Sunday, November 27, 2022

Weekly Word: Thankfulness + Books, Stitches and Gratitude!

 Hello There, 

It's been a wild week as we came home from San Diego, babysat for a few days and went right into Thanksgiving!  In the midst of all of our activity, thankfulness has been on my mind.  

I would be remiss if I didn't add you, my faithful readers and friends, to my gratitude list.  Your comments, support, friendship and prayers are a blessing to my life!  On that note, a big shout out to Quilter Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for showing me how to fix my spellcheck issue with blogger!  You can find the solution here, in my comments section.  

Well, please relax with your favorite beverage and enjoy reading this weekly post!  Pssst....if you're feeling under the weather I've added a link to Starbucks recipe for their famous Medicine Ball tea in my Gratitude Journal section!  

Here's is an index should you have a special interest you like to read first!  
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, Slow Sunday Stitching projects, 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!    

The Weekly Word

Philippians 4:4-7 is another life changing verse for me.  Naturally, going to God in prayer, with thanksgiving is my focus today.  It's so easy for me to get lost in rumination!  I'm learning to recognize when it begins and quickly convert my thinking to finding something to be grateful regarding the angst-causing situation, and then pray.  
Oh, boy!  It's so difficult, but worth the effort!
How I love the fall, but especially our  Thanksgiving holiday.  I love how gratitude fills my heart...I do believe Thanksgiving will be my word for this year.  

My Reading Life

Currently Reading

**** A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1 by Deanna Raybourn was a cute historical cozy mystery that I enjoyed as an audio book.  This was a Buddy Read that my Buddy chose.  That's what I enjoy so much about Buddy Reads:  I end up reading books that I wouldn't ordinarily read and usually enjoy.   

Stash Report

Fabric numbers are stable, and my yarn numbers increased by 7 ounces as I purchased some more green yarn for the Fall Granny square afghan.  

To Do Tuesday

Last Week's List
1.  Slow Stitching   
a.   Finish block two of the Bee Humble Sew Along. Not done, but progress made!  I am almost finished adding the details to the leaves. 
 I've even made progress on the Christmas tea towels!
On the subject of Slow Stitching, for years I've been pondering how to make a hand embroidery sampler book.  Which process does one use to make such a book?  Which stitches do I include?  What is the process? 
There are some tutorials on the internet, but this is what I have in mind.  I found the perfect project on Etsy, but have been unable to find it again.  After previewing this library book, I may go ahead and purchase it.  (Do you also preview library books to decide whether or not to purchase them?)
I wonder if any of you fellow stitchers have made an Embroidery Sampler Book.  Please share your wisdom and experience in the comments if you like!
Perhaps 2023 will be the year I start.  
2. Machine Sewing:  
a.  Stitch up this month's blocks for the $15 Sampler Quilt from Bee Sew Creative.  Done!  This month's blocks were paper-pieced and I really struggled with them.  They came out a bit wavy, but I'm calling them done.  
b.  Continue joining the Pieces in the Garden rows. Not done.
c.  Prep Row 11 of the Pieces in the Garden QAL. Done and a few are stitched up and joined!  The scissors in the photo are the ones Mama used at work.  

This Week's List
1.  Slow Stitching   
a.   Make progress block two of the Bee Humble Sew Along. I'd like to finish the leaves and the detail on the sunflowers.  
2. Machine Sewing:  
a.  Continue joining the Pieces in the Garden rows. 
c.  Stitch and join Row 11 squares of the Pieces in the Garden QAL. 
On The Radar...
- Stitch up a baby quilt that I've prepped.
- Finish up my daughter's crocheted dishcloths.
- Prep kits for January 2023

Gratitude Journal

Do you remember this praise and worship song?  So appropriate for this season!

We discovered Starbuck's Medicine Ball Tea/Honey Citrus Tea
helps to alleviate our cold symptoms.
I started coming down with a cold, found this copy cat recipe
and after having several cups, 
started feeling much better!
The Tevana brand of tea is challenging to find in our area, 
so I simply use whichever peach and mint tea is available. 

My heart is filled with thanksgiving this week. 
I have a great family life - and even with the bumps in the road - 
there is much for which to be grateful.
My friends, both in person and online, 
are an immense blessing
as they teach me so much, they are silly with me,
and we can, with confidence, share our hearts with each other.
The LORD is growing and stretching me
working through 
trials to build faith,
conflict to build stronger relationships,
friends to increase my understanding of Him.
I pray as we enter the Christmas season,
we can keep our focus on Jesus Christ and
make time to enjoy the season!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and
Hugs to all!

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  1. I love that pretty kitty tea towel and hope you post another photo when it's completed!

  2. All your sewing projects are so beautiful. I love the sunflower.

  3. I have enjoyed several of Amy Tan’s books, I hope you do too

    Wishing you a great reading week

  4. My mom made a crochet sampler and I still have's made of little squares of all different styles of crocheting, and it's beautiful.

    I will try the tea recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Perfect much sickness around me right now!

    I will be very interested in seeing what you think about The Devil's Highway. I read the powerful Solito last year, and now I'd like to read Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us.

  5. I love that Bee Humble block - appliqué that you are doing. Great when a buddy read works out, I guess its a way of broadening our reading.

  6. The kitty towel is my favorite! I think your paper-pieced blocks are beautiful. What did your Mama do "at work"? Thanks for the tea link. I'm convinced that Hubs and I never get sick because we take vitamin C and vitamin supplements every day. I have had few illnesses for the past 10-15 years. (I'm knocking on wood - lol!) Thank you for sharing with To Do Tuesday!

  7. now that's a post! you covered all bases girl. I am always amazed at how much you read, don't you sit idle in front of the tv like I do at night? lol

  8. Someone has students do a stitch bible in their class. Carol Ann Waugh? Sue Spargo? Maybe both!