A New Day

This morning was quite chilly – 41º in mid-May is cooler than normal.

As I walked out onto my back deck before daylight, as with so many other mornings, I wonder what the day holds.  I’m glad I do not know.  I’m glad each minute of each day is a new adventure.  So many days we awaken and face our day with little anticipation .. not much changes from day to day for some of us.  Some times a simple phone call can change our day  . .  or even our life.  Sometimes, a new quilt design pops into my head and all other plans for the day are gone . . all I want to do is sew.  This is the time of year normally I would be out bright and early working in the garden.  Not long ago, the chickens would have been glad to see me shortly after daylight.  Today, there’s no garden and there are no chickens.  Vince is in Texas so there’s no breakfast to fix.  No lunch to prepare.  Maybe not even dinner will be cooked tonight.  Chad is still sleeping downstairs.  It will be hours before he wants to see me!  🙂  I will not go downstairs and sew til later in the morning, giving him a chance to sleep a bit.  I will not run the vacuum cleaner early.  This leaves me wondering what the heck I am going to do so early in the morning!

Everything changes but so much remains the same.  I will eventually go downstairs and sew.  I may do a load of laundry.  I might even bake a blueberry cake.  My plans for the day hopefully do not include leaving the house.  Same thing yesterday.

Before long, dusk will replace the daylight and this day will be history . . never to be had again.  We will have the memories and accomplishments of the day but the actual hours and minutes of the day are gone . . as quickly as they come . . they go.  We all have the same 24 hours in our day.  Some will leave home and go to a job that keeps you way from home for too many hours during the day.  Some will spend their day with their small children or elderly parents.  Some will spend the day wishing life were different but never taking the steps to make that difference happen.  Some will be grumpy and some will be happy.  Some will sit, with big plans for the day, but never get started . . at the end of the day, maybe or maybe not realize the opportunity of today is gone . . forever!

What will you accomplish today?


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    Karen says

    You’re really philosophical this morning. I plan to spend this morning volunteering at the retirement facility where my parents live, then visiting them and taking care of any mail/bills that have accumulated since I saw them Sunday. This afternoon I’ll be piecing a quilt – hopefully finishing the piecing today. Tonight I’ll be at a friend’s house with other friends planning our 50th high school reunion. I may need a nap somewhere in there!

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    Judy, you need to get your knitting bag out so you have something to do while Chad sleeps. I hope it won’t be much longer before you are in TX going about your daily routine. I will finish quilting a baby quilt for my expected grand daughter today and putting the binding on it.

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    I just had a conversation with DD3 about wishing her life away by wishing it were Friday. It comes only once a week, make the most of the other 6 days. Once they are gone, that’s it.

    It’s only 41 here this morning also. Brr, I’m ready to complain about it being too hot. 😉 Today I am putting the boy on the bus then headed to town for groceries. Then to my friend’s house to cut pieces for a quilt.

    I will make the most of today, as it only happens once.

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    Julianne says

    Today I will quilt. I will probably walk out to my little garden to see how things are growing. I will call my mother..it is her birthday. I will do a bit of house keeping. I try to enjoy the simple things in life and in each day.

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    Freda Henderson says

    I hope to work on some Corvette seats, still recuperating from thyroid surgery so energy is still low, fix something for lunch and hope to work on some of my not all brown quilt blocks this afternoon. I may need a nap too. Hope you have a great day Judy.

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    Mel Meister says

    You have no idea how much you have hit the nail on the head. Very profound. And a nice boot to the butt! Thank you!

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    Kathie L. says

    I am still recovering from thumb surgery so will be exercising that, doing a little laundry and anything else around the house I can do and then go sew. I know what you mean about not knowing what to do. When my daughter is not in school in the summer is tossing my schedule out the window as I usually don’t have to worry about not making noise early in the morning.

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    What wonderful, thought provoking words today. I will now sit back and re-evaluate what my day will include – still working towards the house going on the market – and this afternoon I have part two of a quilting class I am taking. It is really more of a technique class learning column quilt as-you-go. I love meeting others and learning new techniques. Not sure about all the in between time I have available – a lot of opportunity is available. Judy C

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    Hi Judy,
    I have been keeping up with what you’ve been doing and am always amazed. About the new look of your blog, I really don’t care for it personally, but will be patient to see what happens.

    This layout seems to take more effort to read a post thorough ly and then go back to see what other posts, then to go into that post to read and back again, etc…. The older format semed much more user friendly. IMHO

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    Pam says

    Woa – deep stuff so early in the morning!! I needed to hear that this morning. This morning I am going to do some fusing onto my banner of the month for Guild. This afternoon I need to go to my office for a couple of hours. then maybe a little work in the flower beds. Have a great day, everybody.

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    I’m getting new carpet, taking my daughter for her kindergarten shots, then??? I’m NOT going to be resentful of other people’s selfishness.

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    pdudgeon says

    i have plans this morning to make enough pancakes to last for the week and bag them up, ready in the refridgerator. i’ve already read my mail and checked my bank balance (yea!)
    later on i have three more rows to sew on the quilt i’m making and then sew the three sections together. Hopefuly the extra material for the borders will be in this afternoon’s mail, so that will go in and right back out of the stash.
    next is time to read my weekly bible lesson for community group and re-check the driving directions to the meeting tomorrow.
    after that i’ll go get the mail and feed the ducks and their new broods (33 hatchlings this year!) that live on the lake.
    I’ll take some time out for lunch and to watch the Walton’s on TV, then either more sewing or maybe a nap, and up in time to fix dinner. And sometime in there i’ll have time to go grocery shopping for a few things.
    Thanks Judy, I never realized before how much i get done in a day!

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    Its already the afternoon here and Ive spent the morning running around donating clothes, blankets to the cats home, postoffice, shopping, kids to school and preschool, watering the plants and now im having an hour to recoup with a cuppa before the evening rush…Karen

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    Taking a “mental health day” today as the weekend was one of those ‘life turns on a dime’ situations and I needed to recoup… which in my case involves paid bills, a clean kitchen and two clean loads of laundry (so far) then painting part of a wall, changing bedding, making meatloaf, and a trip to my LQS to spend down a gift card. it’s rainy so the garden is not calling… too loudly! Feels great!

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    I’m one of those who have to go to work. I make the most of each day at work, but since I do that 260 times a year, plus a few weekend days, it does get boring. The weekends are crammed too full of catching up on life to get much personal time, but I’ve been fitting some of that (quilting) in lately. I’ve been thinking a lot about retirement and what will fill my days then. It’s kind of funny, but thinking about retirement makes me nervous. I’ve worked my whole adult life, and five days a week are structured. I know I’ll do fine, but it’s a little discombobulating to even think about now. Enjoy your day, Judy! We know for certain you’ll make the most of it!

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      Kathleen says

      I too work, but am NOT afraid of retirement!! It can’t come soon enough and I’m guilty of wishing my life away towards that goal (3 yrs away). I’m too far into this to change jobs even though I know it’s not healthy to be negative about what I do 5 days a week. I try to feed my soul on the weekends and to some degree weeknights. Need to work harder at that!

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    Clearing out the clutter before eldest daughter and her family arrive on Friday as youngest daughter will graduate from college on Sat. with a party here on Sunday (just family-aunts, uncles, grandparents and 1 cousin, around 18 adults plus the 5 grandkids!). Sometimes God gives us times of quiet before the chaos starts!

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    What a beautiful, thoughtful post. Getting ready to leave your home, one you love, makes you introspective doesn’t it? Normal routines cease and even though you’re busy there can be more time to reflect. Hope you are happily resettled soon.

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    Kate says

    oh yuck – I’m working from 9 this morning til 9 tonight – a long, grueling day!
    But tomorrow I have a free afternoon to spend in my sewing room – I will think about that all day today!

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    Have done routine chores already and taken a walk. What a wonderful and profound blog entry this morning. Thank you. Speaking of today, since you were up early did you have clear enough skies to see the full moon? Here is was almost orange and most beautiful. We are on a lake and the reflection was awesome. We just stood and enjoyed it for the little while it was left.

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    Elizabeth McDonald says

    I so enjoyed your early morning post! It is a keeper, and I will do just that with it!

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    FrancesB says

    “It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” –Eckhart Tolle
    I just read this quote this morning; seems to go right along with what you are saying.

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    After running the vac, floor steamer, making a week menu, Ive been thinking of DO lists.. and the hours in the day that are not really ”productive’ and how maybe I can change that. not all work related things but maybe motivated for a walk or
    time in the sunshine w a book…pondering some ebay items for $. HUbby had shoulder surgery and is going back to work this week so it means going back toa work related routine for both of us. I need to fill all the hours in the day.

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    lw says

    I am writing a test requirements document for a space vehicle. I have meetings with the integration and test team.

    When I get home, I hope to have time to set up my Singer 301 and get to work on piecing a baby quilt for my coming granddaughter. It’s lotus flowers, pink and green batiks on muslin. Her nursery will have a rainforest theme.

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    What a great thought provoking post, it puts prospective back into my frame of mind, thanks! Lately I have been the one sitting and waiting to start my day or life. Today I have started to give myself a kick in the pants to get everything going and this post helps feed the fire.
    I am one of the lucky ones that has a full time job, later tonight I will either spend time out in the flowerbeds or in the sewing room, depending on the weather (right now it is raining/snowing).

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    Anita R says

    What a great post and so thought provoking! I’m so glad I came across your blog. I’m really enjoying reading it and can’t wait to try some of your delicious recipes!

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    I loved your thoughts about the day – very thought provoking for sure.

    Today I taught 3rd, 4th and 5th graders with autism, I worked on my Brownwood border blocks, I went for a walk……..those are just a few of the highlights – yes, every day is an adventure for sure.

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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    Jennifer Collard says

    I spent this day working with and directing helpers cleaning my house. the kind of cleaning that gets put off, like cleaning all the junk off the top of the refridgerator, yanking junk out of corners, yardwork, and heavy lifting jobs. Tomorrow, I will rest. I hope you put your thoughts of this in each book you write and with your patterns. They- the books, patterns, and words- are simply inspiring. Pure soul-touching poetry. Thank you