Monday, May 23, 2011



A message every adult should read because children
are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be..

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and wanted to say,' Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'


Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend) influences the life of a child.  Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wordle: Wordle to Praise God

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Special gift ....

Just wanted to share something with you. I've kept it close to my heart since Mother's day Eve, but I'll share it now... From a dear friend-extended-family-member, totally unexpected, came some treasured positive strokes.  Someone who watches from afar, who seems to know what my daily challenges are,  gave me some really positive support.  Things like that are treasured, are priceless.  Just words, on my email monitor ... but it felt like a warm hug ... and I cherish every word.I think what I want to share with you is that people need this.  No matter how "competent" or "together" a person  might be on the outside, there's always that sense of self doubt, of "have I really done all I could ...".  Let's face it, it's a negative world.  "That's a no-no" ... we hear it from our infancy. "Go to the 'stop' sign."  Do we ever say "go to the 'go' sign?"  "Do Not Enter".   "Do Not Call list".  "Go to the Red Light".  never "go to the Green Light".  There are "warning labels" on things, "disclaimers", you name it, the list is endless.  Even, when someone DOES give someone else an "atta-boy" there's that element of doubt, "what was the motive for that".  

The words sent to me were simple, from the heart, and knowing the writer, I took them as Gospel.  And I cherish them.  In the middle of the night, when I'm alone with my thoughts, and sometimes wander through the house in the silence ... I'll stop at the keyboard and type my thoughts, as though putting them in print somehow tames them ... and send them in the dark to the one who listens ... not for answers necessarily, but just so that I know someone ELSE knows my dragons ... 

... so the Mothers' Day note was especially priceless.  

My challenge to you? Is there someone who could use a positive stroke, who carries a load, someone you care about but don't see all that often ... someone who's often taken for granted as just "being there" .... I'm sure you know such a "someone".  Take the time. Take some time from your own pursuits and give that time away. It's a gift that is priceless.  

Monday, May 16, 2011

Catching Up ...

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I've been busy. I set some goals for myself this year, and so far I'm definitely "in the ball park" of achieving them. One of the things I wanted to do was to really challenge my quilt making, and so far I'm up to 15 or 16 tops since January 1!  Some are new projects, some are "UFOs" (unfinished objects), and I've tried to maintain a balance between them.  My sewing room (a 9 x 9 building outside of the house) is full of projects started over my 39 years of quilt making. Yup, I found my FIRST quilt project, begun in 1972 ... one of the blocks for the quilt has the date embroidered on it.  Two other blocks bear the embroidery of my two grandmothers.  That quilt is a hodgepodge of  fabrics, left over pieces from clothing, aprons, you name it, and a lot of my father's white shirt sleeves!  Even if I manage to finish the thing, I doubt it will ever be used as a quilt, more as a recording of a time past.    

Another goal was to move my friend's quilting business further into the successful lane.  She's a fascinating person, a true genius with cloth, but my organizational skills were certainly needed.  As I watch her grow, publish her first book (even a 2nd edition of it!), and work on her second, I find a sense of accomplishment in myself as well.  I want her to succeed!  She has a gift to share, and I'd like to see it given time and time again.  What's in it for me? Lots of things, most of which are intrinsic.  Obviously my own skills in quilt making will improve, and no quilt maker alive can ever say she has no room to grow.  Check her out  Here.

SO, my challenge to you, check the goals you set in January, and see how on the mark you are. Adjust if necessary! Believe in yourself, because I believe in YOU!

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How you think..

While never having studied psychology, nor any of its applications, I realize that knowing "how" you think, how you process information, and what you do with it is a powerful tool.  My answers were very enlightening!    This kind of thing is especially helpful if you have children, so that you can provide appropriate avenues for THEM to process information.  As a child in grade school, I excelled at geometry. I could SEE it!  It made SENSE!!! But algebra defeated me.  My father even stormed into the school to pound on my 7th grade math teacher, because I had brought home As until we switched to Algebra, at which point the best I could come up with were Ds, and I think I only got those because the teacher liked me!  His answer was "I see it all the time. Kids are coming to my classes without basic arithmetic skills."  Hmmmm.  So why, I ask, didn't I "get" it. Probably because the wrong side of my brain was approached by the instructors.  Could this have been changed? Perhaps, but more likely I could have been taught skills to compensate for my "sided" brain!

SO, sit back, give yourself the test below, and then go read this article! I think you will learn something! I did!

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realising your right brain/left brain tendancy will help you interact with and to understand others.
Left Brain Dominance: 7(7)
Right Brain Dominance: 15(15)
Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz