unraveled wednesday | 2.12.20…

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~ nearly sunrise/ 6:55 am ~

6:55 am: I turned on my phone and discovered a txt message from friend K…we had a lot of fun with MeMojis – hers is too much like her! Looks, animations, just perfect. I have yet to create mine …. but I want one! Ahhh, just another item for my someday maybe list. I should live so long!

After that unexpected and much treasured treat, I prepared to microwave water for my morning cuppa tea and set my place for MSQT.  I picked up the phone again to search for today’s focus on Ali Edwards’ Pieces of Us photo – capture and got distracted by Google’s news clips, in particular two articles: 1- a review from Consumer Research on the “best microwave ovens and 2 – an article from nbcnews.com , “Are Audiobooks for You?”

The audiobooks’ article provides a brief history of the talking book, beginning with Edison’s  1877 phonograph record to today’s offerings… and a list of five books to start an audio book reading journey. Some books on the list I’ve read; one I might and one I’m pretty sure I won’t, ever.  A while back, I shared a goodreads  article that weighed in on the question: Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the print version? What say ye?

Why microwave ovens? Long story short: March 2019 I bought a new oven (after much consternation) only to have it begin to freak out in the past week. Bottom line: the oven is not serviceable. Mais oui (but of course)! Some manufacturing flaw in newer-made versions of the original model I had (that had also lasted 14 years after multi use daily!) GE will honor the warranty and reimburse me after I jump a few hurdles: produce receipt (I have) and wait 6-8 weeks for a reimbursement check, minus depreciation. So, sometime in the next 72 hours we go get another new oven; we use the oven a lot!

In the stitching arena, I’ve made more progress on the Log Cabin/9 Patch lap quilt : One more block to make and one to finish – approximately 70 rows of garter stitch … and then on to the next phase, joining the blocks and knitting medium and small ones. I’d planned to finish my second Tree Quilt Block for Australia this afternoon – after a hair appointment and very.quick.trip to the grocery store for bananas – but those plans were waylaid by unexpected company.

It is now after 6 pm, later than planned and I’m finally finishing what I started early this morning: this blog post! Time to move on to the other items on my agenda, especially my scrapbook layout for today’s LOAD.

Joining Kat and friends for unraveled wednesday!

Cheers~

tgif+ …

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thing 1: Thursday morning we were greeted with a lovely sunrise. One can never see too many sunrises…

thing 2: Wed’s PM online grocery shopping experience with delivery worked well…groceries arrived within the selected two-hour window and all but two items: 1 -bread  (I forgot) and 2- a can of tuna, they forgot; we ordered two. A quick call took care of their mistake and the total was adjusted. I imagine we’ll try this again. Certainly beats the drive there, etc. I stopped at the grocery store on my way home for the bread, to take care of my mistook!

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thing 3: I missed 3 on Thursday yesterday. Thursdays, I generally meet with my stitching group. Yesterday, we had a delicious lunch: cauliflower cheese soup, green salad, fresh baked bread and chocolate frosted cookies, Yum! I was so busy eating that I forgot to take a picture of our repast. Friend Fran (our hostess) had just returned last week from a trip to London and brought each of us a souvenir: a themed bookmark and deck of playing cards.

tgif+: today’s been quiet, filled with light chores, primarily laundry, and waiting for niece Kayla to arrive; she’s planning a painting party to celebrate her 19th birthday  and I get to supply the paint! I’m delighted that she’s doing this and that I can help…I trust the paint’s still solvent. If not, guess I’ll be buying some for her birthday present.

Have a grand weekend!  Joining Carole and friends here for 3 on Thurs .

Cheers~

 

 

sometimes mondays | 10.28.19 …

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This photo, tho’ actually taken, Friday 25 October@ sunrise: 7:19 a.m. EST, was almost replicated this day, Monday 28 October, @ sunrise: 7:30 a.m. EST. This morning I did not take a sunrise photo because:

  • a) I knew I already had the above in my photos collection … or
  • b) I was too preoccupied with setting up for an 8:30 am online weekly planning session … or
  • c) ’cause just minutes before today’s sunrise I’d read these words in Ryan Holiday’s new book: Stillness is the Key , p 26:

“Even during a quiet evening at home, all we’re thinking about is the list of improvements that need to be made. There may be a beautiful sunset* but instead of taking it in, we’re taking a picture of it.” 

That passage stopped me, caused me to think: Can one take too many sunrise/sunset pictures? Am I indeed guilty?

And yes, I am! Why? Because

  • it’s not only what you do – take a picture in this always have a camera phone age but also…
  • perhaps it might be my last, ever…
  • because it is so glorious, so wondrous!

So, I concluded,  I would continue to take sunrise/sunset photos for as long as I can  because its a way of tangibly experiencing, appreciating and sharing the awe, promise of a new day, of giving gratitude

Cheers~

*or sunrise

tgif | 9.27.19 …

 

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sunrise @ 6:46 am

thankful: relishing this morning’s sensational sunrise coupled with cool – 62° F- temperatures …

grateful: for an extended morning of solitude and quiet …

inspired: by today’s first Journal Club session of the Fall 2019 season. Each season, an animal spirit guide is selected by drawing a card from a pack. Dolphin is this season’s  guide; one wonders how dolphin will show up …

finding it hard to believe that September is nearly over…seems that Labor Day weekend was just yesterday. Time indeed does fly!

wishing you a wonderful, restful and peaceful weekend.

Cheers~

 

 

 

 

unraveled wednesday | 4.24.19…

I awoke this morning to the sight of a magnificent sunrise, a gentle pink glow in the sky, on rooftops…and quickly gathered my iPhone and donned my robe so that I could step out on the deck and snap a photo or two, bask in the gentle glow. Mornings, mine, are always off to a slow, gentle start, regardless of “when “ I must leave the house …I sip my tea, read, write, sometimes draw/sketch, remember, plan, contemplate, let the morning/day unfold gently…

On this day, next week, we will be in the throes of setting up the quilt show – the doors will open at 10 am, promptly on Thursday…to a crowd of quilters rushing into buy our castoffs: tools; fabrics; patterns; novelty items; etc...”one quilter’s trash another quilter’s treasure…” Three of my four quilts are ready; I finish stitching the binding on the fourth, today!

I have any number of books – new/old; audio/print – in various stages; I’m rather drifting in/out of them. In my ongoing dostadning efforts, I ran across these three titles and decided I might revisit them over the next few days.

The weather forecast for today: sunshine and lovely temps. I plan/hope to take a walk to the Franciscan Monastery early afternoon to view the grounds. I’ve not been at all this season. Who cares about spring allergies?

Joining Kat and others for Unraveled Wednesday here!

collecting march 2019…

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March was filled still with lotsa cold temps…not much outside time and when those days did arrive, I  – along with the rest of the world – certainly made it my mission to get outside. Every budding flower or tree was just one more affirmation that Spring, indeed, was going to arrive. Oh, we of little faith

I kicked off the month with an email from the host of Sunday Baroque: I’d written because I wanted to listen to the program as it was being broadcast and I wasn’t having any luck finding the right channel!  Listening has been wondrous every Sunday since. To that end, on Sat, 30 March, I attended the 5 hours’ long live presentation of Wagner’s Die Walküre, boradcast in High Definition and shown in local movie theaters – in over 70 countries. T’was magic!

Quilting was the main focus of the month as we get ready for the soon-to-be-here quilt show, May 3-5. Photos 4, 11, & 18 show works by others; #12 is asnapshot of my sewing studio…

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Loved the #blueskyblooms: photos15, 17, 19 & 24 … especially 15. If you look closely between the pink blossoms, you will see there’s actually a person sitting on the bench, pen and journal in hand…and no, it “ain’t me!”

The merry-go-round – # 22 – is a just.because.  #27, my friend Kathy. Our newest family member, Hazel the labradoodle – niece Chris’s pup: #s 8, 9 & 29. Chris informed me that Hazel has her own Instagram account.  She, Hazel, that is, has been approached  for modeling gigs ~ she’s very photogenic, according to Chris!

Looking forward to all that April will unfold. Have a great weekend!

Cheers~

habit quest| february 2019…

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(sunrise  ~ 6:36 am)

Today, Morning Solitude and Quiet Time, extended  beyond noon. T’wasn’t in the plan but it just felt like the right thing to do on this last Tuesday of February.  I was busy reading, thinking and plotting –  focused on  my 2018 word: habit … and also becoming acquainted with the latest iOS for my Apple iPhone and iPad. I am not one to rush to install those upgrades…I usually wait til the kinks are worked out. I took several selfies and looking at them using the “LIVE” feature had me howling. Kinda creepy…but fun! That, however, wasn’t contributing to my focus for the day: zeroing in on [those] daily activities that translate into healthy habits that are good for me and help me fulfill creative urges and experiments.

Not that I’ve not known this for probably all my adult, at least, life: habits are hard to make and break! Be that as it may, I shall press on… and one day, someday, I’ll have succeeded in accomplishing my quest. Watch this space. Are you working on making or breaking a habit?

Joining Juliann and others for a monthly word update, here!

Cheers~

 

sometimes mondays | 1.7.2019

 

are spectacular sunrises and new kimono sweaters:

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sunrise at 7:23:13 am

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new kimono sweaters

The story behind the kimono: shortly before Christmas, my friend Diane sent me a text inviting me to look at the above kimono on HSN…she thought I’d like it, especially since it came in my favorite color…and she’d bought one for herself – in red (her fave color, I do believe). I thought, why not and told her to go ahead and order. They came; we both liked and decided to wear to quilt meeting today…

I thought is was fun that Mother Nature also decided to display reds and yellows for today’s sunrise…t’was very dramatic and a delight to watch. Tomorrow, Tuesday 8 January, the temperature’s set to rise to 60 degrees…and come Wednesday, drop precipitously, rain and perhaps even snow by week’s end. Guess that’s January.

Cheers~