I have been enjoying the monthly blocks for the on-line quilting bee that I’m in so much! I get to make blocks that I’ve never made before, and they are all easy (that’s a bee requirement) – or relatively so, so that I am not pulling my hair out each month the way I am with the treasure chest block of the month. There were so many ladies who wanted in to the We Be Learning Bee that our queen bee set up two groups (hives!). I am in hive #2. Last week a call went out from hive #1 requesting someone to step in because one of the members was unable to continue. Actually, she hadn’t been participating since February, so there was a 4 month back log of blocks that needed to be made and sent out ASAP. Guess who stepped in?  Yup! Me!

Sew….I have been sewing a block marathon! I have made all four and am just waiting for addresses and they will all wing their way off to their homes this week.

March: a wonky star for Brandi, who requested grey, turquoise and yellow. I didn’t have any grey in my stash, but I think these blues and yellows look nice together.








“Whirly Giggle” was Jane’s choice for April. She requested girly fabric. This is pretty darn girly!








May’s block is “Antique Tile” for Teresa. She requested black, white & red. I had some fun black & white prints and I love the way it turned out! I actually had to sew this one twice…I had to pick out nearly the entire block, square by square because somehow I got them turned around and didn’t notice until it was finished. I am very very good at ripping seams!








And the June block is for Lisa. She asked for a “Zig Zag” block in black and blue.  I had to pick this one apart, too, because it sewed it backwards the first time. But that seems to be a theme with me. If I was stuck on a desert island with only one sewing tool, it would have to be my seam ripper!

A garden and a library

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. ” Abraham Lincoln

Someday I am going to retire, and this quote speaks to why I’d like to retire sooner (rather than later). I like my job and I like being around the people I work with, don’t get me wrong…but I feel that while I am sitting at my desk behind my computer, I am really just marking time. Sure, I do good work – and yes, I do valuable work, including giving good service to other people. But in the end, it is work that pays my bills but doesn’t enrich me or feed my soul. I don’t happen to believe that it is my jobs job to enrich my life. That part’s up to me. And honestly, now that I am starting to come out the other side of what has seemed like a lengthy illness, I have a better appreciation of what is enriching and what is not. And of how much more of my life I am willing to donate to what is not. I want to spend more time living my life and less time “marking time” at a desk.

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.”

I am an impulse shopper, and I can tell you that buying whatever I want has not brought me happiness, it has brought me financial stress. I have fallen into the trap of wanting a great many things over the years. Now I am starting to winnow things out. Do I really need 3 sets of casserole dishes and two sets of everyday dinner plates? Do I really need 4 roasting pans and all of those dusty vases? Why do I need 22 hip scarves, especially when I only every wear one? It is time to get rid of everything that I do not want nor need. If it doesn’t bring me happiness, I don’t need it. I yearn for a simpler life. I don’t need everything that I want, but I do need to love everything that I have!

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Add a good pair of hiking boots and a path through the woods and I’ll be all set.