Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I Love Winter Cold

Well, as everyone who knows me knows, that’s a lie.  However this morning, while taking the dogs out, it was 24F with no wind, the sun was shining low in the Eastern sky, and it was beautiful.  Everything had the frost twinkle on it and it looked like the landscape had been sprinkled with diamonds.  Of course I didn’t have my camera with me and with two dachshunds on leads, I didn’t have any hands for a camera anyway.


Breakfast of Champions


As beautiful as the outside was, I was really ready to come in when the dogs were.  And this is what I was ready for: hot oatmeal, a banana, and hot coffee (a 4 point breakfast for WW’s).  Now I am ready for whatever the day brings.





CPC Jan 2012And I am happy to share where I am in the Color Pallet Challenge.  This little quilt is a fused “art” piece.  It is 8 1/2 x 11”.  I only have it fused in place and hope to begin some form of quilting this week.  I used my Go to cut the shapes and played with the design last weekend.  One lesson I learned, from Laura while watching a segment of Sewing with Nancy, was that I need to fuse take the paper off of the fused fabric prior to cutting the shapes.  It is not always easy to get the paper off of small shapes and the whole piece of paper is usable  whereas the smaller pieces just get thrown away. 

One other rambling thought.  I am Facebook friends with a 20 year old  who has a 3 year old child.  Almost every day she writes that she “has” to go to work and how much she hates having to leave her child or how much she hates her job.  I want, so much, to tell her that she doesn’t “have” to go to work.  She can stay home.  Of course she will have no money for the house she wants, for her son’s clothes, food, or the fun she wants to have.  And I want to tell her that there are lots of people who really want work and would be happy to take her place at her work. 

I thought of all of this yesterday as I was leaving at 7 am to begin my once a week 13 hour day traveling and leading WW meetings.  My first thought was that I would much rather be in the studio (I am retired, you know).  Then I remembered my Facebook friend and realized how lucky I am that I can share my success with others, that I have the health that allows me to hit the road and travel around, and that I then can come back home to be greeted by a loving husband and some really great puppies.  I do thank my God that I am so blessed.


Pat said...

I was worried for a minute when I saw that you said you liked winter cold....LOL I'm glad you clarified that for us!

Denise :) said...

Haha! I had to laugh at Pat's comment. I *do* like winter's cold -- especially if there's snow involved (and I don't have to go anywhere). Your color challenge project is coming along very nicely!!! I'm a firm believer in the "be grateful for what you have--and use it to give God the glory" theory. I sometimes think we waste so much time wishing for a different life, we completely waste the one we've been given! Of course, I need to be reminded of this myself, every once in a while! :)

Judy D in WA said...

Your breakfast looks a lot like mine. :)
I am dong almost the same thing for my color pallet project, I'm making a notebook cover and using my flower and bird dies....great minds!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool project...I like the dark wine colour you added for extra punch!

Janet said...

One of my resolutions this year is to be more thankful and live in the present. I have also been thinking about joining WW again. I know what I need to do, but I don't. I have been exercising everyday "this year" so far. A good start that needs to stick with me. Love your projects! You can keep the cold. We are enjoying our 40 degree days.