A daily record of gratitude; from quilting to photography to a mix of technology, books, movies and the musings of life!

Welcome to my Blog of my daily gratitude and photo of the day!

Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has defintely been a challenge every day throughout the past three years, but I welcome the challenge again this year 2015. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Trio did the Du

Due to high waves and rip currents, the swim leg of the Bethany Beach triathlon was cancelled for everyone except the pros. And from what I heard, the pros had some difficulty is reaching the yellow buoys (start/finish/turns) on the course. Most folk did not mind, since safety is paramount in these events, but naturally, some were very disappointed. 

I am very thankful that our trio went with the flow, and had a great time running and biking on a hot sunny day at the beach (not a cloud in the sky). Okay, I must admit it was really hot, but we all gutted through it “just fine”. 

I’m excited to announce that “The Best Daughter” and Linda Misencik both place first in their respective age groups. Whoohoo!! Yours truly placed second in my age group and am thrilled with the entire event. Truly, we all were and that’s the true beauty of our trio and the Du Du Du!



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tri and Du Ready

I’m a “big chicken” and backed out of the swim at packet pick up for the Bethany Beach Triathlon tomorrow morning. As I witnessed “The Best Daughter” and Linda Misencik battle the waves at “swim practice” this morning, I decided to opt out, and I think, for good reasons. One and two being 4 ft. waves and 8-10ft. swells. The race director is keeping a close eye on the water and rip tides and will make a decision in the morning on swim direction or possibly no swim event. 

But we are ready to go and it’s all for the “fun” of it...



Photos from the practice swim and my kit all set

Friday, September 22, 2017

Three Chicas in Bethany Beach 

So we missed getting to the beach this “summer” by one hour, but that didn’t stop “The Best Daughter”, Linda Misencik and I from “falling” into autumn with the BB First Responder Triathlon this weekend! First stop...da beach...and it can’t be beat. We are all looking toward Sunday with calm waters and sunshine for the rest of the bike and run course. With the swirling hurricane season on the East Coast (waves pretty high; 5-7 ft. today), it was great seeing people out and about enjoying the oceans “warm” temperature at 73 degrees, and still bunches of warm sunshine to go with it. 



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quilt Bingo Quilt

This quilt was a block of the month from 1998! The blocks were won by Lori Costello, and Susie Stevenson finished the top. I quilted it on the Longarm and it’s ready to be “won” again at our Southern Comforters Quilt Bingo on Saturday, October 21st, Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 3, Bowie, Maryland. Doors open at noon. The perfect quilt to kick off the fall equinox I’d say. 



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tiny Nine Table Topper

My tiny-nine quilt top is done (shown in a previous blogpost this past spring), but not yet quilted. However, there happened to be some extra blocks left over, and I just could not not do something with them. So, my photo today is the table topper I "finished" today (minus the binding...which I plan to add a pop of color very soon). I can now say that I am "done" with those teeny tiny blocks for a long time, maybe never!?


Photo: Tiny Nines Table Topper

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Just TRYAN It in Alexandria VA

One hundred and thirty one kids (ages 6-14) participated in the Just TRYAN It triathlon at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia this morning. Whoohooo!!! It was a beautiful day for all racers to swim, bike and run...fast to raise funds for kids and families battling childhood cancer. My entire family volunteered at this special event, from the transition area (Ryan); the bike course ("The Best Daughter and Brian Phillips); the run course (me); and the announcer for the event (Bill). Believe it or not, JTI had over 140 volunteers to help all the youngsters finish their event and cheer loudly for each racer. We all could not be more tickled to help this wonderful organization.

In a previous blogpost (9/14), I happened to mention Ryan Darby, and his family's foundation, which is Just TRYAN It. And since 2010, they have raised $1.5 million dollars to help defray outstanding costs to families in treatment for pediatric cancer which is really fantastic! Many families need help during very trying times with their sick children. And because this race was held during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month makes is all the more special.

A big shout of Congratulations to The Just Tryan It leadership, volunteers and participants and the beautiful Episcopal High School campus where everyone felt welcome and parents were able to see their kids participation in each event throughout the magnificent campus.

BSoleille! The bright side of kid triathletes...even some racers with training wheels! Sooooo cute!


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