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!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Long Arm Bee to Bingo

The past few days included hosting a LongArm Quilting Bee and going to the Southern Comforters Annual Quilt Bingo on Saturday. Although my gang didn’t win any quilts or other prizes, we certainly had fun. The quilts were beautiful and anyone that won one was really thrilled to do so! We are covering the World one quilt at a time!



The second photo was the last Bingo quilt to play and win: Alaskan Sunset- made by Pat Scully 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Crisp Fall Morning 

There is nothing like a crisp fall morning for a run, jog or walk. Clear the head temperatures to feel alive and awake! My photo from a run this past week with the sun rising over the local golf course. 



Friday, October 20, 2017

JAG Jeans Customer Service Story - It’s Good

I’m going to apologize for a “lengthier” blogpost today, but please bear with me on this pleasurable post. 

Earlier this summer I purchased a pair of JAG shorts on Kelley’s Island, Ohio. I loved the color, the feel of the brushed cotton fabric, and of course, the nice fit. They were my go-to shorts all summer long. 

However, on my drive to Colorado, I noticed I lost a button on one of the back pockets. I was not really concerned until I lost another one at the waist. And you need that one to keep them on! So I took a chance and contacted the company and their customer service department via email to see if they could send me replacement buttons. I thought the buttons were kind of distinctive and that they may still have them in stock...and the did. (Pays to ask!)

A flurry of emails were exchanged for the information they needed, and they were happy to send them out to me. I then asked that once the entire transaction takes place, and buttons received, if I could blog about their great customer service. They were thrilled that I would do so and sent me a follow up email with a code to select any new item from their website including the shipping and handling. Now, I was thrilled, and had to share this great “story” from JAGJeansUSA!

BSoleille! The bright side of great fitting shorts and denim jeans!


Photos of my shorts, buttons and my new JAGJeans!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kid Sister Kimberly Turns 50

I think it’s one thing when you turn 50, but a whole other thing when one of your kid sisters turns 50! Not only are we in the same decade once again, but 50 is fabulous...and the new 30! So a big shout of Happy Birthday to the little girl who turned into a beautiful, kind, generous, caring, wife and terrific mother to three boys, woman! Let the celebration be all that you want it to be!! Love you to the moon and back, Kimberly Sue!

BSoleille! The bright side of milestone birthdays belonging to “youngsters.”


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quilts at the Sports and Learning Center

I was lucky to spend yesterday morning with fellow quilter, and friend, Misty Cole, to check out the quilts on display at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Center. The area is a perfect space to hang several quilts from guild members of the Southern Comforters because the lighting is so good to feature each quilt. Many are for sale as well. This show runs through November 15th, so if you happen to be in the area, stop in to take a peek!



Photos of some of the quilts and Misty’s Political Circus (and it’s for sale!)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

21 Years and Looking Ahead 

I like milestone posts and today is a double one. This post marks 1900 blogposts since I began in 2012, and I’ve learned so much about life, myself, wordplay (and word smithing) in the almost six years of nearly daily blogging. A journey in itself. 

But the second milestone is much larger. Twenty one years ago today, Ryan, (Focused Warrior) was diagnosed with Leukemia. He was two years and two months old, a baby really. But I think it’s good to look back at times to see just how far you’ve come. And for Ryan, he’s looking ahead to continued health and good things coming his way. He definitely deserves it for sure. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the gigantic village of thousands of people who helped along his/our childhood cancer journey and beyond, and for this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

BSoleille! The bright side of being deeply grateful...priceless 


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Choosing Kindness Always

It's been a tough past month of natural disasters of hurricanes, wildfires and tropical storms, plus the senseless killings in Las Vegas and now today, the bombing in Somalia. Although Mother Nature's advances cannot be stopped, I will try to always choose kindness and goodness in this crazy world we live in in 2017. I must continue to believe that most folks of the seven billion on this earth are loving, kind, and caring; because it seems like today it's the old adage; "one bad apples spoils the whole bushel." Of course, there are lots of bad apples everywhere, and as we all know, the bad stuff is what sells "newspapers", or gets more "clicks" on social media than humans helping humans. Why do we get sucked into watching and reading this stuff?

Hoping for peaceful days ahead...and choosing kindness...