So today I am so grateful for my sense of humour!
My blog is named a rather odd name for a blog that mainly is about quilting. It started about 3 years ago when my brother and I exchanged several pensive, soul-searching emails regarding life at the eyebrow-raising age he was approaching and I had just entered, the 50s. Your life is half over. Yet you have the coming half to look forward to, and, if you've been careful and wise with your spending and saving, you will have SO MUCH to look forward to. We covered various topics but a lot had to do with age, and working and how long to work and what to do when not working, etc. I had a few events placed in my path thanks to the powers of the Universe, Great Benevolent Presence, God, Goddess, call this Divinity what you will. These events helped shape the path I was contemplating, that of quitting my job pre-pension-receiving age, a full 9 years before I'd be even eligible for a full pension, of moving to the other end of the country, 2000 miles away from my family, and taking a step into the unknown.
I had thought of blogging about six months into the new path, as a way to share these thoughts, but to keep track as well of my quilting, maybe of my reading, and to chronicle new discoveries in my adventure. Because I was beginning menopause about that time, I had joked with my brother, that this "what is life" type pondering was due, in part, to that huge life change. I had all kinds of grave thoughts floating around in my melon. Thus, when I took the plunge for publishing my first post, back in September 2013, the name was just that: Musings of a Menopausal Melon. Melon as in head, not as in boobs, lol, which someone once commented that they thought that was the metaphor! Bahaha. There's some humour already.
All right. For those of who have been or are there, you all know what a fog your brain can be in. It is NOT funny. I feel sometimes as if I am kind of half asleep...very much like the early few weeks after giving birth and your baby gets you up in the night every few hours, so you are deep-sleep-deprived, and even when you are walking around in mid-day, you still feel dizzy, sponge-headed, not quite all there.
So this happened yesterday.
|Rhododendron, not looking too happy after a record-setting cold February, but still it bloomed!|
|My quince is really happy!|
Short term memory is not so good these days apparently. I have to write everything down. And then remember where I wrote it (yep, voice of experience) or remember to read the damn paper...sigh. I am going to make a stickie note (love them) next time "MacGyver is on his bike ride; not to worry".
If I didn't and couldn't laugh at moments like these, and they occur rather frequently, I'd be one sad quilter.
I am also grateful for my plentiful scraps and for Scrap-a-Palooza.
So this too happened yesterday:
|Another Scrap-a-Palooza quilt, pattern #8 of Cindy's, so much fun!|
I couldn't decide on a layout.
But I chose option #2, not totally on purpose; think I was hoping for option #3 because I liked the zig zag that occurs in the middle. However, I must have reversed one of the blocks despite the painstaking way I chain piece them together:
|Gremlins are at work in picmonkey; the first pic was rotated, and it is not in my iPhoto; I redid it and now my watermark is rotated!|
It is loaded onto the Avanté, and I am planning an easy meander, just so Avril and I can get reacquainted. I should have a finish for Friday! And another goal checked off the Q2 FAL list!
And finally, this is also happening, as a leaders and enders charity quilt #2 for the seniors. It's another of Cindy's Scrap-a-Palooza quilts, the latest, and my eighth, of her series of 15 so far. They are addictive!
I am linking up to Quilting Jetgirl who started a Thankful Thursday of her own last year (mine I started in May; here is my first post) but hers is with a linky! Great idea, and you know what they say about great minds. I'll also probably be linking up with some of the other linky parties, see buttons on the sidebar.
Remember last week I shared my creative space, a fun game of "you're it" that Julie at Pink Doxies started? I tagged Judy at Quilt Paradigm. You must go check out her creative space post and drool/ogle over/be inspired by the room and organization this girl has, as well as the latest quilt on her design wall!
I am also linking up with NTT at My Quilting Infatuation, a first for me. Another new button on the sidebar! And...just found out, that the annual Quilt Bloggers' Festival begins tomorrow! I will be entering once again. This is so much fun, so inpsiring to see all the quilt candy out there, and a great way to find new blogs and meet new people, and yes, I speak from experience. Now let's go create, shall we?!