Posts in category "aging"

We Quilters need to care for ourselves with more than fabric

I have a sewing studio in the loft above my great room. I feel the call of my latest project constantly. I often feel I am indulging myself when I get to go upstairs and sew or quilt. Today I was reminded that we quilters need to care for ourselves with more than fabric. Not that... Read more »

I've learned to calm down when immediate sewing interrupts my planned projects

I’ve learned to calm down when immediate sewing interrupts my planned projects. I used to get frustrated as I can get pretty focused on my self imposed deadlines. I love juggling sewing projects. I am very satisfied to have one quilt I am piecing, another I am quilting and a third endeavor being cut out. I... Read more »

Christie Brinkley and I are both 63 - let's compare for fun

Wow! She is my same age.
I recently saw a photo gallery of 11 stars who are Defying the Laws of Aging.  I laughed, a bit nervously, but tried to dismiss it as not applicable to me. But then I saw it, Christie Brinkley, 63 years old. Guess what, I am 63 years old also. Yep, supermodel Christie Brinkley and I are... Read more »

Quilters Represent at Women's March on Chicago, January 21 2017

This is my march sign. I made it the night before based on some other signs I had seen. I want to sew a better one. Why? That's a really good question!
I am 63 years old and I had never marched in a protest. Nope, not even in college when everyone else seems to have protested something. The right event, location, motivation and accessibility never seemed to line up. I thought maybe someday and this weekend, it was that day. I participated because I am a... Read more »

12 Great Gift ideas to buy Grandma from a Grandma

It is sometimes hard to know what to buy people. There are easy ways, for example, you can ask the person! Or they and everyone else in your family can set up a wish list on Amazon. If you are wondering what to get for your grandmother I can help. Here are some terrific gift ideas to... Read more »

The Mature Wonder Woman Costume

It’s Halloween and I don’t think I have dressed up in 4 decades. As a kid we had makeshift costumes so I made my girls some pretty darn good costumes. The fun continues with my grandchildren but this year, there was a twist. Zara looked at a package we had on the table and announced... Read more »

The Cubs being in the World Series is balm to the soul

My family in the Chicago area is all Cub fans and I am talking sisters, daughters, son in laws, nephews and offspring. The Cubs being in the World Series is balm to the soul of many of us but none more than my husband. Here is why this team and its success means so much... Read more »

Where did the slang of my youth go? 7 phrases I miss the most.

I am not sure we ever used it seriously but it was fun to mock. Want to hear it in action? Next page!
I accept that life changes and you change as well. I have embraced grey hair. I am dealing with aches and pains. But at times, when I speak, I wonder. Where did the slang of my youth go? When I was young, I had a gas when I had fun. People went ape when they... Read more »

I gave myself the gift of a two day sewing marathon

I was lucky enough to turn 63 last Thursday and I gave myself the gift of a two day sewing marathon. It was fabulous! My present from my husband was taking me to Quilt week in Paducah, this was my present from me to me! I started off on Wednesday by getting dressed, then I... Read more »

How much light is enough for sewing and quilting?

How much light is enough for sewing and quilting? How about if I told you that it depends. Not a very good answer but I am afraid it’s true. Let’s try to figure it out together. I think the first thing to consider is overall room lighting. I just discovered that there is an actual... Read more »
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