Sunday Sharing

It seems like Sunday is a good day for sharing! My main focus right now is Foundation Paper Piecing, and I just read a post from Amy, @duringquiettime, who is a huge FPPer! She shared some great tips for the process on her blog here.

Number 3 is my biggest pitfall…trying to use up such little scraps! And, if you missed it, I posted on Friday about a DIY lightbox. Amy also shared a discount for purchasing a lightbox on her blog, linked above.

Thanks, Amy, for all your inspiration, patterns, and beautiful work!

Happy Quilting!

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Writing Challenge

I received this challenge from JOYFUL2BEE.

Here are the rules:

1. Open a blank document.
2. Set a stop watch timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever length you prefer.
3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!
4. Once you start writing do not stop until the alarm sounds!  Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write with correct spelling and grammar.)
5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals
6. At the end of your post write down the number of words to give an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
7. Put the whole document onto your post and nominate 5 others and give them a new topic. Remember to copy paste the rules in!

So, now that I have copied the rules in, let me say something that happened and why I am going to change this up a bit.

I read the entire post, which right off the bat, tells you not to read the question. Well, her entire post includes her question and answer. So, I sent her a reply and she gave me a new question. That worked well for me, but the snag was that I felt I had to write immediately, so as not to spend time thinking about my response! Wow, I take these things seriously, don’t I?

Here is what I wrote:

What quality do I like best in myself and how did I attain that quality?

I like that I am open-minded and non-judgemental. I know we all have opinions, as human beings, but it is important to me that people let me live and believe as I see appropriate for me and it is only right that I would do the same. This is not so much a quality that I inherited, at least not to my knowledge. My father had very strong opinions and he did not mind voicing them. My mother was pretty non-descript in her opinions and rarely voiced much. Occasionally, you would know she was mad.

What does it mean not to judge? Does it mean no opinion? Does it mean you have to always agree? To me, it means that I can accept the person, even if I don’t agree. When our children misbehave, we still love them. When they have different opinions, we still love them. We can get mad at them, but still love them. No, we don’t have to love everyone in the way we love our children, but the similar concept applies to judgment.

I believe it is not my place to judge. That belongs to a much higher power. “Judge not, that you be not judged.” I will never be perfect, in this life anyway, but I will strive to love others as I would like to be loved…or liked…or accepted.

That is almost 10 minutes…246 words. (with a few interruptions from my wonderful hubby!)

SOOOOO…drumroll please!

I will write the question as the last line of this post. I nominate these five blogging friends to play along:

Edward at mytwosentences (I KNOW you can write more than two at a time!)

Shawn at mojoshawn  (hailing from the Midwest, like me, what do you say?)

“Scotty” at Scotty73 (one of the wittiest bloggers I follow…is your name Scotty?)

“Jack” at Uptown Jack (I enjoy your combination of image and word…and think you might be named Jack.)

“Lumar” at Let There Be Peace On Earth (because I would love that too!)

OK…whew…tough to pick just five, but maybe another challenge will come along! And by the way, check out these blogs…you might find one you really like. I tried to pick some diverse bloggers.

So, the question is…

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Do you remember that time, say 5 years ago or so, when you were extremely upset…  does it really matter now?

Just a thought…and a photo

confused birds

You are correct…nothing special about this quick capture from the kitchen window!

However, it is good food for thought…what does it make you think?

Share and share alike?

What the HEQQ are you doing in my food?

Awww…so cute!

First come, first served?

I could go on, but what do you say? Oh and one other thing…if the blue jay is afraid to go after the chipmunk, so the tiny bird in the lower left (did you see him?) will stay away from the blue jay too! I guess it is the order of the universe or nature.

Have a wonderful day and share where you can…good thoughts, good deeds, good words…you get the idea!

Thinking of Thanksgiving

It is that time of year when the hustle and bustle starts…holidays, parties, shopping, etc. I don’t always think of it in those ways.

It is not often that I share anything about my meditation/prayer/spiritual practices. For me it is very personal. I am not called to proselytizing. This morning, however, I just felt compelled to share a purposely distorted image of today’s view as I was sitting in my quiet time.

meditation sketch

Different people call it different things…prayer, meditation, sitting…but I was meditating on sharing and in particular, sharing happiness. My quiet times are a place where I share my concerns, my desires and my happiness and I believe that reaches into the world and affects others, if only in a small way. I sit with representations of people I love, as noted by the stones and things in the image. They change on any given day, as I am drawn to certain thoughts, needs and people. I don’t live close to my immediate family and the upcoming holidays are always a reminder of that fact. I hold them in my heart always, though, and that inspires me in many ways.  

Nothing particularly creative here today…just me, my thoughts and my hopes for everyone to have people they hold dear to them, whether literally near to them or not. Be thankful and think on that as we get ready for a day when many may not be thinking of a lot more than eating and watching football on that busy day called Thanksgiving. After all, it is not about the turkey on the table, but the “turkeys” sitting around it!!!

I am grateful to have much love in my life from family and friends. They each hold a place in my heart with a shape reserved only for them! Love to all!