Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My January!

 Oh Dear Sweet January! I hate to see you go! I LOVE January! A fresh start to a New Year!  And such mild weather this year!
    Look at that sweet Dixie! She is such a sweetie pie. She has a pin in her knee from an accident when she was 9 months old, so she is a pet instead of a working dog. She used to work with her sister Dixie, but I am afraid a cow may hurt her or more likely that she would get in a fight with a coyote or her sister, so she stays up close to the barns.
    Hubby and I walked all over the farm about 3 times searching for a cow that was about to calve. I was so tired that I just sat down on the tire of a wagon , leaned back and looked up! Of course the hubby just had to say " Well she won't be up there!" .  I said " No, Smartie Pants but a Met Life Blimp is :)!"  Sometimes it pays to look up.  After I rested a few minutes, I decided to recheck around the hay rings and sure enough, there she was hiding behind a tree. Cows will go off by themselves when they are ready to calve. She wound up having the calf late that night. And I caught a beautiful sunset on my way back to the barn.
  And just today the pulpwood company was burning off some timberland that they had already harvested. The beautiful blue sky and mild temps had me digging out some more gardening books. I love my vintage gardens books. My favorite is Kitchen Gardens by Mary Mason Campbell. There are quite a few drawings and a painting of a Cottage Garden that I love.
  I haven't made any progress on teaching myself Crewel. I have had fun with the little time I have had to spend with it. I've also been winding some more of my Peruvian Wool that I am knitting into a bed runner.
  I had some coordinating fabric for the Sailboat quilt so I made a pillowcase to use to gift it in. I love to make matching pillowcases for quilts. I store my quilts and sheet sets in pillowcases. It helps keep the linen closet tidy, keeps the quilts safe and organizes the sheet sets.
 The ETSY shop has been very busy. I am so grateful for that especially since the hubby has not been able to return to work yet.  I am working on setting up a 1930's and Feedsack Block of the Month! It is really going to be fun!
 And I finally got all the holiday decorations put away except for my Cottage in the Snow. I love leaving the light on in the cottage at night, so maybe I will leave it out for a while longer. Maybe March, or April.
     And I almost forgot! Craftsy is having a one day event on Thursday February 2nd! They will have 14 Classes for only $14.00! Woohoo! I love Craftsy classes! And they also have Quilting supplies on sale!
  Goodbye January! I will miss you. Looking forward to February!
I hope all of you have had a great January! Let me know how your start to this new year has been!
Thank you all for stopping by!
Hugs and warm wishes!
xoxo jan

Friday, January 20, 2017

From sea to shining sea!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea!
On this very emotional day in history, I pray that ALL Americans will treat each other with kindness and respect.

We are all unique and special in our own right. Our FREEDOM to express that individuality is what makes America the greatest nation on Earth!

Have faith in one another. LISTEN as our friends and neighbors express what is in their hearts. Listen as they express their differences. Respect their right to hold true to their beliefs while still holding all that is true and right and honest to you close to your heart. Pray for your neighbor. Help your neighbor. Celebrate our differences and fight! Fight for a way to honor ALL Americans! We have to stand UNITED.

We can be different and hold different beliefs and still stand as one. Be flexible! Learn to compromise! Learn to have faith in each other no matter our differences, no matter who you voted for. I think on this incredible almost dis-believable day, it is up to each and every one of us to bring America together. To heal our broken hearts and homes. To return faith in us to the rest of the world. They are not only watching us you know, but their hope lies with us. Hope lives in the souls of not only Americans but in the hearts of people all over our beautiful Earth!

Freedom is not Free, however Kindness and Respect can be given freely and stem from an infinite well within each of us. You have to give a damn. It has to matter to each of us.

Bless you my friends!
Much love and peace to each and every one of you!

xo jan