A cough lingers, I'm still a bit stuffed-up, and I feel worn out from two weeks of this. This oh-so-eagerly-anticipated autumn has, officially, started without me. And my cold has coincided with what has felt like a thousand overtime shifts at work I can't get out of, so it is already a wearying fall. All that said, I still feel worlds better than I did even a few days ago. And I found these three hearts along my walks to and from work yesterday and today.
Ah, love! Here's to a brighter mid-October and a healthier November (for me, for us all, and for this county, for that matter).
It's been a soup and tea-filled weekend as my first cold in many months rages on. 'A couple more days before I'm scheduled to return to work, though, and here's hoping the extra rest does the trick. It's finally fall, my favorite season, and that finds me happy, cold and all.
Finally, the lampshade is finished and tucked back into its little corner. I feel like I've been covered in loose threads and bits of hardened hot glue for a month although it's only been a week. It turned out exactly as I'd envisioned it, which is always so gratifying.
I couldn't find the lavender plaid fabric I thought I'd saved, but the touch of pink floral suits me better anyway and its crocheted trim at the top complements the ball trim along the bottom.
I like the way the shade looks in every light--
--and I love all its many colors and patterns. Love, love, love. ♥
This makes me so happy. :)
And it makes reading in bed that much more of a favorite thing.
The lamp should be finished sometime tomorrow, I'm thinking. 'Two more tiers of ruffles at the top, and then back into place on the lamp-base it goes. I have a piece of lavender/white plaid left from an old dress that I'm planning for the next ring, and at the very top, a Kelly green gingham.
I realized the other day that I wanted a jolt of yellow on the shade and decided just to Sharpie-marker a section of green floral fabric.
It worked and turned out almost chartreuse, a definite jolt of color on an already-colorful shade. I have long loved pink roses against yellow backgrounds, so this has turned out to be my favorite tier so far.
To tie that pop of yellow in with the rest of the lampshade, I dyed my white pom pom/ball trim gold by soaking it in Turmeric water for a minute.
A minute in the spice-bath was long enough to do the trick, and I let the trim dry while I attached more ruffles.
Ah, ball trim! It makes me happy. ♥
'Two tiers left to go, then, which is grand since all the fabric-pleating and hot-gluing have reached the stage of feeling quite tedious. Once it's done, it's done, though, and this has already become one of my favorite re-dos and favorite items in the apartment. ♥
What I thought was going to be a fast-moving task yesterday turned into an all-evening project I'm now aiming to finish this Sunday. The button-covered lampshade I'd loved for so long--
--has annoyed me lately every time I've looked at it, and before I'd even realized that yesterday was Lampshade Re-Do Day, I found myself pulling it up from its base and peeling off the first of what soon seemed like five hundred buttons.
All but the top ring of buttons is gone. The bottom four tiers of ruffled fabric pieces are almost all in place now. Pink roses fabric, green gingham fabric, and I-don't-know-yet-what-other fabric will make the top few ruffles. And maybe ball-trim around the bottom. Ideally, by Sunday night, a finished lampshade will again be atop the base of my reading lamp, the layers of fabric softening the light more than buttons-on-white-canvas ever could and the rainbow of colors and patterns cozy-ing-up its corner of my bedroom.
Tonight's sunset was another glorious puff-quilt of a sky, and I watched it for awhile, blissed-out and grateful. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, headache-be-gone-and-let's-focus-on-the-good-things.
An item from today's page in the Book of Good Things, then: Thursday afternoon, I stopped at a sandwich shop to treat myself to lunch, and when I attempted to pay, the counter-clerk told me the computer system was down and he couldn't process my debit card payment. I simultaneously thought something charming and articulate along the lines of "GAHHHHHHHHHHHH! THIS STUPID!WEEK!" and apologetically told him that I didn't have any cash on me at the moment, and he immediately told me not to worry and just to stop back in to pay him whenever I could. I protested--He could hold the sandwich until I came back with the cash, I offered--but no, he meant it, and with a smile, he handed me my sandwich and kindly wished me a good day. So trusting! And in a city! Here's hoping he didn't lose too much in profits before he could process card-payments again. When I returned with the money yesterday morning, he smiled again as he thanked me and didn't seem at all surprised to see me. Here is someone who has some good karma on the way, I'm thinking, and someone who still has an incredible amount of faith in the goodness of people. I so needed that kindness this wearying week--He has no idea. :) I will choose to remember his act of kindness, tonight's sunset, yesterday's bouquet of pink roses, and all Stuffed's time at my side this week. And with that, I'll turn the page. ♥
"At any given moment, no matter where you are, there are hundreds of things around you that are interesting and worth documenting."
~ Keri Smith
"I think that one must always be in love. To be in love with a person is, of course, ideal, but you can be in love with a flower, a tree, an idea. . . ."
~ Gloria Vanderbilt
"BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE."
~ THE DALAI LAMA
"Have a heart that never hardens,
and a temper that never tires,
and a touch that never hurts."
~ Charles Dickens
"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself." ~ Jean Anouilh
"Celebrate people who are in your life-- past and present, close by as well as far away. Thank everyone who contributes to your sense of well-being and joy, whether you know them personally or not. Every day, think of all the people who help make your life so rich and rewarding."
~ Alexandra Stoddard
"I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert,
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime."
~ "In a Big Country" by Big Country
"If you are any good at all, you know you can be better."
~ Lindsey Buckingham
"What thou lovest well remains,
the rest is dross ~
What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee ~
What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage."
~ Ezra Pound
"Let us make memories carefully of all good things, rejoicing in the wonderful truth that while we are laying up for ourselves the very sweetest and best of happy memories, we are at the same time giving them to others." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
"There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other's cooking & say it was good."
~ Brian Andreas
"There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing." ~ Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
"Years ago, my mother used to say to me --she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be --' She always called me Elwood. 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me."
~ Elwood P. Dowd in Mary Chase's play Harvey
"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself." ~ Lucille Ball
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France
"A house with Daffodils in it is a house lit up, whether or not the sun be shining outside." ~ A. A. Milne
"When something is too beautiful or too terrible or even too funny for words, then it is time for poetry."
"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great, make you feel that you too can become great." ~ Mark Twain ************
"Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid of standing still." ~ Chinese proverb
After My First 5K :)
During My First Half Marathon :)
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ * "Is life worth so much trouble?"
* "It depends what one wants in return."
~ Daughter to Student in The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot."
~ Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, spoken by Holly Golightly
"When we have sampled much and have wandered far and have seen how fleeting and sometimes superficial a lot of the world is, our gratitude grows for the privilege of being part of something we can count on—home and family and the loyalty of loved ones. We come to know what it means to be bound together by duty, by respect, by belonging."
~ Thomas S. Monson
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Death: The Final Stage of Growth
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”