Friday, March 24, 2023

Thursday's Therapy Session

Yesterday was Thursday and I was lacking some motivation.  It's been a month since we started our vacation trip to the Gulf Coast and I was missing the camper.  I had a stack of items that needed to be put away so I wandered out there and spent time putting things back in place and making the bed since I had just tossed all of the bedding onto the bed.

I still have not vacuumed since our return... and when you go to the beach sand gets EVERYWHERE!  It just wasn't quite warm enough so instead I returned to the house and my studio and began a session of "recreational therapy", by piecing some of the sign blocks for our Camping Journal Quilt as well a few blocks that I wanted to machine piece.  I also prepped a few "kits" so that I have hand-sewing ready to take with us the next time we decide to take a little trip.

The yellow flower will represent our night in Amarillo, the Yellow Rose of Texas... and the Texas flag has a small portion of the awning we lost in the windstorm.  I have kits ready for a campfire, a crescent moon and a lake.  I have a few more patterns printed and ready to prep, including a stained-glass window block to represent one of our nights in Beaumont and the Cathedral we visited while there.

My "recreational therapy" was quite relaxing as well as motivating.  I feel ready to take on quilt #6 of 8 for my customer.

As I read through my emails today, I had a reader leave a comment on one of the Pieces From the Past stories... in German.  But thanks to the German to English translator, I was able to read it.

Mr. Hauswald is my husband's grandfather, we were very happy to find something from him on the Internet. My husband is very similar to him.”

Needless to say, I am very excited about this!  Sadly, the comment was left as a no-reply comment... I am hopeful that they will return and see my request that they contact me via e-mail.

The rest of the week found me at the computer working on getting the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail stories ready to upload for the printing of a proof.  I located a young lady that has interest in becoming a writer with the plan that until she can write full-time, she wants to edit books for others.  What a God given gift for me.  She has proofed the book and it is ready for me to made corrections/changes.  But that will be on hold for a few days.

I have a quilt top to sandwich. 

Thanks for listening to my ramble... 

Where do you go when you need a little "recreational therapy"?
What sort of activities do you do?

I sometimes go for a walk.  Sometimes I write... sometimes I will do hand-sewing... sometimes I spend time in the kitchen... but most times I will quilt or design patterns.

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Keep Piecing,


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  1. A great therapy session, and sounds like you made a lot of memories. You traveled far in Texas. We don't realize how big it is until we're out there driving all those miles. The first time I drove from El Paso to Vicksburg, I thought I would *never* be leaving Texas again. LOL! I sew or embroider, I read, and I love to travel. I miss the 5th wheel so much, and wish they still made small ones, but maybe an rPod one of these days or a little retro Shasta. I still want to travel, even by myself.

    I hope your German commenter comes back! This has been a big adventure with all the things you've done the last few years. Yay, for you, yay for us!

  2. What a God-send is that young lady! Sounds like a match made in heaven. :) I'm glad you were able to spend some time with your Camping Journal blocks, and prepping those travel kits is a good way to start looking forward to another trip. When I need motivation, I start reorganizing stuff in my sewing room. Organization makes me very happy! And sometimes a little change of scenery helps when you're sewing, so I will sometimes move a piece of furniture or two. The only problem with reorganizing is that I hide things from myself that way - lol! I have a P-Touch in my room to label things, and I am trying to get more of that done. Have a great weekend!

  3. I like the Quilt recreational therapy!! those blocks are great and will remind you of good days!!

  4. I hope your German visitor comes back. Sometimes I walk when I need a change and sometimes I get myself someplace else...a change of scenery is always good for me.