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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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Friday afternoon in Chicago, mid-April. My friend Patti, her husband Norm, and I are at the Art Institute of Chicago. I have asked that we see the new modern art wing, and we have been wending our way through the galleries, finally arriving on the third floor. Looming ahead of... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at restingmotion
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It is possible I am coming down with a cold. It is also possible that I merely have a sore throat due to sinus drainage from allergies. I am hoping for the later, but am not yet convinced. I have had more colds this winter-into-spring-that an any time since the... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at restingmotion
I'd done smaller Renos, some of them myself, but nothing like this. I'm sure it will be totally worth it. I picked up an old notebook and found the list of plants I bought that day. It is a variety of nepeta, called Walker's Low, and I love it so much it will probably show up in several places in the garden.
Oh thanks. So encouraging and exactly what I needed.
Thanks. I kept thinking it was going to be delayed again and I kept asking. Then when I finally accepted it, bam! Oh well. It will be fun, and ongoing, even once I am home..... the landscape, who knows how long that will take.
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April has been an interesting month. I have been looking forward to the arrival of May, mostly because it signaled, in my mind at least, the beginning of the end, the countdown to returning home. Of course things are never quite so simple. I learned yesterday that my return will... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at restingmotion
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Bard Music Festival. Is it 1999? or 2004? Are we listening to Shostakovich or Schoenberg? I don't remember. I simply remember being asked "but can you hum it?". Whatever it was that we had been listening to on that particular afternoon, the answer was "probably not". I wanted to respond... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at restingmotion
Thank you. Of course you capture the feeling completely-- "solitude in company".
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2019 on 48 Hours: Part One -- Savoring at restingmotion
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I took a quick trip to Chicago last week, 48 hours from the time I left the ground in Knoxville until the time I returned 2 days later, give or take 5 minutes. I was inspired to book the trip when I learned that Paul Barnes would be performing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at restingmotion
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A few months back someone referred to me as an artist. I paused, perhaps a little surprised. But I did not object. It was, in fact, an idea I had been toying with for quite some time. But as is typical for me, nothing is ever simple. Increasingly I think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at restingmotion
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Still a little scattered here. Expect this state of randomness to continue for the next two months. I will be posting, but don't think a fixed schedule works for me during this liminal stage, and it is liminal: a period of yes but not yet; a period between what was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at restingmotion
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ARGHHHHH! That is exactly how I felt yesterday morning. I settled down. A period of morning meditation, or at least stillness and deep breathing, helped, as it always does. I don't necessarily expect profound thoughts, or even necessarily anything akin to medication or prayer on a daily basis, but I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at restingmotion
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It seems that a month-long break did not quite eliminate my indecision regarding book posts, and now I feel the overwhelming need to catch up, to post not merely an update on March reading, but February as well. Actually I suppose I just want to make collages of all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at restingmotion
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Sometimes it is good to pretend like one is a visitor to one’s own town. One might note things, previously noticed perhaps, but quickly forgotten. One might find magic in that which otherwise seems ordinary. I engaged in a little such activity a couple of weekends past, becoming a visitor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at restingmotion
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There are moments in life when we learn the world is not what it seemed, not what we had previously assumed it to be. Sometimes those moments are full of discord and upset. At other times they are miracles of wonder. I remember one such episode as if it were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at restingmotion
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Last night I dreamt that I was on a highway in the rain at night and I was lost.... Last night I dreamt I was lost on a highway, I made a turn onto another highway and suddenly I knew I was on the right path, the path home..... Last... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at restingmotion
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I've been in and out of San Antonio all of my life. My late uncle lived here, and his wife, my aunt Lillian still does. My grandmother lived in the Menger Hotel for some years, and I loved visiting her there. That hotel was a grand adventure and an exciting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at restingmotion
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Not many words again today. I have indeed strained my eyes, and I am supposed to be resting them. Yesterday I was to abstain from all reading, watching and driving, and I did, for the most part. Only a few minutes here and there, less than 10 minutes over the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at restingmotion
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I wrote this post last night when it was late and I was tired. I did read it this morning, and fix glaring errors but avoided reading too closely. I got in late. I slept late. I need to wrestle Moisés into a carrier for his annual trip to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at restingmotion
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Yesterday morning I was out walking Tikka early, well before the sky was starting to brighten with the impending dawn, and I was struck by the scent of the air. It was something hard to describe, not a floral perfume, not exactly the scent of fresh dirt, but of something... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at restingmotion
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I surprised myself, and that, in and of itself is not at all surprising. As I looked back on my January reading, I was surprised that I read more than I gave my self credit for. I spent the biggest part of the month, over 3 weeks really, reading Haruki... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at restingmotion
Darling Anna, I sleep a consistent 7 1/2 to 8 hours every night, and sleep well at that. I might also take a nap in the afternoon. If I did not organize my fridge I might never get out of bed.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2019 on A Nerd in the Kitchen at restingmotion
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Last week I was in search of escarole. It was a commonly available ingredient when I lived in Hyde Park, available both in grocery stores and specialty markets. Not so much in Knoxville, which is a shame because I would purchase it regularly if available. I did not find any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at restingmotion
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Lenten roses preparing to bloom in deep shade of my side garden. A little over a week ago I was admiring the lenten roses blooming in a friend's yard. Simultaneously I was filled with joy, and with sadness. The joy was at the intrepid beauties of this world and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at restingmotion
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I am a little scattered this morning. My sinuses are draining, which may account for at least some of the randomness of my thoughts as every time I seem to get settled on a particular track, I am stopped and rerouted by a trip to the tissue box. It seems... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at restingmotion