It has been quite a month so far…and I am not sure how I am feeling about it.  I have ended a three week, miserable cold with an ear infection requiring steroids and antibiotics.  I am three weeks off of training with my running and a 10 K coming up at the end of October.  My daughter has a neuroma in her foot and the steroid shots have not done much to help it get better so far.  I’m very far behind in all of my quilting goals with a baby quilt that needs binding ASAP so it can be sent off to the expectant mom.  I am loving my new job while also being incredibly over-whelmed with the craziness of learning new routines and getting things in order to my satisfaction.

And, all of this seems so insignificant in the light of the loss experienced by a dear friend this week as she brought a new life into the world and had to say goodbye to the beautiful angel as God called her home less than 24 hours after birth.  My heart is broken for her and her family.  Her tragedy has made me focus on being thankful for the craziness that having a busy family creates .  We are all going in different directions and all have our own goals and duties that challenge what we are able to do at home and for each other but my kids are here with me and they are fine young adults with promising futures ahead of them.  I am thankful that my friend has a large and loving family that will envelope her during this time and they will have each other to lean on.  I am thankful that I sit here with the background noise of a video game played by the son who just arrived home from work and the quiet beat of the electric piano keys as my daughter plays (listening through headphones- she almost never plays aloud for us anymore) the composition that she has been working on throughout the afternoon and evening.  If she’s happy with it, we might get to hear it before she heads back to school on Monday.

I just finished an amazing book that ended with very powerful statements about love and created a lot of emotions with its ending.  I highly recommend it.

51hdo1g8aSL  I am looking forward to reading the next one by this author: A Million Junes.

I haven’t had a great deal of time to focus on any stitching since last weekend and I did very little then but here are some of what I am working on…





This is a flannel and denim quilt that I am working on for my son who is a senior in high school.  I haven’t made him a quilt in years.  This one was designed with his requests in mind.  He wanted it heavy and soft.  It has flannel on the back and wool batting.  He chose the flannel himself.  I gave him the choice of two backings and he chose the “Hunting Lodge” animals so here is some of the quilting…


I will, hopefully, finish the quilting tomorrow and be able to work on getting some things bound this weekend.  I am also feeling the need to pull out some of my crochet work since the mornings are starting to have a bit of a chill in the air- down to 68 degrees already 🙂  Highs are below 90.  That means fall is coming…

I will also be making a bed sized quilt for my son for his graduation that will be here before we know it.  Two other family members will also be graduating and I need to get their quilts started as well.  Luckily, my son’s girlfriend and closest friend already have quilts I made for them, so I am not planning on making one for their graduation.

And now, I shall head to bed in hopes of a good night’s sleep so I can hit the ground running bright and early, starting off the weekend chores and errands by taking all four dogs to the groomer first thing.  Weekends are never long enough and I never get to do what I really want which is spend every hour reading or sewing.  Hopefully I will be feeling good enough to slip in some running or at least a light trip to the gym.

I wish you all a happy weekend with the love of family and friends and the time to do something you love.

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