Thursday, January 31, 2008
January os now complete. Or it will be in four hours here on the East Coast. Another year is speeding by....As for todays photo; you might ask what does Murphy Oil Soap have to do with Zymol car wax and Singer sewing machine oil and lubricant? Today I took time to hunt down and gather together what I need to take with me to my Featherweight care class on Saturday. These were some of the items on the supply list. Actually they were the items I had to buy. Confession time--I still need to hunt down and gather together the items that I have in my sewing room. The list is quite long. By the time I get it all together I hope I don't forget that I do need to take my Featherweight machine as well!
Now here is a real challenge! This is just one of many piles of magazines around our house. They are the main floor Quilting and Paper Craft mags with a few Cooking ones mixed in for good measure! Not pictures are the Popular Science, Newsweek, or Consumer Reports piles. Nor are the Quilting or Cross Stitch mags piles in the basement shown here. Then there are the upstairs collections.....I think you get the picture (a serious pun totally intended). We have way to many magazines piled in various places around our house. Oh....did I mention the National Geographics in the cabinet downstairs?
What to do with them? I suppose we could just close our eyes grit our teeth and just throw them all in the recycling bin. I don't really think I am up to that task.....sorry FLY Buddies! There is too much important information that would be lost. All those mouth watering recipes. The patterns for wonderful quilts just waiting to be made and we won't even begin to try and get rid of the wonder card and gift ideas in the paper crafting mags.......Of course I could get rid of the Popular Science ones that go back several years, and I don't really see the need for 10 years of Consumer Reports, but those are my DH's and he doesn't agree.
I will begin my challenge of reducing our magazine clutter with culling back the old Newsweeks. I vow to only keep one months worth on hand. Then I may just grit my teeth and finally get rid of the National Geographics. I don't think they have been looked at since the kids graduated from elementary school which let's see that would be 1996 I believe! And I haven't cross stitched anything from a magazine since maybe 1995. They can go I guess...But the quilt, paper craft and cooking mags......I think I would break off every tooth in my mouth before I could just toss them. For them I will do my best to one by one go through them saving the patterns, recipes or articles that I really want to keep and then tossing the rest....GULP! 2008 is turning out to be a year of many challenges.
By the way if you want any magazines I have many for the asking! Just leave a note here for me! And no I am not allowed to respond to myself!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
It was "Blood Drive Day" at church. Anyone who knows me well knows I don't do needles. That means as much as I know there is a need for blood donations they are not going to get mine. Sorry. I'm one of those people that pass out when I have to go in for a blood test! Also it takes forever to get one little vial....low blood pressure and tiny veins don't help. I am happy though that at our church we are able to help with the blood donation needs by sponsoring a blood drive four times a year.
Monday, January 28, 2008
What do you feed a Bishop, a District Superintendent, and 18 other pastors? Why pork barb-e-que of course! Today's main activity for me other than my women's bible study that I lead was hosting a luncheon for 20. Not just any 20 but a gathering of our church conference's head THE BISHOP! I probably shouldn't have capitalized that, but it was fun doing so. Our Bishop is really just another one of the many pastors in our conference. He just happens to be the top one....the boss! He is really a very normal and nice guy, though he is the BISHOP! So what they got was normal food: prk barb-e-que, cold law, potato salad and potato chips. For dessert cake! their choice of chocolate or lemon.
Of the cards I did on Sunday this was my favorite!
This weekend several of my stamping FLYbaby friends from SCS met in McFarland, WI for a fun stamping weekend. Why McFarland? Because that's where Gina K's store is of course! I couldn't be there, but I couldn't let them have all the fun of posting pictures of Gina's store so I I went to visit my local stamp stamp store....here it is! AND they had a sale going on! Everything in store 15% off. I was a good girl and didn't spend much!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I took this picture yesterday as representative of my day. No this is not a very strange looking "Dear Jane" letter, but a part of a "Dear Jane" quilt. A very small part. 5x5inches of an approximately 90x110 inch quilt. The original quilt was made by Jane Stickles during the Civil War era. I began my representation of it in January 2005. Yes you read that correctly 2005....
I have maybe 20 blocks out of well over 100 completed. Obviously I have a long way to go before this project is complete! I've been meaning to begin working on it again and January 24 was the day I began. January 25 was when I documented my resuming work on this very long term project. Hopefully by documenting it here I will continue to work more on it so I can show more here. Of course I still haven't gotten my hair cut, see JANUARY 18...........
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."
My picture today has nothing to do with my brothers birthday, but I wanted to get some birthday wishes in here hence the days title!
My picture of the day is actually two joined together and annotated in Photoshop Elements 5 which I am trying to learn. This exercise was to prove to any of my FLYBaby friends who might stop by that I do do Kelly's missions of the day. Well maybe not everyday, but I did today! The mission today was to clean off the tops of our dressers and yes mine needed it badly. So here is the before and the after shots. I was so proud that I actually also got all the dresser drawers to close. BUT cameras don't lie and I just discovered when working with the photos that I missed a white handkerchief peaking out of the top left drawer. I had better run up and fix that!
So.....what does your dresser top look like?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
O GOD, CHANGE my heart. Transform the attitudes from which my actions grow that I may honor you and others in my daily interactions. Amen.
- Mary Lou Redding
The Upper Room Disciplines 2007
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This week end was VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) on SCS (Splitcoast Stampers). It is a wild and crazy time where stamping and design challenges are posted every hour. You are supposed to complete the challenge in 45 minutes. The VSN began at 6pm on Friday night, went till 11pm then stopped for sleep and time for a few non stamping activities. It picked back up on Saturday at noon and once again went until 11pm . Sunday was a day to catch up on challenges you might have missed, a bonus challenge and time to upload all your projects to the SCS gallery. I think that meant there were 19 challenges. I managed to do 10 of them. And todays photo shows them.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I get together with a group of ladies at our church to do various crafts. (That's better!) Today we met to sew up some tote bags that will be donated to foster children in our county. Many of these children arrive at their new home with what little belongings they have in a grocery bag. Hopefully these will help change that one child at a time. These bags are nothing fancy but they are colorful and they have handles which hopefully will make them easier to carry.
Now you might ask why it would be could important to take a photo of yourself for the 365 project. The thinking goes that it will be nice to see how you change through out the year and in order to do so you need to have photos of your self to compare. I can only hope that come Dec I see an improvement. Lord help me if I don't. This is really bad folks...but I will be brave. After all most of you who might read this don't really know me anyway and those that do ....well you know what I look like any way so what am I to lose right! So here goes.....wait a minute do I really want to unleash this on the world????? GULP.......You will come back and visit me after this won't you???? PLEASE!
Ready or not here I am..........................................
Thursday, January 17, 2008
(As a side note to those wondering about yesterday's picture...yes it is a ham and cheese omelet in the making!)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
What is up today??? As I mover on through my e-mail I came to my Everyday Cheapskate mail from Mary Hunt and this is what I found in reading it.....
..."I don’t know what you are facing today, but I do know that it is within your power to choose how you will respond to that situation. You can choose to be miserable, to worry and doubt—and to be a pain in the neck to everyone around you. Or you can reframe your thinking. You can choose to see things in a different light, from a new angle and in a way that will cause you to be grateful."...
Once again my word "contentment" came to mind. Being able to do what Mary is talking about here will bring with it the contentment in life that I seek. I am in control. How I choose to look at various events in my life will determine whether I am content or not. It is not the event itself that brings about contentment....hmmmm so much to think about today!
Illumine our souls with joyful delight when sadness tries to take over the day. Shine brightly on us today, God, until we reflect your glory as a witness to this world.
- Kwasi I. Kena
The Africana Worship Book: Year A
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Some days just require a bit more flexibility than others. Things just don't happen as planned. Today was one of those days for me. My plan was to take a "sick" day and nurse my cold. I did manage to sleep in and have a slow morning.....then about 11am I sat down to watch TV and do some hand sewing. A news story came on about tomorrows MI primary which suddenly jostled my memory....I had to be at a training class to be an election judge in MD's Feb 12 primary! AND the class started in two hours!!!! So much for a calm relaxing day of nursing my body. Fortunately for the other in my training class my coughing and sneezing are pretty much at an end. I didn't sound any worse than many others in the. Then next day I can schedule a quiet relaxing day will be Thursday....once again I will try.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Oh how I hate it when dictionaries use a form of the word to define a word. How does it help you understand what contentment is when it says the state of being contented???? They just want you to look up more words so let's go look up contented.
Satisfied with things as they are; content
Ah now we have "content" used so off to content....
OOPS! Wrong one...try again...
|Adj.||1.||content - satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are|
Ah the same definition as contented...so after all that my definition for contentment will be the state of being satisfied with things as they are.
This raises an interesting question. Does this mean that being contented or having contentment with ones life means you never move forward in life you just stay in the same spot being too satisfied with status quo to think of any possibility of betterment or change? If that is the case then I'm not sure I want to strive for contentment.....it sounds like it could lead to a stuck in the mud kind of life. Gonna have to do more thinking on this.......
One last look for this season. The tree came down today! It probably should have come down sooner, but that's one good thing about artificial trees; they don't die and loose needles. They stay looking nice forever. That's what I call a true evergreen So now the family room looks bare and somewhat sad. It really is the middle of winter now, even if the temperatures outside say differently.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I am part of a small quilt group which tries to meet every other week. We call our selves Fabrications. Today we met at my home. We are a quilt group, but quilters have many interests. Today more were knitting than quilting. Seven of us were present and four were knitting. I guess partly it is because knitting is very portable. I would have probably been knitting also if I hadn't been in front of my lap top showing how to post books for sale on Amazon. We are truly an eclectic group! AND we have such fun.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
It may be January and than means that officially by the calendar it is winter. BUT, one of my activities for the day was some long delayed gardening. Currently it is 66 degrees. So much for winter; at least today. Will we pay for this weather in the future? Usually we do, but it is certainly to be enjoyed for the moment. And my oregano looks much happier!
Monday, January 07, 2008
My SU direct upline will soon be moving to FL. This was our teams last get together to stamp with her. We have several other gatherings but they will be specifically focused on preparing for our February Stampfest that we are holding in Montgomery Village. Carrie will be missed when she moves, but boy is she lucky to be moving to with-in a few short hours of Disney World...color me jealous.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
This is going to be my friend and hopefully constant companion in 2008. ANYTHING can be accomplished in 15 minute increments! Here I only have 11 minutes to go and I am free to move on to another task. Great tool to keep from being over come by magnitude of so many tasks!!! AND it truly is amazing what can be done in 15 minutes when you put your mind to it.......
Any way I hope all who come by enjoy. I am going to post the three photos I already took in a row to catch up. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with this as I thing it will be a fascinating journal to look back on in years to come. I do have a few other internet friends who are also doing this and I will post links to their photo journals in the side bar.