Good Morning

Come sit on my little porch and have a fresh cup of coffee with me. I hope you’re doing well. I have been so busy the past couple of weeks. I have been in my apartment for a year next month. Gee, where does the time go?

Anyway, it’s been the period of doctors. If you know what I mean. I have been to my Internest, Rheumatologist, Foot Doctor and had my mammogram. I can remember my mom saying to me that you can tell you are getting old when all you have to talk about is going to the doctor. LOL I guess she was right.

I actually have been tearing into all of those bins and boxes from my quilting room. They have been stacked in the second bedroom of my apartment. Obviously having everything packed up has put a crimp in my hobby. I can’t believe the things I have saved. I have a huge trash bag full of scraps that I am going to give away. Some of the dog and cat rescues make beds for the animals from scraps. I am a big fan of donating.

The weather has been hot with storms almost everyday. The first hurricane of the season is in the books as well. It’s been so hot that the dog doesn’t want to go for her walk. And she usually walks about 5 miles a day. I will definitely be happy when the thermostat dips and the cool breezes return.

So tell me, what’s new? Read any good books lately? What about movies?

Thanks for stopping by for coffee. Keep the faith!

The Lone Sentinel

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Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: 2020: Week #32

 

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.

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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.  

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Coffee Share

 

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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.

Stay home, stay healthy!

 

 

Another New Year…

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?

Take care all and God bless!

Wanda

A New Chapter

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.

Have a wonderful day!

Hurricane Florence

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.

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Just a quick update.

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.

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Weekend Coffee Share

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!DnIBW26WsAUCMPr  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.

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Class

Tuesday’s Chatter is hosted on Brew n Spew for your creative pleasure.  This week’s word is Swanky.

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The time had come
The time was right
For venturing out
Into the lights

Dresses that dazzle
Shimmering jewels
Photographers snapping
Those famous fools

Then dinner right after
At that swanky place
Cocktails and caviar
A prelude to scorn?

Conversation
Exhibition
Flirtation
Deception

Reality reveals
To every lad and lass
Money and fame
Doesn’t mean you have class

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