Monday, March 22, 2010

Marvelous Mondays

I love Mondays. There is something magical about the 2nd day of the week (yes I count Sunday as the first day of the week - doesn't everyone??). Even before retiring, I liked going into work on Mondays.

Mondays can make or break you - your choice. You may hate the job you're doing right now - but it's your choice to either leave, endure or look at the positive aspects:
(A) you have a JOB - the unemployment rate is supposedly around 10% here in Dayton.
(B) you have a JOB.
(C) you have a JOB.
(D) you have a JOB but you can be looking for another one

Yes, I admit it - I have been retired from the job force now for over 2 years. I've worked since I was 19 with an 18 month break in there with child #2 came along. Did I love my jobs? Nope. Won't lie. Did I complain? Yup. Won't lie. Do I look back and regret my complaining? Yup. I believe now the gift of becoming a Christian makes all the difference in the world. So Pollyanna sunshine aside, I look back and think what a whiner I was - then.

Okay - so here I am on a Monday. I am in a coffee shop, using their wireless. What is it about coffee shops that draw me to update my blog? Oh yeah - it's the coffee and the fact laundry isn't calling my name 4 blocks away...nor do I hear the call of the vacuum cleaner or the dirty pots and pans in the sink. Try it sometime. Pack up that laptop. Don't have one? They're getting cheaper all the time and I would recommend putting away the pennies for one. Of course, that's just me. And yes, I can breathe just fine when I don't have my laptop with me. Of course, if I'm in a place that offers free wireless and I left my laptop at home - that's another story.

You should see the view from this coffee shop. It's on 5th street - and I can see a restaurant across the street (unremarkable though), people walking by (remarkable) and cars driving past (unremarkable). And across from me is my dear husband whom I spent the morning with (I think there's something about ending a sentence with the word "with" - but heck if I remember if it's a bad thing or just who cares). We walked to the bank and credit union this morning and now we are here.

Of course, I'm typing this and he's listening to various talk shows online on his computer while working on his online masters course in Christian Studies. You have to love it.

And the photo....a bag I finished last week. Isn't it lovely? And it's reversible.

And in the meantime, I quilt.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Balanced Life.....

It is almost 10:40am. I have walked from the apartment to the chess club - pulled in the little dumpster on wheels (Thursday is garbage pickup day) - walked from there to the bank (what is it about two tellers gabbing away about personal stuff and tell the other teller: "can you take care of HER?" Emphasis on the HER, yes indeed....) - and from the bank to the library.

Ahhh the public library. It never fails me. The moment I walk in (regardless of the fact this public library has a metal detector....a fine statement of downtown Dayton, don't you think???), I feel that momentary sense of excitement. What book will capture my interest this time. Okay, so maybe not ALL books capture my fancy. Sadly, science fiction does not capture my interest (sorry my dearest daughter and beloved husband) nor do biographies (apologies to those who love them) or historical romances (more sex in those novels than imaginable...pick one up and tell me I'm wrong). That still leaves many venues to choose. I enjoy a good mystery - especially those centered around cooking (who doesn't???), knitting or quilting. Also romance novels with substance - but sadly, very few make the grade nowadays.

So today I have worked on the business checking accounts, took apart one pieced quilt top, took care of my daily exercise, and am now at a local coffee shop taking advantage of their free wireless while drinking a non-fat latte (the non-fat part is to added to simply impress you...did it?) and have 3 library books tucked away in my backpack (two mysteries and one book on crocheting).

A balanced life - reading, crocheting, knitting, quilting, week day breakfasts with Riley (that also includes making a lunch for him to take with....boy, am I spreading it on thick or what???) and just loving life.

And the photo? My first attempt at a "completely" appliqued block quilt. I am not a flowery person but I do know who will greet this quilt with much reverence and gratitude - so it will soon be finished and tucked away for Christmas.

And in the meantime, I quilt!