Showing posts from June, 2013
Eh Voila! A repaired and embellished pair of pants.  I plan to bring that vine dowm the side of the leg some more but for now, this was enough to fix the hole and make them wearable.  And enough to get me called hippie by my daughter.

I bought several bags of embroidery floss from a 5&10 when it was going out of business.  There were sandwich bags of a dozen skeins of floss for 50 cents.  I bought a large bag full and now have tons of colors I may never use but they often come in handy.

In other sewing, Em's dress is pinned and cut out.  I wanted to put in the invisible zipper last night but it was so hot and humid that I was afraid I'd sweat all over it and the fabric is light enough that the fan was blowing it around.  I'll try again tonight but I'm not hopeful.  We're in the midst of a hot/humid cycle and while it's been really good for the moistness of my skin, not so good for anything else.

Here's Peter Kevin with his Father's Day present.  He…
A few years ago, I bought a new pair of jeans.  The first time I wore them, I tore the knee on something and was not-very-happy.  I sewed the hole and embroidered some flowers and vines on the repair and no one was the wiser. 

I even added some extra flowers and vines last weekend with the intention of making them more decorative.  I love these jeans.
And then today, early this morning, I left one of my desk drawers open and when I got up from my chair, I hit the sharp edge of the drawer and (insert sigh here), I did it again.
You can see some of the other embroidery there in the bottom of the photo.  I've stitched the hole with some black thread that I keep in my desk (yep, needles, thread, hammers, screwdrivers, glue, tape, tampons, baby powder-- I was a Girl Scout for 11 years , being prepared never goes away) so it doesn't rip any further. 
I'll embellish the repair when I get home.  I'll bring the vine down and add some more flowers.  No one will ever know it'…
"It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

What do you think about this?  Can you imagine a day during which every interaction you had was "infused with love"?  Could you be loving to everyone you met (in all situations) for an entire day?

I'm not sure I could.  I will admit to being a basically cheerful person who is prone to saying "excellent" when someone asks how I'm doing but to carry that forward all day is a tough assignment.  

One of the things I enjoy about the daily inspirations is that they give me something to think about and once in a while, something to work towards.  I may not be able to sustain a loving attitude toward everyone for twenty-four hours but maybe I can do it for two or three (or maybe more).  I think the point for me is to keep the ideal in my head and try just a little bit harder. 

Here in the US, yesterday was Father's Day.  When I asked Pk what he wanted for dinner, he said "Sausage".  Now, to be fair, he says Sausage most times when I ask him what he wants for dinner.

This time, however, he was ready.  One of his co-workers is Ukranian and told him about a market where we could get SAUSAGE and lots of it.  So we went there on Saturday morning (we had a backup plan for dinner if the sausage thing didn't work out but no worries).

Bell's Market was an adventure.  The left half of the store is a seemingly average grocery store but then you go through to the other side and it's like being transported to Eastern Europe.

The packages are no longer labelled  in English and most of the people are speaking something other than English.  It was so much fun.  We were trying to identify items by the photos on the package. 

And yes, we got sausage.  Six different kinds. This is one of them.  I think this one was not one of the smoked ones.  It ha…
I am sitting here being very very grateful for the small heater that lives under my desk at work.  When Pk and I left the house this morning, it was spritzing.  A few drops here and there.  No need to panic and run inside for the boots.

30 minutes later, as I walked toward the steps out of the underground train station, I could see the water cascading down the steps and knew I was in trouble.  I pulled out my (Van Gogh sunflowers) umbrella and headed out into the deluge.  And a deluge it was.  I only walk 2 blocks to work but my legs were wet from the knees down and the back of my sweater from where my umbrella dripped on it was soaked.

The heater is drying my pants and keeping me from being too cold here in the a/c.  The phone has been ringing and I'm pretty sure it's people cancelling appointments due to the weather.

We have had a fair amount of rain this year, not a bad thing because it makes for lush green grasses and lots of blooms. 
The "sticks" have been growi…
Today is D Day.  The day the ships of the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. No, it's not a day traditionally remembered or celebrated.
But, Pk is a WWII buff and is interested in war in history in general so in our house, June 6 has always been observed with the Watching of The War Movies.
Usually, I sit in the same room and do something else. I mostly ignore what is on the screen and keep occupied with my own things.  This year, I told him I'd watch whatever he wanted (although I reallyreally rather not watch Saving Private Ryan again nor do I want to watch The Longest Day) with him.
We started last night with three episodes of Band of Brothers, the ones in which the Band parachutes into France on the eve of D Day.  I have heard how well made this series is and how good the acting, directing and special effects are but I was unprepared for how emotional it was.
Now, to be fair, it's time for my period so I'm a bit more easily weepy than normal.  But, thin…
Good Monday Morning!  It's 100% humidity (so you can imagine what my hair looks like today) and I am sitting at my desk enjoying the quiet that is early morning here.

Do you have Produce Junction where you live?  That's a link to their Facebook page (and am I the only one who thinks it's weird that a business is on Facebook?)  It started out as a way to get fresh fruits and vegetables cheaply.  I assume it's because it's all they sell and they buy in bulk.  One of the things we like about them is that we often find odd fruits and veg there.  For instance, this.  These are Rambutan and are native to tropical areas in the south Pacific and southern Asia area.  If you cut it open, you get what looks like a smooth brain inside a hula skirt.  The clerk at Produce Junction talked us into trying them (she told us her name and said we should come back and make sure we told her what we thought). 
Now, I will freely admit that I am not an adventurous eater.  Pk and Elanor wi…