Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Every year at Christmas, we receive a beautifully written letter from our Pastor's wife; and this year, she talked about the things that happen to us in life. She pointed out that on some days we can see the positive, happy side of those things; but then other day's we feel sad and dejected about the same event. All that got me to thinking ... thinking about this past year and all that has transpired; and how I do exactly as she described!!!
In our little piece of the world, Gene's health has definitely deteriorated over the last 365 days ... even the simplest tasks in day to day living are painful for him, yet he manages to maintain good spirits inspite of it all. We had to live another year without Micki, yet she enjoyed another year in Heaven! Our business, like so many others, has suffered terribly from this weakened economy, yet our doors are still opened. My Mom's memory seems to be getting worse by the day, yet we celebrated her 91st Birthday this month. We lost Miss Molly Mae, yet we found Dolly Darlene. A good friend dissapointed us terribly, yet it made me realize how often I must dissapoint God! It's a wonder He has continued to put up with me for so long, and I now vow to do better where He is concerned :) We lost 3 dear friends this year ... two to cancer and one to diabetes and heart failure, yet their memory is so precious. I'm a year older, my hair is a lot grayer, and I'm a bit wider, yet I'm still here :)
Some of my best pals and I have been reflecting on not just the last year, but the last "decade," which, of course, is coming to a close as well; and I have found oodles of stuff that have transpired over the last 10 years to ponder in the same manner. We'd be here till dooms day if I listed them all, so I'll spare you from that :) I did wanna share some pictures of how we began this last decade tho ............... we rang in the new Millenium watching the BeeGee's in Concert :) These are the only pictures we have because I left my camera at the restaurant before heading to the Arena. I'm so thankful to have them :)
Me and my honey :)
Me and Micki :)
From our house to yours ... Happy New Year! May it treat all of you with an abundance of kindness :)
"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven." (Philippians 3:13-14)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
A fast, fun and easy little project that was good for my tired self; and now that my calender is ready to "rock 'n roll," let the countdown for the New Year begin :)
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The grand finale of the "homemade gifts for 2009;" and I do believe it's official ... "I am toted out! The problem is I still have more people that I wanna make totes for, so hopefully after a small break, I'll be ready to make a few more :)
Now, this proud Mama simply couldn't resist sharing this one!
OMG, talk about cute!!!!!!! Hard to believe too, especially since we've given her two new names ... "Trouble" and "Mischief!"
Hope these last few days before the big celebration are enjoyed by all :)
"But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of His father David, 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end." (Luke:30-33)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Then there's a wonderful young woman, Ashley, who is in TX battling Ovarian Cancer. She is currently enduring the unimaginable with her loving parents by her side. I've been following her Blog for several month's now and it is quite obvious that she is a Child of God and a blessing to many. I know that they would all appreciate some encouraging words as well :)
Also, I've had the pleasure of getting acquainted with a lovely lady in AL, Susan, who lost her beloved Husband several month's ago to cancer; and then there's Donna who is facing her first Christmas without her precious Daughter, Amber. Both of these Christian ladies have inspired me greatly through their daily posts. All those "firsts" after a loved one passes are terribly difficult, so I'm sure some love sent their way would be much appreciated :)
In many ways perhaps "modern technology" has taken away from the manner in which we used to keep up with family and friends; but in so many ways, it has brought us into the lives of many that we would have not have otherwise had the opportunity to know. In my book, that's a good thing :)
Life is truly difficult for many folks right now ... there's my wonderful Sister-in-law, Cindy, who I adore and who is still having difficulties from her 2nd battle against breast cancer ... and there's my friend Debbie, who is preparing to celebrate her first Christmas without her Dear Mother ... and my friend Janet, whose heart is broken from the recent loss of her beloved Aussie, Dixie ... and my friend Shirley, whose 10 year old Grand Niece, Mikayla, is battling cancer ... and my friend Mary, whose Son's are in the midst of saying their final goodbyes to their beloved Grandfather ... and my friend Marti, who has been searching for a job all year ... and my friend Carla who has worries in her heart for her Dear Husband's health and her Dear Daughter's business ... and my friend Marka, whose Mother has been ill for several years ... all the people who have been suffering for so long from this terribly weakened economy ... the many who have lost their jobs, their homes and are having trouble keeping food on the table for their family ... all the soldiers who have lost their lives for our continued freedom and the sorrow in the hearts of their loved ones left behind ... the list truly goes on and on and on; and I hope as we all prepare to celebrate the Birth of Jesus with the people we love and care about that we save a piece of our heart for all those who are suffering.
Before I get back to the tasks at hand, I wanted to share a picture of our beautiful Daughter, Micki, from a "Christmas past" :) The cutie playing Santa is my honey :) We miss her every day, but we continue to be grateful that she no longer suffers from the struggles of this life and Crohn's Disease and that she gets to celebrate this joyous Season in the most wonderful place of all :)
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. " (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Monday, December 14, 2009
"We love because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
She saw one of the "charm party totes" I had recently finished hanging in the sewing room and she asked if I could make a "smaller version," so a "smaller version" we made!
I just love all the fabrics she chose from my stash and the pockets she wanted!
And look how cute she looks carrying it!!!!!!!!!
Instead of the 5 inch squares, we cut 'em 4", which made it the exact size she was hoping for! I'll definitely make more and one will have my name on it :)
We also made this adorable "pocket scarf" and hat out of fleece! MaryAnne over at "Moonbeams in a Jar" posted a tutorial for the scarf about a year ago! Tks so much Mar! This set is going to Aunt Margaret's Granddaughter, who adores pink!
The hat was a purchased pattern from JoAnne's and was sooooooooo easy!
I'll be looking forward to her next trip South!
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (Thessalonians 5:18)
Monday, November 30, 2009
Unfortunately, my honey came down with Shingles of all things last week; and it, coupled with his Spinal Stenosis, has made him somewhat miserable, so his Thanksgiving wasn't the greatest, that's for sure. I never realized what nasty stuff Shingles were; but OMG, they are dreadful. His are on his face around his eyes, forehead and scalp, which is extremely dangerous cuz they can cause permanet damage to both the eye and the ear. God willing the medicine will keep that from happening.
About the only new pictures I have to share are of Dolly D, who continues to delight :) The little rascal plays, plays and plays, then she naps on the first spot available (LOL).
Our Aunt Margaret came down from TN to spend Thangsgiving with us, and we enjoyed some quality time together in the sewing room this weekend. I'll be back in a few days to show you all what we made :)
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)
Monday, November 16, 2009
And talk about full of mischief!!!!! OMG, "mischief" should have been her middle name; but to her credit, she also loves to snuggle and kiss, which is exactly what me and her Daddy need right now :)
Our Halloween decorations are still up here at the office, so Diane got her to do some posing :)
I'm sure I'll get back to quilting here in a bit; but for now, I'm just gonna take some time to enjoy this little blessing while my heart continues to heal from loosing our precious little Miss Molly.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I soooooooo wish everyone in the World could have known her!!!! She came into our lives at 8-1/2 months old and brought us an abundance of joy and laughter from that point forward. It's hard to imagine life without her ... it truly is; and I will miss her always.
In hopes of healing my broken heart, my honey, that wonderful man I fell in love with 37 years ago, along with Diane, the wonderful friend who works for us, spent many days searching for Miss Molly's little Sister; and although I didn't think I was ready to give my love to another furbaby, "Dolly" arrived on our doorstep Tuesday afternoon ... Gene says she is my gift from Miss Molly!
When we first brought Molly home, Micki chose 3 names for her ... "Daisy, Dolly and Molly." We immediately said "Good Golly Miss Molly," and the rest was history, sooooooooo, we chose to name this little punkin one of the 3 names that Micki originally chose; and our friend, Tori, called last night and thought we needed to add the Darlene, which was Micki's middle name, so that's what we did!
I didn't think my broken heart was ready to love this little one; but Gene was right, as she's already made me laugh and brought oodles of sunshine our way, so I'm sending a great big thank you to Miss Molly for this wonderful little gift :)
"I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return." (Ecclesiastes 3:18-20)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
OMG, Is that not the cutest "Mary Poppins and Burt" that you ever did see!!!!!! Absolutely adorable and Miss Gracie won first prize at their Church's "Trunk or Treat," which didn't surprise me in the least :)
Now on our little punkin, Miss Molly ... I have been spending an awful lot of time down on my knees during the last week sending up oodles of thanks for the fact that she is responding so well to the fluids! It's a down right miracle that she is doing so well! Just six short days ago her Vet didn't think she would make it; but by the Grace of God, the improvement is nothing short of "answered prayers!"
This picture is from the other night when I had her on the kitchen counter trying my best to find something that interested her food wise, which happened to be cheese! Talk about spoiled rotten (LOL) ... literally to the core; but she is sooooooooooooo worth it!
They say the fluids make her very cold, which is why she's sporting her T-shirt. Today we tried to give the fluids to her ourselves so we wouldn't have to go to the Vet every day; but it just plain and simply did not work! The needle is for horses and the syringe is for elepants, so I loaded her up and took her back in. It has been such a roller coaster ride of emotions and I am ever so thankful that it all seems to be leveling off :)
"Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," hesaid, "why did you doubt?" (Mathew 8:31)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Miss Molly came to work with her "witches hat" on this morning :) This is her with one of her favorite people in the world ... Diane :) She's our number one lady here at the office ... she takes such good care of both me and Molly and we love her to pieces :) She was standing outside waiting on us when we pulled in.
I sooooooooooo wish you all could know Miss Molly. She is literally the sweetest puppy that God ever created and she's been bringing us joy for more than 11-1/2 years now. Unfortunately, we received the devastating news yesterday morning that she is in "kidney failure." The heart ache over this is very close to unbearable, but because of a wonderful Vet and the use of fluids through her skin, she has made a turn around and is sooooooooo much better today than she has been for the last 5 days. Words cannot describe how elated we are that she has responded to this treatment. We have been gently warned that this is not a cure ... that it is just a temporary fix that she may not respond to for very long; but at this moment, both Gene and I consider any extra time we get with this "little 3 pound bundle of joy" a direct gift from Heaven :) Your prayers for our little punkin will be greatly appreciated :)
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It's the coloring book and crayon bag pattern from Clothesline Quilts. Once you get it made, you just fill it up with crayons and a coloring book, and whaaaa laaaaa, you've got a great gift for a sweet little one :) I'll definitely be making more in the near future. The "first" of anything always takes me awhile, but the next one oughta go together pretty quickly, so hopefully I'll be back with a few more to show soon :)
"When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?" (Psalm 56:3-4)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Anyway, I'm just running through Blogville USA to show you all how the "Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden" is growing!
I guess it's obvious that I've managed to make some time for some "hexies!" They are soooooooo soothing to the soul and Mr. Gene loves seeing the daily progress :) Now it's time for work, so until we meet again, be safe and be happy :)
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I am totally obsessed with the "hexies;" and I can't believe that it has taken me this long to give them a try! I think "life stops" where "me and hexies" are concerned ... cuz it's kinda like "we're out of clean clothes???," or "you want me to fix supper???," or "that's surely not dirt on the kitchen floor," or "you can't seriously expect me to go to the office today!!!" In other words, all I wanna do right now is sit and sew on this quilt :)
I found the pretty yellow fabric with itsy bitsy white polka dots in my stash and I just love the way it's framing all the scrappies.
Two blocks down and goodness only knows how many more to go! It'll be four down soon cuz I got two more of the "scrappies" ready to rock 'n roll :)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
My favorite piece of fabric is in the middle section on the far right (above) ... I just love those little Daisies! I wish I had lots more of it, but I only started out with one lonesome fat quarter.
The next tote has to be Tennessee "orange and white," or so says Mr. Gene! I was actually gonna change the design just a bit, but he's informed me that he doesn't like that idea (LOL). I guess I'll do the "same 'ol same 'ol" to make him happy and just be thankful that I have a hubby who takes interest in what I love to do :)
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
Monday, October 5, 2009
So here ya go Boy! Your favorite picture of you and your Uncle Gene ... the day that he let you drive the boat! That only seems fitting since he was the only one out of all of us that had the courage to teach you how to drive a car.
And, even though you probably won't be overly thrilled with this one, here's one of you and your "Most Favorite Aunt" in the whole wide world squeezing the stuffing right out of ya (LOL).
I'm sure this is the look you're probably giving me right about now!!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday sweetie! We love you more than you'll ever know and we thank you for always loving us back :)
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." (1 John 4:7)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Isn't she hysterical! She makes me LOL!!!!! Sooooooo, why in Heaven's name did I make her??? Well, here's her story :) A group of my quilting buddies are heading to Lake Logan located in the beautiful mountains of NC in 2 weeks ... 16 of 'em to be exact w/2 hubbies and one other local gal, bringing the number up to 19. They'll spend 3 glorious nights and 4 glorious days stitching and laughing together.
My friend Debbie, is leader of the "Lake Logan Pack;" and she came up with the great idea that all of us other quilting buddies who can't attend should send themselves in "flat form," so they can enjoy some of the fun in a "flat sorta way!" Sooooooo, that's why I created this silly little thing :)
She's leaving Davie today and heading up to Cocoa Beach, FL, so she can travel with my friend, Mary! I figured us FL gals needed to stick together :) The "Flat Gals" will come in all shapes and sizes and I can't wait to see them all together! My friend, Fran, from PA sent hers to my friend, Carolany, in AL; and her "flat self" traveled with a wardrobe! Such creativity :)
This next picture will give you a better idea of the size of my "flat self :)" Oooops, a bit blurry! Sorry!
Such a fun little something to lighten the burdens of the day; so as her sign says ... "Lake Logan Here I Come!"
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Not your normal "Grandmother's Flower Garden," that's for sure cuz I was in "scrap happy" mode, sooooo I pulled out my 4 drawers of itsy bitsy pieces of fabric left over from this and that and started snipping. If the leftover is at least 2 inches, it gets put into the drawer! I don't even have a clue where I will go to from here, but I am so excited about all the possibilities :) And talk about a good "couch potato project!" Absolutely the best!
Did you know that the "Grandmother's Flower Garden" was the most popular pattern after 1925, and that many women who never made another quilt in their life finished one of these! I find that very interesting, and I certainly understand it cuz I am having fun! On to "Block #2" after work :)
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Eileen is a wonderful, talented lady with a kind, loving and generous soul. The majority of her time in her sewing room is spent making quilts for our soldiers ... for both "Quilts of Valor" and a new venture of gifting quilts to the families of those men and women who have died defending this great Nation we live in. She also devotes time to creating quilts for a local Hospice Facility ... her generosity is what I believe we could use a bit more of in this world we live in today ... it's living a life the way God intended it to be lived!
God Bless you Eileen ... and God Bless all the families you create beautiful quilts for. This block will be on it's way to you :)
"The LORD bless you and keep you." (Numbers 6:24)
Monday, September 21, 2009
He's made from lots of little pieces of this and that from my stash :) He's also made with fusible appliqué, which I don't do that often ... actually, this is only my second time ever! I enjoyed the change and remembered very quickly how much I enjoy doing the blanket stitch :) I also enjoyed using my "appliqué pressing sheet" for the first time after buying it several years ago ... that is one great product! No, Jan, it's not yours sweetie! I promise :) Hers vanished off the face of the Earth a while back ... it just fell down into that black hole where all the missing socks go!
Doesn't he make you smile :) He kinda makes all the problems of the world go away for a few minutes ... he's a good thing!
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Friday, September 18, 2009
Hundreds of 'em ... Egrets to be exact, the majority of which are white w/a few black ones thrown in.
I don't normally see them during the summer months cuz it stays light for so much longer; but I was at work late last night cuz it's been one of those "helluva weeks at Sea," so they were all sitting there on their spot when I drove by last night.
These guys lined up on the bank are waiting for a free spot on the tree! For some reason, they don't like the top part of the tree ... just all those lower branches.
All this "roosting," together with lots of other "nature type stuff" takes place here .........
I don't think they need to worry about me "swimming" cuz I don't "swim where Gators swim!" I also don't have any desire to feed or entice the Gators ... unless they are those slimy Florida Gators, you know the football team, who TN happens to be playing tomorrow in the Swamp, so basically, they certainly didn't need to put this sign up for yours truly!
They were still flying in from who knows where when Molly and I were pulling out. Yeap, never ceases to amaze me, even after all these years!
"If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. " (Psalm 139:11-12)