The breeze is moving the branches, bamboo and various leaves and I can look up to watch them through the window. Autumn is here and I will soon go upstairs to alter another pair of pants, get dressed and make deconstructed stuffed zucchini and eggplant we will have for lunch.
MICHELLE: I know what you mean about "releasing" things as I get older. There are times I think about an item I have given to a friend and wonder if I should have kept it BUT am glad they are gone and that I can replace them (eventually) with something that will suit me now. I love the visual of the pine needle haystacks and as you mentioned more creative arranging of dumped items in the Pine Needle Haven I visualized a creative artistic almost painting using what is to be tucked out of fire's way.
Affirmation: Slow and steady wins the race Mind: Intrigued Body: Walking,Yoga, OP Spirit: Outgoing Gratitude: Internet friends!
I ran errands today and did some personal shopping in two stores. How fun to act like normal and have the sales personnel do the the same. It's been a long time.
Cathy, Do you alter by hand or do you have a sewing machine. My mother made sure I could do all kinds of hand work and also run a sewing machine. I usually hem up my own pants etc. It really does make a difference for me to put to put some creative effort into things like Pine Needle Haven. Just keeping my pine needle haystacks makes me enjoy the process more. I am reading a book about synchronicity.
Gratitude: My brother-in-law staying in touch while my sister is in the hospital
My sister had the hysterectomy yesterday. It was cancer but they believe it is not the type that spreads...they wait for pathology report. The tumor broke during surgery so they cleaned her pelvis well, did a radical hysterectomy, removed her omentum, and appendix but left her lymph nodes in place. They will get the pathology report then decide on whether or not to do chemotherapy. She should be on the mend and healing and hopefully sleeps well tonight. She is four years younger than I am. Fingers and toes crossed, positive energy being sent her way, waiting for more information.
MICHELLE: I have two sewing machines, neither have lightbulbs, both need to see a sewing machine person for maintenance, both are 110 voltage and we are in a 210 voltage country so need a transformer to use them. that said...I can sew using the machine if the machine is okay but am doing the hems on the pants by hand. I put one pair into the donate pile as it is too big and the skirt that matches has fade marks from the sun in the closet so it may join the pants. Will see if the matching tops and jacket go with anything else OR they might join the pants and skirt! Hope you are enjoying your book on synchronicity!
Affirmation: It's time to relax! Mind: Still Body: Functional Fitness,Yoga, OP Spirit: Protected Gratitude: We are back to lovely fall weather after winter visiting us
In between spells of relaxing I puttered around getting a few chores done. I did manage to finish my raking circuit and created a miniature Stonehenge monolith of leaves when I deposited them in Pine Needle Haven. I showed my husband my handiwork who did not see the likeness at all. I guess it's probably best to not expect an accountant to be an art critic
Cathy: So many women do not know how to do basic sewing these days but I guess not much needs to be mended etc. I remember when there was no such thing as polyester thread and the difference that invention has made in not having to sew buttons back on or redoing pants hems. My mother made many of my clothes and some of my fondest memories are of us shopping for fabric and going through pattern books. Sending lots of healing vibes your sister's way.
Gratitude: Positive attitude, weekend chats with family, sister doing well post-op
The electricity and internet are not so great and my little laptop is not always happy but it is continuing to chug along. My daughter mentioned she has submitted a paper-proposal for a conference in Scotland for summer 2022 and if she is accepted we might go together as we planned to do a couple of years ago. Nice 70th birthday present if it does happen. And, that said, need to start WALKING so I can be strong for the trip!
MICHELLE: I remember Home Ec in 8th and 9th grade then opting to take printing instead in 10th grade. I also remember a summer my sister (4 years younger) and I sat facing one another in my bedroom with dueling sewing machines as we stitched up outfits for the coming year. I still remember one jacket and pair of pants with floral rayon fabric that was absolutely gorgeous. I think my sister's had a black background and mine was probably a rust or green background but both were the same pattern. Last time my daughter was here she needed a button for a dress collar and we looked through my collection. She chose a little black button with a rhinestone that once was my mother's and I sewed it onto the dress. My husband tailors his clothing and has darned socks...I do NOT darn socks
Affirmation: The Law of Good surrounds me. Mind: Filled with possibilities Body: Functional Fitness,Yoga, OP Spirit: Awakened Gratitude: Fun conversation with my daughter today.
Just another day doing my usual puttering, reading and choring. The wind was blowing quite strongly causing those pesky leaves and pine needles to fall down., I was hoping to get a break on the raking project and will probably wait a day or two more before I start the raking circuit again.
Cathy: The trip to Scotland sounds delightful and I loved your sewing story. I also took Home Ec where we made an apron and a skirt. My elective for the following two years was Mechanical Drawing. I was the only girl in those classes and am not sure how I ended up with the decision to take the class. Probably my dad had something to do with that. However, I have used many of the things I learned so it has been incredibly useful through out the years and I have very fond memories of my instructor and the boys in the class who were so helpful to me with such things as drawing a hexagon nut and bolt which I had never even heard of let alone seen.
Monday---Cathy: Hope your power is on. Another day in Paradise today. Winter is in full swing again complete with snow, but just a very small amount.
Quick post today...expect electricity cut soon. It is cooling down and I am enjoying it but not liking the electricity cuts.
My sister's update: My sister's ob-gyn oncology surgeon specialist said she believes that my sister has a Mucinous Ovarian Cancer. It is more rare, fast growing, usually does not spread, if it spreads it goes to omentum and appendix so they took some or all of that out and then checked her well visually, cleaned her out and are waiting for the pathology and cytology reports before deciding what the plan is for the future. If the cancer is found early and totally removed by surgery then the prognosis is excellent...cure is from taking out the tumor. If it is a secondary instead of primary site then...that is different. So, on November 1 she has another appointment and should know by or before then what is what. She went home after two days in hospital and it wasn't easy driving two hours on roads being repaired but she is thankful to be home, have her labradoodle support dog there, and be able to sleep in her own bed. Thank you all for caring and sending positive thoughts and prayers her way.
MICHELLE: My sister's dog was brought home to anchor and comfort her. Piper is a labradoodle that is tall and lanky and was a service dog for awhile that became my brother-in-law's service/support dog. cinde said that Piper came over, gently sniffed, stayed by her on the couch but was so very gentle and loving. I am glad cinde is home and doing well and that she, who loves routine, is back in her cozy nest with her loved ones and a routine to return to!
Cathy: I am glad that your sister is doing well and that she has a supportive therapy dog by her side. I am changing the time I post from nights to in the morning starting tonight which I think will work better for me. So I will skip tonight and post tomorrow morning.
Gratitude: The beautiful place we built our home, the view from the bedroom windows (full moon last night was gorgeous) - every morning the sun comes up over the mountains that face our hilltop across a valley and every evening I go to sleep seeing stars and lights on those same mountains shining from the villages. It is gorgeous and I am thankful for it evening.
We ran errands, bought Frontline for the cat, stopped by the post office, paid phone bills, bought produce and bought a few basic groceries. Left with a million lira and came home with most of it gone. A million lira is not worth what it once was to the dollar...even asked when buying a reversible navy-black belt that cost 467,000 lira what it would be in dollars as it sounded rather expensive and the cost in dollars was...$24...so bought it. JUST sat sat down to do group posts...hope to finish before we lose electricity.
MICHELLE: I am wishing you a good sleep and to wake refreshed in the morning. Will the dogs wake you or birds or???
Affirmation: Everyday is a blessing! Mind: Filled with possibilities Body: Functional Fitness,Yoga, OP Spirit: Awakened Gratitude: My family
Another homemaking day for me, just puttering around getting a few things done. I tackled a lengthy chore I had been avoiding and got it done so I was happy about that.
Cathy: I loved! your affirmation. Your belt sounds cute yet practical because of its reversibility. Buttercup sleeps in her bed next to me. Every morning she starts moaning and crying very softly about wanting me to pet her. Sometimes I tell her to go back to sleep and she does but most times her internal clock works expertly. I cannot tolerate getting up in the dark but do get up as soon as it starts getting light.
Affirmation: Everyday is a blessing! Mind: Focused Body: Walking,Yoga, OP Spirit: Concerned Gratitude: Rain
Today it rained a little off and on which was very pleasant. I was driving the quad and my head got thoroughly wet which is the first time in many years that I just enjoyed the experience. It's fun to be a kid again once in a while. I like to skip in the grocery store parking lot when I am pushing my cart to the car. Sometimes I go for months without doing it and then I worry that I have forgotten how but I never do.
Cathy: I really enjoyed reading your gratitude about where you live.
Gratitude: The ability to do what needs to be done
I finally have tidied (somewhat) the counters in the kitchen and am cooking some garbanzo beans to eat now and store for later. Not sure what lunch will be but am not worried that there will be food. My husband's brother went to the supermarket and saw a LOT of people but he noticed that most only bought a few things rather than carts full of products...economy is bad and people are buying what is essential and what they can afford. I have a book review to write and a book to read so know my afternoon and evening is scheduled and will be enjoyable.
MICHELLE: I love the idea of you skipping in the parking lot! I think I remember how to do that? Your memory of being out in the rain reminded me of being in Iowa and walking on the sidewalk in a light snow...had not been in the snow for decades and LOVED it. I knew that I wouldn't be staying but enjoyed that moment in time. I had just moved my son from one college campus to another and had some free moments before I had to head to the airport.
I gave up on the book about synchronicity half way through it and started reading Signs, The Secret Language of the Universe. It seems much more interesting. We'll see.
Cathy: Your snow memory made me think of all the times we would eat snow as children and the fun we had in it skiing, having snow ball fights.... Also looking at the loveliest winterscapes, the snow falling peacefully. So many really lovely memories.
Nothing exciting to share. Hope to talk to children and granddaughters this weekend, need to write to my sister-in-law to pay condolences for the passing of her 100 year old mother, and will review, read, repeat as the pile of books in the reader is HIGH.
MICHELLE: I hope you find a book that resonates...it is not easy to do sometimes!