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You Are Enough

Teal Dragon:

I believe this, especially about everyone has stories, everyone’s life is exciting. I think it’s why I post so sporadically. If I’m not enthusiastic about writing, why write? Looking forward to blogging again!

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I recently told a friend of mine — a single mom who works in the healthcare industry — that she should write a blog about her amazing life. Her response to me was, “It’d be the most boring blog in the world. I’m nothing special.” That’s a direct quote. Nothing special? She’s raising three kids on her own, works in an ER in a massive city hospital, speaks three languages, and she studied opera in college. If she’s not special, I don’t know who is.

Her response really surprised me, and it reminded me of someone from my past who was the flip side of the self-confidence coin.

In my early 20s, I was taking a class with an outrageously flamboyant teacher. She found her life so interesting and loved telling us wild stories of the minutiae of her day. She could probably tell a story about boiling water and make it…

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Fresh and New

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Re-springing Your Step.”

Shiny, bright objects, beautiful quilts with lots of pretty colors, an organized space, Beethoven, Copland, water views are just a few things that put a “spring” in my step.  And let me tell you, with the weather the way it’s been, a wreck, a fall and a crashed computer, I have been looking for a way to put the smile back in my day.

Well, thanks to a Row Robin, a Pops concert, and a few days on the island, I have a spring in my step.  It’s a real challenge for me to write when I am not “up”.  My words come out dreary and I don’t want to contribute dreariness to a world in need of joy.  So, joyfully, I offer this pic of a quilt top my friends did for me in a row robin.  Each friend contributed one row to the row I started.

Paradise, Tiki Island

Paradise, Tiki Island

Just LOVE it.  I have been re-sprunged!


Teal Dragon:

Happiness comes from within. I choose how to respond to external forces. When I remember this, life is good.

Originally posted on Quotosphere:

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

Richard Bach

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

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Comments, to leave or not to leave

Good morning! I really feel joyful today. So my writing may be super chipper…My assignment is to post comments on 4 blogs. Easy Peasy, since I’ve been posting comments for a while.

For my fellow Blogging U friends, “dive in, the water is fine”. I know when I first commented on a blog, I was really intimidated. But you know, if you are blogging, you want feedback. You want that line of communication. You want to KNOW someone is reading what you are saying. And if by chance your commenters have positive comments, that’s icing on the cake!

My first blog is Wendy Sheppherd’s Ivory Spring.  She has been an inspiration to me, both in the beautiful quilting she does and her words of wisdom on her blog.

Next up is Gelatinous.  Found her with Blogging 101.  She had me at Moonlight Sonata, only my most favorite piano piece that I play every morning.

Then, there is Abbie’s Babble.  Another one I discovered with Blogging 101.  A kindred spirit.

And last and maybe the one that helps with my business the most is Morna McEver Golletz’s ICAP.

There you have it.  Part of why I get lost in the computer…These are just 4 that I follow and actually READ.  There are many others I just browse and look at the pictures.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey!


Day Late, Dollar Short…..

Yesterday’s assignment is done. Take a look at my new improved “About” Page. Please let me know what you think. It’s kind of long, and if you don’t know me or are not interested in me, you may be bored.

The page still needs work. I like the pics of me, I still need to add some violin and piano pics. I have to go thru old pics and scan…. May or may not happen soon.

This “About” Page may be a WIP (work in progress) for a few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey.

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Make It MINE!!!

WELL I cheated.  I looked at the assignments from the previous class, which I completely missed, and chose the wrong one.  The assignment:Personalize my blog. Custom headers, colors and such. Well of course, my theme doesn’t allow customization unless you pay money. Being in real estate I learned a valuable lesson. “Spend money to make money” is a bunch of hog wash!

Plan B. I’ve put in some more widgets. I’ve added the Blogging U button and added widgets at the bottom. My theme has FOUR footers! Room to play. :) I tried to add the music widget, but nothing happened when I clicked on “choose songs”. I’m guessing it’s an upgrade. Oh well.

I am in process of moving my website to my WordPress site. WordPress has the capability to have pages and the landing page (first page that pops up when go to the site) doesn’t have to be the blog. I’m a little stuck, but eventually I will have it set up. (That’s another post. “why I am stuck”)

I did work on the photos page.  Discovered a little button, “Create Gallery”, and WOW!  The page is presentable.  Still need to add more pics and maybe different galleries for Tiki, Music, Quilting friends…

Take a look at my widgets and let me know what you think!

Oh, and today’s assignment, I’ve worked on some on the weekend.  Maybe by tomorrow, my “About” page will be killer!  But got to go out and live my life, so…

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my journey.

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Change my theme. But I LOVE my theme. It’s my favorite color and I have TEAL in the name of my blog. I was told I wouldn’t have to keep any of the themes I tried. So, OK. Here it goes.

First one I tried is called Adaption. It was clean and crisp. I liked it. I was even able to choose a blue color. But the background was white.

Second, I tried Koi and it had a sandy background, and I was thinking, maybe I’ll keep this one. The words show up better against the screen.

The assignment was to try 3, so here I go. I tried A Brand New Day, which is the one I am using now. I like it. Please let me know what you think. Is it better than the dark teal? I’m thinking I like this one better.

Thank you Blogging 101 for helping to step outside my box and try something new!


Dream a Little Dream

Laugh, Cry, Quilt, Hug, Love
Life’s journey, ups and downs, shared
My Friends see me through.

Today’s assignment is a toughie! I have my dream husband, for the most part. I have my dream house, with my dream of a sewing machine, I have my dream piano and I still love my violin after 27 years. But a dream reader? I haven’t figured out who that is. I know my friends read, they post these awesome inspiring comments to keep me going. I know I have a few lurkers and lookie loos. I guess I need to figure out who you are dream reader.

You must absolutely LOVE quilts. And oh yeah, a liking of dragons is pretty important. Tho, I’m still trying to figure out how to bring them to the party. Knowledge of someone wanting a custom quilt would be great, since that’s why I started blogging, to drive people to my website, which by the way is a disaster, so I hope this person is still imaginary.

But my reason for blogging has changed. I blog to share. I love telling my story of my journey to others. Talking in front of a crowd gives me the heebie jeebies, but writing for a crowd, makes my heart sing. I think if music had not taken over my young life, I would have turned to writing. Violin and Piano became such a part of my life early on, that there wasn’t much room for other interests.

That said, maybe my dream reader is someone who could benefit from my little bit of knowledge. Someone who likes to listen. Listen to stories of family, stories of growing old, growing up, stories of enrichment. Someone who likes to read of someone’s journey to a better self, a better musician, a better quilter. Someone who could be a great friend.

My dream reader is a friend. Ones I have now and future ones.

Have a great journey and thanks for sharing mine!

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Five new blogs to follow!

The assignment today for Blogging 101 is to find and follow 5 blogs. Easy, right? Well, my reader wasn’t cooperating. Couldn’t locate the “topic” button I was being told about. GRRR! I decided to do it the old fashioned way. Google!

Found 5 blogs super easy. Of course I searched for blogs about Bernina 880, my new machine! There were several shops, but I wanted one with a person exploring the machine like me. Click here to see it. A woman named Felicia just got a Bernina 880 and is having fun sewing!

Then there is the Embroidery Blog. Of course with my weight loss journey, I had to search healthy eating blogs. I rediscovered ReNae Merrill’s blog. Love her spirals!

The 5th one I found in the blogrolls of WordPress.com I liked it so much I shared it on Facebook. Quotosphere.

I follow so many blogs and never have the time to read. Wendy Shepherd’s Ivory Spring is the only one I read everyday. I love her quilting. But maybe I have discovered some really good ones!

Hope you have a great day, and thanks for sharing my journey with me!

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