Monday, January 28, 2019

The Week Ahead

Well, it's Monday.
Monday brought to you by the color white and it's friend grey.

The "trace" of snow predicted became about 4" and it's still coming down as I write this.
Pull on your boots for a walk today
 From my perch...
 It's about 8AM, I'm in my flamingo Jammies, drinking coffee with milk, and looking at snow blowing horizontally past the slider. The poodle has already been out back, and "Calling all dogs!" nearly barked his head off. Apparently he barks recreationally, and silly me thought he only barked to alert us to danger.

Breakfast of champions
Lessons learned...
I turned the page on the ME calendar next to the computer, and saw this...

The quote from Apolo Ohno, the olympic speed skater, is "It's about having an active lifestyle, staying healthy, and making the right decisions. Life is about balance."
Maybe about seeking balance. A little of this, a little of that... but that's often a dream. We careen from problem to problem, chore to work to hobby time, from child to parent, from the mundane dishwashing to great thoughts about world peace. Balance... well it's a goal.
When I was 18 and in University studying Psychology, I read about the concept of how birds deal with crisis. If a bird with a chick sees a hawk coming after it's baby, it feels the need to escape, fly away. But equally important is protecting it's baby. So faced with two equal and opposite needs, it cleans it's feathers.
I feel like that a lot. I do laundry sometimes because it's do-able.
This weekend we found out someone stole our CC number so our cards are closed out. This morning the trace of snow is now 3" and the roads are bad, and DH is late again
At least it will be the normal temps, teens at night, not minus 20 that Chicago will have.

I just check them out, I don't get them all read in the allotted time! But if I were a faster reader, or dedicated more time to reading, I would like to read these. I have been forgetting to log in the books I've read the past 6 months... More likely I'll sit down for a few minutes and look through this...
and read my tea shop mystery at bedtime

I hope to make some lentil soup today...
I have the ingredients. I think I'll put onions, garlic, celery, fresh ginger in for taste and health. Maybe a potato too.
The tangerines have been exceptionally good this bag, so I've been having them. I love citrus, and grew up with a father who bought and sold crops of oranges. I so miss Duncan grapefruits and Temple oranges. The best ever ornages. We tried the Trader Joe's marsala mushroom sauce last night, on chicken tenderloins, over whole wheat pasta. It was ddelish. Fast and easy.

I have been spending all my time in the studio lately, working on the cattail piece.

 It's much bigger than this now. I go in and sew some components, put them somewhere into the composition and go do other things.
I watched a video on setting in cabochons this week, and want to do some beading soon. The only thing I am missing was backing to sew the beads to, so that it can be worn or put on a quilt.
I saw that Joann Fabrics had interfacing 60% off the price this weekend,
so I got something to try, stiffened felt. I also found the lovely gray fabric with birds on it, just as if I had stamped them on myself. It was half price, so I got some to mix into the cattail piece. Which means, I have to move segments around again. I also got some peltex which is my choice of batting in really small art quilts. It has so much body the small piece can lean on a window sill and be pretty.

The woman cutting fabric said they had been very busy, as lots of women were in buying lots of fabric because they might be snowed in.


Looking at that picture I'm reminded this post is brought to you by the color white.

Speaking of that, we went to the Vintage show this weekend, and it was all so pretty, it deserves it's own post. I will show you the tall table I kind of wanted for Studio two.

Made in OK from old cabinets, it's a good size and height to have in there to hold fabric drawers while I paw thru them. We didn't try to haul it home in the car, because it costs nearly $800. I'll be shopping yard sales this spring for someone's cast off kitchen island I think.

I hope to finally write the book post I planned for last week, and the vintage show post, and the Thursday I Like post. No stories this week.

guilty secret... I like watching Celebrity Big Brother... although I have to say, this is a sorry bunch. Mean spirited and unable to bond with each other. It was fun to see, for the first time last winter so I looked forward to it. Just like in life, a lot depends on the people around you.

I finished watching the PBS series on Victorian Farm Christmas and learned a lot. So happy that some of my shows are back on the schedule  like this is us, and New Amsterdam, The  good doctor. Waiting for Amazing Race to start, and American Idol.
For now it seems to be youtube beading tutorials taking center stage.

I must return to the Vet but am dragging my feet. I think Milo's still got something going on with his ear, not as bad but still not right, and he needs a booster I've missed the deadline for.
DH is called on to do more than his share these days. He's out shoveling the drive again, after walking Milo on icy sidewalks.
I'm trying CeraVe lotion on winter dry feet, and think I need to set a buzzer to remind me to drink more water. I have to remember to water the plants more often too.You gotta be hardy to make it in this family.
Which brings me back to the quote from Apollo Ohno on balance. Well, it may not be scheduled or regular, but we get our needs met eventually, usually.

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easyweimaraner said...

you described this feeling very well... I feel like this bird too sometimes...

Julierose said...

Loving your cattails piece so much...gray and cloudy here, too. No snow as yet to speak of though...hugs, julierose

Laura said...

I have been reading your blog for quite a time now and do enjoy. I just feel badly that you are experiencing such a long "terrible transition time". This comment is meant to be observational because all 3 of my children(who are now adults) had this problem and still do to a certain extent. You are doing alot to mediate these feelings. Too bad for the terribly cold winter (which is unusual, I think). Good luck on finding your balance and continuing to find "the lovelies" every day. You are good at this looking for little things that happen each day to please you. Fingers crossed that your winter is over soon. I live on the west coast so spring is beginning to show. I know, spoiled in that respect. I can be like a bird as well.... great way to think about it. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Sandee said...

It's cold outside and you're inside and in your jammies. Doesn't get any better than that. I love your breakfast.

Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to Milo. ♥

Lisa said...

Horizontal snow is just not right! I'd stay inside in my flamingo jammies too...sipping hot chocolate with a splash of Bailey's. :-) Cabo does the same thing....goes outside and repeatedly announces his presence to the neighborhood. We're going to be caught in then polar vortex so I doubt if he wants to stay outside long. I just finished the 4th season of Outlander of Starz and am looking forward to watching The Spanish Princess in the spring. It's about Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine. Looks great. I hope you find a similar cabinet. The one you showed is beautiful. I hope Milo's ears straighten up soon. Those floppy ears are so hard to keep clean. Have a great week and stay warm! xoxo

Sherry Jolly said...

Our trace turned into 4 inches too! I had a heck of a drive the other night. Treacherous! I just love that $800 table/island. Gorgeous!

Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

Becki said...

I love that tall table! And your ME calendar reminds me of the one I used to have. Her art always makes me smile. :) Have a great week!

Rebecca Knox said...

I so enjoy reading your posts and love your sense of humor! I like the quote by Apolo Ohno and especially like your take on it. I agree! I love citrus, too, and always keep a bag of Cuties on hand. How cool it must have been to grow up having a dad that bought and sold orange crops! Bet you had an orange around whenever you wanted one. Have a nice evening and a great week ahead! Blessings! <3

Needled Mom said...

That’s a lot of snow for a trace. So glad you are missing that bitter cold. Lentil soup sound like he perfect meal for the weather. It’s our family’s favorite soup - and I always add a grated potato to it.

Jean said...

Think we can all relate to the bird. Kind of like, I have so much to do, I think I'll just take a nap? Hang in there, spring will arrive. Hopefully, the ground hog brings us good news on Saturday. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Luludou said...

Hadn't heard that about birds - quite interesting. Have a good week

Angie said...

"It's about 8AM, I'm in my flamingo Jammies, drinking coffee with milk, and looking at snow blowing horizontally past the slider." Sounds like a perfect day to me: last Wednesday morning we had a foot of snow and I was secretly relieved that I did not have to drive an hour to do my volunteer shift at the museum! As kids, we used to eat a lot of ruby grapefruit for breakfast - a little bit of work but so delicious! Looking forward to your upcoming posts!

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,
that's a lot of snow! Our winter isn't over just yet.
Love those days when I don't have to venture out!

Jodi said...

That girl on your planner is cute!! Have a great week!

Sandra said...

I have a barker too, I often say that if a butterfly sneezes in Katmandu he will bark LOL Have a great week!

Lady Fi said...

I love that snow pic!

Ann said...

I remember being snowed in with fabric, good books, and hot tea. Lentil soup sounds like the perfect addition. I hope Milo is completely well soon.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Can you imagine being perfectly balanced all the time? I think I'm on an even keel for being out of balanced in various parts of my life. I'm like that bird. Cleaning feathers helps me through anxious moments.
The book titles looks intriguing. I haven't been to the library in a long while. Almost did last week but then I found a book among my in-laws boxes that caught my interest. The Husband inherited over 80 boxes of books, books, books. We can open up a used/antiquarian bookstore. lol
Your cattail piece is so cool.

threesidesofcrazy said...

I'm running so late this week in visiting! I hope you have had a great one and are staying warm.

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Your snow photos are just lovely. There's something quite magical of fresh fallen snow scenes. When you have a couple poodles, that happens so rarely and I absolutely love seeing them.

likeschocolate said...

Keep warm! Looks like you have plenty to read! Have a great week!