Monday, May 23, 2011

Office Explosion

Today I started working on the office again.

I worked all day.

I am not just cleaning.

I am getting rid of things.

There are too many things to look at.

There are too many things to think about keeping or giving to someone.

I hope I don't get to the point where I just throw things away and then I am sorry later.

Remind me to be better organized in my next location, house, condo, RV, etc.

This is crazy.  And so am I.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thinking Thoughtfully

"You can tell if a man is clever by his answers.  You can tell if a man is wise by his questions."  Naguib Mahfouz

I cannot turn my brain off.   It is thinking and buzzing and whizzing through thoughts and ponderings and commentaries.  Sometimes my brain leaks out words through my mouth and I find myself talking out loud. That can be embarrassing when turning the corner and finding someone eavesdropping.  

A long time ago I read something about having a notebook by one's bed to capture the clear thoughts that seem to so easily come in the middle of the night.  Isn't it interesting how logical one seems then?  Unfortunately I usually don't wake up enough to write, hate to turn on the light and disturb Robert, or discount the thoughts because of the inability to write those words down coherently or finding that they didn't really make sense to begin with.

I would like to retrain my brain to slow down and think a little more thoughtfully.  

Once I sat on a big boulder in the California Sierra mountains, basking in the sunshine, breathing in the pine needle scent as they heated up, and feeling the cooling breeze on my face.  It was in 1971, I believe.  A memory to keep.  And now, so many years later, it seems to have been a wonderful location to think.  Too bad I don't remember what I was thinking.  But I do remember the day as if it was yesterday.  Where was that notebook then?

In the quest for thoughtful thinking this seems to be a key, finding a place where beauty, solitude, and warmth all run together, and the mind can relax.  In this place it seems that pondering slowly and repeating the thoughts until they gel into one occasion of thoughtful thinking that can be written down is my desire.  

This afternoon in a phone conversation with a niece we mentioned that we had not found a place to settle after retirement.  Now it seems that an important item to search for has been uncovered.

A place to do thoughtful thinking is desired.  How would that look on the list? 

1.  Large public rooms
2.  A study
3.  Lots of windows
4. A place to think

Definitely a qualification in our search and now I realize that in all my thinking about a retirement home I find that quiet porch, garden setting, sitting room, or bench by a fountain has been a prominent picture.

A place to think thoughtfully.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's better to read the whole thing

I was invited to a graduation party.  My friend was invited too.  I thought the party was on Thursday.  My friend thought it was on Friday.  I checked the invitation.  It said Thursday so  told her.  She thanked me.

Today I looked at the invitation to get the address.  Guess what?!  The GRADUATION is Thursday.  The PARTY is Friday!

I tried to get hold of my friend.  Of course, I couldn't reach her.  So now I am very upset, worried, and humiliated.

The lesson learned from this one?  Read the entire document.  Pay attention to the details.

Oh Brother!  I hope she's still my friend.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Getting Back On Track

I started crocheting a scarf using sock yarn.  It's rainbow colors.  It's a simple double crochet until the edging which will be a scallop.    There were quite a few comments and nice complements.  My sister really liked it, the yarn especially.

I had gotten really far, almost finished the body portion.  Then I noticed that somehow I was losing stitches and the silly thing was getting narrower.  I tried to add stitches back in thinking that it would be less noticeable after the scalloped edge was added.

But the perfectionist in me couldn't handle it.  I knew that there would be some who would want to inspect it and I would not be happy with the comments then!  I ended up pulling out 3/4 of it.  :(

I was sad.  I am still sad because I have not been able to get going on it since we got home from camping.  And now, guess what?  I don't even know where the yarn is.  Oh wait!  I remember where it is!  That's great because I am ready to


I can't even bare to show you a picture of it right now.  Just give me a few days.

Then, my question is, "What else needs to get back on track?"  Whew! What a question.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Creative Block, Writer's Block, Whatever Block, I've got it.

Is it because I squelched my thoughts down for so long that I can't get them out now?  There was an article I read that also made me think that I am too practical.

I was watching a show today and took notice of the jacket the star was wearing.  I could totally create something like that.  I think I see too many things that I can create.

Time to narrow it down to one or two things.

And I need to start playing.  That might help.  A Lot.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Happy Birthday Amanda!

Today is Amanda's birthday.  Happy Birthday!
Those moons ago when she was born it got me out of a talk in church.  

Amanda is a person who makes friends wherever she goes.  She is hard-working, cheerful, adventurous, and a really good person.  She is a good daughter.
We love her so much!  

Happy Birthday dear daughter.

Cleaning up my blog

I decided to clean up my blog and make it look a little bit springy.  Several links to blogs I read are closed except to invited readers, some are closed down.  So they are no longer listed.  If I deleted you and you don't want to be deleted then let me know.

Facebook might get a scrubbing too.