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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Where Does It All Come From--part 2

Today is work day for me and I don't know where to start.  The garage is a mess after the crazy Auction Company load up day on Saturday.  So I'm torn.  Should I work on organizing our side of the garage (Son will have all his tools in the other side) or work in my sewing room/office.  I'm leaning toward the garage.  One thing I have discovered in this downsizing project--once you get started, the more you see has to be done.  I'm figuring that if I get the garage organized, I might be able to check one area off my to do list before I get started on another.  Besides I'm sure my unwanted sewing items will end up in the garage, waiting to be disposed of either via auction or donation.  So, I'll need an organized storage space.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think we had so much stuff.
Hubby is the collector in the family, but I really didn't think it was this bad.  Overwhelming in fact.  The temps today are going to be in the low 60's, so this may be my last comfortable day to get in the garage.  Wish me luck as I continue my quest to have a cleaned out, organized, downsized home.

I have been doing some quilt making in between downsizing.  A little 30 x 30 inch wall hanging is ready for quilting.  I've tried some weaving of cloth within patchwork and applique. Not sure if this is going to work as the weaving is loose and needed lots of basting and pinning.  I'm anxious to get it secure with machine quilting stitches.  I'll add hand quilting as an accent.  I like where I'm going with this little art quilt, but not sure my techniques will work.  We'll see.  Happy Quilting!

Where Does It All Come From--part 1

Where does it all come from????  The downsizing process started at our house.  The starting point was the garage.  The storage spot of things I have no clue about.  I had packed up the items I knew--toys no longer used, decorations long forgotten and stuff I could box from the house that I no longer needed.  The rest belongs to hubby and son.  Here is where the story gets difficult.

Son is a hands on guy and for the past four years he has rented shop space for his stuff and to work from for his little business.  The owner of the property has decided to move in a different direction and is no longer going to rent space.  Can you guess where son's stuff is going?  Right--our garage!  Now mind you this is in the middle of the great downsizing project.  Hubby and I are rethinking the actual move portion of the downsizing, but the downsizing is still in full swing--those plans have not changed.  Our plans were to have the house ready for sale in the Spring.  We have some time to figure out exactly what we are going to do.

Back to the garage.  Son helped, a little, on the loading of unused items or duplicate items that will occur when all of his stuff arrives at the garage.  Hubby, helped a little-not much-on the decision making on what goes, but basically left it to me. Yesterday, the Auction Company came to load up the garage and they were "grumpy".  We have dealt with this Auction Company for years, through our collectibles business.  The woman owner has always been the pleasant one to communicate with, her hubby another story.  They are use to me being organized and have everything boxed and ready to go.  This trip was different, not as organized as they expected.

Both of my guys were gone--working.  So here I am trying to get as much on the truck as possible.  Multiple phone calls to the Son and Hubby to ask if this goes or that goes.  Son was saying get rid of everything because he has duplicates and "Dad doesn't use it anyway." and Hubby saying, "I hope you didn't sell...".

So I made the decisions with the mind set of --if the item is so wonderful, we'll just use the auction proceeds to buy another one.  Maybe not the best attitude in the world, but from my point of view the guys should have been more helpful and boxed up stuff when I asked multiple times before the Auction Company load up day.

We have an extremely large garage--oversized three-car.  Surly enough room for Son's stuff.    There is one positive note.  Son is bringing cabinets to hang on the walls.  I like that idea, as it will free up floor space and hide his stuff.

I just want it neat and tidy with room for one car.  I hope I'm not dreaming!?!?!?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

You love him, although you have not seen him, 
and you believe in him, although you do not see him. 
So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, 
because you are receiving the salvation of your souls, 
which is the purpose of your faith in him.
1 Peter 1:8-9, Good News Bible

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

Smiling faces make you happy, and good news make you feel better.
If you pay attention when you are corrected, you are wise.
If you refuse to learn, you are hurting yourself.
If you accept correction, you will become wiser.
Reverence for the Lord is an education in itself.
You must be humble before you can ever receive honors.
Proverbs 15:30-33, Good News Bible

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

The Lord is my protector;
he is my strong fortress
My God is protection, and with him
I am safe.
He protects me like a shield,
he defends me and keeps me safe.
Thank you Lord 
for your
protection and peace.
Psalm 18:2, Good News Bible

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

Even though you are so high above,
you care for the lowly,
and the proud cannot hide from
Psalms 138:6, Good News Bible

Friday, September 21, 2018

Randy's Christmas Star Quilt

Each year my church quilting group, Lydia Circle, places a quilt up for Silent Auction at the annual church  Bazaar and Turkey Dinner.   It will have a label and be displayed in our entry for a few weeks ahead of the Bazaar for people to start bidding.   This year's quilt is special and I just finished the binding.
Randy's Christmas Star was a great pleasure for all of us to work on.  Randy was one of our quilter's.  She passed away a several months back and her children were going through her things. She was a avid quilter and a huge supply of quilting items, fabrics and projects.  The family gave Lydia Circle many boxes of items.  We sorted, gave some away, sold some and kept some.  I was just starting to organize our quilters to make a Christmas quilt for the annual Bazaar when we stumbled on to a quilt top that Randy started, but was not completed.  She had all the fabric needed for the quilt and we were able to complete the blocks and borders from that fabric.  Each block is different and all have a Christmas theme.  So, we created Randy's Christmas Star Quilt.  She would have been very pleased and honored to have her quilt auctioned off.  The proceeds from the sale of the quilt goes to support local charities and our church various missions.  Check out the great ideas at Off the Wall Friday
Happy Quilting Everyone!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

Trust in the Lord forever;
he will always protect us.
Isaiah 26:4, Good News Bible

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday Morning Thoughts

Outside of my Sunday morning routine of blogging Sunday---Precious Promises, I have been very quiet on my blog.  So much has been happening since my last post.  The last thing I have written about was the heart attack suffered by my hubby on Memorial Holiday weekend. He is doing great.  But, the heart attack has caused some rethinking and a move toward life changes for our household.
Hubby is still active and busy as usual, but his stamina has changed.  He does not have the physical strength or maybe it is the desire it takes to manage our acreage.  We live in a woodland of Missouri and our property needs attention which is getting hard for him to handle and still do the other things he enjoys.  He is having to pick and choose what can be done in a few hours a day, before he has to rest.  So, we are in the process of downsizing.  We both love the animals and the quiet of our property, but it is time for us to create a simpler lifestyle.

We have been busy looking at condos, apartments and smaller homes in subdivisions.
 We are leaning toward apartment living.  We have found two apartments that are 3 bedroom and as big as the houses we have available in our area.  The freedom that apartment living can offer is very appealing to us at the moment.  But the first goal is to unload this house and get it sold.
As in all downsizing projects, we have our work cut out for us, 52 years of marriage brings with it lots of stuff.
The work has begun.  We are taking a room at a time.  Deciding what we really need, packing it up. What is left will be up for sale or given away. Our next step will be to fix up and stage so that the house is appealing to buyers.  Most of our fix up on the inside will be painting, maybe some new carpet in the lower level and a couple of bedrooms.  The big work will be outside, presently, our grounds are in the process of major landscaping and that must be completed.  The woods needs the usual attention of removing some dead trees and wood stacking. I've already started looking for companies that can do this work for us.
That's what has been going on in our household and why my blog entries have been so few.  I'm here just checking off the To Do list.
Of course, I'm still stitching.  I plan on doing a local craft show in October.  Getting Prayer/Blessing  Flags ready.  I'll let you know how that goes.  Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

Give to others,
 and God will give to you.  
Indeed, you will receive a full measure, 
a generous helping, 
poured into your hands--all that you can hold.  
The measure you use for others 
is the one that God will use for you.
Luke 6:38, Good News Bible

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

"Let your hope
keep you joyful,
be patient in your troubles,
and pray at all times
Romans 12:12, Good News Bible
Yes, Lord, we will be happy 
and stand our ground 
in prayer.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

But the LORD said to Samuel, 
"Have no regard for his appearance or stature,
 because I haven't selected him. 
 God doesn't look at things like humans do. 
 Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, 
 but the LORD see into the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7, CEB
Lord thank you for seeing our hearts and forgiving our flaws. 
 Help us to see others as you do
to love them as we have been loved. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

...Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. 
You will then have a great reward, 
and you will be sons of the Most High God.  
For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked.  
Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.
Luke 6: 35-36, Good News Bible

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday---Precious Promises

I am writing this to you so that you may know that you have eternal life--
you that believe in the Son of God. 
 We have courage in God's presence, 
because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him
 for anything that is according to his will.
1 John 5:13-14, Good News Bible