make today’s LOAD entry
  • take out trash for tomorrow’s weekly collection
  • prepare/eat dinner and
  • settle in with a good book or two…

the day’s turning out to be quite lovely: morning clouds have moved on, the sun shines, the temperature is 64 degrees – a perfect invitation for a walk.

on my way !

Cheers~

tgif | 5.7.21 …

Currently, I am participating in the annual May rendition of LOAD – Layout A Day. Our theme this month is The Golden Girls and thus far it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve watched Golden Girls since it first aired in 1985; I suspect I’ve seen all 185 episodes at least ten times but each one is almost always fresh, new and funny! I normally catch a few episodes, aired on the Hallmark Channel, on weekends.

In my last post, I shared a bit about a PiP (project in progress…or not ): knitting the sky. No, I’ve not yet started the project tho’ Thursday morning , I did begin reading the book Knit the Sky on my Kindle. I rarely read ebooks so I’m relearning the platform – which has been updated considerably since the last time I read a Kindle book. Above are the yarns I’ll be using for the project…now, to get started!

And, also in my last post, I shared a picture of Hazel – niece Chris’ labradoodle. Hazel has a new look and I thought she’d be OK with my sharing another photo. She’s such a cutie!

My daily schedule has been drastically changed over the past six months and I’ve too often found myself trying to fit things in the old time frame, only to run out of time and steam! As I was drafting this post, keenly aware that too many days have elapsed since I last posted, I had a bright idea: Usually , M- F, I’m on line during the noon hour, creating daily pages in small 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 journals. I had the bright idea: I’ll use the following 12:45 – 2 PM time slot, give or take 10-15 minutes, to draft, edit, schedule or publish posts as well as attend to other blogging activity: reading and responding to comments, visiting others’ blogs, etc. As I shared earlier, I think this plan is a prime candidate for time blocking… time will tell… and as friend of mine oft said: nothing beats a failure but a try… I’m not quite sure how this will all turn out but I plan to give it a good try. Now if I could only figure out how to use Word Press’ new editor program. I do not at all like it!

Wishing all a great weekend! My niece Kayla – age 20 – got her first Covid-19 vaccination today! Maybe by Memorial Day we’ll be able to have a family gathering…

Cheers~

tgif | 4.16.21…

thinking & giving some serious thought to the concept of time blocking. I’ve been toying around with the idea for a goodly while but just have not given it a whirl! This blog post does a basically good job of describing how it works. Have you tried this concept? If so, are you using any special tools or apps? I’d be delighted to learn of your experiences.

inspired by last night’s spectacular sunset – little did I expect it to be a preview of this morning’s sky. I awoke during the AM golden hour – the sky, a rosy glow, was a study, changing from rose to morning ‘s glow to grey to its current state of cloudy. Several months ago, I discovered a knitting project that captures the colors of the sky. I “shopped” my stash and found some yarn that would be perfect for the project; I just needed more. I called the company – a family owned/located in Maine – and had a lovely chat with the owner who, intrigued with the project, offered to dye the colors of yarn I was missing. She did. The yarn arrived. It waits for me to begin… but first I need to read the book the creator of this technique wrote. I haven’t because I forget it’s on Kindle and reading ebooks are kindof not on my radar. The solution: Put this on my time block task list…

fun: This is my niece Chris’s poochie – Hazel. Apparently the chair she’s on is a series of sculptures , created for this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, scattered around Washington DC. I shared one in front of my local library on this post. I didn’t know there was a series until I did a little research…

Have a great weekend! It’s Spring!

Cheers~

simply a moment | 4.15.21 …

7:20 am

Morning. Quiet. Silence! Save for the always-on sounds of house creaks, static electricity, and a motor…from where? Ah, the refrigerator. Stopped. The furnace kicks on…it’s that cool?, I think out loud. A quick check of the temperature shows it’s 54 degrees F…

Time to replenish my tea, read a bit and figure out what’s on today’s agenda. Pleased that I’ve made more progress with bashing the stash in my craft room since last week Thursday. I now know what’s here and where. My goal is to move out the excess by May 1 — hoping I can locate places that will accept donations.

4:15 pm

I just returned from a brisk walk on a very windy but lovely spring day…flowers are blossoming everywhere and I see that my azalea bush – which has its own bloomin’ schedule – is putting forth blooms. My neighbor’s irises are plentiful and beautiful.

I realized today that I’d not written a simply a moment post in quite some months…understandable, since my days over this past year have truly been upside down. Today was a good one to resurrect the practice …and to share the lovely, colorful flowers I saw on my walk.