tgif | 11.22.19 …

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    ~ this tree ~

I watch this tree evolve over the year; yesterday morning I caught it right at sunrise …

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~groaning board~

the Thursday stitching group met at Hilary’s and once again, we were treated to a delightful brunch: autumn squash soup; asparagus quiche; kumquats; salad; baked yams; and a variety of other delectables … yum yum …

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~inspiration~

our friend Hilary (maker of the magnificent groaning board featured above) just returned from Japan; she brought each of us fabric. I’ve no idea what I’ll do with the pieces; maybe just frame or possibly pillows…they are all simply lovely…

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~fascinated~

I took this photo on my walk; I have no idea how or why it came out like this…but I rather like. Reminds me of a painting. Interesting, no?

These are just  a few snippets of the little things in my life over the past 24 hour for which  I am grateful and delighted to share. Have a great weekend.

Cheers~

tgif | 9.27.19 …

 

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sunrise @ 6:46 am

thankful: relishing this morning’s sensational sunrise coupled with cool – 62° F- temperatures …

grateful: for an extended morning of solitude and quiet …

inspired: by today’s first Journal Club session of the Fall 2019 season. Each season, an animal spirit guide is selected by drawing a card from a pack. Dolphin is this season’s  guide; one wonders how dolphin will show up …

finding it hard to believe that September is nearly over…seems that Labor Day weekend was just yesterday. Time indeed does fly!

wishing you a wonderful, restful and peaceful weekend.

Cheers~

 

 

 

 

a friday finish …

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thankful for today’s temperature cool down, especially after yesterday’s 98°+ high …

gathering my thoughts, to do items, ideas, etc  written on any available piece of paper over the summer, trying to make sense, rhyme, reason of them, with them, from me for me. I am not a lister, I am a jotter-downer. The problem I experience: disorganization and a lot of duplication… a habit I am working on breaking. A couple years ago I discovered:  interstitial journalingSort of a running time log/list of things done, to do and ideas and information coming one’s way. I have toyed with it from time to time. I think I’ll give it another go-round over the rest of the month and see what I learn, how I do. Perhaps it’ll be the key to creating the new habit…

intrigued by the idea of a new beginning…every day … looking forward to summer’s

farewell and autumn’s arrival in just ten days.

Have a pleasant weekend.

Cheers~

 

 

 

tgif | 9.6.19 …

 

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Chris practicing walking…

thinking: I’m a tad bummed that I missed a special encore showing of Downton Abbey, Series 1  – not only last night but also this afternoon! Q: Why? How? You might wonder… A: 1 – I didn’t check my calendar tho’ I’d written the program in and more importantly, 2 – Habit! We usually watch TV starting at 7 PM with evening news and I settled in, perfectly comfortable with the routine, totally forgetting about Downton Abby, which began at 8 pm.

grateful: Sunday, there is a repeat performance; fingers crossed I will get a chance to see. I wrote myself a big note and left it sitting on the coffee table where it can be prominently seen! I am also grateful for today’s temperature; it feels just like a Fall day!  And we slept with the windows open last night!

inspired: Kelly Rae Roberts is an artist who lives in Sisters OR. This month, she offered a new online adventure: monthly Art Dates With Kelly Rae . I love it! She is truly genuine and natural, friendly, welcoming, and encouraging. Plus, I get to see some of Sisters, my favorite place on earth! It’s the next best thing to being there.

fun: this evening, I’m joining an online session of scrapbookers from around the globe  – we generally meet 2-3 times a month, each in our individual home spaces, working on our stories and layouts. Not sure what I’ll do tonight – tho’ for sure, something featuring the boys.

Have a great weekend,

Cheers~

 

weekending| 8.26.19 …

The weekend was filled with two activities I most enjoy:

  1. spending time with friends
  2. stitching

Friday

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On Fri (8.23.19), three friends and I went to Baltimore (I drove) to see a photographic exhibit of the Women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The women are African American quilters who gained national attention in the early 2000s. The exhibit,  displayed at the Reginald F. Lewis African American Museum of Art, features the photography of a reknown Baltimore photographer, Linda Day Clark, .

In 2002, the New York Times sent Day Clark to Gee’s Bend to photograph the quilters @home. Gee’s Bend is one of the poorest areas in the US. This current exhibition includes portraits of some of the quilters, their families and everyday life – as well as a display of four quilts (two shown above) owned by Linda Day Clark that have never been displayed before. They are exquisite!

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my first Gee’s Bend inspired quilt, 2009 ~ signed by the Gee’s Bend Quilters

     I first encountered the Gee’s Bend Quilters in 2009, on my maiden trip to Sisters Oregon. My friend Pat and I traveled there to take classes, especially a workshop taught by them. T’is an experience that has become one of our fondest memories. We returned again for a second  workshop in 2011.

Seeing the photos of the women we met, their home life, family (including grand children – and the quilts) was a back to the future experience. I have had all sorts of brainstorms and inspirations about how I plan to proceed and in particular, finish the quilt I began in 2017 – my latest trip to Sister. It will tie in beautifully. Sometimes I guess one just has to wait for the Universe to converge. Stay tuned…

Sunday

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Sunday was our monthly Friendstitch gathering, replete with a delicious spread! And the yummiest of desserts: lemon flavored cake and cookies!

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Margaret’s needlepointing a cute canvas featuring a dog suggesting a walk? Theresa’s knitting a baby sweater; Michelle, needlepointing a holiday piece (Christmas is 4 months away, just sayin’) and Pat is doing a cross stitch… I think she did all of the spool of thread. I played around with weaving and knitting.

Too soon the afternoon ended and we packed up til our Sept gathering.

T’was a lovely weekend and I’m so grateful to have spent it among and with friends!

Cheers~

tgif | 8.16.19 …

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thinking:  I’ve run out of steam;  made a list of 8 things to do today ~ so far I’m batting 50%. I’ve been taking it slow n’ easy…

grateful:  I’ve nowhere to be or anyplace to go today, tomorrow, Sunday …

inspiration: since Tuesday, I’ve been participating in a mini LOAD (layout a day);*  the theme is Yearbook/School Memories and it’s been lots of fun. Yesterday’s (Thursday)  topic: school lunches. Perfect ~  for this was also the day my Thursday stitching group met at Hilary’s – the brunch spread was phenomenal. Seasonal produce; quiche; and homemade peach ice cream! Yum!

fun: for this mini-LOAD, I am using a Traveler’s Notebook – it is the perfect size. I plan to use this size more often; I can feel my creative juices beginning to flow ~ who knows what adventures lie ahead?

Enjoy your weekend. And now, I’m back to creating today’s LOAD : Recess/Breaks is the topic.

Cheers~

*just 7 days compared to the month long events held February, May and October.

tgif | 8.9.19 …

 

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~flowers outside the Smithsonian Castle ~

thinking:  what a delightful summer day this has been: a breeze; blue skies; lower humidity  – making the heat more than tolerable. buoyed by those ingredients and a calendar with nothing to do/nowhere to be, I gathered my journal, iPad, pens and money and walked to Zeke’s (coffee shop) where I sat outside for several hours: reading, writing, looking, thinking, relishing, being…

grateful: for the peace this day has brought; this has been a tough, tough week …

inspired: by Brené Brown’s TGIF tribute to Toni Morrison in Brené ‘s weekly TGIF (available via email  – subscribe here to get on the mailing list). Toni Morrison inspired Brené to write and self-publish her first book: Women and Shame

fun: looking forward to a quiet weekend, ending with an outside “summer fling” Sunday at a friend’s home. Last year it rained; fingers crossed that won’t be the case this year. And should it, we’ll make the best of the situation, stay dry inside and enjoy the food and camaraderie.

Have a peaceful weekend!

Cheers~

 

tgif | 8.2.19 …

 

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thinking: I can’t believe that August is here and this time next month will be Labor Day… already, leaves are falling from the trees…

gratitude: July, albeit beastly hot was pleasant and filled with the colors, sights and sounds of my days. I am so ever grateful that I was able to capture the month’s glory …

inspired : by the rhythm of my/ our days during this summer of 2019: slow, easy; a quiet staycation …

forward looking : continuing the slow, steady pace of summer, especially more flirtation with creative play and the completion – or near – of a quilt project, long overdue.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

 

TGIF | 7.19.19 …

…’cause the thermometer’s scheduled to reach at least 98 degrees today and 100 degrees tomorrow …

Listening to Educated by Tara Westover – my new walking companion. Very interesting and I like the narrator’s voice …

Observing rush hour traffic, birds foraging …

Eating a mixed berry jam oat bar, tasty …

Feeling a cool breeze! Refreshing, if only momentary …

Home again:

Thinking about this afternoon’s agenda: Journal Club; hair appt; buy ink for printer; maybe a stop at the shopping mall across the street? …

Grateful for air conditioning, the ice maker and a shower ….

Inspired by this quote: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fun looking forward to Sunday Friendstitching gathering; seems as though we’ve not met for months …

Wishing you the best weekend, ever… hoping it is cool!

Cheers~