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A few weeks ago Saturday Night Live featured a video about two women talking about their hobbies. Oh my gosh,  I recognized myself.

When I was a young single thing living la dolce vita in San Francisco, a guy I met for coffee asked, "What are your hobbies?"

"Hobbies?"

"Interests. What do you like to do?"

Totally stumped, I was. I liked to read and write, but I didn't consider those activities as hobbies. They were simply a part of what I did.  Without trying, in the last three years, I've embraced hobbies. Sewing, drawing, painting, gardening, and crafting are what have showed up at my door, thus far.

That guy at the cafe 40 years ago? I never saw him again.

SO, MOLLY DID

The other day I didn't feel like folding the pieces of fabric I laid out on the bed in L Studio. It wasn't going to bother me if Molly the Cat felt like lying on top of the fabric. I told her so, too, before I sat down to contemplate how much of the various materials I would need for curtains.

A few minutes later I got up to snap a picture out the window. I turned around and what did I see?

Yup, the Girl snoozing on the fabric. Purrrrrrrrrrrr.

LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW

There are times I look out the windows, especially the dining room window, and think how Mama would've loved to have seen all the flowers. She loved growing flowers. "Lots of flowers" she liked to say. She was constantly planting branches of her roses, geraniums, succulents, and daisies that she trimmed.

These days I tell myself I don't need to propagate or replant every branch I prune. There's plenty of space still in the backyard, but the front yard is packed full. Unless I dig up the driveway. I wonder if we're allowed. The olive tree would love to go into the ground.

FROM DRESSES TO TUNIC
 
In the 1970s, Mama found a source for fabric made in the Philippines, as well as a seamstress to make her dresses since she was busy with work. I found the nearly 50-year old dresses in her closet, most crisp and sharp from lack of use. Yesterday, I grabbed the scissors and cut apart her brown, green, and pink dresses. My intention is to make a tunic out of them. So far I figured how to turn the sleeves into pockets.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Last week, I discovered yellow irises in the front yard. Whooo-hooo! I planted them in 2017 but nothing bloomed last year.

Yesterday, the pompom poppies waved hello to me, also in the front yard. One of them looked ready to burst.  I'm glad I didn't mistake their shoots for weeds. Guess what? This morning, as I was about to get into the car, the first blooms called out, "Hey, look at us!"


Time to check out the delightful hosts—Jesh, of All Seasons, and Angie, of Mosaic Monday—and the fun-loving participants of their memes.


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  1. Interesting story and lovely photos as usual. Remembering mothers is important to me - nice story too.

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  2. I have lots of hobbies, almost too many to have enough time for all of them, - Margy

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    1. lol. That's what I was thinking, too. Not enough time in the day to play with all of them.

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  3. Su-sieeemac - what is it about cats and our projects? It never fails that when I sit down on the couch, one or both of them appropriates my project, whether it's some papers I am working with, or my embroidery bag (Josie loves to nose her way inside). I think, like your flowers, it's a call for attention! Love the yellow iris - yet more proof that patience is a virtue! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, my friend.

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    1. Sometimes I think Molly is inspecting my work. What are you doing? What's this? You almost done, she seems to say when I've distracted myself from the path to her food cabinet.. Yes, she knows what door her food is behind. Our lives are fuller with our furry babies.

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  4. What an interesting post! Love your flowers! My Mother loved flowers, too. She could grow just about anything with ease, but I have to work at it. Molly is a sweetie! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks, Lea. Mama had green thumbs like your mom. :-)

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  5. Hi! Your flower photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Mollie is a cutie.. Cats are so helpful. :)

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  7. You are rich in hobbies.j I never understood the word as separate from my life either. I want to see that tunic. I love the view from your windows. Flowers are calling me now

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    1. I love flowers. I didn't realize how much until now. Another 'better late than never' realization for me.

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  8. I'm a lots of hobbies kind of person, too. Just not enough time for indulging in all of them. I love what you're doing with your mom's dresses!

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    1. Thanks, Lorrie. I've decided to turn one of Mama's tops into a pillow. :-)

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  9. It's like you do everything!
    Out your window - sure looks like a great place to dream, or read, or create . . . .
    happy, happy, happy . . . .

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    1. These are my simple pleasures, G. There's something to be said about not having a lot of money. :-)

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  10. I think hobbies are something you have to grow into, after having children and establishing careers. Did that fabric just come out of the dryer? I thought cats preferred fabric that just came out of the dryer.

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    1. The fabric had been stashed away in a drawer, still crisp and fresh like the first day Mama got them decades ago. I've made six panels out of them. Now to stitch them together into summer curtains.

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  11. Your first capture - I love it! You turn everything into art:) That's much more than a hobby, it's your identity,
    because literally everything you touch, you change: - that is how I see your mamma living forth in you. Beautiful irises, and also love your view from the window! It's the entrance of a dream ...
    All Seasons thanks you for coming out of hiding and celebrating spring with a vengeance:):)
    PS you may have to loosen the seam of the sleeves, to reshape for a pocket? Oh, and I would like to see you wearing the tunic when it's done! Also many thanks for your comments last week:)

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    1. Thanks, Jesh. Whatever this is that's popping out of me, I'm very appreciative. It's a different way of being for me. I'll be sure to take photos of me in the tunic when it's done. Right now I'm working on curtains.

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  12. I like the idea of taking dresses and making them into Tunic and Molly is lovely!

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