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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Pick a Word

I've been sick!
Awful, snot nosed, sleepiness sick.
For ELEVEN days. 
And I'm still not better. 
I feel I've been bitten by a TseTse fly or something. 
I'm not often sick, so I'm not very good at it. 
There is a bright side though.
I've had LOTSA time to ponder my 2015 word. 
And, so, on this NYE 2015, I have my word.
Locked, loaded and ready to share.

<<<<insert drumroll here>>>>

ACCEPTANCE

ac·cept·ance
əkˈseptəns/
noun
  1. 1
    the action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered.
    "charges involving the acceptance of bribes"
    synonyms:receipt, receiving, taking, obtaining More
  2. 2
    the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.
    "you must wait for acceptance into the club"
    synonyms:welcome, favorable reception, adoption
    "her acceptance into the group"


Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest. The concept is close in meaning to 'acquiescence', derived from the Latin 'acquiēscere' (to find rest in).


For me, this will be difficult.  I'm always trying to fix everything. I like everyone to be happy.  Or blame myself for thing beyond anyone's control.  Or take responsibility.  It's all about smoothing things over.  I made it work for many years.  It was how I mothered, daughtered, sistered, friended and 'wifed'.  But lately, since the kids have grown and moved on, it's a burden. I can't fix anything anymore. And, no one wants or needs me to fix anything.  No one but me, that is.  I need to learn to let go and let life happen.  I have to trust in Gods plan, karma & fate.  I'll be happier for it.  And so will everyone around me. 

Also, I do not accept compliments well.  Or gifts.  I over thank everyone for everything.  Sometimes I wind up tripping over my embarrassment or gratitude.  

And, I need to be confident in my quilting and accept I am good at it. I've taught myself a lot over the last few years.  I'm not the best, but I am pretty darn good. 

Yes, I have much to work on...this will not be easy. But it could be life changing. 😁 Wish me luck.

And to all of you, I wish a healthy, happy 2015 spent with those you love and hold dear.

I leave you with a Christmas/wedding picture of me with my sweetest loves...
           The greatest gift of all is love.  

God bless...keep kindness. Happy New Year. 

TOWTOHC



Friday, December 19, 2014

Catching up

I've been a bad blogger.
Life gets in the way sometimes. 
I had a great week with Barb. 
Of course, it was LAST week.
Better late than never. 
Tom was away, so she brought up a flimsy to finish herself on Lola. 
Lola was pretty cooperative. 
And while she was here she ordered herself a new Lucey!
She's going to love it.
And be frustrated.
And excited.
And scared.
I'm so happy for her!
She brought Lexie, who is quite the sweetheart.
And she used my longboards to finish this number. 
Berries in the Orange Grove...and, yes, I found the lime green backing. 
(Well, it's not really a true lime, but it's close enough)
I found it I n my studio, on the shelf with wide backs. 
It was a scrap from another quilt from a few years back. 
No shopping was necessary. 
While Barb was here, we had a CNY fall blizzard. 
I'm sure you can imagine how heartbroken I was that she had to stay. 
And she got to meet Jenn at Herman's 28th bday dinner.

In other news, Frannie & I have decided on a name for our boy.
Introducing Stitch McDuffy. 
We are over the moon and can't wait til he can come to live with us.
Well, maybe Frannie can wait, but I know she'll love him to pieces. 
She just doesn't know it yet. 
After all, she loves this idiot....
And when he first moved in, she wouldn't even look at him. 
Frannie is...well...my bestie. 
We're going to love raising our new baby together. 

I also bound 3 quilts. 
Yes, 3. 
As in, THREE.
One is a gift. 
2 are unclaimed so far. 
Although both look pretty good right here on the family room. 
Finished quilts, though rare in these parts, are a thing of beauty. 

I hope to blog again before Christmas.
But, I might not...so....

I'd like to wish you all a peaceful, love filled day doing what makes you happiest with those you love. 

God bless!
And don't forget the kindness. 
XO
TOWTOHC

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrating a Sweetie

Today is Herman's 28th birthday. 












With many wonderful memories of my buddy...
And much to look forward to...
I'm so blessed I call you my son.



Happy Birthday, John.
I love you everyday. 
XO








Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday

I was hoping to win 50% off at Stonehouse Quilts. 
I've been wanting to try Lisa's Proline rulers. 
I didn't get the extra discount. 
Everything was 15% off, but that wasn't a good enough deal for me.
Thinking back on it, I'm glad I didn't get that extra discount.
I probably won't like the ruler anyway....I'm not a big ruler fan. 
And then, I'd have to sell it.
And I hate having to sell things. 
For instance, I just recently sold my micro handles. 
I sold them to a woman on the forum.
At the time I said I'd sell them to her, I didn't know she lived in Canada. 
When I found out, I figured...how hard would it be?
It was a PIA!
The currency conversion, customs forms, packing...ugh. 
Never again. 

In other news....
Come late January, early February, Frannie & I will be welcoming a new baby.
This should keep me occupied all winter, don't you think?
4 days old...isn't he cute?
I got first pick...and picked this fella.
I want a smaller pooch to take with me on the plane for my short trips.
I did not enjoy being dogless down there.
And, the breeder is a quilter. 
Meant to be. 
I'm taking suggestions for names. 
If you've got a good one...lemme know.