… come around sooner than expected…hmmm, let me see, last Monday, the last day I blogged, I noted the weather was cold and windy; today it is cold, windy and wet! I wondered what the week was to bring; it was busy!
I pulled out Christmas stuff and decorated the living room except for the tree. We need a new one… and we need to have a meeting of the minds: I want real. Need I say more?
Saturday’s house tour was fun. Most of the 7 houses on the list were owned by young couples, with one or two preschoolers. It’s always interesting to see current trends and how people decorate their homes. Horizontal chandeliers (with 3-5 individual lamps) and beaucoup (5-8 ) pillows on the bed seemed to be the décor of the day.
I only attended one concert – yesterday – Handel’s Messiah. Superb!
Today was my quilting group’s annual holiday potluck luncheon; everything was good. Entertainment consisted of our singing two songs about quilting – one sung to Let It Snow and the other, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – and solving the holiday word scramble (pictured above). Have fun!
This photo was taken at one of the houses; of course I couldn’t resist!
Thursday had to be the perfect- it’s – almost-Fall day. The Thursday Stitchers had lunch outside and just enjoyed the weather! Brunch: margherita pizza and fresh watermelon. Yum!
I have an idea for rearranging the living room. Friday morning I went to IKEA to see if there are any furniture pieces – as in bookshelves and tables – that might fit the bill. I arrived early for their Swedish American breakfast (the restaurant opens 30 minutes before the showrooms). Seated at the window, I looked up and saw a flock of Canadien Geese, yes – heading south. By the time I got my iPhone on, I was just able to catch the formation – upper left corner…
Saturdaywas the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival, held in the Washington Convention Center. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was the star attraction – more than 4000 people were in the audience for her segment – some having arrived at 4 a.m to get in line. I opted to watch on TV – at home; best seat in the house. A quick google search will pull up the program, broadcast on C-span2/Book TV, if you want to see it. Later that morning, I ran errands, finding myself away the balance of the afternoon. T’was a pleasant outing.
Sunday! Welcome September, Fall (meteorological) and the September prompt from Ali Edwards for one’s One Little Word. We spent the day relaxing – tho’ I did take a brisk walk. Otherwise, Norman watched TV; I set up September calendar and plans.
Today, Monday! Labor Day! No work done around here. I toyed with the idea of cleaning out the refrigerator and mopping the kitchen floor but opted instead to take a leisurely walk to the coffee shop and treat myself to an iced caramel almond milk decaf latté.
And that’s the way it was this Labor Day weekend… a wonderful way to greet the new season! What was the highlight of your weekend?
Today has been appreciatively quiet… as I guess a Monday holiday should be. I took a walk about an hour ago, choosing not to go to the pool (which opened Saturday) ’cause I thought it was going to rain. Yesterday, I started to the pool also…and turned around after about a block: the sky grew dark, thunder rumbled in the distance. When I returned home, the satellite TV signal had been lost – that’s how we know somewhere in the area there’s a storm brewing. Long story short: much ado about nothing!
On Monday mornings, the convener of my Friday Journal Club also leads a group session called Mindful Mondays. Both sessions are great ways to bookend a week; I really enjoy and benefit from the double opportunity to use my words and Jamie’s guidance and tutelage. I appreciate her insight and ability to provide comfort, clarity, and community. We gather from ’round the world and many of us participate in both sessions.
On my afternoon walk today, I saw and liked this photo of a sidewalk – in a way, it reminds me of a quilt block…but I’m thinking it might be good for the back yard. This is the year it gets attention: possibly a new deck and for sure, flowers, bushes along the fence, a tree or two…and a place for Hazel (niece Chris’ puppy) to run.
Aren’t these bright and cheerful? Enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend.
The weekend started with a quiet bang. Saturday was lovely ~ an invitation to walk to Zeke’s, sit outside and enjoy a new-to-me latté (made with lavender spice and honey). After one sip, a gust of wind, caused my drink to spill the minute I sat it down! The barrista was kind enough to make me another and I switched to a caramel latté – I found the first drink a tad too sweet.
Easter Sunday we joined friends for a delightful, delicious potluck dinner. The evening sunset was spectacular. I am so delighted that today’s smart phone technology makes taking such dramatic photos as easy as can be!
Today beckoned me outside once again: Come. Take a long leisurely walk to the park. I enjoyed not only the weather and sight of the sky, folk reading, kids playing, flowers, azaleas and trees blooming, and also the sidewalk art, always a delight to see.
… are very leisurely. Today, Presidents’ Day, has been filled with making lists, plans, menus and layouts (I am doing a layout a day, LOAD 219 that I’ve done every year the month of February for about 9 years) and a very extended MSQT (Morning Solitude and Quiet Time)! Just about 10 minutes ago, I looked up at the clock and realized the day is well on its way to being over…
Today, it’s quiet and windy, sometimes sunny; other times, not! I think I will pause doing not much of anything and take a quick walk. That should help me refocus my attention (and energy ) and get back to my lists, plans, menus and today’s layout/s – featuring a bit o’ green…hmmm, I just realized that yesterday was St Patrick’s Day.*
Trust you are enjoying a leisurely day, too!
*PS. 3:15 PM. Oops, as I walked I realized St. Patrick’s Day is in March.
I haven’t even started to shop… I’ve had that pin for 23 years! I looked for it earlier this week and t’was nowhere to be seen/found. Oh well, I thought, perhaps it’ll show up… I was sure the time thieves were involved. I was right! Today, I pulled out my Christmas vest and there it was – pinned (still?) to the sweater, last worn in 2017. …
I haven’t even started to shop… for my nieces, ages 32, 26, almost 18, who prefer $$$… (I do have an object for them, too that’ll I keep secret until after Christmas…just in case they happen onto this post) …
I haven’t even started to shop… but I shall brave the crowds tomorrow and/or Saturday or Sunday to pick up a few groceries for dishes I’ll make for a Christmas Eve gathering…and go to Barnes & Noble for a few books for Chris and Elias.
My real reason for shopping so late in the season: I love being out among the crowds. It’s a real trip down memory lane for me. Norman and I often reminisce about how all things Christmas when we were kids – from shopping to getting/putting up/decorating the tree – happened on Christmas Eve Day. Of course, when we were kids, we also didn’t have online shopping or Amazon …
How about you – shopping all done? Joining Carole and friends for 3 on Thursday…
Today began early enough: first a 10 am appointment for a haircut; then two stops: a- office supply store and b – vacuum cleaner repair shop. Had to have the vacuum vacuumed in order for the vacuum to vacuum! Bottom line: the vacuum cleaner works again!
This year, we’re hosting Thanksgiving and celebrating Elias’ first birthday, too! I have been pondering and deciding the menu – sticking with traditional : turkey/corn pudding/cranberries/salad/ roasted veggies, raspberry-sour cream gelatin salad… and rolls. Dolly will help – she’s good in the kitchen and likes to cook!
Here it is, after 4 pm and the day’s somewhat unraveled…but not lost. Tho’ sunset is rapidly upon us, I’m going to spend the next couple hours restoring some order to the craft studio…
And that’s the way it is on a wednesday… joining Kat and others here…
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Heads of state from around the world met in Paris to honor and mark the veterans who fought, survived … and the thousands who didn’t.
Daddy told this story of his attempt to join the army in World War I : Off he arrived at an army center, to enlist – only to be turned away! Not because of race or any physical disability. He was just plain too young!
At the start of the war, when (I think) he tried to enlist, he was just 12 or 13 years old! Apparently, after asking him a few questions, the Army established his birth year, deciding he was born in 1901… He was sent off with these words: “Come back when you are old enough.”
And that he did, My father, Captain François, was a proud member of the United States Army, serving stateside during World War II and remaining in the US Army Reserves til his death, 34 years ago.
I am so grateful for his service, all who served and currently serve to make life better for us all. Peace.