Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
I am old enough, smart enough, and happy enough with myself to be able to admit that I can not do everything. I am just not able. Sometimes want to can only take you so far; ability and skill are also necessary.
I am not a sew-er. (Sewist?) I am not going to become the next Maggie Whitley. I want to sew, to create beautiful things from pieces of stuff, but I can't. Instead of it being fun and inspiring I am frustrated and swearing loudly inside my head. I can appreciate the talents of others and be much happier.
So I'm quitting sewing.
I have packed up my machine and assorted collected accoutrements and am giving them back to my mama so maybe she can teach my baby sister to sew instead. I feel sort of like that person that adopted a puppy, but is bringing it back to the pound after a month because they don't like dogs as much as they thought they wanted to.
I think I'll keep up the hand quilting. That's something I can do! There's still a lot of crafty projects out there that I haven't even tried yet.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
That's a question I noticed people asked a lot in the two weeks after Christmas. It was usually random, a little bit of small talk, but it got in my head and swirled around a bit. What exactly makes a "good Christmas?"
Is it being with family? A bunch of mine were sick so our Christmas was disjointed and delayed. It seemed like everybody was sick. Thankfully it was all temporary, nobody was really sick.
Some people might classify having a good Christmas by getting everything you wanted. We could make this a lot easier on us all and just omit presents as far as I'm concerned. I have a long want list and it is rather expensive. It's the want list of a lifetime. Christmas is more than getting stuff anyway, as we all know.
Could you qualify a good Christmas by the amount of activities or traditions that put you in the Christmas spirit? I made a list last year before Christmas and added to it during the month of December of all the things that made me feel Christmasy. I felt like it helped me focus on the things I really wanted/needed to do instead of try to do every thing. On my list there are foody things like baking cookies and cinnamon rolls, drinking apple cider, hot chocolate, and eggnog; watching Elf and Christmas Vacation; seeing the choir sing and watching the children's program at church; giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering; and packing a shoebox in November for Operation Christmas Child. This year a lot of things on my Christmas To Do list were unchecked.
People were sick, my first world wish list remains, and I wasn't able to do all the things that make me feel like Christmas so that sounds like I would be one who might answer "No," but I never considered the possibility of not having a good Christmas. Life is good. What would you consider to be a "good Christmas?" If you didn't have a good Christmas, care to explain?