Monthly Archives: January 2015

Connecting The Dots

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Today’s (or yesterday’s?) Blogging 101 assignment:

Connect The Dots

(I hope you can read that!)

I started this blog with the intention of sharing quilting and sewing related information.  Techniques, tips, ideas, patterns …. looking for a way to connect with current and potential customers in a way that didn’t feel to them like I was trying to sell them something.  Looking to connect and get to know customers and anyone else interested in quilting and sewing.  But like all of us, I am multi-faceted so even though my passion involves fabric, needle and thread, I have a lot of other interests too.  I can’t limit myself here to just sewing stuff.  There’s too much going on upstairs that wants out.

One of my “lesser” passions – one I’ve temporarily given up since I left Texas – is growing roses.  I had beautiful little rose gardens at my old house.  My ex built a lovely corner garden with elevated beds (necessary in the clay soil around Houston), and then my son built another elevated bed in the opposite corner.  I had tea roses, climbing roses, antique roses … I loved them all.  I got so enthralled with growing roses I joined the Houston Rose Society.  Talk about experts!  So full of information and so eager to share – those monthly Rose Society meetings were thrilling.  As soon as Christmas festivities were over I started getting ready for Valentine’s Day – the official rose pruning day in the Houston area.

If I had to pick a favorite rose it would have to be one of the antique roses I found.  I can’t narrow it down further than that.  Antique roses are the best.  “Them as’ll come up an’ bloom if you just whistle to ’em, them’s th’ nicest of all.”

I haven’t yet learned how to grow beautiful roses in Ohio, but I will.  Someday.  Right now I’m nurturing a couple of fledgling businesses.  Funny thing about new businesses …. they’re kind of like antique roses.  Plant them in good soil, don’t let their feet stay wet too long, fertilize them properly, protect them from thrips, prune when necessary and they’ll bloom like crazy.  Whistling (or singing) while you work never hurts either.

Truer words were never spoken when it comes to heritage or antique roses.  So here’s a question:  can you tell me where that quote comes from?  It’s my favorite book of all time – has been since I was about 7 years old.  Here’s an interesting factoid I just learned … the author wrote the book the year my mother was born.  I never knew that until today.  My mom would be 104 this March if she were still here on Earth with us.  There’s a clue for you!

On Parenting

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Today’s Blogging101 assignment is to “personalize”, or continue to do so.  I think they’re talking more about the appearance of one’s blog, but an article in today’s Washington Post really spoke to me.

I became a parent at the ripe old age of 17.  I always say it’s a good thing I became a parent when I did, while I still knew everything.  Because of course when you’re a teenager you’re smarter than anyone else in your world – probably smarter than all of them combined, right?  At least the adults.  You know everything.  No one has ever felt, thought, looked, acted, knew what you are feeling, thinking, acting out, knowing – no one has ever experienced what you’re going through.  If they say they have you know they’re lying.

It’s no wonder statistics are poor when it comes to teenage or single parents (and let’s face it, many single parents start at a very young age).  I took my job as a parent very seriously.  So many adults that I respected and looked up to – teachers, especially – told me not only was I ruining my life, I was ruining the life of my children by having them while I myself was still a child.  I had to prove them wrong.

What does any of this have to do with the article referenced above?  One thing I think I got right was telling my children, “I don’t care what you do in your life, just be sure you always do it to the very best of your ability.  Don’t worry about what other people think – if you can look yourself in the mirror and be pleased with the person looking back at you, you’re on the right track.  And please please please get your education.  You may not need a college degree to sack groceries (one of my son’s aspirations when he was in elementary school) but if you have that degree you’ll be sacking groceries because you want to, not because others think that’s all you’re able to do.”

They listened.  They’re both amazing adults of whom I could not be prouder.  They’re both terrific parents, in partnership with their spouses, and they’re raising terrific kids themselves.

I can only take one third the credit.  Their father and stepmother get the other two thirds.  We all share the credit with the help from our families and friends.  We’ve all come a very long way since this picture ….

Thanksgiving Day with Jim-Grandpa-Michelle-Grandma-Peg 1986ish

(Shown here with my mom and dad, Thanksgiving too many years ago.)

Boo Turns Two

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We had a birthday in the house yesterday.  Our Monkey Boo Boo (aka, Director of Security) turned two whole years old.  In dog years that’s supposed to be 14 and I’m personally not thrilled at the notion of having a teenager in the house, but she’s such a good girl I’m hopeful she won’t become possessed by the aliens that take over most teenagers.

Boo is a kleptomaniac.  She’s very much an introvert so the way she “interacts” with people she doesn’t know well is to steal their stuff.  Of course we never manage to get pictures of her when she’s stolen someone’s shoe or glove or jacket or doll or truck or …. well you get the picture.  And she’s solid black, so getting a picture of her at all is very difficult.

This is Boo when we first brought her home:

Boo-Rex April 2013

(She’s supposed to be my dog but she’s very much a “daddy’s girl”!)

And here she is last week with her favorite blankie.  We’ve convinced her she’s not supposed to have it so she’s constantly teasing us with it, trying to get us to chase her & take it away from her.

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Getting to the point, we tried to have a birthday party for Boo last night.  Unbeknownst to me, the camera was rolling as I tried to get Boo and Hootie into chairs at the kitchen table.  The camera stopped rolling way too quickly but you can get an idea of what happened from this video!

And for those of you who are completely grossed out over a dog on the table, rest assured I feel the same way!  The table’s been bleached, rinsed and well sanitized.  We do NOT normally let our dogs on the table; in fact, that’s my biggest issue with having cats and the main reason we have none of those!

It got worse.  And more hilarious.  There might have been a few more curse words … Hootie was on the table at one point, shortly after he snuck over and stole Boo’s Frosty Paw right off the table (I think he came back looking for more).  In the end, Boo and Hootie both got their Frosty Paws treats and were quite happy with them.  And our kitchen table is probably cleaner than it’s been in a very long time ….

The Weather!

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Yesterday’s #Blogging101 assignment:  write to your reader.  Ummm … I thought I was already doing that!  But when I woke up this morning it was -8 F.  MINUS EIGHT DEGREES FARENHEIT?!?  As in …. EIGHT BELOW ZERO?  Where I LIVE?!?

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This is today’s hourly forecast.  It doesn’t show the part where it should be 14 below zero tonight sometime.

Why is this remarkable?

I’m a southern girl.  As in southern/southwestern part of the United States.  In the places I lived my entire life, until just recently, snow was remarkable.  Ice was remarkable.  I don’t believe “below zero” ever happened – certainly not when I was wherever “there” was!  Even in the high desert country of southwestern New Mexico I never experienced “below zero” temps.

Now I live in central Ohio USA.  Aaahhh … the things we do for love, right?  That’s right.  I followed my heart to central Ohio.  I’ve seen it snow several times now and I LOVE IT.  I love how it looks, I love the cold, I much prefer snow to the driving rains on southeast Texas …. but I can’t say I’m loving this “below zero” business.

Even our big yellow bear of a dog wants to come back in before his 10 minutes are up.  That’s COLD!  And to keep this somewhat on topic, it’s a great day to wrap up in a nice warm quilt, light up the fireplace and enjoy the snow outside – through the window.

Snow Day!

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Snow Day!

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Today was supposed to be the first day back to school after the holiday break, but guess what we woke up to this morning?  When I snapped this photo the neighborhood kids were already bundled up, outside and sledding down the hill behind those houses you see.  I wish I’d taken a video so you could hear their shouts of joy!

Is This Cheating?

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Is it cheating to just give you a link to a blog post I love?  If so, here I go …

I love Mark Lipinski.  He’s audacious, hilarious, smart, creative, determined and just great to be around.  I’d have to say I’m a fan – I doubt he’d remember me from Adam or Zena or anyone else, but HE is pretty unforgettable.  🙂

Having said all that, he wrote a great post for New Year’s Day that I’m sharing here.  He’s all about the Slow Stitching Movement and this post references that and so much more.  Enjoy !

Slow Stitching Movement

2015 – The Year of The Blog?

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2015 – The Year of The Blog?

Can you believe it’s 2015 already?  Where does the time go?  Somehow or another nearly three years have passed since I “started” this blog.  And yet this is my first post.  Say whuuuuuuuut???

So where to start?  I have so many ideas I can’t choose.  Therein lies my procrastination.  To help with that, I’ve joined WordPress’s “Blogging 101” course in hopes that will help my brain settle down and just  p.i.c.k.  s.o.m.e.t.h.i.n.g.  Pick something and START.

Just start.  Take the first bite out of that elephant.

So that’s what I’ll do.  What can you expect to see here?  All kinds of things!  Many will be quilting or sewing related because that’s my passion and my business now.  There may also be recipes… links to other blogs I find interesting … thoughts on life experiences … kid stuff … pet stuff … Pinterest stuff … Instagram stuff … and did I mention quilting?  Sewing?

I hope you’ll join me here.  Follow … subscribe … tell me what you’d like to hear about … let’s hang out together!