It’s been really busy in my world lately and I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I posted. There’s been so much going on, I’m not sure where to start. . . .
First – there’s been a new addition to our family.
This lovely lady, Cora, has joined us. Our house was so quiet without a pug. I know with 2 other dogs how could my house be quiet? You’d have to be owned by a pug to understand the soundtrack that they provide. She’s been an absolute joy. We’ve spent the last month getting to know each other. She’s made me laugh so many times. She’s 9 years young and so much more youthful than Sadie was. We’re looking forward to having her with us for a number of years (The more the better!).
Secondly, I do have a day job that’s not nearly as fun as quilting and crafting and it has been seriously cutting into my personal time. That should change soon though. I’m going to try to get back on my schedule of posting weekly.
Most importantly, my Mom’s been having health problems. We’ve had a big scare but she’s recovering now and hopefully will just continue to do better. It really brings home how important it is for us as women to take care of ourselves. We spend so much of our life taking care of others, doing for others, worrying about others, etc that a lot of times we forget that it’s vitally important to take care of ourselves. It’s not selfish to take 30 minutes to do something that we want to do. It can be as simple as sitting on the deck and reading a book or taking a bubble bath, watching your favorite tv show, or just refusing to answer the phone for a period of time. I know that for those with children this is even harder, but if we don’t do these things for ourselves, we reduce the time we have to do for others.
The Charming Girls were picking a word for the year of what we’d like to see more of or cultivate in our lives this year. I have so enjoyed reading everyone’s words – my favorite I think was permission. I know that it’s March already, but I’m going to finally pick a word. My word for the year is “CAN.”
According to Webster’s the word can means:
1. a : know how to , b : be physically or mentally able to, c —used to indicate possibility , d : be permitted by conscience or feeling to , e : be made possible or probable by circumstances to, f : be inherently able or designed to
2 . : have permission to.
I picked this word because to me it’s like a combination of positivity and permission. I can do XXXX. I can be XXXX. I can choose XXXX. Regardless of whether it’s taking care of myself or accomplishing what feels impossible at times, saying yes or saying no, simply put, I can.
Since no post is complete without a project, I have 1 project to share. I started making this quilt for my Mom when she first got sick. And I CAN finish it before her birthday in June.
Mom loves scriptures and this quilt has scripture blocks sprinkled all over it. All that’s left is to finish sewing the binding. (Yes, Mom, you’re allowed this sneak peak). It’s hard to really see in this picture because I couldn’t get a good angle, but I’ll take some more pics once it’s actually done.