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December 30, 2009

Good Bye Christmas, Hello New Year, and Little Ma to Boot

Got up this morning and decided to take the tree down and pack up all the Christmas decorations. I usually save this task for January 1st. I really don't know why I chose to do this today, but this way I'll have more time for sewing.

 My mother has been a constant inspiration in my life. Not only on the really important life lessons, but the sewing kind as well.  Ma has always sewn, and made most of my clothes as I grew up. She has been quilting for as long as I can remember.  Unfortunately about three years ago, she was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.You can read about it here. She is/was a smoker, and unfortunately most of the treatments out there are dangerous for smokers.  Any way, she continues to sew quilts, and up until recently could thread a needle quicker than I could. She made a quilt for her neighbors this  Christmas, my sister Judy quilted it and Ma presented it to Robert and Maria with the promise to bind it after the holiday. Well Ma called me  today very frustrated because she couldn't see to finish the hand sewing. Its an easy fix really, I hope to have it  done by tomorrow.
My Mother has overcome a lot of adversity in her life and can't help but feel a little outraged at her medical condition. I don't think she deserves it. I know things happen for a reason and God has his own plan, and I leave it in his hands.... It doesn't make it any easier to watch.
I'm so proud of you Ma, you never give up and take whatever life hands you with good old Yankee fortitude.

Well this is offically my last rant for 2009. I try not whine or complain to much because life is really too short and ya just need to get on with living.  I wish all of you my blogging friends a peaceful and prosperous new year ahead. Bring it on 2010!

December 28, 2009

Nice Christmas and a New Block

Christmas was wonderful. Spent a nice quiet morning at home with my boys, then over to my mother's to visit with my siblings and their cildren and their grand children.  Had  a nice surprise, my niece, Katie was up from North Carolina two days early, as a surprise for my sister and brother-in -law.  We all enjoyed a nice meal,  quiet visit, then home again home again jiggity jig. 

I managed to complete the block that was due this month for my virtual quilt group, A Dozen Quilters.

I'm making the same block for myself each month, so I'll have a quilt as a keepsake for this journey. The block I'm sending Christy is on the right and the one I'm keeping is on the left (obviously).
The block is called the Jack-in -the Box, and the fabric is Heather Bailey.
I'm hoping to get my sewing room organized and finish up a few projects this week while I'm on break .
Have a pieceful day.

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a blessed and joyous day.