Thursday, December 21, 2017

I like Thursday Dec 21 and Taking a Break


It's that time again to focus on our "likes" this week! Here's my list for this week:

1. Retirement. Okay, I know that's pretty broad, but I'm really liking it right now. There are so many things to accomplish for the holiday and yet I want to take time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Guess those 50 years of working are worth it right now!

2. Google search. All of a sudden I couldn't print from my PC! But, I just "googled" the issue and found the answer in seconds.  I'm so grateful for this and the fact that people post solutions to so many problems. I'm still in awe as you can see.

3. Creative marketing.

I find this hysterical. But, I found it at Great Clips when I got my hair trimmed (which is  about 2 inches long!!!) The hairdresser used it on my short "do" and it gives great volume. It is a very tall can so it's fun to find a place to store it. It's also way more than I would normally spend but should last awhile.  It's a spray moose you spray very lightly on the roots. weird.

4. Quilting friends.  I'm not that much of a social person and over the years have only had a few close friends. About a year ago, I became friends with a fellow quilter from my LQS. She was 20 years younger than me and only quilting a few years but she really used every free moment to quilt and we enjoyed chatting.  She was still working, was a mom and gramma. I say was because she passed away suddenly last week from a simple outpatient procedure! Our quilting group is in shock, but I am so grateful to have known her and shared our quilting obsession.  And, we learned a lot from each other! It is so true that life is short, and we need to appreciate others now.

Well, I pray you are all enjoying your holidays, whatever they may be.  If you have the chance to visit someone who is alone at this time, that would be wonderful.

 I closed the sewing area up for the rest of the year so I can keep the bedroom clean while the family visits Saturday for lunch.  We have a very small home and the only way to the back patio is through my bedroom/sewing room! (But, as I'm writing this I'm thinking I need to sew something to escape the Christmas blues)! Oh well. It's all a process.

 I did just get a call now from my daughter that my grandson wants me at his school Holiday Show today.  I am so excited.

I'm hoping Lee Anna's sight will be up and running this week so check it out for more "likes" at :Not Afraid of Color.  She has had a really busy week scheduled already!

Thanks so much for stopping by here at my blog.  I will take a break from blogging starting Tuesday  and will probably not be blogging again till January 6th since I will be watching my grandson for Christmas break at his home. Yay!

Best wishes and take care of yourself! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!



  1. Hi Mary,
    I have wondered what Big Sexy Hair was for - now I know! I am so sorry about the sudden loss of your friend. How shocking. I am glad you found each other and she was able to give you joy and friendship, not to mention quilting fellowship. I'll bet you will have a great time watching your grandson. I hope to spend some of my time with that little great-nephew of mine. Merry Christmas! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. I love retirement, so glad you do, too! The hair product cracked me up! Then I thought maybe I need some of that... I have very short hair, too, and it's getting thinner all the time. Have a wonderful Christmas, Mary! Enjoy the time spent with your family!

  3. So sorry to hear about your friend. We lost one of our sewing group last year and one has terminal brain cancer. It is so hard - a big missing part of something you enjoy so much.
    I hope your family time is very special.

  4. Fun likes. I can't wait until I can retire - I have so much I want to do! I'm sorry about your friend, but how nice to have known her. Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Have fun at the show today! That sounds very festive! Have a wonderful day!

  6. As a fellow retiree Mary, I too am in awe almost of the wonder of it (and my pension!).Yes the decades of work paid off.
    I have my Scandinavian Christmas to take me through the holidays but I am not stressing about finishing it. I also went to my grandson's Christmas concert and we laughed a l0t...the 4 year olds were priceless.
    So enjoy your blogging break, your babysitting, and whatever else the next couple weeks have in store. See you next year!

  7. hmmm keeping a house clean... what a novel concept! I like your list and might have to check out big sexy hair as mine is thinner and straighter than ever! I love retirement. I dance in and out of it but down time is lovely. Wish we lived closer so we could chat... we could exchange phone numbers! LeeAnna

  8. So glad you have Big Sexy hair. I am not really retired, but I don't work anymore. Enjoy the family and the blog break. I too was informed that one of the guild ladies passed suddenly. She was so kind to me, always checking on me.

  9. Have a wonderful fun-filled Christmas with your grandson, and YES on the Google search. So glad to hear you take advantage of this gift; I get exasperated when people say they don't know how to, or they haven't heard of, or express their ignorance about things they could easily solve/find/learn with a Google search. I've fixed annoying issues on my iPhone many a time just Googling it. :-) And yes, treasure every moment of one's life, so true. Can you take a little stitching with you to chase away the Christmas blues?!

  10. Enjoy your grandson!

    I love Google as well. The world of knowledge at our fingertips, supercomputers in our pockets - it's a wonder.

    And yes, treasure every moment. I just found out my ex-boss who retired fairly recently passed away unexpectedly last night. He didn't have nearly enough time to enjoy his retirement and his grandchildren.