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‘Taking Stock’ July 2015

Shaw Nature Reserve
Vans Warped Tour 2015
Uguisu order

Japanese stationery

We only half way through the week and it has been a good one so far.  On Monday I went to Vans Warped Tour with my teen and it was one of the hottest days of the year so far.  It was a good hearted day as Warped usually is, the bands perform with gusto and will often host a signing which is a marvelous thing for the fans.

My complete life saver that day was my Bohemian Traders scarf which is big and light and keeps the sun off my neck like a dream.  Wearing a scarf didn’t make me any hotter, I don’t think I could have been any hotter no matter what I wore, or didn’t wear!

At the end of the sweltering day in true St Louis style, there was a massive thunder storm and we got soaked to the skin!  Always an experience, what would a day out be without some crazy weather to remember it by.

I am about to write some letters with the new stationery I received from Uguisu in Japan and it is so pretty and fabulous I am not sure I will want to part with it! It is perforated every few lines so that you can write a mini note and it will look just as lovely as a three page letter.  What a great idea, and on such beautiful prints too.  Oh yes, I also ordered a very cute ‘zine full of drawings and photos to inspire all day long.

We are heading out into the bazillion degree heat for a swim (indoors) in a few minutes, but before that, I thought I would do a little stock take for July.  ‘Taking Stock’ is an fun idea from Pip at Meet Me At Mikes,  if you fancy a go, there is a blank list at the end of this post for you to copy and fill in.  I like to fill in my responses to the list as quickly as I can while still making sense, just to see where my mind is at right now. And go!

Making : Coconut blueberry muffins.
Cooking : As little as possible because it is so hot, I hardly want the oven on, but I still made those muffins!
Drinking : Water water and more water along with cold brew coffee which I keep in the fridge and mix with milk when I fancy a coffee treat.
Reading: ‘All Together Now’ by Gill Hornby, she is so funny and observant, I love her books.
Wanting: The heat to cool down a little, so I can leave the house without the sun trying to cook me.
Looking: At my new stationery and loving the designs on it.
Playing: Ker-plunk, Jenga and Battleships.
Deciding: When to start the new jigsaw puzzle we just borrowed from the library
Wishing: I knew how to use Illustrator and Photoshop.
Enjoying: Swimming in a cool pool.
Waiting: For the ‘blue moon’ this week.
Liking: Sandwiches from Jimmy Johns, delivered to the door!
Wondering: How many calories are in that sandwich.
Loving: My Fitness Pal on the phone, it seems to be working, I am losing a few pounds, slowly but surely.
Pondering: How best to take indoor photos.
Considering:  A tarot card reading for the full moon (blue moon) on Friday.
Buying: Art supplies for the ‘Inspiration Information’ course which starts on Monday.
Watching: ‘Grace and Frankie’ and documentaries on PBS.
Hoping: There is a new season of Grace and Frankie soon.
Marvelling: At how fast tomatoes, chilies and aubergines grow once they get started.
Cringing: At how many of my tomatoes I am sharing with my garden buddies…
Needing: Lots of good salad ideas for the hot days ahead.
Questioning: Why stuff isn’t growing so well in my raised beds?  I think they need an over haul in the Spring.
Smelling: Tomato plants, the best smell of the summer.
Wearing: T shirt, skirt and flip flops.
Following: My nose.
Noticing: The months pass by, July is almost August.
Knowing: School starts again in two weeks.
Thinking: We need to get school supplies and backpacks.
Admiring: The mail carriers who must be melting away in this heat.
Sorting: What we need for school.  Shoes, bags, lunch boxes, pencils…
Getting: Ready to start knitting a scarf for the winter (this one, or next, we shall see).
Bookmarking: Where I am in all the magazines I am trying to read.  They all have bookmarks in!
Coveting: New winter boots.
Disliking: That my kids are both in men’s shoe sizes.
Opening: ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ book and marveling at all the ideas which are leaping out at me.
Giggling: At my kid all dressed to go swimming.
Feeling: Sore from Barre class this morning (in a good way!)
Snacking: ‘Inner Peas’ from Trader Joes are so good and may even be a little bit healthy!
Helping: Make model planes and soldiers.
Hearing: BBC radio whenever I can.

Here is a blank list for you to fill in if you want.

Making :
Cooking :
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I live in St Louis, MO, but I am originally from Lincoln, Great Britain. My family and I have lived in the Mid West for over 15 years now. My blog is where I blog and chat about all kinds of creative stuff.


  1. Always so great catching up with everyone through these posts. And just start playing with Illustrator and Photoshop – you’ll pick it up in no time!

    • I love Taking Stock posts! I have found a couple of classes on Skillshare, so when the kids go back to school, Adobe might get learnt!

  2. Life sounds lovely, if not too hot ( I bloody despise really hot weather!).
    And you must be the coolest mum around going to the Warped Tour with your teen?! There’s no way mine would let me tag alone to a festival!

    • I hate hot weather too! I would rather be in winter than summer, at least you can pile on the clothes! I like Warped and my kid whooshes off into the crowd to see the bands and I wait patiently for him to reappear!

  3. Nice list, Clare. I too am sweating it up in Nanjing, wishing the sun would be just a little less hot, so you’re not alone!

    • I bet it is pretty darn hot with you too! I feel a bit bad looking forward to Autumn, but I secretly am.

  4. So nice to catch up Clare. I am dreading our summer. I don’t do it well at all. I do like that scarf though. Wearing something that lovely would almost make the heat bearable. If you discover the secret of taking decent indoor photos be sure to let me know, won’t you. x

    • Hi Deb! I am a winter girl too. I took my photos today and they were not my best, indoors or out.

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