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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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(one or the other or maybe neither will become the tree*) Thankful: It's been a quiet day. Not much like Friday, me thinks. The highlight of the day: Journal Club resumed. A time to reunite with old friends and ignite new friendships, too! Each session, Jamie chooses an animal tarot card that guides us through the season. The RAVEN is the pick this time around; at first, I wasn't too enamored and frankly, the practice is rather foreign to me. I read a bit about the Raven's guiding contributions and I'm thinking this may be an interesting adventure... Grateful: Tho'... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
It's Thursday! Today, two of my stitchin' group and I got together, joined by a potential new gatherer...we of course had a delicious brunch: three very tasty salads and Trader Joe's Pub Cheese. New to me and delish. Certainly doesn't begin to approach Carole's Friday Night Cheese Spreads but does earn high marks (Google it...lots of "chef" reviews) ... Our hostess has a delightful antique school desk, complete with an inkwell and several vintage elementary school readers, appropriately perched on top. T'was very fitting for our gathering, on the threshold of Autumn/Fall, stirring and bringing back many school days' memories.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
I sit here, at the table, books and journals spread out before me; my iPad open and ready to pen today’s post. The sun shines, for a change. Temperature in the mid 70s, an invitation to turn off the A/C and open windows and the deck doors... In the background, a lawnmower and the chatter from cnbc: on stocks. Thinking: what I will write about for today’s post? My eyes leave the screen, look up, out the windows: Leaves gently drift to the ground, stirred by a breeze, evidenced by the “this tree’s” branches, swaying slowly. Soon, those branches will... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
6:10 pm All day, we’ve had quick 5 min downpours and then sun; currently, the sun is shining... I took a quick walk in between raindrops early this afternoon...and collected a an oak and a couple maple leaves. Do you remember collecting leaves when you were in elementary school? And then, rushing to the library to find a book to help you identify the leaves? I spent the afternoon working on Shades of Trees: affixing rectangles (2.25 ” x .75”) to the background fabric; next up: stitching the little rectangles... Making this little quilted piece is very much like putting... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
... are slow and easy and rainy...the weather-folk predicted rain/thunderstorms to begin 9 am - only about 35 minutes off. ... I said to Norman this morning: “If I do nothing today, I’m going to put my license tag sticker on my car!” That was before the rain started. In DC, the current tag is affixed to the inside lower left of the front windshield. I have til the 25th so if it does rain all day, there’s still time. ... include the start/restart of two books on writing (reading about writing is one of my favorite pastimes ): The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Morning Glory Studio
Classic for sure! and Dramatic! Understated yet Elegant! Next?!
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2018 on Less is More at random reflections
(photo taken 9.13.18 @ 7:34 pm. clearly another candidate for a "shades of trees" quilt...someday) Too often, I unknowingly, unwittingly, unintentionally, oversubscribe. Unlike the energizer bunny, my batteries have completely run down. I spent a lotta time this past week driving long distances, in rain! I'm tired and have no one but myself to hold responsible. I am so very much looking forward to a slower, more measured pace over, for and during these next 6 days. I have nowhere to go, no one to see, nothing I must do. I can pretty much be. T'is almost like a new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Continuing the story from yesterday’s post: Joining Carole and others for 3 on Thursday here. 3:30 pm: Arrived home from my Thursday Stitching group’s gathering... we had a good time catching up and sharing : 3 of us attended the quilt workshop; one didn’t so we had a chance to share our projects and do a Plus/Delta* review of the workshop for our 4th. She was scheduled to attend but had to cancel. We three agreed the teacher was excellent and the pace just right. We also thought we picked up some new techniques; clearly our creative mojo got a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Currently: 1:51 pm: Sitting at VA eye clinic, waiting for N’s 1:10 pm appt. Typepad was unraveled earlier this day: site was down; thankfully, it’s back up. My attention is on trees as a result of my quilting class I attended Sun/Mon of this week. I’m eager to get back to “making my piece” but I need to be home with an iron to do so. Unlike most quilt projects, the technique introduced uses an iron-on bonding medium (steam-a-seam) to create a background. Sitting before me is a mural that more than the photo I initially started with. Since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
... or the saga of lost keys Over the past few days, Hurricane Florence has given us a preview of possible weather to come: lotsa rain. Yesterday, as I arrived home and started to unload my car, it was raining. Stuff in hand, I stood at the front door, rifling through my jacket and bag for my house key. Not there! Returned to the car: Not there! "Hmmm, that's curious," I thought. Rang the doorbell; thankfully, Norman was home. We unloaded the car and once in the house, out of the rain, I looked very carefully and methodically through every... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
7 september sunrise ~ 6:29 am Since 2008, I've participated in Shimelle's Learn Something New Everyday annual September event. The process is simple: document one thing one learns each day in September: 1 Sept: I have a long list of ideas and possibilities on my September "groaning board" menu...I always do! Why change? 2 Sept: We had a lot of fun playing Monopoly during our family gathering... it brought lots of memories back and it was great to be unplugged! We should play games more often. 3 Sept: Often times new learning results from unlearning one way and paying attention... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
un/1: I missed sharing a #tinytiny moment Tues, so here's a close-up of our Elias, now 9 months' old ~ he's mesmerized by the ceiling fan.( I'm not sure what that white stripe is across his forehead...something with his seat carrier?) deux/2: Sunday, I am attending a two -day quilting workshop (I shared a bit in this post), joined by three friends from my Thursday stitching group. (Our fifth, Hilary- she prepares such delicious vegetarian lunches, doesn't quilt plus she's recuperating from knee-replacement surgery!) Yesterday, four of us ventured to a Delaware quilt shop - really quite nice!- for fabric... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
What a temptation! I can see why you couldn't resist...I'd be too! Look forward to seeing your new purchases...and perhaps a peek at your newly purged/reorganized craft studio! Love the "Back to School" card you made Caleb's a real treasure! Maybe next year, I'll have the where-with-all to make one for Chris. Cheers~
3:30 pm: It is thundering and raining now! Today has been brutally humid - 91°, just perfect for "back to school!" for thousands, millions? of children in the Washington DC Metro area ~ two I know: 8:40 am: Kayla, my grand niece started her senior year! As I have over the years (since she began preK - with the exception of her junior year, last year), I met her and her mom on the first day! Today, she was in high style: wearing a wig - she made!; snazzy eyelashes and makeup; and a top with a message that I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
I'd have loved to visit this spot...seems to be just perfect. Glad you had a grand time! Cheers~
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2018 on Vacation Postcards #2 at The Woolen Rabbit
All your photos are gorgeous and just perfect for the clues...I love the bells! What a find...and the spider's web: how cool is that! I see that sign and many others on my walks...and take comfort in their exhibition. Yes indeed, it is so sad and frightening that this is what we are facing. I pray everyday the nightmare will end. Can't be too soon!
(click to enlarge) Another month for the memory book! I am not much of a fan for sultry HOT August days...and we have certainly had our share this year. Early on this month, I decided to focus more on the magical moments of peacefulness in my life: nature sunrise and sunset trees flora animals things that bring me pleasure: friends; gatherings; colors; peaceful moments; journaling; capturing my day; recently: caramel latte´ - hot or cold Norman in his "Sunday go-to-meetin' " clothes (but he would only stand still long enough for one photo!). The week of Aug 13-19, I joined... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
~when morning gilds the skies~ 10:15 am ~ Currently: I am sitting in the customer lounge of my car dealership; my car’s in for it’s 145,000+ miles tune-up and a problem, I define as “surging” when the A/C is on. Several times the engine has cut off...fortunately, restarting hasn’t been a problem, yet. Next week, I’m meeting my Thursday stitching group friends for a trip across the Bay Bridge; we’re going to a quilt shop in Delaware to shop for fabric for the “Shades of the Forest” workshop I mentioned in yesterday's post. I don’t want to miss out on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Lovely! Lovely! {Deep Sigh}. I really like the rose gold embossing...Curious to learn more about your couple book discussion. Cheers~
In July, I set aside my knitting to focus on my convergence quilt...I am stitching the outer binding and should have it finished by the weekend...a stitch here n' there, when I sit down or take a break. In not quite a couple weeks, I am attending a day and a half quilting workshop with three of my Thursday stitching group friends. The subject is trees. I may use the above photo for inspiration. Our instructor hails from Australia; more to come soon. This past weekend, I finished Louise Penny's The Brutal Telling (Audible) and Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing (print). These... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
Sorry you're having a bit o' trouble with the technique...we'd not ever known or thought based on your ingenious and beautifully executed work around! Looking forward to the results from the next lesson! Cheers~
(image source: US National Park Service) 28 august 1963: The end of my junior year; I was home (Toledo OH) from college for a couple weeks before returning to college. As during the summer between my sophomore and junior years, I'd spent this summer break as a counselor at a camp in Jackson MI for underprivileged children. Their parents were either a) too poor to afford sending their children away for the summer and/or b) one parent - if not both, in a rare instance - were incarcerated in Michigan's Jackson State prison. The camp had been founded by two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
~there's a hint of Fall in the air ~ Have a wonderful weekend, filled with the best weather, ever... Cheers~ Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Morning Glory Studio
How lovely! So inviting and peaceful. I'd have a hard time cutting them, too! Do enjoy and thanks for brightening up our day! Cheers~