My morning intentions were simple : take advantage of cooler temperatures and treat myself to an early walk and sit-out on the avenue @ Zeke’s. I gathered my stuff: my journal + pen/s; iPad + iPhone; money; the book in the photo; and off I went. T’was still cool; that was good. About 4 blocks from home, I realized I’d left the plug outlet for my iTools…oops, I might need! I turned around, went back home to retrieve the plug and found a package at the front door – but not for me (for Norman).
Off I went, again and finally arrived at Zeke’s – about a 1.5 mile walk. Ordered coffee and sat at an outside table, ready to take in the sights and resume MSQT. T’wasn’t to be. A woman sat at the table next to me – she was waiting for a bus to take her downtown. We struck up a conversation and maybe 6 buses later, she decided to continue her journey.
By then, my coffee cup was empty and I was ready to make the return trip home. I went inside Zeke’s to get some water for the journey and ran into a former neighbor; we chatted a bit and went our separate ways. On my way home, I ran into another friend and we walked about a half block together, parting company at the library. I meandered through the park, eventually arrived home, ready for a shower. Sadly, the heat and humidity had returned.
After my shower – not sure the time, I did a couple loads of laundry and went upstairs to write this blog post. But first, I checked email and you probably know what happened… I got caught up in the email …
It is now 5:20 pm. Laundry done; responses to email; a couple friends’ blog posts read and comments made – Welcome Home Mary! And finally, this post written and soon to be published.
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What you do from 5 -9 am is what you’ll do from 9am – 5pm ~ Stacy Julian
I loved the shadow of the pitcher – which sits on the table – the sun made about 7:25 am this morning, on my Flower Garden quilt; quite apropos, I think… The quote I heard on a podcast during my morning walk. It all just came together so nicely… and was a nice entré for the day…I thought.
Over the past few days, I’ve been revisiting the practice of bullet journaling…a couple years ago I joined the world’s millions who jumped on the bandwagon…and then for some reason, I stopped. Maybe not completely – within my journal, I do a bit here and there but I don’t consider myself a real bullet journaler – whatever that is! I scoured my collection of books and previous Bujos (journals) and am reacquainting myself with those aspects I like, have used and new features I think I’ll try. I’ve come to the conclusion that predesigned journals and planners just don’t work for me but the blank page does. So, it’s off to the races I go, yet again.
The book Things You Save in a Fire arrived on my doorstep yesterday…addressed to me, apparently ordered by me from Amazon… A new release, the book has received great reviews from the likes of Kirkus, Booklist, NYTimes, Washington Post, Good Reads (the author even gave herself 5 stars … and why not‽) . I
- don’t know the author …
- have read several pages …
- am surprisingly intrigued to read on…
- invite you to stay tuned!
This about wraps up my Unraveled Wednesday; joining Kat and friends here.
Not much on the horizon this week. I was looking over photos taken over the past several days and rather surprised that the pickins were rather slim. I did so enjoy seeing these gingko leaves against the afternoon sky this past Saturday…as I wended my way home…
…and this is another look at the journal. I went with an elastic band, found a small lock and keys in my stash (who knew?) and just for fun, added them.
I also added two bands on the inside front/back covers to help hold a journal in place…the fabric in the middle of the band is stretchy; hopefully, that will allow the cover to expand as my friend fills in her journal…she does a lot of tipping in of pages she’s culled from magazines, ephemera, etc… all which contribute to the journal’s growth.
Educated, the book and podcasts remain my faithful walking companions. I’m dipping into a lot of different nonfiction titles on habits and “unplugging” from the digital world. I’ll do a roundup soon.
Off to run a few errands before a 1pm hair appt…Joining Kat and friends for another round of unraveled wednesdays.
I have quite a library of books about journaling – no surprise. Last week I bought Be A Blessing, a journal created and written by Debbie Macomber, the author. It’s colorful, fun and she uses a gardening metaphor. I think I’ll buy copies for my nieces’ Christmas presents.
I finished the journal! And soon it will be wending its way to my friend in FL. I opted for the elastic band; she also weighed in and said she liked that option. Wish granted. Thanks for your suggestions and votes.
My next quilting project is to assemble approximately 75 of the above squares – each different and made by members of my quilting association as a gift/thank you at the end of my presidency, 2015. Obviously, I didn’t rush into completing this quilt; it has literally taken me this long to find a fabric I liked that complimented the variety of the blocks. All very colorful. I think the fabric works.
And that’s the way it is on this, the last day of July 2019. My, how time flies! Feel that way to you, also?
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PS. Several readers commented on yesterday’s post about habits and the “need/desire” to make a few adjustments to their own mornings. Check out this link on the process of using a tiny habit to create a new one.
I’m making a fabric cover for a journal and have hit a small, yet solvable, puzzle: how to create a closure. Could it be:
- an elastic band, e.g., the type used on a Traveler’s Notebook? Do I have any grommets?
- a ribbon that can be tied? Probably the easiest;
- an elastic “frog” that fastens around a button? Can I find such an item? I can clearly see one in my mind’s eye.
I’m sure I’ll come up with the best solution. Moving right along…
On my daily walks, I’m reading (listening to) Educated by Tara Westover. It’s an interesting memoir and well narrated. I’m struck by the author’s ability to translate her vivid childhood memories into very readable descriptive prose. I don’t normally give stars to books but if I were, I’d easily give this one 3.8 stars.
Time to take a walk and enjoy this absolutely beautiful cooler day!
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12 noon | 94° F … on the way to 96° F
- totally trying to stay cool on this super hot July day… and so very grateful that I don’t have anyplace to be and the A/C is doing its j-o-b! Merci!
- on my walk – about 10:30 am (I didn’t get movin’ as early as I’d planned; it was still in the high 80s, tho) – I listened to Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast, Episode 230 . Today, she and Elizabeth interviewed Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Steve Jobs’ daughter) about her memoir: Small Fry. I’m undecided if I will read; I’m intrigued mainly because the reviews ,Gretchen and Elizabeth extol the “writing.” Have you read? Thoughts?
- progress on the Log Cabin blanket is s-l-o-w (I can’t even stay steady) but who needs wool (even tho’ 80% + 20% cotton, so it’s not hot in A/C) on a day like today ? I’ve introduced a third color – the pink. This project is a good traveling companion or for watching the evening news…
- on the cutting station in my sewing studio, I have a fun quilting project … just as soon as I hit publish on this post, that’s where I’m going next.
- Enjoy your Wednesday and check out what Kat et al are unraveling, too!
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sitting outside @ Zekes… enjoying an iced decaf caramel latté and this lovely summer day before it gets too hot and …watching foot and motor traffic – including a bare-chested man on a motorized scooter – whiz by on the Avenue …feeling the coolness of the summer breeze …
listening to this book – my walking companion – totally mesmerized by not only the story – plausible ??? – but mostly, the author’s way with words: poignant, liltingly graphic. The book is being made into a movie…I’ll be interested in seeing how it compares. I am eager to see how the book ends – for there is mystery and intrigue – but I may also reread in print (digital) as I have in my Kindle library, too.
We’re having a very quiet holiday tomorrow. Wishing you an enjoyable holiday.
Hah! I wish that were true! My friend Betsy had this shirt on and the minute I saw it, I knew I had to take a photo and share. This past weekend, I finished a quilt wall hanging that my friend Pat and I made for another friend – who is winding down her annual Aruba ‘vaca’ – so the quilt is yet to be gifted…and that’s about all the quilting I’ve done since May…not much… But! I have more quilting projects patiently waiting in the wings.
Knitting on the Log Cabin continues… I tell myself ’tis good practice and soon will be very useful when the weather returns to cooler… November? Perhaps by then, I’ll be done! Perhaps…
Tho’ I’m not doing a summer bingo, I am aiming to read a few fiction titles: Where the Crawdads Sing; two more of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache: Bury Your Dead and A Trick of Light ; and finish Stephen King’s 11.22.63 . These should carry me through the summer.
And with that, I shall call this post a wrap. Joining Kat and friends for another Unraveled Wednesday!
Chris’ 5th birthday celebration was Saturday; I thought it was being held at a LEGO playland…nope! A place called Climbzone – for adults and children alike. Chris, his pals and aunts Chris and Kayla tried but…but… the kiddles preferred the bouncy house, all things considered! I suppose the ClimbZone theme was appropriate for the party; Chris is a big fan of Batman… known also for scaling tall buildings. Apparently Aunts Chris and Kayla did make it to the top…I didn’t see because I was in my car, warming up…(t’was a tad cold in the building!)
We’ve had delightful end of spring weather; I’ve been taking long walks these past couple days…enjoying the flowers that are in abundance.
Just think: In two days it will be SUMMER! I am no fan of summer in these parts…but, perhaps ( a very slim perhaps) the temps won’t be so horribly hot…one can hope. I shall return after the Summer Solstice arrives @ 11:54am, ESDST! What are your summer plans?
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