Thinking about this season of caregiving for an aging parent and falling into this new book.

Grateful for time with our tiny person. He went along to celebrate his great-grampa’s birthday this week and was deemed “a delightful little boy.”

Interested in and investigating the purchase of a new sewing machine. Mine is beginning to clunk and the bobbin winder is not working well. I think it is time.

Fun – Last week I had a comment from a new reader. After some back and forth email, we discovered that not only do we live in neighboring cities but she used to work with my mom and has met my dad. And she quilts and knits! We are having lunch together today – how fun is that?

Thanks again to Kym for this fun, Friday prompt


Unraveled Wednesday

I want very much to cast on a new sweater and cut out fabric for a new dress. But one of the Ravelry forums that I frequent is hosting a frog or finish along and it has me digging through my fabric and yarn wips.

This week I finished quilting the animal cracker quilt. The binding is machine stitched but still needs to be turned and hand stitched. And I added one more row to the Summer Triangle quilt top I started at the retreat. I am planning to get that one finished in the next month too. I did toss (yes, into the trash) a uniform tunic. The fabric was too flimsy and very hard to sew and in the end, I would not have worn it. Note to self: cheap fabric is not a good idea.

In my knitting basket I have two finish projects. My green Annabel sweater needs another sleeve so I wound the yarn yesterday. And then there is this Hansel Hap. I looked at my Ravelry notes and see that I started this in 2015. Not that long ago. I did the contrast rows last summer and started the outer border and set it aside again. These are not really my colors but I think it will make a nice prayer shawl so I picked it up and knit 4 repeats of the lace last night. That brings me to the halfway point.

Book Bingo update: I finished a few more books over the last week. I have 12 boxes filled but there are a few squares that are going to be tougher. Speculative fiction is always a puzzle for me.

So no unraveling this week which is good too. Be sure to visit Kat’s Unraveled Wednesday link up.

tiny, ordinary moments

“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

I was browsing the Audible sale and saw this book listed. I read it years ago but I thought it might be a good walking companion (really working on making a daily walk into a habit). What a great choice, except that I want to stop and write down quotes every few minutes. So I have a printed copy coming from the library. But this quote – about preparing to live but not being very good at living – this idea has been on my mind for months. I think I need to write this one on a sticky note and put it on my mirror for a daily reminder. Pay attention to this tiny, ordinary moments, like that fuzzy bee and those beautiful, butterfly bush blooms.

Does this strike a chord in your heart too?

Whimsy and play

The last few days, I have spent a lot of hours in the garden. We had gone to the garden store to get stakes and netting for the vegetable bed and I picked up a roll of coated wire. I have had so much fun with that roll! It works great for attaching the netting to the stakes but it also works to create new garden art. I used it in my new prayer garden to attach a cracked coffee cup to a large metal ring and a small basket (to hold prayer rocks) to another stake. And with the help of a drill, I was able to add three teacups to a reclaimed (from a broken chair) piece of wood. I love how the water spills over leaving just enough for the birds. Today I am going to “plant”another row of wine bottles – the drop on the bottom of the bottle also catches water for the birds. I am not sure why I don’t play like this more often. Best stress buster ever!

3 things

I am playing along with #onebookjuly, using a B6 notebook. I have sectioned it off into three parts:

1. Daily ramblings and journaling

2. Wellness – a place where I can track a few pieces of data fo my doctor and doing some meal planing and reading about food and health.

3. Drawing – I am trying out some ideas for my garden, a quilt idea, and daily sketches of everyday things

Be sure to visit Carole for more lists today.

Unraveled Wednesday- a garden edition

We had some very warm weather in June. Would have been a great time to garden. But there was all that pesky, end of the school year stuff. And then the quilt retreat. Sigh . . .

But I am not giving up. This week I have been unraveling the mess that has taken over my garden beds. It is amazing how a bit of weeding and turning the soil can make such a difference. Just need a bit more dirt and I will be ready to plant. We also bought stakes and deer netting to put around the beds so anything that grows will be for us to eat, instead of the bunnies.

I am nearing the final edge on my Simmer Dim shawl and finished reading Perennials. I very much enjoyed this book. I started reading Fish in a Tree for another book bingo card and I am finally listening to Missing, Presumed.

Be sure to visit Kat for more unraveled stories.