I am thankful that each morning, during MSQT, I can sit in my chair, look out the window and watch the seasons change, as evidenced by this tree. I have been doing this for nearly ten years; each day brings me joy, comfort, solace and appreciation...11/7/2014 9 am.
Generally, everyday, I write a few sentences of gratitude on my journal pages - somedays in list form; somedays I record in apps : Day One (this app is on my iPhone, iPad and Mac and they all sync!) and Collect; somedays in photos - only and somedays, I use all of the above.
This year, during this November month , I decided to join in with CZ Designs and make a gratitude photo album. So, added to the above mix will be a 4 x 4 miniature album designed to hold Instagram and other smart phone square photos, including the one above. I intend to share the weekly entries here.
Here's wishing you a great weekend and as Lori Marrero of ClutterDietblog.com says: "and may you always be grateful for having more than enough."
Yesterday, I met a friend (who lives in Albuquerque) for lunch; we'd not seen each other in over a year and for that matter, hadn't touched base. On Sunday, I mentioned her name to Norman and decided, right then and there, to call her! Imagine my delight when she said she was leaving for Washington DC the very next day and I was on her list to see! (She has a new granddaughter and she was coming to town to see and be with her).
We met at the National Gallery of Art, on the lower level, at the Cascade Café. The food is tasty enough and the atmosphere is great! ~ as evidenced by the cascading waterfall in the above picture. There is also a walkway between the café and the Gallery's East Wing...
Since it was Wednesday, I took lots of photos of the waterfall and the walkway and again, had fun playing with the Waterlogue app. Here are a couple of my photos and paintings. Enjoy!
... painted in Waterlogue:
On the columns in the café are oversize reproductions of art previously curated for special exhibits, as shown in these two before and after photos:
We also visited the Andrew Wyeth exhibit: Looking Out, Looking In which showcases the "artist's fascination with windows ..." Unfortunately, photos are not allowed so I had to make do with postcards. We finished off our day checking out the several gift shops - drool, drool - and a delicious caramel salted gelato. Yum!
T'was a great autumn day, spent with a good friend and for that I am thankful.
This morning, long before I went downstairs for MSQT, my eye caught at a 72 years-old magazine: The American, November 1942 issue. The lead cover stories : We Can Lose the War in Washington by Senator Harry S. Truman and What The Coming Elections Mean To You by Marquis W. Childs made me chuckle and think: what goes around comes around; there's nothing new under the sun (or politics) and about a half dozen other sayings. Later, I logged on and really enjoyed Google's take on election day - and thought I'd use on my post for today which is not at all about voting, etc...
Today's Ten on Tuesday prompt invited us to share our favorite book series; well, that was a stumper for me since I seldom read fiction these days, so I went back to my childhood and came up with these for starters:
Oh yes, it's also the 4th of the month and I have more often than not, posted my goals for the month on this date; yeah, that will work, so here goes:
This month I plan to:
Complete decluttering my personal book collection. Off the books will go: to the library or Amazon or both!
Create a better system for keeping track of and actually retelling my life's stories; I'm still not wedded to the system I've been using - it's rather haphazard and at times overwhelming. I enjoy the process of gathering and documenting but I need to take that next step...whatever that is! And along this vein, I am also resuming a regular rhythm to my blogging...coffee, Pat?
Experiment with audible books and podcasts. I find that I'm not reading as much nor as frequently - purely for recreational purposes - as I'd like. I'm also thinking that being read tomight be the solution, so, I'm going to try that this month!
Finish at least 3 quilting projects:
my Flower Garden blocks - I have three to do (seems like I've been stuck on that number for months!)
the Baltimore Album block (the class I took last month); I will finish the block this week.
the bébé's quilt: it's being quilted this week and then, I get to stitch on the binding and it. will. be. done. Just in time for bébé Chris to practice crawiling...
And there we have it! My November goals...and now, we're off to VOTE! and then the grocery store.
It's been a busy week for me so I thought I'd share a few photos - with a decidely Halloween theme - to wrap up October!
The week started with our monthly friend- stitching gathering on Sunday. Margaret's birthday was Wednesday, so we celebrated with lunch and great brownies, made by Pat (Margaret's mom).
Monday is quilting association day: every year, on the Monday closest to Halloween, we play a game called "Boo Bingo." We bring 'fat quarters' and exchange each one for a bingo card; each winner gets to select a stack of fat quarters as a prize. Some members dress up and some also bring new (or old) Halloween quilts to decorate our meeting space. I thought this one was fun; actually, all were.
What is October without apples? I made a quick trip to the post office and grocery store for a few odds-n-ends, among a myriad of other "chores" Tuesday - my one almostall day at home this week.
Wednesday, I had a class in Columbia - my third trip in as many days - and stopped - yet again - at the grocery store on my way home. Decided I needed this cute pumpkin. It sits on the window sill over the kitchen sink. Makes me smile every time I look at its silly face.
My friend MT had an appointment with her knee-replacement surgeon; one of the nurses in the office had on this fun and very busy jacket; I don't think anything was forgotten in the design!
TODAY - HALLOWEEN FRIDAY
Happy Halloween from bébé Chris, the cutest punkin ever!
This is how my day began: this photo texted to me! Can't think of a better way to celebrate the day.
Happy end of October! Are you ready for the next two months?
The church, where my quilting association meets, has a "pumpkin patch" every October. It is always fun to drive up and see the pumpkins, all shapes and sizes, spread out on the front lawn. As I drove up this year, I couldn't wait to get out of the car and snap a few (hundred) photos...and then play wth them in Waterlogue! Yummy!
Wednesday was Simply A Moment and I kinda got so involved in my new quilting class, I forgot to watch the clock and make notes about what was happening at 10:15 am, give or take. Several times throughout that day, I thought about "stopping" and noting where I was, what I was doing, thinking, feeling, seeing, hearing, wanting, etc...never quite did. I do recall that about 1 PM, we got a tornado watch/warning from the National Weather Service and then it got all dark and very rainy...fortunately, no tornado developed or was spotted. (Note to Self: look up the difference between "watch" and "warning.")
So, I've set my timer and in a few short minutes, I'll gather notes for the moment, in real time:
Hearing... the microwave as Norman is fixing his breakfast - late riser, today; the sounds of an ambulance and a plane... there goes the timer...
Thinking...trying to decide what I'll get done before we leave in a couple hours to run a few errands...
Seeing...bright blue sky and fall shadows - clearly signs of autumn as the trees are turning...
Feeling... full after my breakfast: Kashi, yougurt and berries: raspberry, blueberry and blackberry
Running...in the background of my mind: the quilting projects, old and new, I want to work on...
Debating...which ones to start, postpone, abandon, forget...reconnect with...
Contemplating...the rest of the weekend's agenda: no baseball til Tuesday night! I think I'm pleased with the two contenders since the Washington Nationals lost their bid. Norman's looking forward to a little lull: he's a great baseball fan but these late starting night games have played havoc with his sleep schedule - but not mine!
Wondering... if I want to make a quick trip to a quilt shop for my new class project - I need a "tie it all together piece of fabric." Maybe I'll revisit my stash - there are still some boxes I haven't looked in and it's quite possible that just the right fabric will be in one; certainly worth a look-see...
Looking at the clock - it's now 10:37 am; guess I'd better wind this post up, do something and get on with the day.
Have a great weekend filled with lots of lovely moments!
These lovely mums lined the entrance wall of the grocery store I visited this week. T'was a very grey and misty Monday afternoon. The mums, so bright on such a monochromatic day.
At $6.99 a pot, I wanted them all - but wound up buying none! Go figure. But, I did manage to capture their brilliance and of course, recreate it with the Waterlogue app to share with you. Enjoy!
Soon I'm leaving for a quilt class in a quilt shop; looking forward to more color in all the lovely new fabrics. Pretty sure I'll buy some and possibly stop at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a couple pots of these mums. Afterall, it's another grey day and a little brightness is in order.
Today is bébé Chris' 4-months' milestone! It doesn't seem possible ...but it is. So much fun to watch him grow and change and take in the world - his world: mom, dad, grandmothers, aunts, mom & dad's friends and even Mickey!
Last weekend, I attended a two-days quilting workshop, featuring Mary Lou Weidman of the fun and quirky Story Quilts. Sponsored by my quilting association and because my 2014 word is story, naturally I was in attendance. Naturally!
The workshop began at 9 AM and since I lived a fer piece, 50+ miles, I had to get an early start in order to arrive in time to haul and set up all that I took: sewing machine & table; fabrics; notions; supplies; etc . Saturday, the first morning, was a bit on the cool/cloudy side and as I unpacked the car, I couldn't help marveling at the absolutely gorgeous, stormy looking -though it didn't storm-sky.
T'was a fun and very inspirational two days; lots of stories recalled and ideas for quilts conjured up. My first one is on the theme of Halloweeen and trick or treating. Stay tuned; it'll be fun. TBC...
PS. I'm just now recovering from those early start days: I was up about 5:00 am and out of the house by 7:30 am! Even tho' I often get up early, I also usually have a good couple hours to fully wake up and engage in MSQT.