Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Tuesday Morning Hello

A bright and cheery HELLO!!! from Chicago. After some rather ugly weather yesterday, we are having a very glorious day today. Sadly, some areas south of Chicago were devastated by tornadoes. Thankfully, it looks like no one was killed.
So I thought I would just do a quick check-in. I had planned to do a Monday Morning Inspiration post yesterday, but my day was a little too full, so I decided to just hold on to it until next week.
A few weeks ago I shared that I had put together my own little reading list for the summer. I started with a delightful book, The Gospel According To Chanel. I really enjoyed the book. The book is about Chanel and her life, how she became the icon that we all know her to be, but the author also talks about her own personal quest for a Chanel jacket. Not a Lagerfeld Chanel jacket, but a real Chanel jacket. I really don't think I am spoiling the story by telling you that she ends up buying real Chanel fabric and making a jacket. My only disappointment was that I wished she had talked a little more about the process of making her jacket. But all in all, the book is delightful, easy to read, and if you are at all interested in Chanel, I think it's worth the time spent.
The next book I read was recommended by a friend. She told me about the book a few years ago, I listened, but made no attempt to read the book. She again told me about the book this past January and wrote down the title. So when I was putting together the books that I thought I might like to read over the summer, I decided to look and see if our public library had it in their collection. They did, and oh my goodness. she was right, it's a wonderful book. I began reading it one afternoon, picked it up the next afternoon and finished it! It was that good and I just had to know the entire story! The book is entitled, Same Kind of  Different As Me.
It's a true story. There's so much more to the story than what you see on the cover. You will not look at a homeless person in the same manner once you read the book. The story is about struggle, faith and compassion. I HIGHLY recommend the book.
There are 5 more books on my reading list. As I said a few weeks ago, it's a rather motley group of books, but they all appealed to me.
First up, The Dressmaker. A fictional story about a seamstress who boards the Titanic. Now it's no secret about the fact that the Titanic sank, so I'm anxious to find out if she was one of the lucky few who made it off of the ship and if so, what happened to her life.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been a huge success for the author. I'll let you know what I think once I get through it. I have been doing quite a bit of cleaning and clearing out, so I think that's one of the reasons that the book appealed to me. True confessions, I actually donated 2 large bags of shoes!!! I should probably be a little embarrassed, I'm not :), but I am very happy to have taken such a step.
Wild, From Lost To Found on the Pacific Coast Trail was recently made into a movie. I did see the movie and yes there are some rather explicit scenes. I felt that the story could have been told without the scenes being so explicit, but the story did intrigue me, so much so that I wanted to read the book. I think that the book will be a richer experience than the movie was. So we'll see.
The last 2 books were gifts. My husband bought the book The Wright Brothers for me. It has received great reviews and I am quite anxious to read it as I know that it will appeal to my other great passion, flying. The last book, The Gentle Art of Blessing, was given to me by a friend. It just appeared in the mail one day. She sent me a note and said that she thought I would enjoy the book because she feels that I am a blessing to so many. Could one ever receive a lovelier compliment?!!!
I've include links to Amazon for all of the books just in case you might like to read a little more about any of the books, or order one for yourself. If you have a public library near you, try them first. You never know what you might find there!
About 5 years ago, I attended a wonderful retreat called a Knitting and Yoga Adventure. The retreat is held on a very small island off the coast of Maine called Monhegan Island. The island is very remote and very enchanting. On September 13th, I'll board a plane for Portland, Maine and be on my way once again. I can't wait!!! If you would like a little glimpse into what the retreat is like, I've included a video below. Each day there is a morning hike, followed by a morning yoga session. In the afternoon there is a knitting session followed by a restorative yoga session. A massage therapist is along on the trip and everyone gets at least 1 massage during the week. The inn where we stay is so comfortable and the chef is incredible. The evenings are spent doing as you please. Many gather in the sitting room to knit and talk. It's a very stress free experience, participate in what you would like, and do whatever you would like.

Since I know I will be doing a good bit of hiking on the trip, I need to get a few things ready. I really need some cargo pants, so I started looking for a pattern and found Simplicity 3880. The pattern was for sale on Ebay, so I'll have to wait for it to arrive, but I have plenty of time.
I really need a good jacket with a hood for hiking, so I'm going to make the Minoru Jacket from Sewaholic. Should be perfect for damp Maine mornings.
Before I go, I would just like to thank a number of you who have sent emails and notes telling me how much you enjoy the blog. I so appreciate you kindness as well as your concern. Sometimes things break us for a reason. But breaks heal and the time spent healing can give us an insight into something new and exciting. As I wrote in this week's Sunday Night Reflections, here's to always refilling the glass!

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  1. A very good friend to send you the book about blessings! She's so correct about you touching so many lives. I've been trying to clean out some here too, but it's been a slow go--but at least some is done. Two bags of shoes--WOW. Well, I'm sure their new owners will give them new life. Enjoy your trip. It sounds wonderful.

  2. Rhonda, you may be interested in this David McCullough interview on The Wright Brothers. I was drawn in and now want to read the book. http://www.c-span.org/video/?325996-1/qa-david-mccullough

    Oprah’s interview of Cheryl Strayed on Super Soul Sunday is worth checking out, too. Powerful stuff.

  3. Thank you for the book recommendations. I go through them at the rate of 2-3 a week so like to find a good book for the commute. You retreat sounds brilliant. Have a lovely time. Xx

  4. I've just finished reading the life changing magic of tidying up and enjoyed it. Now I just have to do the tidying up! I too have many shoes and need to cull them. Your trip to Maine sounds fabulous. Something to look forward to.

  5. So nice to hear from you again, Rhonda! The Retreat sounds amazing, something I may put on my "someday" calendar :-) I saw the Wild movie this weekend, and had the same impressions as you did. I'll be curious to hear what you think of the book. And I've added Same Kind of Different As Me to my reading list. First I'll need to finish The Valley of Amazement (Amy Tan) and The Paris Wife (Paula McLain).

  6. I learned some really wonderful lessons in the Tidying Up book. Read it again and took more notes. It's helped a lot, and I was already a great organizer! Organizing is out the window for me. I'm done with that!

    All your books sound marvelous as well as your knitting trip. I just left Florida where I spent Father's Day weekend with my dad. While there I met several ladies in his retirement community who called their knitting and crochet club "Knitters and Hookers!" Lol!

    Hugs to you, Rhonda. One more lover of your blog!

  7. Sounds you are going to have a much deserved relaxing getaway!

  8. So good to see you. You yoga knitting retreat sounds wonderful. I hope you will share as you sew the new garments.

  9. Rhonda, you are so kind to share your life with us! Your sewing knowledge is invaluable and I never would have heard of the tidying up book without you. I'm definitely reading it!

  10. Loved the video from Monhegan Island! I remember when you went last year. Have a wonderful trip this year!!!

    1. Can you believe that it was actually 2 years ago when I visited the island?!! Time really does fly. I'm so looking forward to the retreat as well as the peace and Joey of just being there.

    2. Whoops....no...doesn't seem possible!

  11. Rhonda, your friend knows you well; you are a blessing to many. The retreat video is wonderful, I need to learn to knit and make plans to go to that retreat - maybe next year. ;)

    1. Thanks Andrea :)
      I would love it if you would go!!!