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 (or paragraph 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 definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Monday, October 25, 2021

What’s a Little Rain

We’ve had a dry fall so far. Three days of rain and a bit tonight. However, the other rainy nights did not knock out the power like this evening. So this is my blog, from my phone which is losing battery life quickly. 

No photo to attach because this format won’t let me. Yep, limping along right now. Thank goodness for old fashioned candles that can light up the home better than the phone flashlight that doesn’t drain the battery!

Good night!



Sunday, October 24, 2021

We are Winners! Race for the Kids!

Or at least that is what the announcer said at the Race for Our Kids with the late Robert Damie (family sponsor) at the Maryland Zoo this morning. Since there was a snafu with the electronic racing equipment, no one ran either the 10K, 5K or 1 mile fun walk. We actually all ran and walked more; therefore awards couldn't be held. It was determined we were all winners—for participating in the great event to raise funds for the children at Lifebridge Health/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. 

Bill and I were signed up for the 5K (3.1 miles) and ended up with about 3.8. We were grateful for the extra steps. We were in the middle of the pack so no awards ever entered the picture for us! We were thrilled to be a part of a great cause. 

As part of the race fee, there was a yummy breakfast by The Classic Catering People and entrance to the zoo. Since we had obligations at home on the calendar, we only snuck in seeing the African Penguins, a snow owl and a big fat porcupine. 



Saturday, October 23, 2021

Late October Roses!

I can't believe my front yard garden(s) of flowers are still blooming! It's late October and our mild weather here in the Mid-Atlantic has lent itself to continued mowing since the grass is still growing, along with  some leaves turning color and falling. One night it dipped into the 40's and the very next morning we had a carpet of pine needles shed from the huge pine in our backyard. Almost instantly it went from dark green pine needles to burnt orange (and kind of sticky too.) They almost need to be broomed away.

While out this afternoon and as I pulled into the driveway, I noticed pink blossoms out of the corner of my eye. I didn't see them earlier in the day. My light pink rosebush that doesn't bloom all that often had several flowering heads and a few buds ready to spring into action. My knockout rose bushes continue their color here into autumn too. They only "sleep" with super cold weather. 

The photo below shows the white flowers and pink roses. The white flowers have been blooming since August which usually last about two weeks. It's been two month of them this year. 

What is going on?




Friday, October 22, 2021

The Tomoff Nest

I've been inspired by my Shoebox Swap with 11 other sewists/quilters. We've been at it since February swapping blocks of all shapes and sizes from Maryland to Florida to Arizona. Sometimes we reveal what we finished in our group texts. Sometimes not. 

One swapper, Deb Carter, wants House Blocks. That cover a lot of ground including a house that people live in, or a doghouse, birdhouse or even a bee-hive. They are all shelters for creatures of every shape and size.

The thought of a making a birdhouse resonated with me. I had so much fun making Deb's block, I decided to make one for me and my family (I am assuming Deb will be making a quilt with all her blocks). I made mine just a little bigger for a wall hanging that I'm naming: The Tomoff Nest. 

My creative juices were flowing this afternoon in making and finishing this miniature quilt/wall-hanging. Those juices spilled over for me to the other quilts (T-shirt quilts) I'm still working on as well. The divergence of making something cute put me in a great and festive mood. Oh, and the size is 12.5"X14.5"



Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Day Off - Microwave on the Blink

Oh, we all like a day off, even in the blogging world. While the countdown is on for reaching 3,000 points by years end, I still have to ask "Siri" how many days are left in the year so I can gauge these "days off."  

Yesterday was one of those days for me. I'm happy I still have a few to play with but the writing will continue for sure! 

Plus, our fairly new microwave, our second in seven years after updating our kitchen, is on the blink. They seem to be disposable nowadays which is such a shame. I think the cost for a repair will definitely be more than buying another new one. Ours is the kind that goes over the stove. I really do not think it makes a difference, but these two Whirlpools we've purchased have not made the grade. I had to go with another brand in principle alone.



Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Moon Haiku

Full moon rising up

Light and bright called Hunter's Moon

October moonshine

Plus a very Happy Birthday to my younger sister, Kimberly. I gave you the moon tonight!

Monday, October 18, 2021

Footnote to Yesterday's Post:

I couldn’t see 25 years down the road (who can?). What I found with that diagnosis and what was swirling around us (bad news compounding), I sometimes could not see past the day, let alone a week.

That’s why it is a HUGE blessing that we’ve experienced, yes, experienced the good, bad and the ugly for 25 years!

I’ll take it. Too many did not have a chance to rack up days, or weeks, let alone years.

Thank you for the beautiful comments. Today is another day to enjoy!



Ryan loving his flat top grill while smokin' something else! Everything coming off his fleet of grills is DELICIOUS! Ry'sGuysBBQ rocks!