unraveled wednesday | 11.13.19 …

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~full November Beaver moon – 11.11.19~

Today! Our first taste of winter cold: a mere 29 degrees Fahrenheit on a very sunny day! It helps. I am preparing for a 2.5 days’ visit to the beach – go figure in below freezing temps – for a meet up with two friends. Great fun in store !

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Yesterday, my Recent Reads group – there are four of us – met for our bimonthly gathering. I was late to the party (Norman had an unplanned medical appointment)…and oh what a party: we had “high tea,” complete with antique table setting: china; serving dishes; linens; silverware; and a printed menu! So delicious… we were also  given wonderful little boxes to fill with tasty delectables to TAKE HOME.

On the reading front, I finished Stillness is the Key. Really, really like this book: it is filled with information, ideas, vignettes of history’s great thinkers, ranging from the stoics to Winston Churchill to Anne Frank to Tiger Woods to Mr. Rogers… with practical invitations and ideas to assist the reader incorporate stillness in her life (and we all know we need those moments of  stillness).  I am in catch-up mode with Just Mercy; it is not easy reading – wonderful writing but tough content. [deep sigh]. Twyla Tharp  (The Creative Habit)  has a new book: Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life . She is 78 and still moving!

And I guess I’d better get a moveon, too. Tomorrow will be here before I know it; I have stuff to gather and a bag to pack! Joining Kat and friends for another unraveled wednesday..

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 11.7.19 …

 

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Totally late to the party…it’s been a busy day, with :

  • laundry – more loads than usual …
  • monthly reconciliation of XPNS (expenses), etc…
  • broken up by a lovely walk this afternoon, accompanied by Gretchen Rubin and her sister, Liz Craft, on their weekly Happier podcast – my favorite walking companion… and
  • text messages – gazillions –  among my nieces and sister. Dolly’s planning a Christmas craft party for Chris and Elias; invited guests are her mom, sisters, grandmother (my sister); best friend and her three kiddos and me…especially since the party will be here. Dolly’s excited and quiet as it’s kept, so am I!

Yesterday, I visited my local Barnes & Noble store: the doors wide open, an invitation to come in and browse…among a totally new display of books and more books, all brand new, multiple copies of a title, both fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Of course, I walked out with a title or two plus a couple gift items…

There are about 8 rows of stitches on my log cabin to knit and then, join the blocks…I’m thinking I’ll add successive rows around the perimeter in the lighter lavender yarn – I have lots of it…and somehow, also add smaller blocks of the various colors…all makes for good practice. I’m still practicing continental knitting…

This morning, I decided to make coffee – decaf! It was very good and a nice break from my usual, green tea. About 4:30 pm, I realized I had a headache! Green tea to the rescue. I am so grateful for the tea…and it tastes great in my reading mug, too!

Off to join Kat and friends…

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday |8.28.19 …

 

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I am ready to begin the 8th square on my log cabin quilt… when it’s done, I will have one more square to knit and then, start the process all over again!

I spent the most of this morning looking for needlepoint yarn for a tiny angel canvas I started centuries ago ! I didn’t find the color yarn I wanted but I did find a whole bunch of other angel canvases to needlepoint…who knows how long they’ve been in the queue?

Both audible and print TBRs continue to grow… everyday, I read a few more chapters in most. When I logged on to write this post, a notice from the public library in email:  a reserve is in…so, I’m out the door for my walk and to pick it up.

Joining Kat and friends for another Unraveled Wednesday!

Cheers~

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~

 

this past weekend …

 

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Q: What do two retired librarians do on a hot Saturday in July?

A: Attend a day long event, “Books to Leaf Through This Fall ” listening to local indie bookstore owners preview their picks of this year’s new books in : Literary Fiction, Biographies and Memoirs, Local Authors and Mystery/Suspense categories. Friend Margaret treated me ~ an early birthday (Nov). In addition to a list of potential good reads, we were also excited to learn about the four bookstores.

The event was sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and held in the Ripley Center on the Smithsonian Mall. The Center is unique in that it is a round building on ground level and all the meeting, exhibit and office space are three floors below ground.

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After the program, we each went separate ways (we  take different Metro trains home).  I moseyed across the Mall to the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden & Restaurant, ordered a decaf  iced caramel latté and watched the fountain spray. T’was all very refreshing and relaxing.

Saturday, I clocked 11,523 steps/4.43 miles. I’d walked to the Metro station in the morning and started to walk home from the Metro station in the afternoon; got about 2 blocks and a bus pulled up. I jumped on for 2.5-3 blocks and then walked the short distance to the house. Needless to say, Sunday I was a tad on the worn -out side; I was pretty sedentary. Today, I am resting … tho’ I did go for my daily walk. Tomorrow I may’ve recovered.

Cheers~

 

 

uraveled wednesday | 7.24.19 …

 

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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!

Joining Kat and friends for another installment of unraveled wednesday..

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 7.3.19 …

 

Joining Kat and friends for another unraveled wednesday.

   11 am      85°  

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 Avenuefeeling the coolness of the summer breeze …

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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.

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday|6.26.19…

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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!

Cheers~

 

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~