1 -As I’ve engaged in döstädning today, taking a bit of a time out for a walk to enjoy the sun and tad warmer temps, I’ve listened to The Library Book, narrated by the author. As a former public librarian, there have been many passages that I find easily relatable: I wonder if the American public library culture is something we (library folk) created or if it’s the library customer… I am on chapter 7 – there are 33! Some chapters are as short as 7 – 10 min; others as long as 40+ minutes…I have about 9 hours left…but I may skip a few…or at least change the speed.
2 – I wish my mother were alive to hear/read the book : She was the manager of a branch library that was destroyed by a fire; it occurred the night she’d just returned from annual leave and a vacation to Oregon (she lived in Ohio). I’m sure the book would be very poignant and relatable.
3 – Tomorrow the weather forecast calls for rain, rain, rain! I hope not because our Thursday stitching group has plans to go to a quilt shop in the western end of the state of MD. According to Siri, the shop is about 55 miles away …or about 32 miles as the crow flies. And yes, that’s exactly how Siri said it!
Think it’s time now for me to wrap up döstädning and this post.
- I haven’t even started to shop… I’ve had that pin for 23 years! I looked for it earlier this week and t’was nowhere to be seen/found. Oh well, I thought, perhaps it’ll show up… I was sure the time thieves were involved. I was right! Today, I pulled out my Christmas vest and there it was – pinned (still?) to the sweater, last worn in 2017. …
- I haven’t even started to shop… for my nieces, ages 32, 26, almost 18, who prefer $$$… (I do have an object for them, too that’ll I keep secret until after Christmas…just in case they happen onto this post) …
- I haven’t even started to shop… but I shall brave the crowds tomorrow and/or Saturday or Sunday to pick up a few groceries for dishes I’ll make for a Christmas Eve gathering…and go to Barnes & Noble for a few books for Chris and Elias.
My real reason for shopping so late in the season: I love being out among the crowds. It’s a real trip down memory lane for me. Norman and I often reminisce about how all things Christmas when we were kids – from shopping to getting/putting up/decorating the tree – happened on Christmas Eve Day. Of course, when we were kids, we also didn’t have online shopping or Amazon …
How about you – shopping all done? Joining Carole and friends for 3 on Thursday…
I joined my Thursday stitching group today – for the first time in several weeks…we had a good time and I can’t believe I didn’t take a single photo…
Poinsettias have to be my favorite Christmas flower; we have three small ones and the one above, which sits in front of the quilted wall hanging I stitched and completed in 2015.
The quilt hangs year round – that works quite well… This holiday season I moved the couch so it sits opposite the windows and the poinsettia… just for a change of pace. Everything is all quite festive…
Joining Carole and others for Three on Thursday.
the clock ticks … the sun shines – tho’ the thermometer vacillates between 32°-33° … sitting on the counters, makin’s for corn pudding and sour cream gelatin … the turkey’s in the oven – it’s aroma begins to fill the air …
quiet … peaceful … looking forward to this gathering with family and friends…
grateful for this day of thanksgiving …
may your Thanksgiving Day also be filled with family, friends and festivity.
PS. Joining Carole for 3 on thursday here and the photo is an edited screen capture of my phone’s desktop photo; the original is provided by Kelly of Minding My Nest.
We went to bed last night, fully expecting today’s “snow forecast” to be a flake or two and then, life as usual. As an old margerine/butter ad touted: “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” Yep, we have snow…and cold…and rain…and there are still 36 days til the Winter Solstice arrives!
Today’s weather has been fit for neither man nor beast but out we went ~ for Norman had several medical appointments. We arrived home, grateful for warmth , being dry and not having to go out again!
…and I get a chance to play with my birthday* present: an Amazon Echo! Thanks Norman!
Hope the weather in your corner of the world is warmer and drier.
- Yep – today is my birthday
Today was meet up with my Thursday stitching friends. We met at our friend who, three weeks ago, had major foot surgery. Tho’ confined to her apartment – a 3rd floor walkup – she gets around with a scooter that has a seat. It works well for the space and keeps her mobile. We brought potluck: soup, salads, and desserts. We had a good time: catching up, sharing, reviewing the week’s elections and other political news. The drive was especially beautiful. The trees have nearly reached their peak; on the way home, sunlight streamed so one could get a deeper look into the interior. I wished I could stop and take a few dozen photos; of course, that wasn’t possible. I am grateful, though, for the visuals inscribed in my memory.
As I drove, taking in the rich deep colors of the changing trees, I kept thinking, out loud: I am thankful that I live in an area that has four seasons! I love seeing Mother Nature’s wonders: trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, the sky – and sometimes, the temperature is just right! Autumn is my favorite season. Despite the cold, I do like Winter, especially on days after a fresh snowfall, generally few in these parts. Then Spring…and again, the trees don their gently colored frocks. Lastly, Summer; it’s the humidity that gets me. Were it not, I’d probably not mind as much.
I use the Apple Watch Breathe app to start my mornings…as my tea steeps. I am finding that this simple 4-6 minutes activity helps me set a calmer, more positive tone for my thoughts and the day. And when I’m frazzled, which is often <smile>, I turn to the breath. I am grateful that I have incorporated this simple and generally available technique in my life. Apple Watch or app not needed!
Joining Carole and others for another Thursday 3!