Who do you trust? In this political season we see and hear many examples of partial or complete untruths. How can we decide what’s true and what’s not?
In October I was in New Mexico. The movers packed the final things. A carpet cleaner did three rooms. The painters have painted two thirds of the house. A real estate agent came and looked at the place that’s been my family’s home for thirty two years. Over the past year I have found and been collecting lost coins found in the corners of drawers and closets. I had a large casino container full of coins. After every one had gone I found the cup in a closet and decided to take it to the bank. It was only half full! Now who do I trust? At this point in my life I wonder about my memory, but I’m ninety per cent sure it was over flowing before.
My dad also has a jar of coins. People asking for donations to their cause send nickels, quarters, and even dollar coins with instructions to return them with a $500 donation. Living on Social Security, he doesn’t have a lot to send to people, so he supports his favorite charities and puts the coins in a jar. I was looking at the dollar coins and made an interesting discovery. The new gold colored dollars don’t have “e pluribus unum” or “In God We Trust” on them. Does this mean that we, as a country no longer trust in God? Do we no longer stand together “ one out of many?” Tuesday is election day. I hope you take the time to vote. And I hope you do it prayerfully
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Wendy
“The time is always right to do what is right.”-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Truthfulness is the real mark of integrity.”-- Brian Tracy
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”-- Thomas Jefferson
(Peggy wanted one of my quilts but I was only making baby quilts and she, at 50 didn't want another baby! So I made her a black and white half square triangle filled with stars when her husband had a stroke on Christmas)
I remember Stars Camping Canoeing. I remember Talking Laughing Crying. I remember Peggy.
(When the Bishop moved back to Utah the ward made a quilt for him. Many ward members signed the light stripe in a brown, green, gold and white rail fence. Rita wanted it in beige and cream, but we made it in the colors of the hills around us.)
NOT TAUPE AND CLEAR
It isn't beige It isn't cream But wait a sec- Before you scream, S'not where it goes But where it's been It's sent with love From Gold and Green.
ACHIEVEMENT DAY GIRLS (Before I moved I had my Achievement Day Girls each paint a block and then made a King Spread for my new apartment from them. Every night I can remember and pray for them.)
Achievement Day Girls
They're goofy, They're silly, They're ornery, They're fun. But I love those girls, Indeed, every one.
Violets Sleeping in the shadows, Nodding heads To the young birds in The gardens. Buttons Scattered Cross the lawn Hiding from the children Playing games in the yard. Bowties Scratching at our necks Sunday morn. Grandma
Bluebird came this spring
The sun back to my soul.
Has left my spirit whole.
(Batik flowers in random batik squares
reminiscent of a coreopsis growing in the cracks of my patio)
EVEN IN THE DESERT
With a little dust
And a little dew
Even in brick walks
A flower grew.
(This is a creation quilt. The center 'CHAOS' block was a rescued ugly block some one discarded. It is set 'square in square ' in four triangles suggesting the first four days of creation. The outer borders complete the creation week. A charm figurine represents man. I made a big mistake in the way I quilted it which resulted in one section not having batting. When I replaced it, a ridge was left which can be felt but not seen. This is my sin and forgiveness.)
Even on the darkest days
There's a shaft of golden light
To help you through
Your darkest times--
To guide you through the night.
Remember through your lonely times
When life seems full of woe
There's someone here
Who's been there too,
Just take the time to know
That sunny days, or lonely days
There's some who just
(black on white Mimbres bird on fish applique)
I smiled through
And many years
I laughed at
And shared my tears,
And I was loved
(Applique Indian woman Gorman style)
She sits on the mesa.
The Listening Woman
And God's spirit
(Blue and gold pinwheel block with floral border)
Spatulas don't fit in the dishwasher-- comfortably
Five people don't fit on the pews
Sometimes I feel like the odd man out.
How about you!
Alice- red black and blue ocean waves Kirin-Batik dancers with borders Dan-Bakik rock climber with borders
She called me today, At 7:40 a.m. She, who by choice sleeps till noon, Perky, happy, singing. On her way to an adventure. The morning sunshines on her honey hair; The birds singing their happy calls to each other; The groggy college students waiting for an adventure At the bus stop
(Amish nine patch) with dinosaurs TOMMY'S QUILT The sewing's kind of crooked. The patches aren't quite right. But maybe that won't bother you As you cuddle up at night. I made it just because I knew You'd like the colors so-- Red, yellow, purple, black, and blue Like checks all in a row. Just like the dinos on your quilt, My head's not on too well. But as we march around our lives, It helps us not to yell!
Cats Running round the corner. Cats Sitting in a line. Cats Looking for some dinner Mouse Hiding all the time.
Life Makes us rush and hurry. Life Holds us to a row. Life Feeds us love unquestioned. Love Warms our very soul.
CATS CATS CATS SCARE ME I SIMPLE LITTLE MOUSE BEWARE THEE . HIDING IN THE SHADOWS, CREEPING BY THE WALLS. CATS, MOUSE, WHO WILL WIN FAIRLY?
A LITTTLE MOUSE
A litle mouse, Hiding between the bars, Sneaking in the shadows, What are you afraid of? CATS ! CATS! CATS! CATS! Soft, fluffy grey cats, Orange striped tiger cats, Spitting ,howling fighting CATS! CATS! CATS! CATS! Hungry hungry CATS!
(sampler quilt) each block name highlighted in bold describes an adventure we had.
It was a rocky road to California But we had fun. There were cats in the corner lot, Yes more than one. The roosters crowed both night and noon On the old rail fence. And the hole in the old barn door, Where the concerts were, Chilled us as we danced. We needed to borrow grandmother's fan For the Micado play. And learning a few card tricks Saved a magic day. We learned that whether we were In Hays Corner, or on king X's throne; Either wearing a bow tie or in a Log cabin without a phone, It's nice to know that our family, Wherever we may roam, Will always just take with us A Happy Home
She walks along the garden path. She dances through the halls. She twists and turns On trampolines. She plays with any balls. She cheers the gang In all their sports. She has the nicest hair . She is a mother and a child , A challenge and a dare.
When I dream of Alexander The night is crowded full. Whatever he has in his life It surely isn't dull. From Chinese coins To Tonka trucks African masks, And mucky mucks Soccer games Piano tunes Amazing Grace Screaming baboons Wild animals Wild Irish women And Purple ! Purple ! Purple!
Roman bars Sparkling stars Dinosaurs and fish Red and green and golden— Anything you wish That’s the fun of abstract That’s fun to create Wrap yourself in color. I think orange is great Think of variations. Think of what you’d do. Turtles, snakes or goldfish Yellow pink and blue
Apples and snow balls And chickmonks And mice-- Daisies and roses, And everything nice-- Pickles and cupcakes And dancing in spring Trickeling laughter "Bout any old thing, These are the things that All make me smile. These are some things That make liing worthwhile.
Just a minute! Just a minute! If there's trouble Justin's in it! Let's go fishing! Let's play pool! Justin, you'll be late for school! Feed the chickens! Milk the cow! Justin slow down! Stop that NOW! Three big sisters, his to rule-- Justin is nobody's fool!
I first saw him sitting on the courthouse steps,
contemplating the sun dappling through the green leaves of summer.
It was a hot dry day typical of New Mexico. He was wearing khaki pants and an old plaid shirt. Worn brogues hung heavily on his tired feet.
His hair, log, stringy and grey
was pulled back into a halfhearted ponytail. Pale grey eyes swam in a sea of
He looked longingly across the street at the ice-cold
lemonade I held at the table. I turned my head, looking for the waitress to
order one for him when he disappeared.
I wrote this when I heard about Michael's death in a mine in Montana
Why was it my son? Your son was in the lead Going out.
Why did the positions change. Why was your son's foot caught? His life saved? Why was it so dark?
Why? Why did it happen On his dad's birthday? Why was his dad's spirit So close this year Not others?
Why? Why was his faith so strong His love so sure. Why couldn't he feel my faith, My love My pride in him?
Why? Why did I see them Walking together towards The Light? Why was he so happy?
Why did the hymns race Through my mind-- "As I have Loved You" His farewell theme; "I walked "In the Garden" His father's funeral Hymn;
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives" The first hymn he learned to play On the Piano On his mission
Why? Do I keep complaining to God, "You Don't understand!" "Yes I do." "But he was my son!" "He is my son too." "I loved him so much!" "I do too." "But you're better than I am!" "We'll work on that Together"
Diagonalize the matix. Build castles in the sand. Excell your every factor And you'll be in demand. Go space Column space Get the car in tune. With a guitar in the back seat, Sit beneath the moon. Wander through life's maze You'll see, He's smart! It's Greek to me!
I am a retired old woman trying to learn new things. I've decided that since my children are grown I would start some new adventures in life. So I moved across the country to a big city.
I'm blogging in hopes that someone will read and enjoy my writings. Next I'll get out the old paintbrush!
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