“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.
I like the reflection of the sunset in the window – occasionally I can get a good enough picture; last evening was one of those times. I see that the wind chime needs to be replaced…the chimes, victim of high winds over the years. Perhaps one of these days, I’ll get to a nursery/garden store, my fave closed last year…
On Sunday, I started the Kitchener stitch on the sock (that has been languishing on needles for, ahem, awhile) and/well, I just need to consult a video and focus…I’ve knit socks before so it’s not a question of can I – rather, I just need to shake up my muscle memory …in the meantime, I shall start the second sock. Today is the day!
I started Song Yet Unsung via audio last Sunday and decided, with encouragement from readers – who’d already read and listened to the book – to read it with my eyes rather than ears. So, I’m waiting for my copy to arrive, TODAY by 9 PM. Time will tell…
In the meantime, I’ve restarted Gift from the Sea and a few other titles in my library on mindfulness – plus my morning reads: Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance and Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic. I am absolutely amazed at how timely this book is, copyright 2016 and based on the wisdom of the ancient Stoics. Blows my mind and makes one wonder: is there any hope for us humans? We ain’t doin’ so well…
Another hot one on the books today/tomorrow – low 90s both days. And then, we get a break, according to the forecast: August arrives with temps only in the mid 80s for the first 7 days. Time will tell… In the meantime, I’ve plenty to keep me occupied and company.
Stay cool as well as you can. Knit and Read on! Have a good week.
Joining Kat and friends; off to see what’s up with them.
Last month I wrote about my desire and intention to resume some form of daily art journaling, a practice I abandoned, perhaps 5-6 years ago. Why ? I know not. This time around, I think I want to be messy – but, that’s not really me, my style, despite the fact that I someitmes leave my computer desk in a state of messy. If I’ve been there too long and tired overwhelms, I put the computer to sleep and walk away until the next day. I don’t do this often but it is a habit . And I must admit, since we’re on the subject, that is exactly what I did last night.
Over the past two months, I hae been creating some form of art – though I wouldn’t call it messy, on an almost daily basis. My canvasses are small, ranging in size from 3.5 x 5.5 inches to 5.25 x 8.5 inches. I find that doing this daily is causing the juices to flow a bit. I look forward to the daily break and miss it when I don’t make. I’d have to say that this definitley is a habit in the making … including my quest to try my hand at messy art journaling.
I wonder how July will fare?
In this month of June, how has your word shown up in your life? Please share your link below and if there are problems, add the link to your post in this blog’s comments. The linkup expires July 7, 2020.
I look forward to reading about your June 2020 One Little Word experience. Thanks for sharing and have a safe July 4 holiday.
PS. Ever wonder why birds sing at sunrise? Read on.
This morning, I’m enjoying MSQT in my sewing studio as work on installation of the A/C continued. I think they are on the last leg…they are! I feel cool air blowing . Yay! Just in time for Summer (Saturday) and the heat wave (90+) on the way.
Each Thursday I receive James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter in my mailbox. I found this week’s to be especially pertinent and invite you to read it here
In April, Jamie Ridler, host and convenor of Mindful Mondays and Friday Journal Club, sent a newsletter with a 30-Day Haiku Challenge from Nicole Gulotta, author of Wild Words, a book on writing. Quiet as it’s kept, the fact that I was reading the book at the time just registered with me as I reread Jamie’s newsletter. Yikes! Wonder what was on my mind? Anyway, I play with Haiku off and on (see above) and decided to share the Challenge: #30DaysofHaikuChallenge, also accessible @nicolegulotta. Have fun!
Joining Carole and friends for 3 on Thursday here.
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’s1877 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 goodreadsarticle 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.
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!
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 .
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 …
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.
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 ongoingdostadning efforts, I ran across these three titles and decided I might revisit them over the next few days.
The weather forecastfor today: sunshine and lovely temps. I plan/hope to take a walk to the Franciscan Monasteryearly afternoon to view the grounds. I’ve not been at all this season. Who cares about spring allergies?