Odd Thoughts And Ponderings

Came across Wil Wheaton’s Instagram post about the anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the impact that show had on his life. (His story is quite a tale, BTW.) I remember when TNG was announced and the most prevalent thing I heard was the complaint that it wasn’t the same as the original series. <Sigh>

TNG was the first real foray into other areas of the Star Trek Universe and it opened up a lot of doors for additional shows and movies. Personally, having lived for decades between any Star Trek show, I welcomed it back with joy. There are many aspects to the franchise that I enjoy – much to the frustration of the group who seem to have to have something to complain about.

One thing that has slowly (very slowly) become clearer and a bit more understood in my corner of the universe is the world of cosplay. Truthfully, I had no understanding of the whys and hows of this phenomenon. Thanks to some gifted folks who share their love of history, fiction, and vintage (all in various combinations), I’m starting to get an understanding and appreciation of the effort to create a character or re-create a version of a character in homage to the original work.

In its own way, it is Time Travel on a vastly different stage.

Diana Gabaldon posted a <cough> ‘snippet’ on her Facebook page that (as is usually the case with her gifts) brought out the wistful, will-you-just-hurry-up-and-finish-the-thing! in me. It is bad enough her books take at least 2 years to complete, but when there are additional delays and not much else to fill in the gaps, the wait becomes interminable.

Speaking of books, Audible has expanded the membership extras to include unlimited free works in addition to the monthly credits. I’ve been indulging in some vintage Ellery Queen. Part of the free listings include podcasts. Something I’ve been tempted to try out, but so far haven’t quite gotten organized enough to indulge in.

Heading into October has brought a reminder that the year is actually slowly coming to a close. Imagine that!

As I worked on my new calendar today, I thought about all the things that we used to do without thinking. Things used to be so much less complicated. A few years back, for example, giving food gifts was a no brainer. Now, with food allergies and health issues lots of options are (forgive me) taken off the table.

Allergies have created havoc across the spectrum. I had one friend who was deathly allergic to perfumes. For her, a short elevator ride could be hazardous – this was back in the day when some folks apparently either poured the scent bottle over their heads or filled a tub with it. Thankfully, I haven’t encountered that phenomenon much in the past few years.

I think back to the year 1999 and the trepidation as we headed off to January 1, 2000. Would the world come to and end? How would things be once the clock/calendar flipped?

Who would have thought that 2020 would be the year that we literally started looking back (hindsight) at what we used to do and begin the process of rethinking what we thought we knew?

I think this has been especially difficult for folks who tend to live their lives on automatic pilot.

One thing seems to be certain, as we move forward in our lives, we find ourselves encountering change, growth, experience, understanding along with a host of other issues. How we maneuver through them and if we choose to embrace them or not is an indicator as to how well we will survive life’s journey.

Like Wil’s Star Trek journey with his ST Family and the Time Travelers that look at cosplay, history and such, the journeys are complicated, simple, profound and interesting.

Taking A Breather

Or, A Change is as good as a Rest.

Hard to believe that it is almost October. I caught Rachel Maksey’s video about her version of the Strawberry Dress and her contemplating a list of Halloween videos and it got me to thinking. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day.

I don’t think I’m ready!

Not to mention really in the mood.

The dress, by the way, turned out with Rachel’s usual flare. An interesting take on an Internet Phenomenon.

Came across a video channel called “What’s For Tea?” that is produced by a lady who lives in Scotland. She and her husband have 2 kids and live in a lovely corner of a lovely country. She, Cheryl, shares the recipes and weekly shopping she does for her family. I have to admit that as much as I enjoy just hearing her talk, she has lit a flame to try out hot water pastry. She did a version of Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle cake that made my mouth water, too. Yum!

Mr. C scored what we think is an original Louis Vuitton bag recently and I have to admit that as much as I’m not enticed by designer bags, this one is a bit thrilling. <shrug> What can I say?

Thanks to an upgrade that Audible did to their service recently, I’ve been enjoying some original Ellery Queen books in addition to my usual monthly haul. The series originated back in the late 1920’s when two cousins worked together to write a story for a contest. I’ve enjoyed the books off and on over the years and the magazine was a favorite find at second hand stores.

Audible has worked hard to make the service more accessible and appealing to a wide variety of ages and preferences. If you are like me, and love being read to, I strongly urge you to check it out.

I’m currently working my way through the latest entry in the “St. Mary’s Chronicles” series. Who knows where I’ll go next?

Jeopardy! returns with new shows on 9/14!

Think I’m in the mood for a bit of Hanna Barbera this afternoon. Ciao!

Sunday Traditions

Or, I suddenly realized I have a few new “things” I always seem to do on Sundays. 🙂

A few weeks ago I commented to a friend that I seemed to get more done on the weekends than during the week. The response was that we were so used to “catching up” at home during the weekends because the week was full of work.

I have to admit, this makes sense, but only if I were still actually ‘working’. I have no explanation (let alone excuse) for what is occurring now.

As for Sunday Traditions, well, it seems I have acquired a new way to ease into the last day of the weekend. Both Mr. Carrington and Luke Catleugh post their weekly vlogs on YouTube Sunday mornings and it is a lovely way to focus the eyes and ease into a cup of coffee.

Just noticed a lot of ‘ease’ being used. Hmm

Both gentlemen post interesting catch ups, shop hauls, DIYs, etc and I enjoy being brought along when they venture out, or even around the house. While Saturdays are currently the domain of MayMay or DIY Dani or Alexandra Gater or even Rachel Maksey, all of whom I enjoy for a variety of reasons, I relish the quiet entry into a day that might include some blogging, a bit of crafting or a game or two.

I’ve recently been bingeing the Raymond Burr version of “Perry Mason” courtesy of CBS All Access. There have been several evenings of episodes that didn’t end until the wee hours of the morning.

I’ve been watching this show for as long as I can remember. It debuted before I was born. My earliest memories are of being tucked into the daybed in my Grandmother’s dining room and listening to the show as the adults watched it in the living room right next to where I lay.

The shows never grow old or tired. The stories are always interesting and well done.

This, too, might easily become a part of the weekend tradition; Saturday easing into Sunday.

Don’t know about you, but I feel a Sunday nap coming on. Perhaps it is the result of too many late nights?

Have a great week!

Perspective

In my neck of the woods, Summer means Hot, Humid days that make most of us yearn for the colder days of Winter. Some even wish for snow.

Summer allows us to appreciate Winter.

The irony is that in the midst of Winter, when it is COLD outside, those same people profess a yearning for Summer.

It is a constant with Humans that we always seem to want what we don’t have.

This yearning isn’t a bad thing, overall. We get a chance to dream, to ponder, to plan, to consider. We get the opportunity to remember.

All of these things are important as we maneuver through Life. It is rarely an easy road and sometimes, it seems that the road is more difficult than it needs to be.

It is important to keep looking forward. What is behind us is not always as wonderful as we would like to think. That is not to say that we should forget where we’ve been and what we’ve experienced. Growing requires adding knowledge and experience along with the not always preferred, let alone perfect, experience of the past.

As with our weather focused folks, we need to experience both the heat and the cold to know the difference. Same goes for good and bad.

Enjoy the journey.

Mid Month Mellow

Or, it’s raining, the vet is expected and Bella and I are listening to “happy music”. With the door closed so she doesn’t find a new place to hide like she did when the vet was supposed to come last week, but the yard folks scared her. 🙂

Yeah, I’m on Mom Duty.

I finally (!) got my music collection re-organized and re-shelved. I spent some hours enjoying old favorites and then, much to my surprise reverted back to the tried and true.

This means we had a couple of days of some wonderful New Age music followed by a trip back to Disney Parks with the 50th Anniversary collection and now we have Herb Alpert back on the machine.

I know it isn’t to everyone’s taste but there is something so bright and cheerful in all of that.

I sat down and watched the first episode of “The Other One” on Acorn TV last night. This dramedy about two families who unknowingly shared the same father is interesting. Part funny, part sad, part…interesting.

I also took the time to watch the entire first episode of CBS All Access’ “Star Trek Lower Decks”. I’d seen the trailer and, frankly, was less than captivated. Thankfully the episode is much better, but still has issues. It is more complicated that what shows up on the surface.

Over on the book table, I’ve finally finished all three books in the Mycroft and Sherlock series written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse. I admit I started the first back when I was just diving into the original canon. The books are well written, have an enticing POV and provide some great mental food for thought for mystery lovers.

Over on the gaming front, “June’s Journey” continues to capture my attention. The artwork continues to amaze me – it is so beautiful – and the stories are just enough to keep my interest.

For my Pinterest followers, I apologize that I’ve not been updating those boards. Frankly, it got away from me. I’ll do better, but it may take a while. Please be patient!

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Follow Up

The vet visit went well. Bella actually seems to like this vet but she puts on quite the hissy fit show. Partially because he is the vet that works at the shelter I adopted her from – and she remembered him – and partly because she had to go Outside. (Egads!) Definitely NOT her favorite place.

As for the weather, well it has stopped raining and the temperature is down about 15 degrees. Win/Win?

Home Decorating – Part 2?

I Love Swatches!

Paint Chips. Fabric Swatches. Samples of finishing materials. Wallpaper. You name it, I love it!

Being relatively old school, I am used to collecting ideas from magazines into a folder – if I didn’t keep the entire magazine. I also had a Special Place for paint chips, etc.

Now, however, I am not adverse to using idea boards like Pinterest or Shoptagr – or even building my own using Word – to collect ideas. Shoptagr has undergone some serious renovation and is a fantastic (and free) app to use for all kinds of projects where shopping is a necessary part.

These “Idea Books” provide a place, and a space, to see what I like, pinpoint what I prefer, discover colors and combinations that appeal, and basically get a visual of things I might want to incorporate into my home.

The beauty of this is that I don’t have to spend a lot of money on things I find I don’t care for or lose track of things I want to try.

At the most basic, this is a tool that you can use in any way you like in the way that works best for you.

One thing that is a bit of an ‘extra’ is that paint chips, wallpaper samples and fabric swatches can be used in craft projects. I recently came across a collection of cards using shapes that were either punched or die cut from paint chips. 😉

So, get out there and start collecting ideas, colors, possibilities, tips and tricks!

FOOTNOTE: I came across this article and had to share it with you: Before and After A Dated Kitchen… There are hundreds of thousands of homes just like this one where an update as simple as a can of paint can make huge impact. Personally, I love the color choices, the shift of the fan, the addition of the plants. Enjoy!

Puttering

No, not golf. 🙂

The process of recharging creative batteries. Rediscovering things you’d forgotten, or learning that you can do things you never thought possible.

This time of year is usually HOT, humid and often rainy. Just the kind of weather one doesn’t want to be out in. At least I don’t.

I’m of that age where creaky, cranky joints usually get their way when it comes to Big Projects. For example, my Library/Craft Room/Office needs a clear out and a bit of reorganization. The room is not big, but it is, shall we say, occupied by a lot of stuff. Stuff that requires being moved to accommodate the reorganization.

Thanks to the Current State of the World, a major clear out utilizing a few people and a truck is not an option. That leaves me. Now, I can shift and shuffle and move things about with reasonable ease. Sort of. (Much to the chagrin of my chiropractor…) But thanks to the state of said joints and the weather, I’m not that inclined to do a lot of shuffling about at the moment.

So, I putter. I have a couple of projects that I’ve been pondering since last Winter and now seems to be the Right Time to dive in.

I’m also getting reacquainted with some relatively old technology. My radio, for example. Actually there is a radio and then there is an old stereo with radio and CD player that has lived in a corner of the Library pretty much ignored for a while. Now that I’m also reacquainting myself with my CD collection, it seems to be getting a bit more use. 🙂 The radios work well considering signals are fussy things, especially in my neck of the woods. <shrug>

I recently pulled out one of my sewing machines to play a bit. (I’m still a bit taken aback by the mere fact that I own more than one.) The machine in question has a collection of built in stitches that fascinate me. I’m contemplating what they will look like on a quilt.

It wasn’t that long ago that I dug out my drill, switched to a screwdriver head and repaired my rocking chair.

The freedom of being able to do things yourself. It is an interesting thing. There are lots of things I can do for and by myself that I’d forgotten about. Simple things like repairing the arm of a chair that just needed a part replaced. Installing curtain rods. Building a piece of Do it Yourself furniture.

Puttering.

What projects or ponderings will you be puttering about?

Maymay’s Small Business Showcase

I wanted to share this with you today, rather than wait for my regular posting, because I think (a) the opportunity to see these amazing small businesses and their offering is fantastic and (b) Maymay has done a great service by offering to showcase them on her channel.

Times are difficult at the moment and when you have an opportunity to help out, and are able to do so, it is a double blessing when you can.

Check out the video, read the information provided and, if you enjoy what you’ve seen, drop a comment to Maymay. If you are interested in the various businesses, don’t hesitate to check out their sites.

I know I’ll be doing just that today!