I have been trying to set aside some time each week to do some sewing. It has been so much fun and so energizing to repurpose something that did not fit into something that does!
My go to favorite is Lotta Jansdottor’s Esme Tunic/Top. I love it as a top, but yesterday I made a tunic length and wore it with leggings. (That’s right, it is easy enough to cut out and sew and wear in the same day!) I have one more cut out from some lightweight denim that I will sew up today! I also want to try this bell-sleeve variation but this will mean a trip to the fabric store to get some new fabric!
My embroidery has gotten more than a bit off track. I got woefully behind on my “Spring” piece and have yet to get caught up. So, I have made the decision to set aside embroidery for the summer. Sadly, there are only so many hours in the day and the garden, being outdoors, and yes, knitting are my priorities right now. I hope to begin stitching again in the fall, but perhaps with a bit of a different focus.
Finally, Inspired by Mary I am going to see if I can repurpose two pair of Pants No. 1 into something wearable!
There you have things that have percolated to the top of my brain today. As you know, Carole and Dale are away on vacation and you can see that they are having a marvelous time! Oh… and tomorrow is Friday!
Welcome Summer! And, my three things today are songs that no matter what season I hear them in, I am thrown back to the warm days of summer. I also spent a few minutes creating a little Summer Songs playlist on Spotify, you are welcome to follow it!
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Although, everything the Drifters did sings summer to me, Under the Boardwalk is one of my favorites.
Again, here is my Spotify Playlist – enjoy!
There are my things to welcome summer! Want to see more? Just head on over to Carole’s
I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer for today’s Three Things, but I cannot be silent on this.
My three things today are just one huge thing that has been weighing heavily on my mind and my heart over the past weeks.
May 7 Sessions gave a speech that was more than a warning shot across the bow of the humane treatment of immigrants coming to our nation. And, just like that – with a few words of hate – we became something incredibly vile and evil.
Since the “Zero Tolerance” policy too effect, more than 1,300 children have been taken away from their families and in the past days reports of how separated families are being treated are coming to light.
Today, Families Belong Together is taking a stand. There might be an event near you that you can participate in, but better than that there is a virtual event today – Lunchtime for Change – complete with links for petitions and how to get in touch with your elected officials complete with a script for your call.
If you do only do one thing today…make a phone call. We cannot be silent.
Today’s things have nothing to do with each other.
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. I can’t help but wonder what kind of nation we would be if he had not been killed and I thought his ability to empathize with others made him a truly amazing human being. Perhaps these words will be a balm for your day. They remind me that each one of us does have an impact!
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest of walls of oppression and resistance. RFK
Yesterday we had 4 yards of mulch delivered! And while 4 yards is less than 6, it is still a ton of work to get it all moved from this pile to the garden beds. We did not quite finish yesterday so I have a bit more to do this morning. It’s so much work but, I just love how nice the beds look with fresh mulch… oh and having a good audio book to listen to also is a huge help, as were the temps only in the 60’s all day!
Today I go to the salon for the second installment of “I am not coloring my grey hair anymore” which means I am getting my grey hair colored. However, I think this might be the last ‘regular’ installment. I am hoping that all future installments just mean a few ‘foils’ here and there as I finish the transition. Maybe I am overly hopeful, but that’s my story and I am sticking to it!
What things are going on in your life today? Want to see more interesting things? Head on over to Carole’s!
Last Thursday we got our vegetable gardens all planted. It was a long day’s work, but it was a very good distraction so the worry about Sherman did not overwhelm me. It got me thinking about things I do to avoid being overwhelmed by something else. Okay, confession time… there are even things I do so I can avoid doing something I don’t want to do at all (i.e. procrastinating.)
Gardening is one of my favorite early morning things to do. No phones, no texts, totally unplugged – just me, the dirt, and the plants. It is the best therapy I can think of for highly stressful situations. Plants are wonderful listeners and are completely non-judgmental, and birds riotously singing lifts even the saddest spirit. Even weeds can be a good thing… they are the perfect target of frustrations and aggression. And, last week when my worry level was off the charts, they provided a balm to my ragged spirits with a bonus of a sense of great accomplishment at the end of the day when the garden beds were full of tomatoes, beans, potatoes, and peppers!
Knitting is my super-power, and that is a true fact. I do not like to sit “idle” at all… I am fidgety. Knitting gives my hands something to do and allows me to focus. It helps with waiting, with long car rides, and for those times when I just need to be still. Sadly, it is also the thing that helps me perfect procrastination! Knitting or dusting… I know, it is a tough choice and dusting rarely ever wins!
Audio book reading/listening has really helped me amp up my reading completion numbers! It also is the best companion for walking, or making dinner, or sipping coffee in the early morning. It helps with making beds, and doing laundry, and yes – even knitting! It has also reduced the amount of time I watch television!! And, when I actually do haul out the dusting cloth – a good audio book keeps me company and I am not really focused on how much I dislike the task.
There you have my things for the day… want to see more things? Head on over to Carole’s!