walk 20 in 2020 | 5.4.20 …

 

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#walk20in2020 is a challenge Gretchen Rubin began this January ~ you can learn all about it here . Tho’ a tad breezy, today in the nation’s capital, the weather was pretty durn near perfect – for sure an invitation to start the week off on a good foot. And since it’s never too late to start and/or strengthen this habit/practice, I took full advantage of  Mother Nature’s bounty.  I

  • held onto my hat,
  • clocked 54:54 minutes /1.88 miles,
  • easily snapped ten+ pics of bright colorful flowers and
  • relished every minute out in the nature under bright blue sky!

Would that we had many more of such wonderful days, but alas, not to be!

 

 

 

one little word | 4.28.20 …

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~sunrise @ 6:26 AM~

“…every morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha

I’m a morning person. Have been all my life. When I’ve traveled with friends, they’ve been amazed at my early to rise habit… of course, that also goes with early to bed. Sun up: I’m up; Sun down – I’m not far behind. And that’s the way it’s been for me with me for decades…until  2020 and precisely, early in March. Just days before we “sprang forward” with the clock, I got sick with a cold. And since, I’ve been pretty much homebound, facilitated muchly by the total stop Covid-19 has enforced on our lives, as we know it, all around the world. I do not complain for I am grateful for every moment.

During this time, I’ve had plenty opportunity to examine my daily habits. My mornings at the table have grown longer and longer – primarily because I’ve nowhere to go, no place to be. I’ve spent hours at the table:  thinking, writing, reading, imagining, contemplating, and watching the sky change as clouds move in, around, out. I am noticing both new and different habits popping up into my days – as do the dandelions in the yard.

It is time now to refresh my tea and get a moveon with this day, the 119th of 2020.

How has your word shown up in your life this month? Please share your link below and if there are problems, add the link to your post in this blog’s comments. The linkup expires May 5.

Cheers~

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spent …

 

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this is what’s left of the tulips after nearly 10 days of brightening our table. today, tho’ spent, i find them quite beautiful, still…

the morning, in fact, the better part of today has also been spent at the table, with the tulips, watching an ever-changing sky:  one minute the sun shines, the next, grey clouds move in, out, around…

i’m thinking, i know, i should get a moveon, eat lunch and spend some time and my energy preparing tomorrow’s post and salvage what remains of this day … before it too is spent

Cheers~

tgif | 4.24.20 …

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thinking: the week has passed by quite fast…where does the time go when you are homebound? our routine has definitely changed though we’re not going to bed or waking up any any earlier or later …yet, the day seems to pass really quickly…

gathering and organizing supplies and ideas and stories I want to tell for the upcoming session of LOAD – that’s making a scrapbook layout a day for the entire month of May – just one week away! The theme this year is The Beatles; ah the memories that should evoke…

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in preparation, this month I’ve been making a small 3.5 x 5.5 pocket sized traveler’s notebook, documenting these days of Covid-19 and #the100dayproject2020… and

finally fun: the lead photo is of Chris, soon to celebrate his 6th birthday June 10. This morning, he lost his first tooth… a bit surprised, he cried – guess he didn’t know what to think – but as the picture shows, he’s all smiles after his mom explained what had happened … and that the tooth fairy was going to come. He’s holding his tooth in that rather large sized plastic bag.

And that’s the way it is this 17th week of 2020. Have a good weekend!

Cheers~

PS. A reminder: Tuesday, 28 April is the day/date we’ll share our one little word experiences.

 

 

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~

collecting march 2020 …

 

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Better late than never! I realized one day, a week or so ago, that I’d not posted my March photo collage.* As I reviewed my photos, I discovered that most – likely the result of social distancing ( e.g., photo 26) and Covid-19 –  are of nature. Most definitely thankful for Mother Nature, especially during these times.

Cheers~

*For whatever reason, I cannot remove the subtitle “collecting Fall 2019” from the collage…gonna try another technique for April. If anyone knows the trick for unchecking the tag, do let me know…online help N/A…

 

3 on thursday | 4.16.20…

I’m joining Carole and friends and sharing three random thoughts:

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  1. This watercolor is based on the colors of a recent morning sky & sunrise (I neglected to date the painting made with watercolor pencils and a watercolor brush pen. Just a little bit of experimenting and play.

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2. I’ve had these two LLBean 100% cotton work shirts for easily 10 years; I love them for knocking around and wear them year round -except when the temp and humidity are terrible – for they are both lightweight and warm. I tend to be cool rather than hot –except when the temp and humidity are terrible. Alas, as you can see, the collars are worn and I s’pose I could turn them … someday, maybe. The shirts remind me of a story my mother shared: when she was in her 20s, she saved her money and bought a fur coat …which she said she wore – over the years- down to the collar. I’m not sure what the fur was and why it didn’t last but I often smile when I think of her industriousness.

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3. I read this article from MapMyWalk about walking/ways to get in 4K+ steps daily when one can’t always go out walking in the nature – as my niece Dolly would say when she was little and wanted to go outside.

And that’s all for today.

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~

 

3 on thursday|4.9.20 …

2020-03-19 Things I can and Cannot Control

As mentioned previously several times, every (most) morning/s, I read the day’s Simple Abundance essay. I have done this off/on since the publication of the first edition in 1995. Each reread has brought forth a new perspective, tempered by the times and places I’m in at that particular juncture in my life. In 2019, Simple Abundance marked its 25th anniversary with a new and updated edition… and as I read, little nuances, references have substantiated the claim. Yesterday’s entry Affordable Luxury encourages us to experience more affluence in our daily lives through pampering…

What an invitation! I thought about how I’d like to pamper me but cannot due to the corona virus and social distancing. Here’s my list :

  1. Spend the entire day pampering me! First, I’d go to the hairdresser! I need a hair cut and the luxury of having my hair shampooed and styled. My many grey strands are wiry – each has a mind of its own and needs a bit o’ taming… I also need a manicure/pedicure … maybe even a body massage…
  2. Go to several bookstores! There are two Indie stores in DC -new to me -that I’d particularly like to visit, spend the day and browse, have a caramel latte, sit with my journal, people watch, dip in/out of the pile of books before me…
  3. Go to the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden /Restaurant, have lunch out on the restaurant’s terrace. Just sit, with my journal, people watch and be grateful… always, grateful.

As I’ve sat here, drafting this post, the rain has stopped and there’s a hint that the sun is coming out… an omen? What’s on your pampering list?

Joining Carol for Three on Thursday.

Cheers~