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FINDING BALANCE AND REREADING MY OWN BLOGS!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I knew I had written some astounding blogs this month so I went back and reread a couple of them. In spite of all my musings and writing it down, I'm stil floating around without balance in my life. I still need to get that notebook and attend to the five areas in my life that need attending to. I talked about that in 15 MINUTES IS A LONG TIME! I need to go back to these blogs and print them out so I can refer back to them and know what I am supposed to be doing.

My zenhabits e-mail today says if you have a bad habit, replace it with another better habit. Trouble is, he didn't give any examples like chewing on your nails. What would you replace that with? Eating food? Not a better habit.

As my friends know, I've become a quilting nut! Yesterday, I did not have any decorating appointments and I seem caught up on my work and so I decided to do whatever I wanted to do. I had to go out to the base and pick up a prescription and I had to take 2 items to UPS. So I did that and then I stopped at the fabric store to browse (I thought) afterward. Big mistake as I can always find something to buy and walked out with $40 of fabric I didn't need however, in my mind I justified it as going with something I had and then I was supporting the local quilt shop which needs my business to stay open. They have a section of $5 a yard fabric which is really a good buy as it is all first quality. And then they have a stack of 1 yd bits for $5 or buy 5 get one free. I found some that goes with a quilt top waiting to happen and some blue and red stars that will work for a quilt of valor I am going to do, etc. You know the drill.

And later on, I sewed a bit and then we had Fat Tuesday at the Yacht Club and got home about 7:00. My friend Pat had called and I learned I had missed a Chamber of Commerce activity and one today as well and so here I am, needing balance again. I can't devote my life to quilting just as I can't be a workaholic or play all the time or be a religious fanatic or political nerd. I have to have balance so I need to get out that notebook I talked about and fill it up!

And a quote from Spark, "Pursue the things that make you feel alive and fill you with joy and balance!" Just got to keep reminding myself. Everyday is a work in progress! Later.

  
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ANYVAR54 2/22/2012 8:38PM

    If you find a positive habit to replace nail biting I would like to know, because I need it too.

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KASEYCOFF 2/22/2012 10:43AM

    Maybe that's the key, 'everyday.' Whether you decide to do certain things each day, or set aside a portion of every day to do nothing, or run errands, or quilt, maybe the key is planning for every day. Sounds easy, doesn't it? lol...
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MY SATURDAY DATE WITH DH

Sunday, February 19, 2012

So yesterday, I asked my hubby if he wanted to go with me to Defuniak Springs, FL to a quilt show and winery and then lunch. Happily he said yes so off we went. Defuniak Springs is an old southern town in Northwest Florida that is famous for its Chautauqua cultural festivals for over 100 years. Famous people used to come there but now it is a stopping off point on I 10 as you drive west through the Florida corridor. It is an hours drive from our home and I spent the time handsewing binding on a quilt top.

When we arrived, it was starting to rain and did so all day. There were 160 plus quilts on display, some magnificant and some that were done by novice quilters. I voted for a completely hand made and hand quilts baltimore album style quilt that was done by a member of our church. Why I didn't take a picture to share is beyond me. Another favorie was a scrappy squares quilt with 6 inch blocks, each with rick rack. And another was one made with mens ties, all cut into log cabin strips. I took photos but I'll have to post later as I have trouble finding them on my computer.

After about an hour, hubby had seen enough and so had I so we left and then went to the Chautauqa WInery where we tasted a few wines. They grown muscadine grapes here and make their own wines, none of which I was all that fond of as the muscadine grape makes a sweet wine. We did buy a bag of mulled wine spices to make a hot drink.

Then we went to McClain's family restaurant for lunch. It is practically the only restaurant in Defuniak except McDonald's, Arby's, etc. It is a buffet sort of like Golden Corral but on a smaller scale and lunch was adequate, just okay. But it didn't matter as we had a nice time. Got home by 1:00 and I headed to the sewing room to work on finishing my tote bag which I also took a picture of but can't find on my computer. I'll have to devote some time to figuring out how to find them someday but I"d rather be quilting. Later on, I took a nap and when I woke, hubby had made homemade chili for dinner! It was delicious. I spent the rest of the evening sewing on the tote while we watched an old movie.

Doesn't get much better than this!

  
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BABACHAN 2/20/2012 1:54PM

    I am glad you had a nice day with the hubbie! My hubbie took me to a quilt show once.........LOL!!! ONCE! I was having such a good time and he just wanted to leave about 5 minutes after we got there! He will NEVER go to another quilt show, but he will drop me off and go to the nearest hardware store or Radio Shack and wait for my call to let him know I am ready to leave.

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ALMMOM 2/20/2012 11:51AM

    Glad you had a nice day with your husband. How fun!!

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ANYVAR54 2/19/2012 10:00PM

    Sounds like a good day. Glad you had fun, and that your hubby made dinner!!!!

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WILLMAKEITCOUNT 2/19/2012 10:38AM

    I wish I had known of it-I love that place and love looking at quilts. The mulled spice hot drink is yummy ;) If you hear of another one over there in DFS, please drop me a line

sounds like great day-glad you enjoyed

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KASEYCOFF 2/19/2012 9:24AM

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OBSESSION AND PERSEVERANCE

Friday, February 17, 2012

I'm obsessed with sewing and quilting and thoroughly enjoy it, so much so that I am churning out quilt tops and charitable donations to beat the band! Wish I was that dedicated to losing weight. I seem to have gotten myself semi-organized in my work life and so I find myself taking off the afternoons and sewing.

Its pretty bad when you have invited your husband on a date and the date is to go to Defuniak Springs, Fl to their annual quilt show and look at 160 quilts and visit 7 vendors selling fabric. And he said yes! We have a T-bird convertible and so he said we would take that car if the weather is nice. And I said, what if I buy stuff? I need somehow to bring it home. Well, maybe it is a good idea to take that car. I dont' need whatever it is they are selling.

On the other hand, there is a winery next to the quilt show and I said maybe he could go there while I go quilting. Maybe we'll buy a case of wine,, but he said he doesn't like scuppernong wine and that is what they make there. So I guess we are driving the T-bird.

At anyrate, my obsession continues and I am persevering with it. Yesterday I went to the guild workshop to learn to make charity quilts all in one. I finished first, the only one to leave with a finished quilt except binding. I think I need to get in the next jelly roll race. I might win. Later.

  
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JDFAN448HS 2/20/2012 5:17PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm wishing I was you with your talent. I go to class and am always the one with the least done. Problem is not enough hours logged to feel really confident. Please send me some of your abundance of energy. Lovin ur enthusiam! Quilting rules! emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/17/2012 5:49PM

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ELLIE381 2/17/2012 11:27AM

    LOL enjoy your quilting adventure. Love it also. emoticon

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ANYVAR54 2/17/2012 10:10AM

    Enjoy your quilting, You are doing it for charities and others. I enjoy your comments.
Have a great weekend.
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SATURDAY MUSINGS!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I am so happy it is Saturday! Shouldn't make a bean of difference to me as I work from home and set my own schedule. But Saturday is my day off from work so I treasure it. ALways has been and Sunday is church day!

Today I have 2 bitty things that I have to do and then I am free to do whatever I want to do. I think that should entail getting into my sewing room and clean it up. I am anxious to do so. My quilt guild makes charity tops to give away to places that need them. Most of them go to organizations where there are children who don't get much for Christmas or they are foster children away from their families. So I am going to concentrate on making tops for charity this year.

I already have a couple of tops I've made and don't have any person to give them to so I guess I will donate them. Thursday, Our guild is having a charity workshop day so I am going to go to it and sew! I can do that as I work for myself and have blocked the day off already!

This year, I've been dabbling with Flylady and making progress, one baby step at a time. This week I had spent some time cleaning off the piles on my desk and I have baby piles now. I was pretty much caught up with bill paying and orders for clients so I took Friday off! I did some sewing and cleaning, visiting mother-in-law to take care of her pill box, shopping at the local fabric store which I didn't need to do and ended up buying some fabric that I didn't need, taking a nap, and finally, going to see a client in mid-afternoon and sold a couple of pairs of draperies! When I came home, I placed the order and then waited for hubby to come home so we could go out to dinner.

I've been watching the TV with interest about this religious boondoggle created by Pres Obama. I think he has made a serious mistake in thinking he can take on religious freedom in this country. I pray that the church leaders in this country will continue to fight for our first amendment, freedom to worship and follow the god of our choice without intervention and requirements that are put on us by government. Later.

  
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REGABA 2/15/2012 10:49PM

    I completely agree with you about Obama.

I'm glad you enjoyed your day off.

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15 MINUTES IS A LONG TIME!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I've been dabbling with Flylady this year and she keeps talking about setting a timer for 15 minutes and get as much done as you can. Well, I don't have a timer except on my oven so I haven't paid any attention to that. But this morning, I decided I would give it a go. So I started at 7:15 and gave myself until 7:30 to pick up whatever I could. I almost ran out of things to do! At least I cleared a path for my cleaning lady who comes today so now I know that 15 minutes will work and I'll get a timer or download a timer app to my cell phone.

Yesterday I talked about the 5 areas of my life that need work and so I got a thick notebook this morning that I had laying around the house and Labeled the first page, STUFF! I listed the following 5 sections with the comments

Personal life Get healthy
Work Life Get on top of it
Quilting Life Get Organized
Home Life Get Clean
Spiritual Life Stay With God!

This mornings healthy reflections was right on with the message to correspond with my lists.
"Examine the feelings that surface when you relate to that subject you are addressing!" For instance, when I walk into my foyer that is overloaded with area rugs and boxes filled with fabric samples and items for my clients, how does that make me feel? Overwhelmed with it I would say!

This effort I am undertaking is not something that is going to happen overnight or even in a week or month. THis is for the rest of my life effort and only I can do something about it.

So I am carrying my notebook around with me and I'll jot down notes and thoughts as they arise. Each section of my life requires a lot of thought and effort. You'll note that Spiritual Life is at the bottom of my list and shouldn't that be at the top? As I reflect on this, I realize that I have a strong spiritual life and putting it on the bottom helps to prop up the rest of those sections of my life that I want to improve upon. I want to stay with God and for him to stay with me daily, every day. That's a wonderful thing to know!

Todays Spark also says, "Pursue the things that make you feel alice and fill you with joy and balance!" Well said. Got to get to work.

  
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ANYVAR54 2/14/2012 2:22PM

    Love this blog. You said alot in one day. I am so with you in so much of it.
Reading this on valentine's day, So May you be blessed with lots of Love today,
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COLEENCOLE 2/9/2012 9:10PM

    I agree. It is amazing what 15 min can accomplish.

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ALMMOM 2/8/2012 12:18PM

    I just told my sister about the flylady program - she will look into it and give it to her daughter who is no organized at all. It is nice. We can feel overwhelmed or we can take bite size pieces to handle. I don't have a timer either - it ma be an investment for me.

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JAGRIF 2/8/2012 12:08PM

    I just started with the 15 minutes too. Unfortunately with my knee, that is too long. Now I pick up 15 things, throw away 15 things and donate 15 things at each commercial break in the evening.

Baby steps. We will get there.

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STITCHINGNAN 2/8/2012 9:23AM

    You made a great start with the 15 minutse challenge and showed 15 mins can be a long time So often we waste 15 precious minutes
I dont think there is a right or wrong way to write things down in order.Its best to write fast as things come into your mind. You can tidy up the list later.But do feel encouraged by your excellent start and take it from there. I shall be interested in the next step.
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HOAGIE22 2/8/2012 9:06AM

  Git Er Dun!!!

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