I'm late posting
today's message, but I have a great excuse...I've been hanging out
with my mama, Sam. This morning we had coffee on the back porch, and
sorted through some of her clothes. She's staying with us while she
recovers from a recent illness. Actually, we almost lost her, so I
am very happy to be able to spend time with her now. It's good that
she's here since she would have no help or anyone to talk with at her
It is occasionally
a bit stressful to have another person sharing the house, but the fun
times make it all worthwhile. My sweet husband is helping a lot,
joking around, and doing nice things for both of us. Sam's always
been feisty, so she's determined to recover enough to go back home
and drive her car again. Whether or not that happens, I think she's
doing well with her home physical therapy. She's still weak and gets
tired easily, but we did have a short outing last Thursday to get her
hair highlighted and cut. A sassy new do is a wonderful pick-me-up!
I'm getting mine done this week.
I'm grateful for
this opportunity, even if it makes me late, or keeps me from other
tasks. The ordinary things will get done eventually. What's
important now is Sam. After all, she's my mama and she made plenty
of sacrifices for me.
We often take for granted
the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
I absolutely love
this time of year! Temperatures drop to a comfortable level with
crisp mornings and warm afternoons. Windows are flung wide to air
out the house and my sun roof is open while I'm driving around town.
Summer shorts are swapped out for jeans or khakis. And I've already
decorated for fall.
I like autumn
decorations because they stay up until after Thanksgiving. Warm
shades of rust, copper, dark sage, pumpkin, and sunflower gold
coordinate perfectly with my neutral paint colors of cream, cool
taupe, and ripe gourd. Last week I made quilted valances in green,
tan and muted rust for the dining room. I've ordered oak
mini-blinds for those two windows to complete the Arts and Crafts
I filled my porch
flowerpots with gorgeous fall mums, changed the doormat, and added a
swag of leaves and fall flowers to our back door. It's a relaxing
season for reading, walking outdoors, mowing leaves, and pulling the
last of the weeds. Next comes hot chocolate, homemade soup, snuggly
hoodies, boots, and our last camping trip of the year.
I've been doing
battle with spider webs...they are weaving them high up under the
eaves and between tree limbs. Doesn't that mean big snowfalls this
winter? I'll have to look that up later. Right now I'm going to sit on
the back porch with my mama to watch the last few hummingbirds.
should tell us that we can't hold on to everything. During our
lifetime we will have to let go of possessions, people, pets, pain,
and the past. Even knowing this, it can be very difficult because humans
tend to resist change. The sooner we accept change, the easier it
is to move on.
Letting go frees
us to experience more. Making space in our homes creates a calming
atmosphere. Releasing anger allows us to find peace. Eliminating
negative people from our lives gives us room for new friends.
Learning from the past helps us move forward. Replacing bad habits
with good ones changes our whole outlook. Releasing control permits
us to explore and grow.
let go. Let go of past problems, bad habits, toxic people, clutter,
and negative thoughts. Embrace positive living and focus on today.
Remember, we have the power to choose how we experience things in our lives.
“We don't always have
to know why. Spending too much time on the why takes away from
figuring out what to do next.” --Sandra Beck
Spending time in
my craft room is peaceful and relaxing. I can stay there for hours.
I don't even have to be sewing. I love designing, sketching,
flipping through magazines and browsing through fabric swatches in
search of ideas and color combinations. It's my stress relief zone.
Since it was so
hot outside last week, I found a few extra hours to sew, and here are
the results. This 38” square quilt in cool, fresh blues and greens
is called Lakeside Picnic. It's made with easy 2”x4” strips set
into a stacked pattern. The reverse, Cool Bars, is longer strips set
together with wide pieces of coordinating fabric. It could be used
as a lap quilt, a baby quilt, a table topper or a picnic cloth.
Black, white and
yellow batik 2 1/2” and 1 1/2" strips of varying lengths give this table
runner a modern look, so I named it Midnight Lights. It reverses to
large offset log cabin blocks, called City Squares.
I'm ready for whatever comes this month. Enjoy Labor Day!
throws you scraps, make a quilt.” – Author Unknown