Irish Lake Quilter

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Monday, February 8, 2010

February Goals for Me

As I started to post my goals for February, I found them to be much like the ones for January. Different blocks, same quilts. So I'll wait until there are some completed ones to post. But there are some goals for February that I need to write and keep in front of myself.

*** Eat healthier - more fruit, more veggies, more flavor, less salt

*** Walk every day - it keeps me in tune, also an easy way to keep Little Dog's nails trimmed

*** Stitch at least 30 minutes - time spent that is almost as good as time spent in church!

*** Smiles, silent and verbal hugs for my guys every day

That's it! I'm happier already just by putting this into writing. We're going to the land of sunshine for a vacation and I think I can do these four simple things each day - it's so much easier when the sun is shining! What do you do to make you smile on cloudy days?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Great Recipe

I was all ready to list my February goals - I still will, but not in this post. I was surfing over at and found the following and thought it good enough to "borrow" from her and post it here. It would be so great if I could manage to do everything every day! :>)

See what you think.....

GREAT RECIPE....Start Monday .....

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to your higher power about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'I am thankful for______________'

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day..

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. A higher power heals everything - but you have to ask Him.

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for__________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll be smiling before you know it. Send this to everyone you care about.

God Bless You!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

January completions

I posted my goals early in January. Well......most of them were completed, others are on the back burner for now. But here are a few of the things I did get done!

A block for Pushin' Up Spring from Appleblossom Quilts.

A Jane Townswick pattern - one of 9, I'm on #3.........

The Brights scrap basket was overflowing......made some blocks out of those pretties and they will be a quilt soon!

Edyta Sitar's Dresdan Star..........I took a class last summer and, as usual, it languished in the box. There are 20 of these and I managed to get several done this month!

There were other things on my list that didn't quite get done. Aunt Millie's Garden is started and the second block assigned. I'm working on both! The second block of Applique Affair is cut out and ready for stitching. The Notre Dame t-shirt was finished, bound and has been delivered!
We will be leaving for Florida next week for 4-6 weeks. I'm feeling that I just got home from the lake cottage, but some sunshine will be good for both of us. When we return, it will be just a few short weeks and we'll be back at the lake. The time has flown this winter - I think that when we're happy doing what we like, the time does fly. What is keeping you busy on these cold winter days? Is the time flying for you as well?

Quilts for Haiti

A friend of mine is the director of a Project Linus chapter in IN. PL has been asked by two larger organizations for 10,000 quilts each to send to Haiti! Each summer while we are at the lake, I try to participate occasionally in PL, go to the PL Retreat and also make a few during the winter. When I heard that she needed 200 quilts asap, I quickly put several together. Very simple but a little guy will enjoy this print.If they don't make it to Haiti, they will fill the gaps left by those that have been sent.