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#WeekendCoffeeShare – A little late, busy weekend!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from a little different this week, from Sunday March 10th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Tuesday March 12th at 7am (Pacific Time)!

This weekend was the Rose City Yarn Crawl – a four day event where a bunch of Local Yarn Shops open their doors and offer up prizes, special deals, and host various Trunk Shows. This was my second year participating, and it was a great time – I went with a group of friends, and we included a few shops that weren’t participating in the crawl.
I recently added weaving to my list of crafts so was looking for some things for that.

I’m exhausted – it’s been three days of running all over town and being around crowds of people, so I’m going to leave you with some pictures. I’d love to hear about what your weekend has been like!

Close up of warp threads on a loom.
New project on the loom!
Me and the crew on our first day out!
Some of the yarn!
This year they gave out pins at each shop to add to our totes bags!
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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Freewrite Time

This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

I’ve been doing a lot more reading than writing of late…. Reading and yarn-play. But I am starting to think about my writing again in earnest. Thinking about what kind of writing I most want to do, what medium I want to use (I’ve been really thinking about returning to pen-and-paper writing for a while, especially as I’m easing myself back into it), and what my writing goals are.  I’ve signed up for Camp NaNo in April, with the goal of writing 25k words of any sort. Just writing. It will mostly be free-write, I’m sure, but a month of spending just a little time each day free-writing, might help to spark something.

To help me get started I’ve been looking some at various free-write exercises I’ve acquired through the years. My favorite, the one I tend to go back to again and again, is to write with the start: “I remember….” I tend to write off of that until I start to run out of something to say and start the next sentence with “I remember….” Sometimes I mix it up by using “I don’t remember….” That prompt has led me to some fun and interesting stories!

What are your favorite writing prompts? Do you have a go-to-source for free-write prompts?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Maybe this is Winter Weather Goodbye?

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday March 1st at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday March 4th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

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Hello March! What will you bring?

Last weekend’s painting adventure was pretty awesome. I’m rather proud of my finished product – not too shabby for a non-painter, huh?

This is a painting better viewed from a distance, but I really do love how the colors turned out and how some of the effects work. There are certainly some things I would do differently if I were to do it again, but I am pleased with this one!

This weekend I have a game afternoon/evening planned with some friends, and then a lot of rest. As is my usual…. Recovery Weekends has become my new norm, and while it can be hard to wrap my head around the fact that I really only get a few hours of “fun” time out of any given week, I’m doing what my body needs at this point in time. Self-care isn’t always fun. And in my case, right now, it’s a lot of sleeping.

The weather this past week has been kinda exciting. We got a decent (for us) amount of snow on Sunday night/Monday morning. Unfortunately in my local area it seemed to focus primarily where I live, not where I work. There was a good inch of snow on the ground when I left home, but when I got downtown where I work there was nothing. And while it snowed all day, tiny little flakes, none of it stuck. We had more weather on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, enough to give us a late start for work, and to close some of the school districts. It’s interesting because there was much more snow in my neighborhood on Monday morning than there was Wednesday morning, but it was cold enough that it was icier on Wednesday.

Usually the winter weather would mostly be behind us at this point, I wonder if it really is. Spring is normally a season of rain and increasing warmth so… we’ll see what happens.

By the time we visit next weekend I’ll already have started in on the Rose City Yarn Crawl – a fun four days of visiting different Local Yarn Shops, entering prize drawings, and hanging out with my fiber-arts-friends. I participated last year for the first time and had a great time, so am looking forward to this year! About ten stores in the area are participating, but I’m hoping to take a trip out to some of the shops that aren’t participating as well — just to show them some love and explore some of the shops that I haven’t made it to yet. I’ll be sure to share more pictures next weekend, and in the meantime will certainly be updating on my Instagram!

What are you up to this week? How has your weekend been? Thanks for stopping by!

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Another Weekend…

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday February 22nd at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 25th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!
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How are we already at the end of February? Time really does just kind of run by, doesn’t it?
This weekend I have two different game groups (both D&D, thankfully both online groups so I don’t have to go out. It’s a little more relaxing that way for me), and am going out Friday night with a friend for dinner with her family and then a paint-night. It should be fun! I really like the picture we’re supposed to be painting, Haystack Rock at sunset — if mine turns out well I’ll be sure to share it! I’m also hoping to get at least one of my crochet projects done this weekend — the shawl for the Rose City Yarn Crawl is SO CLOSE to being done, and I want time to be able to block it before we get to that weekend!
My plans last weekend to do some reflection fell apart… but I spent that time sleeping instead, which was also a much needed thing. One of the things I have been thinking about some is an article I read about the push to turn hobbies into money-making opportunities (https://www.manrepeller.com/2019/02/trap-of-turning-hobbies-into-hustles.html#disqus_thread). This is definitely something I’ve seen in play, and I wonder about my own movement in that direction on some things. It’s an interesting thing to think about, and the whole hustle-culture that’s developed.
Not a lot to say about it, just been thinking about it some.
What are you up to this weekend? What’ve you been thinking about lately?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Well, we had rain….

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday February 15th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 18th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

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So… that storm I was talking about last week?

You know, the one that made me decide to do my regular Saturday grocery shopping trip through a delivery service?

You know, the one that caused such a rush on the stores that said delivery was canceled due to lack of staffing?

You know, the one that meant I ended up fighting my way to find a grocery cart, and spending about 10 minutes finding the things I needed, and then about 25 minutes waiting in line to pay for said items?

Yeah, that one… it didn’t get cold enough so we ended up with just a bunch of rain. And, really, not even all that much rain until the early part of this week — the weekend was just kind damp.

Needless to say, I was thoroughly disappointed. I really love snow, and would have been able to put a snow day to good use. Trying to fit pretty much everything I want to do, outside of work, into my two-day weekends means I don’t quite have enough time to get it all done.

What I did accomplish last weekend, during the non-storm, was some final organizing in my room. I’m pretty pleased with how it’s set up, and what I managed to get done. Now there is space for me to do some different projects (and even space to leave some of the pieces of projects out when I need to). Now I’m trying to make my way through the crochet project I’m behind on, and thinking about trying to start the next one. I’m doing two “mystery crotchets,” where we are given a few pieces of the pattern at a time. One of them is for the Rose City Yarn Crawl, happening the second weekend in March – so that one I need to catch up on because I REALLY want to be able to wear the completed piece during the crawl. The other one doesn’t have the same kind of deadline, but I do want to get moving on it so I can have it at least started before the second clue comes out.

I’ve been so completely out of ideas for stories, and it’s been a challenge to stir up the motivation to get started on any writing projects, so I’m letting that simmer for a while more. At this point what I’m trying to do is let go of any expectations I may be holding of myself around writing. It isn’t serving me at this moment, and I can’t keep getting caught in the I-should-guilt cycle.

I was originally going to be going to the beach this weekend, but I’m looking at rescheduling that because I think I need to have a weekend to myself. Other than two appointments Saturday morning (one of which is a massage), I’m planning to hunker down at home and do some baking, some meal-prep/planning, and some reflection and relaxation. It’s much needed right now.

What plans do you have for the weekend?

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Looks like snow!

Join us for some coffee time!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday February 8th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday February 11th at 7am (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

If you are unable to post your site into the link-up for any reason feel free to drop it into the comments and I will do my best to add you to the linkup!

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They’re calling for a big storm this weekend, so I’m not sure what the weekend will look like. I’m supposed to get together with a friend tonight for dinner and a game night, but if the storm comes in early then I won’t be able to go to that. I packed an overnight bag just in-case I end up stuck there for a while.

If some of the forecasts are correct we could end up with snow all week, with a little ice thrown in. Since it’s only been a few years that we have only been getting real winter weather with any regularity we just aren’t equipped for this kind of weather. There are not enough plows, the pre-treatment for the roads is hit and miss, and people just don’t know how to drive (or walk) in the snow and ice. So no matter how much snow we get it causes issues.

Hopefully I’ll have some lovely snow pictures, assuming I do get snowed in at my house I plan to so a lot of reading, more crocheting (I’m behind on a few projects), some more organizing and cleaning, and hopefully some writing. I have a bunch of half-finished reflection pieces and blog posts that I’d like to actually do something with, book reviews I want to write, and some stories that really do need some attention. Probably a bunch of sleeping will also happen because, well, it’s me.

What does your weekend hold? Have you been dealing with extreme weather where you live?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: I can wait.

 

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This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

Optional IWSG Day Question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

I keep reminding myself,

it’s okay if I can’t find the words just now.

The fog is clouding my ability to… word.

The energy is taken just getting through the day,

there isn’t even the smallest bit available to let the stories come.

Much less to wrangle the words already on a page.

And that’s okay.

I am doing my best,

with who I am and how I am,

in this moment.

The stories will return,

the energy will come back.

I’ll find a way, eventually.

For now I must be gentle.

Let go of the guilt and the sense of “should.”

 

In the meantime, I engage my creativity however I can.

Put hook to yarn, follow the designs of someone else.

Make a shawl, a blanket, some crocheted decorative piece.

Let the fun come in with color selection and pattern variation,

It takes less out of me than corralling those characters and finding that plot.