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I am finding my way on the meandering, twisting path of life, constantly surprised by what’s around the next bend. Working to embrace and face the challenges inherent with following your dreams, and writing the journey. A writer and dreamer, historian and theologian, academic and fantasy-world-creator, genealogist and gluten-free baker, crafter and reader, poet and life-long learner, constantly questioning and occasionally irreverent. Eclectic Alli is my personal blog, with reflections on writing, life, theology, history, or whatever may catch my thoughts. Disparate Threads is a fantasy-fiction serial-blog, I am trying to break out of the traditional book-format mold of storytelling, taking advantage of the blog format to build a world. Everything on Disparate Threads is considered "Draft," and I WANT reader responses and input! Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram round out my online presence, and I try to do little bits different with each of them.

#weekendcoffeeshare: Birthday Shenanigans

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(Sorry it’s late today! I had a scheduling SNAFU)

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This weekend kicks off with Friday – which is a normal work day for me, but also my mom’s birthday! She and I celebrated last Saturday, with a Birthday Shenanigans extravaganza.

For this Grand Celebration I had done a lot of prep-work… so the day started out with me giving Mom and mini-canvas, with a clue on it. Throughout the day, before we moved on to the next stop, I gave her another little canvas containing another little clue, that way she could spend some of the drive trying to guess what came next!

Brunch was our first order of business, at the Fireside Grill a local place that hosts a very lovely brunch on the weekends (with gluten-free bread options, since we both are gluten-intolerant). {[Clue and Menu] I had told her we were starting the day with Brunch, so that wasn’t a surprise, but where we would be having that brunch was, and that’s what the clue was for!}

Next up was a stop by an Open Garden (hosted by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon). I’d coordinated with my brother (both he and my mom are members, I am not), to find out what was open and picked one that was open for the day!

After wandering around looking at all sorts of plants, we made our way to Kyra’s Bake Shop – I’d been there once before, but Mom hadn’t, and I was looking forward to buying her some delicious baked treats!

A country drive brought us eventually to an antique store, where I got Mom some tea-cups to commemorate her big birthday. Then to another coffee shop for some tea, a stop by a stamping/scrapbooking store, and on to paint night and dinner with friends.

It was an exhausting, but excellent, kind of day! This weekend I get to do some recovery – though Saturday night now includes dinner out with my older brother and a show/farewell event at our old high school (they’re tearing down the old building to build a new one, which is much needed but still sad to see the place go).

What do you have happening this weekend?

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Busy busy busy

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https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=76159bd4ca438d83f080Another busy weekend for me this week. Saturday I am taking my mom on an adventure as an early Mother’s Day/Birthday celebration. I can’t say what we’re doing, because it’s all a surprise for her – but I’ll try to post updates on my Instagram (and will certainly tell you all about it next weekend!

Last weekend one of my friends got married, it was a small ceremony and reception, which was lovely. I had a lot of fun visiting with friends and participating in my friends day of celebration! I also got to attend her Bachelorette Party last Friday, which included a nice dinner at Mother’s Bistro followed by a show at Darcelles XV. We had a great time!

I have to say, though, I’m looking forward to getting some time to relax. Not entirely sure WHEN I’ll get that time, my schedule doesn’t really clear up until Memorial Day weekend, and I’m looking forward to taking some time that weekend to just relax. Sleep, rest, household chores… every time the thought of something else comes up I think about how very much I need a full weekend of doing nothing. In the meantime, it’s all good and fun things, so while it’s a busy time at least it’s an enjoyable one.

What are you up to this weekend?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Welcome to my library!

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Last weekend ended up being entirely dedicated to the building of my Little Free Library! I’m so excited with how it turned out, though I am already thinking of the things I would like to do to further improve it.

Picture of a small structure with a peaked roof and three doors, each a different height in a stair-step pattern. The doors are painted red, and the structure is situated against a fence and on a small brick patio and gravel walkway leading up to it. To the side of the structure is a sign which reads "Little Free Library."
Side view of my Little Free Library

This is the side view of the library. Eventually I would like to get something of a mural painted across the doors (perhaps with the name of the library “Words To Explore,” as well as perhaps repainting the little sign I have in front. But for that I am hoping to recruit the help of some of my kiddo-friends, who are far more excellent artists than I! I also want to do some more work with the landscaping around the library – the plants that are growing beyond it will eventually be tamed somewhat – as this is the space in our yard that gets the best light so will eventually be turned into a space of raised beds for vegetable gardens! I also am hoping to get the tree-stump leveled out to create a little bit of a sitting space. And I need to redo the walkway, taking the time to actually put something down to stop plants from growing up THROUGH the path.

Front view of the Little Free Library, with the doors open - showing that they each open in a different direction, and giving a peek at the books inside.
Front view of my library!

My ultimate goal was to have a library that would fit with my personality — something a little different, a bit eclectic. I think I managed that well – maybe at some point I’ll get it raised a little higher off the ground (to make it easier to access) and figure out how to make it more accessible (it’s a bit of a slope, and so someone who is not able to navigate uneven ground mind have trouble getting up there, and it is absolutely not wheelchair (or crutch) accessible). Like I said, an ongoing project. For now, though, I’m very happy with it and looking forward to getting more books in there, and creating a few more shelves to put in!

This weekend is going to be fairly well consumed with a friend’s wedding. Bachelorette party Friday night, the wedding Sunday night, and on Saturday I get some errands run and try to fit in some rest (which certainly didn’t happen last week, the building took all weekend!)

What are you up to this weekend? How has your week been?

#Weekendcoffeeshare: Building a Library!

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https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=76159bd4ca438d83f080This weekend I’ll be getting some much-needed rest. It’s been a few weekends of activity, and I’m coming up on another bunch of activity-filled weekends, so I need to take this weekend to rest and recoup a bit.


But, it’s also supposed to be pretty gorgeous out, so I’m hoping to put some time into some outdoor projects, like work on my Little Free Library! I have some wood that I’ve gathered through my local Buy Nothing group, and a friend is going to come over to help me figure out the construction. I have a goal to finish it this weekend… though after we finish putting all the pieces together I’m still going to have to paint and waterproof it so it may end up taking a bit longer. But if I don’t get it done this weekend I have to wait at least three more weeks before I have another free weekend.

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This is the base for my Little Free Library – I found it at the Habitat ReStore at a very good price! I’m super excited about it!

Time has really just been rushing by! I can’t believe we’re almost into May… I feel like we just stumbled into April and now it’s almost gone. Last weekend was a nice visit with my dad and step-mom, and some time with my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces. One of them is turning 2 in June, the other is under a month old! I honestly hadn’t expected to see them all, because I know that they were trying to focus mostly on immediate-family time in these first weeks, but it was super fun to get to!!

The month-old is still very much is the “sleep, eat, poop, repeat” stage of life, so I just held her some so that my sister could enjoy eating a meal using both hands, and drinking coffee while it was still hot. The almost-two-year-old is just growing by leaps and bounds. Last time I saw them was probably back in September, she was wobbling around and had some basic words, but was mostly just babbling. Now she’s forming more words, runs everywhere, and I was working on helping her learn how to climb on the play equipment ladder (it’ll be a while before she can do it on her own, of course, but she was getting the idea of holding onto one rung while lifting up her foot for the other).

This week I checked out some books for the non-fiction writing project I’m working on. Really, I should call it “projects” at this point, because one idea of course leads to another, and another, and another. My goal for the coming month is to actually start WRITING some things — and the place I may end up doing some of the early writing is here on this blog. I figure it’s as good a place as any!

What are you up to these days?

 

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Family Time

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This weekend I’m heading up for a long-weekend of family visit time! I’m going to spend some time with my dad and step-mom, and see at least one of my nieces it sounds like. It’ll be great to get away and have some fun time with the family – I’m not totally sure what all we’ll be up to, but a ferry to Whidbey Island is a possibility. Just getting to spend some time with them will be spectacular.

I’ve been working on a new weaving project that I’m really enjoying – I’ve been really been having a great time with all the weaving, it’s neat to be learning something new and I feel like I’ve (finally) found a craft that really WORKS for me. I enjoy crochet, but it doesn’t spark my imagination the same way that weaving seems to!

Close up shot of faint rainbow colored yarn worked up in a weaving pattern.
My current weaving project -using yarn I dyed myself last year!

That’s about all I’ve got just now. I’m still working on research for my non-fiction project, and trying to narrow down my focus so I can start writing something… my original idea is a bit too broad to start, so I need to focus down a little to start.

What are you up to this weekend?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Weekend now?

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This has been A WEEK. Really, the week of busy started last Thursday, when we had the majority of our staff out either on vacation or sick. Most of the staff hasn’t fully recovered, we’ve continued with partial coverage throughout the week (and a busy week at that). Thursday my co-worker who has helped me keep things running this week got the crud that’s making the rounds and so was out. Since last weekend was pretty full of activity it barely registers to me that I had a weekend, so I am VERY MUCH looking forward to this weekend! I have almost all of Saturday to rest and relax — I think some napping may well be in order, but also some putting away laundry and reading.

I didn’t end up getting to do any reading for the Readathon last weekend. The tea I was helping run took up most of the day and I was just too worn out after it to do much of anything. So, I must make up for it this weekend! Not only do I have a growing list of books I need to read for a project I’m working on, but also all of the library books I had on hold have come through so I need to get reading if I want to get through them before they have to be returned! AND I have an ARC copy of a book to read and be ready to review when it comes out in May… much reading required!

And I want to complete the shawl I’d started working on. It’s taking me quite some time to get it warped on the loom (that’s stringing the threads that go the long-way on the shawl), because it’s a smaller yarn than I’ve worked with before, and I had to restring it once, and have to add more… my goal is to have it ready to actually start weaving by the end of the weekend. Because the actual weaving part is relaxing and I can totally do it after work (though I can’t weave-and-read… unfortunately).

What are you up to this weekend? Anything exciting? How has your week been?

#WeekendCoffeeshare: Another bridal shower?!

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This week has been pretty wild – a lot of work crammed into a little week… so I’m just worn out at this point. But the coming weekend doesn’t really hold a bunch of rest for me. Saturday I’m helping my mom host a tea, and on Sunday I have another bridal shower to attend.

Last weekend’s was a lot of fun, good friends, yummy cider, and a really cool setting. This weekend’s will be different, I know less of the people there and it’s going to be in someone’s home. I’m looking forward to it though, it will be cool to see the bride-to-be — a gal I used to babysit!

I’m also hoping to do some reading this weekend… Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon kicks off at 5 am my time Saturday morning. I won’t be aiming for the full 24-hours, but hope to participate at least some in the social media parts of it, and really hope I manage to get some reading done. I want to make a dent in my To-Be-Read piles!

Spring is starting to really start up out here, and I love the warmer weather. It’s rainy, but I also kinda love that too.

That’s about it for me today, short and sweet… I’m going to go take a nap now!

What are you up to this week?