Happy Easter!

I’m feeling like a bit of a heathen tonight. Our Easter didn’t involve church, although every year I say, “let’s climb Stone Mountain for the sunrise service!” Never happens. I did, however, spend a few moments this morning watching the sun come up and thinking about how truly grateful I am for the sacrifices made for me. Read more

Not Giving Up on a Challenge

Seems like most companies encourage their people to stay healthy and participate in some sort of physical activity. I’m not generally a cynical person, so choose to believe that they encourage a culture of wellness because they want me to have rosy cheeks and fit into my smaller pants. G’s photo is in the dictionary beside the word, “cynic” so believes the goal is to limit sick days and keep health care costs down.

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Clarifying the Hobby; Sewing

For #reblogwednesday I found a post that resonated with me primarily because I really want to do a lot of sewing, but my sewing room is a disaster with boxes of craft items I’ll never use. So a bit of Spring motivation.

Secondly, G is doing a lot of reading about Zen so it comes up in conversation repeatedly. I like how this post presents Zen principles in a way that makes me say, “I can do that!”

Minimilism & Zen

Now that I have conquered the spare room and its inhabitants it was time to assess all the sewing stuff. I have to call it stuff because it wasn’t merely a collection of items that were useful, it was a bunch of stuff from everywhere and everyone. The first thing I decided to do was make a list of the items that I know I needed to successfully make something.

  • Over Locker
  • Sewing Machine
  • Bodice
  • Sewing Equipment
  • Material Box
  • Two Sewing Books

I had 1 super giant box of stuff, then a medium sized box of stuff and further a small tool box full of stuff. After this immense dispersion of unnecessary items I have come out with just a tool box and one giant box that fits all of items for this hobby as well as the tool box. I have successfully reduce my entire massive pile of things…

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Daylight Saving Time started today in most of North America, so apparently Spring is not too far behind.

Yesterday I went for my usual Saturday morning run/walk. It was a truly beautiful morning with clear blue skies and a chill in the air (about 38F, 3C). There’s a true gem in the middle of Atlanta with running/ walking/ biking pathways along the Chattahoochee River.  In spite of the gorgeous day, the paths were really quiet because it’s just too cold for a lot of the Southerners. My Canadian blood loves the cold mornings. I laugh in the face of freezing weather!



I stopped and took a few pictures along the way as this is a special part of the world to me. On the particular path I use, at the south end you can see high rises and cars flashing by on a massively busy highway. On the north end there are a few apartments and miles of brick McMansions and private golf courses. But once you get about a  quarter of a mile down the path you’re in the country. Just before Christmas I was treated to a doe and her two babies grazing beside the path.


The park is pretty barren right now, but with a couple of days of sun and the rain that is forecasted for this week the leaves of the smaller shrubs will be covered with a soft green velvet. Then the red will appear on the tips of the Maples, followed by the glow of spring green on each and every tree. I give it about two weeks. I have crocuses blooming in my garden, and the grape hyacinths are about to pop.

One of my goals for the weekend was to get out and enjoy this part of Atlanta. I’m not really much of a runner, I use a run/walk method (thank you, Jeff Galloway!), however even when I trudge along at my 12-minute mile pace, I feel more free and centered mentally and emotionally than at any other time in my week. There’s something about being out there is the ‘big’ world, my mind only thinking of the next step, that always makes me feel at peace. I’m really grateful we have this place to enjoy.

thSo check one box for this weekend.
Don’t ask me about the others!

Chattahoochee River