I am a Catholic widow, mother, grandmother, friend and according to my kids just a little bit crazy. My faith is paramount in my life. Spending time with my family, especially my four grandchildren is one of my most treasured blessings. I love Redskins football, Phillies baseball, NASCAR, quilting, genealogy, bibliophile, and struggling blogger.
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to visit lighthouses. They have always given me comfort and a feeling of safety. I know that the lighthouses are not there for the benefit of those on land, but rather for those who travel the seas. Just the same, I derive comfort from them.
I will never forget the first lighthouse I visited. My family and I went on a day trip to Long Beach Island at the Jersey shore. Pulling into the parking lot and seeing the Barnegat Lighthouse standing tall and almost regal, I was in awe.
I moved to North Carolina several years ago and have spent many hours investigating the Lighthouses near me. I still get that special feeling when I see one. I attended several quilt retreats on Oak Island which has a wonderful Lighthouse. My room was flooded with light as it circulated around facing the house I stayed in. The rhythm of the light shining in and out of my room put me right to sleep.
What a lovely day it is here. Not too warm and sunny. Gracie and I had a very nice walk this morning. Right now I am sitting with my legs propped up, Gracie is right beside me and I am sipping an iced coffee.
While I was out walking I saw a few things I wanted to photograph. When I got home I looked for my camera. I can’t find it! I have no idea where it could be. So, my Mother’s Day has been spent pulling things out of my very overstuffed quilt room trying to locate it.
My daughter was disappointed I wanted to stay home to work on my quilt room. Funny, kids don’t understand that sometimes it’s nice to just be by yourself so you can tackle a project that has been weighing on your mind. We faced timed this morning which was really nice. She was fine then.
So, I have pulled numerous boxes and bins out of that room. So far no camera. I haven’t panicked yet. But, I did ask my son to do some research on cameras for me so that I can get a new one if necessary. I really have missed my photography. I know that I am not that good, but I do enjoy it so much.
I have been looking around for some challenges like we used to have on WordPress. I remember that some people ran some on their own. I like doing challenges because it forces me to write more often. If anyone can suggest any, I would appreciate you letting me know.
If we were having coffee this morning, we would be sipping through our face masks. We are still in a stay at home situation here in North Carolina. The only time I go out is to walk Gracie. Poor girl’s walks have gotten shorter, but she seems to have gotten used to it.
As you can see from the picture above, my coffee cup is empty and very lonely sitting on my patio table. I do sit on the patio, but it’s very cold out today. I went out there and only lasted a couple of minutes. 🙂
It’s been a while since I have posted. I am having fun trying to figure out how things work here now. It seems they have changed how things are done. It took me forever to find where I could use the old editor.
I have been keeping busy sewing masks. Our health care facilities have asked for them. The big problem is everyone is making them and supplies have run short. Not fabric, I have plenty, but the elastic needed for the masks is out of stock everywhere. I ordered 100 yards over a month ago and it still has not come in.
I miss getting to spend time with my quilter friends. But the biggest hurdle for me is not being able to attend Mass and receive the sacraments. Seeing it online is not the same. This pandemic has really changed our way of life. It certainly gives us pause to reevaluate what is important and what is not. I hope that our economy will pick back up after the stay at home order is rescinded. I know that many people are struggling with no paycheck coming in.
I am excited because I am going to Medjugorje in October. I have wanted to make a pilgrimage there for a very long time. I am praying that by then this pandemic is just a memory so it doesn’t get canceled.
It’s been a while since I have posted. I am having fun trying to figure out how things work on here now. Seems they have changed how things are done.
Well 2020 came into being and I am still trying to settle myself into my apartment. I have finally admitted to myself and my daughters, that I moved entirely too much stuff with me. Most of it is my quilting supplies. I didn’t realize how much fabric I had collected. So, I am purging. I am surprised it isn’t harder than it is. I have found a place to donate a lot of sewing supplies to. I met a woman in Walmart who teaches young girls how to sew. She was ecstatic about getting fabric for her classes.
I have neglected my blogs. I have neglected my reading. I can’t remember the last time I sat and just read. My grandchildren are here almost every day. I love it. I lived an hour away before and now they are just 15 minutes up the road. They are growing like weeds. Andrew just turned 16. I can’t believe it.
I hope to get back to my blogging. I find it helps keep me on point with my life. Know what I mean?
I am beginning a new chapter in my life. After the frustrations with the damage that was done to my house, I realized that I was ready to make some changes in my life. I have moved to the city of Wilmington and have left my country setting behind.
I am close to both of my daughters so I will get to see them much more often. And, that means my grandchildren can come to visit a lot more. What a difference just being fifteen minutes away from them makes.
I am still unpacking and trying to get my quilting room together. I had to give a lot of things up, but I was surprised to learn that it was easier than I would have thought. I feel free of all the “stuff” we all hold onto. I have learned that we just don’t need it. Our memories are in our hearts. Don’t misunderstand, I did keep a few things from my past. There is always something you can’t part with. 🙂
Yesterday was my birthday. My daughter Samantha had me over for dinner and cake and ice cream. It was a lovely evening. I have neglected my blogs. I think I will now be able to put the time into them again and maybe even write something worth reading.
Has really kicked me in the butt. I am still not in my home and I have no idea when that will change. Seems that many of the workers have left NC and gone to Florida which has left a big hole in the recovery of our state.
I have been blessed with a wonderful friend who has opened her home to me and made me feel as though I am home. I miss the blogosphere. I will return as soon as I can. In the meantime, I wish all of my fellow bloggers a very Blessed Merry Christmas.
We are still stuck in Virginia. The roads remain flooded in NC. The kids and the animals are handling it well. I dare say better than Kelly and I are. Thankfully there is a pool the kids can burn some energy in.
It started raining here today, but it’s not heavy. I think where we are in Virginia Florence will be missed by the storm. I sure hope so.
If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell ya’ll about my experience evacuating my home because that very rude Florence has come to visit. She had the audacity to park right on top of my house! Can you believe it? My house is located just about where the white dot is in this picture. Needless to say, I will most likely be going home to a mess. However, after being in a car with 9 cats, 2 dogs, a rabbit, and a lizard, we arrived in Virginia safe and sound.
We were a caravan of three. My son in law, his dad, my grandson and 4 cats in the lead car. Me with 2 dogs, 2 cats and the lizard in the middle. My daughter and grandson and granddaughter and 3 cats, the rabbit in the rear. Just before arriving at the hotel, someone slammed on their breaks and caused a pileup. Thank God we all were untouched by it.
So we are staying in a wonderful hotel, Homewood Suites. The staff is wonderful. It’s pet-friendly so no problem with the animals. We certainly lucked out there.
I know that I have been absent for longer than I realized. Life has been busy. My daughter and her kids are living with me temporarily while work is being done on her house. So, time is limited if you know what I mean?
I would ask for prayers because I have no idea what I will find when I get home.