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!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Giving Back to Sinai Hospital

Typically, November is the month of "Thanks" and "Giving". But for the Southern Comforters of Bowie, MD, every month is a way to "give thanks and give back". As I have mentioned in several previous blog posts, my guild has made, quilted and donated hundreds (maybe close to 2,000 over the last 16 years) of quilts to every newly diagnosed child with cancer at Georgetown. It is something we are very proud of, and the kids and parents (plus the staff) are in awe of varied and beautiful quilts bestowed on these brave warriors. With prayers and good wishes stitched into each lovingly made quilt, we want the kids to know they are loved, even by "perfect strangers", who only wish for positive outcomes through their arduous treatments. Our members take our community outreach program seriously, and it shows in each and every quilt donated.

Today, I would like to announce, with the blessing of my guild, that we have branched out to another hospital: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland. My son Ryan and I took two huge bags filled with beautiful quilts for the staff to select a "perfect match" to give to each new pediatric hem/onc patient. The doctors and staff are thrilled to have the new partnership, and I am too! We are spreading the love...one stitch and one quilt at a time!

BSoleille, The bright side of giving back in any month of the year!


Photo of Danielle Eichner, Art Therapist, and Ryan

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

World Series 2016

I've posted that if you follow MLB, October is all about pitching. Lots of teams were "hot" getting to the series, but the last two standing are the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs! As I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and a mere three miles to the "old" stadium (as the crow flies), my heart is with  Cleveland for the big trophy and a series win! It helps they are the underdogs, and I am thankful for that!

But it is really cool that the Chicago Cubs are the other team, and they even have a longer dry spell of 108 years in not winning a series. I guess 68 years is "nothing", at least according to the announcers and all the Cubs fans out there! So as the games play out, I'll be cheering on the Tribe in the next week and a half of games. "Old fashion" baseball at it's best!


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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Gang...

Is all here. And really, it was two extra for dinner, but it was all so good. The food and the company with a bouncing lively discussion kept the tempo moving along. Lots of laughs when Uncle Don and Liz Verrecchia comes to town. A must is to brush up on apps and social media because he crushes all of it! We zing from "Slack" to Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and Google photos. Whew! It's tough to keep up!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

A "Little" Hike on the AT

I awoke at 4:28am (alarm set for 5:30am!), and never was able to fall back asleep. But that meant we had a few extra minutes to pack a few things to head to Pen-Mar Park on the border of Pennsylvania and Maryland. We made arrangements to meet up with friends, Mark and Linda Misencik, as they hiked the entire state of Maryland since Friday (45 miles) on the Appalachian Trail. How awesome is that? Bill and I got out there by 8:00am and began hiking South, as the Misencik's began hiking North after they broke camp. We met up after a few miles on the trail, and hiked back to our car. We then drove them in to Harper's Ferry, WVA, their starting point and their vehicle. It was a lovely Sunday to crack our boots open this fall. Interestingly, no bugs, though no birds either, but the trees are a turning, and the vistas surrounding the area were stunning!

And to finish the afternoon, a great brunch at the Old South Mountain Inn, an establishment that dates back 275 years atop scenic and historic Turner's Gap. Lots of Civil War lore in these parts, and I would love to go back. And if General Robert E. Lee can eat there, why can't we?

BSoleille! The bright side of a little hike on the AT!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Happy Anniversary Installnet!

The company I began working for three years ago, Installnet Inc., of Crofton, Maryland, celebrated 20 years in business this week, culminating with a big party last night at the office. I no longer work for them, but my husband does, and it was a great night congratulating the owners, Dale and Karen Ewing! Dale certainly had the vision and knack to create a great company of project managers and project coordinators in the office furniture industry, and I loved working for them. So hanging out with "my" former co-workers, and my husband's co-workers, was certainly a lot of fun!

So kudos and Congratulations to Dale and Karen Ewing, and cheers to 20 more years in the industry!


Photo of Bill and the accounting staff of Freida, Karen, and Susan! (And Mike S. waving at me!)

Friday, October 21, 2016

"Old Time" Soccer Game

Do you remember the days before smart phones? How about just plain texting on a flip phone? Or do you even remember a flip phone? How about playing sports before artificial turf? And, of course, manicured Bermuda grass is lovely, but the game, any game (soccer, football, lacrosse) is still slowed down a wee bit. So this past week, I refereed two junior varsity boys games at Chesapeake High School in Anne Arundel County. The grass, in some areas, was knee high and very thick. All the teams that played this week could really kick the heck out of the ball, and they tried, but it stopped quickly if it was not in the air. The players were tripping and falling all over the field, and overall, the very tall grass (weeds) made each game quite pathetic. I was a bit nervous for the players, and also the referees stepping into a big hole that could not be seen, (big divots can wreak havoc on ankles, and even knees), but it seemed like all players/refs came out all right after each game. Whew!

But the funny thing is that on most of the field, soccer cleats were not visible.  At. All. Even while standing next to another player. The grass will probably be mowed tomorrow because the season ended today for most of the teams in the county, especially the junior varsity soccer teams.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Battle of the Seasons

The Mid Atlantic is experiencing a "hot" Indian Summer, with a record breaking temperature of 87 degrees yesterday in Maryland. Today was in the low-eighties. We know this mild, borderline on hot, weather cannot go on too much longer, but I'll take each day that it stays warm, so I can wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts. We have already wrestled with some cooler and rainy weather a few weeks ago, and I was -this close- to switch to flannel sheets on the beds!

So the past few days, the floral and fauna have created a "second wind" on blooming in the garden. We've got leaves a turning, yet dandelions have popped up, as well as my geraniums. The "cooler" mums need a lot of water so they don't wilt too much. So, I sum this up as the "Battle of the Seasons", and will see who wins out...eventually. And I hope no tulips or daffodils pop up!


Photos of some of the flowers taken today...still blooming and hope to continue blooming this fall.