olw| colors of august …

..already, signs of meteorological autumn/fall are beginning to display in the trees and of course the flowers in my and neighbors’ yards – my crazy azalea is blooming yet again.  Black-eyed Susans, mums, add their  pop of color to the landscape.  This morning I saw a yellow school bus making its way to or from a school – yes! Kids in DC started school yesterday.  (Chris, my 7 years’ old great grand nephew, starts Tuesday – he lives in MD- and will also be going to school, virtually, yet again. I noticed Sunday – on a Target  run – all the children were  wearing colorful masks.) 

Yesterday’s mail brought a colorful collection of scrapbook papers, an order from The Paper Curator (how could I resist?) and an acrylic stamp set, depicted by the colorful geometric shapes on the left side of the picture. (The stamps are made by Ali Edwards and Laura Wonsik; more info here ). The colorful pencils I picked up from Barnes and Noble and the mini composition books from Walgreens – I couldn’t resist. Occasionally I use a composition book for a specific project’s notes. I am still making colorful Confetti Quilt blocks…and tho’ I’ve yet to master the  process of foundation paper piecing, I do like the final result. I’ve decided to make my final quilt a wall hanging – approx 24” x 36 .“ Which means perhaps  I’m half-way there? I plan to share a progress photo before the week’s end.

We’re slated for fallout from Hurricane Ida; slowly yet surely the sky is turning from blue to grey as the rain clouds start to move in.  At least it will be cooler and that’s always welcomed! 

Joining Carolyn and others for another look at our 2021 One Little Words. 

See you in September!

Cheers~

Oh, my word! 6.28.21 …

Today’s weather : red H-O-T! Not as hot as that on the west coast but still H-O-T! Too hot to go out and ever so thankful that the A/C is functioning – just about a year ago, new AC/Heat Pump installed at ruinous cost. This summer’s contribution to the local economy: new copper* pipes to the upstairs bath. Even the neighborhood black + white cat – yep, still around – is lying low.

All day, the sky has been that summery blue color, almost crystal like – making a lovely backdrop for dramatic white/grey clouds. Evidence of the changing season on the oak trees’ green leaves – some have already turned brown and on the opposite end, pink blossoms have begun to bloom on the crepe myrtle. Too hot for my afternoon walk so I browsed through my photos from recent walks and was greeted by that gorgeous clump of bright yellow day lilies.

My word for 2021 is color and I’m having a lot of fun with it…amazed at how frequently ROYGBIV colors on the wheel show up – not only in print, magazines, fabrics – and also our natural lives. Joining Carolyn for this month’s One Little Word share.

Cheers~

*Does copper count as orange?

one little word | 3.30.21 …

“it’s OK to show all your colors” ~ Luis Guzman

A sampling of the colorful items in my craft studio ~

Today is sunny, perhaps a tad cooler than yesterday but lovely, all the same. Mother Nature continues to amaze; flowers, trees, the sky are a cacophony of colors. Throughout the house, especially in my craft and sewing studios, bits, pieces, dabbles of color grab my eye. I’ve come to realize that color has always been a central part of my life, ever since the yellow dress with green Daschund buttons I wore in the second grade… a long time ago.

Watching Spring’s sunrise and mornings unfold have been a colorful treat. My words are also colorful – sometimes, not so repeatable. Oh well, c’est la vie. I write on paper that has a colorful striped border. My life’s domains are loosely arranged by color:

  • red – STOP – important things to do
  • orange – household/life chores and tasks
  • yellow – Honoré /moi and my life’s stories; my TBR, etc…
  • green – $$ expenses/money matters
  • blue – Norman’s color (boy = blue?!)
  • violet – notes/ideas for the blog
  • white/black – planning, notes, etc

I’m really delighted with my 2021 word; I think it’s just the perfect choice for these still very much challenging times. Joining Carolyn and others for the March One Little Word update.

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~

on color/s…

~color search: google screen shot~

Over the past 12 years or so I’ve had an annual word to focus/guide me. Some, I think, have been ever present in my life; others have challenged me – and still do; a few bring up bittersweet memories for they are often associated with family members and/or longtime friends and experiences; and some are still front and center as I’ve not yet reached the mountaintop with them. For 2021, I toyed with a variety of words, thinking that perhaps I might even revisit some previous. And then …

My 2021 word – color – came to me in a flash. On or about December 9, inspired by a sunrise, I think or perhaps playing with paper or fabric and memories or I ran across a photo or a quote or even all of the above. But intuitively, I felt, knew that color was the word; I immediately googled the definition and felt right at home, asking out loud: What took you so long to appear?

Since glomming onto my word, I’ve experienced serendipity, RAS – reticular activation systems– practically every day. Color is always ever present in our lives in so many ways – from the sky to flora, fauna; weather; events; sensory experiences, e.g., an evergreen candle that sits on the table greets me daily with its unmistakeable evergreen spruce scent; my Flower Garden quilt hangs on the wall over my left shoulder – I get to gaze at its very colorful presence; yellow, my fave color, adorns the first floor walls and is a very visible in my life on a daily basis. Already, my photos are very color focused: the sky; inauguration fireworks; charts; etc.

Color is the perfect choice. I look forward to exploring and living with this word in 2021. I think it’s going to be a joyous and different ride- it has already … To be continued!

Joining Carolyn:  https://youroneword.com/ for the sharing of our 2021 words. What’s yours?

Cheers~

sometimes mondays | 1.25.21

…are grey and dismal and cold. a winter weather advisory – mixed precip: possible snow accumulation, 1-2 inches and ice — in effect until tomorrow AM.

…are not a good day for calling a business…apparently everyone who has business with the same company as I, chose to call today. one listens to the message and choices and then, after selecting the “speak to a customer service rep,” a prerecorded voice comes on the line: “all service reps are busy …” and the call is abruptly ended. C’est toute! irritating, to say the least.

…are the 25th day of the new year, 2021 and one month since Christmas Day of the previous. we were ever so eager for 2020 to come to a close and are thankful that the protracted victory of the presidential election and installation of POTUS 46 has transpired. a deep sigh of relief…

…and a note: Carolyn of youroneword is hosting the 2021 monthly One Little Word share/linkup. So mosey on over to share your 2021 word and see what others’ words are, too.

Cheers~

one little word | dec 2020 …

Well, here we are at the end of this unprecedented year in humans’ lives and when/what the end will be is anybody’s best guess. I certainly have no ideas…just hopes, dreams, wishes, desires. Friday marks the beginning of 2021 – most of us are anxious for the new year to come, hopeful that this long chapter of human suffering and loss will end. And with the end of 2020, also comes the choosing of a new word for 2021. I am still pondering mine tho’ I’m 99.9% positive that I have settled on the track I intend to take; I do know that my 2020 word: habit will continue to play an important role in my relationship with my new word and the 365 days of 2021.

I shared last month that I would not be hosting the 2021 monthly linkup. I’m delighted to announce that Carolyn of https://youroneword.com/ graciously offered to host for 2021. Clearly, this is a natural transition. Thank you Carolyn (and kudos to Carole of Carole Knits, who also offered to host). And thanks to you for joining me and sharing your 2020 word journey in this space.

Here’s to a better – much! – 2021!

Cheers~

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one little word |nov 2020 …

Just 31 days to go … I’ve noticed that during this year of Covid-2019, my word habit has served me well and well, not so well. The latter because other events and external events changed things over which I have no control – or perhaps, in some instances, I chose not to exercise any control? Certainly a question that I will ponder over the next 31 days.

Usually this time of the year, a new word presents itself… thus far, not so. Over the years, I’ve flirted with quite a dictionary of words – perhaps I’ll reconsider and choose one, again … a thought occurs that perhaps I might revisit several on a quarterly basis. In the meantime, I shall continue to focus on my 2020 word habit to guide me through these next/last 31 days of 2020. I have an ambitious agenda set out for December 2020 and I will need to depend on habit to keep me focused, productive, creative, satisfied, relaxed and able to say YES to NO!

Our last link up for 2020 is Tues, Dec 29. I won’t be hosting the linkup in 2021; I hope there is someone who will be able to take over. If so, please touch base so we can make the announcement on the 29th. Have a great December, stay well and safe!

Cheers~

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tgif| 11.20.20…

 

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thinking

  • looking: at the calendar – amazed that there are just 10 days left in the month*;
  • calculating: 41 days left in this year;
  • wondering: could that really be so?

grateful

  • reminiscing: Norman and I both celebrated trips around the sun; it is fun that our age numbers are reversed and that the sum for each of our two digits is the same;
  • enjoying: the crispness of a lovely autumn day;
  • appreciating: the good days vs the not-so good ones as we navigate N’s type 2 diabetes…

inspiring

  • afternoon walks through the park;
  • listening to a variety of podcasts – my fave still: Happier with Gretchen Rubin as a walking companion;
  • the joy and ebulation of the election..

fun

  • Wed evening, I joined Modern Mrs Darcy’s Book Club’s visit with Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow.  She is a delightful person and the book is definitely on my TBR list.

 

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

*A note: I realized, looking at the calendar that 24 November is the fourth/last Tues of the month. Since it is so close to Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to schedule the link up for Tues 1 Dec. We’ll wrap up 2020 with the last OLW link up Tues, 29 December.