simply a moment | 6.15.20…

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~this morning about 7 am~
I promised myself that I’d resume the practice of writing about the  moment on the 15th of the month – a practice I cultivated for 4 or so  years. Why I stopped, I really can’t  say. This morning I wrote a draft in the DayONE app on my iPad, fully expecting it to appear (aka sync) on my desktop. Dinna happen. So at 6:15 PM this evening, I was pre-occupied trying to figure out why not and what to do next…answers that I yet do not have…
In previous Simply A Moment entries, I aimed to capture the moment in time that corresponded to the date: 3:15 pm at 3/15  or 6:15 am or pm  on 6/15.
This morning, at 6:15 am, tho’ I was awake and up, I’d completely forgotten that today was the 15th and therefore, called for this post. At 7:17 am, waiting for my tea to cool, I realized that my body clock was still operating on regular time and 7:17 am, DST, was close enough. And thus I wrote, in DayONE on my iPad:
My tea has cooled. I am settled in at the table. There is a very perceptible breeze. More traffic is visible on the Avenue – Rhode Island Avenue (aka as US Route 1) – tho’ not nearly as heavy at this time of day, pre Covid-19  and despite the fact that some of stay at home orders in the DMV area have been lifted.
It is now 7:48 am and at 8:30, Mindful Monday begins. This practice, my first Zoom session of this week 25 in the year 2020. Led by Jamie Ridler, creator/hostess of the Journal Cub – on summer vacation – Mindful Monday is the time for focusing on the week’s: goals, plans, activities, musts and wants – with more emphasis on wants.  During the session’s 45 minutes, we 
  • reprise the previous week
  • journal
  • plan and choose a touchstone and one thing to focus on during the week.

My idea, not yet a plan, is to use DayONE twice a day, in the morning and evening, between the 6 -8 AM and PM hours, to document my day/s, using a hybrid approach – combining analog + digital script…for I can now also use the Apple pen in DayONE on the iPad!  I’m hoping this will be an interesting experiment. Stay tuned…

And now, I shall move on to the PM agenda: back to joining blocks on my Log Cabin 9 Patch lap robe using the 3-Needle Bindoff technique…

Cheers~

 

 

sometimes mondays | 7.29.19…

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Since last Fall, I’ve participated in Mindful Monday – setting the week’s course with mindful intention. This is an offering from Jamie Ridler, who also hosts the weekly Journal Club sessions. Each weekly gathering is scheduled for 10 sessions and then there’s a break. I find that both are not only great bookends to the week but also set the stage for examining both the planning, implementation and assessment of how I live my days on this planet earth. Each is a practice that I can and do carry on during break times, aided by access to the recordings of our sessions. Being able to “playback” the sessions is invaluable in helping me continue the practices.

Today marked our last Mindful Monday for the summer season. T’was a good session and I was ready to move on with the week: wrapping up July and preparing to welcome August. My plan:

  • write and publish this post after breakfast ( the session runs 8:30 am to 9:30 am) …
  • make a few calls to set up some appointments …
  • go for a walk to beat the heat -sadly it has returned – and then …
  • stitch on the journal cover (I found the grommets!), maybe even finish …

You are no doubt familiar with this famous sayingThe best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agle … Yep, that’s what happened in this house. Norman’s mouse ( computer) died. We thought it was a simple matter requiring a new battery. Check! Replace. Test. IT DID NOT WORK! What??? I’ve been a Mac person for ten years; my intimate knowledge of PC and Windows  – zilch.

Our only recourse:  off we went to buy a new mouse: So not on my agenda. Fortunately, the office supply was about a 20 minutes’ drive …and the sales person who helped us had working knowledge of what was no doubt the problem…as did Microsoft and every other maker of the computer mouse: probably the usb dongle (transceiver) was bad because the new mouse came packaged with the dongle and a free battery! Would you believe the whole package was $19 dollars and change!

We returned home, a tad apprehensive, fingers crossed all would work. I inserted the battery in the new mouse, removed the old dongle from the PC, inserted the new one and moved the mouse! IT WORKED! Yay! Big sigh of relief. Norman a happy – albeit a poorer camper. Honore´ – a happy camper too: back to the real business of the day!

All’s well that ends well and Norman’s mouse has a new home!

Cheers~