has been an eventful year with lots of highs and lows. I've learned
lessons, managed challenges, and tried to stay flexible.
seems to me that the best way to handle life is to roll with its
rhythms. Things happen that aren't in our plans. Sometimes the
changes are nice surprises; other times they aren't. No matter which
way, you have the choice to resist or adjust, panic or stay calm.
How you respond is up to you.
are three tips that might help:
ask questions you don't want the answer to. Being informed is
helpful only up to a point. If you're not going to do anything with
the information, why ask for it?
can't fix or figure out crazy. Not going to happen. It's a
waste of your time, energy, and brain cells to even try.
it be. Sometimes it's better
to step back and wait. Life might make the right decision for
you. Things don't always need to be micro-managed. They work out on
their own without your input.
can't plan life. Because no
matter how perfect your plan is, life has a way to rearrange it.” -
been a busy little bee in the sewing room the last couple of weeks.
Recently I helped my mama paint her bedroom a pretty sky blue. We
switched out her old dresser and desk for a 1920's antique dresser and
wardrobe, changed her bedspread and curtains, and tossed out a lot of
clutter. I made her a wall hanging and pillow covers that will match the new blue and green color scheme. She loves her new room, it's now a bright, comforting place to be.
once I got started more ideas popped into my head and I kept on
sewing. My newest design is the Sammie bag, a cute tote which fits
a 10” tablet, or it can be used as a purse.
I'm working on another one later today, but first I have to clean my house. It
didn't get much attention last week between sewing, mowing, and going
"Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine or a paintbrush." --anonymous
few weeks ago, I wrote about unfinished quilt blocks made by Granny
Rose. At first, I put them away, but I decided they need to be
displayed so we can enjoy some of them. The perfect solution occurred to me
last week, so I got busy sewing. The result: New throw pillows for
our living room! The blocks were different sizes and colors, so I used charcoal and cream
ticking fabric as borders to blend them all together. I sewed a new small block with pieces of her flour sack
material and solid black. They look fabulous, and we get to see her beautiful
work every day.
A lot of people put back things and never get to use them. I decided
several years ago to use my favorite items often instead of saving
them only for special occasions. As far as I am concerned, every day
is special. I wear nice clothes, jewelry, and good perfume whenever I
want. The towels hanging in our bathrooms aren't just to look at,
they are to be used.
the point of having nice things if you can't enjoy them?
I need to be alone. Just me and an uncluttered mind. No phone,
no laptop, no email, no people. No radio or television. No
housework or undone projects hanging over my head. No appointments,
grocery shopping, or errands waiting to be done. No responsibility
other than to myself and definitely no pressure from the expectations
normally an extrovert, but when life gets stressful I crave the
quietness and peace that comes from solitude. It can be difficult to
turn off my brain because I'm always making lists in my head or
creating new ideas. Being alone helps me focus and think more
think that retirement would give me lots of solitude. It's true that
I should have more control of my time, but it seems like I'm doing
more than ever. Camping, hobbies, family, and home improvements come
with their own set of distractions and to do lists.
need to work on setting boundaries and priorities. After all, I
shouldn't feel guilty for needing time for myself. It's the best way
to recharge my batteries and energize my spirit. I'd like a week at
the beach, but I'll settle for a day at home with no interruptions.
silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is
to the body - nourishment and refreshment.” William Penn
can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?” – Mary Doria