Weekend Coffee Share


If we were having coffee I would tell you that it’s been a hectic week.  But, right now looking back on it I don’t know what made it that way.  Ever have a week like that?

This past Tuesday was my quilt guild’s outreach workshop.  There were forty-three of us making newborn baby quilts and hats for my local hospital.  One of the girls brought her embroidery machine with her and made the labels right away.

My friend Janet had to put her dog down on Monday so she missed the meeting.  I took her an iced coffee after the meeting.  I thought she needed a little cheering up.  Poor Finny was 17 years old.  She could barely walk at the end.  So sad.

I have been cutting out lap quilts for our veterans to make kits so that our members can put them together.  We deliver them to the VA and the VA Hospital.

Other than guild business I have just been gathering things for my granddaughter’s dance school yard sale on the 7th of April.  This is for the competition team to help defray the cost to the students.  It is unreal how much it costs for a child to compete in dance.

My daughter and son-in=law are coming down this morning to fix my outside lights.  He is going to convert them to motion detecting.  It will be nice to have them come on at night when I come and go here at the house.  I am going to see if I can get Stephen to hand a quilt hanger for me too.

I will be spending Easter with my two daughters and their families with my son face timing us from Miami.  I wish my granddaughter could be here too.  It would be great for her to get to know her cousins.

I wish ya’ll a very blessed Easter.



11 Questions – 11 Answers


It would seem that the lovely Ginger who nominated me for this award didn’t take into consideration whether or not I could follow directions.  🙂  It seems the 11 questions I answered were not from her.  So, without further ado, here goes.

1. Where do you blog from?  I blog from North Carolina in the United States.  Usually sitting in my living room with my laptop.  I just can’t get into blogging with a tablet or phone.  I find the keyboard too small.  
2. What is our motto (for life, your blog, your work… you choose)?  I don’t think I have a motto anymore.  When the kids were small I had “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  Now I just have a couple of quotes that I love.  “Gratitude is when what you have is enough.”  “Many things in life will catch your eye. Only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those.” Unknown and my all time favorite is “Not my circus. Not my monkeys.” Old Polish Proverb
3. What is your favorite blog post (yes you choose your own)?  I don’t think I have a favorite post, but maybe the one here.
4. Coffee or tea?  Hot coffee in the morning, iced coffee in the afternoon, and hot tea before bed. 
5. What is your favorite foreign recipe?  My Aunt Bunny was Polish and I loved the dishes she used to make.  So I would say kapusta.
6. What is your favorite animation (sorry I have a thing for animations at the moment and need some input)?  Having young grandchildren I get to see a lot of animated movies.  I guess I would say Finding Nemo is my favorite.  
7. And as we are on it, what is your favorite movie?  My favorite movie is The Bells of St. Mary’s.  It starred Bing Crosby.  We used to see it every year at my elementary school’s holiday party.  I watch it all the time.  
8. If you had the power to change the world, what would you change?  If I had the power to change the world I would change the hearts of those who would cause harm.
9. Tell us three of your strengths!  Well, I am not entirely sure these are still accurate since I have retired.  I am organized.  I am dedicated to whatever I take on.  I have a good work ethic.  
10. Tell us your favorite way of pampering yourself!  My favorite way to pamper myself is to sit on the beach with my feet in the surf with a good book while sipping iced tea.
11. Tell us 11 places you would like to go!  Alaska, Italy, Ireland, The Holy Land, The Caribbean any and all islands there, Germany, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Peru, and Brazil.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which the Rules are simple as follows:

Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

Nominate 11 other bloggers.

Ask them 11 questions.

Let them know you have nominated them.

The blogs I have nominated are:

  1.  Riddle from the Middle
  2. Eclectic Alli
  3. Moonlight Reflections
  4. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  5. Diary of an Adventurous Retiree
  6. Bedlam & Daisies
  7. My Silly Snail Blog
  8. Evilina
  9. Kristy Writing
  10. 15AndMeowing.com
  11. Red Headed Book Lover Blog

Now 11 questions from Cookies & Moo

  1.  Who is your favorite author?
  2.  Did you go to college?  If so where?
  3.  What is your favorite food?
  4.  Have you traveled outside your country (if so where)?
  5.  Who is your favorite band, musical artist, or recording star?
  6.  What was your favorite subject in school?
  7.  Do you like to cook, bake?
  8.  What is the goal of your blog?
  9.  Beach or Mountains?
  10.  Chocolate or Vanilla
  11.  What is your favorite saying?

Have fun!


Liebster Award


My blog has been nominated for the Liebster award by Ginger of The Bee Writes which was a very thoughtful and kind thing to do.  I have not ever participated in the award process, but this seems a little different than some of the awards I have seen.

Apparently, this award started by bloggers for bloggers and is really just a way to get people to visit blogs they may not have known about.  It is also a get to know you type deal as well.  I have decided I will participate this time.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which the Rules are simple as follows:

Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

Nominate 11 other bloggers.

Ask them 11 questions.

Let them know you have nominated them.

11 questions from The Bee Writes.

1.  Where were you born?  I was born in Trenton, New Jersey.  I spent most of my childhood moving back and forth across the Delaware River to Pennsylvania.  

2.  What has been your favorite pet and why?  You know I can’t choose just one.  My first dog was my dad’s before he and my mother got married.  His name was Shep.  he taught me and half the kids in the neighborhood to walk.  He would let us hang onto him and walk slowly.  Then there was Sox.  He was my cat.  He lived to be an old man of 17.  I can’t forget Bandit.  He was a Toy Fox Terrier who lived to the age of 14.  I adopted him from the SPCA in Pennsylvania.  I missed him terribly, but we had decided not to get another dog.  But, after my husband passed away I decided I wanted to get a dog.  I adopted Gracie from the Animal Shelter up the road.  She is the sweetest girl.  

3.  Do you work?  If so where?  I am retired now, but I was an RN working in critical care in the Philadelphia area.  

4.  If you could go exploring anywhere, where would that be?  If I could go exploring it would be to Rome, Italy.  I have always wanted to go there.  I could spend hours upon hours exploring the architecture with my camera.  

5.  Your biggest regret?  I don’t really have any.  Whatever I did I did with the best knowledge at the time and always for the right reasons.  

6.  How many siblings do you have?  What are your thoughts on that number?  I had one brother and he passed away three years ago.  I was lonely with only a younger brother.  I wanted a big family when I married.  I had four children.

7.  What decade do you really belong in?  This is a funny question to me.  I don’t think there is a decade I belong in this century or last century.  

8.  Would you rather live in the Arctic or Antarctic Circle?  Neither, I like the Caribbean.  🙂

9.  What is your favorite artistic medium?  I am a quilter, I do needlework, cross stitch, embroidery, crewel, and love photography.  

10.  Camping or hotels?  Hotels!  I am not a camper.  Give me hot and cold running water, a soft bed, color TV, and room service.  

11.  Favorite school subject?  I was into science in school.  


Friendly Fill-Ins Week 98



1. I am the________________ in my family.
2. I have __________________ sibling(s).
3. I am looking forward to _________________this Spring.
4. The first sign of Spring this year was __________________ .


I am the oldest in my family.  I only had one brother and I lost him a couple of years ago.  I longed to have a big family.

I am looking forward to doing some photography this spring.  I haven’t done much of that since last summer.

The first sign of spring for me was a dandelion blooming in my driveway.  Even though it is just a weed, it’s bright yellow warmed my heart that the end of winter was close.


Lucky Charms

Daily Prompt:  Talisman

Have you ever had a lucky charm?  I can remember when I was a child I had a rabbit’s foot.  Remember them?  It was supposed to bring me good luck.  But, it never did.  It was just a superstition.  I grew out of believing in things bringing luck to me.

Many non-catholic’s believe that the medals we wear or the rosaries we use or the statues of saints we have are nothing more than a talisman.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  These things are a sign of our devotion to a particular saint or to Jesus.

I wear a Miraculous Medal always.  I have since I graduated from eighth grade.  I was installed into the sodality at my parish with it.  This medal is one of the Blessed Mother.  I don’t really have a patron saint, so I adopted her as mine.  Anyway, this is an outward sign of my devotion to the Mother of Jesus.

This devotion does not take anything away from my adoration of Jesus or God.  It is simply that I call on her for help when I have a problem.  No one has more influence on God then Mary.  God chose her to be His Son’s mother.  No one has more influence on Jesus, she raised and cared for Him during his life.  So, although I pray to God for my concern, I also ask Mary to intercede for me.  It is no different than asking a friend to pray for you.

Saints have already arrived in heaven.  They enjoy the glorious vision of God.  They have His ear so to speak.  So, when we are storming heaven with prayer, they join in and pray for us too.  It’s a beautiful part of my Catholic faith.


Midnight Hamster Hunt In The Nude

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Written for Linda G. Hills’ One Liner Wednesday:  The F-Word and the

 Daily Prompt:  Invisible

Many years ago I had a pool party for some of my fellow workers.  As the night went on, one of the girls asked if she could go look at the hamsters my kids had.   I told her sure, and that if she wanted one she was welcome to it.  The two hamsters that were supposed to be the same sex, produced eleven or twelve little fur balls.

These little rodents were housed in one of those plastic tunnel habitats and because of our cat, we had it sitting on the bar in our family room instead of my daughter’s room.

All of a sudden Jill comes out and tells me that there are no hamsters in the habitat.  I laughed and told her that that was impossible.  They must all be burrowed down under the nesting material.  She shook her head no, that there were no hamsters in it.

I ran into the family room and sure enough, there was not one of those fur balls in the habitat.  The little buggers chewed right through the plastic!  I looked around quickly but didn’t see anything running around.  I couldn’t believe it.  They weren’t invisible for heaven’s sake.  By now the party was over and everyone was leaving.

After the last person left, I ran out to the pool house and took off my bathing suit and wrapped myself up in a towel.  As I walked back into the house, I saw a little furry thing scurry up my drapes.  I ran for it and caught it.  One down.

I called for hubby to come help me find the critters.  So I don’t know how much time had gone by, but I was on my hands and knees in front of my door scooping up a hamster when I hear a knock on the door. Of course, in my mad hamster hunting, I had neglected to close the inside door.  I look around and see this guy standing there with his mouth open.  I looked down and realized that my towel had come loose.  I almost died.  And so did he.  I got up and ran down the hall calling hubby to handle whatever he needed.

I have laughed over this for years.  🙂






This Week’s Challenges from Tourmaline: March 18 – 24 (OWPC, WW & CYW)




I found this guy sitting outside my front door.  I have no idea what it is.  Maybe some kind of moth?  His head is fuzzy



Look at this face!


Canada Geese.  I love these guys.  I know they can be noisy and messy, but they are comical if you watch them.


The first blooms in my woods.