Preoccupied With A Decision

It’s been almost a month since I have posted here.  I have been a little preoccupied.  I have had to make a difficult decision.  I will be moving this year. I really didn’t think I would ever move again after Gary and I moved to NC, but things change. Since Gary died I find it’s just too expensive for me to stay here.  I only have my income now and I really don’t want to be house poor.  I have my son in Miami Beach that I want to be able to visit often as well as friends and family all over the country.  So, my daughter Kelly and her husband Joe have invited me to live with them.  Well, actually they are putting a mother in law suite on their house for me.  It’s perfect.  I can see my three grandchildren as much as I want any time I want.  And none of my kids have to will worry about me living all alone in my forest.  🙂  I will definitely miss my 5 1/2 acres of solitude country living, but I will also love the convenience of city life.  Except for the traffic, that is.
I have been going through all of my stuff.  And I do have a lot of stuff.  Too much stuff.  Silly stuff.  I have been sorting, donating, selling, giving, and throwing out stuff.  Living with a pack rat for over 40 years has made my job even harder.  Gary’s philosophy was “you don’t have to feed it”  so he kept all of it.  This philosophy was coupled with “if one is good, 10 are better.”  Now I am not saying that it never paid off, but honestly, it’s too much stuff.  
While construction is being done on Kelly and Joe’s house, they will be staying here with me.  So I really can’t put off working on the “stuff”.  There will be five other people living here and they won’t fit if the ‘stuff’ remains.  
I feel that Lent has in some ways passed me by.  I did not do all the things I had planned to do preparing for Easter.  However, God has continued to work in me during this most holy season.  I know this because I have found acceptance of my situation and am at peace with the solution God has given me.  
I never in a million years thought I would end up having to give up my home. But after a lot of soul searching and a few tears I realized that all I am giving up is a house.  A building.  A thing.  My home will always be with me in my heart. My home is and always has been my faith and family and I will have my home with me no matter where it physically is.   
I wish you and yours a holy blessed Easter.

Happy Easter!

This Easter I am blessed with a new grandchild to celebrate.  Isabella Rosa.  She is such a joy.  But the important, really important celebration is the resurrection of our Savior.  Celebrating with colored eggs, fancy baskets and lots of candy is fine, but being aware of the reasons for today are what is important.  So, Happy Easter!  Blessed Easter!  
Happy First Easter Isabella Rosa!

Happy Easter!

“Today we are united with the universal Church in rejoicing in the victory of Jesus Christ, the One who dispelled the power of darkness, who turned suffering to glory and even death to life. In uniting ourselves to him, we share in His victory and discover the grace and strength we need to walk in faith during our earthly journey so that one day we will live with Him forever.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are especially reminded that the Risen Lord offers us newness of life through the forgiveness of our sins. As his witnesses, we are to radiate the joy that is ours in being made a new creation in Christ. We are also to imitate Christ and offer forgiveness to those who have offended us so that nothing separates or divides us. Our witness will also be enhanced when others see us fervent in prayer, generous in service, and joyful in hope.”

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh

Spring Has Sprung

I have been in a terrible funk.  It was rainy and damp, cold and grey outside for so long that it really did me in.  But I am back to myself again.  I made a quilt top for one of the charity projects that I am involved with.  I had to order new side clamps for my longarm and got them last week.  I just tried them out quilting a baby quilt for my local hospital.  I love them!  They hold the tension to the back of the quilt perfectly.   However, I just caught some grief from my husband because I put my very last needle in the machine.  He is my acquisitions person and he hates to have to pay to rush an order.  So since the clamps work so well, I will start quilting the top I made the other day.

This Tuesday is my guild meeting.  I am giving a demo on one seam flying geese units.  It’s pretty cool and they add a bit of dimension to your piece.  Let me tell you, I have never been good at making flying geese units.  No matter what I do they always look wonky.  But I will definitely make them this way. My very first one was perfect.

I am in charge of my guild’s website.  I love working on it and I am always looking for interesting things to put on it.  It’s amazing how much of a resource it has turned out to be for our members. When I joined this guild in 2005 many of the members didn’t want anything to do with a website.  I think they were afraid of it.  So I designed a site and put it on a free server until their questions could be answered and I could show them how to navigate it.  It has been a huge success.

Well my driver NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne, isn’t having a wonderful spring.  Hopefully tomorrow in Texas he will come alive and show the talent he has.  But win or lose, he’s still my favorite driver.  🙂

Have I ever said I love Pansies?  Well I do, I really do.  They are one of my all time favorite flowers. They are just happy and when I see them I am happy.  In November my daughter was organizing a plant sale for a fund raiser for her masters program association.  She got me a flat of pansies.  I waited forever for them to start to bloom.  They usually bloom all winter long down here in North Carolina, but this was a horrific winter.  Finally!   Here’s one of the pansies.  See?  Happy!

I cannot believe that it is April already.  Easter will be here before we know it.  It seems like it was just Ash Wednesday.  I have failed miserably this lent.  I try to fast and not eat between meals, but my blood sugar goes way too low.  I am happy however, with the progress I have made in my prayer life. And I feel that I have drawn closer to our Lord.  My son travels for his work and when he was in Puerto Rico in March, he got me a Rosary that was being sold for charity.   It’s got wooden beads and it is corded.  I love it.  What a nice thing for him to do.  He also sent me a table scarf from St. Thomas.  He was there on the same trip.  It’s very Springy  🙂