sometimes mondays | 4.1.19…

7:45 am

I sit here,

smelling the gift of daffodils from Michelle’s yard

holding a hot mug of tea in my hands …

looking out at the view I see most mornings, if not all when I’m home…

thinking as I look, “Spring! has indeed arrived “…

hearing the steady tick, tick, tick of the clock …

recalling the time spent yesterday FriendStitching, the good food and camaraderie …

holding tight in my heart the gift of our friendship…

smelling the gift of daffodils …

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thankful for a new microwave oven: same model fits in same cubby.* Wahoo! Hot water for tea resumes …

getting ready for a very busy and fun weekend: Metropolitan Opera tomorrow (Sat) – a full five hours of Wagner’s Die Walkure and on Sunday, hosting my Friendstitching group …

fun: Chris and her pup Hazel at the dog park

Enjoy your weekend!

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 3.27.19…

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11 am

waiting for my friend Kathy who is driving in from Delaware…

listening to a variety of conversations in the background, accompanied by the PA system…

staring back at me: rows and rows of book stacks, filled with every subject imaginable…

remembering the many, many times, over years, that Kathy and I met here:

  • planning training that we provided new library staff workers in both DE and MD public libraries…
  • catching up and sharing stories of our own lives, our families, doings, comings, goings…

debating if I want a cuppa coffee, especially since I didn’t bring any tea bags…

pausing, thinking, about what I want to do next as I wait….

deciding coffee it is while I wait…

looking up and seeing her! She’s here!

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6 pm

I’m home. We had a wonderful time and sadly, as with all good things, the time came for us to bid adieu. We’ll meet again in the next six months. Can’t be too soon. And of course, before I left, I had to browse a bit and buy a few books…or so.

Joining Kat and others for another Unraveled Wednesday, here.

Cheers~

my word| 3.26.19 …

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T’is the last Tuesday of the month – joining Juliann and others for  a “My Word” update.

In the overall scheme of things, I’m trying to establish some new, different habits and break familiar, sooo comfortable old ones. On some fronts, I’ve been right on track, making progress, implementing small yet steady changes and others, I fall into the “try a little harder” camp. On a scale of 1 – 10, I’ll give myself an overall 6.9 of 10 score…

Specifically, I am focusing on these areas:

  • Blog: I’ve decided that I’m going for a M, W, and F  – 3 times a week publication schedule, fitting in other days as an occasion or topic warrants, e.g; the last Tuesday of the month is update on my 2019 word… I think this best schedule, providing  flexibility in not only writing posts but also replying to comments in a more timely  manner. Since I moved to WordPress I’ve been “reply challenged,” trying to get the hang of a different and more timely system. I think I know what I need to do…and I shall give it a try; staying on top of communicating on a more timely basic with the wonderful blog community. Thanks everyone for being here and encouraging me and one another on!
  • Life: We all have daily to do items, places to go, people to see, things to buy and /or make, household chores, etc. These can easily mushroom and so I’m trying to cultivate the habit of  the “Power Hour” ~ a daily/weekly time to attend to : @ the computer; chores: calls; cleaning; döstädning; errands; etc. It’s so easy to let these things slide and then there’s a big build up, especially in the @computer/tally on-going-expenses areas…Some things I aim to do daily and others, weekly – or X-# times in a week as with blog posts. Perhaps these categories are not HABITS as much as they are FOCUS ACTION  areas ~ things that grab my attention at least once a week…
  • Creating/Creativity: My list expands and contracts, sometimes, oft times because of a deadline that suddenly looms large ’cause I am easily, inspired, wooed. Thus, I find myself having to give my undivided attention to the deadline…The habit I am changing is that of saying NO to brighter, shinier objects so I can and do, indeed say YES! to engaging in, exploring, experiencing my own creativity…and most importantly to stop writing a thousand notes on a thousand random pieces of paper. When I master that, I know I will  have arrived!

So, there t’is: a brief snapshot of my thinking and evaluation of month 3 living with my word: habit!  Do visit Juliann to see how she and others are fairing with their words. How is yours thriving in your life?

Cheers~

sometimes mondays | 3.25.19…

“Coffee, Tea and Me…

I started drinking coffee when I was 17 and pretty much did so until 2005 – when I switched to tea. Mainly because the addition was being built – and we were without a kitchen and stove, just the microwave. Heating water for tea was was easy and I do not like instant coffee. Besides, microwave cooking has been a staple with me since 1985! All in all, it just made plain sense.

Fast forward to today: The microwave died over the weekend. To heat water, I use the electric stove. Earlier this year I opined that I might buy an electric tea kettle; suffice it to say, I have not, yet.

  • News Flash! I just remembered: I do, however, have a brand-spanking-new -still-in-the-box, electric coffee maker! I can use it for boiling water until I decide to:
    • resume morning coffee drinking or
    • buy an electric tea kettle and
    • replace the microwave – which, quiet as it’s kept, will be #3 – since we replaced the first one, bought in 2005, in 2014.

    Today’s sunrise was lovely and I’ve a lot to do this morning before I leave for my Monday Morning quilt meeting. And no doubt, shopping for a new microwave oven!

    Wishing you a great day!

    Cheers~

    TGIF | 3.22.19 …

    Thinking: Our taste of Spring was just that. Today, it’s cold and windy and cloudy. The only thing missing: snowflakes. Niece Chris is enjoying beach weather in Mexico… lucky her. It’s nearly noon and I’m still in my jammies…may as well stay for Journal Club, just an hour away! Where has the time gone?

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    Grateful: Yesterday, our girl Dolly celebrated her 33rd birthday! I recall so clearly the first time we met: She, her mom and grandmother (my sister and niece) came to spend Christmas with us. What a “dolly” she was (and still is). It has been more fun watching her grow over these years and she is the best mom ever to those two little boys, Chris and Elias. Happy Birthday Dolly! Here’s to many, many more! Cheers~

    Inspired: I have had the app DayOne Journal on my Apple devices: Mac; iPad and iPhone for several years – tho’ I’ve not used since September 2018. This morning I decided to give it another look-see and was amazed at the new + improved capabilities: voice activation; writing with the Apple pen or your finger on the iOS devices; synchronization across all three platforms; entry via the Apple Watch; and one can even have a book printed (for a cost, of course). There is also an Android version. I’m excited and especially intrigued because I think I have just found the best tool for writing my story, one that enables me to use all the methods I employ in both the analog and digital worlds to capture thoughts, events, feelings, pictures, etc…

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    (Image taken Oct 2016; cat still perches on the window sill – to be seen!)

    Fun: From time to time, I’ve shared photos and a story or so about Smoke, the neighborhood feral cat. S/he’s been around easily 11 years. Norman feeds  and I’m sure others in the neighborhood do also. I know a neighbor, now deceased, did and also had the cat neutered/spayed. This morning, Norman interrupted whatever’s he was doing on the computer to feed her … and she’d disappeared. He was, to say the least, ticked off, especially when I called to his attention “there s/he is!”as she sauntered back onto the deck. I wish you could’ve heard the words. T’was too funny! But all’s well: the cat’s been fed and Norman’s back at his computer! (I think the cat is female).

    And with that, I wish you the best weekend.

    Cheers~

    unraveled wednesday|3.20.19…

    Spring! Seems as tho’ it took forever in coming … and now it’s here! (Even if officially it doesn’t arrive until 5:58 pm EST.) The past few days on my walks, buoyed by warmer Spring-like temperatures, I’ve witnessed buds on the trees and even the Tulip tree at the end of the block is blossoming. Yesterday, I saw my first hint of forsythia, finally. Tonight I hope the clouds won’t obscure my chance to see the last full Supermoon of 2019.

    Over the weekend, on my walks, I started and finished, Dani Shapiro’s Inheritance (the audio version). What would you do, think; how would you feel if you found out, via a DNA test, that your father was not your biological father? That you were conceived via a sperm donor program? And that when you do learn these facts, you can’t ask your parents because both are deceased? This is Dani’s story. Gripping! Provocative!

    Dani, an accomplished writer and memoirist and writing instructor, narrates the audio version – which makes her story even more poignant. I encourage you to listen and/or read …and visit her website, after you’ve started the book. Doing so will make her story even more dynamic…

    I suspect – actually I know – that listening to Inheritance reignited my idea:

    • write/tell my story – tho’ nowhere near as dramatic as Dani’s;
    • however/whatever form that takes.

    So, Monday afternoon, I went to B&N for more books on, you guessed, writing. For months I’ve been promising myself to read Stephen King’s On Writing…always on any list. Quiet as it’s kept, I’ve not read one of his books – not a genre I read. Be that as it may, On Writing is always on anyone’s list, so now, it’s in my personal library.

    Switching gears, the days til the quilt show – May 3-5 – continue to countdown and I’ve finished – or nearly – 3 of the 4 quilts for the exhibit. Next up: the binding on the big quilt and a few other odds/ends…Lovin’ that I’m on schedule if not ahead!

    And so, it’s time for me to get a move on with the day. Joinin’ Kat and friends here.

    What are you  reading and/or unraveling?

    Cheers~

    a taste of Spring …

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    Today was our first real taste of Spring…just six days away! Temp in the low 70s and the sun shone. Our Thursday stitching group met, starting off our gathering with a Groaning Board, indeed! Of course, in between bites, we solved all the world’s problems – we wish! Nevertheless, we ate well and enjoyed each other’s company. Toby, the cat, took it all in and decided, now’s the perfect time to nap!