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|Almost overnight the glorious|
plantings in our atrium started
their rapid end of summer
The National Bike Challenge winds up on September 30th for another year. I've been hovering at 102 out of approximately 1,000 active riders in our community. I have become obsessed with reaching 100 before the challenge is done. Of course the top 100 are equally obsessed.
Finding time to spend in my studio this week has been diabolically difficult. Instead of 3 solid studio days, I was lucky to manage about 6 hours for the full week. The result is very little progress was made on Siren's Song. I'm feeling like my annuals - worn out, droopy and off my game. This has happened in the past. It will happen again in the future. Fortunately, it has never proven to be a permanent state. Even now, just as I can find flowers in the garden, I can see glimmers of progress in the past week. It isn't quite as gloomy as my mood as you can see:
|The angel wing begonia and sweet potato|
vine by our front door hasn't given up yet.
I completed four more Storm at Sea blocks this week. They are the more time consuming of the two alternating blocks.
2) Free motion quilting practice - Not done.
3) Do some surface design work - Not done.
4) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open. - Done!
It can be so easy to give up when the going gets tough. I faced many difficult challenges this week. I never gave up. Instead, I always looked for one step, no matter how tiny, to move forward, whether it was a new approach to a work project, walking away from a daunting list of email to work an hour in the studio, or biking one "bonus" mile to the planned route for the day.
|Very slow but steady progress continues|
on Siren's Song.
1) Create 11 Siren's Song blocks.
2) Free motion quilting practice
3) Do some surface design work
4) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open.
I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.