Word of the Year: Balance

I like the “Word of the Year” thought process better than New Year’s Resolutions for sure. Resolutions have never sat very well with me. Perhaps the two needn’t be mutually exclusive, and resolutions can be a smaller and more detailed part of the “Word of the Year” process. In any case, I had a look back at last year’s Word of the Year post even though I already knew that I failed at keeping it in mind along about March. Continue reading

Crafty Sewing and a Little Giving

It all started with LittleOne’s new job. Yep, my youngest daughter–turning 18 in three days (which honestly seams pretty unreal to me!)–landed a job at a government agency with a high school work study program. Her very first job no less! Just like ITMan, she wears a badge to work every day and this required much searching to find her a badge holder/lanyard thing that was way more awesome than the typical ones on offer at the local office super store. Continue reading

Colorful Cookie Inspiration

In an effort to curb the consumption of holiday sweets around here this year, I told everyone in the house that they could pick just one thing that they’d like me to bake. If you only knew how much sweet stuff we end up with that I don’t bake myself, you would understand that I’m not being mean, it’s just self preservation!

I could already guess what their choices would be, just as I’d already made the decision as to what my own choice would be. Kentucky Brown Sugar Pecan Bars are my very favorite holiday cookies, so the choice was easy! Continue reading

Holiday Cheer

Just popping in to say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Holidays!” or whatever greeting fits the season best for you and yours!

Christmas Mini Quilt by Nadine Ruggles

I hope this finds you safe, warm and happy, and enjoying good times and special moments with family and friends–with a dash of quilting on the side! :-)

Turn Signals, Bloglovin’, Dolls & Sticks

Random, short(ish) thoughts from the week in no particular order of importance (though if you’re new ’round here, be warned that I don’t do “short” very well):

Is there a mechanic in the house: There must be a shortage of mechanics in Georgia that are qualified to repair turn signals. Either that, or cars in this area of the country don’t come with standard turn signals built in. I know this because of the number of folks out there who are driving around with (apparently) broken ones.

Mustang Sequential Tail lights

Mustang Sequential Tail lights

How is it not a habit to use a turn signal? :shock: Heck, I use mine all the time! In fact, it’s such an ingrained habit to use a turn signal that I even use it when I’m turning into my garage from my own driveway, which can actually be slightly embarrassing if there’s someone else in the car! Besides, my turn signals are totally cool ’cause they do that sequential blinky thing there, which is all the more reason to use them a lot, though of course I never get to see because I don’t follow myself! Yeah, I went a lil’ bit pseudo-guy-car-freak when I bought my car years ago, but even after seven years I still love, love, LOVE it so it’s all good. :-) Continue reading

Work in Progress Wednesday–Finding the Groove Post Icepocalypse

Last week was definitely weird here in the South. The Snowpocalypse a few weeks back was bad enough, but the Icepocalypse was much worse for us. Augusta was the hardest hit by that storm, and here we were right in the middle of it all. Turns out ice storms are momentum killers…who knew? I spent last Wednesday trying to get things done on the computer in between power flickers, until Wednesday evening when it sputtered out and died entirely, and proceeded to stay out until… wait for it… Saturday morning! Not cool, Mr. Winter, not cool…

Quilting related work was almost non-existent. No power == no machine, no computer to work on patterns, not enough light for hand work most of the time and no iron of course. It’s amazing how completely dependent our lives are on having electricity at the flick of a switch, and even more amazing how little we realize it until it’s not available. As I said on Twitter, funny how some days you’d just like to read all day, until there’s nothing else to do and then you’d rather not! Continue reading