1. I love living 10 minutes' drive from this incredible beach and marina:
|Seacliff Beach, Leamington, looking east towards the marina|
Allow me to indulge...
Last weekend MacGyver decided it was too hot one of the days to do his 20-30 mile (not km) ride, so I convinced him to go with me for a walk. We also visited the marina, which is where we read about the renovation project. Wow. We've been here for Art by the Marina, but the tents set up blocked much of the view and surroundings.
They've done it up right.
|Okay pinch me. Am I in the Bahamas? This is what it reminded me of.|
|Breath-taking! I want a pinks and super-light pink, not white, and orange yellow quilt. Wish I was Samantha in 'Bewitched'...|
|The hanging baskets were out of this world|
You can sit at a table, bring your own lunch if you will, and chill. Watch the birds...or turtles. We spied one little guy swimming in the bay here who was super shy, so didn't manage to get his photo.
I'm an Aries, a fire sign, but I love love love water.
2. Think I've said it many a time, but I love my friends. This past week we had a wonderful supper and evening twice with three different couples.😋
|A sunset to rival those I've witnessed in Key West and other Florida Gulf places|
3. I like surprises. This one was Happy Mail from Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts. I won a set of charms from her in the Design Challenge she and I ran at the start of 2017. We've both had a rough past few months, and so it was extra-special to received these beauties from her this past month, Alison Glass sun prints!
4. I love love love my grandson, Brady. I love September when they come for their annual visit.
|Who knew such happiness and special times would come (well we hoped, and it did) from a $10 garage sale bike?!|
5. The day after they got home was his doctor visit, a new one for him. I just adore texting with him! He's hilarious, got such a great sense of humour. He comes out with the most jaw-dropping comments:
Pink Doxies informed me are wild grapes. Cool! Of course! They grow on massive vines we see everywhere. Masses of birds were zinging in and out of the bush, feasting, no doubt, on Nature's bounty.
7. I love the bounty of Essex County: fruits and vegetable galore. We got some beautiful local peaches, and I combined them with some overripe strawberries (from the grocery store) from Brianne and Brady's visit to make a delicious peach cobbler.
8. Like all of us quilters, I love free fabric...
Sew in Love With Fabric, last week. That is the link to the tutorial, but I'll also be posting it on my blog here next week.
9. I love free fabric and getting published again 😁 in Modern By the Yard's latest e-zine issue (link also on sidebar). That quilt travelled to northern Michigan, well not quite the UP (Upper Peninsula) I don't think, but still. Cool! Isn't that model a cutie-pie?
10. I really enjoy the show on CBC, "Still Standing". Jonny Harris visits small towns all across Canada who have been hit hard by various circumstances, often economic. Along with unique and innovative ways to keep their towns alive, the townspeople are always full of humour and Jonny brings it out in his hilarious Newfoundland way. There hasn't been one episode where I haven't experienced what psychologists call "moral elevation". (see #11)
11. (nearly forgot this little like!) I actually love it when I spy a pattern of mine (can't believe I can write that phrase) rendered in someone else's fabrics.
|This beauty was made by Janice of Color Creating and Quilting|
12. I love a good book. I just finished Option B by Sheryl Sandberg. Sheryl, the COO of Facebook, lost her husband very suddenly in 2015. She's written very openly about several elephants in the room that appear with a sudden tragic death and how to handle them. She's written from her own personal experience, with her good friend, a psychology professor, co-writing. Being grateful for what she does have is one of the first things she works on. Writing these gratitude posts once a month helps me be a better person because I am more aware of things I like, things I appreciate, and being aware means I become that much more aware of both my surroundings and my feelings of gratitude and thus, I am a happier person. She writes of doing this exercise too, even when going through profound grief. She describes a phenomenon I've felt many many a time, when she was reading a post from a young husband who lost his wife, the mother of his 17-month-old son, in the 2015 Paris terrorist attack:
"When I started reading Antoine's post, I felt tremendous sorrow. But when I finished it, I was overcome by a tingling sensation in my chest and a lump in my throat. Adam told me there was a term for this (psychologists have a term of reverything). 'Moral elevation' describes the feeling of being uplifted by an act of uncommon goodness. Elevation brings out what Abraham Lincoln called 'the better angels of our nature.' Even in the face of atrocity, elevation leads us to look at our similarities instead of our differences. We see the potential for good in others and gain hope that we can survive and rebuild. We become inspired to express compassion and battle injustice. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.'"
I think those of us who write about our gratitude, whether privately or publicly, can relate to what she describes.
Just a reminder that the DrEAMi! linky party will be this Saturday. Click the link on the sidebar if you don't know what I'm talking about.
(Sanskrit for, "The light and all that is good within me, honours the light and all that is good within you.")
Linking up with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Colour