Saturday, July 23, 2016

Being Together - {Celebrate This Week}

Today I am celebrating being together.  I'm discovering when all five of us are together my heart is fuller and there's a sense of complete.  I feel lucky to have this week ahead of us.  No sports, no pets, no school, no camps, no friends, and no household chores.  New places to explore.  New things to observe.  New things to try.  Old things to enjoy.  I love pulling the girls away from their day to day lives that take them in different directions and watching them interact and enjoy each other; here's to a week of enjoying being together.

Thank you Ruth at Ruth Ayers Writes for encouraging us to find daily celebrations in our lives.  If you want to read more positive things stop by this week's post, Keep Celebrating.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Eating and Haiku - {Poetry Friday}

cascading water
over steady stones and moss
relaxation - bliss

@Mandy E. Robek 2016

I've been eyeing a local restaurant named, Haiku for quite some time and a few weeks ago I had dinner with my college daughter there.  Her best friend and roommate is working there so of course we had to go to support M!  Knowing M helped us out this evening because it wasn't too busy and her serving area had a table right next to this lovely outside center area.  M brought us post it notes and said everyone writes haikus and we hang them up.  I wish I had my notebook out and could share the process.  I really wanted to focus on the setting and nature, making several revisions and feeling disappointed when my syllables didn't quite work out.  If you are local, dinner was delicious!

Thank you to Chelanne at Books 4 Learning for hosting Poetry Friday this week!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sewing Emergency - {Slice of Life}

Things have been going pretty smoothly with this years sewing project for 4H.  Judging is in 28 hours and we have a plan on how to wrap it up, without worry, and work in some normal events in our day. We need to put in an invisible zipper, a hem, and tweak the details.  Tweaking the details involves trimming any and all extra thread ends, basting stitches, and gathering stitches one might be able to see from the outside view.  Another thing we do to tweak the details is to iron it over and over again; pressing for success.  

Things are feeling pretty good until...we need an invisible zipper foot?  This is something we weren't anticipating but we were flexible and headed to the big chain fabric store.

I wanted to get there quickly.  I didn't want to show I was a little bit stressed so I tried to talk about other things.  I was driving my husband's car which turns differently than my van so the turn was a little quick.  I really don't like driving his car so I wanted to hide my frustration.  "Since this is a emergency, we need a siren."  She giggled and then I went a bit further.  "We then need a little needle and thread logo on the side of the car since it's a sewing emergency."  She giggled more and I forget the suggestions she offered but it made the air light for both of us.  I'm glad we were able to laugh while we were both a bit worried.

Reflection - I found myself wanting to tell more about our day and going back to the ending but reminded myself slices are moments and moments are small not a longer list of events or things.

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers group for hosting our writing community and you can enjoy other slices from today by stopping by the link provided.  Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Thank You - {Celebrate This Week}

If you are stopping by this new space today, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time.  I hope you will stop back by and enjoy this journey with me.

Thank you Ruth at Ruth Ayers Writes for encouraging us to find daily celebrations in our lives.  If you want to read more positive things stop by this week's post, Family Life.