There has been progress: Yes, my cast came off on Oct 18 and yes, I am still in a brace (til Nov 22) and yes, I have more mobility - I am driving!!! But no, I'm still not able to write as fluently as I expected/wanted/desired/craved. So, my first goal for November:
Goal #1 - Continue to adapt and create work-arounds for most of my activity: to do and especially, wanna do.
Goal #2 - Move More... I've been on my walks without my partner twice...I suppose I'm more cautious than I need be but that's OK. I'm out and about!
Goal #3 - Stitch more...Two weeks ago I made my first stitches on hand applique projects and made a log cabin block on my sewing machine. Actually, sewing is easier than writing. So, I shall continue with this activity.
(These are the Flower Garden blocks I'd made before I fell; I was auditioning fabrics for a new one. Sorry for the poor lighting.)
Goal # 4 - Document everyday that for which I am grateful. Until my fall, I kept a daily gratitude journal; I fell out of the habit because my daily MSQT routine was altered a bit/ alot? But, with the iPad, my iPhone and my efforts to take pen to paper, I think I'll manage.
November and December - very busy times of the year...and I'm ready! Are you?
I have been enjoying an extended MSQT today and glance at the clock, only to realize that in a few short moments, it'll be time to stop and take/make note of what's happening. I look up and see Smoke, the neighborhood cat sitting in the window, waiting for Norman to feed her...
...I realize that I am also hungry. Think I'll fix oatmeal...
and while it's cooking, take some photos for this post... and also, wash a load. So, I get busy and accomplish a lot in a couple minutes. Oops, my oatmeal boiled over; I think: it's a good thing I had the bowl on a paper plate in the microwave.
I've decided that I'm going to tell Norman what I want for my birthday and Christmas - a Silhouette Cameo...
and maybe I'll order it now...
...well, there goes the timer again. Cat's been fed; oatmeal's done; time to eat...and get on with the day.
Simply a Moment was started by Alexa of Simply Alexa; you can read more about and join in this month's here .
I missed last month 'cause I managed to fall and break my write hand. I have been in a cast for four weeks and fingers xxxd, it'll come off on Friday. That is one moment I am really looking forward to happening!
That's because midway through September, I, fulfilling one of the goals: walk daily, managed to fall and break my writing/stitching/fixing meals/washing windows, etc., right hand. I am in a cast and managing to do a lot of things with my left-hand. Fortunately, Norman, my sister, niece and friends - blessings on all - have been very helpful and ready to transport me hither and yon. Norman has walked with me, nearly every day - sometimes after he's walked a good 2-3 miles himself (he's a walker, tho' so I'm sure the additional mile-plus we tally up is a piece of cake). I have two more weeks in this cast and then, fingers crossed, life returns to normal.
On October 18 - the day my cast comes off, hopefully - I will continue where I left off September 18:
Goal #1 - Move More...and start my day earlier... I was right on track with my plan; TBC.
Goal #2 - Stitch more... I finished the one Flower garden block and had prepped two more plus started a delightful piece I'd planned to give to Pat for her birthday (9/22).
Goal # 3 - Make progress on my PiPs... those three projects came to a complete standstill.
Goal #4 - Learn something new everyday... I kept notes on my iPad and I plan to do something with all the ideas and inspiration I accumulated. Guess the best lesson is handily summed up by Robert Burns: "the best laid schemes o' Mice and Men, Gang aft agley..."
September is my absolutely favoritest month and time of the year! And today is incredible! The sky is a vivid blue; there is relatively zero humidity; and the temperature is a delightful 79 degrees. Perfect! Perfect!
I have a lot - did I say a lot! - of activites on this month's calendar. I tend to do that every September because, as with most (here in the United States), September heralds the start of a new season, undoubtedly occasioned by the traditional back to school. So, where does September find me?
Goal #1 - Move More...and start my day earlier...
I'm on track to walk no less than a mile, preferably outside, every day. I have been experimenting with the best time of the day to take my walk and concluded today to schedule/begin no later than 9:15 am, after MSQT! Going on my walk is a great way to also extend MSQT! Don't ask me why I'm just now figuring that out!
Goal #2 - Stitch more...
My sweater knitting class totally bombed! There were seven - including the teacher - in the class. Only one of us completed the sweater! And it wasn't the teacher... I frogged the swatch I made and exchanged the yarn - I plan to make a scarf for Christian.
Progress returns to the Flower Garden quilt. I finished another block and am one leaf away from being done with another! (Just as soon as I finish the block, I'll share. Promise!) Now, the fun begins all over again: the choosing of fabrics for the next six blocks...As I compose this post, I find myself thinking about doing another "rearrange" in my sewing room. I really need to convert one wall to a design wall and that means moving the cabinet that holds fabric...uhm, a puzzle: what to do with the cabinet and the fabric?
During the summer, my quilt guild holds informal meetings and this summer, we worked on our raffle quilt for our 2015 quilt show. A lot of us, me included, learned the secret to stitching the crown points of the New York Beauty block; perhaps in due time I'll make a small quilt; it's been added to my list ;-)), along with my gazillion other projects.
I am spending more of my mornings in my sewing room.
Goal # 3 - Make progress on my PiPs...
PiPs is my acronym for project/s in progress...and I have more in various stages than I care to count. I think that being retired makes it quite possible to have any number of projects - from must do as in wash windows & cupboards; buy new carpet for the stairs; replace the front door; prune bushes for winter; etc to finish this, start that, etc. So, this month, my plan is to tackle and complete just exactly three long overdue projects:
Return read/gently-used books to Amazon for gift card dollars. I have had a pile of books sitting in a corner for a long time. They are beyond the gathering dust phase. My plan is to move them out by the end of the monthh!
Update my passwords directory! This is just one of those get around tuit projects that comes to my attention every time I have to look up a password!
Create and follow a blog post calendar! I have been threatening to do this for months; there is no better time than now!
We shall see how I progress with these 3 projects. I'm curious...
Goal #4 - Learn something new everyday...
Again, this year, I'm participating in Shimelle's #LSNED - my 6th time, I think. And I have quite a few online classes on the schedule for this month. All of them, combined, are giving me lots of things to learn and providing great fodder. I am thinking that the best lesson I'm learning is I can't and/or don't do as much in any one given day as I think I can/will. But I'm game to try!
Here's hoping your September got off to a grand start, too!
This morning, my sister and I went to greet my 12 year-old grand niece (my sister's granddaughter) on her first day of school as a seventh-grader. On the way home, we stopped at the Franciscan Monastery to walk through the outside sanctuary.
The morning was just beautiful: blue sky with just a taste of milky-white clouds, bright sunlight, and low humidity. We stood in abslolute silence, looking down at the site below, totally lost in Nature's majesty.
I so appreciate that I can re-experience this moment time and time again, throughout the seasons.
Simply a Moment was started by Alexa of Simply Alexa; you can read more about and join in this month's here.
For the past 6 or 7 years, I have chosen at the beginning of the calendar year a word to guide me and serve as a touchstone throughout the days. This year my word is heart or coeur. Like many people the world over, I have been participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word Big Picture Class: each month we get a prompt that is designed to help us a) keep our word front and center in our lives and b) document its influence.
In July, we were prompted to write our word on 7 sticky notes and place them in strategic places throughout, for example: on the frig or the computer; on a mirror; near a door; in a planner, etc. And when the word showed up in our daily lives, we could take that sticky note and write down the what! Well, as luck would have it, I found some heart-shaped sticky notes in my stash. Perfect! And I didn't even need to write the word on the note!
Rather, I placed a sticky note on a journal that I've had for years. Since Jan 1, I have documented on a daily basis, an i heart - something/s about the day, my life, for which I am appreciative and/or how my word has manifested itself.
All year I've been thinking how I want to gather these daily postings. But of course - the journal! Perfect! Each two-page spread will hold a week's i heart entries. And so, my intention is to use the journal...I think tho' as I've been prepping the pages (with masking tape down the seam and gesso on the pages) to take various wet media, I may have to create a different binding...but we shall see.
Today is the 255th day of 2013 - only 140 days to go! Guess I'd best get back to prepping pages...
Last month went by much faster than I'd expected and turned out, thankfully, to be cooler than July normally is in these parts. That was a pleasant and much appreciated surprise. My goals for August are pretty much the same as July:
Goal #1: Move More...
No longer can I blame the weather - or my other excuses - for not moving more. I did and I enjoyed the return to making and taking those nearly daily walks outside. And now that we're having a taste of fall, it's even more enticing to go out ;-)).
Goal #2: Keep trying to start to my day earlier...
I am making a concientious effort to close the books on MSQT at least by 9 am. Some days I do; some days I don't. So, this goal is still at the forefront.
Goal #2: Stitch more...
I am taking a sweater knitting class - only four sessions; the last two are this month. In addition, I'm still stitching on my flower garden blocks...I've not made as many blocks as I'd thought I would when I first started, but I'm eager to get back in the groove. I also have five other quilting projects in various stages and I'm just feeling the itch to sit at my sewing machine more and more every day. Another sign of early fall? Well, even if Mother Nature isn't quite ready, I am!
Goal #4: Play with iPhone photo apps and practice drawing faces...
I'm still doing both; learning a little more every week and hopefully, improving some.Perhaps I'll post some of my drawings to Instagram, along with my photos. Gotta get better at foolin' around with Instagram, too; some days it seems that I understand how it works and then the next day, it's as though I've never posted a single photo.
So, there we have it. Welcome August - I'm glad you're here!
I am starting on a new monthly adventure, one that I hope will become an established routine. Here we are, beginning the second half of the year and I have been very haphazard with the blog. Each month if not each week or even day - dare I reveal that? - I have written on my "2 do" list: post to blog... and each day passes and ...
Today whiile reading Lee Currie's current blog post "4 Simple Goals,"I realized that kicking off the month with a similar post here was something I could and probably would do, especially if tied it to the 4th of the month. So, you can say you read it here first <smile>: this is the official debut of my monthly 4 goals post. And without further adieu, here are my goals:
Goal # 1: Move more.
Over the past month I've fallen off my almost daily walk routine. I have had plenty of excuses: Too hot. Raining. Too busy. Otherwise engaged. Lazy. Several months ago I downloaded the app Map My Walk and when I did walk, I used it. The other day, I received in my e-mail a six month's summary. I was impressed by the stats and sobbered by the realization that I could have had a better overview had I moved more.
Goal # 2: Play with iPhone camera apps.
One of the reasons I upgraded my iPhone last year was because I wanted a better camera and one that I'd have with me practically all the time. Last fall, I took an online class on iPhone photography and tested out a few apps but I've not really used any consistently. Last month, I participated in #FMSphotoaday and am continuing this month. I am also taking the Big Picture Class' PhonePhotography July challenge. I have and am gathering a lot of information, techniques and likes; I plan to share my photos on a weekly basis...so, stay tuned.
Goal # 3: Practice drawing faces.
Whose face, you ask? Well, no one in particular and everyone's in general. In early June, I took a class from Dina Wakley on drawing faces and absolutely, totally enjoyed the process.I have begun to collect pictures of faces from magazines; books and video tutorials on drawing faces and now, I can't look at a photo of a human face without drawing it in my mind. But, I need to also pick up the pencil and practice drawing. Last Sunday, my sister, nieces and I spent the afternoon drawing faces; we had fun and I think we're all smitten, now. I look forward to sharing my faces here.
Goal #4: Get an earlier start to my day.
No, I don't mean wake up any earlier (tho' I have been sleeping "in" more, i.e., getting up at 7 - 7:30 am rather than 5:30-6 am). Rather, I mean, end Morning Solitude and Quiet Time (MSQT) earlier. Since I've returned from my trip to Ohio, I've extended MSQT so my "start" time on the day's agenda has been later and later in the day. I need to - and want to - make better use of each day. I think this goal is going to be a challenge; I so love MSQT but I also have lots on the agenda for this month and next. As my mother was fond of saying: "time to get a move on, kiddie."
Dusk is at hand; as I pen this, the sounds of fireworks are beginning. In a few minutes, the National fireworks display on the Smithsonian Mall will begin. We're watching as usual - on the TV...the very best seat in the house!