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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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Thinking, well, beginning, to cogitate on the idea of buying a new car. Mine is nearly 15 years old and I just had new brakes on both front it time? (Note Bene: The photo was taken, July 2015; that is a Tesla on display...and no, I'm not going to buy a Tesla...t'was just a photo that came to mind...) Going to the Met in HD tomorrow for La Bohème. My sister, nieces Kayla, Chris and Cissy (their mother) will be joining my friend and me. Inspired by this blog post, especially the photo! I signed up for Medium as... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Can't believe you were gone for two weeks and that you are home! I look forward to seeing the photos...the storks are fascinating! Welcome home and take care. Cheers~
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Take Three Thursday: Storks at random reflections
Thing One: My 22nd 2018 LOAD layout! I departed a bit today to make a 12 x 12 about my nieces Dolly and Kayla...I think tomorrow I'll make a companion piece covering the time Dolly was in the hospital in December...then, back to my 6 x 8 AMAZe album. As I've been culling through supplies and photos, etc I've found a few surprises: One, contact information for a namesake who graduated 3 years ago. I knew I'd had the info but I'd also conveniently hidden it from me...and the contact info I had was obsolete! My March focal project is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
LOAD 20 - 2018 What a difference a week makes! This time last week I was miserable and had about as much energy as a wet dishrag! Today: the sun shines, the temperature - a balmy 78 degrees! - and I feel more human! During the past days, I've dipped in a book here, there...nothing long enough to grab my attention ...the same goes with knitting and stitching. I guess when one is feeling punk it's a major feat to sustain much enthusiasm. I think it's probably been fortuitous that I got sick this month of LOAD...I've had just enough... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
~sunset: circa 6:10 pm ~ Today we had a breath of spring-like weather! The temperature reached a balmy high of 71 degrees! And sunshine! One was almost enticed to run outside and turn a somersault or two...but one's better sense prevailed! Fortunately. Instead, one spent the afternoon attending to crossing off items on last week's list - barely looked at to due to being laid low with the flu! One major accomplishment: updating the Mac operating system. I just love the help I get from Apple Support! Looks like I have about 45 minutes remaining before the OS is updated.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
February is LOAD - layout a day - month. Idea: make a scrapbook layout, one a day, for 28 (or 29) days...I always enjoy this annual challenge and here's today's : a 6 x 8 two page spread; it goes in my AMAZing -All About Me, A-Z album... Apologies for the dark photo on right side...can't seem to get it to lighten...but you get the drift... are pretty quiet and are also holidays, as is this Monday is/was... The cable to our DIRECTV satellite freaked out yesterday so we had a service call today...the technician was prompt and got the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
I loved Jamie's kitty ears headband and had to capture a photo to add to today's journal club entry. Right in the middle of the second journaling prompt, my doctor called so I missed the intro...and sortof got thrown off course...I'll watch the recording and pick up from there. I consulted WebMD today and read that placing a heat pad on one's chest helps alleviate the pain! It does! So, that's how I've spent a goodly portion of the day. The doctor prescribed TamiFlu so I'll start at dinner. I think I'm a tad appetite's increasing <that's a good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
currently: eating chicken noodle soup... watching this month's Ali Edwards' Story Sparks presentation; the theme is fabric... thinking: I'm surrounded by fabric... nursing my affliction - not a cold...probably the flu...I didn't get a flu shot but I think I will in the future... feeling punk! Period!... noting the sunshine! Sunshine! We are supposed to reach 70 degrees today...not so sure we'll make it but gettting close: it's 63 degrees... reading email and listening to the TV...smelling whatever N is cooking.... thinking about my dad who died 34 years ago to date ...lots of happy memories of him... hoping tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Not much raveling or reading thus far, this week: N and I had reservations at our favorite restaurant to celebrate - we haven't been in over a year! Late Monday afternoon, we both came down with flu-like symptoms... that's the not so good news. Of course, we cancelled the reservation. There's always tomorrow... The good news: we're both feeling better. He's probably feeling a tad better, sooner than I, but... There's always tomorrow... The best news: Dolly just texted the photo of Chris...makes my heart sing! I suspect the pacifier in his hand belongs to Elias... Happy Happy Valentine's Day!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Baby Elias...2 months 2 weeks or so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Cherry Blossoms Art Quilt ~ created and made by Barbara Dahlberg Sometimes Mondays feature a guest speaker at our weekly quilting group meeting on the subject of art quilting...What is art quilting you say? Essentially, as the speaker, Barbara Dahlberg, said, "it's using a variety of media: photos, paints, stitching, stencils, writing ...just about anything you can do with paper you can do with fabric..." I found her presentation refreshing, inspiring, encouraging and awakening in me a longing, a yearning - well, maybe that's a tad strong - but clearly the thought that I should "taste it [this form... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
The card is lovely and I'm sure brightened up your friend's daughter's days...just seeing it here on your blog brightens mine! And gives me an idea..that I'll share when you return... Cheers~
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2018 on Butterfly Hope at random reflections
Journal Club today was all about the numero 10! One of our prompts was to doodle 10\ ten: words; symbols; illustrated above. Now, I don't like to doodle; I've never been a doodler ~ so this type of prompt/exercise is probably my least favorite...but, I gave it a try. I guess I could say, it wasn't all that bad! We generally begin journaling reviewing our day, thus far and so, in the spirit of sharing, here are my ten things as of 1 PM today: Found the ingredients ( story and photos ) about "Footprints" for my AMAZe album... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
1. Sunset on the horizon... the day has been a tad bit cool but filled with sunshine and gathering with my Thursday stitching friends. I've not driven to Columbia in several weeks so the drive was akin to an adventure, enhanced by a great traveling companion: Gretchen Rubin's Happier podcast...I'm rather behind. Today, I've listened to three episodes, including one now as I create today's post. 2. Brunch was de-lish! Quiche! Two great breads - one made with quinoa and poppy seeds, salads and desserts... and oh yes: chips with pepper! Yum! I keep telling Hilary she should open a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Unraveled #1 : I "slept in" this morning, not getting up til 7 this area, icy roads resulting in delayed + 2 hours openings or school closings. Guess my internal clock was in sync ... Unraveled #2: Today's schedule included a reunion with 4 former staffers; we cancelled, our second cancellation in as many months, not only due to today's weather but also illness, funerals, etc. We'll try again for April... best laid plans ... Unraveled #3: Progress on the Log Cabin squares is slow - that's the not-so-good news; the good news, progress, albeit slow, is happening and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
WOW ! I am so glad you were able to post and hopefully, the Internet connection will get better. Do enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing with us! Look forward to the next trip highlight. Cheers~
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2018 on Five in five on the 5th at random reflections
I'm sure the lucky recipients will be beyond delighted! Both cards are absolutely gorgeous. I didn't know there was a watercolor marker...must check that out! Cheers~
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2018 on Birthday Wishes at random reflections
Big brother Chris bonding with baby bother Elias. Can't wait til these two become best buds ... I'm sure they'll give their mom a run for her money! Stay tuned; won't be much longer, in the overall scheme of things. Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
These are super fun and I concur with all the previous commenters ... so my next life... Cheers~
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2018 on Crafty Friends: Part 2 at random reflections
...are cold and blustery; cancelled schools and quilt group meetings; treacherous driving and walking on black-ice roads and sidewalks; filled with 30+ mph wind gusts and the warmth of ol'Sol, streaming through the windows...loved by both me and the poinsettia... What's your Monday been like? Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
(click to enlarge collage) For starters, January 2018 was ushered in with bitter cold; temps hovered in the low double digits, as contrasted to today's falling thermometer, now, as I write this, at 28 degrees ... with 17 mph wind gusts. That's the bad news...the good: the sun shines brightly. Thankful for that tho' I've no plan whatsoever to brave the elements. And might I say "Thanks, Phil!" rather sarcastically . We shall see if we do indeed have six more weeks of winter...I understand that his forecasts aren't very reliable... Be that as it may, we began the year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
February 1, 2018 Sunrise ~ 7:07 am This morning's sunrise was a vivid, spectacular display of pinks and purples. A breathtaking way to usher in a new month and new intentions. T'is a good thing that February has only 28 days for I have a loooong list of possibilities ... but I shall keep my overly-active imagination in check and focus on these three things: Thing One: Make everyday AMAZING... February is the time when memory keepers/scrapbookers connect via the month long LOAD - Layout A Day - adventure; every day, a prompt is shared with the goal for participants... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Chris and mom Dolly start their day reading! Great habit for him, her, both. Soon, bébé Elias will join in, no doubt, once he decides to sleep through the night rather than the day! Today, I deviated from my usual AM reading - journaling longer and stopping to grab a photo of the SuperBlueBloodMoon. It was durn right cold. Unfortunately, we on the east coast didn't get the pleasure of seeing the eclipse...but that's OK...the moon was majestic and indeed super! Tonight, Jesmyn West, author of Sing Unburied Sing will appear on the PBS Newshour, for the wrap up of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Bébé Elias saying goodbye to dad who is leaving for work. My niece Dolly sent this last week and I thought it was perfect : the larger version shows how they both look so wistful ... I cropped the photo to get a close-in look at Elias' face - he indeed knows his dad! Surely a #tinytinymoment in this little person's life - who is now 2 months' old and doing great... Mom continues to get better every day, too!. What #tinytinymoments happened in your life recently? Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
I'm sure she will like this card! It's perfect for a sweet 16 birthday! And the cake looks luscious... Cheers~