Sunday, September 26, 2010

Good Advice

I got this in an email this week from a friend.  I needed the reminder about priorities and what is most important.

Written by Regina Brett, 90

years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older,

I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a
special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Count Your Pumpkins

Count Your Pumpkins
Better Homes and Garden
Holiday Crafts, issue 2000
16 count Aida
DMC threads

This is another Pumpkin sampler I did this weekend.  (Note to self-buy a non reflective glass frame.)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pumpkin Challenge

Work up on 28 count Linen and DMC Thread substitutions.

Piece was started on September 15th. Finished on September 16th.

One of my favorite cross stitch blogs started a pumpkin challenge. Go here to see about the details.

I have several fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving charts that I have put on my to-do list. This little piece had been kitted and was just waiting for the perfect time to work up. This was the right incentive to get it done. The chart is a freebie from San Man Originals found here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Football, Finishes, and a Flag

Saturday I woke up and put up the flag in remembrance of the tragedy of 9-11. I had Sevrine take this picture of the Flag in front of our house. Colleen cropped out her thumb and brightened the color. I thought it was a nice photo to remember this day.

Saturday we celebrated Payton's 3rd. Birthday. He loves the Movie "Toy Story" and this was his theme. He is totally attached to Buzz Lightyear.

With Sevrine in Kindergarden, I am now fighting the traffic to pick her up. They release the kids 5 minutes ahead of the rest of the school so I need to get in line early. I bring my current dish cloth and get a bit done from the wait.

Now that college football and the NFL is in full swing, my ability to work on projects has increased. This has been great for getting Christmas projects done and some of my WIP pile completed.