Posts in category "aging"

12 Things I learned by being an involved Grandparent

I watch my grandchildren 3 days a week. I started in January of 2013 for a six month stint. Here I am still watching her and her brother. I loved it so much my husband even joined in on the fun. I am lucky, I live close to them and I get to see them... Read more »

Are you cheap about anything in sewing? Because I am

When I learned how to sew my mother was thrilled because she viewed it as a way to save money. Back when clothing was more expensive and fabrics were cheaper, you did save money by sewing your own clothes.  She was very happy to buy me thread, hem tape and patterns because overall, we came... Read more »

Celebrities prove that Quilting and Sewing are the keys to looking and feeling great

The candy companies want you to believe that a snickers does the trick. Ha! We all know it's quilting or sewing!
Have you seen the Snickers commercials where people just aren’t themselves when they are hungry?  A clever reader of mine suggested that I spin that into a quilt meme. I loved the idea and I took it a bit further. Few people know that the true fountain of youth and beauty is found in a... Read more »

6 decades of hair colors end in grey

1955 I was born fairly bald but in this picture, I have hair.  I was blond by age two.
I have had hair, more or less, nearly all my life. I have never been really good at fixing it so I keep it pretty plain. Over the years I have messed with the color but now, in 2016. I have gone natural. For the first time since 1996, I don’t have any hair coloring.... Read more »

Yay me! I gave my children the gift of poverty instead of affluenza

Affluenza has been in the news lately. When I first heard about it I snorted and doubted anyone would ever believe in its power. I was wrong, people have and for a longer time than I knew.  I am very glad that I gave my children the gift of poverty instead of affluenza. Let’s define... Read more »

Transitions in life are complicated or thoughts while I bind

I am working on the binding for my Drunkards path quilt. It is the final step of this quilt and a long one.  I am doing the binding by hand which gives me time to think and ponder. In my non quilting life I am dealing with my father’s move to assisted living. It’s a... Read more »

Inspirational musical Gotta Dance motivated me

You know that I love plays and musicals and lately I have been lucky and seen a run of good ones.  Chicago has a lively theatre scene with original plays, touring Broadway hits or off Broadway new plays like Gotta Dance. To attend live theatre there is a big commitment on the part of the... Read more »

I am not apologizing for not drinking ever again

I have read that there is a movement for  #DryJanuary. Just January? I call my dry months January through December or all 12 months of the year. I don’t drink, I just don’t and I have gotten push back from people about it. After reading this article, I decided I am not apologizing for not... Read more »

I have finally stopped dreading Christmas

This year, I have finally stopped dreading Christmas. I know, it makes me sound like a real Grinch but it just sort of happened to me in my life. My favorite holiday was always St. Patrick’s Day – wear some green, eat something green and there you go, just fun. I used to be so... Read more »

Like it or not, I am never in a hurry

When I was in 7th grade I got sent to the principal for being late to science class 3 times. I sobbed, full of remorse, so he let me off with a warning. I was never late to science again. I went all the way through my Master’s and beyond being on time to class.... Read more »
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