friday’s thoughts | 5.22.20 …

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~18 may 2020 LOAD entry~

the days run together… in these times, only venturing out primarily to a) get some fresh air or b) stretch my legs, I’m in the house … today it rains, il pleut, as I always enter in my journal. the steady patter of rain drops on the skylight is very soothing, almost causing me to doze off -ha!, tho’ I did consider a return to bed with a good book – but who am I kidding? I don’t return to bed for naps unless I am not feeling well and well, that’s not the situation, knock on wood!

Friday afternoons’ Journal Club sessions are on hiatus until the Fall. Hmmm. I normally continue the practice, on my own, during the interim…thus far, since the session’s end, I’ve fallen out of the practice (i.e., Friday afternoon journaling session). Time to resume; I know the rhythm. Yes! I will do that; in fact, I am doing so now, sortof, as I pen this post. Normally, my journaling is handwritten.

The house is quiet; Norman just left to take a walk. The only sounds I hear are the click, click of the keyboard, the tick tick of the clock and an occasional car driving down the street. What do I do next?  I have plenty options:

  1. create today’s LOAD 520 layout – the theme is friendship;
  2. find some fabric among my stash for two small quilt projects on my list;
  3. update the May Collect photo collage;
  4.  take a lunch break; and
  5. read a chapter in Before We Were Yours.

I think after I hit publish I’ll do 4 and 5 … and then see what next calls to me…

We here in the Nation’s capital are still under a stay-at-home order with a possible lifting 29 May. Ah, here comes the sun? And a reminder: Tuesday, 26 May is the One Little Word monthly link up here on this blog. Looking forward to sharing and reading.

Have a great holiday weekend, however you spend it. Be safe!

Cheers~

 

unraveled wednesday | 5.20.20…

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My entry for the 20th day of LOAD – Layout A Day – May 2020 Challenge. Last December, I gifted myself some luscious  pearlescent water colours; I finally got around to taking them for a test spin today! In person, they’re more pearlescent and I think using smoother cardstock paper will make a difference.  It’s all fun…and to be continued.

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I am still reading Before We Were Yours and started the above – it’s non-fiction – Monday… Miter blocks are movin’ right along – two to go and this block will also be done. If I play my cards right, I may even finish the lap robe by the end of #the100dayproject. Time will tell…

Joining Kat and friends for another Unraveled Wednesday.

unraveled wed | 5.13.20…

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Yesterday, Tues, was Recent Reads and since we are homebound, we met via Zoom – which enabled our friend Adele (in Ohio) to join us. The photo is the second half of a two page spread on yesterday’s meet-up; slipped in the book pocket is a screen-shot photo of our Zoom session – the only person you can see is me. And yes, that is the Golden Gate Bridge -one of Zoom’s virtual backgrounds. When I stand up and move away from the camera, I actually look like I’m walking across the bridge. Fun … the book I’m reading is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. It’s quite a page turner. I haven’t had a chance today to resume but I intend to do so in a few short hours.

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Later, I took a walk; these are flowers at my niece Kayla’s elementary school – two blocks from my house. When she attended, the rose bushes weren’t planted. Pretty, yes K?!

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This is my second medium-sized Log Cabin 9 Patch block.  Thanks to #the100dayproject, I’m making good progress; 63 days ’til the project ends. Hmm, I may come pretty close to finishing  this project … We’ll see.

Time to have dinner and then log onto Zoom for a scrapbooking crop to work on today’s LOAD520 challenge. Joining Katand friends for another unraveled wednesday.

Cheers~

week in the life | day 1 | 5.11.20

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6:29 am ~ morning sky

12 hours ago and counting, my day began …  and it is not over by any stretch of the imagination. Last night, we stayed up til midnight, watching reruns of The Golden Girls (1985 – 1992). The TV program is just as funny and pertinent as it was 28 years ago .

Today has been quietly busy, perhaps because I’m documenting it: participating in Ali Edwards inspired week in the life – WiTL. I think the last time I actually did a WiTL was September 2017 when I went to Oregon for a week long quilting class and then to Seattle to visit friends.

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~6:23 pm ~ evening sky~

All day, the sky’s been a study: clouds, clouds, clouds, appearing very ominous and then, sunlight and blue skies break through, if only temporary. Fascinating. Beautiful. Today I wrote Haiku:

The sky ~ a study.

Clouds come, go. Birds fly high, low.

Nature’s gift to us

As MSQT evolved, I made a list of 11 things to do today….of course not all have received my undivided attention but 8 will by the time I go to bed. Tomorrow I host our bimonthly Recent Reads gathering… because of Covid -19, we are meeting via Zoom. So on that note, I shall hit publish and move onto creating my LOAD Day 11, which is – conveniently – to document today.

I hope your day has been a good one and that your tomorrow, even better.

Cheers~

 

 

 

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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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|4.9.20 …

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~