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!
Saturday, December 30, 2017
In years past I have posted some of the lyrics to one of my favorite Rent songs on how does one measure a year?! This year, I am including the link of the lyrics and song sung by the cast my favorite TV show - Glee! It's only 3 minutes and 4 seconds long, but oh so worth it to hear it. Please do click on the link....
I hope for sunny skies, good health for you and your families the world over, random acts kindness and all the gratefulness you can muster in the new year!
Thank you so much for following along the year with me! Today marks the end of six (6) solid years of blogging from QuiltsFromTheHeart! I cannot believe it and I have to give a shout out to my brother-in-law, Don Tomoff, for placing the "bug" into my ear at the end of 2011 in doing exactly what I've done, blog almost daily for the past six years! Woooohoooo!!!
2017 started out with my/our son Ryan's third tongue cancer surgery, but then improved drastically as he healed and improved throughout the winter months. We had a super summer with travels to three weddings where I crisscrossed the country to a tune of 10,000 miles...all by car, along with several stops and visits along those many safely driven miles.
In addition, running some races, refereeing many soccer games, celebrating my/our 30th wedding anniversary and the designing making of many quilts rounded out the year. I am very grateful beyond words...for all the above!
However, there is one "sticking point" over the past year for me; I simply did not read enough books. Sounds trivial, I know, but there is a whole in my heart where I neglected that one love...so I plan to read in earnest in 2018 (our neighborhood book club helped a bit as I read 5/6 books selected). Also, magazines...who has piles they say they would get through in 2017? I am waving my hand because my pile never moved...but I hope that also changes in the new year.
BSoleille! The bright side of reflection for 2017 one and all.
Friday, December 29, 2017
As I say to my customers, if I can get a needle through it, I can sew it and quilt it! NeedleOnFull!
BSoleille! The bright side of a satisfied customer!
|Photo by Kym Lyons of Michael on the left and family friend on right.|
Thursday, December 28, 2017
A big shout of thanks to the Kocan clan for hosting my brood for the week (including our pup Loo-C), and everything that goes with four and five extra people coming in and out of the house with lots of snow and frigid temperatures (shoes and boots were all piled by the front door and that was kind of messy)!
A safe drive home and a quick run to the grocery store is what I am thankful for too!
Photos from lunch, dinner and last night of playing board games!
|L-R; Robin Chandler, Kata Pagon, Debbie Martinko and me|
|Don, Alex, Ryan, Kristin, Olivia, Beth, me and BriPhi (Brian Phillips)|
|One last night of game playing at the Kocan's: Justin, Nathan, BriPhi, Brandon, Ryan and Olivia|
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
We are thankful it all worked out, and the wait for 10 people to all eat together went beautifully at the second restaurant...and certainly a night to remember!
Dinner with the Kocans Tomoffs and Brian Phillips!
Monday, December 25, 2017
Home is where the heart is...even if that happens to be in a nursing home, and I’m thankful for a great day that my mom had today with family visits. Not that she knows or remembers, but we do. The family visits were just the ticket for “being in the moment”; isn’t that sometimes the best way to be?
Merry Christmas to you!!
Singing some Christmas carols together!
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
She still doesn't remember me/anyone anymore, but in my "book", it's a Christmas miracle for sure!
Photos from my visit with Mom/Sophie!
So before the white snow hit Cleveland...our gathering at the Brew Garden and dessert at my cousins Ray and Marylou's
|L-R: Frank Lanza; Ray Borkowski, Shelli Lanza, Marylou B, Annette, me, Kimberly and Jerry Kocan|
Thursday, December 21, 2017
The great news about the winter solstice is that, starting tomorrow, the the evenings will stay lighter a little longer. It’s slight, but noticeable, and I’m thankful for the most daylight we can muster! Today’s solstice is 5 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the summer solstice! That’s a lot of darkness we all have to put up with...and cold temperatures too.
A full moon would be awesome though, right? But they only come around every so often, like only 10 times since 1793. Next full moon on Winter Solstice...2094! Who’s in??
My photo is the Solstice Sunrise that only lasted about 3 minutes... I had to be quick to capture this on my early morning run!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I’m thankful that the last of my quilting commissions is finished and has been picked up to a very pleased customer! The Wonky Trees along with the shimmering light bulbs makes this quilt whimsical and fun. Let the celebrations of the season begin.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Who doesn’t love lots of lights and decorations, especially outside? For us, it’s one very nice wreath with colored lights. But my neighbor two doors down has got it licked and he’s all the rage in these parts of Crofton, Maryland with a plethora of holiday extravaganza. Lights, camera, action for Tom and his wonderful display. It’s bigger every year, and he does it for that grandkids...all two of them!
Monday, December 18, 2017
The sewing I typically do is quilting, and therefore "I am/we are" called quilters. But I've been reading reviews on sewing machines lately (because I've been thinking of buying a newer model), and one reviewer called herself a "sewist", and, for me, it has a nice ring to it. Sewist. It's relatively a "new" word combining "sew" and "artist", describing someone who creates sewn works of art. I like that "new" word, "sewist", but will still answer to "quilter"...
So, for over 30 years I've been sewing and quilting, and have always bought pre-owned sewing machines (turning the "engines" over with the million miles of stitches sewn on every single machine I've owned), but never buying a brand spanking new one...until today! (Actually bought it two weeks ago, but picked it up today). It is "sew" exciting, and I cannot wait to dive into all the "bells and whistles" that this machine has to offer this "sewist". I must report, computer driven technology has certainly enhanced the brand new sewing machines on the market today, and I am thankful to continue creating quilts, totes and anything I can get my needle through...with my new Bernina (let me add the manual is 1" thick!! and I didn’t opt for the embroidery package). I still have a backup machine that is quite nice, and even have a couple more backup backups if needed, so I am set for quite a long while and happy to begin a million stitches all over again.
BSoleille! The bright side of my "new baby"...AKA sewing machine, and sharing the day with my "Bernie Sisters" (all owners of Berninas...and other brands too) in Hinkletown, Pennsylvania!
Photos with buyers and lookers: Carrie Casto, Susie Stevenson and Karen Todd; plus some trades, big tote bags in the boxes and transporting machines back to Maryland for other folks
Sunday, December 17, 2017
In addition, the wreaths on the doors and the simple decorations throughout the area was well worth the visit (and on-street parking a healthy walk from our meeting spot!).
So cheers to these lovely ladies, as our bonds run deep, and I am very grateful for these special "golden" bonds of friendship we've established for over 20 years!
L-R: Patty, Marilyn, and yours truly
Saturday, December 16, 2017
I’ve blogged many times about my quilt guild, Southern Comforters of Bowie, Maryland. They are an amazing group of dedicated and extremely talented bunch of ladies, and Frank Rucky, and I am blessed to be associated with all of them! A huge thank you for all the community quilts donated to the various hospitals, schools and veterans that really need the love stitched into each and every quilt! I’m truly grateful for each member and thrilled for our annual pot luck holiday party!
Block made by Wendy Allen in the holiday block exchange!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
|Ryan manning the booth|
|An employee learning about Tracy's Kids|
|Ryan and Terri|
|Employees of NCI at the event|
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
According to the Wikipedia on Roger Holzberg, an Infusionarium is a "media set up which helps a child with cancer cope with treatment by asking the questions designed to determine what setting would be best and most comforting to them, and then using virtual reality technology and live events, to immerse them in such an environment during treatment."
So if a child would like to go on an African Safari while getting a sack of platelets, consider it done. Cute puppies, kittens and bunnies while getting a long infusion of chemotherapy, you got it. One of the best things about the unit, it's portable, and can be used by several patients at one time. Now that is something to be thankful for!
So a huge shout of THANKS to Paul S. Pariser for having the vision of helping kids in the Sinai community and Dr. Aziza Shad for coordinating all the variables to make the Infusionarium a bona fide "reality."
|Paul Pariser; Neil Meltzer and Dr. Shad|
|Ryan and Roger Holzberg taking the Infusionarium out for a test drive!|
Monday, December 11, 2017
Today I have been working on a few quilts, but one in particular needed just a little bit of color and pop. No need to use a large piece of fabric for such tiny pieces, so into the scrap bag I went and dug though...looking for the exact color I needed. Sure enough, the scrap bag does not disappoint and I was able to carry on with the task as hand without missing a beat. Thankfully, I am working on a deadline, because while looking through the scrap bag, my mind started wandering on making something else with all those scraps...like a scrap quilt! Nope, not today!
BSoleille! The bright side of a large inventory of feisty fabrics!
|This is a scrap bag of feisty fabrics that is 2 ft. high!|
|One of my current projects; the star and bulbs are "scraps".|
Sunday, December 10, 2017
If you have hosted, or attended a Christmas cookie exchange, you know how fun it is! I love the fact of baking one kind of cookie, then exchanging with a dozen or so other people who brought different cookies, and the best part, we all go home with a plethora of super delicious treats to share with our loved ones. The Harcourt Avenue (and alumni/friends) ladies had a great time and a big shout of thanks goes to hostess Christie Best in accommodating the "crowds" and the cookies too! Food and Fun for sure; always a favorite during the holidays.
BSoleille! The bright side of a sugar high...one cookie at a time...
Saturday, December 9, 2017
|After the first game with Mark Jennings, one of my Assignors!|
|Cold and icy feet!|
Friday, December 8, 2017
Many know the feelings of that crazy adrenaline rush and increased heart beats when those flashing lights seem brighter than a tequila sunrise, and Deb was no exception to those reactions. But, I have to admit, she continued on like a champ and we were safely "chauffeured" around Hinkletown, Bird in Hand, Lancaster, New Holland and Intercourse, Pennsylvania for the rest of the day!
BSoleille! The bright side of safe traveling...even with one tail light out!
|Just Sew Bee L-R: Deb, Susie Stevenson, Carrie Casto, me and Karen Todd|