Sometimes Monday | 11.21.22

Sometimes Monday | 11.21.22

is for contemplating Gratitude!

Kym has invited and I will happily join in!

My plan? To post three things I am grateful for every day this week.

And before you ask….Yes, Unraveled Wednesday will be here… but a gratitude edition! (I mean how can one not be thankful that they are a maker and a reader?!)

Things I am grateful for today:

  1. My improving painting skills and finding a creative outlet that both challenges and inspires me!
  2. Sherman… every single day! But especially this week as he is my constant kitchen companion!
  3. Poetry… which I cannot imagine not being part of my day… any day. But most certainly a week that we focus on gratitude!

And with that, I am going to begin the housework portion of my day… with a grateful heart. Happy Monday All!




Sometimes Monday | 11.7.22

Sometimes Monday | 11.7.22

…is all about persistence.

I got a Christmas Cactus last November from Trader Joe’s… it was full of buds then, but not a single one bloomed. Instead over the course of a couple of weeks, they all fell off. I was quite heartsick over it.

But!! I did not give up! Instead I rallied around this despondent Christmas Cactus. I watered it…I made sure it had light and a lovely spot to sit. And yes, I talked to it… a lot! It is a very attentive listener! LOL

And in mid-October I began to give it the tiniest bit of fertilizer… and look at it now! Apparently, my plant was patient as well… patiently waiting for that bit of fertilizer! And it looks like it is going to be a showy November which will hopefully carry over into December as well!

The end of each phylloclade has at least one bud…quite a few have two, and some have THREE!

If ever there was a lesson for me in not giving up, this is it! Sometimes the payoff takes a LONG time… but don’t give up!

That, my friends, is my Sometimes Monday wisdom for all of you.

See you all back here on Wednesday!



Sometimes Monday | 11.7.22

Sometimes Monday | 10.10.22

Brings an adjusted To-do List…

I stumbled across this quote over the weekend and have not stopped thinking about it.

Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.
Patti Digh, Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives

Yes, it absolutely does!

This weekend I really needed to focus on sewing but instead I did lots of procrasti-knitting, procrasti-painting, and procrasti-reading.

So here it is Monday morning and I still have sewing to do. Although I do have the sweetest completed Autumn Gnome, I’d really like to have a pair of completed tunics and a new pair of pants!

So I created a very short and sweet Stop-Doing List… it has one thing on it… stop procrastinating.

Now, I am not sure that putting something on a “stop-doing list” is somehow magic and you just stop doing it. Ha! I know that is not true at all, but I am hoping that by identifying my procrastination tactics… I will curb those moments to a more manageable amount of procrastination!

My To-Do List remains the same!

I hope your Monday is full of good things… and no procrastination!

See you all back here on Wednesday!



Welcome October | 10.3.22

Welcome October | 10.3.22

October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace! — Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Welcome October!

I have a list of things that I’d like to accomplish this month:

  • Autumn-y decorating to carry me through Thanksgiving
  • Corduroy Tunic Sewing (I found some Wide Wale Corduroy!)
  • Wash and put away my summer-y sweaters
  • Start and finish Steve’s second sock!
  • Clean out all the garden pots and tuck them away for spring!

I am really focused on getting those things done soon because later this month we will be heading to Presque Isle to spend some time… and I am really looking forward to that as well!

Finally… a huge thanks to Carole for inspiring me today! You are the best!

See you all back here on Wednesday with a New Sweater and a Pita Story!





Sometimes Monday | 9.19.22

Sometimes Monday | 9.19.22

Is full of random things…

This week I welcome autumn and over the last week or so I have been closely watching the subtle (or not so subtle) changes outside… Sherman and I head out before the sun rises now and this morning was especially dark with only a chorus of crickets to greet us. Rain is in the forecast for us today and it feels decidedly autumnal outside. And honestly, this fills me with such delight… I love autumn and plan on savoring every second of it!

Work has been so stressful for Steve the past couple of weeks and adding to that stress is the “revolving door” of people out with COVID… we sort of joked over dinner last night who would be out this morning. Really, it is not a joke at all… but rather the joke is what extra jobs Steve will have because of the COVID Casualties. And I am really trying to hold off on getting the updated COVID booster until October and pair it with my flu shot…sigh.

I semi-watched bits of the Queen’s funeral this morning and I heard a commentator talking about The Guns of August, which I had read a couple of years ago and the conversation around that book this morning spurred me to put it on hold to read again (apparently, lots of others were likewise inspired to read/reread it!)

My next watercolor class begins Thursday and I have just two lessons from the previous class to review. To begin with, I thought that I could use a “watercolor sketchbook” to review – thus not using actual watercolor paper – but that was not smart because there is nothing like actual watercolor paper. The techniques don’t work the same in the sketchbook as they do on watercolor paper… but lesson learned!

A dozen or so years ago, I bought several “linen big shirts” from Chico’s. I love them… but I am “down” to just two left so I am debating on taking one apart to draft a pattern from it… or look for something similar. I am not sure how I might draft the pattern without taking a shirt apart, but maybe there is a way? If any of you have any experience in this… please do share!

And with that, I am off to work on my list! Happy Monday!



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