Monday, 31 December 2012

New Year Countdown



It is nearly 2013, another 8 hours to go, so I guess this will be my last post this year. I’m glad to say goodbye to 2012 and looking forward to seeing what 2013 will bring.

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn

This is my Happiness Pledge. I will recite this every morning, or when needed.  Making it the expression of my inner yearning, the rhythm of my beating heart and a roadmap to a happier life. I’m thinking of making this into a poster so that I can glance at it every day.


The Happiness Pledge

I pledge to live my life with passion and purpose,
To live with integrity to principle-centred values,
To forgive quickly and love unconditionally,
To live courageously and learn voraciously,
To work for the possible and believe in the miraculous,
To treat myself compassionately as a glorious work-in-progress.

I pledge to fill my thoughts with gratitude and kindness,
To persevere and overcome with dignity and elegance,
To live in the moment, learn from the past and plan for the future,
To broaden my mind, strengthen my character and deepen my spirituality,
To see the best in others and in myself,
To laugh and play and bless and serve.

I pledge to take better care of me,
To listen to my soul and body,
To not let myself be influence by other people’s opinions,
To walk every day and enjoy the wind, rain, or sunshine,
as all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
To let my creativity flow, and have no fear of perfection,
as I know I’ll never reach it.
To accept that any change, even a change for the better, is
always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
To focus less on what I want and be happy with what I have.

I pledge to find beauty in life’s rainy days,
To notice its roses amidst the thorns,
To prefer what lifts and inspires and ennobles,
To never take life for granted or myself too seriously,
To leave the world better than when I found it,
To stay true to the spark of the divine inside me,
To be patient with my progress as I stumble forward on the campus of life.

I pledge, therefore, to live a life of growing joy and deepening happiness as the natural by product of the choices I make, the habits I form, the thoughts I harbour and the actions I take within the context of what I believe about myself, life and others. And so I pledge to be a daily project of love, learning and growing one step at a time.

Thanks Ken Wert for the Happiness Pledge. As you can see I added one extra paragraph. Visit his blog, here

This January, tomorrow, why not start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Years Eve 2013, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.

Can’t wait to read the contents. I might even share them with you Happy 

Happy New Year 2013

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
to love and laugh and give!
To my blogger friends who have suffered
some hard times
may 2013 bring you some peace and laughter.
Remember to enjoy the moment
and live the life you want to live.
Happy New Year!!!!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Greetings from me


I designed my own Christmas card this year. Made a e-card of one of the photo’s I took 2 weeks ago. Yes, we had plenty of snow just before Christmas to get us into the mood.

To my blog followers – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Dear Jane bee

I think the photos speak for themselves. Lots of fog on the way to Zutphen.







Nearly there! Had to walk from where my car was parked to the shop. Isn’t this a typical Dutch scene? A bicycle leaning against the windowsill.  Side view of Petra Prins Quiltshop.


Inside the shop. Where is everyone?


I was the last one to get there, and I had 3 minutes to spare Smile. There was a surprise waiting for me and the others. Bep & Gerda had invited a mystery guest, Joes, one of the first quilters in the Netherlands to make the Dear Jane. She came to tell us a little more about the Dear Jane, her trip to Bennington and Shaftsbury in Vermont (USA) and show us the one she had made herself. By the way, she is looking for other Dear Jane quilts made by Dutch quiltmakers for the quilt show in Nantes. For information, visit her blog here.


It seems that the civil war fabrics I’m using were not as readily available in 2000-2001. How things can change in 12 years time.


Another baby Jane nearly done!!


Helen, the quiltmaker, showing another finished block.


The photographer had to take a picture of the block she finished Eye-rolling. This is one of the last blocks for this quilt.


On your right in the picture below are Bep & Gerda. They organized this end of year event.


Kind of hoping to finish this pink trip before the end of the year! This gives me 8 days, minus 2 working days, Christmas and Boxing day!! Surely, I can complete 2 appliqué blocks (that are nearly done – really!) and start-up with 2 other baby Jane’s in the 4 remaining days left in this year??? Did you know that when I complete my 4th trip, I only have another 3 to go! Depending on how you look at things, I’ve nearly passed the half way markHot.

It’s all good

Funny how when you put your thoughts onto paper (blog), things start to change. By doing so, I took action to affect my thoughts and emotions. When you acknowledge, experience, and fully accept your feelings, you are essentially accepting all aspects of yourself and gaining a sense of being 'at home' in you. I’m refocusing my attention to the moment-by-moment experience. I’m putting less emphasis on ‘there’ and more on ‘'here’. By being in the moment, focusing on ‘now’, I’m able to control my thoughts and instinctual responses/behaviours to them. I’m feeling a lot better at the moment. It’s all good!

Go listen to Anne Murray’s daughter, Dawn Langstroth. This song say’s it all: It’s all good (click on the track).

It's All Good by Dawn Langstroth on Grooveshark

Song written by David Martin & Amanda Stott.  

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Getting in the Christmas spirit!



It is Christmas in the heart,

that puts Christmas in the air.”

~ W. T. Ellis


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

In limbo

I’m somewhere between here and there. Limbo refers to the state of being while awaiting an action of getting somewhere else. The aftermath of bankruptcy, dismissal and looking for a new career is a tough slog. It’s like a long hangover. It feels like I’m lost/forgotten and can’t shake of this emotion.

Having lost my MOJO and trying to redefine myself is one of the hardest endeavours I have enfaced. Reality, I’m not there where I want to be. I’m lost as I’m realizing I wouldn’t know if I was ‘there’. I’m neither happy or sad, thus I’m joyreus.

The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul.Victor Hugo quote.

I hope this explains my writer’s blog Embarrassed and my absence.  I’ve lost the ability to produce new work (posts). Writer's Block is more than just a mentality. Under stress, a human brain will "shift control from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system". The limbic system is associated with the instinctual processes, such as "fight or flight" response. Because I’m primarily thinking in instinctual (learned) behaviours, creative processes are hindered.

Sunday, 25 November 2012


I want a dog!! Yesterday, while at work I met Joey. His kindly expression says it all.


Joey has a cheerful character. A show off, playful and from one glance I could see he was trustworthy with everyone. A great dog to take along to the event yesterday at ‘Wilhelmina Bos’, Dronten.

The Golden Retriever originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800's and was used predominantly for hunting. The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, whose goal was to create a superb retriever suited to the Scottish climate, terrain and available game. He crossed his original "Yellow Retriever" with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) found on his estate. Later integrations of Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and more Tweed Water Spaniel produced the retriever we know today.

I really hope to be a owner again of a dog in the near future. But I know it is wise to wait a little while longer before running to a breeder. There are two reasons that are holding me back. 1.) Teddy, won’t share his space (our home) with anyone else accept us (Hubby and me).


The other reason for not running to a breeding kennel for a pup is that I haven’t found the right balance in my job yet. I think I need a lot of free time the first couple of months to train and socialize a pup. But aren’t they cute when they are small?


When he is grown, he will look like this. I love big dogs.


They are really not small! A male Golden Retriever should be between 60 centimetres in height at the withers, while females should be about 55 centimetres tall. A adult Golden Retriever will weigh around 30 kilos.

Dreaming of a dog. A question for you: how do I convince Hubby that it would be great to have one.

November - Dear Jane Bee

Last Friday it was that time of the month again! I’m posting a little later than usual because I had to work yesterday. Yes, I worked on Saturday. My new job is not a nine-to-five job. Lots of giggling and chatter this Friday. But I can say, I worked hard as I  nearly finished another little baby Jane.











Sadly, I was unable to stop and visit the Alpacas on my way home. There was some road work being done and my parking spot was being used by the workmen to stow their trucks and machines. Maybe next time!

Extending longevity!

My towels were fraying along the edges. Normally I would have thrown them away and bought new ones. But I choose for sustainability. I’m being green! Although, I’m not helping our economy this way Sad. Sorry about that! Early this morning I sat down behind my sewing machine and zigzagged around the edges.



As you can see, the rest of the towel is in good condition. After zigzagging the edges, they nearly look like they are new. Did I make the right choice for being green?

Did you know that potentially harmful byproducts are often mixed in the water that is used to bleach, wash, and dye the towel fabric? By extending the longevity of our towels I’m doing my part for a better world Angel. And, saving a little extra money this month Happy