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Friday, November 27, 2009

I'm Late, I'm Late -- Christmas Spirit Where Are You?

I feel like the White Rabbit this year. I am late, I'm late . . . late in putting up any holiday decorations . . . late in starting my Christmas cards . . . late in doing some shopping.

Put all that together and I am not going to worry . . . I know it will all come together just fine.

So I am going to sit at the computer, check my usual haunts, listen to some t.v. behind me, and maybe get a cup of hot cocoa.

Tomorrow is another day . . . I might pull out the tree or sit and write out my Christmas cards. Maybe some holiday music will put me in the mood or taking a drive to see some lights will do the trick.

I have just thought of it! Now that I am in Montana, I am expecting snow to kick off my holiday spirit . . . so "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow".

Hope you are sitting fine and comfy where you are and letting the season come upon you as you like.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Humor

May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey be plump,

May your potatoes and gravy

Have never a lump.

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize,

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Log Cabin Quilt Top

Log Cabin Quilt Top, originally uploaded by WonderlandShoppe.

I finished putting a pretty blue border on this quilt top this evening. The strips are 1 inch wide and took plenty of thread to complete this piece.

Applique Steer Horns

Applique Steer Horns, originally uploaded by WonderlandShoppe.

I am making a Southwestern theme quilt top for my soon to be 10 year old son, Avery Zefram. Here he models the center of the quilt. I found a photo online and created the much bigger size replica on the background fabric.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Grandma's Dream -- Veteran's Day

Grandma has many interesting dreams and usually wakes up expressing them to us.

This morning I find it remarkable that she woke up telling about sitting on the couch at her home and falling asleep on the shoulder of a GI. She said her father got very mad at her for doing this.

The reason I find this remarkable is that it is Veteran's Day. Granted, she is 89 years old and has memories mixed up from her younger days to now with her dementia, but she could have been hiking in Yellowstone again (a dream a couple weeks ago that ran for days) or having lunch delivered for her and her twin sister, Lulynn (who passed away years ago - a very recent dream).

Also, in regards to our veterans and active service people, my husband had a soldier in uniform come into his office the other day. When he finished conducting his business and as he left, my husband thanked him for his service for our country. This soldier turned around and saluted my husband and then said, "Sir, you are the first person who has ever thanked me." My husband (a definite tender-hearted person) teared up at the thought of this, especially since we live in an air force base town.

So, it is my hope, no matter what your feelings are of our country and it's involvement with the current military affairs, that you will take the time to "thank" a soldier whether veteran or active today.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mother Daughter Times

f_dhs_6269, originally uploaded by ricksoloway.

Mother and daughter relationships are complex because the daughter looks to her mother as a role model of what a woman is. As she grows up and sees other women who live their lives differently, she chooses between imitating her mother or other significant influences in her life. As an adolescent she may come to look down on her mother and think that other women are much better. Of course, she is not a fully grown woman so she does not understand the challenges and choices that her mother faces. It is only when she herself becomes a woman that she can fully appreciate her mother.

© Mother Daughter Poems from Family Friend Poems

Monday, November 2, 2009

Slow Dance Poem -- Author, David L. Weatherford


Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?

When you ask "How are you?"

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away.
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

The poem was written by David L. Weatherford and published by the Russ Berrie Company in 1991. Weatherford copyrighted the work with the Library of Congress in 2001.

Under Construction - Southwest Theme Quilt top

Over the weekend I have been playing with colors of fabric to go with a nice print fabric my friend Judith sent me for a quilt with a Southwest theme. It is going to be for Avery, my youngest son (soon turning 10).

The coordinating fabrics I have chosen for now are a pretty blue with a pattern and a brown with flecks of black in it.

I have started stitching some embroidery squares to include as well. Avery is pretty impressed with the eagles and likes the sun too.

Also, he smiled really big when I told him there is probably going to be a wolf worked into the quilt top.