Monday, January 11, 2021

Transitions


My kids are in the process of moving back to college campuses. They leave on different days but by the end of the week, I'll be an empty nester again. I will miss them more than words can express, but I know they are going to be right where they need to be. They are looking forward to having a few classes in person, doing some hiking, snow skiing and other outdoor adventures. The boys will both graduate in May, who knows if they will have a ceremony or not, but they will complete their studies and I couldn't be prouder of their hard work and determination. Kelly is thriving in Veterinary School in spite of all the quarantine restrictions. 

I am embracing the new version of my 'work life' and actually scheduling more teaching and workshop events in the later part of this year and next year. Do we dare hope that life will let us return to a few of the things we love? I am still teaching via ZOOM and will start longarming again next month. And if I get organized, I might even have another QUILT SALE, so keep an eye out for that. I have had lots of requests, I just need to make it happen.

I signed off on the final version of my first FABRIC LINE for Blank Quilting Fabrics last week. I am so excited that they will be available for shops to order in April. They won't ship until fall, but you can bet, I will be announcing any updates here and on social media and everywhere!!! LOL

Physically, I am recovering from surgery and regaining my health faster than I dared to hope! My stamina is still not what it used to be, but I am so thrilled to feel better and get back to my lovely 2 mile daily walks with Boomer. We both missed those! And Buddy is doing really well on his 3 meds. He continues to have a good appetite and energy so we are just thankful for the time we have left with him.

And I've been pretty quiet about what's going on in our country right now. Honestly, I'm at a loss for words. I am horrified that there are so many people in this country that have such hateful feelings. I'm clinging hard to the idea that MOST of us are just as bewildered and disgusted as I am. I can't claim to understand, much less explain, the how and why of it all. I just want to live in a way that lifts other people and brings them hope. Right now, I'm still not sure how to best do that. Just know that I am on the side of peace, equal justice for all, dignity and humanity, and loving my neighbors the very best I can. I condemn violence of any kind and hate has no place in my life. 

Now let's all go find a way to make someone else's day better. I know it makes me feel better when I do that. Hugs and love to all of you!

Diane

6 comments:

  1. I was moved by your closing comments.....the articulated my feelings perfectly. Thank you for that.

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  2. I'm looking forward to the new fabric line...and sending you some quilts for quilting! Couldn't agree more with your thoughts; I hope things don't get worse before they get better.

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  3. I love the fabrics in your new fabric line ~ it's so hard to find many plaids. I'm looking forward to adding them to my stash. Also, I totally agree with you on your last paragraph!

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  4. I'm so excited to see your new line of fabric! That is an exciting quilt chapter in your life!!
    I was always sad when the kids had to go back to school, but yes, they are ready. I cannot believe the boys graduate soon! I hope by May the virus is calmed.
    So happy to hear you are feeling better and better every day, Great news!

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  5. I remember when the twins went off to Freshman year in college and you were feeling the pangs of empty nest syndrome. And now they are almost ready to graduate. Thank you for your thoughtful final words. If more people felt that way, we wouldn't be in this mess. Better days will come, but it may take some time.
    Pat

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  6. I’m so happy to hear that you have recovered well from your surgery. It takes a while to get back to full strength and stamina. Congratulations on your fabric line. I love the plaids! I too am saddened over the state of our country.

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