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Never Forget…

…the price that has been paid for our freedom. Never forget the lives lost and the life-changing injuries given for the sake of a safe homeland. Never forget to say…thank you!

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Stash Reduction…

…in progress.  If you are interested in seeing what my latest purge unearthed (actually some pretty cool stuff, but I have realized that I have SWBLE-Stash Way Beyond Life Expectancy) please take a peek at my EBay auction.

Thank you for looking!

Blessings,

Julie

Ok…

…I’ve been gone a long time. I don’t even know if anyone visits anymore. However, I have been stitching…a bit. Right now, I’ve lost my counted thread mojo in favor of Japanese embroidery and needlepoint. I will post some photos here very shortly.

I am setting up ‘the room of my own’ and when that gets done, I will have freedom to take photos and to use my computer somewhere other than the dining room table. The biggest problem with working in there? Well, the air conditioners are in the master bedroom and in the living room…so it gets warmer than I like in the stitching room.

Hope all is well with every stitcher in blogland.

Blessings,

Julie

Merry Christmas…and a prayer for all:

This day and this night, may I know O God
The deep peace of the running wave
The deep peace of the flowing air
The deep peace of the quiet earth
The deep peace of the shining stars
The deep peace of the Son of peace.

–from Celtic Prayers from Iona by J. Phillip Newell

I read a very wise quote today…

…I wish I knew who said it.

“Bibles that are falling apart  usually belong to people who are not.”
~Author Unknown~

Today…and everyday…I am grateful for God’s word.

Blessings,
Julie

No I haven’t forgotten…

…NaBloPoMo (or whatever :-)). I have just three letters to explain myself. F. L. U.  And for those of you who wonder, yes I do occasionally feel like fly paper for any bug that’s out there, but really—better me than a little baby or someone really struggling with an awful disease, right? Besides, it gives me an excuse to whine a bit :-).

But since you would probably just pull out the cheese and your tiny violins, I shall change the subject to something far more interesting.  I actually have done a bit of stitching and a bit of knitting and I have loads of things in my camera to post. Now…wasn’t that exciting? Bad-dum-bump….

As a small token of my earnestness in trying to return to blogdom, I did update my 2009 finishes page. That should give y’all an idea of what’s coming in the way of photos!  I promise…soon.

So in the immortal words of…someone (gimme a break-I’m downing Nyquil!)… ‘I SHALL RETURN!’ (Or so’s my doctor tells me, providing I’m a good girl, get lots of rest and pay my bill. :-))

Stay well!
Blessings,
Julie

p.s. I am thankful for my doctor-who puts up with a good deal from me, Nyquil and my warm blankie today!

On this third of November…

…I am thankful for our families. For their on-going legacies of love, faith, comfort and support.

Blessings,
Julie

30 Days of Thanksgiving…

…I just read about this in a wonderful blog called 4:53 a.m. It seems a very good idea to me to spend time rehearsing blessings rather than dwelling on all that is wrong (or perceived wrong) in the world around me or in my world. Since I am starting this on the 2nd of November I have a day to catch up on as I start.

Yesterday, the first, I was home sick with the flu. I either curled up in bed or sat in my chair covered with a soft (and hand knitted by moi) afghan. I was and am thankful for a warm house, leisure to rest when I need rest and better living through chemistry (Thera-flu TM-no commercial intended, but it works for me).
Today, I am thankful for my DH who always…always…cares for me in a gentle, tender way that oftentimes is far more than I deserve. He is a gift from God and, after 26+ years I can still say I am so very blessed by my life’s partner.

What are you thankful for today? How would the world change if we focused on thankfulness? How would our perspective change? How would MY perspective change.

Blessings,
Julie

NaBloPoMo 2009

…or the National Blog Posting Month challenge. Can I post every day for the month of November? I have a PIF to post (both a beautiful one received and an offer), several finishes and holiday stitching to share…so stay tuned. I’m going to try!

Blessings,
Julie

Oops…

…I’m slackin’.  It is now Day 5 of our trip and we are Sault Ste. Marie, ONT, Canada.  We arrived late yesterday afternoon, having departed Wawa, Ont in the mid-morning hours.  I didn’t post from Wawa because my internet connection was sporadic, at best.  Thunder Bay to Wawa was the longest leg of our journey and went through some of the prettiest country as it travelled the bluffs along Lake Superior.  Stone varied in color from gray, to orange to white, the lake varied in color from gray to blue.  We had some rain, some sun and our first stop of the day was Ouimet Canyon Provincial park.  This was an amazing stop. From the trailhead (and the wonderful and informative staff) it’s about a 3/4 of a mile trip to the canyon viewing pods.  The path is easy and some of it is even boardwalk.  The highlight of the trail for me was this:

Ouimet Canyon trail-foot bridge

Ouimet Canyon trail-foot bridge

Ronda and I brought our Nordic poles and were the intrepid explorers :-):

Ronda and Julie with our Nordic poles

Ronda and Julie with our Nordic poles

At the end of the trail were some spectacular views of the canyon:

Ouimet Canyon-looking downstream

Ouimet Canyon-looking downstream

and:

Stone pillar in the canyon

Stone pillar in the canyon

and someone who didn’t much care for the heights:

I don't like heights!

I don't like heights!

Once we had hiked back to the cars, we had a little snack and hit the road, stopping for lunch in Nippigon ONT at a roadside park. It was a fun day and when we stopped for the night in Wawa we were tired, but happy. 🙂 Wednesday night after dinner I gave knitting lessons before bed…with both students catching on so quickly I was amazed!  A good time was had by all.

Just in case you were wondering why Wawa, well…Wawa is famous for these:

Wawa means goose..

Wawa means goose..

Yesterday was a rainy day of travel into the Sault.  We stopped along the way for sustance, found our hotel and even had time for a nap. I also did a fair amount of knitting.

Today we are off to explore the Canadian side of the Sault locks, then we cross the bridge back to the states and take a lock tour on the American side.  I will share more later….

Have a wonderful day…

Blessings,

Julie