(if you look closely, you can see my pen on the table; I was the scribe and photographer)
My Thursday stitching group met yesterday for the first time this month, I believe... Between the holiday, illness; family gatherings; travel; automobile problems, etc., we just couldn't get us all in one spot at the same time...and actually, two of the six of us were absent. Thursday was an absolutely ideal day, weather-wise: Sunny; humidity free; blue skies. After a delicious lunch of salads and a scrumptious dessert - the name escapes me - (Note to self: ask Hilary), we decided to take advantage of the weather and sit outside as we worked on our projects.
Fran remarked that the last time we sat out - a year ago - we composed a group Haiku, so we tried again:
"Friends, busy fingers
Knit, Stitch, Write, taking photos,
and then Hilary came up with a perfect Haiku:
"I keep finding threads
How many more, I wonder
Too many! I curse..."
We laughed, of course and stitched on, enjoying being outside, with friends on such a lovely day.
I have to share with you a lovely paper sculpture made from watercolor papers created by Hilary's 4 year-old grandson. Hilary's daughter made this for Mother's Day! Such a unique way to preserve a child's creativity!
Today, I met my Thursday stitchin' friends on the Smithsonian Mall. We ventured there to see the cherry blossoms in bloom...not! Tho' the sun was out and the temperature slated to climb to the low 70s...and as I compose this post it is 74°@ 4:30 pm ... it has been so cold that the blossoms haven't really begun to bloom.
C'est la vie! ... so we decided to have lunch at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden Pavilion Café - my favorite eating place on the mall. After a tasty and filling meal, we ventured over to the National Gallery of Art's Gift shop - they have the very best inventory of all the museums, in my opinion. Having filled our tummies, walked a lot and spent our money we boarded train systems for our journeys home.
Once home, I toyed around with one of my purchases: a Haiku magnetic poetry kit. I discovered that I need to be less literal and more poetic because, of course, not all the words are in the kit...here's what I created - the magnetic words are in italics
Tho' the sun was out
too cold for cherry blossoms
so we ate early...
It's a start...and fun.
Hop over to Carole's blog to see what others are sharing this week. And what's on your creative agenda?
"Experimenting...I hung the moon on various branches of the pine."
Saturday night, on my way home from the hospital, I drove by the Franciscan Monastery. The night was clear and the moon, nearly full, shone high in the sky, holding forth and inviting me to stop, gaze, take a photo or two and appreciate the beauty and peace of this planet and galaxy and unknown, mysterious universe in which we live.
I pulled into the Monastery's parking lot ( encouraged by the fact there were two police cars, occupied - the officers chatting with one another - so I felt super safe ), got out and snapped a few photos. Clearly, the iPhone leaves a bit to be desired ... but I am OK with the photo for I was capturing and appreciating the peacefulness, place and magic of the moment.
Just as I started my walk this afternoon, I saw these eight sparrows seated on my neighbor's fence. I knew that I had to tiptoe very softly in the hopes that I could capture a photo before they took flight. Success!
We are enjoying an early preview of autumnal weather: cooler fall temperatures - 75-80 degrees F with the promise of more over the next 8 days . No complaints from me!
In just seven days, it will be September 1 and the first day of the meteorological fall...and since we're marking days til: 100 days til Christmas! Just in case you're wondering...