unraveled wednesday |5.6.20 …

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Last week I was delighted to see the white iris in bloom; this week, I’m doubly delighted to see its purple companion…and looking forward to more blooms. Last year, if I recall, there was nary a bloom.

On the knitting front, I began the second set of medium sized log cabin 9 patch blocks – 9 blocks similar to this – the order of colors will be different and the knitting, much better, now that I know how to make a miter. These blocks are one of my #the100days Project 2020. I may even get all the blocks knit by July 15.

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I have several titles in ebook and audio format for my SAH Book 2020 Bingo card…but, I wanted to read a real book, that is, one printed on paper…so, I scoured my shelves and found Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours . I’ve read the first chapter and I think I’ll stick with it… not sure what square it might fill, there are two possibilities, one being the free square. Time will tell.

On the personal storytelling front, the May LOAD (Layout A Day ) scrapbook challenge is in full gear. The theme is The Beatles and all the prompts are based on their numerous hits; it’s fun! Today’s prompt includes a sunrise… I’m sure I have a photo or dozens of the sunrise in my photos, ya think?

And that wraps it up for another Unraveled Wednesday. Joining Kat and friends here.

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 4.22.20 …

I’m at the half-way point of the medium-sized Log Cabin/9Patch blocks. Progress is certainly swifter when the number of stitches per row is only 20 and the rows are garter coupled with taking a 4 PM TV break. At this rate, who knows, I may even have the entire knitted blanket done by autumn…no rush, of course.

On the reading front, I’m feeling as tho’ I’m between a rock and a hard place. Nothing’s quite captured my attention … tho’ I’ve been gathering possibilities for SAH Book Bingo 2020  for whenever social distancing guidelines/orders are lifted, I can get my “in the bookstore and library fix!” (We’re expecting at least another month here in the DMV area).

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The weather was absolutely lovely today (rain is forecast for the next four days)  – an invitation to make the 14 blocks’ (each way) walk  to the Franciscan Monastery … alas, the outdoor sanctuary grounds were gated but the tulips were lovely…and the walk,  invigorating.

Joining Kat and friends for another week of unraveled wednesday .

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday |4.15.20 …

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As I sat at the table this morning, sipping tea and staring out the windows (my usual MSQT habit)  I had a thought  about today’s post… needless to say, I didn’t write it down and like the ever changing clouds in the sky, I lost it… try as I might, I can’t even think of the subject… I did, however, pen a(n) Haiku:

“Sipping tea, watching

Robins find a worm or two

Quiet day ahead”

If you’ve been following my Instagram: @honorel – yeah, I know, not my forte but still I learn! – I started the #the100dayproject with no specific project in mind but instead, a bunch of tiny creative ones I want more of in my life. Writing haiku and practicing doodling have been on my list a while – mainly because I drifted away from this morning practice.  Today, I returned and it felt good to be back .

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This is my card for 2020 Book Bingo. Why it’s one-half I know not… but so be it. I have a title or two in mind to get the reading going…just need to get the books. Have you begun, yet?

Joining Kat and friends for unraveled wednesday…

Cheers~

 

unraveled wednesday | 4.8.20…

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In 2010, my niece Chris – we’re calling her Marie these days to differentiate from nephew Chris – graduated from high school. I made her a quilt( out of the fabric in the photo* ) to take to college. I always liked that fabric and I found a few leftover pieces when I was rooting around for fabric to make Covid-19 masks. Today,  using a piece of the fabric, I made a mask – for me!

I chose the fabric because I think it exemplifies what I’m aiming to do during “the100dayproject,” make life simple – or at least simpler for me. To that end, knowing my penchant to be wooed by bright shiny objects, my project is to spend at least 15 minutes a day focusing on at least one of the PiPs (projects in progress – or not):

  • Covid-19 face masks…
  • two quilting projects that have June completion dates …
  • five knitting projects “found” in my stash awaiting my attention…
  • photos and/or watercolor pencil renditions of the sky, clouds and trees…
  • scrapbook layouts – especially for May’s LOAD (Layout A Day ) challenge.

I’m ready to roll.

Cheers~

*I think I also used some in Kayla’s graduation quilt…

“loof lirpa”

Welcome April!  Joining Kat and friends for today’s Unraveled Wednesday gathering!

… Have you played or had any jokes played on you on this April Fool’s day? In these parts, the morning’s been quiet and grey, tho’ there’s a hint of sunshine as I pen this post. Normally, my morning is quiet – only the normal sounds of the ‘frig, an occasional bird tweet or ambulance siren and the ding of morning txts. Today, Norman arrived in the Great Room singing “Fools Rush In.” Dare I say more?

On the subject of singing, one of my stitching friends shared this YouTube video…not quite the opera but fun:

and on the subject of videos, I share this one:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/31/what-im-really-watching-instructional-knitting-videos

Over the past few days, I’ve also been a) watching a few “how-to” videos on making face masks and b) drifting in/out of books – not sure what I want to read – whether audio or print.  A couple months ago, I bought Melanie Falick’s Making A Life; I’m finding it too heavy, weight-wise to get into…but I shall persevere. I think I just need a good old fashioned in person visit to the bookstore and library!

The morning moves on and soon it will be afternoon. Norman’s retired to his “man cave” and computer and all’s quiet again. As soon as I hit publish, today’s top 3 agenda items will be done. Ahhh! Now, I shall resume MSQT …

~the azalea bush’s first bloom~

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday|3.25.20…


According to “our”horoscopes, we’re in this for the long haul…  (My niece shared the above graphic and I couldn’t find a source.)  Joining Kat and friends for this week’s unraveled wednesday.


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A couple weeks ago, I visited my knitting stash of unfinished projects and found an afghan I started a few years ago that I’d forgotten …so, I pulled it out and have added it to the TBF (to be finished) queue. I also decided to make the LogCabin/9Block piece bigger…so, it looks as tho’ I’m continuing with it a bit longer too…
I finished* a book on decluttering (for an online group discussion); the book didn’t “ring my bell” so I *skipped a lot. Most mornings I read Ryan Holiday’s Daily Stoic essays and respond in the companion journal that invites readers to reflect on the essay. I find it absolutely uncanny how the essays are spot on for today’s events. For example, today we’re invited to respond to this question/essay: “Would I feel wealthier if I decreased my wants?” In response to the essay “ Wealth and Freedom are Free” based on Epictetus’ Discourses, 4.1.175: “ …freedom isn’t secured by filling up on your heart’s desire but by removing your desire.” Oh how true! Could FOMO be operative?

        

thursday 3|2. 27. 20 …

1 – I am reading a delightful book on clouds… and learning sooo much. Fascinating! Today’s very windy, cloudy morning is an added bonus. As is oft said “ the sky’s a study “ and for sure, today it is! I awoke to stratocumulus* clouds, fueled by winds, moving rapidly, tinged with pink colored by the sun’s rays . (*today’s new word ;-))

2 – I have a new iPhone XR. It’s different and learning how to turn it on, swipe whichever way to get to apps, etc is somewhat of a challenge. I had my former phone, a 6+ for 5-6 years with the push button. Habits are hard to make…and to break.

3 – I share a little unraveled wednesday, too. Block #12 is slowly coming along…I pick it up most times when watching the news or am joining Thursday Stitching friends ~ today, I won’t be. The color of the block in progress is a light blue…almost looks gray in the photo.

Such is the way it is on this last February Thursday. Today we’re getting a preview of March’s winds. Linking up with Carole and friends.

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 2.12.20…

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~ nearly sunrise/ 6:55 am ~

6:55 am: I turned on my phone and discovered a txt message from friend K…we had a lot of fun with MeMojis – hers is too much like her! Looks, animations, just perfect. I have yet to create mine …. but I want one! Ahhh, just another item for my someday maybe list. I should live so long!

After that unexpected and much treasured treat, I prepared to microwave water for my morning cuppa tea and set my place for MSQT.  I picked up the phone again to search for today’s focus on Ali Edwards’ Pieces of Us photo – capture and got distracted by Google’s news clips, in particular two articles: 1- a review from Consumer Research on the “best microwave ovens and 2 – an article from nbcnews.com , “Are Audiobooks for You?”

The audiobooks’ article provides a brief history of the talking book, beginning with Edison’s  1877 phonograph record to today’s offerings… and a list of five books to start an audio book reading journey. Some books on the list I’ve read; one I might and one I’m pretty sure I won’t, ever.  A while back, I shared a goodreads  article that weighed in on the question: Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the print version? What say ye?

Why microwave ovens? Long story short: March 2019 I bought a new oven (after much consternation) only to have it begin to freak out in the past week. Bottom line: the oven is not serviceable. Mais oui (but of course)! Some manufacturing flaw in newer-made versions of the original model I had (that had also lasted 14 years after multi use daily!) GE will honor the warranty and reimburse me after I jump a few hurdles: produce receipt (I have) and wait 6-8 weeks for a reimbursement check, minus depreciation. So, sometime in the next 72 hours we go get another new oven; we use the oven a lot!

In the stitching arena, I’ve made more progress on the Log Cabin/9 Patch lap quilt : One more block to make and one to finish – approximately 70 rows of garter stitch … and then on to the next phase, joining the blocks and knitting medium and small ones. I’d planned to finish my second Tree Quilt Block for Australia this afternoon – after a hair appointment and very.quick.trip to the grocery store for bananas – but those plans were waylaid by unexpected company.

It is now after 6 pm, later than planned and I’m finally finishing what I started early this morning: this blog post! Time to move on to the other items on my agenda, especially my scrapbook layout for today’s LOAD.

Joining Kat and friends for unraveled wednesday!

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 2.5.20…

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Yesterday was Alexa’s* day to attend to some household chores. She did pretty well with ticking off tasks but ended the day with a few leftovers, so this morning after MSQT, she:

  • rolled up her sleeves, cleaned the frig …
  • washed salad greens for this evening’s dinner…
  • made out the grocery list, tho’ she’s not sure when she’s going to shop or perhaps try home delivery again?

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Knitting and reading thus far this week have been catch as catch can, especially with the addition of LOAD 220. She’s starting a new block – the yellow on the needle. And right after she (Alexa) publishes this post, she’s going to make/finish** the second quilt tree block for Australia.

Joining Kat and friends for unraveled wednesday!

Cheers~

*this is just a spoof on the Amazon echo home device.

**and well, she ran into a little problem with photos not downloading so she just spent  an hour+ on the phone with Apple Support!