Caron’s Word of the Year: 2014

I have freed up my schedule for 2014.  I have no set committee responsibilities or duties that occur on a weekly basis.  No extra meetings to attend outside work, no classes I have to take, and for the most part, it looks like my evenings are free.  Oh yes, things will creep in and out of my schedule; that is a part of life.  But I have had so much going on for the past several years that it was time to slow down and have some “ME TIME.” 

Both my husband and I have elderly fathers who need watching and attending to.  They live within five minutes of us, so there isn’t travel required, just love and attention to detail (theirs).  One of these days in the not-so-distant future, we will be considering retirement, but that won’t be happening this year (at least I don’t think so!). 

There are several things I would like to investigate from a research standpoint.  There are books I would like to read.  New methods of quilting and sewing to try.  New (or old) patterns to attempt.  Perhaps a new genre of literature to probe.  Places I would like to visit for the first time.  Tidbits of information to learn just because I want to learn.  So, given all this, my focus word for 2014 is EXPLORE.

Explore

 

What is YOUR word for the new year?

YAY! It’s a Quilting/Wrapping/Cleaning/Cooking Day!

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I no longer work as a school teacher or principal, but I still love snow days, and today we have one!   Whenever Flint Community Schools are closed, my office is closed.  So… YIPPIE!  I have the day off due to an early winter snow/ice storm.  That means I have an extra day to prepare for Christmas with the family.  And quilt!  And hug my kitty (who is sitting on my lap as I write this).

Hope your day is a great one!  I’m going to put some music on and celebrate!

Christmas is Coming!

Are you ready for Christmas? 
photoI still have some wrapping to do, but all my shopping is now complete.  Hooray! I was much more frugal this year than in the past, and I’m okay with that.  There comes a time when you just need to cut back, and this was the year.

Stormie helped her daddy open his birthday presents on December 11th…  something she really loves to do!  She loves pulling on the ribbon and wrapping herself up in it. 

Our Christmas tree is up.  I love looking at the ornaments we have collected through the years.  I have many that came from the AQS 1991American Quilter’s Society founders, Bill and Meredith Schroeder that I treasure.  They used to send them to their authors every holiday.  Here is a photo of one from 1991, front and back.  Isn’t it cute?  It’s made of wood and hand painted.  So cute!

Most evenings have been spent relaxing, snuggled up under this quilt that is still in progress.  Lots of hand quilting going into it, and I love how it looks.
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A little peek at it until next time…
Yes, keeping you in suspense!
We got a lot of snow over the weekend, and more is coming down right now.  It’s so pretty!  I love having snow for Christmas, and can’t imagine living in a warm climate where everything is green for the holiday. 
I hope everything is good in your “neck of the woods,” and that your Christmas is happy, healthy and Blessed.