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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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Your preparations for the volunteers looks great: cards and gloves and all. Sorry you're going to miss the event - hope they take lotsa pics for you. The wedding photos are lovely and I just love he photo of Skylar - I hope - kissing the bride. That's priceless. Safe journey! Cheers~
Toggle Commented yesterday on Monday Memo: Way Late at random reflections
Today is October 17! The tenth month, seventeenth day in the year 2017. 10.17.17. 1017 was also the address of our home in Toledo, Ohio when I was in high school and until my mother moved here to Washington DC in 1986. Often times I will look up at the clock and it's 10:17...or my sister and I will make note of the time or something else will transpire that will cause us to remember 1017. Funny, I've never played that number for the lottery - I guess 'cause I don't play the lottery. Today, I naturally thought of 1017... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Morning Glory Studio
"...and when it was good, it was very very good and when it was bad, it was horrid..." I am on the phone with our internet service internet and lousy customer service. I keep saying "hello" and all I hear is background noise...occasionally the service rep comes on and apologizes...empty words as far as I'm concerned... Frustrating, to say the I hung up! I skipped quilting today and I've been sifting through mail and paper...trying to get back on track after my trip. One thing I discovered in the mail: a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card -... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Morning Glory Studio
10: 15 am: Norman just "arrived" for breakfast, toting a basket full of laundry. I've just begun watching/listening to the monthly reveal of Ali Edwards' Story Sparks presentation; this month's theme: BEST. Lots of food for fodder I think as Ali, via video, begins to share her initial thoughts on the word/subject and invites us to think about how we deal with perfectionism. I think: I'm just like most people and then I recall Brene´Brown's invitation to remember: "I am perfectly imperfect." I watch/listen. I make notes, inspired by an idea, a word. In the background, TV, panelists on MSNBC's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Shortly after I first started pursuing the art & craft of quilting, I took a class called "Accidental Landscapes," taught by Karen Eckmeier. The above (unfinished, still) piece I made in that class. I need to add the backing and quilt the piece. At best, an afternoon's project - it's on the list. The class I took Monday was a repeat of the previous class - again taught by Karen. There were a couple of new techniques added. I really enjoyed the repeat experience, especially since I'd just returned from my trip to the Pacific Northwest, with scenes of majestic... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Friday 13 October 10:35 am @ IKEA Eating IKEA's Swedish American breakfast: eggs, sausage links, pancakes with lingonberry sauce ; so good and filling - especially after a 9 AM doctor's appointment . Listening to: families conversing, English, Spanish, etc... children playing, some fretting... IKEA ads interspersed with music on the PA system ... knives & forks rattling on plates Seeing: a cloudy sky... people eating, connecting on their smart phones... food on my plate disappearing... flags - US and MD - flying half-staff... a woman reading... Feeling: sad that the Nats baseball season ended - they had such a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
1- On Thursdays, I generally meet with quilting and knitting friends for sharing and good eats. Today's gathering was very special: we had a surprise grandmother baby shower for one of our group. The baby- our friend's first grandchild - was born three months prematurely and was expected to be in the NICU 'til October. She surprised everyone by eating and doing so well that she got to go home early September! Brunch was delicious and we enjoyed all the baby gifts that grandma will keep at her house for the baby (grandma will be keeping the baby on Wednesdays).... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
I had lunch today with two longtime friends - one whom I've not seen in over a, it was great to catch up. For years, the three of us, accompanied by 13 other women, went on a Columbus Day weekend retreat at a bed-n-breakfast on Maryland's Eastern Shore. On, the fun we had and the stories/memories we share... NTS (note to self): do write those memories down - some may be in my journals--another NTS: check them, first. My plans for trip knitting and reading really never materialized...quiet as it is kept. I'm not sure what I did on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
How convenient! The tenth of the month falls on a Tuesday...I've been thinking all day about what I'd write for today's blog post making notes, trying to come up with a numeric countdown, in between a lot of moving and puttering and reorganizing. You know, when you don't know what to do, it's always best to reorganize! So, having said all that, here is my list... 10 - Identified at least ten projects to abandon or pursue between now and the end of the doubt, some will make it into the new year! 9 - Walked up and down... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Sometimes Mondays are a mish mash of odd things: Driving to quilt meeting this morning, I saw a McDonald's delivery truck. Who-da thought that Mickey D's would be doing home delivery? Why, I remember the first McDonald's when you could buy a Big Mac, French Fries - oh so good!- and a milkshake for a $1.00. Yep, a dollar! We had a guest lecture at quilt meeting today; and afterwards, a class. The workshop was a great complement to the week long class I attended in Sisters. Stay tuned for a little reveal later in the week. I stopped at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
9:24 am: the effects of Tropical Storm Nate are slowly making their way north... Today: light rain accompanied by 94% humidity. Norman just walked inside - out to feed the cat - "it's like a beautiful spring day!" I don't think so...just humid and wet. The rainy grey morning is brightened by the alstroemeria on the table and the trees in my view...slowly changing to a green tea greenish-yellow with just a hint of red here-n-there. 10:30 am: breakfast over and in the background, a Sunday TV talk show on. Norman's expecting his son and godson this afternoon so we've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
(This is Callie, my Seattle friends' dog. She likes to sit on top of the sofa back) The fluorescent lights in the basement storage area worked! So, today we donated items, delivered items to shred and electronics to recycle and went to two grocery stores to replenish the larder. After we returned home, put groceries away and ate lunch, I went to the post office. Norman is watching the 2nd Cubs/Nats baseball game and we're not too happy...the score is in the Cubs' favor. That's not good 'cause the Cubs won last night, only takes 3 wins to move... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
I really like the simplicity and colors of this card. Well done! Enjoy your long weekend! Cheers~
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2017 on Less Is More: Watercolour at random reflections
Thursday 5 October @ 8:29 pm EST Friday 6 October @ 7:10 am EST The Full Harvest Moon is pretty special and unique, coming so close to the September 22 Autumnal Equinox. I was feeling quite pleased to capture the moon last night (Thursday) and delighted to see it at sunrise THIS (Friday) morning. According to earth, we here in the northern hemisphere should be able to see the moon for a couple days...tho' not necessarily at night. I trust that's true for you. Do enjoy! Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Today has been somewhat slow... Tho' I managed to wake up closer to EST - about 7 am, I am slowly re-entering . So far today, as I type this post ( 3:24 pm), I have: 1 - Unpacked suitcases and returned most items to their homes... 2 - Washed umpteen (so it seems) loads of clothes and grown my "to do" list for the next three days... 3 - Parked at the table - in my fave spot; taken many sips of tea; and glances out the window. "This Tree" has fewer leaves - but more than I expected... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
My friend and I are both retired librarians; yesterday, we went on a mini tour of the two King County (WA) branch libraries in her area. Both are relatively new and well endowed with all the media: books, both print and audio; magazines; and of course, computers for the public to use. When I walked into the first branch, I wanted to turn somersaults - ha! As if I could in my "ripe old age." But such an invitation! A lovely long expanse of an aisle. Most noticeably in both branches tho' was the art work and the buildings' architectural... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Ditto! Two bright," inviting" cards. That's a great challenge idea...I could do something every day and never make a dent, I think. Time to "Kon dori". Enjoy your trip to Boston. Cheers~
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2017 on Time to Party & More NBUS at random reflections
In the Seattle/Tacoma area, there is a saying: "Live like the Mountain - as in Mt Rainier - is out. " The mountain in the photo is sort of in the center and it looks like a whisp of cloud across the middle. Yesterday, on our way home after our visit to Pike Place Market, we stopped at Lake Seward. Fortunately, the clouds were dissipating and I was able to get a fairly good photo of this majestic mountain. Today was a much brighter, less cloudy day and the few glimpses I got I didn't have an opportunity to capture... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Flyin' the Fish Today we went to Pike Place Market ...amazing! It is just everything one reads and/or sees about this iconic Seattle landmark, teeming with both locals and tourists. We entered at the fish stand...and watched/waited for the men to "fly the fish." 'Only when someone buys' does the magic occur...but, then, all of the sudden, there was a volley of a rather huge fish being flung to and fro! T'was fun to see! And I am so glad he caught it 'cause I was directly in line... We walked the market place - not all, for it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
We are still processing the events of Las Vegas...peace and blessings to all the victims' families and to us, as a nation. Your photos of your trip are stunning, as always...and the Friday morning sunrise: incredible! Reads that you had a truly wonderful getaway. Cheers~ PS. Love your new blog banner, too!
On the last lap of my unforgettable journey to the Pacific Northwest - in Tacoma now. Arrived about 11 am, PST this morning. Friends picked me up at the train station - yep: trains still run. The trip was very interesting - I couldn't count the number of rivers we crossed over until we reached our destination. We had brunch at a restaurant on Puget Sound. The absolute study! Believe it or not: that black speck is a bird! Tomorrow, Seattle! Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Today, as we welcomed morning- reluctantly - we watched the sun rise over the mountains: mist tinged with the pinks and soft yellows. On the road, headed N toward Portland. Listening to Isaac Albeniz, guitarist. Linda my friend and companion just remarked: “I guess going to Sisters is like going to Disney (Land/World)… I asked "How?" She answered: "Because you always have something to entertain you." I nodded and thought: Yes! Most noticeably: Mother Nature: wide open spaces hillsides dotted with every variety of pine you can imagine; majestic skies filled with clouds of every shape, formation;colors; mountains surrounding, encircling... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Class is over [deep sigh] and this evening , we're in Bend OR- pop about 89k, having dinner at a Mexican restaurant- Barrio- sitting outside under ceiling heaters! No, it's not that cold, tho' we are in high desert mountain country ... but when the sun goes down, so does the temperature! After class we went to Smith Rock... stupendous! A wedding was in the process of happening way up high. Guests were gathering below. What fun---to be continued... Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else." ~ Picasso Earlier this week, I posted the first exercise of my class. Today's photo is the mock-up, in fabric , of the progress. In this photo, the rectangular blocks are just pinned onto the background. Eventually, I will "piece" them in - that is, insert them into the background fabric. And then, add either black cording around the perimeter of the individual blocks or a moss green variegated #8 Perle cotton ...I am leaning toward the Perle cotton. One of the challenges I've had was to add... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
(Fiber Art by Helen Brisson) Every month, in Sisters OR, the Stitchin' Post (world reknown quilt shop and founder of the Summer Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show - in 2018, the 43rd annual show will be held) features a fiber artist of the month. Today, after class, we went by the shop to pick up a few items and to see the this month's display, featuring the fiber art of Helen Brisson: I thoroughly enjoyed gazing at the artitst's work: the color, stitching and design are captivating and are a great example of the focus of this week's class: color, line,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio