Friday, December 24, 2010

Semi-Famous 2

I had an amazing and eye opening experience the other day.  I was walking across campus to a meeting, when a very sweet woman whom I did not know approached me.  She said she was a regular reader and that she loved my blog.  We ended up having a lovely conversation during which I invited her to come to a lunch-time quilting bee that two co-workers and I hold about once a month.  It was a very fun, unexpected encounter which ended up creating a connection with someone I probably would never have had the priviledge to know had it not been for this blog.  Thank you Yasi, for being brave enough to stop me.  I'm really glad to know you!
You know, until Yasi introduced herself, I believed my little band of twenty followers, most of whom are family and friends, were the only ones who checked out my corner of the blogosphere.  I assumed that anyone who was a regular reader would sign up to be a follower and make a comment now and then. Of course, I don't know why I thought that since I am a regular reader of several blogs to which I don't follow or make comments.
I call it lurking and now that I think about it, I wonder why I do it.  Truthfully, I do it because I am intimidated and just plain shy.  I think it is hard to just jump on to the blog of someone I don't know and start commenting.   I mean it isn't really something I do in the real world.  For instance, I would never just jump into a conversation I overheard while sitting next to two people in a restaurant or on an airplane. 
But, blogging and social networking encourages us to do just that.
So here is what I propose.  When I get back from my holiday vacation, I am going to host a give-away!  YAY!
Here are the rules. If you read my blog, but haven't yet signed up to be a follower, sign up to follow me.  Then, leave a comment to let me know that you did and why you haven't before. I mean, are you a bit shy like me or just too busy? If you have already signed up, get someone else to sign up and leave a comment giving you credit.  They will then be entered and you will be too. 
DON'T SIGN UP YET.  Several people have said they have problems leaving comments on my blog.  I need to research what the problem is and get it fixed.  Also,. I don't yet have what I am going to give away.  Next week, while I am in Salt Lake, I am going to go to my favorite quilt shop, Pine Needles and pick up a fat quarter bundle for the give away.  When I have everything ready, I will post a photo of the bundle and then, let the sign up's begin!
Until then, I ho-ho-hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Still here

I know it may seem like it, but I have not abandoned my blog. I have just had a huge family drama to deal with since I got back from our Thanksgiving trip. 
As we drove back from Utah, I received a call that my beloved Aunt had collapsed and was in the hospital. She ended up being there for a week. After that she suffered every elderly persons nightmare as she was transferred to "The Nursing Home From Hell". Don't even get me started!  The stories I could tell you would turn your hair white!  I am simply appalled that, here in America, this is how we treat our elderly.
I have spent the last two weeks working to get her released into home health care with full-time caretaker in her home and wow, it has been a trial by fire but, yesterday I was able to get her released and settle her back in her own home.  I am worried about whether it is the right move, but it is what she wanted. 
Yesterday, as I was driving her home, I voiced my concern that this might not be the best thing for her health. She took my hand and with tears in her eyes told me not to doubt myself.  She said,"Tacey,  if I die tomorrow, I will be forever grateful to you for getting me out of that place."  She is one of the most special people in my life.  I am praying every day that this will work for her.  I am asking my friends to do the same.
Of course, that isn't the only thing that has been going on.  Amid all the turmoil and stress, the Lord did bless me with some special moments...

First, may I introduce the newest little peanut to come into our family.  That's right, I'm going to be a Grandma!  My son, Damen and his wonderful, wife Christy are expecting their first child.  To say I am elated is the understatement of the year.
It will be the first grandchild on either side of the family.  My friend Jeff says this fact makes him/her "The Golden Grandchild" or "The Anointed One."  I can get behind that statement.  After all, I did spontaneously break out singing the Hallelujah Chorus when I heard the news.
We will find out the baby's sex sometime in January and as soon as that happens...let the quilting begin!
Speaking of baby quilts, my wonderful, niece Amy sent me some photos of her new son Jack wrapped in the quilt I made for him.

I thought the quilt was cute before but it looks so much better with baby Jack and his proud papa on top of it.  Congratulations Amy and Zack!  I know it was a long, hard battle to get him here, but he is worth it.
And, just because I want to, here is a little eye candy from my favorite Utah quilt shop, Pine Needles.
I love this little quilt made with raw edged squares sewn on white fabric.  As luck would have it, I happen to have a charm pack of "Charmed" fabric in my stash.  I'm thinking that if my little grand baby turns out to be a boy, this would be perfect for him. 
Look at the awesome quilting on this little number.  I have an unfinished, heart patchwork, quilt top hanging in my UFO closet.  I am thinking this quilting would look great on it. 
And last but not least, quilting inspiration can indeed be found everywhere.  Here is the front of the wine list from a local restaurant in Ogden.  I see another wonky quilt somewhere in my future...