Friday, May 29, 2009

Rosebud Lane top finished

I am happy to report that I finished the beautiful BOM. I had lots of problems with the border---mainly because I did not read the directions completely. It will wait for the quilting until I get better with my machine quilting.

I may add another border so the pieced one is not the last one. Sometimes that causes problems.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Misty Morning Beauty

It was a very foggy and chilly morning yesterday. I noticed a beautiful spider web on the chains of my planter. I hoped it would show up in a picture and it DID. There is beauty all around us if we just look.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Steady Progress

Yesterday I put all the blocks together for the center of the Rosebud Lane Quilt. I just love this project. The directions are excellent. It has a complicated pieced border so I still have a ways to go on the top.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Great Advise

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life.. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38.. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Last Class

Tonight is the last class in the Beginner Quilt Class I teach through our adult education. I have had all these ladies before and it is a really fun group. But I am a bit tired of it and dragging all the supplies each week.

I do not teach a summer session so I will be eager to begin again in the Fall. At least that is my hope. I will do an intermediate class and have the summer to work on the quilt for that. I know what I want to teach but must have a completed class project.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blue Birds

The daddy was perched out front and I managed to get a picture picutre of him. It has been chilly so I hope they are sitting on the eggs.
They are such beautiful birds.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Block Of The Month Quilt

I have never bought a kit nor done one of the block of the month so many quilt stores offer. But I fell in love with one and have been working on it. I can see the progress I have made in 4 years. What seemed so hard in the beginning is now quite easy. Here are some of the blocks so far. I hope to enter this in a local show of our County Fair eventually.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Just A Little Gardening

We do not put in a huge amount of flowers or veggies. We rent this house and do not want to put in the amount of money and time it would take to have lots of gardens. That would take away from quilting time also.

So we have just a couple of raised beds and pots on the front porch. Here they are now and will get much bigger as the season moves ahead.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First time visitor

I just love all the birds that come into the yard. I have a feeder out front and one in the back. Those darn old blackbirds try to eat up all the seed. They have a hard time perching on the feeders but some do manage.

Before I went to my quilt guild meeting, I looked out back and saw this wonderful bird. I went to my book to make sure I knew that is was. It is a Rose Crested Grosbeak. This is not is usual habitat but I sure hope it sticks around.

The other picture is our bluebird nest box. We usually get 3 family groups each year. Last year a snake stole most of the last batch of eggs. I hope it does not return this year.

Friday, May 8, 2009

I See the Sun

We have had a whole lot of rain the past few days. As I look outside it is just a green beautiful world. Spring is my favorite season as the whole world is coming back to life here in Maryland. It is just the Resurrection story played out before our very eyes. There is abundant life and then all dies and goes for a long sleep. But new life comes back. We see this each year. God teaches a lesson and we are the students.

The blue birds are busy in the box out back. As of yesterday there were 2 eggs and it will probably be 3 this morning. I will check when I take the dogs out for thie early morning walk.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Love Those Fridays

I work only a part time job with just enough hours to enjoy the time at home. Friday gives me the wonderful anticipation of 2 days to do just what I love. And for me that will be allot of sewing and planting flowers that I will buy today.

Of course, cleaning will be on tap and probably bathing and grooming one dog. I also promised my daughter I will help her clean out her horse trailer. It is full of old hay and she has problems breathing in all that dust. But that also means visiting with her horse and just inhaling the wonderful aroma and ambiance of a horse farm. There is no better place on earth than open space and horses.

This picture is my daugher and her beloved Morgan from high school days.