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!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Many Hands Make Light Work

We have all heard that saying, and truly, it's true! So when the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild come together to put on a show, we mean business, and that means all hands are on deck. I am thankful for this dedicated group of women and Frank Rucky who care enough to make it all happen for one weekend a year. At the before-the-show guild meeting last night, Carrie Casto (Chair) had organized various stations around the meeting hall to put the finishing touches on several needed aspects of making the 2017 show the best one yet! Many hands worked together to finish each task seamlessly. Looking forward to the show weekend!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Best Daughter Turns 25

A quarter century old is like the "bingo" number of "arriving", and "The Best Daughter" arrived at that magic number today! If you are older than 25, don't you think that is the number that still sticks with you? I still feel 25, and think this is the birthday that stays with you as you age through the years...!

So how does one who "still tries to think, "feel" like, and "remember" as 25 year old now have a 25 year old offspring? Can it be true? In this case, yes, it's true, and I could not be more proud of the beautiful, kind and compassionate young lady she has become in just a short 25 years. Cheers to a great year ahead!

BSoleille! The bright side of my baby girl turning 25!


Photos: 1) Olivia a week old with her maternal grandparents and with me on a hike in the Valley of Fire in Nevada.

Knives and Gardening Tools

Along with beautiful quilts you get to vote on (this is not a juried show, the public votes, really!), the quilt show this weekend will include vendors, a quilt appraiser, a featured quilter, a food truck, demonstrations and raffle baskets too (like the card says...). But we are also going to have Superb Sharpening for getting those tools ready for spring and summer action.

From the website: Sharpening and reconditioning of scissors, knifes, clipper blades,  grooming, cutlery, podiatry, seamstress and wood working tools

So while you are at the show, local folks can bring their dull and unsharp items like the "garden tools" ready for spring along with that favorite knife sharpened to cut the Easter ham! And of course, a good pair of sharpened scissors is invaluable to hone any craft!

A phone set reminder this weekend will trigger you to actually not forget the items left in the garage or on the dining room table....just saying, ahem, it happened to someone last year....


Monday, March 20, 2017

Butter Butter

Have you tried to buy plain old butter lately? There are so many choices out there that the task is truly daunting, and I'm not kidding. I sent the son to buy a few groceries, and at the last minute, suggested he buy a few sticks of butter while he was out. No problem, right?  Apparently he picked up the few items on the verbal "list" then "stumbled" over at the butter case because there were so many to choose from that he called me to ask which one I wanted. Let me tell you, I was kind of dumbfounded by the question, and answered, "plain butter". He came back with  these choices: "butter with and without salt?"; or "creamed butter with canola/vegetable/more-oil-choices oil?" (salted and no salt); or "Can't Believe It's Butter?", and then he was on a roll with all the other choices staring at him from the case. I suggested he take a photo of what he was looking at, and yes, it's daunting all right! It took him five minutes for him to find the "plain salted butter"!  Whew! But he got the one I wanted, and I'm thankful for that!

Honestly, should it take that long to select plain old butter?


Saturday, March 18, 2017

National Quilting Day

Today is a special day...it's National Quilting Day! So kudos to all my sewing sisters, quilters, and people who love quilts! And because I've been inspired  by so many folks through 30 years of quilting, I am thankfully, energized almost daily in honing my skills and craft and rarely tire of the "fiber arts"! Years ago my husband scratched his head when I went on a quilt retreat and I returned to confirm that, yes, we do spend hours not only sewing and quilting the days away, but talk about it too (from fabrics, to patterns to quilting designs to designing our own quilts - believe me, it all gets discussed...and then some!).

Truly, I am grateful to my tribe of "sisters of the thread" (and Frank) of the Southern Comforters of Bowie, Maryland! In fact, next weekend is our show where many beautiful quilts will be displayed, along with vendors and a whole lot of fun and beauty to be had at Samuel Ogle Middle School, 4111 Chelmont Lane, Bowie, MD.

In true spirit of the day, I am including two quilt tops recently completed; a tshirt quilt for Laura Murphy and another commissioned quilt for a friend's father!

BSoleille! The bright side of National Quilting Day,  and for lots of folks (including me) means "everyday" doing what we love!


Friday, March 17, 2017


Happy St. Paddy's Day 2017!! For a gal that is 100% Polish, it's great to spend one day wearing the green and speaking Gaelic (not really!). Me thinks that would be too hard!

Best green I've got!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throw Back about 11 Years

With March Madness underway, and already getting beat up in the upsets, I scrolled through some very "old" photos (digital photo of a photo) that brought a big smile across my face. Ryan and Bob Barker from when we went to the Price is Right show in 2006! So fun to be in the audience and see the "lights, camera and action" of a crowd favorite show, and meeting Bob Barker after the taping. He couldn't be nicer to all of us and walked us back stage to the door of his dressing room to take some photos for posterity!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hanging on by a Shard

Winter is definitely hanging on by a shard of glass, or at least that's how it looked yesterday with the "ice storm" rather than a snowstorm as was predicted. Thankfully, it did not last too long, and man, it was loud once the ice started melting and dropping off the leaves, branches and vehicles that it was just stuck to like velcro! As promised, a few photos taken of the "glass" ice!