I found this picture when I was going through old files on discs. It’s my high school senior picture. I can’t believe how much my youngest daughter looks like me. Been told that for years, but couldn’t really see it. Thought I’d share.

Well it’s finally happened. Our cupboards are bare. Looks like I can’t put it off any longer. Food Shopping!!! Hubby always goes with me, which you would think would be a help, but…he thinks of food shopping like it’s a date. He loves to go and I hate it. He reads every little label, and goes up and down every isle even if we don’t need anything in it. Sometimes I find excuses not to go and he goes by himself. But not a chance of that happening today. I have to run an errand too. So, one car equals we go together.

Would love to attempt to sew something when I get back. I’ll let you know how that works out. Keep cool, it’s hot out there.

Guild Day News

Yesterday was our community outreach workshop at the guild. We worked on the firehouse quilts. Brunswick County has now required the main firehouse in each district to be manned 24 hours. That means there will be three people sleeping there at night. We decided to make quilts for those beds. So we have been busy strip piecing blocks to get these done. This is what we started with. Well actually I didn’t get the picture taken before the girls started going through the strips.

This is what we ended up with. 97 squares.

There were also completed quilts turned in by some of the girls.

Three baby quilts, two quilts for the nursing homes and one for our teen emergency center. We had a great day. I also delivered 18 baby quilts to the hospital and there will be five more this week.

We are so blessed to be able to meet at the Presbyterian Church in town. The room is big and bright. We have access to a full kitchen that we use several times a year for celebrations. And the best part is we have the nicest members you could ever find. 🙂 I just finally got a good picture of our 2015 Raffle Quilt. It was made by all of our members. Isn’t it beautiful? I love Christmas quilts. Maybe I’ll win it, well I can hope.

Moving In & Fathers’ Day

So my daughter got a call on Tuesday that the sellers were ready to leave for Nebraska and did they want to do settlement on Wednesday. So they said yes. So we got to have our three grandchildren for the weekend. We just got in from taking them home. The house is lovely and the kids just love their rooms.

My daughter invited us to stay for dinner to celebrate Father’s Day. My younger daughter came over to see dad too. Her poor hubby broke a bone in his foot that is not healing. He’s just had his second cast put on and was told if no sign of healing in two weeks it’s surgery. Here’s hoping he heals.

So this weekend we played games, flew Aidan’s helicopter(which we gave him for his birthday this visit), and did a lot of computer playing. It’s always so good to have them here to visit, but when they go home that’s good too. Especially if we have all three of them at the same time like this weekend. I like to have them one at a time so I can really spoil them. 🙂 Aidan said Saturday was the best day of his life because he got his remote control helicopter. “It’s EPIC!” The kids liked the guinea hens and the red fox who stopped by to visit too.

It was really hot this weekend. I can’t imagine what it will be like in July. I ran to church on Saturday night for confession and Mass and to work in the gift shop before and after Mass. As I went into the confessional I decided to kneel down and when I did I fell right off the kneeler. Poor Father, he sat really quiet then said Hello? I got to laughing and told him I had fallen. He wanted to come around to help me up but I told him I could get up myself. I didn’t want him to see the crazy lady who fell off of the kneeler! So right before I started my confession he says to me, “Well you already did your penance.” That broke me up and it took a few moments for me to compose myself. By this morning I was sore. But we did have a good laugh over the whole thing.

Well I have to report that I actually got two quilts repaired. One for my son-in-law and one for my granddaughter. I was very pleased that I finally got a little sewing done. I have guild on Tuesday for our outreach workshop, but other than that, I am going to work on something. I would like to be able to post a picture of a completed project at the end of the week.

Stay cool!

Favorite Saint Friday

St. Agatha
St. Agatha was born in Sicily in the third century. She probably died in 251 during the Christian persecutions under Decius which lasted from 240 to 251. She was beautiful and of a noble family. She had taken a vow of Purity and consecrated herself to Christ. Quintian, the Governor of Sicily wanted her, but she refused. He sent Agatha to a house of prostitution. Agatha remained firm in her vow. Quintian then reportedly had Agatha imprisoned and brutally tortured. She is supposed to have been healed of her wounds when St. Peter appeared to her in prison, however Quintian’s tortures continued and she finally died unshaken in her devotion to Christ.

A year after her death, a city survived the volcanic eruption of Mt. Etna. People became convinced the city had been spared because of St. Agatha’s prayers. Devotion to her spread beyond Sicily and was so fervent in the early Church that St. Agatha’s name came to be included in the first Eucharistic Prayer. She is honored for her courage in suffering and her devotion and commitment to Christ.

St. Agatha is the patron saint of Sicily, nurses, bakers, miners, jewelers, Alpine guides, and those suffering from breast cancer. She is also the protector against earthquakes, volcanoes, fires and thunderstorms.

Since I am a nurse, St. Agatha is one of my favorite saints. The first time I was made aware of this patronage was when I graduated from nursing school in 1975. I received a pin with a prayer to St. Agatha for nurses card. I know that St. Agatha got me through many long nights with very sick patients. Her feast day is February 5.

Fabulous Friday Quote

“Many things in life will catch your eye, but few will catch your heart. Pursue those.” Anonymous.

This is my favorite quote. It really says a lot doesn’t it? I read this somewhere many years ago and have never forgotten it. We too often waste time on things that are just not important like watching TV or aimlessly going from store to store looking for ways to spend money. Now I am not saying that shopping is a bad thing necessarily, but making that your reason to wake up in the morning certainly causes some concern. And we all enjoy watching our favorite program on TV. However, if we can’t leave the house because of it then it becomes problematic.

For me the things that hold my heart are my God first and foremost, then my family. These are enforced by volunteering at my church, quilting for charity (and me), photography, and reading a good book. You get the picture right?

There is one thing I must admit here though. I hate to clean. Will do anything I can to get out of doing it. So you can be sure that when the sweeper needs to be run I will be sitting at my Featherweight sewing till my hearts content.

Too Many Emails & Inspiration

I have just spent over four hours going through over 13,000 emails on my desktop. That is just crazy. Apparently when I used my laptop emails were not deleted from the server so when I would go back to my desktop to load mail everything I had already read downloaded. I got that little error in judgement corrected and I have unsubscribed from all my newsletters. I decided if I can’t access information from their blog then I don’t need it. I had email on my computer that went back to April 2013! I’ll not let that happen again. Takes way too long to get rid of it. Unfortunately I run the website for my quilt guild so had to make sure I had a copy of all emails sent to me by members and officers. Gotta CYA. 🙂

Wanted to share a picture of a sunset I took one night in April right off my back porch. I couldn’t believe the colors.

Actually I stood on the porch and moved to get the complete sky. Silly me I didn’t even think about using the panoramic setting. So I have three separate shots. This is the middle one. I had it on my facebook page as the header but just changed it for a panoramic shot my son got at the beach last week. Aren’t those colors gorgeous? What wonderful inspiration for a quilt, don’t you think? Maybe there’s a quilt in my future with these colors.

Following Her Example

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” ― Therese of Lisieux

This is one of my favorite quotes from St. Therese. How much simpler can it be to evangelize than this? The best and easiest way to show our love for Jesus Christ is to be Christ like by loving our neighbor. That includes engaging with the stranger in the parking lot and our friend in the store. Sure there is more to it than that, but it’s a terrific start. Don’t you think?

Lets face it, we are not all outspoken. Some of us are very shy. That is just the way we are. But even the shyest of us all can manage a smile or a simple hello. Isn’t that what Jesus would do? Volunteering at your local hospital, senior center or elementary school, donating quilts to nursing homes or crises centers, working at your local food bank are just a few ways to live our faith.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York said, “Every person is created with unique gifts, talents and temperaments – all of which can be used to reach others who have yet to hear or understand the good news of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. Whether you are an extrovert and like to engage others in faith conversation or are more reserved and prefer to let your life do the talking, as Catholics, we’re all called to this work, not just priests and religious.”

Back To Normal

Well, the kids left Sunday to go back to Miami. They’ll be up here in a month or so. Can’t wait.

About that race on Sunday. Well, there were four Red Flags and a lot of rain. They put more laps down the first half in caution laps than actual racing laps. Anyway, after 5 1/2 hours the race was called and they had just gone over half way. Kasey finished 15th. I can’t say that I have enjoyed a race less than this one.

Yesterday we spent getting things back to normal here and caught up on some much-needed rest. Today I thought I would update my blog and pick out a UFO to finish. Not having much luck. I have four Cancer Survivor Quilts to quilt and a couple of Baby Quilts to put labels on for the hospital. My long-arm keeps calling my name. 🙂

Look what was outside to greet me today. A baby bunny! Isn’t he cute?

We got some other news this weekend too. My older daughter and her family are moving into a new house. It’s beautiful. I’m only sorry she’ll be a little farther away from me. But we all have to do what is best for us so I understand the move.

Boy is it hot today. Supposed to reach 100°. Thank the good Lord for air-conditioning. Keep cool!

Kasey Kahne Got The Pole!

Kasey got the pole today in qualifying for Sunday’s race in Michigan. It makes me crazy that Speed Channel sold out to Fox Sports because our cable company doesn’t carry Fox Sports 2 and that’s where they showed qualifying today. I’m sure glad Fox is committed to NASCAR. Anyway, the important thing is he got the pole. Woo Hoo! Looking forward to the race on Sunday.

Good news, the kids found a house. It’s really a nice brick 3 bedroom, 2 bath house on a great piece of property. So they were able to accomplish what they came up here for. I am going to love having them close. They have to head back to Miami this weekend. But they will be here in a month or so.

I finally finished my UFO list. I have it on it’s own page. As I finish each piece I will check it off my list.