Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy Pineapples!

My normal routine has changed since early November. I no longer feel the pull to blogging. I still visit my regular stops, but I leave fewer comments. I just haven't felt as though I have anything positive to share.

Today my darling great niece posted on Facebook about things that are making her happy this day. I followed suit, and that kind of led me back to my blog.

Denise is the Queen Bee this month and she asked for a pair of pineapples. I spent much of today making these blocks for her. It was really nice to focus on something that made me happy.

I've had a rough start to this new year: a family member is ill, three of my girlfriends have had leg/ankle/knee surgery, a young mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer. On the other hand/brighter side, the three girlfriends are showing improvement, I've picked out a comfort quilt for the young mom, and there's been very little snow. Trying to focus on these good things.


Janet O. said...

I like the pineapples--enough to want to make them myself, but I will refrain. Trying to whittle down the projects, not add more to the pile.
You have had a rough start. I feel the same, but for different reasons. Finding happy things can be harder some days than others.
I'll keep you in my prayers.

Frog Quilter said...

The pineapple are gorgeous and I could see myself making them as well. Try to keep a positive outlook., God loves you. Hugs.

Cherie in St Louis said...

Sending you cyber hugs.....sometimes the down times seem endless but searching for joy in small things and helping others are good ways to turn towards better times.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Good things are the very reason that I started my blog - a place to share the positive things in my life as a counterbalance for the myriad health issues of our son and my mother's advancing Alzheimer's. This many yeas later, I still find my blog to be a place of refuge (which is why I am rarely on FB and may be leaving there altogether). I enjoy reading the blogs of others who also value the sharing of process, the context of stories, and long-distance friendships that develop over space and time. It has indeed been a rough few months for many of us for a wide variety of reasons -- together, one day at a time, we can be here to help each other along the way. SO glad you posted your pineapples today.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Look. I realized at the end of the year I needed to refocus and really started concentrating of the good...the joyful .. and what I am thankful for. To quote my fav pres..."The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world."

You really should continue to blog and continue to comment. I have a feeling that your friends are like minded. Birds of a feather, you know. We need to communicate and share what makes us happy, even if its watching a bird fly across the sky. So many things will lift your spirit when you adjust your mind set.

I love my visits here and hope you will continue to share bits of your life.

Synthia said...

It's difficult to image you feeling "down", but I know it happens to all of us from time to time. I love your cheery pineapples and may even copy you and make some myself for my daughters who love anything Hawaiian, especially pineapples. xxxooo

Lori said...

Those are terrific pineapple blocks. Today I will choose Joy. Some days it is harder than others. XOXO

Barbara Anne said...

Love your pineapple blocks and their happy fabrics! Well done! Your Queen Bee will be so very delighted. :)

Wishing your friends, family, and the young mom well. I love the idea of a quilt for this young woman.

I've been stuck in the slough of Despond, too, but today I pulled myself up and out to cut some fabric squares and batting for some mug rugs and have stuck my nose in a quilting book looking for inspiration.

Am also working my way through the 25 year old book "Simple Abundance, a Daybook of Comfort and Joy" that I learned about only last summer. My word is Gratitude. From the front pages of that book:
"... in a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart."
- Louise Bogan


Paula, the quilter said...

I love those yellow fabrics, they are so bright and cheery. Plus, the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality. Win win. I've been in a bit of the dumps lately, too. I pull myself out of the blues and then slide right back down. I'm about to do a Facebook blackout. Maybe that will help?

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

Buck up ole gal. Suns gonna shine tomorrow.

LizA. said...

I've been seeing these pineapples all around the interwebs.....must not cave.....

this side of the country has also had a bad start to the new year. my fil ended up hospitalized on new year's eve then moved to a rehab where is still resides. the upside, the 3 sons have talked them into moving to a retirement home closer to at least one of them. a neighbor is about to have knee replacement surgery, another friend is stuck in Tucson while the fairly new engine in his VW bus is removed and sent back to the Seattle area for major repair....etc, etc, etc. let's just hope things get better from here.