Category Archives: Happiness

Do I Have a Way to Fight Missing My Children and Grandchildren?

In the last year I have seen my son get to know a beautiful little girl from the Philippines using “Skype”. Apparently, they have talked every evening since really getting to know each other. They even got engaged over this mode of communication. AND…In March of this year my son flew to the Philippines to marry her. For a few weeks he spent many hours with her, her family, and her extended family. On 01 April 2013 they were married. They have had a wonderful time. And if all goes well with Immigration, my son will bring his new bride Donna to live with him in Canada. Donna and I have also used “Skype” several times and I could feel her love through this wonderful way of communication. I can hardly wait to put my arms around her, tell her I love her, and welcome to our family and to Canada.

Staying close to your family through”Skype” can open many facets of communication for both senders and receivers. Reading the post about ‘story time’ gave me an idea. This idea was inspired by “Papa, Read Me a Story”

I am away from all of my grandchildren now and I miss them greatly. What a wonderful way to keep in touch with them. “Skype” has opened our world to those we love. Reading is so important, but I believe there are other wonderful things we can share with our grandchildren and those we love so much. I think of quilting — you can even pass on the love of quilting by showing them the quilt blocks you are making for them. Perhaps soon, they would want to come and see Grandma to learn how to quilt. The idea of using “Skype” has opened up some more ideas for me. The children and grandchildren can see how I am spending my time. And I know it would help me to fight loneliness — a battle this Grandma fights everyday.

“Never Be Alone”

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"Gracie at Three Years"

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"Gabby at Two Years"

Wendy Sheppard (from Ivory Press) told me I would never be alone, because I belong to a "quilting community".  You don't know how thrilled I was when I received a post from Mrs. Webmaster asking me "if I ever made doll quilts for my granddaughters"!  What a wonderful idea, and what a wonderful feeling it was to feel the support from someone I have never met.  I just felt a warm, fuzzy feeling when I read it. I felt a commonality between us because of our blogs.  I now see why my daughter and her good friends love their blogs.

You are so right Wendy!  I am so glad I found you on Annies website.  Your online class in machine quilting is the first one I have purchased (well my husband gave it to me for Christmas--at my suggestion, lol) and I am sure it won't be the last.

And thanks again Mrs. Webmaster for asking me that question again.  I won't have to worry about what I can get these two little granddaughters for Christmas now; and it will work into my budget beautifully.  Don't you agree my two little "Munchkins" will love a blanket for their dolly?

If I Can Quilt, You Can Quilt

Somehow I lost my first post, so I thought I would put together what I remember of the first post. I am a sixty-two year old grandmother and a retired registered nurse. I was forced into retirement due to osteoarthritis in my left knee. I had a knee replacement, but my pain was only worse, and very debilitating. So two years after the knee surgery it was determined I would not return to work of any kind.

I had always wanted to quilt but having four children under the age of five, I only managed to make each of my four babies a small baby quilt before they were born. They weren’t fantastic but my children loved them and still love them. I had crocheted around the edges of flannel receiving blankets but I could not see myself doing this the rest of my life. Now was the time for me to perfect the quilting which I loved, but had not the time to do while my children were young.

My good friend Patti helped me with the basics and then we took a couple of courses together. While doing the course, I started the second of my twelve grandchildren’s quilts. By the end of 2012, I had completed six of the twelve; and two more started.

I am now enrolled in two online classes of which I am enjoying very much. In one class, I am learning domestic machine quilting and in the other, I am doing a new pattern each month. Both classes have been very rewarding and have given me much satisfaction. I am now doing something that I love as much as I did my nursing. I felt that maybe I was too old to take on such a creative skill, but I have found my skills developing at a pace I am very happy with. So as I began, ‘if I can quilt, you can quilt.