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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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Hydrangea seen on my morning walk 11 am: T'is a gorgeous day - I've been out once already for a walk and plan another excursion later this afternoon, especially since we are enjoying the last vestiges of perfect summer weather. Were I a hammock sitter - or even had a blanket and a patch of grass upon which to park, today is perfect day for a picnic basket and a book... Right now as I pen this post, I'm sitting in my fave spot, staring out the deck doors, enjoying the summer breeze (sans humidity), listening to light jazz vocals,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Morning Glory Studio
Monday's weather was near I grabbed my journal, iPhone and headed to the pool at our neighborhood regional park. T'was a pleasant walk and even more pleasant once I arrived - about 2 pm, spending a lovely 45 minutes or so watching the kids play and jotting an occasional thought or word in my journal... Today, Tuesday, dawned even cooler - 69 degrees; I grabbed a few index cards, a pen and walked to Zeke's - local indie coffee shop - for a brief sit out on the Avenue, taking in the sights and the weather. Moms with babes... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
For a year, the region's rapid rail transit system, aka as METRO, serving the DC, MD and VA area, has been under rehab: tracks were repaired; stations were closed - sort of like a rolling blackout for a month at a time...and fares increased as of today! A recent Washington Post poll shows "that 52% rate the subway system "not so good," as compared to 20% who said so in a 2013 Post poll." Well, that may be true for many riders but for one little three years' old boy, METRO is too cool! Last Wednesday, he took a METRO... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
The other half of our quartet, Margaret's mom, Pat, and sister-in-law, Theresa, are - unfortunately - in hot Aruba! Tsk!Tsk! They missed not only our lovely weather but a tasty brunch : grilled shrimp and beef sliders; chicken, raspberry, pineapple and blueberry salad with poppy seed dressing and hard lemonade. Delish! Ed, Margaret's husband, did the grilling...she and I smiled and watched the birds: goldfinch, cardinals, a redwing blackbird and of course, sparrows, stop to grab a bite a to eat from the bird feeders. After lunch, the dogs, of course worn out from all the meal time excitement, snoozed.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Ah! The card is so lovely and has my fave colors: yellow, white and black! I'm sure your friend will not only enjoy the card but also her retirement. What a great sendoff! Cheers~
9:30 am saturday 24 June 2017 tv playing in the background... A/C on; deck door wide open... Norman on phone with his godson... I am reading blog posts, catching up... a breeze as seen in the trees' movement; puffy white clouds float in the bright blue sky... what's for breakfast?... we lost power about 8:11 am. oh no!.. fortunately, short lived. whew! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
What a fun celebration for all the dads...and especially the kids! The cards are the icing on the cake. Loved seeing babyHannah's photo and her cousins, not to forget Caleb. Lovely family. Cheers~
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Happy Father's Day at random reflections
What a fun trio of photos! And a pretty cool exhibit too! Sorry your crew is leaving but it sounds like there's lots more fun in just a few days. Safe journeys to all! Cheers~
The day lilies are out in full bloom - doesn't matter where one looks: tended gardens; wild ones; fringe of wooded areas...there are even a couple of slow-bloomers in my garden (I use that term lightly). Today, as I walked the neighborhood, I could see from several blocks away, a patch of bright yellow and a variety of pink/red ones...just a nice clump. They brightened my day and I hope these photos brighten yours. Enjoy! Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
(Me in my Jammie's for the last session of Winter Journal Club) This week's Think Write Thursday: Share Your three favorite outfits. Mine, in no particular order: Pajamas Pajamas Jammies...aka Pajamas I actually think I like jammie's best because they are the most comfortable clothing items I own; they don't require much care, maintenace or complimentary shoes. I am the first to admit that I don't like getting dressed - even into everyday clothes; I'm not overly fond of shopping: looking, trying things on. And, I'm not at all satisfied with the material, the fabrics that are used. Most are,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Earlier this month, actually at my last quilting association's last meeting (excluding the luncheon) before our summer break, we had a guest speaker who owns an online + brick/mortar quilting store. Webfabrics . The best of both worlds... and the shop is located in Purcellville, Virginia... an hour and a half s drive... Road Trip! She brought show and tell - what's going to be hot in the near future. For example: grey (color, fabric, accents, etc) is out. The new grey is navy. As she talked, my creative juices started to gurgle - it had been a few weeks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
8:45 am ~ The morning was crisp, sunny and cool, so the cleaning lady* decided to take a walk before she began work. On today's chores list: laundry; clean refrigerator; mop kitchen floor and vacuum...not much but enough to keep her busy in between short breaks to jot down a note, a thought, add to the grocery list...the larder is rapidly becoming barer, etc. So, grabbing her iPhone - she's started a new book: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, and a bottle of water, she headed out the door, planning to be gone about 30 min or so... The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Today I had lunch with a friend who is moving to Seattle in early July...after a quick trip to North Carolina on Wednesday. The news has been filled with news of Amazon's buying Whole Foods. Her son works for Amazon (cloud services) and my friend and her husband are moving there to be with their grandchildren - 3 years and 16 months. The move has happened very very fast and we were lucky to squeeze in today's lunch at the last possible minute. But, we are planning a reunion in October - when I am on the west coast. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Norman and his son Myron have had a wonderful afternoon: working on a special project; watching and listening to the Nat/Mets game - Nats lost; chatting - their favorite pastime - and solving the world's problems; no headway there; staying cool and most importantly - enjoying one another's company! Before Myron arrived, I walked to Zeke's and spent about an hour there - inside! Too hot to sit outside. The coffee shop was busy - a seat or two left. On my way home, I stopped at the library. Home, I took another shower and lounged on the bed, reading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Today Chris celebrated his third birthday at ChuckE Cheese - it's sort of an indoor carnival with pinball machines, rides, food, etc. Big enough to accommodate several parties at the same time. When my sister and I arrived, we saw Chris at a pinball machine...he and his dad similarly dressed in black safari style pedal pusher length pants and white shirts. Both wearing New York Yankee caps, backwards, of course. Chris was really liking the game and didn't want to be interrupted, let alone say hello! Shortly, it was time for a little stage show, featuring ChuckE Cheese and friends,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
“Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen This week's ThinkWriteThursday topic is to do an assessment on our first six months' 2017 intentions. Yes, I know it's Friday and no, I didn't get my days mixed up...just that yesterday's Simply A Moment post takes/took precedence. As I pen/type this, I have to share a few statistics: this is my 212th consecutive daily post since 1 Nov 2016! I am pretty stoked about this and yes, I admit, some days I've really stretched my brain to post something that is -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
I shall miss you! Envying your workshop experience...your photos are quite evocative. In "Stairway to Heaven" I think I even see a heart in the clouds and sun's rays. Gorgeous. Do enjoy your family and travel... Cheers~
thursday 15 june 2017 circa 6:31 am A page from my journal: I sit down at the table! Oops, I start writing with my Tombow - the phone rings. Who might that be at this early hour? Quickly, I get up to answer - yes, it's the landline - and see it's my friend Pat. Quizzical? Oh yes, she must have heard me thinking about her for she leaves this weekend for Aruba. I answer the phone and query: "Did you hear me thinking about you?" She sez: "I didn't want you to think I'd fallen off the face of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
The tale of the needles: Nothing stitched or knit this past week tho' a second TopThis hat cast on (last Thursday) and that's as far as I've gotten... On the reading front: The Bookshop on the Corner (an Audible read) finished! Voila! One Book Bingo square completed! I'm not sure which square it goes in, hmmm... Next up in the Audible queue: The Housekeeper and the Professor , recommended by a friend. She says it's just lovely. I'm eager to start - I listen primarily when I'm walking or driving...and I'm on chapter 13 in A Fatal Grace. Also in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
I'm not sure, these may be morning glories and even if they aren't, I loved them against the blue background of the brick wall ... There is a hot breeze stirring...90 degrees in the shade and it's only 5:15 pm. I went for a walk early this morning, to beat the heat...and glad I did. So, what else does one do on a hot tuesday? Well, I listened to hot air generated at the Sessions/Senate hearing this afternoon... took a wee nap... wrote some checks to mail ... I so seldom write checks I've almost forgotten how... read another chapter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Today dawned bright and early...and hot! And the temperature at 8 pm -92 degrees! I'm really not ready for hot and hot and more hot! About 6:21 am, I stepped out on the deck to get shots of the early morning sky and turned around to see the sky's reflection in the window...Intrigued me - almost looks like a far-off city in the sky. SciFi, anyone? My quilting group started 20 years ago and today, we had our annual end-of year luncheon to mark the occasion plus install the new officers, whose terms run for two years. Normally we have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Top Row: 1. water spouts 2. mini flower baskets at Whole Foods 3. kaleideoscope* Middle Row: 4. not quite full strawberry moon 5. journal entry @ Starbucks 6.cactus flower Bottom Row: 7. Lily 8. sidewalk art 9. sat 6/10 sunset Currently 12:30 pm: Sitting outside Starbucks, Drinking a peach tea lemonade ... Watching kids playing in the water spouts at Riverdale Park... Shopping at Whole Foods: almond milk; bananas; strawberries; blueberries; raspberries. But no cute flower baskets. Currently 4:30 pm Sitting at Dining Room table, Catching up on email and blog reading... Writing this blog post... Considering starting a new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
What a lovely haul...many days of summer beauty ahead for ya. The lilies are truly gorgeous...Looking forward to reading all about your weekend at Niagara on the Lake. Hope there was at least an occasional refreshing breeze. Cheers~
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2017 on Five in Five: June Edition at random reflections
(Bebe Chris @ 13 days old) Today is bébé Chris' third birthday! Seems that just yesterday he was a tiny little one in the NICU...he was about six weeks early. And now, he's bouncing around, talking lickety split and filled with curiosity. He's still little ( I think) but ever so active...and cute. We will celebrate his birthday next he, his mom and Great Granny (my sister) are driving today...returning from a trip to Ohio to attend his great uncle Miekel's graduation from HVAC school and training. I expect Chris will have lots to share. Happy Birthday Chris! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Looking over this week's journal entries, my notes, observations, etc, the first week of June has been a really good one, particularly on the weather scene. Alas, the weather folk have forecast that a heat wave is on the way, arriving Sunday. Bummer! So, I guess that means it's adios for rare days next week... Today, I looked in vain for the Strawberry Full Moon; allegedly, it was to be visible at 9:18 am this morning. Well, the sky was picture perfect - not a cloud to be seen...nor a moon... As I walked, I listened to Gretchen Rubin's latest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio