1: last week I wrote that Norman and I were tested for Covid-19. we hadn’t been exposed nor exhibited any symptoms; we chose to do the test because the site was literally next door, in walking distance – tho’ only drive-up testing, available. today, we received the results – negative and told to continue: practicing social distancing, washing hands (and groceries!) and wearing a mask!
2: the neighborhood park I walk to/through most days on my #Walk20in20 is always so lovely; gradually, more people are social distancing (? ) these beautiful summer days. sadly, the pool didn’t open this season.
3: a little Unraveled Wednesday too: yesterday – July 15 – was the 100th day of #the100dayproject2020; I posted my log cabin 9patch lap robe finish (@honorel). my next project – socks – still where they were several weeks ago. hmm, I think I got stuck cause I only have one set of dbl pointed needles in the needed size… perhaps I’ll resume the Diamonds’ afghan… ah, choices. needless to say, resume quilting remains on my someday maybe list…
Joining Carole for this week’s take on 3 on Thurs.
This morning, I’m enjoying MSQT in my sewing studio as work on installation of the A/C continued. I think they are on the last leg…they are! I feel cool air blowing . Yay! Just in time for Summer (Saturday) and the heat wave (90+) on the way.
Each Thursday I receive James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter in my mailbox. I found this week’s to be especially pertinent and invite you to read it here
In April, Jamie Ridler, host and convenor of Mindful Mondays and Friday Journal Club, sent a newsletter with a 30-Day Haiku Challenge from Nicole Gulotta, author of Wild Words, a book on writing. Quiet as it’s kept, the fact that I was reading the book at the time just registered with me as I reread Jamie’s newsletter. Yikes! Wonder what was on my mind? Anyway, I play with Haiku off and on (see above) and decided to share the Challenge: #30DaysofHaikuChallenge, also accessible @nicolegulotta. Have fun!
Joining Carole and friends for 3 on Thursday here.
Tuesday, June 9, Chris graduated from KDG to First grade – virtually! Yesterday, 10 June, he turned 6. We celebrated via Zoom and watched with drooling mouths as his cake was cut and eaten. Despite being miles apart, as far away as Ohio where his great grandad lives, we had a raucous good time…Norman and I celebrated with champagne, of course!
2. back to the future is now
Earlier this month, in this space and on my Instagram, I allowed as how I was learning the 3 Needle Bind Off technique for joining squares of the LogCabin9Patch lap blanket I’m knitting – or is it that I’m being knitted? Whatever, I’m running into a problem with dropping stitches, losing count. So it’s tink, tink, tink. I am determined to master this and have the 4 PM hour reserved for the endeavor. So far, success remains elusive but I shall push on…
3. it ain’t just broke
IT is Central Air and has to be replaced! The entire system, mais oui (but of course). Naturally one finds this out when the temperature is in the 90s with the humidity equally high! I guess it’s a good thing I am not going to Oregon this Fall, as I’d tentatively planned before Covid-19 …
I’m joining Carole and friends and sharing three random thoughts:
This watercolor is based on the colors of a recent morning sky & sunrise (I neglected to date the painting made with watercolor pencils and a watercolor brush pen. Just a little bit of experimenting and play.
2. I’ve had these two LLBean 100% cotton work shirts for easily 10 years; I love them for knocking around and wear them year round -except when the temp and humidity are terrible – for they are both lightweight and warm. I tend to be cool rather than hot –except when the temp and humidity are terrible. Alas, as you can see, the collars are worn and I s’pose I could turn them … someday, maybe. The shirts remind me of a story my mother shared: when she was in her 20s, she saved her money and bought a fur coat …which she said she wore – over the years- down to the collar. I’m not sure what the fur was and why it didn’t last but I often smile when I think of her industriousness.
3. I read this article from MapMyWalk about walking/ways to get in 4K+ steps daily when one can’t always go out walking in the nature – as my niece Dolly would say when she was little and wanted to go outside.
As mentioned previously several times, every (most) morning/s, I read the day’s Simple Abundanceessay. I have done this off/on since the publication of the first edition in 1995. Each reread has brought forth a new perspective, tempered by the times and places I’m in at that particular juncture in my life. In 2019, Simple Abundance marked its 25th anniversary with a new and updated edition… and as I read, little nuances, references have substantiated the claim. Yesterday’s entry Affordable Luxury encourages us to experience more affluence in our daily lives through pampering…
What an invitation! I thought about how I’d like to pamper me but cannot due to the corona virus and socialdistancing. Here’s my list :
Spend the entire day pampering me! First, I’d go to the hairdresser! I need a hair cut and the luxury of having my hair shampooed and styled. My many grey strands are wiry – each has a mind of its own and needs a bit o’ taming… I also need a manicure/pedicure … maybe even a body massage…
Go to several bookstores! There are two Indie stores in DC -new to me -that I’d particularly like to visit, spend the day and browse, have a caramel latte, sit with my journal, people watch, dip in/out of the pile of books before me…
Go to the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden /Restaurant, have lunch out on the restaurant’s terrace. Just sit, with my journal, people watch and be grateful… always, grateful.
As I’ve sat here, drafting this post, the rain has stopped and there’s a hint that the sun is coming out… an omen? What’s on your pampering list?
1 – I am reading a delightful book on clouds… and learning sooo much. Fascinating! Today’s very windy, cloudy morning is an added bonus. As is oft said “ the sky’s a study “ and for sure, today it is! I awoke to stratocumulus* clouds, fueled by winds, moving rapidly, tinged with pink colored by the sun’s rays . (*today’s new word ;-))
2 – I have a new iPhone XR. It’s different and learning how to turn it on, swipe whichever way to get to apps, etc is somewhat of a challenge. I had my former phone, a 6+ for 5-6 years with the push button. Habits are hard to make…and to break.
3 – I share a little unraveled wednesday, too. Block #12 is slowly coming along…I pick it up most times when watching the news or am joining Thursday Stitching friends ~ today, I won’t be. The color of the block in progress is a light blue…almost looks gray in the photo.
Such is the way it is on this last February Thursday. Today we’re getting a preview of March’s winds. Linking up with Carole and friends.
thing 1: Thursday morning we were greeted with a lovely sunrise. One can never see too many sunrises…
thing 2: Wed’s PM online grocery shopping experience with delivery worked well…groceries arrived within the selected two-hour window and all but two items: 1 -bread (I forgot) and 2- a can of tuna, they forgot; we ordered two. A quick call took care of their mistake and the total was adjusted. I imagine we’ll try this again. Certainly beats the drive there, etc. I stopped at the grocery store on my way home for the bread, to take care of my mistook!
thing 3: I missed 3 on Thursday yesterday. Thursdays, I generally meet with my stitching group. Yesterday, we had a delicious lunch: cauliflower cheese soup, green salad, fresh baked bread and chocolate frosted cookies, Yum! I was so busy eating that I forgot to take a picture of our repast. Friend Fran (our hostess) had just returned last week from a trip to London and brought each of us a souvenir: a themed bookmark and deck of playing cards.
tgif+: today’s been quiet, filled with light chores, primarily laundry, and waiting for niece Kayla to arrive; she’s planning a painting party to celebrate her 19th birthday and I get to supply the paint! I’m delighted that she’s doing this and that I can help…I trust the paint’s still solvent. If not, guess I’ll be buying some for her birthday present.
Have a grand weekend! Joining Carole and friends here for 3 on Thurs .
Several years ago, well to be exact, in 2015, I bought a small table loom and yarn with the idea of practicing weaving. It has become a bucket list item…
Last week, 2019, I treated myself to a tin of FineTec pearlescent colours. These watercolors, when painted on black watercolor stock, are brilliant…
Today, 1.2.2020, I had an idea related to documenting my 2020 habit journey: I will weave – Rumplestiltskin anyone? – and paint – Monet? – habit trackers to document my OLW journey, one or more months…
I went to bed somewhere during the 5th inning, deciding the game was clearly going to be won by the Astros. I said to Norman: “Oh well, they surprised us all and made it to the World Series and this far… nite!” O’ me of little faith…
This Morning: 10.31.19
I awoke at my usual dark early time and proceeded to indulge in my favorite AM activity: Morning Solitude and Quiet Time (MSQT):
Journaled a bit;
Read another chapter … on journaling… in Stillness is the Key;
Decided to look up something on the Internet;
Logged onto my iPad/Safari and decided to close a few open windows from previous searches;
Got to the WSHU.org site – I listen to Sunday Baroque – sometimes repeat during the week and