tgif | 5.7.21 …

Currently, I am participating in the annual May rendition of LOAD – Layout A Day. Our theme this month is The Golden Girls and thus far it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve watched Golden Girls since it first aired in 1985; I suspect I’ve seen all 185 episodes at least ten times but each one is almost always fresh, new and funny! I normally catch a few episodes, aired on the Hallmark Channel, on weekends.

In my last post, I shared a bit about a PiP (project in progress…or not ): knitting the sky. No, I’ve not yet started the project tho’ Thursday morning , I did begin reading the book Knit the Sky on my Kindle. I rarely read ebooks so I’m relearning the platform – which has been updated considerably since the last time I read a Kindle book. Above are the yarns I’ll be using for the project…now, to get started!

And, also in my last post, I shared a picture of Hazel – niece Chris’ labradoodle. Hazel has a new look and I thought she’d be OK with my sharing another photo. She’s such a cutie!

My daily schedule has been drastically changed over the past six months and I’ve too often found myself trying to fit things in the old time frame, only to run out of time and steam! As I was drafting this post, keenly aware that too many days have elapsed since I last posted, I had a bright idea: Usually , M- F, I’m on line during the noon hour, creating daily pages in small 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 journals. I had the bright idea: I’ll use the following 12:45 – 2 PM time slot, give or take 10-15 minutes, to draft, edit, schedule or publish posts as well as attend to other blogging activity: reading and responding to comments, visiting others’ blogs, etc. As I shared earlier, I think this plan is a prime candidate for time blocking… time will tell… and as friend of mine oft said: nothing beats a failure but a try… I’m not quite sure how this will all turn out but I plan to give it a good try. Now if I could only figure out how to use Word Press’ new editor program. I do not at all like it!

Wishing all a great weekend! My niece Kayla – age 20 – got her first Covid-19 vaccination today! Maybe by Memorial Day we’ll be able to have a family gathering…

Cheers~

tgif | 4.16.21…

thinking & giving some serious thought to the concept of time blocking. I’ve been toying around with the idea for a goodly while but just have not given it a whirl! This blog post does a basically good job of describing how it works. Have you tried this concept? If so, are you using any special tools or apps? I’d be delighted to learn of your experiences.

inspired by last night’s spectacular sunset – little did I expect it to be a preview of this morning’s sky. I awoke during the AM golden hour – the sky, a rosy glow, was a study, changing from rose to morning ‘s glow to grey to its current state of cloudy. Several months ago, I discovered a knitting project that captures the colors of the sky. I “shopped” my stash and found some yarn that would be perfect for the project; I just needed more. I called the company – a family owned/located in Maine – and had a lovely chat with the owner who, intrigued with the project, offered to dye the colors of yarn I was missing. She did. The yarn arrived. It waits for me to begin… but first I need to read the book the creator of this technique wrote. I haven’t because I forget it’s on Kindle and reading ebooks are kindof not on my radar. The solution: Put this on my time block task list…

fun: This is my niece Chris’s poochie – Hazel. Apparently the chair she’s on is a series of sculptures , created for this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, scattered around Washington DC. I shared one in front of my local library on this post. I didn’t know there was a series until I did a little research…

Have a great weekend! It’s Spring!

Cheers~

tgif | 3.26|21 …

Thinking & Grateful for this truly grand and delightful Spring day! The temperature a delicious 79 degrees; the sun shines and a gentle breeze flows, caresses. Everywhere one looks, trees are budding, blossoming and bright, colorful flowers bring a smile to my face. People, including me, walk slowly, wanting to soak in and prolong this delightful day despite still having to wear face masks…

Inspired by the spring flowers, the sky and clouds, I spent some time pouring over and through my fabrics, ten plus years of accumulation (tho’ no time at all compared to many quilters) selecting colors and designs for my Confetti quilt. Each fabric I select tells a story of my quilting journey. During this pandemic, that journey totally stopped in its tracks; I welcome the rejuvenation of this creative endeavor.

 

IMG_2271Fun: This colorful chair sits outside the library. I believe it’s made of concrete. The next time I walk by,  (the library is open on a limited basis and I always manage to go there when closed ) I’ll touch to see …

Here’s to a gentle and delightful Spring weekend for us all. Enjoy!

Cheers~

tgif | 11.27.20 …

                           surprise thanksgiving package left by a friend

thinking:

… in just 4 days, December will be upon us and the end of 2020 – just 31 days away! I’m very much looking forward – – to 2020’s end and hopefully, the nightmare we’ve been living …

grateful:

… despite this year’s challenges, I am grateful that friends and family, have for the most part, fared well. Several friends and I lost a long-time very dear friend and it has been so comforting for us to have one another.

inspiring:

… I read this article this AM, selected for me by google – sometimes I resent google’s snooping in my search and email in order to personalize web content for me but this time, I’m OK. I immediately downloaded the Kindle book and I’m off to Ravelry to look some more. My mind’s racing with ideas for doing this ’cause sky/cloud/season watching soothes my soul …

fun:

… it’s a fact that I’ve made corn pudding dozens of times (see 11/26/20 post). Yesterday, I managed to burn the dish…for some reason, I set the oven for 450 degrees, not the required 350 degrees! Go figure. I’m just grateful that we weren’t having company and that, fortunately, only the top was charred. And – Elias is THREE today! Will share a photo or two, as soon as Dolly sends some.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

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.

 

day is done …

…seems I was up before sunrise – now, the sun’s set, the moon glows and I’m wondering : “where has the day gone ? what have I done or not?”

In the done column:

  • shopped for groceries – 2nd day in a row …
  • walked to/through the park – my first time all week …
  • cleared off the tops of the bookcases on the second floor landing …
  • played with scraps of card stock during the Daily Pages session today …
  • and it is time now to make my 23rd LOAD layout – it is destined for my 2020 December Daily album

I went downstairs to take chicken out of the oven and stopped to look out – the moon was gorgeous, begging to be captured :

~ a perfect ending to this October day ~

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

PS: Next Tues, October 27, is the one little word roundup.

tgif | 10.16.20 …

thinking : or as they say: best laid plans of mice, men and Honore´ … I wrote a draft of todays’s post earlier today but then got involved in sorting and planning several memory keeping projects for the balance of 2020. Can’t believe there are just 10 weeks left in 2020! Who-da thought we’d have the ride we’ve been on and are still on ???

grateful : for a stirring to resume a couple stitching projects – just as soon as I finish reorganizing my sewing room. one project on my agenda is “sewing school” for my nieces – they each want to learn how to sew and I have a few spare machines – one for each ( i.e., 3) plus a major supply of fabric, tools, etc. I think that with Zoom and my sister’s plus quilting friends’ help, we/they can do this…and heaven knows there are books ( many that I also have) and online resources to round out the curriculum. Christmas will be early this year…

interesting : “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” our neighborhood drugstore (Walgreen’s!) is still without rubbing alcohol – it’s been over three weeks. they are well supplied with hand sanitizers and masks and alcohol wipes and other COVID-19 related items… just no alcohol. truly a curiosity.

fun: October is another LOAD (layout a day month); I have been enjoying capturing autumn memories during this unprecedented year – COVID-19. The photo above was yesterday’s creation …

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

5 on friday|7.17.20 …

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  1.  Summer has arrived: 90s and beyond for the next 10 days plus – yuk! …
  2.  My TBR list grows mucho faster than my “dun read” list; thinking I need to rethink what will guide my decision of what to read when; or throw dice; or close my eyes and pull a slip; or just say YES to NO!!! – as I can’t read them all.  Perhaps this Medium article – a 4 min read – will help …
  3. Sharing from Austin Kleon’s 7/16.20 newsletter : “My favorite hand-powered technology? Paper and Pencil “…
  4. Tim Holtz and other white artists are sponsoring a two day event: Pass The Brush, July 16 & 17. 25 white artists will Pass the Brush to 25 black artists in an effort to show solidarity, to amplify black artists’ presence in the art world … Check out the social media event here: instagram.com/p/CCtKBhZnaPs/
  5. It is indeed a balancing act trying to use my iTools simultaneously while drafting this post…several times I found myself using the Mac keyboard to make entries on the iPad and the Apple pencil to write in my analog 3.5 x.5.5 paper notebook…and of course, capturing all with my iPhone, earplugs & audio book out/off. Now, if all that could happen, wouldn’t tech indeed be grand?! (Quiet as it’s kept, I’d love to be able to type an interabang   – without having to copy+paste or memorize the html code…)

Have a great weekend. Stay cool and safe.

Cheers~

friday’s thoughts | 5.22.20 …

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~18 may 2020 LOAD entry~

the days run together… in these times, only venturing out primarily to a) get some fresh air or b) stretch my legs, I’m in the house … today it rains, il pleut, as I always enter in my journal. the steady patter of rain drops on the skylight is very soothing, almost causing me to doze off -ha!, tho’ I did consider a return to bed with a good book – but who am I kidding? I don’t return to bed for naps unless I am not feeling well and well, that’s not the situation, knock on wood!

Friday afternoons’ Journal Club sessions are on hiatus until the Fall. Hmmm. I normally continue the practice, on my own, during the interim…thus far, since the session’s end, I’ve fallen out of the practice (i.e., Friday afternoon journaling session). Time to resume; I know the rhythm. Yes! I will do that; in fact, I am doing so now, sortof, as I pen this post. Normally, my journaling is handwritten.

The house is quiet; Norman just left to take a walk. The only sounds I hear are the click, click of the keyboard, the tick tick of the clock and an occasional car driving down the street. What do I do next?  I have plenty options:

  1. create today’s LOAD 520 layout – the theme is friendship;
  2. find some fabric among my stash for two small quilt projects on my list;
  3. update the May Collect photo collage;
  4.  take a lunch break; and
  5. read a chapter in Before We Were Yours.

I think after I hit publish I’ll do 4 and 5 … and then see what next calls to me…

We here in the Nation’s capital are still under a stay-at-home order with a possible lifting 29 May. Ah, here comes the sun? And a reminder: Tuesday, 26 May is the One Little Word monthly link up here on this blog. Looking forward to sharing and reading.

Have a great holiday weekend, however you spend it. Be safe!

Cheers~