Sunday, 29 May 2011

Gratitude post – week 21

Thankful that I was able to find some time getting my finances in order. This chore is becoming a ritual. Love moving money aroundDont tell anyone.

Euphoric when I found this cd on my pillow Friday night. imageFeeling very jovial. Isn’t hubby sweat? Absolutely love big bands and jazz.

Buoyant after finally meeting her! Somehow she came across my blog and clicked on my Facebook Badge. The rest is history. Do you know that feeling when you meet up with someone and it feels like you have known each other for donkey years. So many similarities and with only a few words you know the other person understands. Is this what they mean when one speaks of kindred spirits? She is Dutch but has lived abroad for a long time. She too knows by experience how difficult it is to integrate in Dutch society. According to my old friend, Mirjam, we even look similar. Which is funny as she is blond and I’m a brunette. She is slim  and tall and I’m a little full-bodied Wink. Anyway, I think I’ve found a new friend who loves quilting too. Looking forward to our next meeting. 

Chuffed, after a successful shopping spree Friday morning and midday Saturday. Bought some clothes for work and other related activities. Need to look smart in certain situations! Also bought a new bag.


Absolutely love it. It is big! So if you see someone trying to find her keys and it takes forever, that is most probably meSmile

Satisfied after having a lovely dinner here last night. 


Grinning when experiencing how effective this mindset is ‘change your thoughts, change your outcome’. I’ve been feeling elated and empowered for some time now.

Happily looking forward to this trip. England, here we come!


The route on the left side is our trip up to the Lake District and the route on the right side is our trip back to Dover.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

a small reminder of what is important

I just had to share, especially considering my state of mind.

Going to the quilt market a little later in the dayThumbs-up.

Will share some pictures

Friday, 27 May 2011

Que sera sera, Whatever will be…..

Something BIG is happening and everything seems a little ‘surreal’. I’m sure, NO.... convinced...... that all will turnout all right and I’m going to be just fine. Just need to go on this journey.

Sadly, is influencing my quilting and creativity. I’m wishing I could make time and shut myself off and enjoy the process. But realizing that the other stuff is a little more important (to me).

So if you've been wondering why there are hardly any quilt related posts, bare with me.... I'll be back to normal as soon as I possibly can, just give me a chance to catch my breath and focus all my energy on this aspect of my life. It is a very challenging and energy consuming time. But let me assure you, I’m embracing this exciting phase and I’ve got a big smile on my face. I’m learning a lot about myself and lots more about people in general.

I’m telling this with confidence ……….

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

am taking the one less travelled by,

And that makes all the difference.

(My variation of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost)

Pondering on where this path will lead me and leaving ‘the others’ behind. But knowing I will succeed and get there.


Sunday, 22 May 2011

Gratitude post – week 20

Thankful for the push that I got this week. It has made me stronger and it has given me back control over my life. We all have a social persona—the way we've chosen to represent ourselves in the world. It's automatic, and it doesn't take much effort to maintain. It feels comfortable. We are social fine-tuning all the time. However, this effort at self-control can have a rebound effect. Overriding your natural responses is hard work. Managing the impression we're making on others uses up our reserves of self-control. Consciously trying to be on your best behaviour —keeping your mouth shut when you'd rather speak up, faking or exaggerating an emotion you don't really feel—taxes psychological resources, making it difficult for you to summon up your willpower later on. In my case – being a helper – has drained me. I’ve become the asserter which is a role I don’t prefer. Self-governance I value more and I yearn to keep my individuality and authenticity.

In the words of William Shakespeare:

All the worlds a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have there exits, and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts.

I’m starting to think that Shakespeare was a smart and insightful man.

I’m grateful for having met a lady who made me shine in only an hour. Hoping to meet her more often in the next couple of weeks. I think she will be able to let me blaze!

Intoxicated after realising that we bought a new drop arm awning.


It will be placed sometime beginning of July. Till that time we will just let the sun come into our living room. Sadly, our motorised awning broke Friday afternoon. It wouldn’t close. After Hubby had a look, I phoned a technician. Luckily, the technician was able to get the awning going for one more time enabling it to close. Guessing the technician had a good day too, as he made an impressive sale Smile  

Absolutely tickled when I saw the happy face of Tess when she received our birthday present. Mum, hubby and I gave Tess this..


I want one now too!!

Buoyant for being able to afford the luxury of a relaxing body massage. Wednesday afternoon I came home feeling very energized. Believe me when I say I need all the energy I can get.

Feeling elated when listening to these cd’s. The postman delivered them this week.


“Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.” Mark Twain

Metaphor of my life


I’ve dreamed of sailing on this ship for a long time. So when I was accepted as a crew member I felt proud. The first year on this ship was hard work. But I got the hang of it as a deckhand. The next 3 years I sailed over many oceans and the jobs were bountiful. I enjoyed working with the other deckhands. But I have to admit the romance of “running away to sea” overshadows the hard work and trying conditions of life aboard. But with perseverance I mastered the skills needed to live aboard this beautiful & grand ship. This tall ship docked at many piers and always received a hearty welcome. Than one day the captain wanted to expend his fleet. We sailed away with more deckhands and now we had 3 captains on the ship. We crossing fast oceans. For a while we all performed our jobs as usual until the outbreak of a mutiny. Despite strong words and threats heard on both sides, the ship was taken bloodlessly and without struggle by any of the loyalists. Of the 60 men on board, 30 joined the mutiny, 20 were passive, and 10 were cast overboard. With a different captain, 50 of us sailed away towards a bountiful island far away. But this time things were different on board. How hard we all tried we weren’t able to decide as a team on the direction to go. We have a team that is technically excellent but have to conclude that there is no personal chemistry. Sailing should be easy but does require that everyone acts on the captain's commands, perform their own duties first and then help others, get the job done, fast and easy. For a long time it was unclear who my captain was, it was therefore hard mastering these sails on this tall ship. Due to the constant changing of directions and hard winds, he sails started to tare slowly. The conditions on the ship started to deteriorate. On one of our pursuits trying to get to the island, we were confronted by unexpected rough seas. We were tossed around by forces beyond our control. At that time one hopes, the skies clear and the ship rights itself, and we can cruise through crystal blue waters again, the sun beating down on our shoulders, and that we barely remember this condition. Sadly, I have to tell that we got shipwrecked. On the orders of the captain a small group of us, were ordered to evacuate the ship to ensure the ship would stay afloat.


‘Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty’ Thomas Jefferson

I can’t be described as timid so with mighty perseverance I swam the tempestuous waters towards the island. I reached the shore with more energy than I expected. I felt liberated. I guess I have the traits of a survivor! Survivors meet life’s challenges with confidence; they improvise, adapt, and overcome. I love it here on the beach. You won’t believe it but I’m actually smiling. I’m actually able to make light of the difficulties I’m facing and placing myself above them. I’m amazed that I can continue on through this adversity even when there is conflicting information and uncertainty. I’m improvising on the spot, quickly finding new workable ways where none existed before. So here I am standing alone on this beautiful beach, facing inland and looking at these majestic mountains, focusing not on my fears but on my strengths.



S ........ Size up the situation STOP
U....... Use all your senses.....undue haste ...... makes waste
R ....... Remember where you are
V........Vanquish Fear and Panic
I ........ Improvise
V.......Value Living
A.......Act like the natives
L ...... Live by your wits and continue to ............ learn more

“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others” Budda

Let the walk begin!!


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Gotta Share

This will brighten your day!! Now you all understand why I blog & facebook Hot

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Meditative moment – finding joy


Joy is a light that fills you with Hope, Faith and Love.

Monday, 16 May 2011

front garden update

The hydrangeas are doing well. This makes me happy.


log cabin progress

As mentioned in a previous post I’ve been cutting lots of strips for the log cabin blocks. All the strips are nicely rolled up in a box. I just need to find time to sit behind Pfaffy (the sewing machine) and sew 45 more blocks. Got 3 done so far!


Sunday, 15 May 2011

Gratitude post – week 19

I’m grateful to perceive personal growth and change of attitude after reading an e-mail last Wednesday. I’m able to see that I have no control over the situation so I’m letting it go. I’m also not responsible for what is happening and my actions will not change the situation. So I have stopped the chase and decided to be a witness.

Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,

love is knowing I am everything,

and between the two my life moves.

(Nisargadatta Maharaj).

I become euphoric when reading this book: Change your thoughts change your life. Living the wisdom of the Tao.  I try to read a verse – chapter every night. I try to do the Tao now. Incorporate what I’ve learned. If you have 10 minutes view this clip. If you want to change, practice the Tao.


Feeling sunny after playing 9 holes this morning. Love our approach to golf. Lara is a great golfing partner. It is a rainy day today, but somehow we remained dry. Left the course with a big smile on my face.

Connecting with old acquaintances has been set into motion. Past year I’ve lost touch with some people as all my energy went towards ‘me’. It’s great to experience that our relationship hasn’t been affected by this – it doesn’t matter. Had a nice date on Monday and Friday afternoon. Met up with some very inspirational and insightful people, who I hope to meet up with again soon.  

Merry about quilting. Had a lovely Thursday evening behind my new sewing machine. Loving the ease that I experiencing while sewing the log-cabin blocks.  Still enjoying my Pfaff. By the way, enrolled in two 3-day workshops. Really looking forward to acquiring new skills and improving old ones.

Grateful that hubby is back home safe from his two-day trip to the UK.

Feeling blithesome as the countdown for our trip to the Lake District can start. 

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Mr dreamy

Love the character Brody that Beau Bridges plays in Brothers & Sisters. Will Nora settle down with Brody? I do hope so. Any way, just wanted to let you know, Brody is mister dreamy for meHappy.


Friday, 13 May 2011

Quilting season - spring 2011 - has come to an end

Like to share some pictures of the last quilting get-together for this season. 2011_05_12_fietsgroep

Some of the quilters are going for Japanese quilting. Next season they will be learning this old technique. It looks lovely.


I signed myself up for a 3-day workshop to learn how to make a Bargello quilt. Will be checking out, those jelly rolls coming weeks!! Contemplating on the primary colour of this quilt to be.


Spring 2012 I’ll be doing a 3-day workshop on convergence quilting.

During the last lesson I worked on my log cabin quilt, using my new sewing machine to make the blocks. I hadn’t thought it would be so easy and fun. Tomorrow I don’t have much planned, I think I might make some more, but firstly cut some strips. Sadly I didn’t take any pictures of my works last night. Will definitely make some pictures of my efforts tomorrow to show my progress on this quilt.

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I would like to share with you this quote ‘ We all have our diverse ways of making our presence known! – Elizabeth McDonald’. Doesn’t this ROCK? It is true we all do leave our mark one way or another.

Last Sunday it was Mothers Day and I posted a post for those not celebrating Mother’s Day. I want to thank those who left a comment, it is much appreciated, especially as I hadn’t expected such an response. Nicolette, Elisa, Vivimarie, Liz & Elizabeth; you are awesome and thank you for sharing your view / opinion on the subject.


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Let’s celebrate Nurses Day


I’m proud to say I’m a nurse.

imageInternational Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The theme of the International Council of Nurses for 2011 is: Closing The Gap: Increasing Access and Equity.

Let’s stand still for a minute and show our appreciation to all those nurses out there and other care-givers that provide care to so many people.


Remember ‘no nurses, no future’.