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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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(click on photos to enlarge) ...and so, the doors opened at 10 AM sharp and just as before, a nice crowd had gathered, waiting for the magic hour to begin! Once in, ticket purchased: next stop: purchase ticket/s for the two raffle quilts - both lap size made by members of our guild and/or one of if not all three, raffle baskets - one totally filled with choc-o-late! Others, who knew they could return later to get raffle tickets, as expected, made a beeline to the Peddler's Table. Down the hall;, up a flight of stairs. Wowza! Tables filled with... Continue reading
Posted 57 minutes ago at Morning Glory Studio
I 'm pretty certain this quilt was made by the member who has/had 58 quilts in her UFO stash. I really like it: colors, design, workmanship. 6:30 pm. arrived home about 40 minutes ago. Unloaded car, put fresh flowers in water. Ate a few tostitos on my way, I'm not hungry; I'll have a glass of wine with the 7 pm nightly newscast...already in PJs... We finished hanging the 200+ quilts - all sizes- about 3:30 pm. When I left, 'round 4 pm, members were adding a sign here, a label there, setting up the two raffle quilts and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Morning Glory Studio
Ah! Another lovely card...I so look forward to your creativity. The book sounds very interesting and I'll add it to my queue. having just experienced a "memory" journey - an dI wasn't even a kid, I'm quite interested. Love the picture of Missy Madelyn. She's a cutie. Looking forward to seeing pictures of baby Hannah, soon? Cheers~
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Memos, Mail, Me: Happy Mail at random reflections
I think you've created a wonderful card, especially since you were facing an 'empty well' - or so say ye! Creativity is amazing, isn't it! Carry on! Cheers~
It's been a quiet, rainy day. I read a bit... stitched a bit... met the 9 months old son of the young man who takes care of our lawn... washed a load of laundry... responded to emails and blog post comments... caught up on my own blog reading and commenting ... deleted way too many emails: promotions; political... walked to the library to return books... listened to light classical music most of the afternoon... packed my 3 quilts ! I'm ready for tomorrow to deliver the quilts and set up the show! I plan to share photos of the quilt... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
As the 6 pm anchor opening the evening news said: "Today has been miserable, cloudy, wet and cold..." But do not despair...near the end of the week, we may temps in the 90s." Quilting meeting today - our last before the Quilt Show opens Thursday morning at 10 AM, sharp. We're all busily putting on the finishing touches to our own entries plus gearing up to spend the next two days setting up - transforming the church's (where we meet ) various rooms and halls into galleries, vendor's shops, etc. The show closes at 3 pm Saturday and then we... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Quiet. Slow. Peaceful. I slept in - not awakening/arising until 7:30 am. Norman, on the other hand, was up early - for him- 9:30-ish. He went to 11 AM mass. I enjoyed the peace and quiet of a later-than-usual breakfast: cereal, fruit and almond milk; the latter, my first time trying. I don't tolerate cow's milk at all (unless it'sin ice cream) so I thought I'd give it a try...not bad. Played around with several mandela -in- the-making ideas and have come up with at least four ways to implement using the cording, fabric and stitching. Over the next week,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Prologue: 6 PM. A slow, rainy saturday. not much get up-n-go in these parts...think it must be the rain. Norman just went for a walk in between rain drops. I decided early today that I'd keep a running account of the day, so here t'is with a bit of editing: snippets from my journal~ 8:15 am ~ 59 degrees | cloudy: big gathering on the Mall in support of Earth/Science Day. I'm not going physically but there in spirit. I'm eager to finish the tea wallets and get into stitching for my #the 100day project. Listening to the quiet: frig... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
~pond with water spray at the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden~ some days it just doesn't pay to sit down at the sewing was one of those days. my plan to knock out the tea wallets was thwarted...sewing machine jamming - will do that if not properly threaded; didn't follow directions properly - lots of unsewing pursues... all sewers have tool called a seam ripper - I have several, some nearly as old as I (and I'll never tell)...that's the not-so good news. the very best news: I met the Smithsonian staff person who found the opera information for me.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
On my way to meet with friends for our weekly Thursday afternoon gathering, the golden arches tempted me to stop and buy an EggMcMuffin; even tho' we usually start our gathering with fruit and a sweet treat, I realized I was a tad hungry as I'd not eaten breakfast, having just a banana and a mini tangerine earlier. So I stopped and took care of that. Next stop: gas for the car - it was getting hungry too. Here's a tip: I keep in my car several pairs of cotton garden gloves I get from the dollar store just for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
My mother was an avid opera fan. Every Saturday afternoon she listened to The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast during the season...and she had quite an extensive record collection. Not to mention knowledge of opera's great composers, conductors and vocalists. Opera was her passion. She told me that she discovered opera when she was about 13 years old: she was the church organist and in between hymns, the minister's sermon, when her organ skills weren't needed, she read. And developed a deep knowledge of and affinity for opera. I remember many a night, I'd get up for a glass of water and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Monday ended quietly, as have the previous 8 days since the TV just "quit." I finished stitching the hanging sleeve on the the Flower Garden, it's ready to display. I also remembered I need to fix a label to the back of the quilt, so added that item to the "to do" list. I spent more time than I'd anticipated clarifying my idea for my many ways it's much like a gigantic puzzle - you know the kind where once you get the outer border pieces joined, the middle suddenly becomes easier to assemble. I'm not quite at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
April 16, Emancipation Day, is a legal holiday in Washington DC and because it was also Easter Sunday, today is the day it's being celebrated. That is also the reasons we (US citizens ) get until midnight, Tuesday 18 April 2017 to file 2016 taxes. Go here for the complete story. Today is also the Egg Roll at the White House, happening in between the rain drops. Normally on Mondays, I attend my quilting group's meeting/gathering but our meeting place - the church - is closed. So, today, I have the time to post earlier in the day... I may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
You certainly had a full and memorable Easter Sunday! Thanks for sharing the "littles" and their egg hunt, the dinner -sounded delish - and the cards for the grands. They are all too cute, not to mention the staging for the photo shoot - clever. Enjoy your week...tho' I'm sure I'll be in touch sooner than... Cheers~
Good Food! Good Friends! Good Fellowship! We spent a perfectly lovely Easter afternoon with friends. Dinner was potluck and delicious: Ham; Corn Pudding; Green Beans; Deviled Eggs; Peas; Fruit Salad. Wine and Champagne; the latter very good! And of course Dessert: cake. Yum. On our drive home, Norman and I reminisced about Easter and how as adults, we can and truly do appreciate the value of renewal and... wish for you on this Easter 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Simply a Moment ~ Saturday, April 15, 2017 "On my way home, walking; 4:30 pm. 4076 steps so far. In the distance, I hear Porch Fest taking place over on Rhode Island Ave. A dog barking. Sirens - an ambulance , no doubt; the Metro train. All around there are azaleas. People are moving in and it looks like some people are moving out. A squirrel scampers across the sidewalk; up and down the street, birds chirp. The sky is cloudy; patches of blue overhead. Another siren; this time I think it might be a fire engine - flashing red... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
And thank you for taking us along on your visit to the conservatory. Stunningly beautiful - all five! Cheers~
6:45 pm edst catching up with computer-related stuff after a late afternoon walk... snacking on tostitos and salsa... listening (just finished) to latest Happier podcast with Gretchen Rubin - Episode 112... feeling the breeze created by the ceiling fan moving the air around... planning pizza and salad for dinner... waiting for champagne to chill... tasting again for the first time Louise Penney's first Inspector Gamache mystery: Still Life ; I started it last year and got side-tracked with other books... finding I'm enjoying it more than I thought - it's been a long time since I've read a mystery novel...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
This week's prompt invites us to write about treehouse hideaways. I've never had one nor do I recall ever wanting one...can't imagine that I'd ever want to live in one - or even drop in for a visit - mainly because I'm not a fan of heights. Knowing that, I often wonder how it is I ever managed to dive into a pool off a mid -to-high diving board. I presume I was hypnotized. I recall being in a 4-seater small plane outside Los Angeles, shortly after the almost mid air-collision between a small plane (like the one I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
A day comes in the springtime When Earth puts forth her powers, Casts off the bonds of winter And lights him hence with flowers... ~Dora Read Goodale, "The Chorus" I walked to the Franciscan Monastery yesterday afternoon and spent a peaceful 45 minutes wandering among the trees and the flowers. The grounds are exceptionally gorgeous in preparation for Easter weekend. T'is indeed spring here in the Nation's Capital! I trust that is true for where you are too! Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio
Thanks for sharing your return trip home...I love the photo of you in the garden. The flowers are so pretty and it all made for a great photo. A lot to catch up with after having been gone a bit...I know it's fun to travel but ever so good to return home! Cheers~
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on Memos, Mail, Me: The Road Home at random reflections
Oops! Sorry I missed this post! I think your plan and product for Day 1 (and subsequent ones) is working just fine! The drawing is delightful and so realistic looking. Draw on! Cheers~
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on #The100DayProject at random reflections
No snow in these parts...yay! Glad yours was short-lived. The vase is gorgeous and I've not seen any hydrangea yet...usually a tad later in the spring for us. Books look oh so interesting...look forward to your take on them. You'll get all your projects accomplished...I have no doubts. Now if it were I, then, yeah, doubts. Cheers~
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on Memos, Mail, Me: Extremes at random reflections
Those are lovely, just lovely and perfect for April birthdays, For sure, in my next life, I'm going to engage in card making...hope you'll agree to tutor me! Cheers~
*Translation: the TV died...R.I.P. Yesterday, Monday 10 April, the TV least the picture and sound disappeared and we cannot a) turn the DirecTV box or b) TV OFF! We called in DirecTV and the tech concluded that the problem is with the TV...mais oui (but of course). What does one do without TV in the PM? No baseball; No news; (thankfully); No music; No movies - we couldn't even watch any of Norman's DVDs - he has quite a collection... So, we chatted and watched the sun go down. I leafed through a magazine and some books on landscaping... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Morning Glory Studio