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~

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~

3 on thursday |7.16.20…

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.

3 on thursday | 6.18.20 …

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~sunset Tues June 16, 8:44 pm, ESDST~

I doubt that I will

See too many sunsets or 

Sunrises in my lifetime.

  1.  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.
  2. 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
  3.  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.

3 for …

 

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1.  and now he is SIX!

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 …

Joining Unraveled Wednesday and 3 on Thursday this week.  Do visit Kat and Carole and see what’s going on with others this week.

I think I feel a slight breeze. Wahoo!

Cheers~

 

 

3 on thursday | 4.16.20…

I’m joining Carole and friends and sharing three random thoughts:

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  1. 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.

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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.

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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.

And that’s all for today.

Cheers~

3 on thursday|4.9.20 …

2020-03-19 Things I can and Cannot Control

As mentioned previously several times, every (most) morning/s, I read the day’s Simple Abundance essay. 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 social distancing. Here’s my list :

  1. 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…
  2. 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…
  3. 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?

Joining Carol for Three on Thursday.

Cheers~

PS. For more information on the above graphic, do visit  The Counseling Teacher.com where you’ll also find an editable version of the graphic.