Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happy Saturday evening, folks!

How's everyone doing this evening?  I hope you all are doing well.  I'm sure that many of you are spending your weekend running around or doing errands, but I hope that you will have some time for yourself and your family tomorrow, Sunday.

I have been trying to make time to finish my manuscript, but I haven't had as much time as I'd like to work on it.  Why?  You got me!  It just seems that my days pass so quickly.  I will say that I did manage to finish my cleaning this week.  It's getting harder for me to do my own cleaning, but I will continue do it, until I can't anymore.  I'm not really worried anymore, if my house is a bit dusty.  I just do the best I can and that's good enough for me.  Of course, if I didn't have a Roomba, I wouldn't be able to do it at all.  If you are wandering if the Roomba works, the answer is "yes" it does.  I love it!  This is our second one and they keep improving them all the time. 

I've finally given away all my small, security blankets for children in hospitals.  I decided to keep them local, if possible.. Of the seventy I made, 26 went to Hershey's Children's Hospital and the remainder of them, went to The York Hospital's Children's Ward.  I will make some more of them, but probably not until October and November.  I'm going to put either Santa or a snow man on those, since they'll be given out just before Christmas.

I was trying to decide what my next project should be, as my way of 'giving back' for all my blessings.  So, two days ago, I tried something new, a Teddy Bear, which turned out pretty good.  My husband said he thought it was cute.  So now I have two finished and have started on four more.  These are also for children.  I've never tried anything like this before, but I'm always willing to try to do something new.  I thank God for my creative talents every day.  He has truly blessed me in so many ways.

I hope the remainder of your weekend goes well for you all.  Please stay safe and pray, pray, pray.  It's the only way that this country and our world, will ever stay safe for our children and grand children. 
Susan

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

What is your passion?

Hi folks,
How's everyone doing this evening?  I hope all is well with you and your family.  As far as I know, my family is all doing well and I am so thankful for that fact. 

As for my title tonight, I've been thinking about how so many of us go through life never finding our true passion.  You know, what you'd really love to do with your life.  Of course, for many of us, we grow up,  get out on our own, get a job doing whatever we can to make money to live, and so often  stick with that job for many years.

Some years ago, I went to a seminar entitled:  "What are you passionate about?  I always assumed that what we choose as our profession, was our passion, but somehow I knew that couldn't be right, because all though I was really good working at finances, I knew I wasn't passionate about my work.  Oh, of course, I did the best I could, always, at my job.  But I have to admit that it wasn't what made me happy.  It just paid the bills. 

After attending that meeting, I realized that my passion was doing everything that was creative.  I've truly been blessed with many, many creative abilities and I'm so thankful for them.  But it was my beloved Mom who showed me how to do so many things in the creative field, that helped  make me the woman I am today.  I will always be thankful for all her help. 

I was a middle child and I don't know if you believe that many middle children have a drive that just doesn't stop them from doing what they love.  I can remember so many times, as a teenager, when my Mom showed me how to sew, that my attitude always was:  I can do it, unless I prove to myself that I positively can't do it.  I still feel that way today.

I also learned from Mom that anything you do you should do it to the best of your ability.  This is the way I've tried to live my life and taught my daughters.  I never understood how someone could just stand there and say that they can't do something, if they've never even tried to do it. 

Whenever I show someone else how to do something in the creative line, I always tell them to just do the best they can and that will always be good enough.  Also I tell them that when you're doing anything by hand, it never will be absolutely perfect.  For heavens sake, even machines don't always produce perfect items, now do they. 

So, if you've been wandering where your passion lays, look deep inside yourself.  What is it that you would have always loved to be able to do, but never tried?  Well, now's the time, just try it!  You'll never know if you will be good at it, if you never try.  Don't forget this:  Practice makes perfect, or at least gets you closer to perfect each day.  Don't give up on your dreams.  If someone my age can take on line classes, you certainly can do it also.

My advice to you today:  Don't ever give up on yourself and always find out what you are passionate about and then learn how to do it.  Don't put it off because the day to start may never come.

Have a wonderful week and be safe always.
Susan

Here's one of my creations:  It's a table runner I made for my Grandson and his partner, who both love dogs..


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Is it true?

Hi everyone,

My title refers to the fact that it's now August already.  The summer months are flying by, but then every month, be it winter, fall, summer or spring, flies by to me.  Time in general goes so quickly the older you become. 

Oh there is a day here and there, that moves along very slowly for me, but they are the rarity in my life.  Generally, that kind of day would be one that I spend entirely alone, especially if it's a weekend day. 

My generation, when we were young, were taught that Saturdays and Sundays, were considered 'family' time.  I can't really remember a time when my Dad worked, even in garden, on a Sunday.  He did on Saturdays, because he worked full time at The York Barbell Company.  It was the only full time job my Dad ever had.  The company itself, wasn't well known when he started.  Some of the other employees were hired at the same time as my Dad.  To me, that's dedication, when a person stays at the same job all of their adult life.  Even when they could probably make more money elsewhere.  Dad was so good at his job as Traffic Manager.  I suppose it was from him that I learned good work ethics.  So, thanks Dad for teaching me how to be a hard worker at a job  Of course, I haven't worked for many years now, because I have been medically disabled since 2006. 

To change the subject a bit, I have to say that there is so much about how things are done today and the way people are so unkind to one another, that I'm almost glad that I am old now.  I fear for how this world will be in another twenty-five or so years.  Whatever happened to all the rules we were taught as children, from our parents and in school every day?  Sometimes I think that parents today must be too tired to teach their kids how to be polite to others, how to say 'thank you' and 'no thank you', 'May I please have...,' and so many other things that I taught my kids.  It's called being polite.  Perhaps that word isn't even in the dictionary today.  Oh, I forgot, who uses a dictionary today???
Well, I occasionally still do.  I'm not sure that proper spelling even matters today, what with all the short cuts in spelling that are used today.  I'm sorry, but I'm old school and I like it that way!

Another thing that bothers me today is when you're speaking with someone, mostly the younger generations than me, they can't even look directly at you and answer you.  They are looking at their cell phones and barely paying any attention to you, or whoever is speaking to them.  Personally, I don't put up with that behavior from my family members.  Of course, they already know that about me, so they are pretty careful how much attention they pay to their phones when they're in my presence.  I'm sorry, but I just think that it's rude!  What do you think?

How's the weather where you are?  We had one bad storm pass through this afternoon that did some considerable damage in parts, in this area.  Once again, the end of our street, where it intersects with a major road, was flooded.  What surprised me was how the cars just kept flying through the intersection.  They didn't even slow up.  The water was up over the curbs on all four sides of the road.  Why is everyone always in such a hurry these days?  Half the time they don't even pay any attention to yellow lights or even sometimes red ones. 

Okay, I'm done complaining for the evening.  Besides, it doesn't make any difference anyways, now does it?  I hope the rest of your week goes well.  May God bless you and keep you and your families safe.
Susan

This is one of the Christmas Table runners I made.  Sorry, it's not a great photo of it.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The weekend is here!

Good evening everyone,

Well, for all of us living in South Central Pa. and Northern Maryland, the weekend won't start out very nice, but at least later on Saturday and Sunday, will be nicer.  Since there's nothing anyone can do about the weather, we will just have to make the best of it!

I hope your work week went well.  If not, there's always next week and perhaps that will go well for you.  As for me, every day is pretty much the same, it doesn't matter if it's a weekday or a weekend.  I'm not complaining though, I'm thankful for each day God gives me.  I keep hearing that commercial on television for Congestive Heart Failure where they say:  If you have Congestive Heart Failure, tomorrow is never promised.  I know this is true, so I never take any day for granted.  I thank God each morning when I wake up for giving me another day of life.  I know I have be very, very blessed by God, always.

How about you?  Do you give thanks to God for all your many blessings?  So often, we take things for granted and we complain and become angry when things don't go the way we want, or we don't get what we want.  Every one of us needs to stop doing that.  We all have been blessed so many times over. 

If the people living in the USA don't soon thank God and give Him, and Him alone praise, I fear for what may happen to the US and to the entire world.  I want a safe, honest and loving place to live for my Grandchildren and for their children to come.  Isn't that what all of you want, also? 

We need to thank God often, pray to Him every day, and trust in His help.  We need to turn to Him for help and understanding and we need to practice acceptance and gratitude every single day of our lives.  That is the only way for our future generations to have a safe and good life in this world.

I hope your weekend goes well.  Remember that Sunday is The Lord's Day, so spend a little time with Him either at church or in your own home.  Be safe always!
Susan

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Happy Saturday evening!

Hi everyone,

I hope your weekend is going well thus far.  Mine has been good, as I got to spend a few hours today with one of my Grandsons and his partner.  I love spending, even a small amount, of time with any of my six Grandsons, or anyone in my family.  I do realize how busy they all are, as they all live very active lives, which is good.  It's still hard for me to believe that my six little Grandsons are now all grown up men.  I am so proud of them and I wish them all the best in their lives and relationships, always.

I've been working on my manuscript a good bit this week.  It's moving right along, which makes me very happy.  I pretty much know how the story will end, but it will take some more writing to get to that point.  I can't tell you how much I enjoy coming up with a story line for a new manuscript.  It helps me to feel good that I'm using the abilities that God gave to me. 

I've been making table runners to be either given away now, or for Christmas gifts.  They are all done by hand.  I just finished some Christmas ones. I will have to upload a photo of them to my laptop, which I am using to post this tonight, so I can show them to you.  I just started a new design today.  It is of an antique baby carriage, which is filled up with flowers.  I have all the pieces cut out and pinned together, but will start embroidering them later tonight.  I love to keep busy while I sit, with my feet up, on the sofa.  That's where I do all my embroidery work.

I can't believe that July will soon be ending, although I can't say I will be sad to see this heat and humidity leave us.  Today was the first time, in about three or four weeks, that I actually went anywhere.  It's just easier for me to stay in my home in the air conditioning.  How are you handling the heat lately.  If you have heart issues, I do hope you are staying inside with the air on.

I am very pleased with myself because I have lost another pound.  It's very hard for me to lose weight since I can't exercise at all.  It has to be done simply by what I am eating.  I am trying to lose weight because every pound I lose, makes it easier on my heart.

I do hope you all have a great day tomorrow, Sunday.  I also hope you will remember to take a few minutes to give praise and thanks to God tomorrow.  Be safe and may God bless each of you.
Susan

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wow, did it pour!

Hi folks,

We had some big storms come through here this afternoon.  They left a lot of flooding and trees and limbs down as they left us.  I understand we may be in for some more as the evening continues.  We were lucky.  We had no damage to our property and our electric stayed on through it all, which was a good thing for me.  I need to have our air on in hot and humid weather.  We did have some flooding close to our home, at the intersection.  I'm very thankful that it wasn't worse than what it was.  Did the storms affect you or your homes?

I'm still working on my new manuscript.  I've been working on it every day, for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours every day.  I think I'm on a page somewhere in the 60's.  In case I haven't told you, the title will be:  Life, Love and Lies.  Almost the entire story takes place within the confines of a circus.  Of course, like most circuses, they move across the country.  I'm excited to keep working on it.  I have the entire story line all figured out and pretty much how it will end.  I'm still doing some research as the circus moves from one state to another.    I can't tell you how much I love and enjoy writing.  I'm so glad that I didn't let me age stop me from taking writing courses from the Children's Institute of Literature, when I was in my early forties.  And, that I continued taking on-line courses through the web site:  WOW-Woman On Writing, about five or six years ago.  I've learned so much from both places and if I'm going to write books, I needed to learn how to do it properly.  This would be thanks to my dear beloved Mother, who always told me and my siblings, when we were young, "If you're going to take the time to do something, do it right!"  So, thank you, Mom, so very much for that great advice all those years ago. 

As far as my embroidery work goes, I'm still working on it.  But I've taken a little break from the small blankets for children and I am currently working on table runners for Christmas gifts or an any time gift.  I only have twenty of the blankets left, as I donated 26 to the Hershey Children's Hospital and 24 to the York Hospital Children's wing.  The lady from the York Hospital called me within an hour after my husband delivered the to her, and she said they were so beautiful and she couldn't wait for the kids to receive them.  She thanked me so much and I told her it was my pleasure to do something nice, something to help these children not to be so afraid while in the hospital.  Giving back makes me feel good about myself.  I just wish I could do more for those kids.  I was thinking of some other way I may be able to help them, but I need to think on that subject for a while longer.

I hope your week goes well.  If you are taking a vacation anytime soon, please be careful and always be safe, no matter where you are. 
Susan

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What makes you happy?

Hi everyone,

I've shared with all of you that I was making security blankets for young children who are in hospitals.  I had a total of seventy done.  So my husband took 26 of them up to the Hershey Children's Hospital and then today he took 24 to the York Hospital Children's Ward.  After he dropped them off, I had a phone call from the lady in charge. 

She was so excited.  She told me that she thinks the kids will love them so much.  She thinks they're adorable.  She also asked me how long it takes to make one.  (approx. 4 to 5 hours).  She said that she can't wait for her and the nurses to hand them out to the young ones.  She kept thanking me for making them.  I told her that it was my pleasure.  I just wanted to do something to make a small child's life easier while in the hospital. 

I still have about 20 of them left, and I plan on making more of them.  I need to stay busy and I love doing things for someone else, especially for frightened children.  Here's one of my favorites, but then they all seem to be my favorite.



Well, this is going to be short tonight.  I hope your week is going well and that the weekend will have some fun for you and your family.  Personally, I'll be so happy when this intense heat and humidity comes to an end.  I feel like I will be stuck indoors for ever.  Oh, well, this too shall pass.
Be safe always and take care of your family.
Susan