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Mardel
Although I think of myself as continually distracted, that is far from the truth. The problem is that when I am doing something I love, be it reading a book, listening to music, sewing, knitting, or just daydreaming, I am so totally focused that the intrusion of the world comes as something of a shock. I see myself as distracted because there are so many things pulling at my hearstrings, so many things in which to lose myself, so many things tempting away from my one true passion ..... of the moment.
Interests: music, knitting, art, cooking, movies, reading, sewing, bicycling
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I am still here. And there have been a lot of thoughts flitting through my head, some new, some old. Apparently I am living through a process of settling down into myself. I know I keep saying that, but I continually surprise myself, and so it bears repeating. Let's start... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2024 at restingmotion
Still playing catch-up. These are the books I read in March: 14. Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice In Her Head, Warsan Shire (poetry) 15. How I Won A Nobel Prize, Julius Taranto (novel) 16. The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women, Elizabeth Norton (non-fiction) 17. How to Know a... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2024 at restingmotion
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I continue to feel over-tired, and over-scheduled. My ability to function is somewhat on the fritz this morning, so let's just settle for some pretty pictures. Flowers are blooming. I love the apricot iris, which was an end-of-season bargain-bin find. It has thrived in this spot and makes me happy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2024 at restingmotion
You hammered the iron that lay on your anvil instead of dreaming about working silver. Continuing from where I left off with my January book post, these are the books I read in February 6. A Single Swallow, Ling Zhang. 7. Erasure, Percival Everett 8. The Path of Daggers, Robert... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2024 at restingmotion
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Still April. And another blog post. I should celebrate successes as they materialize. I am working on a book post, but it is coming slowly. This is primarily because I am still struggling with being over-tired, with doing too much, and learning to accept that normal, even at the still-tender... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2024 at restingmotion
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Hello. Welcome to my monthly blog post and a brand new peony. This is the first bloom of a new self-starting peony which appeared in my yard a couple of years ago, slowly growing every spring, disappearing in the heat of late summer, and slowly growing. I have a couple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2024 at restingmotion
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I did say I would return in March although my intention had always been for early March. Missed that internal deadline, didn't I? It is no matter, somehow things always play out the best way they can. Or at least that is the view I choose to take on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at restingmotion
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This will be my last post for February, which has been a quiet month anyway, at least in terms of finishing things. I don't need to finish objects, there are more than enough things in my life as it is. Nonetheless there are quite a few piles here and there,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2024 at restingmotion
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Somehow I think I didn't cook as much in January as December. Perhaps my memory is faulty; in retrospect I cooked a lot in early January and then I went through a lull. Let's take a look back and see. I think January started off pretty strongly. I had a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2024 at restingmotion
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As I was dithering, putting off writing this post, I picked up a book to begin my next read. The Book is The Vulnerables, by Sigrid Nunez, and I found this quote on the first page: Only when I was young did I believe that it was important to remember... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2024 at restingmotion
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Let me introduce you to Ausma! The pattern is Ausma by Inese Sang and is knitted using A Verb For Keeping Warm's yarn, Reliquary II. The yarn is lace weight, 80% merino, 20% silk. During 2020 - 2022, and even into 2023, I belonged to several mystery yarn and knitting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2024 at restingmotion
Thank you Lisa! I bought that fabric as a lark and now I see it will be an incredibly useful thing to have.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2024 on January in Review at restingmotion
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I am a little late getting to this post, but I suppose a day late is better than not at all at this point. Yesterday was a busy morning with outside obligations, and my higher priority, even higher than writing you, was to finish knitting Ausma and get it blocked.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2024 at restingmotion
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I want to get caught up with 2023 before January ends, which means there will be no review of the remaining books on last year's list. Not that I am inclined toward toward such a task. I do, however, want to think about my favorite novels, and so I shall.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2024 at restingmotion
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I've belonged to a cookbook club on Facebook for a few years now and I go through fits and starts concerning participating. A friend, who also has a cookbook collection, reminded me that I could also just choose a book from my library and cook from it, and I might... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2024 at restingmotion
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Despite my intention of making no resolutions or posting goals for 2024, a theme has evolved. How it plays out is yet to be determined, but I am fine with themes. Last year's theme was nesting, and the process of nesting yielded many discoveries and a growing sense of comfort... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2024 at restingmotion
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There are so many things I want to write about, and yet there are also things that I fell behind on during my sabbatical. I know I should just let them go, but I can't quite do that. I hope to continue to write at least one, and hopefully two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2024 at restingmotion
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I am happy with my sewing and knitting progress throughout 2023. I finished 11 knitted garments, I embroidered quite a few baptismal towels although I don't remember the exact count. Perhaps I should keep track of that. And I sewed three garments that I have kept and wear, one garment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2024 at restingmotion
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I've been sewing. I need clothes. I can buy clothes. But somehow last year I didn't want to buy clothes. Yet I've been more successful in making summer clothes and remiss about winter clothes. I also have a fair number of dressy casual to dressy specialty pieces, and am short... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2024 at restingmotion
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Apologies up front for the delay in this post. And now onto the actual reason for my trip. I met a friend, and we went to hear this concert. I was looking forward to hearing the pianist, who plays beautifully, and I am fairly familiar with the Glass Piano Quintet,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2024 at restingmotion
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Good morning! This is Garbo reporting for my mom, who has been "under the weather", a term I don't really understand as the weather has been just fine -- cold and sunny and crisp -- the kind of weather that makes me want to run and play. Mom must mean... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2024 at restingmotion
I agree that the only one I did not like was more like a yoke. I think there is a lot of leeway to make it flattering, the knitter just has to be aware of their own measurements, and if necessary, modify it slightly, only a row or two is probably necessary for most people. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2023 on Catching Up at restingmotion
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I finished a sweater while I was traveling in Texas in late November and early December although I am only now getting around to posting photos. The pattern is Veronique by Chloe Thurlow from Rowan Magazine No. 73, Summer 2023. The above photo is from the magazine. The design is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2023 at restingmotion
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I took a quick trip to New York in mid December, leaving on a Monday morning and back in my own bed by Wednesday night. The trip was planned around a concert, but while in the city my friend Liana and I also made it up to the Metropolitan Museum... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2023 at restingmotion
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I mentioned in my last post that I had intended to write about sewing but my thoughts wandered. I haven't forgotten that post. I still wish to write it, and yet, since my last trip, and my last blog post, I have not done much in the sewing room. That... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2023 at restingmotion