Monday, May 23, 2016

Happiness

So, several people have asked me about my last blog and what I mean't when I said I needed cheering up.

First of all, I'm sorry.  I didn't mean to be vague and cryptic.  It's just that when I started this blog I made a promise to you and to myself that I would focus on the positive and not let this space become a place where all I do is whine about life.

Having said that, I will say this...

About three months ago I injured myself in a fitness class I was subbing.  I had already taught two yoga classes that day so my muscles were already very fatigued. Then during class, I was demonstrating a squat and my left hamstring blew out.

Since then it has been nothing but burning pain, ice packs, physical therapy, painful acupuncture and limited mobility.  Very frustrating!!!

Along with that, it became apparent to me (through a situation I'm not going to go into here) that someone I thought cared about me, really didn't.  At least, not in the way or even as much as I thought they did.

This was a pretty shocking and painful revelation since this person has been in my life since I was, literally, a teen.  Anyway, after much prayer, I realized it was time to let that person go.

Now, I've never been through a divorce but I imagine this is kind of the same thing.  And while I know it's necessary, it is nevertheless painful and fills me with sadness.

I've been allowing myself time to grieve and getting through the grieving by filling my life with other things that make me happy.

On that note, here's what's been making me happy lately.

Kade graduated!! Not just with one degree but with two!  One in Economics and one in Finance. Can I get a big WOO HOO for his job well done.  I'm so happy for him.  This has been a long time coming for him and I am thrilled that he has been able to accomplish this goal.

He decided not to walk for the ceremony.  I was a bit disappointed at first, but when he explained to me that he would rather spend the day with his family instead of trudging through a boring ceremony, I was on board.


It was a great time!  Damen & his fam came up for the weekend and we spent the time 4-wheeling, smoking various meats and even a bit of glow-in-the-dark bowling.  The little ones had a blast.


Then, last weekend Christy decided to take Mason (along with Minda and some other family members) on an 80 mile bike ride in Southern Utah.  (She's such a great Mom!)

So, Damen brought Maddie up to spend the weekend.  We had such a good time together.  She's definitely my little pal.  She "helped" me plant the garden which in Grandma speak, that means she had fun watering the dirt and playing in the mud.  

And, let me just stop here to make a plug for this wonderful find. 

The kids never really eat that well when they are visiting. They are just too darn excited and having too much fun to take the time to stop and eat a good meal. However, about a month ago I saw this little baby on Amazon and thought it might be just the trick. 

I tried to post a little video here of Maddie eating her breakfast but try though I might I couldn't get it to work. Curse you, Blogger!!

Trust me when I say, it worked like a charm.  If you have a hard time getting your little ones to eat, give this a try.


Lastly, I finished the top for my "It Takes a Village" quilt.  This one is a definite keeper.  I love, love, love it.  We have terrible lighting downstairs, so it's hard to see how great the colors come together.  


At least in these close-ups you can see the grey village print I used for the borders.  


Here's the fabric that I'll be using for the back and binding. When I saw this print with the little houses and phrases about home-town, I knew this was the one. BTW, this fabric is the only one I bought for the whole quilt. Everything else came from what I already had. I'm still working on my goal to downsize my stash. It's coming along nicely.  

The binding is going to be sewn from left over strips from the front.  I think I'm going to raw-edge bind it. It's such a whimsical quilt, I think it will add a nice touch.  

Well, that's it for now. FYI, both my hamstring and my feelings are on the mend. Some things just take time.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sowing and Sewing

That, pretty much, sums up what I've been doing lately.
First, the sewing...


These lovely ladies are my newest obsession.  The pattern is called "It Takes A Village" and it calls for 36 of these blocks.  Only twelve more to go!  I've been going through some stuff lately and sewing these is helping me work my way through it.  What can I say, they make me happy and I need a little cheering up lately.



I like them all but these three are my favorites, so far.  The pattern only calls for muslin for the faces and hands but I figured in a real village the ladies would come in all colors so I made sure to get a variety of flesh tones.  I like the "diversity."



 As for the sowing, I love it when my perennials start popping.  These are the bleeding hearts and hellebores I planted last year.  Aren't they beautiful?  They make me happy too.
This year, we have added a garden plot to grow veggies. Last year, I just planted a few tomatoes in an empty flower bed along one side of the house, but this year I'll be sowing a full-on veggie garden.
My back is already hurting just thinking about it.

Here are a couple of other things that have lately helped to cheer me up.




Yay for Grandma Days!  I've had Grandma days with Mason for a couple of years now and finally Maddie is old enough.  Here are some pictures of our full day together.  It was a day of princess dresses, tea parties and Mystery Date.  I still smile when I remember her little voice asking, "More tea, Maama?"  As for playing mystery date she's still a little young to understand the rules but she loved moving the girls around the board and opening the door and yelling out the names of the different boys.  This one is "Surfer Guy!!!"

Then there was LDS Women's conference.  Mom and I went down and stayed for the entire thing.  The conference was at BYU and we stayed in on-campus housing. Talk about a walk down memory lane.  We were assigned to stay at Helaman Halls which just happens to be the dorms I lived in when I was in school there.
Here we are at the mass service project.  We worked packaging food for the local food banks.  The goal was 350,000 packets in three hours and we more than met the goal.  As proud as I am that we were part of that great effort, let me just go on record that the hair nets are not a good look for us.
Worst. Selfie. EVER!


And lastly there's this.  It seems we have a little squatter.  A fairy seems to have set up house-keeping under our birch tree.  So far, she's been very neighborly; no wild parties keeping us up at night.  I guess there are worse neighbors we could have.