tgif | 11.27.20 …

                           surprise thanksgiving package left by a friend

thinking:

… in just 4 days, December will be upon us and the end of 2020 – just 31 days away! I’m very much looking forward – – to 2020’s end and hopefully, the nightmare we’ve been living …

grateful:

… despite this year’s challenges, I am grateful that friends and family, have for the most part, fared well. Several friends and I lost a long-time very dear friend and it has been so comforting for us to have one another.

inspiring:

… I read this article this AM, selected for me by google – sometimes I resent google’s snooping in my search and email in order to personalize web content for me but this time, I’m OK. I immediately downloaded the Kindle book and I’m off to Ravelry to look some more. My mind’s racing with ideas for doing this ’cause sky/cloud/season watching soothes my soul …

fun:

… it’s a fact that I’ve made corn pudding dozens of times (see 11/26/20 post). Yesterday, I managed to burn the dish…for some reason, I set the oven for 450 degrees, not the required 350 degrees! Go figure. I’m just grateful that we weren’t having company and that, fortunately, only the top was charred. And – Elias is THREE today! Will share a photo or two, as soon as Dolly sends some.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

sometimes mondays | 10.19.20 …

Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health — body, mind, and spirit.” ~ Pass It On

Today, this morning, for a brief moment, I saw the birds flocking towards the sunrise …they fly so fast that I can’t train my camera eye to catch before they are out of its view…but, that’s OK, I tell myself : the image is indelibly imprinted in my mind. I watch for Canadian Geese – so far, I’ve seen none.

Life is slowly adjusting to the new normal – a term we hear and say too often. This morning, the temps dropped low enough to kick in both the furnace and the heat pump – both are working on all cylinders. Thankfully. Especially after replacing the A/C-HeatPump this summer at ruinous costs. We’re set for winter and it appears, based on the ten-day forecast that we may not have a brief reprise of summer weather/temps before November.

This week’s calendar is pretty clear – save for my Daily Pages 12 N Zoom session, still very much a delightful break in the day. More Zoom sessions scattered throughout the week. And as I look at the clock, I think I’d best get a move on for my quilting group’s meeting in just an hour – @ 10 am.

Have a great day and week!

Cheers~

tgif | 10.16.20 …

thinking : or as they say: best laid plans of mice, men and Honore´ … I wrote a draft of todays’s post earlier today but then got involved in sorting and planning several memory keeping projects for the balance of 2020. Can’t believe there are just 10 weeks left in 2020! Who-da thought we’d have the ride we’ve been on and are still on ???

grateful : for a stirring to resume a couple stitching projects – just as soon as I finish reorganizing my sewing room. one project on my agenda is “sewing school” for my nieces – they each want to learn how to sew and I have a few spare machines – one for each ( i.e., 3) plus a major supply of fabric, tools, etc. I think that with Zoom and my sister’s plus quilting friends’ help, we/they can do this…and heaven knows there are books ( many that I also have) and online resources to round out the curriculum. Christmas will be early this year…

interesting : “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” our neighborhood drugstore (Walgreen’s!) is still without rubbing alcohol – it’s been over three weeks. they are well supplied with hand sanitizers and masks and alcohol wipes and other COVID-19 related items… just no alcohol. truly a curiosity.

fun: October is another LOAD (layout a day month); I have been enjoying capturing autumn memories during this unprecedented year – COVID-19. The photo above was yesterday’s creation …

Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

sometimes mondays |8.24.20 …

… are like and unlike any other. this morning, at 8:24 am, stillness. the world around appears to still be very much sleeping in. Eventually, the “world will awaken” but for the now, I shall relish these quiet moments.

… as I look out the window, evidence of autumn greets: just the slightest twinge of brown on the leaves of this tree and larger spaces of blue sky show in between branches. against the nearly cloudless sky,  red crepe myrtle dot the landscape.

… in this 5th month of Covid-19, the stealthy, incognito, non-discerning, easily transmitted virus continues to devastate … and yet, the grass continues to grow; clouds form, come and go; birds fly, stop to rest on an electric wire or tree branch or fence; squirrels scamper; bees, butterflies and other flying insects flit their way across my vista. in the not too far distance, I see traffic move and even two small dogs out for a walk.

… in the not too distant future, the sky will be more revealed as leaves from this tree begin to drop. soon to be autumn. I hope your Monday morning was as peaceful.

Cheers~

PS. A reminder: tomorrow is share your 2020 August word experience on this blog.

unraveled wednesday | 8.19.20 …

 

… These are – with the exception of Begin Again by Eddie Glaude – two of the books I bought last Saturday at Barnes & Noble; the other is Roller Skates which had to be ordered and has now arrived. I guess I’ll make a quick trip tomorrow afternoon to pick it up. Roller Skates is a children’s book- one of my childhood faves – set in NYC. I enjoyed fantasizing about skating up n’ down the streets of NYC… Just thought a little trio back in time might be a pleasant antidote during these times of Covid -19.

… I am slowly reviving two knitting projects : the second sock is on the needles and I decided to do both toes at the same time. The other, Diamonds are Forever afghan, is going to receive some TLC beginning next week.

… I think I need a new chair for my computer – one that allows me to adjust the height for sitting when I’m at the “stand-up” – counter height computer desk as well as the “sit down” positions. Counter intuitive? Does such exist? Google search in order…

… I’m not really happy with the new block editor  Word Press launched …I  resisted using  during the trial period- guess it’s just my mind rebelling…perhaps in due time I’ll change my mind. Always hard to teach an old horse new tricks . <smile>

Joining Kat and friends. Gotta have a quick dinner…have a Zoom session at 7 PM, EST.

Cheers~

 

sometimes …

  IMG_1078      monday morphs into tuesday… I had the best intentions, plans and ideas yesterday to post … and somehow for some reason, some way, the day got away from me … as it did over the weekend. Perhaps because I was on Zoom, more than off, it seems – I hasten to add, not a complaint, just a fact. I am grateful for Zoom and other similar technologies; not only are we  able to keep in touch with family,  we’re also enabled to:
  1. connect with friends , including those who perhaps we’ve only met online via our blogs and other social media;
  2. learn new techniques in areas of our own personal interests, etc.
IMG_1064      saturday -the 15th- afternoon, I went to Barnes & Noble and managed to spend more than enough on books to keep me company for a bit…more on them tomorrow.  t’ws my first visit to a bookstore since February! I also stopped at a local office supply  – filled with back to school supplies. In normal times, the inventory would be pretty much decimated. I bought the little guys each their own composition notebook, designed specifically for their ages: 6 and 2 3/4. I know that through the balance of 2020, Chris (6 years) will be doing first grade virtually and Elias, of course, will want to do everything his big bro’ (idol) does. I felt a tinge of sadness as I looked at all the school supplies – memories of back-to-school from my childhood, my nieces, flooded over and floored me as the reality of these times stopped me cold. [deep sigh].   IMG_1088      yesterday it rained off -n-on and then of course stormed – just as Norman was putting the trash out for tuesday’s collection. why not? fortunately, tv reception wasn’t affected so we were able to watch the Democratic National Convention.   IMG_1113      today was nearly perfect – low 80s ! Unheard of in the middle of August in these parts. I do not complain!  Cheers~     PS. A reminder: next Tuesday, August 25 is the monthly one little word linkup on this blog!  

Random thoughts …

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~Fri 7 Aug – 7:36 PM EST~

… last week (as I took my late afternoon walk , alone and slowly, for my aching back pain was then and at times, still attention-gripping), Friday’s sky was indeed a study. I wished I had watercolors and brush to stop and play; instead, I gave thanks for my iPhone camera. I wished also to lay down on the grass and look up at the sky. Ha! Who am I kidding ? I’d probably still be there, unable to get up… still the thought appeals …

… today, the sky poured earlier.  As I pen this post, it appears that the rain is over – an invitation for a walk…

… the grass in the back yard, is overdue for a cut – I can see the blades waving, caressed (?) by a gentle breeze. Our lawn care guy had to postpone the scheduled “cut;” his dad tested positive for Covid-19 …

… leaving you with this link (from the Smithsonian ) to a very different window on the world during these times of Covid-19 … Enjoy!

…and now, I’m off for the walk before the next round of rain comes!

Cheers~

 

mindful monday | 8.3.20 …

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~saturday’s sky; looks a lot like today’s~

8:30 am: This morning, my candle burns brightly; its fragrance fills the air. Birds and squirrels have been very busy foraging for food. The ever-changing sky is currently blue, dotted with clouds and the sun shines. It is cooler, by a tad – but nonetheless, cooler and most welcomed. During this time of Covid-19, I write often in my journal how eerily quiet it is with no traffic. It is still so.

  • Normally on Mondays – well for 12 consecutive sessions within a quarter, at 8:30 am, EST time, I’m logging onto Jamie Ridler’s Mindful Mondays hour long weekly planning session.
  • Mindful Monday, currently on hiatus, is an opportunity to rejoice in and celebrate our wild and precious lives. Held over Zoom,  – mais oui – participants from over the world gather to:
    1. celebrate our previous week
    2. ponder and plan our upcoming week.

Looking at my planner, this week is basically free of appointments: Wednesday, I get my crown. Perhaps I’ll make an appointment with my hair dresser; perhaps not. Hmm, let me see: what else? Of course, the necessary trip to the grocery store. And my fave noontime break: Daily Pages. Those 30 minutes of creative play are so satisfying. Fun + Done!

Last week, I spent several days döstädning  (decluttering) and organizing my craft studio. Progress is evident but the job’s still incomplete; I shall continue. I look up out the window, at the sky and see a strange thing flying – a drone, perhaps? Nah, a helicopter most likely. Whatever, it’s now out of sight.

It is time to refresh my tea, to continue with planning this week, the 32nd of 2020. Wonder what else is in store? Have a good Monday.*

Cheers~

*After I wrote that sentence, I attempted to stand up and was greeted with a shooting pain in my lower back! Too much döstädning?  I may be going to the doctor instead of the hairdresser…

july’s new moon | 7.20.20 …

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Today, the hottest day so far this season, is also the new moon.  According to my zodiac sign – Scorpio – travel and books are on my mind . Yep, I have to agree. I’d hoped to be traveling to Sisters OR, early Fall and I’ve two books  – both vying for my time and attention – nearly finished, just in time for tomorrow’s Recent Reads Zoom gathering. I have at least one Zoom session every day this week! To say Zoom has been a lifeline is an understatement. I’d planned to post earlier today but got sidetracked by another project I am resurrecting, starting today.  My plan is to share more about it later this week.

I hope you have a cool(er) week than what we’re having right now- our prospects don’t look too good. Fortunately, we have AC!!! and I’ve plenty of activities to keep me occupied.

Visit this site if you’d like to read your horoscope for July’s New Moon in Cancer … and stay cool.

Cheers~

PS. The moon face is from a Sunrise greeting card  I found in my stash- NA as best I can tell.