" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???

The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth." Isaiah 40:28

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Jesus said,
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive men their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:14,15

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Time to surface again !

I can hardly believe it's been over a month since I posted here !

I got the job (at Walmart, if you remember), and it seems to be about all I do anymore !   My days off are separated, since I get Fridays and Sundays, so I don't have time to get into anything bigtime, before it's time to walk away again.

But I've learned to slip in a couple of hours in the mornings if I want to piece something, and with all those boxes of fabrics stacked around my sewing room (the ones that Jodie Ann sent), I just had to find something to play with.

I have enjoyed seeing the different versions of 16-patch block quilts around the quiternet, so I decided to try one for myself.  Jodie's boxes included a bunch of 2 1/2 inch strips in an olive'y green that most people would find ugly.  But I've always had an affinity for 'ugly' fabrics, loving to prove that they can make beautiful, interesting quilts (atleast to my eye, anyway).

I had leftover solid 2 1/2 inch strips from Connecting Threads' strip sets, so I set out to find interesting prints to go with the different colors.  In the above photo, the blocks are sewn, but not assembled into a top yet.

This morning, before work, I got about halfway through assembling rows.  I just want a quilt that is big enough to sleep under when I crawl into hubby's recliner for a snooze.  I may even try a polyester batting, because the cotton/poly roll of batting that I have been using is producing quilts that are much too heavy.  I want something light for this time of the year.

Back to the work-front......I'm loving my job !   It is HARD WORK, and I am giving it my all and doing well at it, but it does consume a lot of my time.  Still, I'm able to meet my bills and manage my monthly budget now, on my own, for the first time in my life, and, for that, I am truly thankful to the LORD for giving me the desire of my heart, and the strength to carry it through.

In family news, James' (hubby's) sister passed away last Tuesday.  She was the last of the seven siblings, which leaves me as the only surviving spouse of any of the siblings.  She lacked one week turning 79, (in fact, today would have been her birthday), but she has been in seriously poor health in a rehab/nursing home for 2 years or more.  The family couldn't even tell her that my husband passed away, so she must have had an extra surprise waiting for her when she got to heaven.

So, that catches me up, except for today's news.  My daughter's 12th wedding anniversary is July 2nd, and she sent me a photo of her early anniversary gift.  Now,..........I love my son-in-law, but I'm ready to hit him over the head with a shovel.   They love to ride together on his motorcycle, and that's okay, I guess, but now he went and bought her HER OWN BIG BIKE !   That gives me pause.  I'll just have to leave their safety in God's hands, and give up trying to worry over things that haven't even happened.

She does look happy, doesn't she?
I love their love.


  1. Dolly, I was so glad to see you here this morning...I was ready to send in the FBI to check on you! I'm so thankful to see you too busy to check in and that work is going well for you (plus a little quilting on the side). I'm proud that you are taking new steps, doing new things. It's amazing, isn't it?
    I remember when my husband died, six years ago, that I had to do so many things that I never imagined doing. I learned enough to buy a new house, wash my own car and yet, I still can't cut the grass!
    I pray for you each day.

  2. Dolly, your header is gorgeous, I love it. I'm glad your job is working out well. Its good to read your post. I haven't been blogging regularly and even thought of quitting my blog...but can't quite do it. yet. Yes, those big bikes scare me....trust all will go well. Tomorrow is our 50th wedding ann. one day earlier than your daughter's if I remember correctly. You have a good day! hugs, Maggie Ann


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