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!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

The highest Christian religious holiday; the resurrection of Christ. Hallelujah!

I hope everyone had a great Easter holiday.

BSoleille! The bright side of the Easter celebration.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

More Chow

I'm really thinking this trip is all about eating out. It's not all what I thought we would be doing, but meeting up with our families has been great! This morning we started the day with the Tomoff's for breakfast at the Beachcliff in Rocky River, Ohio, then met with my side if the family at Fatheads in North Olmsted. This is a new place for us and back in our old stomping grounds when we lived here for nine years.

The meals were huge (sandwiches) and they have a brewery right on the premises with 14 different beers that was quite festive and interesting.

BSoleille! Happy Easter!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Eat, Pray, Love.....

Out of the above three, I have been eating my way around Cleveland. For lunch today I headed to a dive bar called the "Caddy Shak" for Lake Erie perch and pierogis with my buddy Debbie, and a Mexican dinner at "Nuevo Acapulco" with the Tomoff and Misencik families.

Since its Easter weekend, I will work on more prayer and love to family and friends. I'm thankful for that!


Photos of the Caddy Shak and our group at Nuevo.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


We drove to Cleveland Ohio today and made great time. Not too much traffic but unexpected snow in the PA mountains. Clear travels after getting through that white stuff.

I am most thankful in getting to see my mom in good physical health and spirits. We got to play Bingo with her which is one of her favorite activities.

Photo of my Mom, son Ryan and nephew Brandon.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Technology Today?

I have not posted on any tech stuff lately, but my photo today speaks volumes for nostalgia. Here in 2013 we have iPods, iPads, and iPhones that single handedly can contain thousands of songs and that's just the Apple products. The digital world is huge yet apparently there is a demand for " old fashioned" recordings on vinyl?

BSoleille! The bright side of music in any format!


Photo of albums in Urban Outfitters in DC

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Updating the Sewing Room

Let the chaos begin in the morning with the painting of the ceiling and walls. I think it's time (16 years) for a fresh coat of paint. All this activity to welcome my "new to me" (pre owned) long arm Handi-Quilter! (Thanks Mary Nielsen). My other "baby long arm" went to its new home today, and afterwards I spent the rest of the day clearing and cleaning out the much needed space.

BSoleille! The bright side of the changing of the guard!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Chocolate Basket

In the past few years we have had raffle baskets of various items at our quilt show. The "Chocolate Basket" is a big hit for everyone that comes to the show. My son likes to buy the tickets and judiciously places his tickets into the container(s) of the baskets he is most interested in. As luck would have it, he won this humongous basket of chocolate this year and last! He now needs to buy a lottery ticket and see if he can win big $$$!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Third Place Ribbon

My quilt entitled, "Someone Else's UFO" garnered a third place beautiful yellow ribbon among stiff competition! I'm thrilled with the entire weekend and a wee bit tired from all the festivities. Since its spring break I just may take a break from my sewing machine for a few days and do some cleaning! Yikes!

Photo of me and my ribboned quilt.

BSoleille! The bright side of the 2013 Southern Comforters Quilt Show!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Quilt Show in Full Swing

Today we had a great turn out at the Southern Comforters Quilt Show in Bowie, MD. Lots of wonderful quilts and other treasures to take in. If you are local, the doors open at 11:00am and goes until 4:00pm. We have raffle baskets, a silent auction, vendors and a fabulous raffle quilt to possibly win. You will not be disappointed in what you see, more like amazed at all the talent in this guild!

Photo of me and my quilt, "Bugs".

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Best Daughter's Birthday

And it's no ordinary birthday when you can blow out 21 candles on the cake! Yes, my daughter Olivia turned the "legal" age today and I'm thankful for that. We will celebrate this wonderful milestone tomorrow with the family as she is taking a short trip home for the occasion (after a JMU women's soccer game at GW). The funny thing is the kids get older but we "never" do! Haha

Photo of Olivia on her 21st Birthday!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Madness

Love those basketball pools and the upsets that make the pools interesting. I had my first 10 games on the money, but those upsets had me tumbling down the hill!

I picked Kansas to win this year! May be a long shot now.

BSoleille! The bright side of college hoops.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Top Completed

I'm thankful to have finished another tshirt quilt top. Tomorrow I will quilt it and it will hopefully be in the mail to Chicago, IL by Friday morning. The young man I made it for is strictly a football player now. I think he is going to enjoy a trip down memory lane of his youth sports!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Southern Comforters Quilt Show This Weekend

The Southern Comforters Quilt Guild of Bowie, Maryland was formed in 1982. The purpose of the guild is to promote the appreciation of the rich heritage of quilting through educational opportunites by presenting speakers, workshops and other activities related to quilt making. Many of our activities combine our love of quilting with community service. Quilts and quilting encourages expressions of individualism, creativity, knowledge, and enthusiasm which are shared with others. We welcome guests as we provide a gathering place to promote fellowship with those who share a common interest. Take part in our guild and share our love of quilts and help to promote quilting for future generations. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Drive in Bowie, Maryland. We start at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm to socialize.

Happy Quilting!!

22nd Annual Quilt Show
Raffle Quilt - "Color Play"
Date/Time - Saturday, March 23 , 10-5pm and Sunday, March 24, 2013, 11-4pm

Location: C. Elizabeth Reig School
15542 Peach Walker Drive, Bowie, MD 20720
Click here to meet our 2013 Featured Quilter
Quilt Show Activities: * Quilt appraisals (Phyllis Twigg Hatcher)
* Demonstrations (view schedule below)
* Children's activities
* Merchant's mall
* Silent auction
* Out of the Attic
* Many Handcrafted items and a wonderful variety of vendors, come join the fun!!!

Free parking, Handicap accessible
For more info about the show or to schedule an appraisal you may email: president@southerncomforters.org

Admission: $7 (bring a nonperishable food item(s)
to the show to donate to the Bowie Interfaith
Food Pantry and receive $1 off your admission price)

BSoleille! Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Oops, I Missed A Post

I was not planning on taking yesterday off in posting, I just plumb forgot. All day I was thinking I'd post something on being St. Patrick's Day, or the fact I refereed two soccer games in the afternoon so "The Lady in the Soccer Suit" lives on for another outdoor season, or about my guild-Southern Comforter's Quilt show this coming weekend. But once I climbed into bed and turned on my iPad, I finished up watching a movie and hit that pillow hard. I was out cold in a few minutes I think.

And today I was hoping to write my "forgotten" post but the moment kept slipping away until now - my usual time I post. Whew!


My photo is the Featured Quilter for this years show, Misty Cole. Tomorrow I will post the link and more info as well.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lancaster Quilt Show

I have been fortunate enough to go to another quilt show in Lancaster, PA with some quilt buddies! The company, quilts and vendors were all fabulous! We even had lunch at an Irish Pub in the downtown area in celebration of St. Patrick's Day weekend.

My photos include my gang: (L-R Shelley, me, Janet McCabe and Susie Stevenson). The other photo is one of my favorite quilts at this show. Kind of different for me since I love color so much and the brighter the better!

BSoleille! The bright side of all things quilty!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lettuce Chopper

Two summers ago I sliced the tip of my left index finger cutting lettuce with a very sharp knife. My husband had to call an ambulance because I went into shock and the whole nine yards. I got stitched up pretty well but that tip still feels "funny". I have resorted to ripping lettuce but mainly go back to cutting it with a knife.

So last week I saw this lettuce chopper at Target that was marked down. I figured I would try it for less than $7. So I finally used it today and I want to shout from the rooftop that it WORKS and its a fabulous tool!!! I can chop with just one hand. Heck, I would have paid full price ($10) for the ease of cutting lettuce now. Whooohooo no more worries whether I'm going to slice any finger now!

BSoleille! The bright side of an awesome kitchen gadget.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Senior Breakfast

Today it hit me that my kids are "almost" grown up!  The wonderful Senior Breakfast hosted by the parents in the school cafeteria signals the start of all the fun things planned for the two months left of their senior year (and man, can those kids put away the breakfast food).  All the girls were dressed in their finest, and the boys all looked handsome.  It was also great fun seeing some the teachers that taught both of our kids, and yet it was quite sobering to realize we are down the homestretch of high school education.  Bittersweet.

My photos today include the Nantucket Themed soiree!

BSoleille!  The bright side of having a high school senior.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lime Green Is The New Neutral

I love the color lime green and I've stated on many occasions its the new neutral. I wear a lot of lime green during the summer and have 2 lime green turtlenecks and one lime green sweater for winter. I never would have pegged my son loving this color as well but he's recently purchased lime green shorts, shoes and shirts and wears them all at the same time. It goes with everything and everybody!

My photo is Ryan with top and bottoms in lime green. Next photo will include the shoes!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Grilling On The Barbie

We tend to BBQ all year round but not this year until today when I made a batch of chicken tenders. Glad to know I had enough kerosene in the tank and those pesky molecules got hot enough to cook the meat!

On a sad note my mom's sister Henrietta passed away today from a long illness. I believe she was 87. She bought me an original Mickey Mouse watch made by the Ingersoll Company when I was six years old. I still have the watch but changed the original band sometime ago. That's a fond memory for sure.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Puppy Visit

The past few days have been spectacular with bright sunshine and a smell of spring and newness in the air. So fittingly a friend brought over her family's new puppy, Daisy! The energy, smell, and cuteness of this little beagle was a wonderful addition to the day. Thankfully my pups became more playful and tried to show Daisy the "ropes" of doggy etiquette. After a good 45 minutes of play and running wild they were all tired and came in to rest.



Photo of Daisy and Lucky&Lucy

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Referee Recert

Thankfully I passed the USSF Recert Test for 2013, and sat through a 5 hour class today to be the best I can be out there on the pitch! So for another year I will be the lady in the soccer suit at youth games throughout my local area. Big fun really, and I do ignore negative comments from the peanut gallery when my head is in the game. Can't wait to get out there (hopefully next weekend).

BSoleille! The bright side of "the beautiful game"


Friday, March 8, 2013

Bay Jazz Project

The Oak Ridge Boys were playing tonight at the Annapolis Ram's Head, but the venue right next door, 49 West, had the best with Sean Lane and the Bay Jazz Project. They are soooo good! What a great night out with Lori G. The musicality of the four band members are bar none! If you are local they are a must see sometime this spring or summer so put them on your calendar to do's; you will not be disappointed!

BSoleille! The bright side of smooth jazz.

Photo if the band

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Finishing Quilts

I only have one more quilt to finish before the show which I will do tomorrow. Today I finished "Double Luck" on the "long-arm" and I like how it quilted up and it feels good to the touch. I'm thankful for that!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Home Day

The "no snow" snow day was great with both kids home like in the "old days"! No one rushing to do anything and we all kind of did our own thing (like studying-kids and some sewing for me). Not too often we get days like this. Not too shabby and I'm thankful for that!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Snow or No Snow?

That is the question and a lot of smack talk on the news today. It could happen, no doubt, and except for Sandy winds, Maryland really only encountered one dusting of snow this winter thus far.

Our husky/lab mix Lucy-Loo holds watch in the backyard of the impending storm. (Photo today)
And she usually gets quite antsy but today she was not acting that typical way. Maybe we will just get some rain?


Monday, March 4, 2013

Butternut Squash

For some reason I have eaten more butternut squash in the past three months than I have my entire life. And I love it. I bought the already cut up kind because I am not taking a chance trying to cut up one that's a hard shell!

For five bucks I have enough for several servings! I'm thankful for that.


Sunday, March 3, 2013


I did not need too much arm twisting for my husband to sit down with me this evening to watch this years Academy Award winning film, "Argo"! As I mentioned in a previous post, I intend to see all the movies nominated this past year since it was a good year in film. We were not disappointed even though we ultimately knew the outcome, and I highly recommend its viewing.


Photo of Bill and Lucy during the movie.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

In With the New

After many years of hodge podge furniture (albeit some new pieces) a brand new spanking living room sofa and loveseat was delivered at 9am sharp today. It feels good and looks nice too. I can't wait to take a nap on the sofa because as I shopped around, it was all about the nap and what felt best for a late afternoon siesta!

BSoleille! The bright side of something new.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Out With the Old

A changing of the guard with my living room furniture. It was given to me by a neighbor, used for several years, and now I I donated the set to another local family through Freecycle. A win-win for all. Tomorrow my new set will be delivered and I'm thankful for that!


Photo of the old set on its way out....