Daily Prompt: Neophyte
I have been absent from the blogging world for a month. Not having time to do so many of the things I love to do, I have come to realize I am a neophyte when it comes to throwing things away. Can you believe it? After all of my complaining about Gary’s holding onto things that we didn’t need. It has been quite a shock for me to admit to myself it isn’t quite as easy to throw away items from your past. I feel a bit of a hypocrite. I know my husband is somewhere in the universe with a big smile on his face because I have admitted this fact. 🙂
The thing is, I have sold my house and the apartment I am going to is very small. So, the realization that I can’t take so much with me has hit home. I have my grandmother’s antiques that are beautiful, but I will not have any room for them. A quilting friend of mine’s granddaughter who will be graduating from college this year saw pictures of them and really fell in love with them. I was very happy to give them to her. I know that my grandmother is smiling knowing they are going somewhere to be appreciated and loved. My girls are also happy that I have found such a good home for them.
I am keeping the antique bedroom set Gary bought me when we first got married. It’s perfect for my smaller bedroom. It has been stored for years because we had gone to a king-sized bed. And I have a beautiful golden oak hall tree that will be in my sunroom right inside the door.
Joe and Kelly got a 30-yard dumpster for me to fill. I am happy to report that it has been filling up. I occasionally need to sit myself down and have a stern talk with myself about holding onto things. I have a much greater appreciation of what Gary used to go through when he had to get rid of something.
I also haven’t even picked my camera up since I have gotten home from Florida. I can’t wait until I can get back to photography. I really have had so much fun with it.
The past two weeks my good friend Sue was visiting. She makes my clothes and I quilt her quilts. We always have a good time together. It was a very needed break in the sorting of house and garage contents. She left on Wednesday. I always hate to see Sue go back home. But we all have to go home eventually.
I have been doing some quilting and have decided that I will continue to do more through the rest of the weekend and when Monday hits I will get back to the daunting job of sorting through our past.
Have a good day.
Daily Prompt: Interest
It is with great interest and sadness that I recall the terrible ordeal that has happened in Las Vegas this past weekend. Interest because I just cannot imagine being pushed to the point of committing senseless murder. In my mind, I have to believe that the man was sick. There is no other explanation for his actions. It is inconceivable to me that one’s life can have such little meaning so as to cause you to express your anger in this way. I find I need an answer.
Or is it the work of the devil? I believe he exists and he works tirelessly to corrupt our lives causing havoc and despair. Is what so many have said true? Is our country in a deluge of evil spirits? Are the many visionaries right that we are in for a terrible chastisement because of our fondness for self-gratification and immorality? Is God losing patience with us? I hope not. I pray that He will continue to shed His light on us, to gently guide us to become the country we once were.
Satanic worship, blasphemes, the murder of innocent children, and discrimination have become commonplace in this country. Respect for life has disappeared. How much longer can we continue on this self-destructive path? I worry for my grandchildren. This country was founded on Christian principles. It’s about time we get back to them because I am very afraid that if we don’t, we will cease to exist.
Daily Prompt: Leaf
I have always loved this time of year. The leaves begin to change to the beautiful colors of autumn. Earth tones are my favorite. I decorate with them. I wear them. I don’t think there is anything richer than those earth tones of fall.
I can remember sitting in my family room watching the different colored leaves float to the ground. The golds, rusts, maroons, purples, and greens. What a beautiful blanket they made on my lawn.
I have fond memories of raking leaves with my kids just so they could jump into the pile and start all over again. I was always ready for fall after the hot summer. It was like a breath of fresh air to me. The only complaint I have about fall is that it ends into winter. Brrr! I am not a fan of the cold weather.
Several years ago we moved down south to coastal North Carolina. Where we are there isn’t much fall foliage. That is the only thing I miss. Pennsylvania has some awesome color this time of year. For me to see anything like it I would have to go to the western part of North Carolina. I choose not to travel out there so I will just have to be happy with looking at the pictures online.
I have been going through all of the school papers I kept from when my kids were in school. I found one project from my son. It is a beautiful maroon leaf that is pressed between two pieces of plastic. It made me smile. I loved all of those little handmade projects my kids made for gifts for me.
My youngest is 34 years old now. It’s time I let these things go. I have asked them if they want them back, but they just look at me like I am crazy. Apparently, I don’t have a sentimental one in the bunch. They have all commented that they can’t believe I moved down here with all of it. Let’s just see how they are with their children’s handmade gifts.
It’s true, holding onto things is really silly. Memories are not kept in things, but in our hearts.
Another Thursday and I didn’t have a picture of a door. So, today I decided to go outside and take a picture of my front door. It’s raining so it was a quick one with my cell phone. After I took it and uploaded it I realized that the bottom of the door is dirty. I have to be honest I don’t usually concern myself with the outside of the house. I always believed that I clean the inside, God takes care of the outside. I know, lazy huh? Anyway, this is my front door. Nothing special, just an ordinary door, but when I see it while driving up my driveway it says home to me.
Daily Prompt: Mighty
Yesterday I had the mighty great privilege of accompanying my fellow quilters from Brunswick Quilters Guild to the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville, NC. We took approximately 40 quilts to present to the residents of the Community Living Center.
I cannot tell you how much of a rewarding experience this was. These men and women who sacrificed so much to keep our country safe were both appreciative of our gifts and humbled by our thanks for their service.
These men and women who are suffering from the side effects of war stated over and over again that they served happily and would do it again. They are our heroes. They are our inspiration. They remind us that we should never forget the atrocities of war and do all we can to prevent it from involving our young men and women. However, they stay strong in the belief that if the need arises, our men and women will serve strongly, honorably, and dutifully to protect our homes and freedoms.
God bless you wonderful men and women who gave so much and have not always received the respect, honor, and support that this nation owes you.
I can’t believe how long it has been since I have had the time to post. I have been working really hard on getting my house ready to sell, and I think I have a buyer. I am so excited about it too. If any of you wonderful people out there in the Blogosphere pray, I am asking you to please whisper a prayer for me that the sale of my home goes well. I would certainly appreciate it.
Also, as you are all aware, Irma is heading for the southeastern United States and Florida will be slammed and probably here in Noth Carolina too, whisper a prayer for my family’s and my safety during this time. My son who lives in Miami is on the road with his family. He left yesterday, but he said the traffic is terrible and the gas is in short supply. My dear friends who live in the central and western side of Florida are in need of prayer too.
This storm hitting right after Harvey is really a terrible situation for the US. I realize that so very many people are in need and I have been praying for everyone’s safety through out this situation. So many people with such great loss. It is so heartwarming to see how we are pulling together to help. I was happy to hear the governor of Florida saying that homes can be replaced but lives cannot be. I hope that people do the smart thing and seek shelter out of the area.
I have been reading your posts, just have not had the time to reply. Hopefully after this ordeal of the storm is over my life can resume some semblance of normalcy.
Be safe everyone and God bless you.
Daily Prompt: Rhyme
Since my return from Florida a week ago Saturday, I have been at my daughter’s home. My three grandchildren started school this week and I had not seen them all summer so they wanted me to stay with them until school started. I have really enjoyed being here with them, but I have to tell you, three kids 9, 11, and 13 can be exhausting. Especially when you are with them 24/7. Now I understand why God gives you children when you are young and foolish. 🙂
They are sweet kids. But, there is no rhyme or reason why they can go from happy and getting along to miserable and fighting in no time at all. It’s mind boggling. I don’t remember my kids doing that. Then I remember that between my first two there are 10 years. So, by the time the next two came along I had a built in nanny. I also worked the whole time my kids were growing up. It was necessary and to be honest, I would have worked anyway. I loved what I did.
I also loved being a mom. I just loved it in small increments. I can remember one time my youngest daughter said to me, “Why can’t you be a regular mother?” She was basing my type of motherhood on her best friend’s mother who was a stay at home mom who could be the homeroom mother at school and go on field trips with them.
I did go through episodes of guilt at times. But to be honest, if I had been home 24/7 I would have been a terrible mom. I needed to work. It kept me sane. It gave me perspective.
My kids get it now. Truth be told, they got it then too. I can remember one time when I was out of work for a longer period of time than my usual vacation, I heard them talking upstairs saying they couldn’t wait until I went back to work. They were not too happy about how I solved their boredom. I could always find a chore for them to do. 🙂
So probably tomorrow I will finally be home. I am looking forward to getting things at home back on track, and to be able to enjoy my blogging again.