Well friends, it’s the end of another week. Our plans for today were rescheduled due to COVID exposure, which is, I guess, our new normal … and I’ve been seeing the bright spots in the resulting free time. Not that I tackled any of the to-do’s still left on my list. nope! I took a longer than usual walk, finished a book, and enjoyed the space in my day.
Thinking about … a(nother book!!) project to mark my milestone birthday in November. Last fall, I decided not to tackle something as big as I did for my 50th, and I didn’t feel like I needed a whole year to do something smaller. So now I have about six months left of my 60th year (which will end on my 60th birthday) … how about making a big dent – as in SIXTY! – in my ever-growing TBR list!? I started making a list and without even thinking too hard I had 60. (Click the image to read the words. Titles in purple are ones I don’t yet own, including four that haven’t been released yet. The paper covers are leftover from last year.)
Grateful for … a second cancer-free check-in for Marc. Wednesday was his sixth month post-surgery and his blood test showed negligible PSA. He’ll have two more three-month check-ins and if they’re both that good, he’ll move to every six months.
Inspired by … a story I saw somewhere on Instagram showing an orange seltzer topped with espresso to try mixing a non-alcoholic drink! Nespresso is featuring a limited edition “Exotic Liminha” and I ordered a sleeve to try it. This morning, I mixed up a 2:1 batch of mint simple syrup (the mint is already going gang-busters in our herb garden), chilled a can of lime seltzer (nothing fancy – just the Kirkland brand), and brewed a pod of the espresso (it’s a double shot – 2.7 oz) and put it in the fridge. After lunch, I mixed my drink. I started with a highball glass full of ice, added the espresso and a teaspoon of the simple syrup, stirred, and topped with the seltzer. Y’all … it’s delicious. and it’s non-alcoholic. and doesn’t taste like it’s missing anything because of that.
Now I’m inspired by the possibilities! I other other seltzers, other herbs and spices, and plenty of espresso (including lots of decaf!)
Finished … here’s a sneak peek at Laia! Marc took the “official FO” photos, but I haven’t had a chance to review them yet. I was pleasantly surprised with this finish – it fits great and I think the Lindy Chain is a perfect summer yarn for it. More to come…
We shared these words from Steve Garnass-Holmes in our prayer group this morning. I leave them with you.
I give to you a heart of serenity,Peace, by Steve Garnass-Holmes
the grace to be undisturbed
even as chaos surrounds.
I give to you a heart of harmony,
that you may be forgiving,
knowing you are forgiven.
I give to you a heart of hope,
confident in the grace that moves
unseen and vast.
I give to you a heart of acceptance,
to be present with what is
even if it is not what shall be.
I give to you a heart of wholeness,
that you may know you belong
and all that is within you be healed.
I give to you a heart of gentleness,
to live graciously with all,
even those who are not at peace.
I give to you a heart of love,
that you know you are my Beloved,
and be at peace with all.