I know that so many are making lists of things that they want to accomplish or to do differently in 2010 . . . & to be honest - I've been making a mental list too. . .
Then - the other day - I heard our weatherman say that we would be having a 'blue moon' to bring us into the new year. (For those of you who never could figure out what that meant - a blue moon is when there is a second full moon within one month. It's rare. . .) My Mom used to use the phrase, "one in a blue moon" when referring to something that doesn't happen often, but she would also use it when something was quite special & we needed to pay attention.
I've been thinking about that. . .
. . . especially when you consider that a whole decade has 'whooshed' by since the turn of the century. . . Remember the hub-bub over the millinium celebration. . . the fears of things going wonky. . . stocking up on water. . . just in case? Nothing really happened. . . then. Little did we know how all our lives would change in a bit over a year and a half later. . .
We really can't plan too much for what's to come. . . we can just do our best & try to reach & to live our dreams. . . the moment we quit doing that. . . those dreams & our goals fade all too quickly.
We need to be sure to pay attention. I can't but help but to think that this 'blue moon' that is ushering us into this new year might just be a reminder. . .
. . . so I'm going to start by also remembering the lessons & gifts I've been given this past year. . . (of which my little buddy in the top photo is always a part!) That's one great thing about blogging. . . it's great to look back at some of what has filled our lives. I saw on a couple of blogs this morning - that they were looking back & doing a year in review. I loved looking back with them & it had me looking back over my posts. . . (& remembering somethings I had forgotten. . . already!)
So here's my look back. . . my little year in review. Want to come along?
January … I was asked by Meg Hawkey (Crabapple Hill Studio) to be a part of a wonderful quilt that was made to raise funds on behalf of the Susan G. Koman Foundation. I was honored & had so much fun creating my block.
February … I blogged about my trip out to the hometown of my youth - San Diego, California. Dad & I had a wonderful morning walking around Balboa Park.
March … I (finally) finished & released 'Benji's Pockets' the follow-up to my Betsy's Closet pattern (& to try to give the little guys of this world equal time!)
. . . & then I got started working with the lovely 'Aviary' fabric from Moda. . . to what ended up being my 'Apple Blossoms' quilt design.
April … We celebrated Bailey's birthday (#3!)
. . . & I also celebrated the fact that by April - we already have our summer weather starting in full swing!
May … I moved my blog from my iWeb blog to blogspot. (. . . a good move in the end!)
. . . & I went to Spring Market in Pittsburgh. . . where - because I didn't do a booth - I got to walk around & enjoy a bit of the show!
June … I could hardly wait to start using my Rouenneries fabric from Moda & French General. . .
. . . & the new Cosmo 2 strand floss-on-a-spool from Lecien. . . (coming soon to the website!)
July … I celebrated the arrival of my first pieces of my first fabric line - 'Celebration'!
. . . & I waxed on about about a local shop 'Frost' & my new found low fat, low cal treat - gelato. . .
August … As the rest of the 'Celebration' fabrics arrived - I got busy in the studio with my new fabrics. . .
. . . & Dad & went up to Phoenix & saw Michael W. Smith in concert. (. . .great memories.)
September … was a busy month - getting things ready for Fall Quilt Market. . . & Bailey was there as assistant. . . always affectionately & enthusiastically greeting Nubin, my quilter - whenever she came to pick-up or drop-off quilts!
October … was a busy month! . . . starting with a trip to Houston where I had a booth at Fall Quilt Market.
November … I took a little time to do some projects for 'me' . . . first, some stitchery - this one by Kathy Schmitz. . .
. . . & then I started my 'tidying-up' the studio project (still on-going) & I made a curtain cover for my cutting table. . .
December … Bailey, Dad & I celebrated a wonderful, quiet Christmas. . . (& we made a bunch of travel plans for the new year!)
My wish for you is that your memories from this past year fill you with joy & wisdom, & as you dream & set goals for this upcoming year - that you are filled with hope & love!
Thank you so much for spending some of your moments of this past year with me here. . . I love that you come by & visit. . .!!
. . . & here's to those wonderful, fleeting, but memorable. . . blue moons!