Joyful Thursdays #20

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #20


Here are three things that make me  happy and bring me joy:


1) finally working on my own quilt…here’s the process, so far

organizing the tshirts and sweatshirts according to color

cutting to the correct size

lots of different kinds

my shirts and F2's also

7 rows like this

each row cut... then pinned into rows for sewing ( not by me )

Both boys have one, so now it’s my turn:)

2) making my first batch of pralines from my mom’s recipe….I used to get them in ‘care packages’ in college and then for many years as extra treats for Christmas…soooo yummy!

3) enjoying some beautiful flowers on my porch…

love the clematis

a new type of begonia...bright tangerine:))

….and the weather is perfect….70′s and sunny…life is good:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C



List of Intentions

At the beginning of 2011, I wrote about writing a list, or letter, of intentions. I learned about doing intentions, instead of resolutions, from Diane at “A Spot of Whimsy”. What an amazing difference in my mindset! Intentions can continue without a definite date and can be ongoing. I made a list of 24 things off the top of my head that I really wanted to accomplish sometime ‘sooner rather than later’. Some of the items I didn’t realize I wanted to do until I wrote them down.


None of this was ‘official’ in any way, and I didn’t share them with others…I really wanted to see how I did on my own. Checking the list throughout the year helped…because sometimes you forget the things you actually thought you wanted to do!!


Want to know how I did?  I completed, in full, 19 of the 24 items! I reassessed  2 items….decided I didn’t need to figure out iTunes, but could use Pandora instead! I couldn’t work on my quilt (after finishing Chad’s) because the hand sewing messed up my thumb for about 4 months!!! I’ll continue that intention for this coming year:)   The items I “intended” to do , but didn’t….can be continued into the new year, without guilt!!


Pretty cool process, right?

Here are a few of the completed intentions on my list:

gave blood

continued the blog (I guess you know that!)

started Happiness Tuesdays (I guess you know that too)

donated time and $ to school

organized a birthday card folder w/cards

organized closets

cleaned garage and attic

doll collection from cleaning the attic!

integrated our website, blog, events

self-published our book

e-published the book

did workshops at schools (still working on childcare facilities and church groups)

finished Chad’s quilt

shared kindness (hope so)

got the piano tuned

organize photos…not in the way I thought I would…but organized!


Other parts of the list included supporting others with love and $ and time….hope I did that also…

my lovelies, last year....

...and this year :)

My intentions always include finding joy and happiness…I think we do that! What about you??


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Happiness Tuesdays #17

Continuing on my quest to find things to tell you that make me happy and hopefully will spread some joy your way!


Happiness Tuesdays #17


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) having a great get-together with the Torch Lake Group for Scott’s 30th birthday

notice the 30's in the window

having drinks

delicious food

cute couple, huh?


2) gag gifts that others get are fun

wearing some of those gag gifts

opening more goofy gifts

even the beer gets dressed up


3) finally giving Chad his memory quilt:

made from F2's t-shirts


Lots more great memories make me happy! I hope you have many also:)


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Holding on to Memories

      After F2 and I had been married for about 7 years we were clearing out some old clothing and decided we had way too many old t-shirts. But they all really meant something to us, whether sweet, silly, or downright gross. So F2 cut out the fronts or backs of the shirts and put them into this collage-ish collection, glued onto foam core. It has hung out in the garage since that time…about 35 years. It always makes me smile:)

     After F2 died when the boys were in high school, I could not part with any of his stuff for years…see grief during the holidays. F2 had always collected t-shirts. He loved them, all kinds…from trips, from establishments, for cars, for beer, anything was fair game. When he died he had TONS of t-shirts that I couldn’t and wouldn’t let go of. After 14 years I decided to put these shirts into memory quilts for the boys. Considering that I don’t sew…hate it, and don’t own a sewing machine…these are definitely a labor of love for my guys. A lovely neighbor sewed the fronts together from my patterns, but the rest was done completely by hand…with sore fingers, but a full heart to show for it.
     This one is Scott’s:

     This is Chad’s:

     Each quilt is 7′ by 7′ which means that each one has well over 49 t-shirts in it….you can tell some of the squares have 2 or 4 smaller squares in them.  I still have enough to make a quilt for myself, but I can take a lot more time for that. Did you think I was kidding when I said F2 loved t-shirts??? What do you think now??

    I hope you always decide for yourself what is an important memory to keep. Other people may have what they think is your best interest in mind….but if I had gotten rid of all of F2′s things all those years ago, I wouldn’t be able to share these great memory quilts with Scott and Chad.

Happy Parenting!
D and C