Saturday, June 18, 2022

Weekly Word: Holding His Hand + Stitching and Gratitude This Week!

Hello there!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit!  We just got back from visiting my family in San Diego where the weather was perfect and the gardens gorgeous!

Happy Father's Day to all those dads out there!  I hope your day is wonderful filled with family, love, laughter and good food!

I have been responding to comments via email, but have gotten several back as "undeliverable".  Has that been happening to you as well? 

With all my sewing projects getting prepped, I was running out of binding clips, yet loathe to purchase more.  You'll find an economical binding clips hack in my Tuesday To Do section!  

Meanwhile, I'm sharing some encouragement, a bit of sewing, reading and pics of San Diego!

I hope you enjoy your visit here!  

As my weekly posts are jampacked with lots of fun mini- articles, here's is an index should you have a special interest you'd like to read first!  Otherwise, settle in with your favorite beverage and snack and enjoy!  

The Weekly Word - is a short devotional that sometimes becomes a Bible Study series.  
My Reading Life - is filled with current, completed and upcoming reads as well as an occasional short review.      
Stash Report and To Do Tuesday is where I'll share share stats regarding my fiber usage and acquisitions, goals met/lack thereof and photos of my projects.   
Gratitude Journal - Sometimes I get lost in my own stinky thinking.  This digital journal reminds me to count my blessings!    

Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer - Here you will find updates on life after Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  I was diagnosed in November of 2014 and my last day of treatment was in November 2015.   

Weekly Word

On this day, Father’s Day, my mind has turned to God, our heavenly Father.  In this verse, God shares who He is, His caring nature and His desire to help us.    

God is stating that He is “Lord, your God.”  He is our Master, our Ruler, our King of kings!  Wow…can you see God this way? 

Can you take it a step further and realize He, our Master, our Ruler, our King of kings, is literally holding your hand? 

Not only is God is holding our hand, walking right there supporting us, He is telling us “Do not fear, I will help you.” 

Oh, my dears, our path may be dark and painful right now.  I draw comfort knowing that God is holding our hands and encouraging us. 

The question is, how will we respond to our Lord, our Master, our Ruler, our King of kings?

At one point in my walk with Christ, I’m ashamed to admit I would jerk my hand away in hurt, anger and confusion.  As I matured in my faith, I realized the truth of Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. 

Today, in faith, I lean into Him, His comfort and His strength.  I find my journey much more peaceful - Not pain free, but so much more peaceful and…well…loving. 

I’m know I’m not alone. 

Would you try this?  Leave your hand in His, lean into Him, His comfort and His strength.  Find peace in your journey.

Or, if you have learned to hold onto God’s hand, perhaps you could share some encouragement in the comments? Take good care! 

My Reading Life

Currently reading


★★★★★ Violeta by Isabel Allende touched my heart!  It is written in the form of a letter from a grandmother to her grandson, whom she raised.  Violeta survived the Spanish flu lives to see COVID rear its ugly head.  There are nuggets of golden wisdom in each chapter.  I highly recommend reading this book with your reading journal at your side.  
★★The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene is the fourth book I've finished as part of my Buddy Read with my granddaughter.  I was pretty proud of myself as I finished two Drew books pretty quickly.  When I got home, she had left me this quick note on my desk!  😂  
★★★★We Are All We Have by Marina Budhos is my first Net Galley book for review.  
"There’s a knock at the door.
It’s the police.
They’re taking Rania’s mom.
Seventeen-year-old Rania doesn’t understand why—they’ve done all the right things, haven’t they? Her mom said their case with immigration was fine. If this was a lie, what else is?
Alone with her younger brother, Kamal, Rania will have to figure out how to survive. When they wind up in a home with other kids waiting to hear if they can stay in this country, she meets a charming boy named Carlos. He persuades Rania to go to her high school graduation. And from there, they just keep driving.
Searching for freedom while feeling trapped by circumstances beyond their control, Rania begins to fall for Carlos and uncovers painful truths about her family, and this country, where being an asylum seeker or an undocumented immigrant can mean anything but freedom."
Budhos addressed and humanized the difficult issue of immigration deeply touching this reader's heart. I cheered as these two strong, courageous women who found their strength, courage and even begin to see each other in a different light - all accomplished in the face of unspeakable circumstances.

Though I recommend this book to readers in general, book clubs, buddy reads, middle and high school students would certainly be able to have deep, meaningful discussions regarding immigration, family, the relationships between mother and daughter and coming of age. The teacher in me sees an endless list of potential discussion topics and activities to be included in a thematic unit.
Highly recommend

Stash Report

Yarny Numbers
There have been no changes in my yarn numbers.  :)
Fabric Numbers
While in San Diego, I finished 21 hexies!  Those numbers were offset by our visit to a local Bernina shop where we purchased a yard of each of these fabrics!  My husband surprised me with his choice of the printed fabric!    

To Do Tuesday

Last Week's List
1. Sunday Slow Stitching: Stitch up one hexie a day Done!  I finished 21 on my trip to San Diego!

2. CrochetThis week I'll be taking a break from crochet to perhaps catch up on the QAYG hexies. Done!  I only took my QAYG Hexies to San Diego.  
3.  Christmas Sewing ListContinue stitching the grandchildren’s 2022 Christmas softies (July is my deadline).  Prepped, but not sewn.  As I have four grandbabies, I prepped eight sides of the puppy, plus eight strips for their "binding".   
4.  Machine Sewing: Stitch up Row 5 Pieces in the Garden  by the 24th of June. Prepped, but not sewn.  Can you see the little clips holding each square together?  
Here's a close-up view. 
It all started when I decided to rewrap my "many mini" bolts of fabric.  I really wanted those metal clips used by many quilters, but they were a bit pricey, especially for my rather large stash.  Straight pins work, but sometimes they stick me - no fun.  
Then I found this hack on-line somewhere and my problem was solved:  plastic shirt clips!  They hold my fabric in place and also serve to hold my smaller prepped blocks together rather nicely!   
I got 300 of them for roughly $7!  Can't beat that!  
Now my stash is looking pretty good and my prepped projects are ready to stitch up!
This Week's List
1. Sunday Slow Stitching: Stitch up one hexie a day.  I have until August 25 to finish my personal challenge of 365 hexies in 365 days!  I'm at 285/365 - 80 more to go in the 69 days left (as of this writing).  
2. Christmas Sewing ListContinue stitching the grandchildren’s 2022 Christmas softies (July is my deadline).  
3.  Machine Sewing: Stitch up Row 5 Pieces in the Garden  by the 24th of June. 
Realistically, I'll probably on meet either the Christmas sewing or the Pieces of the Garden!  :)

Gratitude Journal

Famous For by Tauren Wells had me praising Him 
through tears of pain as I walk through the fire
and experience His slow but deep healing.  
I pray it does the same for you!
Here are some photos from our trip to San Diego.  We were blessed to be able to spend time with family.  We had a lovely experience at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala with Mama and Daddy.  Their gorgeous gardens were breathtaking.  
Daddy loved this slogan:  Always moving forward!
During our week there, we enjoyed lunch in La Jolla.
This sign caught my eye!
I gave Mama this cookie that looks just like their fur baby - 
she refused to eat it!  😅
We stayed with my sister and brother-in-law and were thoroughly pampered!  The view from the balcony was stunning!  It was such a peaceful environment to slow stitch. 

Gimbal, her cat, her very voluptuous cat, joined me!
I started reading their book and hope to continue it on our next trip!

Faith, Trust, and Breast Cancer

In last week's post I shared a bit about the after effects of chemotherapy that still affect me to this day.  A huge effect is commonly referred to as "chemo brain".  My poor husband would get so frustrated because I would ask him the same questions repeatedly.  I was constantly forgetting tasks - everything.  He finally realized what was happening and exhibited much more patience, bless his heart.  
So, Caregivers, please, chemo brain is real.  It's frustrating for the patient as well - until we forget it!  :)
Though the doctors tell me the chemicals (after 5 1/2 years) are out of my system and are no longer affecting me, I respectfully beg to differ.
However, it has gotten better.  
The worst part of it was my inability to finish a book, be it fiction or non-fiction.  I could read the words, but could not remember what I had read once I put the book down.  Consequently, I had to constantly re-read pages and even chapters of books.  
After two years of trying, I finally finished my first novel, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.  It took me four months to read it, but I did it!  My inspiration was Kathryn's blog: The Book Date .  Her "It's Monday!   What are you reading?" link up inspired me to keep trying until I was successful.
My memory is still pretty bad, but is progressively improving.    Keep trying to do what you used to do - it will come back to you!  

Take good care, my dears!
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  1. Your photos of San Diego are gorgeous, what a wonderful visit you had! My brother used to live there and I always loved to go visit. That Gimbal is beautiful! What a wonderful companion.

  2. I love Abbi Waxman's books. I hope you are enjoying them too. And all the best on your sewing projects! I hope you have a great week ahead.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes


  3. Great projects, and great pictures of San Diego! Hope you have a great week

  4. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is on my TBR. I loved the Nancy Drew books as a kid! Love your pictures of San Diego, I'd love to visit there some day. Have a great week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

  5. You've had so much to post about. How great to get away to San Diego and see family. I loved all the pic you posted and your color hexies are beautiful. I see you loved an Isabel Allende book - just finished A Long Petal of the Sea by her for my book group and liked it so I will try your recommendation. Have a good week.

  6. Thank you for what you sharing from your faith and your many sewing projects!
    It can be difficult to see God when there are storms around us. I have experienced that, but when I look back, I see that God carried me through the difficulties. I often think of the poem about the footprints in the sand.
    Otherwise, I'm so impressed with your plan for each day. It's probably very smart when you have the whole day at home, because otherwise time flies away. It's something I should have learned from, but I still have several years in working life, and am quite tired when I get home.
    The tip you share about the shirt clips was a good idea.
    How nice you got to visit your family. Beautiful photos from San Diego. Happy stitching!

  7. I like how organized your fabrics are. I like the shirt clip hack. I have to reorganize my fabrics as they are just stacked on top of each other which makes getting to them a chore. My son and his wife currently live in Carlsbad. We will be traveling cross country in August to visit them. Hubby and I want to do some sightseeing in San Diego. We will have to go to that mission and explore the gardens. We were in Carmel when my son got married in April. I would have loved to have read that book prior to our visit. Your hexies are beautiful. Have a wonderful week!

  8. So glad you were able to visit your family in San Diego. Some say San Diego has the best weather in the US.

    You always offer so much inspiration for all of us. I'm glad that you persevered through chemo brain to be able to get back to reading books you loved.

    "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." I cling to this.

  9. Looks like you've got some catching up to do on Nancy. Good luck! I was in San Diego in March. It is lovely, isn't it?

  10. I have been to San Diego a couple of times and loved it both times, and had good weather both times too!

    The Red Tent was such a great book. So glad you were able to complete it!

  11. Binding clips are so useful, I have some t shirts with absurdly long sleeves and I keep some clips by the sink so when I wash up or cook I can clip the sleeve to my shoulder so it doesn’t trail in everything.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  12. That view!!! I would never leave! What shop did that dog cookie come from? Sweet kitty!

  13. You are an inspiration Patrica. Wow your fabric is looking great, yay for online hacks found. Your grand daughter will keep you on your toes with the Nancy Drew books.

  14. Such a beautiful garden--I especially love the Pieta statue! Hubs and I both gravitate toward that statue in particular. Nancy Drew! Once upon a time I read all the library had! I'd like to think I've read every one but couldn't say for sure! Probably 40 years ago! LOL

  15. Hi,
    Beautiful Hexies...beautiful flowers and I really like the tree in the group.
    The view from the patio is awesome...I'd never get anything done if
    I had that...have a great day!

  16. What fun to go to San Diego! Your sister and BIL have a beautiful view and a sweet kitty. :) Where did you find your shirt clips - such a great idea. I have never heard of chemo brain, but it makes perfect sense. I love The Book Date. Yay on your hexies!
    Thank you for sharing with us at To Do Tuesday!

  17. Your stash looks so tidy and colorful!!! Lol on the dog cookie that she couldn't bear to eat!!! I enjoyed your photos from your travels!

  18. Isn't retirement great! To be able to just up and go. And what a spot for slow stitching there...beautiful! I enjoyed all your photos including the plumpish kitty. I admire your determination to keep reading. Chemo Brain is a real thing and I do hope you do not have long lasting effects. Btw, I am searching for a photo of my hexie crocheted afghan and will post it when I find it. Take care!

  19. That print fabric is great! I'm super impressed with your sewing room organization.