Monday, February 20, 2017

More JOY

The other day I was editing photos, and going through my archive of photos as well, and found this fun JOY-full photo that I took during our trip to Vienna, Austria ... waaay back in spring of 2012!!  I don't recall where this was taken, but I think this neon sign was in the window of some shop, restaurant, or other. I'd like one for here at our home!  ;)  I think I might need to add a joy chart to my new year journalling... It's been a good time for joy lately!

Sooo... just sharing a bit of JOY to carry on the theme here... :))) How is your joy chart looking these days?!

Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week...

This Week... There were Valentine roses... and lots of LOVE-ly this & that!

In the Roman Catholic Church-- A LOT of Saints celebrated this week! St. Catherine de Ricci who experienced miraculous visions and corporeal encounters with Jesus, St. Valentine, of course... Sts. Cyril & Methodius, St. Claude de la Colombiere, among others. And today the Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites.

At Home-- I ordered two VERY sweet paper heart garlands from LaMiaCasa on Etsy...and they arrived just in time to hang up for Valentines's Day! And there were love-ly cards and chocolates shared here this week...

Out & About-- while on a walk along our high street/main street, I spied these interesting posters for a photo exhibit on Valentine's Day. No, we didn't go. I wasn't sure about the image of what looked like caramel being poured over a head... :/ 

On the Menu-- must admit I've been in the kitchen less the last few days, as we've had take-away treats this Valentine's week, including sushi and pizza!

Reading-- Still digging into my February reading...

Listening-- I very much enjoy the articles and podcasts found at On Being, which explores the BIG questions of being human. 

Watching-- The funny Hairy Bikers cooking their Comfort Food!

Creating-- On the needles... YES, I'm knitting! After a looong time away from sticks and string, it feels good the I've not forgotten how to knit! For my Good Morning Cowl I've cast on with beautiful sock yarn in this variegated aqua blue color way, and knitting an easy lacework pattern. Details on my Ravelry Projects Page. I needed a break from the rather complicated Joyful Shawl project... *sigh* ...

Inspiration-- These days I feel like I'm recovering something of my creative heart. Last year my heart was heavily engaged in emotional and personal matters, so much so that creativity was often put aside. So in a lot of ways this year feels like a recovery year. I found this podpcast by Jamie Ridler Studios VERY uplifting! I like listening to podcasts, and I have several favorites I tune into regularly... while I'm working on a fiber project... or having morning tea, etc.

LUNA-- a blanket folded up on a window sill makes a perfect window seat/nap spot for our fur-angel... The "bald" spot on her side from her spaying/sterilisation procedure is slowly growing back.

How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend ahead!  :)))

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy LOVE Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day! I LOVE each of you--truly, I do! Many of you I've known for some years now, which is a great gift! You've seen me through "thick and thin"... thank you... thank you... :)

The LOVE doodle is one I tinkered with using a new set of water soluble wax pastels. They created a lovely, soft watercolor-like background on my watercolor paper, and were enjoyable using them in both wet and dry applications. I also added some metallic oil pastels for some shimmer. The camera is not picking up on the pretty shimmer, though...

At the end of the week I'll share a few more love-ly moments...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Winter Window...

The softness of winter light... and pure beauty... *sigh* ...

Friday, February 10, 2017

This Week...

This Week...  Thank you so much for all the LOVE-ly comments to my photo post last Friday! Inspired by your enthusiasm, I may make this kind of photo-sampler/happy info post a weekly or biweekly experiment for a while... Yes??!! (And I will be trying to reply to comments/questions more often, right here on the blog in the comments section.)

In the Roman Catholic Church--  A lot happening this week! Top of the week, Sunday, the 5th of February, was World Day for Consecrated Life, for those who have dedicated their lives by vows to reflect the light of Jesus--we pray for them, and may they pray for us! Wednesday the 8th of February, was an International Day of Prayer & Awareness Against Human Trafficking. And tomorrow, Saturday, the 11th is Our Lady of Lourdes, as well as World Day of the Sick, a day of prayer for all who may be suffering, as well as prayers for those who care for the sick. Coming up on Monday is World Day of Marriage... just in time for Valentine's week!

At Home-- TJ, who is mostly a coffee man, does enjoy sharing a pot of tea with me on the weekends... For Sunday I baked a cinnamon-streusel coffee cake.

Out & About-- We just love our local library! And I have even more reason to be thankful for it, and the services and activities offered there. Our library has a new-ish weekly arrangement called Spr√•kkafe --literally translated, Language Cafe. A casual drop-in program for folks like me--immigrants to Norway who want to improve their practice speaking Norwegian in an informal setting. This week was my first opportunity to attend. We were a fairly big group of about 60 people from many, many different nationalities. We learned the text to a Norwegian pop song and had a sing-along, which was very fun! Then we saw a short Norwegian film. After the sing-song and film, we were split up into groups of 8-10, and we talked about the film and the song over cups of coffee, as well as introduced ourselves and chatted a bit about how we came to Norway, etc. It was wonderful to be among the group, very interesting to hear folks' stories... I look forward to attending again!

On the Menu-- For main meals I've been making Falafel Wraps with Feta-Cucumber Yogurt Dressing, Fish in Thai Curry with Vegetables & Rice, Penne Pasta in Tomato-Vodka Cream Sauce with mixed green salad, Channa Aloo Masala with Basmati Rice, Fish & Chips with Peas... and more... 

Reading-- At the top of the week I shared a bit about my current reading, if you'd like to go back and see.

Listening-- In Our Time, one my favorite radio programs/podcasts from BBC Radio 4!

Watching-- the new, latest series of Call the Midwife--sooo good! We've enjoyed this BBC series for many years now, and it's still going strong!

Creating-- My Joyful Shawl continues to take shape... I'm a bit slow with the project as there is a lot of stitch counting. And I'm learning how to rely on using the chart for the pattern more than the written instructions, as I really want to understand charted patterns better.

Inspiration-- Extra creativity this week was this trio of headscarves I've sewn in pretty, colorful cottons for wearing at church. They wear a bit like a kerchief, the slender ties tie at the nape of the neck. 

VERY much enjoying this site dedicated to creative sewing, clothing tutorials, sewing tips and much more: So Sew Easy

LUNA-- our little love... she's just sooo sweet... *sigh* ...It's been some very happy days all of us together!

How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend ahead!  :)))