Monday, October 1, 2012

LSNE Completed!

In September, I followed along with Shimelle's class, "Learn Something New Everyday" (LSNE).  Each day I thought about Shimelle's prompt and turned it into a lesson learned for the day.  Later on, I translated my lesson into a singles sentence and created a collage to illustrate it. My "album" was a set of triangular pennants, which I hold together with large rings.  You can see photos of it up top. Today I'm posting my last eight lessons from September.  You can see my earlier lessons, as well as my blank album, the cover and back,  by clicking on this link.
Lesson #23 reads "Being a parent is much easier when you have a partner to share it with."  When my husband Paul is having good weeks, it reminds me of the days before he was diagnosed and how much easier it is when I can share the challenges of parenting (especially the emotional part) with someone else. I need to remember that I don't need to be so worried about taxing Paul's psyche. He's tougher than I realize.  So, maybe that's actually two lessons learned!  My next lesson is lighter, "I should not forget how much I love art journaling." I blogged about that lesson in this post.
The next two lessons come from good days.  On the 25th, I did some negotiating with Clara and learned to "suggest alternatives when you don't like the plan." And, on the 26th, I went to a baseball game with Henry.  The brief lesson is " Savor life's precious moments and remember them always."  You will be able to read the full story on Sunday, as part of Sian's Storytelling Sunday meme. I hope you'll come back for it.
And a couple of frivolous lessons - Day #27: "I am looking forward to a crafty October." I blogged about my plans yesterday, here, but I also want to mention a meme called "Fall Fearless and Fly," which I also hope to do.  And the next day, I created something about my television obsession - "I have to watch for the beginning of the fall TV season or I will miss it!" You see I always used to know exactly when my favorite TV shows would return, but as I was checking through the "On Demand" menu, I realized that many of my favorites had already begun. I quickly caught up on Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy and a few others.
And, my final two lessons. The penultimate one comes with a bit of a story. Over ten years ago,  I met up with a bunch of other women who also belonged to the monthly scrapbook kit club, "Club Scrap."  We meet occasionally for crops and tea, and several times we've attended Club Scrap retreats together. We also hold our own retreat once a year called "Scramp Camp." I went on Saturday and had a terrific time. I completed three projects and six scrapbook pages. But the most important thing I did was hang out and talk - with women I have known now for longer than I realized and who genuinely care about each other. I learned "I really value time spent with my friends from West Coast Scrap."  And, finally, a lesson to wrap everything up, "Awareness leads to learning."
Do any of these lessons resonate with you?

25 comments:

Karen said...

I so like the way your LSNED has turned out and the inventiveness of your ideas and execution of this project.

Kokopelli said...

I love how you did this with the triangular pieces. This would also make a nice decorative pieceas a garland.

Mary B said...

Well done Rinda I love your banner are you going to hang it around your craft area

Jane said...

I love your banner book and can agree with so many of your lessons learnt

alexa said...

Your triangular pennants are wonderful, and it's been such an interesting and thought-provoking read. I can really empathise with the parent/partner one, and thank-you for the link to the Fall fearless and Fly idea: I might just given this some thought. :)

Bernice Hopper said...

Congratulations on a completed project and in such an interesting way.

Karen said...

I love the way the finished journal looks. I'd never think of pennants for one, but now I will! Lots of your lessons resonate with me, but especially how wonderful it is to have a partner to share the joys and trials of parenting. I worked with many single parents during my career and I was always awed by what they managed to do. And always grateful that I had someone to share it all with.

Elizabeth said...

A group of us meet each month and go to a different tea room in each of our areas. We've been doing this since 2000 when our company was bought out and we all left our jobs. I value this friendship more than I can say. We've been there for each other through all our troubles and happy times.

scrappyjacky said...

I love how this has turned out,Rinda....pennants is such an innovative way of doing it....and you've documented some great lessons.

Missus Wookie said...

Such a cool looking album - really enjoyed watching it come together. Great glimpse of your month and some very interesting and profound lessons too.

~*~Patty S said...

So much of what you've shared resonates dear Rinda ... your flags are super and I like the ring idea very much too.

Back from our getaway and trying to get back in the swing of things

sending all good wishes your way
oxo

Anne said...

Beautiful album, Rinda. Well done !!!

Scrappi Sandi said...

This looks fabulous & I love all of your 'lessons' learned! TFS :D

The Mann Fam said...

As I have been keeping track of my lessons learned each day I think the most important one I learned is the last one you hit on. "Awareness leads to learning." That is so true!

Sian said...

It's fantastic! Complete reespect Rinda, for completing your project in such challenging times.

i think learning to suggest alternatives is a truly excellent lesson, both for parents and kids

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

this looks really great!

Anonymous said...

have had fun following your Learn Something.. and i can't tell you how glad i was that you made it to Scramp Camp!! it seems like so long since we had a chance to chat.. next time i'll move the place cards so you sit closer!! :D

Mariana

Becky said...

Lovely to see your finished LSNED. I've still to complete mine. I learnt about the suggesting alternatives quite a while back - a life saver with Penny when she was a teenager lol!

Irene said...

How wonderful you finished this project. So many learned things captured in your pennant album. I love that last reminder, Awareness leads to learning. I have been aware of that a lot recently!

Gloria said...

Awesome that you completed your project. I know it's been rough for you as of late. Hope your hub is doing better. Great work Rinda, love the banners, really very nice. Hope all is well. Enjoy October.

Gloria said...

I think I lost my comment Rinda. Just said that I hope things are going better for you and yours and loved your banners. Really a good job. Take care and enjoy this beautiful October month.

Miriam said...

Your album looks fabulous Rinda and Lesson 23 resonates loudly with me.x

Jimjams said...

Glad you had a lovely scrappy time - the pennant album looks really lovely and I know you've had a lot of fun making it!
[ I'm off tomorrow for a whole weekend of scrappy chatty friendship renewal :o) YAY ]

Fiona said...

Well done on completing the project and in such an interesting way.

Melissa said...

Congrats on completing your album - it looks fabulous. I love the lesson about parenting; these last few months have had it's challenges, but y'all are still a parenting team.