Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lately, 11.23.16

Lately...

Making: Painting Operation Christmas Child boxes, making stress-reducing washcloths (stress reducing to make them, not to use them!), finally using the Purl SoHo yarn I bought over the summer to make a scarf for... MYSELF :) , leaf mobiles with my Adaptive Art class (they loved this project found on ArtBar blog)

Our version of the Painted Leaf Mobiles also included leaves covered with washi tape, then laminated. Sorry for the bad lighting :(


Boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Washcloths and scarves. Love these colors :)


Drinking: the usual...wine, water, coffee and tea, but really looking forward to some tawny port as the weather gets cooler.

Eating:  Whole Food take-out (highly recommend the cauliflower/almond salad and the roasted root vegetables).

Watching: Saturday Night Live (loving Alec Baldwin as Trump!) And, we broke out the holiday movies early the other night and started with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Reading: Still plugging away at Carry on, Warrior by Glennon  Doyle Melton. Love it. And highly recommend it.

This excerpt is a must-read for anyone dealing with new family members, whether they are in-laws, step-parents/kids, etc. Such good advice that I wish I would have read years ago.  I love how the author compares life to weaving a rug. Great analogy, I think ;)        
Be simple. Be sophisticated.

Listening to:  The Sound of Silence by Disturbed, The Story I Heard by Blind Pilot (recommended by Colbey of the All Good Things in Life blog)

Thinking about: the concept of "shifting" and a few quotes that have meaning for me lately.


Always love Elena Brower's contributions to Instagram.

from soulseed Facebook page
Laughing at: these boys!

Love how this baby boy always wants to curl up in my lap.

... or not!
And how they laugh at every single, silly little thing I  make with their  Play-Dough :)

Loving: spending time with supportive, happy people

Celebrating M.'s 65th birthday.

And receiving yet another "Thank You"- this time from a student. My job, students and co-workers have definitely been a respite for me this year and I am SO thankful to have them.


Spreading Joy: sending 'Positive Notes' home to the parents of some of my really incredible students.

With What I Have:  I just have to point out, once again, how a little rearranging of the things you already have can give a space an entirely new feel. Last week, in preparation for making space for the Christmas tree, I rearranged our living room as I cleaned. Placing old things in new positions and doing a little editing and weeding out of unnecessary items was exactly what this space needed. Now we're ready for that tree :)


I'll leave you with another song- this one isn't new to me, but the lyrics are really resonating with me lately. (It's also a suggestion from Colbey of All Good Things in Life.)



Have a great Thanksgiving!  Juli



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