Monday mindfulness

I have had so much fun with my sewing machine this weekend. I made the white Scout Tee first. This is a pretty straightforward pattern except I don’t really like doing a bias edge on necklines. So I made a facing for the back. For the front, I added a piece that was cut on the bias to add a different direction. (I have been sewing for over 50 years so these adaptations are years in the making.)

Then I dug into my clothing fabric stash (yes, I have a fabric stash for clothing and an even larger one for quilting) and found the print. I had seen a Scout Tee with longer sleeves so I decided to try that. Again, this was not new to me. I have altered and adapted patterns many times. I forgot how soothing it can be to sew.

And this sewing time made me think about my closet and this concept of enough. I want to get back to a more mindful approach to my wardrobe. I am looking forward to this book and to making a few more items to add to my closet. Until then, I am planning to spend some time cleaning out my closet. Spring will be here before we know it. How wonderful to have a more mindful closet to welcome the new season.



I don’t have a history of success when it comes to routine. I am easily pulled away by shiny new things. But this month, I am really trying. I am using a new insert that is not dated so if I miss a week, I won’t have a blank page staring at me. And there are a few challenges that might give my daily routine a bit of a boost. This week is the Back to the Mat challenge. I cleaned up my mat space yesterday and I am ready for some short Pilates practices. Next week Michelle is offering her Just 5 Things class. I love anything that involves making a list.

Do you have a routine that includes notebooks and planners?

Sometimes Monday . . .

looks like playing with shadows and solar eclipse glasses.

It was the first day of in-service at work and everyone was very distracted. I felt a bit sorry for the workshop leader but she really rolled with it. We kept wandering outside to see what was happening in the sky. We were at the 90% point but it never got too dark. There was an odd stillness and it got cold! I am so happy that my husband thought to get special glasses for the whole family!

Monday mornings

I don’t dislike Mondays.  They are the start of the work week so that is fun.  All sorts of possibilities.  I try to set my Monday morning up for success by making lunch the night before and leaving the kitchen tidy when I go to bed on Sunday night.  I cannot image a Monday morning without the auto set button on the coffee machine.  After my Sunday pause, making a habit of listing gratitudes might be a good Monday morning practice.  So before I head out to the rainy streets this morning, here are some simple things that fill my heart:

  1. Coffee, of course
  2. A good visit with dad yesterday
  3. A new #5things letter from Michelle
  4. A chance that the rain will let up in time for an afternoon walk
  5. A video and a book waiting for me at the library

Happy Monday

No waste November

I try very hard to reuse and recycle.  A few years ago I started using glass jars for cook ahead lunches and snacks.  First it was soup, made in big batches and frozen in single serving sizes.  Lately I am using jars for every thing from snacks to yogurt to chicken salad.  At the end of October, I made a personal p,eadge to have a no waste November.  That works well for taking my lunch but then there are my daily stops for coffee.  I have grown fond of the call ahead orders at the big green coffee shop.  This month I am committing to taking my travel mug so no call ahead for me.  I had quite an internal argument this weekend.  I left my travel mug at home – should I make an exception?  Did I really need another cup of coffee?  I went back and forth h for a good hour while I ran errands.  My no waste pledge won out.  I made a cup of anti-inflammatory hot cocoa when I got home.  Seven days in and I have stayed true to my pledge – no throw away cups or bags.  Only 23 days to go.  Better wash some more jars.