~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!
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.
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.
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..
Joining Kat and friends for another unraveled wednesday.
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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!
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.
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…
(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!
I love gardens. Especially the English garden kind. I am not a gardener… at least not yet. I am at best, a wanna-be gardener…and every year, I think, perhaps this year? Spring has been especially lush this year. The gardens – both kept and unkept- spectacular. I suppose in many ways, quilting might be considered a form of gardening…and that’s probably a big stretch…
Right before the quilt show, the above book arrived on my doorstep: I’d ordered it; I don’t recall how it came to my attention. Perhaps a siren call. I’m not even sure I’d ever heard of the author. She is one of America’s best known garden writers, has a blog/garden weekly podcast, away to garden.com
I am delighted the book is in my possession: I’m not only learning but also enjoying reading about gardening year round…and the photos are superb. I’ve toyed with the idea of garden as my word for the year. Perhaps 2020. In the meantime, I will continue to savor the book , listen to the podcast and contemplate future options.
Knitting, stitching needles and sewing machine have all been quite idle ~ I’m still recuperating (from the quilt show). I am also gathering new creative toys and ideas. One new toy: a circular weaving loom. I now have three types of weaving looms to play with over the summer.
Actually, as I think about it, my creative garden list is growing by leaps and bounds…but as with a garden, one has to be vigilant and ever tending or else wind up with weeds. Guess I’d better get busy…
Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday!
Still recovering from Sunday’s 12K walkathon…adding yesterday, another 8K+. I normally average circa 5K on a daily basis, weather and other factors permitting. Today’s incentive: spend several [more] hours in my craft room, purging and reorganizing – bringing outer order and inner calm to my creative memory keeping environment as well as my mind.
Calmed and ready for a break – a treat – I journeyed to my favorite (and only) local coffee shop within walking distance. On the way there and back, I listened to the latest edition of What Should I Read Next ? ~ Modern Mrs Darcy podcast, episode 180. This week’s featured guest, Liberty Hardy, host of BookRiot’s All the Books podcast, read 600 books last year! Reading is her full time j-o-b! And then some! Can you imagine? I encourage you to listen to the podcast -even if you’re not a podcast listener. It was fun …and I’ve added Liberty’s fave author: Elizabeth McCracken’s Giant House: A Romance to my TBR list – I don’t usually read fiction in this genre but this one sounds like fun so I thought I might give it a try…any one read it already?
The Quilt Show is two weeks away, May 2-4, and I’ve just a few loose ends to tie up…but for all intent and purpose, I. am.ready.
Joining Kat and friends for another UW. What’s unraveling – or not – in your life these days?
As one can see, my main task today is TAXES! Fun – not… but I do have two new additions to MSQT: Austin Kleon’s Keep Going, released just yesterday and a new iPad mini, added to my collection of
iToys, er iTools!
“Why the new mini?” inquiring minds want to know…several reasons:
- I had a previous mini, 3rd generation, I think; I gave it up for the iPadPro two years ago, primarily for the Apple Pencil feature: I can actually write using my own handwriting, always a plus in my column…
- I like the Pro (larger screen) well enough and also have a keyboard cover…problem is, it’s too big and doesn’t “port” easily enough…
- I read a review about a 10 days ago that gave the new mini not only highest remarks but also casually mentioned the Apple Pencil worked with it! SOLD! And so last Friday, when I went to pick up the new microwave oven I also got the new iPad mini, 5th generation!
I started Austin Kleon’s new book this morning; the subtitle is “10 ways to stay creative in good times and bad,” essentially establishing different habits! Austin, a writer, also draws and creates redacted poetry from newspaper articles.
Stitching continues on the quilts for the Quilt Show, just a month away. I’m stitching – by hand – the binding on the big quilt. That will pretty much wrap everything all up and I can focus more attention on making a few novelty items to sell – we have over a 1,000 ! – plus the quilting supplies, books, etc that no longer spark joy! At least, not for me!
The forecast today offers sunshine! Hope it’s yours too! Joining Kat and friends .