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, February 19, 2017


While on a quilt retreat weekend, you get to know your fellow quilters quite well, especially their style of quilting, favorite color choices, and the awesomeness of all their productivity, creativity, community, charity and even tranquility (we had message therapists Saturday and Sunday for those "needing" a message!). It's a whirl of activity all day long, and long into the night....(or at least we used to), to accomplish something, like a finished top, a water color painting, a men's shirt, or even a start of something new. It's an open slate to do whatever you want to do, and I am thankful for the time to devote to my passion with others who have the same passion(s) as me.

My photos today include productivity, creativity, community, and tranquility by my fellow retro retreaters....Painting by Barbara Alderman; quilt top components by Mary Nielsen, men's shirt by Karen Todd, bag parts by Carrie Casto and bag part/pool noodles, ahem, finished by Deb Hoppe, and candids of Carrie and Susie Stevenson and Misty Cole (my table partner) while working at her machine.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Soul Sister Sewing

The act of sewing, retro or not, is good for the soul. I am lucky to share the love of sewing with 24 other remarkable women from all walks of life on this "spring" retreat! I will admit that an "outsider" would look at us and think: "sweatshop", but we all think it's the greatest thing to sew for 15 hours....almost straight! We all work on our own projects for the most part, with a "zinger" thrown in for good "measure", like a mystery quilt (not this time) or a little bag (thanks, Mary Nielsen). Lots of laughter fills the room and we get more advice on anything and everything if you want it, sewing or otherwise....and I'm thankful for that!


Photos of the Retro Retreaters with our pearls, glasses, and cigarettes on the West River; my little bag, and shot of the beautiful scenery here in South Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Retro Retreat at West River

The "Real Housewives" of the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild commenced this afternoon at the  West River, Maryland Retreat Center for a weekend of fun and sewing....50's style. Our fearless leaders (retreat planners), Janet McCabe and Karen Todd amused the crowds with our welcome packets of cats-eyes reader glasses; lipstick (deep reds and pinks), cigarettes (the candy kind), pearls, and last but not least, a spool of thread! Listening to the 100 top hits from the 50's and 60's on top of 25 sewing machines running full speed ahead makes for an interesting combination of head boppin' and sing-a longs even if we are bit off-key to the "spinning tunes" (streaming through iTunes).

Thankfully, the food "served" at tonight's dinner (potluck) was contemporary fare, though some "longed" for jello molds, meatloaf, TV dinners and tuna noodle casserole!

BSoleille! The bright side of singing, dancing and sewing to the "oldies" - retro style...


Photo of Janet and Karen modeling our weekend accessories, and sunset on the West River.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Before the Bees Started Buzzing

I hosted my daytime bee yesterday, and we all had a delightful day. I did not blog yesterday, but if I did, this would have been the post. So why not do it one day later? Interestingly, before the first bee mate arrived at the hive, I had a few minutes of quiet time to really "see" our set up before the first machine was ever turned on or a stitch taken.  And for a quick minute, I became very thankful for the anticipated day of sewing, the friendships built on our love of sewing and quilting and how this all has weaved throughout each of our lives. With the first knock on the door, I was jolted out of my thoughts, and within 15 minutes, our machines sounded like bees a buzzing in a large hive!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

My hope is that the entire universe who celebrates this day of LOVE had a great day! A treat to MOD pizza with my son and the Dynamic Duo (twins Bill/Don) capped off the day with a "build you own" za that was simply delicious (lots of roasted veggies for me). My flowers were bought over the weekend and I am thankful for their beauty and fairly long-lasting time in the vase. A song lyric by Bob Dylan graced the entrance to ordering at MOD, and I thought it would be perfect to post for this special day of love!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Red Carpet Event with Tracy's Kids

Tracy's Kids Red Carpet event is one of my favorite events, especially selecting one of the award winning and nominated movies of 2017 to view after the Courage Awards are presented in downtown Washington, D.C.  This event benefits art therapy programs for children with cancer in seven hospitals in five states and D. C. Art Therapy helps young cancer patients cope with the emotional stress and trauma imposed by cancer and all the treatment it entails!

This year's winners for the TK Courage Awards, presented to a public person who has worked to address the challenges of childhood cancer went to Second Lady, Karen Pence, and Senator Claire McCaskill. These courageous ladies have worked tirelessly in their respective states to bring about awareness and perspective to all types of cancer, including Childhood Cancer and Art Therapy in Indianapolis (Mrs. Pence). Let me add, both ladies were excellent speakers and champions of bringing awareness of Art Therapy programs in hospital settings nationwide!

The most difficult part of the evening is the deliberation on what movie to see. Thankfully, we have seen a few already, so we narrowed it down to Fences with Denzel Washington (Bill and I), and Hell  or High Water (Ryan).  Any movie is great with Denzel...

BSoleille! The bright side of: And the winner is.... ticking off another award nominated movie of 2017 with Tracy's Kids!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Twin Time

Raise your hand if you ever hung around twins? If you have, you know the "twinning" thing they do (if they are good friends as well as twins, that is). They laugh the same, look the same, finish each other's sentences and they always have a built in "best friend". My husband Bill is an identical "mirrored" twin with brother Don. (Don is right handed and Bill is left handed). Through the many years I have known these two, there certainly have been some uncanny moments and unexplainable occasions of being a twin; like passing the same parts on the CPA exam with the exact same scores, earning a living in the same profession, and many more. I believe that is fairly typical with identical twins.

So if it is just the three of us doing something that involves driving in a car, you bet I am in the back seat while they talk a mile a minute to each other, finish each other's sentences and carry on like twins do. It's actually fun to sit back and watch their antics....and I'm thankful they have a close friendship and can banter with each other with zeal!

BSoleille! The bright side of hanging out with twins!

Photos of Bill and Don at their alma mater, Ohio University, this past weekend, and with me before a scoot around the Crofton Parkway this afternoon.