Sometimes Monday

I think this week needs a permission slip. Remember those. Juliann has permission to go on the field trip . . . I know Brene Brown writes about permission slips in Braving the Wilderness (might be a good re-read option). I saw this one on Instagram this weekend and I am adding it to my Monday planner notes. Of course I am heading off to work but there must be time in the day when I could use this permission slip. Maybe you need permission this week too.

on my mind

Yesterday we had a lovely evening with our daughters and their husbands and I sat thinking about the blessing of grown up kids and time to talk and hear their ideas and be inspired. Isn’t it great when our kids inspire us?

This morning my mind is buzzing with ideas but sadly, I have another day of meetings ahead of me. But I don’t want to lose these thought so here is a little mid-June brain dump.

Gardening – I used to love digging up my yard and planting and weeding and harvesting. As soon as those meetings are over I am going to get some starts planted and then I will head to the library to pick up some gardening books. Anyone know a good garden memoir book?

Sewing – when I’m not in the garden, I want to be sewing. I want to pull out all the fabric that I have for clothing and make some tops and tunics to wear with pants and I want to find a good pants pattern – suggestions? I found some new sewing blogs and a sewing podcast and I just want to sew!

Reading – Saturday was beautiful and would have been great for gardening or sewing but I had fallen into this amazing book and just had to finish it. The book is The River by Peter Heller. Such a good story.

Well, time for a cup of coffee and a morning smoothie and off to that meeting with flickers of summer fun to keep me company.

Sometimes Monday

helps me remember what is important.

It is easy to forget how much I love our home. Too often I think it is too big (now that it is just the two of us). Or I think it needs too much attention (cleaning, dusting and all the things I do t like to do). But when it is filled with wonderful people, people who have been such an important part of my life, I find my heart bursting with love and joy.

Yesterday I hosted a party to mark the leaving of one of my favorite co-workers. I tried to find someone else to host. But I am so happy that we ended up here. My amazing husband vacuumed, dusted, mopped, and cleaned the bathroom. I guess he knew it was important.

I used my quilts and mom’s beautiful china. I let Whole Foods provide the yummy snack. And friends, it was a great afternoon. Our home was filled with love and celebration. Did I say that it was good? Because it was so very good.

Sometimes Monday

is a good day for cleaning up. The sun is out, the laundry is on the line, and the afternoon stretches ahead without obligations.

One of my goals is to get on top of the housework. I am not very good at household chores. I do what needs to be done and ignore the corners. But I have a little party coming up in June and I decided to start tackling some of those corners so I won’t need to clean the whole house on the day before the gathering.

In addition to developing better cleaning routines, I have been wanting to try more environmentally friendly (less toxic) cleaners. A few weeks ago I gave this company a try. Many of the products are available in my local stores but it was fun to browse and order knowing there were “free” gifts involved. I love the Bon Ami and the walnut sponge. The glass bottle with silicone sleeve is also very nice (I may order a few more so I can have one in each bathroom). I’m not crazy about the scent of the Method cleaner but it doesn’t leave any residue which is a good thing.

Do you have favorite cleaning supplies? Or tips on housework? I’m off to check out some tips and lists on this site. And then, I’m thinking a book and in iced coffee will be in order.

Sometimes Monday offers a great view

I love our library but I usually don’t spend much time there since I can browse the collections and place holds online. Yesterday I needed to do some reading before I headed home so I stopped by my local branch. The tables and computers were packed but in the back corner, I found this lovely spot to sit and read. It was perfect. I think I need to make this a regular part of my week.

P.S. Don’t be fooled by that blue sky. It is still very cold outside but I will take cold blue skies over warm, grey, and rain any day of the week!

Monday on repeat

Yup – another snow day. I’m looking for the silver linings.

  • We are cleaning out the fridge
  • I am caught up on laundry and housework for the first time in a long time
  • My yarn and fabric stash have provided plenty of materials for creative diversions
  • We have power (I hesitate to type those words)
  • I discovered some interesting podcasts
  • I had just enough butter and eggs to make cookies

I’m going to stop there and work on that second sleeve. And I’m going tp pray that the snow forecast for later today fizzles out.

Sometimes Monday

is a good time to share some quilts.

Remember when Lori went to help families after the California fires? Last week there was a request for more quilts to distribute so I gathered a stack to send off. Over the years I have made so many quilts just because I love the process. I have been happy to give away, to a local women’s center, the city chaplain (who gives them to families in crisis), and to the hospice center. Seems like mailing a box to California is a good way to start my week.