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~

tgif | 6.14.19…

 

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thinking/trusting: today is Flag Day and Sunday, Fathers’ Day. not sure how frequently these two events are so close together – guessing it doesn’t really matter. today, my thoughts turn to my dad who was a proud soldier in the US Army, during WWII. tho’ he never went overseas to battle, he and his troops were ready, even tho’ they didn’t get to go. after the war, Daddy  remained in the US Army Reserves, until his death, 40 years later. my father believed in the principles on which this country  was founded (and is still engaged in making the mark): respect, liberty and justice for all. I am reminded that I, too, must keep the faith, must trust that the foundation is strong and goodness will persevere…

gratitude/gifts: we have been graced nearly all week with subsequent rare June days. it has been a joy to sleep with open windows, greeted by sunshine- filled mornings and delightful, just-right temperatures…

inspiring/inspired by: clouds. yesterday and today, the sky’s been a study with glorious, magnificent clouds rolling by, occasionally hiding the sun …and then a breakthrough.

 feeling/finding: looking ahead, a nearly blank calendar – as in, no outside appointments  – for nearly the next two weeks…hmmm. wondering how I will fulfill those days, hours, moments of promise…

wishing all a weekend filled with many moments of promise…and fulfillment.

TGIF | 6.7.19 …

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Thinking: where has the morning gone? It seems to have disappeared, poof! As tho’ someone waved a magic wand or uttered a few magic words. This morning, I’m trying on ideas and spending the time leisurely, in tune with all sorts of sensory stimulation…soon, 1 PM, EST, t’will be time for Journal Club…and then, a trip to Whole Foods. The larder is bare …

Gratitude:*

  • the ceiling fan as the breeze cools my skin;
  • the sound of frozen berries as they fall into the bowl;
  • the sight of the gentle movement of this tree’s leaves, caressed by a breeze;
  • the sweet peach flavor of my tea and its
  • aroma

Inspired: the June issue of O – the Oprah Magazine. Bright. Colorful. Summery. And filled with all sorts of images for collage…in addition to the monthly book reviews and Oprah’s signature “What I Know for Sure” closing column. This month’s article begins “OH, WHAT A TIME to be a woman.” The piece goes on to focus on the advances women are making in the world with specific focus on New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden during the Christchurch Muslim community massacres.

Fun: I shared this story with Dee about teenage hair – mine! – in response to a blog comment made earlier this week:

“Love It! My hair @ 16-17 was graced with pink sponge rollers most of the time except when I was in school! I tho’t I was hiding the fact that I’d cut my long tresses – as my father so aptly described when he asked one evening at dinner: “Whatever happened to Honoré ‘s long tresses?” Durn! Caught in the act!

Needless to say, other than being embarrassed, the world didn’t end! But that was pretty much the end of my long tresses. I’ve kept my hair mostly short ever since…

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

* I’m joining Michelle GD for her free summer series here .

the week in review: 20 -24 may 2019 …

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sometimes mondays … are spent attending a quilt exhibition of Mimi Dietrich’s Baltimore Album Quilts, on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. The Baltimore Album Quilt -aka as BAQ – is a Maryland grown quilt, created primarily by women’s church groups in the 1840s & 50s in Baltimore City; and so called an album because each (of the 6, 9, or 12 and sometimes 15) block is called an album. Traditionally, the quilt block’s main colors are red and green. Mimi, widely acclaimed for her BAQs, is a hometown – as in Baltimore –  girl and teaches a year’s long class that ends if one stays on task with a BAQ! Monday afternoon, about 25 of us from my quilting association carpooled to Baltimore for a tour of the exhibit, led by Mimi – whom we all know and love! Besides being an accomplished quilter, excellent teacher, she’s tremendously funny and inspiring!  The exhibit was just delightful and so much fun to see so many of Mimi’s quilts on display in one spot. I do not exaggerate: we were all inspired and my enthusiasm for making a BAQ rekindled. Prior to going to the exhibit, I’d decided to push the restart button – to begin again for the first time – later this year

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unraveled wednesdays … I’m not sure what happened with the day ~ it just went! The day was comprised of

  • counting the many joys of my life, shared in the photo above, the first side of a two-sided scrapbook layout for LOAD;
  • making a quilt block ;
  • reading: I started Stephen King’s memoir:  On Writing and am finding it deliciously fun and quick, as in flow, and
  • knitting a few more  rows on my forever lap blanket. Simple garter  stitch and excellent practice…

Chris and Kayla Prom smile

(this photo was taken in Oct 2009 for Chris’ Homecoming dance; Kayla was 9)

today! thank goodness it is Friday … and the day of Kayla’s senior prom! She has been waiting for this day, since she was 10, 8 years ago.  Then Chris, her older sister, was prom bound. Kayla thought seeing all the girls in their dresses and guys in tuxedos and couples driven in stretch limousines was just magic. We gather this evening about 6:45 pm at the prom site. The day is lovely and I imagine/trust the evening will be also…

and that’s a wrap for this week. Enjoy your weekend!

Cheers~

 

TGIF | 5.17.17 …

Today, this little girl, aka Kayla, then 4 years old and now, a high school senior, attended her last day at school. This picture was taken when she first started preK, 14 years ago. Time flies…

Goal – less: I’ve spent the entire day drifting from one thing to another… my “plan” was abandoned early. I’d signed up for a free online journaling “class” and left after about 10 minutes. Not my cuppa tea. The day turned out to be lovely, weather wise : low 80s sunshine. And no humidity! A perfect opportunity for a leisurely walk…

Inspired by my mid afternoon walk, I spent about an hour making a layout for today’s LOAD (layout a day); the challenge : a surprise and a 4-word title…

Feeling a bit tired – probably bored is a better descriptor – so I’ll end this post, have a glass of wine and knit a bit…

Wishing all a delightful weekend…

Cheers~

tgif | 4.19.19…

thinking: I love that every month in this year has a ” x. 19.19″ date…don’t ask me why, it’s just one of many small quirky things that make me smile…or is it the product of an idle mind?

gardening: Jason, the young man who tends the yard, was here yesterday… everything looks a sight better for sure. Chris (my niece) wants to garden. Since she lives in an apartment building, she asked if she could use my back yard as her learning field and also let her pup Hazel, romp. I didn’t hesitate to say YES!

inspiring : I so enjoyed Kym’s sharing of Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese; as I watched the video this morning, I recalled I’d captured a photo yesterday of a lone goose, leisurely ambling on a lawn, eating… (the photo was not taken in my yard )

fun: a bit of Haiku for you, written just this morning as I was fixing tea:

I look out and see

three birds flit by the window

“catch me if you can!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers~