I am hopeful again, filled with tears and emotion on this momentous day. Prayers and blessings for Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and all those who will work to heal this nation.
Let me start with these photos of the morning sunrise…glorious! I have an unobstructed view of the morning sunrise from the balcony of my apartment and this morning’s was just beautiful. Glad I woke up around 6 am!
I purchased these linens for a few dollars each. The tables in this apartment are wood, rather like something you would find in an office (from the 80’s). Two of them have deep drawers, like file cabinets. They are the same kind of wood that is used in the dresser in the ‘bedroom.’ If you remember, I used a runner to break up that surface. I have done the same with the tables. I have so many of these linens back home that I inherited from my grandmother. I love them, so I am happy to add to the stash.
Today is my day off, but I have lots of work to do in preparation for the beginning of classes tomorrow. By the way, I love my new printer and I think my husband will, too, when it is eventually shipped home to New York.
I mentioned in an earlier blog post about my search for a Singer Featherweight sewing machine to use while I am here. I saw 2 of them over the weekend in antique stores. One didn’t have a case, or any of the attachments, but was in pretty good condition. It seems that I could spend a bit more and get the extras that I need. The other one had everything and was in fairly good condition, but the owner of the store was going to ask way more than I thought was fair, and certainly more than I could afford! So the search continues. I want one very badly – I have all the finished squares for my quilt right here in the apartment and can’t do anything with them! I love Featherweights – they are little beauties!
Sometimes I wake up very early, like I did today. At 5:30 am, I decided to get up and watch the sun rise from the window of my apartment while I drank coffee and caught up with some blogs. There is something about the quiet morning hours that is so peaceful. I am not one of those lucky people who wake up raring to go, bright-eyed and talking a blue streak. Anyone who knows me knows that I need my coffee and some quiet time before I become something close to human. Since I am staying in an apartment building on a rather busy street, and not in my little cottage, I am always aware of my effect on others in the building. I walk quietly, keep the television volume down, wait to exercise until a decent hour, and try to close doors quietly. My downstairs neighbors are married – 2 actors who are in the same play. I tend to hear their footsteps, but generally, they are very quiet.
It has been two weeks since I came to San Diego. I start teaching next Tuesday and my schedule will get busier. That’s a good thing. My husband is dealing with the frigid temperatures that are enveloping so much of the country. Out here it has been much warmer than usual. Such a contrast!
I am settling in. The apartment is much more ‘me’ than it was when I first arrived. I can take pleasure in my surroundings and that is so important to me. It always has been, since I was a young girl. I feel that if I create an environment that is warm and enveloping, I can function more efficiently. I can relax and let go. I know all my blogging friends feel the same way.
Have a great Friday!