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Archive for June 1st, 2012


During high school, my government teacher had us keep a spiral bound notebook to record daily quotes that he gave to us from famous people throughout history.  I know that I saved that notebook.  I wouldn’t have thrown it away.  Yet, it is now 32 years late and I still can’t find it.  However, the power of quotes still amazes me.

As I’ve faced some challenging circumstances over the past several months and especially this past month, I decided to start my collection over again.  Just reading some of these gave me inspiration.  I hope they will do the same for you.

The man who chases two rabbits catches none. – Roman Proverb.

Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember, amateurs built the ark.  Professionals built the Titanic. – Unknown

A wise man does in the beginning what a foolish man does in the end.

How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package.

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.

I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

When you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

That last quote reminds me to share with you a new series over at The Beginning Rancher’s Wife.  I’m writing a blog series on “Things My Grandmother Knew”.   It’s been a journey down memory lane and a reminder that the above statement is true.

And….last quote for today!

There’s a difference between interest and commitment.  When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit.  When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.



Things My Grandmother Knew: Quilting

Oh man!  This is one thing I wish I had learned.

I have quilts made by my great-grandmother. Quilts made by my grandmother and quilt tops and quilt blocks made by my grandmother just WAITING for me to figure out how to do it.

I almost got started shortly after moving out here.  I decided what quilt top I was going to finish, bought the batting, the coordinating trip and backing and then just never got things off the ground.  I almost feel ashamed when I think of how many my grandmother and great grandmother completed during their lives.

They made some simple block quilts, crazy quilts, log cabin quilts, and others.  BUT, my favorite was the double wedding ring style.  It’s tiny blocks and delicate stiching with my favorite shape (the circle) all intertwined together made it a remarkable piece of art to me.  I have one in particular that I treasure and watch over like a hawk.

SO…now, I face a dilemma.  Since both my great-grandmother and grandmother have passed away, WHO is going to be patient enough to teach me.  I’ve tried reading books about it…but it is such a big undertaking to start all alone.  I really don’t want to take a “class” at some craft store. That seems so impersonal.  AND, I’m not sure I want to join a quilting group where I don’t know anyone.  SO, I don’t know where to go from here.  BUT, this is one thing my grandmother knew, that I wish I would have learned.