Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 Color Challenge - Yellow - Black-eyed Susan

I made my 2019 Color Challenge block offered by Patterns by Jen early in the month because I knew that I had lots to do this month... yet the completed block sat there staring me in the face as I pondered what to write about it...

It was bright and early this morning (5 AM!) that I suddenly recalled that when Dave and I renewed our wedding vows in 1998 on our 13th anniversary  that there were Black Eyed Susan flowers that decorated the front porch of the house we used for the celebration.  (It is a loooong story about why we decided to do it then and I'm not sure it would even make sense to ME nowadays... I mean 25 is much more reasonable)

When I searched the meaning of the Black Eyed Susan the web indicated that "Fun, flirty and charming is the meaning emanating from the Black Eyed Susan flower symbolism, add in a flair for happiness and a heart full of smiles and you have a recipe for joy. Black eyed Susan is a flower of the solar plexus. Black Eyed Susan number is 8."

As luck would have it, the block even matches the porch color with the splash of turquoise that stands out!

It was a challenging time of life for me... I had turned 33 and suddenly, after years of knowing we (Dave & I both) were done with having more children... but my biological clock seemed to think otherwise.  **Ugh**

We even, for a brief crazy moment, thought of reversing the surgical procedure that had been done in 1990! As I look back, it really was crazy...  

We stood before family and a few close friends as we renewed our vows...

"You are my best friend, my companion, my consort, my jester... my most highly honored person... so do I choose you, so do I love you, so do I promise, from this day forward to be yours.

I take you forever into my heart, and loving you still, I promise that I shall be steadfast always in my love."

The simplicity of the wild flowers gathered by my friend were perfect for the day... and 21 years later.  A perfect memory...

So, tell me... what is one of your "perfect memories"?

Leave a message to let me know... I'd love to hear from you. 

Quilt Happy!

Plan to join me for a fun sew along that will feature vintage Kansas City Star quilt blocks!

Linking with:

Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
UFO Busting at Tish’s Wonderland
BOMs Away at What A Hoot Quilts
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monthly Color challenge at Patterns By Jen
Colour & Inspiration at Clever Chameleon Quilting
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts


  1. That is a lovely block, but your memory is beautiful!

    I didn’t meet the man I wanted to marry until I was 52 years old. (I’m going to be 56 next month.) I have so many perfect memories of our time together. We became acquainted on a FB group. We were 1500 miles apart. He flew out to meet me. I remember the first time I laid eyes on him in the flesh, and he was no longer just a picture on FB. Things moved quickly after that. We met in the flesh in January, and by the end of February, he’d invited me to live with him. We were married in June.

  2. Your block turned out pretty. Thanks for sharing the memory that it brought to mind!

  3. Oh, sigh. All I want is to love you forever. That's how I felt, and still feel. We had 42 years of good and bad times, and it's been almost ten years since he died, and I still just want to love him forever. =) It's funny that favorite memories are not always violins and butterflies, isn't it?

    One of mine is when we were maybe 26-27. He wanted to make one of his old shirts into a paint shirt, and wanted the sleeves off. Instead of handing him a pair of scissors when he said "Here, just step on the body of the shirt, and I'll rip the arms off", I did it. You can probably guess that I wound up with a very sore tailbone, many apologies, and the shirt didn't have even a tiny tear in it! LOL

    For years, when we were talking about doing something stupid, he'd either say "Here stand on this shirt", or I'd say, "Here, let me stand on that shirt for you". LOL It is a favorite memory.

  4. We've been married 48 years and are happier and poorer than we want to remember. Just being together, holding hands, rubbing his head or back... he is in charge of most food prep and dishes and I am so glad to be mostly done with cooking! Just being silly together. We have even quilt-pieced together.

  5. Nice block. Congrats on so many years together. 35 for us next year.

  6. aawww....thank you for sharing the renewing of your wedding vows.

  7. Oh I like that the block brought back so many memories!

  8. Lovely memory! Thanks for sharing it and your block on Wednesday Wait Loss. Congrats on completing all of the Color of the Month blocks so far! One month to go!

  9. Your block looks great and another wonderful post. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down. I always enjoy reading your posts.