I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

Vintage Cameras, Photography

and Jill at the Magical Effect of Thinking –for nominating The Inbox Jaunt for the Very Inspiring/Lovely Blogger Award!  Jill has a very creative spin on fashion and sewing.  One of my favorite posts from the Magical Effects of Thinking  was on Edith Head,  but there are many others that will inspire and entertain you on this site…


The Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.


Now for seven things about myself…Hmmm….

1.  I have four sisters and two brothers and I grew up in a suburb of Chicago.

2.  I have five daughters and one son — who keep me young!?

3.  I was a physical therapist (Rheumatology and Home Health Care), but have been out of the work force for the past six years.

4.  I love football…My favorite teams are any team my son is on, the Chicago Bears (boohoo, Lovie!) and Notre Dame (Go Fighting Irish!)Football Helmet, NFL football, Notre Dame, Chicago Bears, Devin Hester

5.  I sew almost every day.  If I don’t, I feel a little “off”…

Hand Sewing, pin cushion

6.  I took up photography in  May 2010, and started learning Photoshop in May of 2012.

7.  I take photos almost every day…

Vintage Cameras, Photography

I’d like to nominate the following blogs for the Very Inspiring Blogger/Lovely Blogger Award:

1.  Rows of Six

2.  Hooley With a Z

3.  Home Lovers

4.  Sally Wood Photography

5. The Crafty Pioneer

6. Amaryllis Log

7. Crazy Wonderful Life

8. Life on a Dirt Road

Congratulations from the Inbox Jaunt and from the Academy…

It’s a New Year–New Resolutions

Goals for 2013

Happy New Year to all my friends and family in the blogosphere!  I love New Year’s Day.  We always take down the Christmas trimmings so we can start the new year with a clean house.

I also love lists, so the new year gives me a chance to write a new list…Usually my list is more like a “To-Do” list (and is longer than a grocery list), but I have included a few highlights here.  The obligatory health resolutions:  10,000 steps and fruits and veggies….

New Year's Resolutions: 10,000 Steps (Non-negotiable)

Then a few for the brain:  read more fiction and conquer gold level Sodukos….

2013 New Year's Resolutions: Read More Fiction

and then my favorites:  finish six quilts, and work on my Baltimore Album Quilt (see new banner)…

2013 New Year's Resolutions: Finish Six Quilts

Learn something new:  pasta (perhaps I should increase resolution #1 to 20,000 steps?)

2013 New Year's Resolutions: Learn to Make Pasta

And as I’m writing this, I just thought of another major goal:  Learn to photograph quilts.  I have SO MANY quilts I would like to show you, but photographing quilts has been quite difficult for me…the lighting, the color, displaying large items…. I guess I should start where I always start…by Googling it!

On another note…I would like to sincerely thank all of those who have joined me in this blogging journey over the past six months.  We have had more than 10,000 views from 66 countries with nearly 200 followers… .. I truly appreciate your support and kindness…and hope to bring you lots more quilting, photography, family and jaunts in 2013!

Clouds-A Song to Share


Our family friend, Zach Sobiech, has become an international star with nearly 1.5 million YouTube views of his song, Clouds.  Clouds is Zach’s story of his battle with osteosarcoma.  He is a truly amazing young man who has endured  a great deal over the past three years, but can rarely be seen without a smile on his face.  His story is truly inspiring and the music is poignant and lovely…He has been featured on CNN and FoxNews as well as many local and international news casts and has raised thousands of dollars for the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Zach Sobiech, of Lakeland, Minnesota, doesn’t go far without his guitar in tow. Facing months to live, 17-year-old Zach is turning to music – writing and performing songs as a way to say goodbye to his friends and family. Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009.

Since his diagnosis, Zach has endured several surgeries and months of chemo. In May, 2012, the cancer spread to his pelvis and lungs. There are no known effective treatments left. As Zach fights to live, he remains the same joyful soul he has always been. He still smiles as brightly as he did before cancer – it just means more now.


Clouds by Zach Sobiech on YouTube

Well I fell down, down, down
Into this dark and lonely hole
There was no one there to care about me anymore

And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge
You were sitting there holding a rope.


And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.
When I get back on land
Well I’ll never get my chance
Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands

Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine.

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear.

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
If only I had a little bit more time
If only I had a little bit more time with you.

We could go up, up, up
And take that little ride
And sit there holding hands
And everything would be just right
And maybe someday I’ll see you again
We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.
And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.


Please consider a donation the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund…

Zach’s song, Clouds is also available on Itunes