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Listening to my Hip

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thanks everybody for the support over my falling and bruising my hip. It's so nice to have so many friends care about me!

Today I did manage to get in 2.25 miles before my hip said "ENOUGH ALREADY!".

This time I listened. Miss GoodyTwoShoes thought that was a good thing, and even Ms. Smarmy, who did her usual "I TOLD YOU SO!!" when I fell, approved of my stopping today.

She does have her special smirk on her face over the fall, however. One of these days I am gonna haul off and slap that smirk right off her face!

On our walk today we did stop and admire all the antics of a chicadee. He was just twirling around that branch like crazy, and chirping all the time while doing it. Chicadee Gymnastics.

When we got back I did some wall push-ups, but hip says it is pretty tired out and is getting sore, so time to stop.

Now I am going to get into the rest of my day. I think I will do some quilting, reading and even take a nap, perhaps. DH is going to work on a car, so I will have the house blissfully to me and the critters.

Again, I want to thank you all for your support.

  
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BIZEEMOMTO3 2/24/2010 9:09PM

    change the locks until he gets a car fixed.

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NOTFATCAT 2/24/2010 2:00PM

    Glad to hear you are mending in good humor.

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SCOUTHARPS 2/24/2010 12:02AM

  Put your feet up by that window and enjoy a break!

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SMOORES06 2/23/2010 5:15PM

    WOW!! It is great that you got 2.25 miles in considering. That is great! Glad you decided not to push it too far. Hopefully with a little rest, you will be back to your routine and pain free!

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KAROUSELL46 2/23/2010 3:59PM

    Sandy, Do you think a visit to the dr. may be in your future? I hope you feel much better soon. I can just imagine that Chicadee doing gymnastics. emoticonEither that he got a bad worm. I feel like that when I eat too much chocolate. Kick back and take things easy....Karen emoticon emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/23/2010 3:34PM

    Easy does it today. Sending you warm, healing thoughts.

~JJ~

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SLKIDDER 2/23/2010 2:50PM

    We hope you get well rested and will be able to resume your regular exercise later in the week!

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LOVESCAMPING 2/23/2010 2:28PM

    Glad you're listening to your hip and hope the remainder of your day is enjoyable.

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DARCEYOH 2/23/2010 2:21PM

    Slowing down is okay. At least you made the effort to get in some movement.

Have a peaceful day today!

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I Just Don't Wanna!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Here I am at 9:24 in the morning, sitting at my computer in my bath robe. I have been this way for over two hours now.

I just don't wanna get into my day.

I feel tired and worn out today.

I fell during my cleaning marathon, and it was all my own carelessness.

I was cleaning one of the "Ted Piles" I live with. Ted is DH.

We have this really lovely huge window that looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca where we can see all the islands and Canada. In front of the window is a bench. I could barely see out to the views with all the STUFF piled up on the window ledge and the bench. In front of the bench is YeowLing's bed, too.

DH is good at creating piles. I mean he is GOOOOOOOOD!!! He can make new piles in nano seconds. No wonder he never knows where any thing is.

So, after six months of warning him, I decide I am going to clean off the bench and window ledge. I should have photographed the piles first.

Once he saw that I was cleaning the piles, and that I was not going to let him get in the way, he got his SCARED look. He is always terrified when I decide to clean for him. It didn't take him long to decide to go out, which was exactly what I was hoping would happen.

I spent over four hours on that one area of the house.

I sorted, boxed and threw away. I dusted, washed and organized. I found CDs among the rubble and put them all back in the rack...alphabettically as well as types of music.

I was making a huge mess around me on the floor, but kept at it. I should have stopped to clean up the mess I was making.

Somewhere along the cleaning frenzy, I came across a stainless steel container. It is about 12 inches high, and 6 inches in circumference. I had carelessly thrown it down on the cat bed, then piled crap on top of it.

A number of times I said to myself "I should really move the cat bed and pick up all the stuff that is littered all over." I didn't do it.

So, toward the end of getting all his stuff put away and organized, I finally stood up to get a plastic garbage bag for all the trash scattered on the floor.

I took at big step to go over some of the bigger stuff, and without knowing it (because it was so covered up with stuff to throw away), my foot came down on the stainless container.

Down I go. I try to lessen the fall with my arms and hands, which I do, but then my foot goes sliding out from under me because I am also standing on the cat bed, over hard wood floors.
Not good.

I go down right onto my hip. It hurts like the dickens, but my only comment was "Wow, that could have been really BAD".

Then my mind flashes on to all those TV commercial (help, I've fallen and can't get up). Then I remember hearing or reading somewhere that 3 out of 10 Sr. Americans fall every day. Then the Life Alert thing comes to mind.

Then my age comes to mind.

Then my frail mother comes to mind. She had broken her hip while hanging up some clothes in the closet. Eventually, that broken hip caused her death.

Yes, I am actually getting older.

I have been priding myself on how much stronger and more balanced I have become since joining Spark. I have made great changes in my body.

Obviously I now have to make great changes in my thinking.

There was no other reason for my fall than carelessness on my part. I was simply too stubborn to clean up the mess I was making while I was cleaning another mess.

Foolish me.

My hip hurts, and I am sure I have a nice bone bruise. I can walk okay, but it is a bit uncomfortable.

So, today I don't wanna walk or do my work outs. I don't wanna get out of my bathrobe. I don't wanna take a shower.

I know I will feel much better once I do get moving, showered and dressed, but right now??

I just don't wanna!

Oh, yeah. The window is completely cleared, and the view is beautiful.

  
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BIZEEMOMTO3 2/24/2010 9:09PM

    Oh, I am soooo mad at him. You can let him know it too, I DON'T CARE! emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/23/2010 3:33PM

    What a spill you took. I am extremely grateful to hear that you did not break anything. I too love to glow in the results of a good old fashioned cleaning job being completed. Thankfully you can now enjoy your view, even with your sore hip. Take care my friend, and wishing you a speedy recovery.
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AMYJEAN911 2/23/2010 12:14AM

    I'm so glad you're ok.. well, at least not majorly hurt. I hope you took a day off and just laid low.

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NOTFATCAT 2/22/2010 8:10PM

    Just think how much worse it would be if you weren't in good shape and weigh less.
Everyone deserves a moment or two or three to sit and not do anything but - well, nothing.
Take care of your hip for a few days.
I hope DH is waiting on you with a smile.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/22/2010 6:08PM

    Ow, ow, ow--this sounds like something I would do! Take care of yourself and feel better; listen to your body and don't push it too hard.

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SMOORES06 2/22/2010 5:57PM

    OH NO!! This is totally something I would do...LOL! I am so clumsy so I am constantly tripping and stumbling over everything. It is especially bad if I am working in my craft room, where things can get a little cluttered. I hope you decided to take it easy today and I hope you feel better soon!

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LINDA25427 2/22/2010 4:39PM

    My husband is the same way about his computer desk you would think he lived at it ,which I think he does he has food containers candy and cookie, wrappers and paper, books, cd's, games , you name it and I believe it is there ,even his tools. I unpiled it about a year ago and it took me hours sorting things out . Why can't they just clean up after themselves and make our lives easier .
Sorry you fell and hurt your hip,glad you didn't break it, or that it wasn't any worse . Take care, take it easy relax you went through alot to see that view enjoy it you deserve that and so much more . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 2/22/2010 4:14PM

    Sandy, do be careful and take care of that sore hip. I do know what you are talking about but part of the piles at our house are mine. When dh cleans them up, 99% go in the trash.

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KAROUSELL46 2/22/2010 4:11PM

    Oh Sandy. emoticonI'm so sorry you are getting older. I'm so sorry you didn't listen to yourself. I'm so sorry your hubby likes to make piles. I'm so sorry you're wore out.
Ok, all seriousness aside. Take a hot bath, slip into a nice pretty robe with matching slippers, put your feet up and enjoy a nice cup of tea. I'm really glad that you didn't hurt yourself any worse. Take care....Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVESCAMPING 2/22/2010 3:57PM

    Sandy, so sorry about your fall. Take care of yourself. Take time to recuperate if you need to. Take as many hot showers or warm baths as you'd like to. That's what I'd do.

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DARCEYOH 2/22/2010 1:30PM

    Take today off. If you hurt, rest and relax. There's always that chance of making your aches and pains even worse! And that just can't happen! Take today off, and if need be, take tomorrow off. Besides, You deserve a day off.

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TERI99 2/22/2010 1:12PM

    Today sounds like a perfect day to take a workout break and just enjoy the beautiful unimpeded view from your picture window! I'm glad you weren't hurt badly, and I hope your husband survived the disbanding of his piles!
Have a restful day!
Teri

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SLKIDDER 2/22/2010 1:11PM

    I'm glad you weren't hurt more seriously. Maybe you should take it easy today to rest those bumps and bruises and get back going tomorrow. While you're resting, you can enjoy the view!
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WANDAC2013 2/22/2010 1:00PM

    Feel better, enjoy the view, and LISTEN to that voice that tells you when you SHOULD do something!!!

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SPCHTCH76 2/22/2010 12:58PM

    You can do it! I totally know where you are coming from though! Today was a rough Monday for me, but glad to see that you logged on to SP to get support! You can do it!

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I Tasted, I Sampled, I Shoveled!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Yesterday was Valentine's Day. The day of Valentine cards, poems, love songs, and chocolate. It was" a day that will live in infamy", to quote the wise sage Winston Churchill.

I am afraid it will also become known as a day that will live in infamy on my scale and measuring tape.

I was a guest speaker at a High Tea yesterday.

I got all dressed up, wore my heart necklace and earrings from a Valentine's day long ago, and to be honest, I looked good.

I had never been to the place where the Tea was being held, so I appropriately had my printed out map from Google AND had programmed my GPS.

The tank was full of gas.

I left plenty early enough "just in case".

Everything was going smoothly........until I got there.

I was greeted very warmly, with smiles and hugs from a lot of people I had never met, which was really very nice.

Then I was led into the room where the event was taking place.

The table decorations on the white cloths were really something! The Decoration Committee had really outdone themselves! Absolutely lovely. There were red roses, shiny red heart confetti, and those curly wire things that have red hearts on them. And there was a lot of chocolate candies sprinkled lavishly.

Then they led me to the buffet table. Another lovely presentation, with the tables laden with not only lots of food, and a whole lot of it, but also chocolate.

I mean CHOCOLATE. Chocolate candy in boxes, chocolate puddings, chocolate cookies, hot chocolate, chocolate lattes, chocolate cakes and chocolate cakes and chocolate cakes and .....................you get the drift by now, I am sure.

So we have our eating scheduled before the talk.

I am fourth in line at the buffet table. In front of me are three people who could use some SparkPeople.com. A dangerous position for me!

My three leaders begin ladeling food onto their plates. They are not shy about their portions.

I, on the other hand, decide to set an example, and begin with putting fruit on my plate and a quarter of a croissant turkey sandwich. I add a few raw veggies and some Dijonaisse for dipping. I am doing well.

Then I see the box of chocolates. OK. I will have one dark piece of chocolate. Add it to the plate.

Now I am staring at the biggest, tallest Death by Chocolate Cake you would ever see, and there is a piece cut, but no one has availed themselves to it.

Yep, you guessed it. To be "polite", I dump the huge piece onto my plate, where it overlapps the Dijonaisse. And the fruit, AND the raw veggies. When I say this piece was huge, I mean HUGE!!!

And so it begins.

Oh, another lovely box of chocolates, this one really gourmet chocolate. I will take that one pretty piece over there.

I daintily add it to my plate right next to the sandwich.

I am offered a chocolate latte. I am gracious enough to accept it, and am somehow too distracted to tell the server to leave off the chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Oh my. Well, can't be nasty and ask for a different one, what with all the work having gone into this latte!

I make it to my place and begin to eat the sandwich. Then I take a bite of the cake. Another bit of sandwich, followed by another bite of cake.

Remembering I have fruit on my plate, I take a grape. Then I take two grapes. They are really juicy and help wash down the chocolate.

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sandwich-cake-fruit-oh now I can see a small carrot. I will just pop my carrot, which has been under the chocolate cake and now has chocolate on it too, in my mouth.

Have you ever tried a chocolate covered carrot? It works!!

Suddenly, or so it seems, there is only a few raw veggies and one piece of mango on my plate. They all have chocolate on them, too.

Waste not, want not. And after all, it is IMPORTANT to show appreciation for all the work done to present this lovely affair. The veggies and mango disappear, but not entirely. Only the parts that had chocolate on them go in my mouth.

The clean left over veggies are left on my plate when I give the plate up.

Now to relax and have that chocolate latte with the chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings on it. Yum Yum. I had eaten so fast that it didn't even get cold!

Oh, there is a prettily wrapped piece of candy, sitting there, just next to my latte. Well, ONE piece of chocolate isn't going to hurt, is it? I mean, it IS Dark Chocolate, after all.

Shovel it in. And that other pretty piece over there. Grab and shovel before someone else sees it.

I still have my little sampler box of chocolates to take home, for DH. I dutifully do not open that box, but I do open another prettily wrapped piece just sitting there on the table looking lonely and like a chocolate step-sister. My heart goes out to it, and I show mercy by jamming that into my mouth too.

Finally, all the plates are cleared away and it is time to begin the program.

I have a hard time focusing on what the MC is saying because there are chocolate spots in front of my eyes.

Then I realize I have just been introduced and have to get up.

Woosh! What a RUSH! The chocolate kicks in, and I have enough energy to roller skate up Mr. Rushmore.

My mouth opens, and words flow like warm chocolate.

I have no idea what I am taking about, but when I shut up after 20 minutes, I get a standing ovation.

I must have extolled on the virtues of eating chocolate, because they are all smiling and clapping and have tears running down their faces.

I sit down next to my table mate and ask if I made any sense at all.

She replies "That was the BEST talk about LOVE I have ever heard!"

What the heck did I say? I smile and say thank you to all who come to hug me or shake my hand.

I am positive now that I did indeed talk about the wonders of chocolate. Otherwise, what could have possible moved them so much??

Who knows. I was on a chocolate rush!

This week has got to be a real active week for me to prevent me being asked to be next year's Blimp.

Because that is where I was headed yesterday. I do not want to be a Blimp in Training, so I better get my butt off this computer and outside walking the tonnage off.

Oh. One more thing. I DID manage to not taste, sample or shovel any chocolate pie in!

See how WELL I did?? emoticon

  
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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/17/2010 8:24PM

    Who knew that chocolate covered carrots work???

Loved it!
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GETFIT2LIVE 2/16/2010 12:41PM

    Oh my, I laughed so hard when I read your blog--and empathize so much! Once I start with chocolate, it is SO difficult to stop--and how COULD you be rude and not have at least a little there! It is too bad there's not a recording of your talk to listen to and find out what you really said!

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DARCEYOH 2/16/2010 12:12PM

    That sounds like a lot of chocolate! And while you avoided the pie, you moved it on over to me, where I did not! hehe. Does it count if it's sugar free?

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SCOUTHARPS 2/15/2010 9:07PM

  Ooooh! I love it! There should be a society for the loving on neglected chocolate, and we could be co leaders. I will make the ultimate sacrifice and help you show love to all those under appreciated chocolates. Good thing for both of us there is no such society. I love the term of blimp in training.

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NOTFATCAT 2/15/2010 5:47PM

    Sounds like a balanced meal to me. And it was for a good cause since your talk brought down the house.

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SMOORES06 2/15/2010 5:25PM

    Ok, so I LOVE your story. It is so real! We have all been there (okay maybe not at High Tea), but you get my point. I love your positive attitude that it is not the end of the world. You enjoyed it and now you know what you need to do! Thanks for sharing = )

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KAROUSELL46 2/15/2010 5:04PM

    MMmmm All that chocolate. I tease everyone at my house and tell them if there is chocolate around I can smell it and give it here. Your chocolate day sounds way to rich for me but good none the less. That's what I would have called chocolate heaven. MMmm...Karen

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SLKIDDER 2/15/2010 2:56PM

    What an amusing telling of your story. Thank you. I hope you enjoyed the chocolate, because I think you'd better pass it up for a few days!


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LKWQUILTER 2/15/2010 1:55PM

    Oh, that was a great blog. I could actually see, smell, and taste all that you experienced. I am glad that you are not beating yourself up about it but know that you better get to moving big time now.

I have the same problem--when the grands visit and there are all those goodies around, nana just has to taste, taste, and keep on tasting.

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THEGORGESBLONDE 2/15/2010 1:17PM

    I LOVE the way you told your story! I think we've all been there, but haven't been able to laugh at ourselves as you've presented it. You're going to be fine! emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 2/15/2010 1:01PM

    My dear Friend, I was smiling the whole time I read it.
I had a similar afternoon. Except it did not quite wax so full of chocolate. I think I will go blog about mine as well. I limited myself to 1 hershey kiss, 1 dove chocolate mini, and 1 other little chocolate and my allotted dessert of the week - that wasn't quite up to what I thought it would be.

Bravo on leaving the pie. That would have left too many tracks! emoticon

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PONYFARMER 2/15/2010 12:48PM

    Congrats on not shoveling the pie. I would have. You were invited to "HELL", yeah it was decorated real pretty and smelled nice. But it was hell all the same.

I like you have no abiltiy to pass up on goodies for the most part, so I am sooooooooo very glad that I was not invited to hear you speak. Cuz, I would have been in a comma from all the sugar and food and things I could stuff in my mouth.

But on the upside, it is done and gone and you move on from there. Loved the blog, LMAO, thur the entire thing, while feeling your pain.

Deborah

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SJSTOMPER 2/15/2010 12:44PM

    I loved your recount of events!! Those wonderful meetings where all the food and desserts (chocolate) that you can imagine are really deliciously overwhelming!! Loved the humor in the telling of the story.

P.S. If you made that beautiful quilt in the background, then you have great talent to go along with that humor!!

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LOVESCAMPING 2/15/2010 12:41PM

    It's just one day, sweetie. And today is a new day.

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To Margaret, With Love

Friday, February 12, 2010

I was making the Red Roses quilt for my friend, Margaret. Let me tell you about her.

Margaret is a vivacious, 40-50ish lovely woman who is director and founder of "Sherry's House" in Massachusetts. she heads up the "Why Me?" program.



Sherry's House is a wonderful, God inspired place where families with children who have cancer stay and get loved on when the kids have medical appointments back to back days, but don't have to be in hospital.

Margaret loves "her" kids. She plays with them, holds them, sings to them, rocks them and feeds them. She has been completely devoted to these kids and the cause.

Margaret has been a huge venue for Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers. She has faithfully given out the quilts to the kids, and has always let me know when she is running short of them.

I love Margaret.

Margaret is one of the friends you get whom you just know will live forever, because she is always "there" for all of us. With her bright attitude, sunny disposition, laughter and humor, Margaret will always be there. Right? I mean, she has touched so very many lives, and made scary things disappear for a whole lot of people.

Margaret is very much loved and respected. Margaret is always right THERE for all of us in more ways than can be counted. We know we will always have Margaret to lean on.

It doesn't look like that is going to happen.

Margaret has cancer. She has stage 4 cancer in her liver, and has cancer in her pancreas. Margaret is going Home.

I wanted to make her a big bed quilt of roses, but I just learned that her liver has gone into stage 4. No time to make such a quilt and get it to her before she goes.

Plans change, and so do the quilts I work on. I wish you could see "Rainbows for Queen Margaret" in person. It is really much more beautiful that the photos show.




I will be mailing it out this evening. I am sure I will cry when I drop it in the box, and my heart will be very heavy and sad.

Yes, Margaret will leave a huge gap when she leaves. None whom she has touched will ever forget her. Margaret will live in our hearts, in that special place we keep just for people like her.

We are all richer for having had Margaret in this world. I think of Margaret suffering with cancer, and I ask "Why Margaret?" I am sure Margaret has asked "Why Me?" as well.

But knowing this wonderful woman, I am sure her answer is "Why NOT me?"

If you want more information about Sherry's house, you can find it on the internet. Also you can find information about Why Me.

  
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LUNADRAGON 2/19/2010 11:15PM

    Tears. Your gift of time, and talent are precious.... friends with cancer... so hard ... blessings on you for your sweet ministry of nimble fingers. emoticon

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GCHUNG 2/15/2010 2:33PM

    What a great tribute to your friend. Lasting memories.

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KIMIKO75 2/14/2010 6:56PM

    God bless you and bless Margaret. I am sure that God has a special place saved for her with Him. You are blessed to have known her and we are blessed to have you.
Kim

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AMYJEAN911 2/14/2010 7:24AM

    emoticonI'm so sorry for you.

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LOVESCAMPING 2/13/2010 7:20PM

    Thanks for sharing this story and for sharing the photos. It is very sad and I'm sorry that you will be saying good-by to her.

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LOULOUBELLE2 2/13/2010 2:16PM

    OMG, You are so blessed to know this wonderful, couragious woman and she you......
I'm sure that you'll keep her alive in your heart as you go about making more quilts for "Why Me" and Sherry's House. What a blessing even though it's heartbreaking to say the least. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 2/13/2010 12:48PM

    Margret sounds like a beautiful person and an inspiration to those with whom she touched. This world will surely miss her.
Good wishes for you in this troubling time.

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KAROUSELL46 2/13/2010 11:56AM

    What a beautiful quilt. I'm so sorry that Margaret has to go through this. It's an awful thing this cancer. It takes too many lives. No matter what age. You are so lucky to have this special lady in your life. emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/12/2010 8:52PM

    My heart is aching as I read your words, so lovingly written about someone very dear to you. Margaret will leave a huge void when she leaves all those who love her. I know there is a long list of people who have appreciated her selfless acts of kindness.

Your beautiful quilt has been made with so much love, and I know she will cherish all that it represents. May you have a little comfort in knowing your gift will bring her much joy.

Hugs,
~JJ~
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SCOUTHARPS 2/12/2010 8:19PM

  Thanks for the reminder. I've had a few such people in my life. I'm learning to recognize them before they are gone.

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ELSEEBEE 2/12/2010 7:43PM

    A beautiful quilt for a beautiful lady! Thank you for telling us about Margaret.

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DVASQUEZ 2/12/2010 6:39PM

    I'm really sorry about your friend. :(

Your quilt is beautiful & I'm sure she'll love it.

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New Scrap Quilt on the Floor

Saturday, January 30, 2010



Yesterday I went to my scrap fabric basket. I rarely go there to take stuff OUT; usually it is to stuff more scraps and then quickly jam the top on and shove it back under the shelf so it will stay (somewhat) closed.

Not today. Today is a day I decided to do a withdrawal and see what I can come up with.

My idea of original design can be rather far fetched. Most people I know, when they decide to make an original quilt, get out the drafting paper, pencils, rulers and colored pencils. Not me.

I get out the scraps. No pencils, paper or colored pencils for me! That isn't because I dont think all that work is a waste of time; it is because I have never learned HOW to draft on paper.

So I use my floor. And Winsten helps, too, as you will see further on down.

I don't put up my big design wall because the cats always pull fabrics off it and then try to climb it. The floor is much easier!

I begin with a general idea in my head as to what colors I feel like using. Then I grab all those colors out of the scrap basket and put them aside.


If I find blocks or stips that were sewn but never used, I put them off to the side too. It doesn't really matter what colors these are, because I have no idea where I am going at this point.


Then I start pulling the OPPOSITE of my "feature" color out and make a pile of those. Example, starting with red, I now haul out greens.


Now it is time to get SERIOUS! I grab a piece of my feature fabric, head for the cutting table, and cut one square. This is the beginning of a new quilt.


I frame that square, then the fun begins. I start placing other fabrics around the square, making little piles all around it.


This is where my "what if" brain starts checking in.

"What if I put this one THERE, then put these OVER HERE?"

Slice, stitch, place, rearrange, and grab the next one.



I piece together small sections, then decide where they should go, or where they will fit, and stitch them together.


I like what I am seeing, and continue to add "rows" to each other, enjoying the process very much.

And so it goes.

With this last photo, I will leave you curious as to the outcome of the quilt. this is because this is how far I have gotten so far.


This is to be a very special quilt for a very special lady. When I finish the quilt, I will tell you all about this lady, and how she has impacted so very many lives. It will be a story you will never forget, I guarantee it!

So that's what is going on in my world these days.

I sneak in my walks when my back and knees begin to protest about too much time crouching and crawling all over the floor. My DH reminds me to eat. Winsten lets me know when we have been working long enough, and now it is time to play a little.

The catty girls? They fall asleep among the scraps.

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Just remember, Dear Friends, that all quilts are made one block or strip at a time, and if we take it slow and steady, a true work of love will emerge!

  
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KIMIKO75 2/4/2010 9:19AM

    I love your blog and the mystery you put into it. I also like how that fits in with life and how some of us manage our days.
I have always wanted to learn to quilt, but have just kind of muddled through. It has me eager to dig into my pile of un-used fabric and start an easy quilt when I get off work today!
Blessings to you and hope to meet you on one of the walks Karen keeps putting together.
Kim

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LOULOUBELLE2 2/2/2010 5:34PM

    After reading your blog I feel like I have been to one of your classes........You know I have always wanted to take a class from you. emoticonWe just live to far away...that process is amazing....I kind of do mine on the paper with colored pencils....then I need to find the fabrics. You already have your fabric and go from there. emoticonHope you teach some more "online" classes and I too can't wait to see the finished Rose quilt. emoticonblog.

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SLKIDDER 1/30/2010 8:27PM

    Your quilt is beautiful. I wish I could make a quilt like that. I use graph paper and rulers because I have to.
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CHATERJOY 1/30/2010 6:27PM

    Very Cool. I can't wait to see the finished product and hear about who it is for. emoticon

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GCHUNG 1/30/2010 6:06PM

    I love the story - You are more courageous than I in designing this way. What you do on your floor I do on my computer. I love the design aspect.

This quilt is fantastic. I can't wait to see the finished product. I love the colors you've chosen and all I can say is your stash is amazing!!!

Great job.

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BEVPRESLEY 1/30/2010 5:20PM

    I love it, that will be a fantastic quilt. That is basically the way my mind works too. I just hate to waste anything.

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MPENNE 1/30/2010 3:10PM

    Great quilting lesson. I am almost inspired to take up quilting.

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BLACKPRINCE2 1/30/2010 2:15PM

  Great job. I'm a quilter also. Today I quilted a large log cabin with three stars within a star. I used one jely roll and some fat quarters for the center.

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NOTFATCAT 1/30/2010 2:01PM

    You are amazing. I wish I had a tenth of your talent.
Seems you are always thinking of and doing for others. Another trait I wish for.
Your last comment about the quilt being made one block or strip at a time is very much like our lives, is it not? It is a good way to think of our life changes and progressions. If only mine didn't need so much mending..............
Thanks for the insight.

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TRIGFROST 1/30/2010 1:55PM

    emoticon Roses, just in time for Valentine Day... I bet you will be the "Special Lady" so you can keep this one. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 1/30/2010 1:35PM

    Can't wait to see the finished quilt. You have lots of help with Winsten and the kitties. Winsten looks like he is in deep thought...now where did I put that bone emoticon...mmm

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SUESMITH73 1/30/2010 1:27PM

    Looking forward to seeing it when it is finished & to the story about the special lady. It's going to be very special indeed. Made with love.

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TINYC887 1/30/2010 1:15PM

    that is so kewl, i never learned how to quilt. My dog woulda been laying ON the pieces,lol

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LOVESCAMPING 1/30/2010 1:07PM

    Pictures of a true artist at work.

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