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Honoré
Washington DC
I am 70+ "career graduate" librarian and I am still learning.
Interests: reading, scrapbooking, quilting, journaling, learning and sharing my story.
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Here's a bit of trivia, inspired by Monday's quilting group's holiday luncheon...just for fun We all know Rudolph has a red nose but does he have antlers? What were Frosty's "last words?" What was the most popular toy of 1982? Have you completed or finished your holiday _____ ? ( insert correct word/s: shopping or knitting or stitching or baking or ...? ) Answers: Check out the clue to number 1 here "I'll be back again some day!" Read here What, you haven't even begun? Do not despair, there are still 8 shopping/preparation days before Christmas... Now, time for me... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Morning Glory Studio
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Friday 15 December 4:15 pm 29 degrees Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It's the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps. ~Sharon Draper Quotes* Today, we're greeted with another wintry storm... at rush hour, of course. It's raw and grey and cold. Norman and I just returned home from a medical appointment... just in time. Glad to be home where it's warm and toasty, snuggled up in a robe, warming my insides and hands with hot tea in my favorite Christmas mug... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Morning Glory Studio
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Today I joined my Thursday stitching group and did we ever have a treat: our hostess (she fixes the best vegetarian meals) has at least eight trees, loaded with ornaments - some were from her mother - and delightful displays throughout the house. T'was a real treat to look at all the wonderful decorated trees - each with a theme - and the displays. And to top it off: brunch was scrumptious. Here's a look: T'was a great way to spend a Thursday: good food; good friends and delightful holiday decor! What a treat! Joining Carole and others here... Cheers~... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
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Just think: only ONE Wednesday left before Christmas and TWO in 2017! Whoa! Time flies whether you're having fun --- or knitting ! Now that we can breathe a sigh of relief that Dolly's home, my plan is to knit the Santa Top This hat for one of our little guys...probably Elias (even if can't wear until next year ); besides, I'm not sure Chris will wear - he seems partial to baseball-style caps, worn backwards, of course... I haven't done much "reading for pleasure" over the past couple weeks - too tired to read more than a sentence or... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
What a lovely card...love the simplicity and dynamism! Cheers~
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on CASology: Gray at random reflections
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Granny and Dolly ~ 1986 Today is my sister Constance's 71st birthday. Dolly - named after her grandmother - is my sister's first grandchild. Fondly referred to as Granny, she now has six grands and two great-grands, Chris and Baby Elias. Both are Dolly's sons. Granny has been with Dolly almost non-stop these past 15 days... Today, Granny received the news that Dolly is going home tomorrow! WAHOO! The best birthday present, albeit bittersweet for Baby Elias has a few more weeks in the NICU. But he continues to gain every day and for that, we are eternally grateful. Happy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
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(one of quilts on display at quilt luncheon) I spend a lot of time driving: Drop Norman off for medical appointment... next, drive to quilt group's holiday luncheon... after, drive to furniture store to see about a painting - whoops! discover what I thought was $44 was $449 ! I take picture, thinking maybe I can use it as inspiration for a quilt... drive to hospital to see Dolly - she's waiting for baby to come for a visit and meal... my sister Connie and his dad arrive and shortly thereafter, the baby comes with the nurse. He's so sweet... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
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7:19 am - 7:37 am I stand on the snow covered deck, clad in my robe, coat, hat, winter boots. Watching the sunrise. A different view today as the shrubbery, grasses, flat surfaces - are covered with snow. The air - crisp, cold. All around, stillness. Trees, defrocked, dressed only in the varying hues of sunrise. Silence surrounds me as I soak in the morning's sunrise, pivoting slowly in a half arc: east, north, west - much as one rotates a photo when cropping it. I breathe deeply the cold air - refreshing. A lone bird flies across my horizon;... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
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Baby Elias had another field trip/visit with mama this morning and he smiled, lying on her chest after his feeding. I think the two of them will be fine...still have a ways to go, but despite the grey overcast snowy days, the sun shines bright for us. As promised, today we're getting our first snowfall of the season: two +/- inches - just enough to put a wrinkle in plans, places to go, things to do. The snow is white and clean and that's about it...but it's also fitting for a Saturday, 16 days before Christmas. Norman is taking a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
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~17 days til Christmas Around here: Today, Dolly had real food: applesauce, crackers and water...but the best treat: she met Baby Elias. The nurses took him on a field trip and he got to lie on his momma's chest. I imagine they'll have a lot more visits in the next few days. Today, we set up the tree. Norman decided that he liked the tree with just the lights - no ornaments needed. Works for me! Today is almost over...time to "rest up." We're bracing for the snow that has gripped the southeast. Tomorrow's our turn! Time will tell. How... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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*About the photo: Some of the hospital's windows are tinted : pink, blue, orange, green, yellow - making for a different view of the same scene. I thought it would make for an interesting photo - and I think it does... * We pause today to remember the military whose lives were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. May their souls rest peacefully ...and may we never forget those horrible years this world endured... *It's 4:31 pm and I just left Dolly's room. Her eyes were wide open; she indicated that she a) knew who I was and b)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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I held the baby for the first time today. He's doing very well - up to 25 CCs of formula and coming right along. Today the sun shone just a tad brighter. Dolly is a bit more alert, less sedated and possibly turning the corner. Peprhaps tomorrow they'll be able to remove the tubes. We're hopeful. Know that your words of encouragement and support are indeed a source of strength for us. Thank you! Til tomorrow, Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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(Norman putting away groceries; me on iPad and doing laundry) The day began on a grey note...and stayed that way. Weather forecasts possible snow in a day or so...it won't be the first time we've had snow in early Dec. Today was spent attending to the stuff of life - chores: laundry; monthly expenses; a trip to the grocery store and the bank...and bringing the Christmas decorations up from the basement storage area. In a way, attending to and crossing those things off my list brings a certain sense of comfort...I guess my way of exercising some control over a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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Chris stopped by with his great grandmother- my sister. He and Norman always hit it off. Another quick attention grabber - a box of crayons and a sheet of newsprint! Both capture his attention and keep him out of trouble. My niece's condition has not improved nor deteriorated. We continue to hold vigil and pray. The baby continues to do well; for sure, welcomed news. I'm off to a concert - my last one for the year - with my friend Margaret. It will be a nice interlude. We're thankful for today's blessings and prayers for a brighter tomorrow. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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"Experimenting...I hung the moon on various branches of the pine." ~Hokusai 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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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Slowly the hospital has been transformed and Christmas/holiday decorations are all over...trees, poinsettias, and displays here n there. Chris and I took a stroll -little boys have a lot of energy and curiosity - and we practiced using our "inside voices" and "looking but not touching" skills. We did pretty well. I have to practice demonstrating my "this is how we get on and off the escalator" demo skills. Mom's much the same. We're hopeful that perhaps tomorrow will bring a turnaround. Baby Elias is being fed formula and is out of the incubatorstyle bed...he's doing very well. We're thankful... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Great rendition of the challenge. I like the plaid card very much. Looking forward to seeing more... Cheers~
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Last evening, big brother Chris met his little brother Elias - or "Lias," as he says. One wonders what Chris thinks but he was OK with Lias...Chris will be three and a half in Jan so I imagine that they'll become best buds in no time...Lias weighed 3 lbs 12 oz and is/will soon be fed formula. Mama Dolly is still in intensive care and sedated. The good news is that she has not had any additional problems. T'is hard to believe that Christmas is 24 days away! We haven't pulled out any Christmas decorations - the ones in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
I have spent the last four days of NaBloPoMo in medical facilities - where I am currently: Earlier today, my opthamologist’s office, for my annual exam…and a prescription for new glasses that I totally need. After I left the eye doctor’s, I drove to a hospital where my oldest grandniece, Dolly, (Chris’ mother ) is: Mon, she was admitted to the hospital in distress…she was seven months pregnant and experiencing major problems. She had an emergency C-section, not only to save the baby’s life but also hers. Her kidneys weren’t functioning so they did dialysis; she had blood clots in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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Over the weekend, I read a short book on a subject that is a perennial interest: procrastination. Nah, I wasn't procrastinating... but I do! One tip encourages Procrastinators to deal with diversions, such as checking email, social media, by creating an implementation intentions chart for tackling those tasks that fall in the procrastinate category. (Ha! I thought, there isn't a piece of paper big enough.) The thinking is when we don't feel like doing that particular task, we could consult the chart and choose the next action . OK, that sounded quite reasonable but a bigger problem for me is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature. ~Aristotle Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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...take you down a rabbit hole: I went to bed very early last night - about 7:30 pm and slept soundly all night long, waking up at 4:30 am but steeling myself to stay put till at least 5:15 am...once up, I went into my sewing studio and craft room and straightened up a bit - my way to gather my thoughts (er, uh wits) ...then downstairs for MSQT. Made tea and situated myself at the table, with my journal, pens, planner, iPad iPhone, etc... I'd left Austin Kleon's blog post on an open tab and started to read it,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
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7:08 am: Sunrise. Sunday Baroque.* Hot tea in my mug. Several good books including Mary Oliver's Devotions, just received yesterday. Gently, I open the book, peruse the table of contents, turn to this page and that, taking, along the way, not only a sip of my tea but also the words there on the pages. Strong yet gentle. Poignant and soothing. New and familiar... comforting and inquiring... I pause to take a photo or two or three and then decide to make a collage to capture this/these moments. Satisfied, I return to my tasting of the poems...and feel a smile... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Dynamic. Every detail fits perfectly. Lovely!! And as always, your staging is perfectly in tune with the card. Cheers~
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sunrise @ 6:58 am sunset @ 5:01 pm I don't think I shall ever tire of seeing either... and today, we were given the opportunity to witness both of these spectacular wonders. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio