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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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Thank you. I am pulling myself together. And yes, I do think we often find wisdom when and where we are not looking for it.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2018 on Four Good Things, And A Minor Upset at restingmotion
I love being home as well, but Tikka always manages to remind me of important things, especially things my overbusy brain might forget, things like the pure simplicity of oy
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2018 on Four Good Things, And A Minor Upset at restingmotion
Well, I've been sorting.... first things didn't fit, then I realized I was happier with a narrower point of view. But I think you have a far greater tolerance for stuff about you than I have, and that is ok as well.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2018 on Continuation at restingmotion
Thanks Liana! I will have the sewing space set up soon, at least for current work, and have decided to go ahead with the studio. I really don't need another year to know what I want, but I do need to get to work.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2018 on Knitting Reboot at restingmotion
I do love the decision making process, but it is at times exhausting. I am thinking it will be good, I also expect that there will be at least one point where I wonder what the heck I am doing. I'm glad to hear that you would love to do it again, granted after some years. It an encouraging thought.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on Saturday Morning at restingmotion
I have a very low tolerance for grit as well, so I have leaned to wash and swish and spin and wash again and again. I actually think the washing is more work than the cooking for this soup. But I love the flavor, and I love the idea of using something nutritious and edible that would otherwise get thrown away. I learned to make the soup from an old Italian woman who ran a farm stand who would always complain that her urban customers would discard the best parts of her vegetables. And yes, I think saving up these memories of cooking for and with mom, is a good thing.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2018 on Making Soup with Mom at restingmotion
Karen, I am pessimistic that way too. In fact I can't explain how I can always hoping people will behave the best way while also expecting that they won't. But there it is, Yes the house has an active monitored alarm system. I wouldn't be without it, secret-pessimist that I am. Mardel
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2018 on slash and burn at restingmotion
Oh Anna! Thank you. Perhaps I was unclear. It was not the owner of the landscape company that said they "over performed", that was my landscape designer, different firm altogether, and she has nothing to do with the company that butchered my garden. Yet her comment was actually good, in terms of helping me move forward and put things in perspective. The owner of the company was upset and is replacing plants and we are working on restitution. He was also angry and upset and very understanding of why I was upset, my comp. He is aware that this was a major problem, that I have every reason to look for another landscape company, and he wants to work to make things right, no matter how long it takes.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2018 on slash and burn at restingmotion
Oh what would we do without belief. And affirmations are good too, especially when one is feeling a little scattered. Thank you.
Well, I might or might not finish. Only 2 books are available through my library, and none are on the shelves at local bookstores, yet, and one is an audiobook. Everything else has to be ordered. I didn't read Half-Blood Blues, but I'd like to. That was during my difficult years. In the meantime I've started a new-to-me series by Phil Rickman -- kind of an episcopal priest murder mystery with bits of intuitive mystery thrown in. It is called the Merrily Watkins series. I'm only on the first, but I like the young female priest, and the author is good at exploring the hidden corners of people's motivations, and the clash of forces: modernization and progress and understanding on the surface, kind of a reactionary holding on to the past and secrets in the depths.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2018 on It begins: at restingmotion
Well, Thank you. When I grew up I think it was about bigness, or "more is more" which I also heard a lot. But I think of it more of as just telling us to go for the gold, for what really matters, and not settle for less. Good luck and go for it.
Well, yes, change often catches us by surprise and that is hard to cope with. But often change catches us by surprise because we grow complacent in our false sense of security. I'm not talking about the blindsiding kind of change. I get blindsided far more than I prefer, than anyone prefers, but I also see no point in either avoiding change, or thinking that I can control anything, and hence not taking on change I already know I'm not prepared for. The illusion of control is a dangerous path. I tend to be really good in the immediate crisis, and then I need to pull back and think, but a lot of that supposed thought revolves around accepting that I can't control anything. Maybe that means I'm better at the "wait and see".
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2018 on Let the rain wash me clean at restingmotion
mine is in a constant state of overflow...
Toggle Commented May 16, 2018 on Book Love: Winter at restingmotion
I think wanting to do more than is possible is human. I think knowing that one has done enough is wisdom. And perhaps that process of growing in wisdom is what retirement, and perhaps life is all about. As long as we don't think about it too much...... learning to feel that I have done enough, and learning to not overthink are both ongoing processes for me.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2018 on Morning Musings at restingmotion
I don't know Liana, I think that is the most important thing, living life and making it lovely for yourself and those you share it with. The grander our ideas get, the more people, places, things get hurt. I think the point is to make your piece of life beautiful.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2018 on Baby Steps at restingmotion
Thank you Frances. Your comment means a lot. Some posts seem to take more digging than others, and I wonder if it is worthwhile. Not that I want to sound needy or anything, just that your words brought a smile.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2018 on A Book, A Rabbit, And Letting Go at restingmotion
Most definitely!
Oh Mary, you are so welcome. I sometimes think I sit muddle things more... but hopefully with enough churning all the mud eventually gets swept out of the way.
When I was married, we did many things together and many things apart, which is part of what I have found strange. I would not have thought myself so dependent, and yet I have found that things I used to do on my own when I was married, are somehow different now. Perhaps it is just not having that person to come home to. What I have realized is that he was my ballast in many ways, and I came to count on that without even really realizing it.
Thank you. I do think the yarn requires a simple pattern and I am thrilled to have something I actually look forward to using, at this point on a daily basis.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2017 on A Finished Object! at restingmotion
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2017 on A Finished Object! at restingmotion
Thank you, and the Merriest of Christmases to you as well.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2017 on On the Third Day of Christmas at restingmotion
Thank you Lisa! Happy 3rd Day of Christmas and a merry Christmas season!
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2017 on On the Third Day of Christmas at restingmotion
I think I had mentioned Arundhati Roy's latest novel briefly in a previous post, only to say I found it disappointing. That is not truly adequate. Roy writes brilliantly, but I found the story extremely difficult and depressing, and as you so eloquently state, troubling without my finding any positive enlightenment or understanding. I don't necessarily regret reading it, but I can't recommend it either. Alas, I've been really bad about writing about books. I just haven't had the mental space to let my mind wander down those pathways.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2017 on Bookish Meanderings at restingmotion
Thank you! I'll get to them, but I don't know when. I keep making my already busy life busier.