Monday, November 25, 2013

Getting caught up...

Yesterday I wrote that I had two projects and a block to get done by the next quilt guild meeting in December... today I was able to work toward getting caught up.

I stayed home today, because I didn't want to take a chance driving Hwy 309 in the falling sleet and ice.   Who knows I probably could have made it fine but I chose to stay home and use my last vacation day.  I guess I will have to go back tomorrow... but since I was home today, I used my time toward getting some projects done.

Here is a glimpse of what I worked on today.  It is hand pieced.  I then embroidered the center block with a nativity scene.  Don't look to close at it, as I free handed the scene and it is far from perfect.   All I have left to do is quilt it and bind it.  The finished product will be about 12" square and I plan to use it as part of my Christmas decor.


So, two steps forward... and I will have to continue on during the rest of the week.

I hope you are staying warm.

Until next time,
God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Brr!

Mercy!  It has been a cold day.  I do believe winter has arrived in Arkansas.

When I got home from church this afternoon I warmed up with a hot cup of cappuccino.  There was something satisfying about pouring a hot beverage into a snowman mug.  :)


My family and I celebrated Thanksgiving with my husbands side of the family this weekend.  It is always a blessing to gather with family over a meal.

We had a lot of broccoli rice casserole left over and since it was so chilly today I decided to make a soup with it.

You may be thinking "what? that doesn't sound to good..." but believe it or not it turned out good.  So if you have broccoli rice casserole left over and want to do something different with it, try this soup.

Here's how I made it.

Take left over broccoli rice casserole and put into a large pot.  Add 2 cans of chicken broth, 1 can of potatoes (drained) and 1 1/2 cups water.   Add the following seasoning to taste - black pepper, Greek seasoning, Cheyenne pepper.  Bring to a low boil and simmer about thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve with crackers or cornbread fritters.

This soup tastes a lot like potato soup.  You can change up the seasonings to your liking.

Well we are down to 30 days to Christmas.  Later in the week, probably Friday or Saturday, I will put up all my autumn decorations and start decorating for Christmas.

I hope to show my latest project soon.  I have made a ornament for an ornament swap I am in.   I tried to mail it out to my ornament swap partner yesterday but found out the post office in my town is now closed on Saturday, so I will have mail it tomorrow.   She should have her ornament by the end of the week and then I can share it with you.

I'm still working on the log cabin quilt, but also have another block to make and 2 more items for the next quilt guild meeting in December.  Talk about crunch time...

One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is to sit with all the lamps and overhead lights out and only the Christmas lights shining.  There is something about the soft glow of Christmas lights reflecting off ornaments and other decorations that is very soothing to me.  :)

Microsoft clip art

What is one of your favorite things to do at Christmas?


God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Slowing down...

As I wait for lunch to get done, I thought I'd write to you.

Have you ever had an opportunity to slow down, when you really hadn't intended to?

That's what happened to me yesterday afternoon, on my way home.  I got in line with four huge farm vehicles.  I had three in front of me and one behind me.

As we clipped down the highway at 20-25 mph, I sang with the radio, adjusted the jingles on my mirror charm, and then took this picture.


Didn't I say they were huge?  Look, it took up the whole road!  :)

Anyway, I took it as an opportunity to chill out and relax a little before I got home.  I like to think it was a small gift from the Lord.  Even though I was in my car, I had those two miles at low speed to praise the Lord and enjoy the ride.

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THANKFUL

I'm thankful for the those small gifts, we are provided everyday.

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Well, my lunch is done and I need to sign off.

Until next time...

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thrift finds of late

Hello,
I thought I'd share my latest thrifty finds.   Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and I have been looking for Christmas decorations at flea markets and second hand stores.  Here is what I have found on my lunch break on two different day's in the past week or so.

blown glass tree and ornaments  50¢

wood/porcelain nativity set   $1.50

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I'm still working on the quilt as you go log cabin quilt.  I hope to be able to show you the finished quilt within the next month.

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Earlier today I received an email from the person I am paired up with for an Ornament Swap this year.  I'm looking forward to finding or creating an ornament for her.  I will have to get it mailed out to her by the 23rd of this month.

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If you have followed my blog for any time at all, you know I am in awe of God's creation.  On the way home from work this week the moon was so clear in the sky and looked so close I had to try to get a picture when I got home.   I took this one around 5:00 p.m. yesterday.

 
I also took pics of Elvis, our tabby.


Here are some current pics of me and my family.  It has been a while since the last time we took pics of my children and one of me and David together.




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THANKFUL

We have celebrated Veteran's day this week.  I'm thankful for all those who have served to so that I am free to worship my God, write my thoughts and be myself.

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We are down to 40 days until Christmas.

When will you put up your Christmas decorations or have you already started?

What is your Christmas decorating style?


Looking forward to your responses...

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Disappointments...


Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them are the called according to His purpose.

Twice in the past month, I have had to give up something I deeply wanted or have been denied something I was looking forward to.   I have been very disappointed, not in the way of anger but in the way of discouragement.

After searching for comfort in the Scriptures this evening, I came to Romans 8:28.  

... His purpose...   

As a believer I have the assurance and hope that God's purpose is for the good of His followers.  His purpose may not be easy or in line with our plans or wants, but is worked out so that the things that happen to us (in this case my disappointments) are working out for our good, so much so that is surpasses what we had in mind.  I say this because I have looked back over other disappointments in my life and realized that what happened in place of them has always been better than what I had planned.

So if you have experienced some disappointment as I have recently, take comfort in knowing something better is on its way.










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THANKFUL

I'm thankful for lessons learned.

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Until next time...

God bless and keep you,
Sonia


PS... how are you dealing with the time change?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Good medicine

Hi, do you remember many several blogs back I had bought two, wool felt, bags from Hancock's on clearance?

I've had them stored away just waiting for me to do something with them.  I took one out today and decided I would try my hand at embroidery on it.  I know there is a lot of room for improvement but I think my first attempt isn't too bad...  :)



Since we only have 50 days until Christmas I thought I'd share a craft idea with you.

Need napkins for your holiday table?  Why not make some Christmas tree napkins?

These were made with 24 inch circles sewn right sides together, leaving an opening for turning.  Turn the circle inside out and stitch the opening closed.

Here are instructions for folding the napkins.



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THANKFUL

It is raining this week but we need the rain as much as we need the sunshine.   So I'm thankful for the rain, the cooler temps and the color change in the leaves.

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Since it's football season and I believe laughter is good medicine, here's a video I think you will enjoy.



Until next time, 

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Encouraged to be thankful

Hello, once again life has taken me by storm and I'm getting behind on my blog.

I will try to catch up and then hopefully get back on track.

I was inspired by one of my fellow bloggers, Shirlee, to think of something I'm thankful for each day this month.  So I have set a goal for myself to do so and to write something I'm thankful for each time I write my blog this month.

You can visit Shirlee's blog at http://farmhouseponderings.blogspot.com/2013/11/30-days-of-thankfulness-giveaway-winner.html

At the beginning of the week, I got to visit with my aunt Aleta.  She is in for a visit with my parents.  The last time I saw her was about 24 years ago.  It was good to see her and I'm glad she is here.

This week has been a busy week with Halloween and Fall Festivals.   Here are some pics I have captured this week.

Halloween week started out with heavy fog
All dressed up
Good Food
Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest - the young
lady in the light blue shirt won.


Potluck at work
Inmates at the bank, Oh my!

Never fear...

a fox

a kitty
This guy showed up in my house
As you can tell the week went well and was full of smiles.

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Thankful

I'm thankful for family, good food and friends.

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Like Shirlee, I encourage you to think of something you are thankful for each day this month.

Until next time, 

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

PS...don't forget to set your clocks back an hour this weekend.

Lighting up the sky

I shot a video of lightning as storms rolled in this evening. Here are some shots from it. Sonia