…sleet, snow, birds of many feathers, flocking to stay warm, forage, occasionally gang up on one who has a prized gem in its beak.
I sit here at the table, watching Mother Nature; it seems that the sky is brighter – still very much grey – yet brighter. We’ve just finished breakfast – late, today; but that’s OK, we’ve nowhere to go, be. Thankfully.
I check the weather app; yep, precip scheduled to end in the next 4 min – it’s now 11 AM. The birds are resting on tree branches, electric and Fios wires. Perhaps wondering what they’ll do next? As I.
I see a new denizen in the yard – a squirrel …and that reminds me of a project patiently awaiting my attention. Yes, for sure I will stitch a bit … but first, time to wash breakfast dishes and then … so many choices.
I hope you are having a good day.
… 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!
~full November Beaver moon – 11.11.19~
Today! Our first taste of winter cold: a mere 29 degrees Fahrenheit on a very sunny day! It helps. I am preparing for a 2.5 days’ visit to the beach – go figure in below freezing temps – for a meet up with two friends. Great fun in store !
Yesterday, my Recent Reads group – there are four of us – met for our bimonthly gathering. I was late to the party (Norman had an unplanned medical appointment)…and oh what a party: we had “high tea,” complete with antique table setting: china; serving dishes; linens; silverware; and a printed menu! So delicious… we were also given wonderful little boxes to fill with tasty delectables to TAKE HOME.
On the reading front, I finished Stillness is the Key. Really, really like this book: it is filled with information, ideas, vignettes of history’s great thinkers, ranging from the stoics to Winston Churchill to Anne Frank to Tiger Woods to Mr. Rogers… with practical invitations and ideas to assist the reader incorporate stillness in her life (and we all know we need those moments of stillness). I am in catch-up mode with Just Mercy; it is not easy reading – wonderful writing but tough content. [deep sigh]. Twyla Tharp (The Creative Habit) has a new book: Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life . She is 78 and still moving!
And I guess I’d better get a moveon, too. Tomorrow will be here before I know it; I have stuff to gather and a bag to pack! Joining Kat and friends for another unraveled wednesday..
today, summer decided to return for a brief, very. hot. spell! at 4 pm, we were one degree away from the predicted high of 95° F… the weather’s been really dry this year and I think the trees are quite distressed. leaves -especially oak- fall and crunch underfoot (leaf collection doesn’t begin til 5 Nov). not seeing any color… maybe after today that scenario will change.
progress is slow yet steady on my myriad of projects in the works. the three books pictured above mysteriously appeared at the front door; all are new publications. Start Finishing arrived last week; the other two, yesterday. wonder who keeps ordering these books? hmmm …
joining Kat for another session of unraveled wednesday.
I recall seeing these lilies last year and was delighted to stumble across them again
Noting that today’s temperature was on the way upppp, I took my daily walk early … and I’m so glad I did! The temp, as I pen this, is now 97° F …and climbing. Yuk! After I walked, showered, had brunch, I went upstairs, about noon, to attend to today’s @computer/calls tasks. First on my list: today’s blog post. Hah! It is now 2:50 pm – I’m not sure where the time went. I recall reading an email that directed me 1) to a book that 2) sent me down a rabbit hole. And now, I’m up for air… can’t even say I’m any wiser and I’m definitely not ahead with today’s agenda possibilities…but, hey, that’s just how sometimes mondays roll.
Guess I’ll replenish my iced H2O and resume my list. One done and next? Hmm, let’s see: guess I’ll throw the dice and see what’s next!
Hope your Monday is cool and relaxing.
~flowers outside the Smithsonian Castle ~
thinking: what a delightful summer day this has been: a breeze; blue skies; lower humidity – making the heat more than tolerable. buoyed by those ingredients and a calendar with nothing to do/nowhere to be, I gathered my journal, iPad, pens and money and walked to Zeke’s (coffee shop) where I sat outside for several hours: reading, writing, looking, thinking, relishing, being…
grateful: for the peace this day has brought; this has been a tough, tough week …
inspired: by Brené Brown’s TGIF tribute to Toni Morrison in Brené ‘s weekly TGIF (available via email – subscribe here to get on the mailing list). Toni Morrison inspired Brené to write and self-publish her first book: Women and Shame …
fun: looking forward to a quiet weekend, ending with an outside “summer fling” Sunday at a friend’s home. Last year it rained; fingers crossed that won’t be the case this year. And should it, we’ll make the best of the situation, stay dry inside and enjoy the food and camaraderie.
Have a peaceful weekend!
…’cause the thermometer’s scheduled to reach at least 98 degrees today and 100 degrees tomorrow …
Listening to Educated by Tara Westover – my new walking companion. Very interesting and I like the narrator’s voice …
Observing rush hour traffic, birds foraging …
Eating a mixed berry jam oat bar, tasty …
Feeling a cool breeze! Refreshing, if only momentary …
Thinking about this afternoon’s agenda: Journal Club; hair appt; buy ink for printer; maybe a stop at the shopping mall across the street? …
Grateful for air conditioning, the ice maker and a shower ….
Inspired by this quote: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fun looking forward to Sunday Friendstitching gathering; seems as though we’ve not met for months …
Wishing you the best weekend, ever… hoping it is cool!
5:41 pm | 91 degrees |unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups
Hearing a clap of thunder…
Seeing tree leaves sway a bit more and birds dart across the sky …
Watching the sky change from sunny and blue to grey as rain clouds are ushered in…
Listening to jazz vocal hits …oldies and some new …
Taking a loooong sip of ice cold water …
Laughing at Norman who just suggested that we could “turn the AC off; it’s cold in here.” I responded: “It’s not cold in here. Would you like a blanket?” And we both laughed …
Thinking I’d best wrap this post – the thunder claps are getting louder and closer, the trees swaying even more and the sky, greyer…me thinks the storm’s just moments away!
Enjoy the weekend and the last two days of June!
…are days of rest
It’s been a quiet, delightfully so, morning and so far, afternoon! today, I did not have any.place.to.be other than to sit here at the table, all morning long, taking it easy, easy, easy!
Yesterday, I clocked more than 12K steps: the Selfie Queen – niece Chris – and I went to the annual White House Garden Spring Tour…we were among the hundreds. We enjoyed the tour and as Chris said: the flowers know no party. Despite the day’s being overcast, the Smithsonian Mall and museums were busy, busy.
From the gardens, we walked to the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden and Restaurant – where we ate lunch and rested…and then, Chris called Uber to take each of us home.
I was wiped out by the time I arrived home – as I pen this post, am still. But that’s been quite OK ’cause I have no place to go today or anything due!
~this tree this morning @ 7:04 am~
Today I’ve been sitting here at the table, since early this morning, watching Mother Nature blow the clouds in and out, the sun come and go.
sometimes mondays are days of rest …