Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I am planning to make a patchwork table runner for Thanksgiving. (Yes, I know there are a few holidays and occassions between now and then.) It is hard for a lot of people to think about Thanksgiving when it is warm outside but lately I have been thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas more often than now. I have been looking at this Martha Stewart Holiday baking magazine from last year over and over and planning which cookies to make this year and how to package them and so on and so on. It's kind of sad.

Anyway, back to the table runner - yes, those fabric there in the picture as a patchwork runner. As fabulous as it is, I don't think the orange fabric will make the final cut. Maybe... I don't know.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


This is my first orchid. Wish me luck.

I have been thinking a lot lately about being simple. Not that I am complicated by any stretch - life has gotten a lot more simple since we moved to PA in February. I am completely off of the "earn to spend" treadmill... well, almost completely. I often feel guilty about only working part time but I know a full time job would involve a new wardrobe, perhaps a new car, hiring a housekeeper, more convenience food, more eating out, more stress, etc. I really don't want any part of it anymore. More money would be nice but not at that cost.

I don't know where I am heading with my thoughts on simplicity but I know I am interested in the concept of owning less than 100 personal items and having only what I need versus what I want. So, this post is certainly to be continued...