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.

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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.

sometimes Mondays

feel more manageable when I stop and take a look back.

Just a little over a year ago our tiny person was still moving on his hands and knees – and boy was he fast! Now, on two feet he is even faster!

Just a year ago we were moving dad to health care because he was not recovering from two bouts of pneumonia. But now he has bounced back and spent most of this week writing his Christmas cards.

Almost a year ago I started a big project at work. Over and over again I ran into roadblocks but last week, the path cleared and the project is now on the move.

One last Monday before Christmas break. We can do things!

Sometimes Monday

comes with a good quote:

basically what these works of literature or of art are doing is to say, Stop thinking. Stop expecting. Stop living in the past. Stop living in the future. Stop doing anything and just pay attention to this.” Frederick Buechner

I am having a hard time falling into a good book, a novel I should add. Maybe it is just the busy-ness of work. Maybe over Christmas break. But I am reading this book and it is so good.

Sometimes Monday

Looks like a completed Summer Book Bingo card! I finished my final book this morning and it might be my favorite from my summer reading. Quilting Lessons was recommended by Honore and I quickly downloaded the ebook. But I forgot about it. Last week, I realized that the book I had planned to read for “subtitle on the cover” was going to take more time to read. I opened my Kindle and found Quilting Lessons: notes from the scrap bag of a writer and quilter. As I began reading, I realized that this book was meant to be read right now, during this time of setting aside my fabric and sewing and getting back into the routine of the school year. So many highlighted notes, words that are swirling in my head and my heart. What a wonderful way to end my summer reading. Thanks Mary for another great Book Bingo Summer.

It’s crucial not to lose sight of one important feature of juggling multiple tasks simultaneously: ensuring a small oasis of pleasure here and there in the day. While the computer prints out a chapter draft or while the wash cycle is on spin, don’t forget to take time out to pick sweet peas in the garden. Don’t forget to call the friend who has been so sad lately. There might even be enough time to sew the borders on that quilt that is spread out on the workroom room floor.

Quilting Lessons

sometimes Monday . . .

looks like ironing fabric at 6am because the sewing room will be too hot by noon.

Now that my fabric is ironed, I might be able to get this pattern cut out in a downstairs corner where there is shade outside and a fan.

This heatwave is supposed to cool off tomorrow but not for long so Monday will also look like stocking the fridge with food that won’t require the stove or oven.

Hope your Monday is treating you well.