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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 took the picture below about 5PM yesterday. The preparatory work for today's concrete pour was winding down, and I was entranced by the warmth of the late afternoon light across the front yard and the driveway. Workers were beginning to drift away, although a couple would be here for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at restingmotion
"Mommy, I gotta go.... Why can't we go out the front door?" "They are sealing the stone. We can go out front again in a day or two. The job is almost done. It will get better" "You keep saying that but I don't see it. I have to walk... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at restingmotion
This post is about a path, my own path, and a question. The path was set by dreams and questions of the things I want to do in this latter part (third? is that too much of a wish?) of my life. The question also. At the beginning of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at restingmotion
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Of coherent thought at least, of being able to string together sentences, or even more so, whole paragraphs..... I am still in nesting mode I suppose, and scattered. There are days when I have plans and ideas and those plans are constantly interrupted by other necessities. Then, when all is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at restingmotion
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Frustrations abound. I have lost this post twice. I've been on the phone with Apple. Each iteration turns out to be an entirely different post depending on the vagaries of my state of mind. Generally that (my state of mind) has been good overall, contented in the course of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at restingmotion
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I am struggling with internet connectivity today and keep losing words. I will be back, maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. In the meantime here are two photos: Last week: This week: Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at restingmotion
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I was tired this past weekend, and I gave myself permission to be tired. I am not certain that this was so much a physical tiredness, as it was a physical manifestation of a basic introverted sort of emotional and psychological tiredness. I needed to be quiet, to be still.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at restingmotion
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It is raining, albeit lightly, and that does not mean that the trades are not scattered across the place -- working on the landscaping, hanging gutters, moving things out of the garage so it can be finished. Goodness knows what else. It also means I have towels by each door,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at restingmotion
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I wish I could tell you that I was doing fun and exciting things. I wish I had erudite and fascinating thoughts to share. But neither one is the case. I am here. I am in, and happy to be in my home, but it has been a rocky week,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at restingmotion
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In many ways this has been a week in which pent-up frustrations (previously hidden, at least to myself) become increasingly manifest. And yet it was also a week of steady progress, of good times, and continued new beginnings. Like a puff of smoke, those frustrations were freed, apparently only beholden... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at restingmotion
Dearest Anna, I did actually rest this week. Quite a bit, in fact. All is good. But I do not think too much rest is good, emotional balance yes, and that is being restored. I once had drawers crammed with things. I have somehow flipped to the other side. I still have excesses, and drawers feed the gremlin that wants to accumulate since I tend to forget what I cannot see. Alas, the struggle for balance remains.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2019 on Tuesday: Fragmented Thoughts at restingmotion
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My brain has felt fragmented of late, as if I cannot hold onto thoughts -- they skitter away like mice seeking shelter. I played bridge yesterday, for the first time in a couple of months, but after an initial semi-burst of focus, my attentions wandered, bouncing around the room, flitting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at restingmotion
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Oh dear, oh dear, I feel like I should be channeling the White Rabbit, muttering some variation of "I'm late, I'm late" except that it is more like "I'm behind, I'm behind, I'm terribly behind"....... I am back in the house and most everything in the house was completed before... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at restingmotion
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I finished a couple of sweaters that had been sitting around. First, a slouchy teal cashmere sweater that I was knitting off and on last year, posting this photo last December: I finished the knitting in February and blocked the pieces, with full intentions of sewing everything up during March.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at restingmotion
I'm ready. I've spent a few days in Texas visiting my mom. Today I begin the drive back. I no longer do 13 hour drives in a single day, not traveling by myself, or with Tikka. Probably not even with a human companion as I fear the consequences would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at restingmotion
It has been over two weeks since my last blog post. Not intentional, but there it is, another example of my lack of focus staring me in the face. Actually, I have simply been focusing on other things, and I should have anticipated that I would not be able to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at restingmotion
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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