The JC Hermit

A light breeze flows through my bedroom bay window while birds chirp and flit in and out of my line of sight.  Gray clouds hang above me and seem to circle my shoulders this morning…as they did yesterday morning.

I’m not sure why.  It’s just another one of those days, I suppose.

The pups feel it, too.  As I listen to YouTube channels on sewing, read my Bible, check on my bank statements and pay some bills, they lay quietly beside my desk.  Of course, they may simply be tired as they were up (and kept me up) for a good portion of the night growling at each other.  Two nights in a row they have acted the fool and I am over it!  Tonight, they may find themselves locked out of my room.

Perhaps THAT is the problem…a lack of decent sleep.

I’m not really sure but I plan to combat the gloom-ies with some sewing.  I’ve been making some Valentine’s gifts for some of the kiddos and will probably start to quilt on my Flower Glass quilt today.  I just need to decide on the quilting design to use.  To date, I’ve been using a rather simplistic “meandering” pattern because there is no real “wrong” way to quilt it but I think I’m ready to try something new and with a little more substance.  No better place to try something new than on a piece I’ve made for myself!!

I’m looking forward to another day behind the machine but recently, my brother told my mother that I needed to stop sewing so much and get out and do something.  At first I was a little annoyed because I DO get out each week!  I sometimes enjoy lunch with friends, attend church with Mom not to mention meet her mid-week to shop and gossip and I usually spend time with half of the grands.  In fact, this week I am traveling to Allen to help celebrate my son’s birthday!!  All of that aside, I do truly enjoy being at home.  Sewing and other creative efforts help to keep me from getting inside my own head too much.  But, as I sat contemplating his comment, I recalled my son telling me, right after Steve died, that he didn’t want me to become a hermit.  He was just a bit concerned, I think, that I would sit at home and not interact with others.

Could that be happening? Welllll, I suppose that I could easily become one…a hermit, that is.  I sincerely love being at home.  I enjoy creating new things.  I love to cook and read and sit on the back porch and listen to and watch the birds…and drink my wine! The peace, quiet and no drama speak to me!

I suppose it would be quite easy to sink into myself and my projects…just disappear.

That is, however, no bueno!

So…after I finish the bill paying and calendar setting for the week and before I sit at the sewing machine, I think I will look for something new and different to do before the month of February is up.   Planning to do something outside of the box each month will be a new goal.  Steve would want me to learn something new, meet new people, and expand my horizons beyond our comfy home.

The plight of the potential JC Hermit is solved.

I feel better already!

Below are photos of a couple of recent projects including the Flower Glass quilt top that I will begin to quilt today!

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23,24



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