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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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Last night I attended an incredibly beautiful chamber music concert, the first of the Knoxville Symphony's Concertmaster series for this year and was stunned by the skill, harmony, and emotional weight of the performance. I also allowed my mind to wander, as the minds of humans are won't to do,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at restingmotion
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Late evening. A city in South Carolina. Back roads. That is all I know. It has been a great weekend, the weekend of a sewing retreat with really six fabulous women, five of whom are now new friends (one has been a friend a long time). It has been a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at restingmotion
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It seems that a good part of my time last week was spent in the studio. Mostly I was simply unpacking, but I didn't want to leave. Now, back home, without the prospect of having to pack up and leave again soon, unpacking was not necessarily less tedious, but it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at restingmotion
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I walked around my mother's neighborhood this morning, first out through the back yard in the early morning sunlight, then back. The sun was higher, the light different but not yet high. These photos are being shown in the order they were taken, as the sky brightens, as I leave... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at restingmotion
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It seems I have been remiss in updating you regarding my reading habits. Odd as it may seem, given my own internal struggles with the idea of posting book lists, this was not intentional. Also not surprisingly, once I noticed that I had failed to make book posts, I was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at restingmotion
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A few highlights, diversions and meandering thoughts from last week... Radish Greens Soup I had purchased radishes, as much for their beautiful greens as for the radishes themselves at the farmer's market the Saturday before I burned my hand, and since I did not want those gorgeous greens to go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at restingmotion
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The fountain by the small back patio is up and running, for the first time since I moved into this house. Already, I feel its calming vibes. But you can expect a blog break, beginning today. Yesterday I burnt my right index finger, picking up a roasted eggplant by the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at restingmotion
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Last night was spent with my favorite grandson, celebrating his 13th birthday and a lovely evening was had by all, with the exception perhaps of a certain one-year old grand puppy who was frustrated that all the people were having fun together and that he was not included. How can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at restingmotion
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Sunset at the Knoxville Museum of Art, the evening light reflecting on Richard Jolley's Cycle of Life. I was at the museum for a fund-raising event and the way the light reflected on the glass, particularly the light passing through the two pieces of the final stage, Contemplation, really stuck... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at restingmotion
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A spice order arrived from World Spice yesterday and as I unpacked the box and then filled jars and grinders, the entire kitchen was filled with the aroma of spices. I felt like I was in some exotic spice market and the experience followed me throughout the day, the aroma... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at restingmotion
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I experiences a bit of a petulant moment on Saturday as I was out shopping, whinging to myself, quietly, under my breath, about why there was only one store in Knoxville I could count on for having Belgian endive in stock (or escarole for that matter). Both are vegetables that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at restingmotion
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I've been thinking about trees. For a while now there have been talk about a tree in the front yard, and in that same period my mind has been circling around the idea of a magnolia, a small magnolia, if there is such a thing as a small magnolia. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at restingmotion
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Yes, I know it has been over a week since the driveway has been poured. I am driving on it now, and pulling my car into the garage, for the first time in over a year. And yet it seems I have been busier than ever. Or perhaps just more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at restingmotion
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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 Aug 15, 2019 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 Aug 13, 2019 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