3 books

My summer reading had been wonky but I currently have three books going that have been on my list for long enough.

Women Rowing North is a book that has me nodding my head in agreement. I want to walk into these aging years with my eyes wide open, ready for adventure and not surprised by the potential roadblocks.

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. This was one of those Kindle deals and I finally opened it last week and found this quote in the first chapter:

We need to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives.”

Yes please! Sign me up for that. His thoughts and observations on caring for our souls are just what I have been longing to hear.

The Warmth of Other Suns is my current audio book. I started this one some time ago but after Nickel Boys and Underground Railroad I decided it was time to finish this up. The narrator is wonderful.

I never got out my book bingo card. This wasn’t the summer for that. But there have been books on my table, on my Kindle, and in my ears all summer long.

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Weekending

Another weekend, another hike. This is how I had hoped my summer would go but I am definitely interesting in making hiking a more regular part of my weekends.

On Sunday we headed for the mountains. It was a bit misty and overcast but not really cold. We arrived early enough to snag a parking place close to the trailhead. As we hiked up the hills I kept thinking at least the return trip would be downhill. I didn’t pay attention to all the rocks and roots which made the downhill a bit tricky. I am happy say there were no mishaps!

There was a very narrow bridge over the stream, two lovely, quiet lakes, and some very beautiful scenery. I am sure there are hikes closer to home that will help me keep up my weekend hiking adventures. Something to investigate.

I’ve been looking for some new lunch ideas and found this one and this one. Off to check the pantry and make a shopping list.

Unraveled Wednesday

I don’t really like scraps. I’m not talking about usable pieces of fabric. I’m talking about those little bits and pieces, triangles and strips that are the result of trimming up blocks. But I know that people make amazing quilts out of these bits and pieces so when I end up with a pile like this, I get a bit unraveled. Do I go with my gut and toss them out? Or do I find an empty bin and start collecting? This time I went with my gut and it felt right.

I have the same problem with yarn. I have one bin of small balls and I search for patterns that use up those bits and pieces. But when I try knitting them up, they never look the same. But it’s harder for me to toss yarn. So for now, that bin stays on the shelf.

I know that decluttering and simplifying are good for my soul. And with my work schedule ramping back up, having empty bins and space on my bookshelves provides a lovely sense of peace and calm. Do you ever feel like this?

I have moved on to the sleeves of my Junegrass and on to a new book (Lab Girl) and a new audio listen (Underground Railroad). And now I am off to see what Kat and friends are up to this Unraveled Wednesday.

Weekending

We are 5 days into August and I am getting adjusted to being off work. Unfortunately my first back to school meeting is on Thursday so it will be short lived.

For years I have wanted to hike a nearby trail to the eastern end. Sunday morning I set out with my daughter to see how far we could go. Turns out that about 3.5 miles out the trail stops. There is a steep hill down to a road and I think the trail picks up on the other side of that road. We decided to turn around. Partly because we still had quite an uphill climb on the way back but also because it was getting pretty hot. But now I know.

The rest of my weekend was lovely with time for reading on the deck (finished Pachinko and started Lab Girl) and some serious knitting time (ready to start the sleeves on my Junegrass).

Thanks to Karen for her weekending prompts.

Three things – a gadget edition

A few years ago we installed an outdoor clothesline and I love hanging my laundry but the wooden clothespins kept breaking. A few weeks ago I ordered some stainless steel pins and they are making such a difference.

Last summer I found cold foam and loved it. This frother makes great hot or cold foam. My current favorite is Oat milk but hemp is running a close second for my cold brew coffee.

The other day I posted a picture of my glass storage containers on Instagram with a comment about getting back into the lunch making routine. A number of people recommended these bento style boxes. I found something similar at the store that I will try out before making the investment. It will definitely make my lunch bag lighter.

Be sure to visit Carole for more Three Things lists today.

Unraveled Wednesday

I am happy to say there is no unraveling in my fiber life. In fact, things are going well.

I reached the side split point on my Junegrass sweater and have just two more inches of garter on the front. After I tackle the back I will make a decision about sleeve length.

I also decided my string quilt was large enough and my string scrap box was very close to empty. I found a piece of fabric for backing and enough batting in my closet so I got that top pin basted last weekend. I am doing some simple stitching following the lines of the blocks. Hope to get that finished this week and then it will be binding time. Should have a finished quilt by the time I return to work next week.

I have 100 pages left in Pachinko and ignoring that work related reading stack. Off to visit Kat and Lori this morning.

Rest reminder

I am so grateful for my beautiful wooden REST reminder. Rest doesn’t come naturally for me. I think this is why I knew I needed this word in my life this year. I am easily drawn away from rest by busyness and tasks and feel guilty just sitting and resting.

The first part of summer took me on a different path where rest wasn’t much of an option but this last week, I have been reading on the deck, sewing, playing in my garden, eating lots of vegetables and berries, and getting to the trail for daily walks. I am hoping these restful pursuits will linger as I return to work in about 10 days.

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