You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Happy Birthday, MOM

My mom recently turned 88 years old. Fortunately for her 
6 children, 22 grandchildren,  33 great -grandchildren
 and her 1 great, great -granddaughter she is healthy.  (A bit on the forgetful side, but healthy.) She enjoys her family so much and we enjoy her!  As time marches on though, more often her thoughts drift back to her past. Her happy childhood and the years of growing up in Maine are now a common theme for her conversations. She reminisces often about the endless summer days spent at her grandparent's farm.  When we have the chance, we all do our best to accommodate her this simple pleasure. Many years ago when my grandmother passed away, my mother gave me a box filled with old needlework pieces crafted by my grandmother and my great grandmother. Dozens of doilies and filet crochet pieces were passed down to me. While some items have not stood the "test of time" others look brand new. After a good soaking and gentle pressing I was able to make this pillow for my mom for her birthday. Words can't express how much she loves and appreciates it. It brings her back she says, to a simpler time. She keeps the pillow on her loveseat for all to see. It is a place of honor and it's presence has stimulated new found memories for her thus rendering interesting conversations. It certainly is the gift that keeps on giving. All of us have become recipients of the rich and treasured family history that my mom expounds. 

We listen carefully now, we know that these moments won't last forever. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Finally Finishing......WORKING!!!!!

Hi All,  O.K. You had to see this coming!  Be honest. I've been absent for some time now and you had to know that eventually I would "put off"  my commitment to Finally Finish my projects and my blog. But seriously, why should it surprise anyone? After all, I am a procrastinator, that is  what I do. But I am trying and I see this only as a minor setback. I have no excuses BUT reasons; here goes. First and foremost I have retired. I  have quit my job to help my daughter with child care. My grandsons are ages 2 and 5 years old. I love spending time with them but at the end of the day I am exhausted; too exhausted to finishing anything but the day!  I know, no excuses.
Back in July I fell and broke my wrist rendering me useless and unable to do ANYTHING  much less finish a project and blog about it. Again, no excuses, just saying.  My husband had Rotator Cuff surgery and Nurse Jackie (me) has reported for duty. It has been a long haul.   If all that wasn't bad enough my elderly mother is in need of a bit more attention thus taking up more and more of my time. So lest you think I have been sitting back and eating "bon bons" you would be wrong. (OK maybe a few during the Holidays) This is water under the bridge now as far as I am concerned.
I'm back ready and willing to continue my promise to finish what I've started. Which brings me to the subject of "Cat Hats", yes you read it right!
Over a year ago, my dear (but eccentric) friend told me that there is a market for "cat hats." and that "we" should look into it.  Apparently some people really enjoy dressing up their felines in ridiculous costumes and are willing to fork over big bucks for them too. (You won't hear judgment from me.) That said, the next thing I know I have promised my friend a prototype Cat Hat. It took  me a while but here it is and  only a little over a year late. I see improvement. Somehow i don't see us making much money on this venture.
It doesn't appear that George is  over joyed with his new hat!

Thanks for reading folks,
 stay tuned, 
there is more to come. 
I promise!!!!!