Pip offers her template of prompts as an easy cut-and-paste for digital stock-taking, but I've been spending so much time at the keypad of my MacBook Air that I decided to transcribe her verb participles into my sketchbook/journal. The Crayola SuperTips were still on the table where my granddaughter had left them last night, and I grabbed my fountain pen to fill in my responses.
I know my writing can be tricky to read, though, so I'll copy it out for you below.
Lately, I've been . . .
MAKING: Socks and mitts for Nola, and a toque for Paul. Stash-busters all!
COOKING: Batches of soup. Tomato-beef-vegetable was the latest and I made bread to go with. Turned some of the dough into cinnamon rolls.
READING: Just started my friend Cynthea Masson's The Flaw in the Stone. Also reading Sherman Alexie's You Don't Have To Say You Love Me and Jean-Paul Kauffmann's The Angel of the Left Bank. I know. . .
WANTING: Not much, to be honest, and that feels really good.
LOOKING: At lemon-coloured lilies in an orange-coloured pitcher on the windowsill . . .
PLAYING: My piano again, after finally arranging its first post-move tuning and conditioning. As always, I begin with Bach. . .
DECIDING: Whether to book the last segment of train tix -- from Tirano to Torino -- or just buy those at the station.
WISHING: My (youngest) daughter will decide to join the rest of us next summer, bringing the 5-year-old g'daughter along. . .
ENJOYING: The proximity we have here to two sets of grandkids, getting to know them in such easy circumstances.
WAITING: For the Daphne Odora blossoms to open -- I can see pink tips on the clusters of the still-closed buds
LIKING: The schedule Paul and I are developing of together and separate time.
WONDERING: How our Italian g'daughter Frankie is going to adjust to us being there, her mom being away. . .
LOVING: The feeling of being at home here -- it's taken a while, but I notice it more and more often lately.
And it's the weekend now -- ours is packed quite tightly with family, and I've got a friend coming from out of town, freshly back from hiking the Camino (from St. Jean Pied de Port through to Santiago). I'm very keen to catch up with her, looking forward to hearing about her adventures and misadventures on the trail. What about you? Weekend plans? And perhaps you'd like to grab one or two or even three of those Prompt Verbs and tell us what you're Wondering or Making or Playing or . . . well, you get the idea.