Sunday, September 2, 2018

Relaxed Saturday

I took it easy and relaxed on Saturday!  

I got up at 8:00 a.m., after only 4 hours of sleep, so I could watch some of the coverage of Senator John McCain's funeral.  Even so, I missed the first hour or so of it, but I knew I would not be able to wake up at 7:00 a.m., not when I went to bed at 4:00 a.m.!

After that, I spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon, sewing.  I have now made 31 patchwork squares from all my scraps and started on square #32!  It's a good way to use up the smaller scraps and I am starting to see a dent in the amount of the small scraps I had in the gallon sized bag!  I even pulled out a few pieces from the basket with the larger patterned pieces, so I'd have a bit of variety in the pieced squares.  This is what I imagined retirement would be like, for me!  Time in which to spend the day sewing my scraps to create something I will enjoy using!

Later in the afternoon, I took a long nap!  

In the evening, cousin P called to say they leased a new car to replace the one that broke down, since her mechanic had told her it was not worth repairing it.  I'm glad she won't have to worry about costly repairs for several years, now.

Still later in the evening, I video chatted with daughter.  She woke up with a sore throat, today, but she went grocery shopping in the afternoon, and made some soup, later.  I told her to make and drink some coriander tea with ginger added to it, to help soothe her throat.  I hope she feels better, soon.  I'm glad it's a long weekend and she has an extra day off on Monday in which to rest and recover. 

Three years ago, today, was when I had the biopsy which confirmed that I had breast cancer (although the diagnosis came a few days later).  I can't quite believe it has been three years, already!  I read my posts from back then, and I had been sewing a quilt back then, too!  Back then, today was a blessing I hoped and prayed for.   Today has definitely been a blessing.    

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being alive, three years after being diagnosed with cancer.
- Being able to spend the day, relaxing and sewing
- An abundance of fabric scraps!
- An afternoon nap
- Daughter has a long weekend in which to rest and recover

This was Dancer, last night, enjoying his "quilt" of scraps:

Dancer's "Quilt"
I hope you are enjoying your weekend and the blessing that is each day.


  1. It truly is a blessing, and you've shown so much strengh and courage in those three years.
    I quite like the idea of sewing a quilt but I'm not much good with a needle and thread and wouldn't know where to start. It must be quite a relaxing pastime. Dancer definitely appreciates it.
    Hope your daughter feels better soon. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. Some days can be difficult, but I am always grateful that I have been blessed with another day.

      If you know to sew a straight line of running stitches, you can sew a quilt. You don't need a sewing machine - several of my quilts are hand sewn. You can do a very easy 4-patch (4 squares of fabric, sewn together) and your sewn your first quilt block! Sew some strips of fabric around the block to finish it and you've completed the top of a cushion cover! Sew several more blocks and you've a quilt top. Might be a good winter project, this year. :)

  2. Another day of blessings and gratitude, and you know how to celebrate it well. I am so glad for you.

    I also wish your daughter good health and I hope she uses the weekend to achieve lots of rest.

    Dancer looks smugly content with his quilt.

    1. Thank you, Susan. Each day is a blessing, isn't it? Every day, I remind myself that, no matter how trying a day might be, I'm blessed to be alive and grateful for the opportunity. :)

      Daughter has been given strict orders to gargle with warm salt water and rest! Hope she follows Doctor Mom's medical orders! :D

  3. It's truly a blessing. I hope you continue to have good health.
    When I read about your quilt I want to make one too. 😊 I have a big box of scraps, one of these days I'll make something.
    I hope your daughter will have a quick recovery. I too drink coriander and ginger tea at the first sign of sore throat or cold. I learned it from my mom. 😊

    1. Thank you, Nil. :)

      Coriander tea is our version of chicken soup, isn't it? I don't really like it, but my daughter loves it! She'll drink it even when she's not sick!

      I hope that you will consider making something with your box of scraps, Nil. It doesn't have to be a quilt - you could do a smaller project such as a cushion cover (that was my first patchwork project!), a table runner or placemats, etc.

  4. 3 years have gone by and it is lovely that you are now retired and able to relax more and continue to seek good health. I love the fact that you are doing something that you hoped to be able to do during retirement. Creative work is so good for us all.
    I do hope that your daughter will quickly recover from the sore throat and be healthy.
    As for Dancer, he is a keen quilter even if he only sleeps on the fabric scraps. Perhaps he imagined you doing this, too!

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I know most people say they want to travel after they retire, but I much prefer staying home and relaxing, for right now, at least. :)

      Daughter is feeling a little better - she cooked up a storm, today!

      I think Dancer is telling me that he needs a quilt of his own! :D


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