Saturday, January 3, 2015

Back to the Business of Blogging

Happy 2015!

Sometimes I think about stopping my blog, because I really don't take care of it like I had planned.   But then I go back and start reading; page after page; pages of MY story.  And every now and then I run across something that I had already forgotten about!  Yes, how quickly we forget!   I am very thankful that I have memories recorded here, it's fun to go back... so yes, back to the business of blogging.

Annabelle's quilt

Happy 2015!  Do you still set goals?  You know, losing weight, exercising more, etc. etc.  Me neither... not anymore.  After 51 years of seeing what doesn't work, I think I'll just live.... yes, I will attempt to be healthier, I will try to make wise choices, I will educate myself on what's best for me, and I will live. 

I will look at the sky, each and every day, to be reminded of the wonderful Creator, who paints that sky for us daily.   I will look for Him in all places, I will listen for His still small voice.   I believe God can be found in the small stuff.... the flowers that grow, the birds that fly, the rivers that flow, the laughter of my grandchildren, etc.  He is still there, waiting for us to recognize and join Him.  I will put away any distractions that keep me from Him and I will keep my eyes and my ears open.

A dear friend from work gave me this Downton Abbey planner for Christmas.  I have decided it will be perfect to record my sewing progress for 2015.  I have so MANY things that I want to complete this year.  I hope that by seeing my progress on paper, I'll be able to move forward.  These things are not going to sew themselves.  I completed this square in square quilt top for my 4th grandchild today; Annabelle is due to arrive in March.  I get to write this in the book tonight.  ;)

Do you see these two little embroidered kids that I made a few weeks ago?  ahem, more like when I was in HIGH SCHOOL!!  Since I made these (I painted them with oil paints, that my brother let me borrow, as he was taking an art class in school... thanks Dale), I have gone to nursing school, married, had two children,  a boy and a girl, just like my embroideries!  I have raised those two kids, am semi retired from my nursing job, and have my 4th grandchild on the way!  Those embroideries are still there.  They have moved from house to house to house, along with our moves through the years. I still like them.   I enlarged these patterns (by hand) from a magazine, using the back of Christmas wrapping paper to make a grid.  I loved them then, and I still love them today!  The magazine plan was to make a quilt.  (I still have the magazine) I have decided to have these little kids framed and I will hang them in my living room.   They are at least 33-34 years old now. 

And I do read , a lot, especially since I purchased a Kindle a couple years ago.  As much as I love my Kindle, I still prefer 'paper' books.  I've recently learned that you can purchase used books on Amazon, too... not just new books.  (I know , I know, everyone else already knew this) Lately I have been purchasing a few used books to read.  The one in the picture was a fun read.  I love reading about simple living, farms, domesticity, quilting, cooking, etc.  There is a second book about this farm that I want to read soon.   I think I will write my completed book list in my journal, too.   You know, just to remember.

When we are young, we don't realize how much we have to forget.  I think it's a great idea to keep records.  Who says all record keeping has to be hard? (like money, vaccinations, etc)  Our blogs are priceless; they belong to each writer; as do our journals.   Write it down! Keep a record!  We'll be glad we did.

Happy 2015!


  1. I've noticed that a lot of bloggers post less frequently, and many have gone to InstaGram. But like you, I think it's important and interesting to read back over what I've written. Glad to see you here!

  2. "I will look for Him in all places, I will listen for His still small voice. I believe God can be found in the small stuff...."

    Yes, yes, yes...bless you as your journey this year. xx

  3. I for one am glad that you are still blogging. I love reading your blog posts. It is so nice to have memories on paper so you can go back and be reminded of them. I have never watched Downtown Abbey, but I think it is on Netflix. Maybe, I will check it out!

    I really like what you said about not making resolutions, but just live each day and enjoy it...I am going to try and do that...and hopefully get rid of the "worries."

    Happy New Year to you and yours! Love you!

  4. Yes how quickly we forget. I think of my blog as a place where future generations can get to know me. No I do not make resolutions. Season 5 of Downton Abbey starts tonight. Happy New Year, may your blessing be abundant!

  5. I like your views on New Year's resolutions.

    I love Annabelle's quilt! Its beautiful.

    Glad you are still blogging. I keep hanging on to mine too, but sometimes I think about stopping.

    Enjoy Downton Abbey tonight!

  6. I enjoy your blog too though I have to admit I did close down my blog permanently and got a 10 year journal. More personal for me. Plus our Internet is so iffy the last 6 months.

    What an interesting book! I'll have to see if it's at the library near me. We have a poodle and moved out to the country. People have asked me before about our pet "angora goat" AKA our standard poodle before. LOL!

  7. I love, love the embroideries! They are just adorable. I am glad you are blogging. I am glad you see God in the small stuff. Keep listening for His still, small voice in this year.

    I, too, get unmotivated to blog sometimes, but I just had my first year of blogs made into a book on Blurb, and I am really loving it. i plan to do the next two years, too. It really is a journal of my life, and a keepsake for my grandchildren.

  8. I read that book and loved it. I read the hard copy, I have a Kindle, but I prefer holding a 'real' book, so much more simple.


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