Hobbies!……They are important!

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Happy Monday Sweet Friends! xx

This last wkend. was a whirlwind of Graduation parties & a Graduation ceremony, Family & Friends!  What a great time!  But my husband & I are glad that we are done with that phase in our life!  Our youngest, a son, now 19 yo., graduated last year.  They were wonderful, yet of course some challenging times while our 3 kids were attending public school.  And we my husband & I move on to a new phase of our life soon!……empty nesters & also first time Grandma & Grandpa!!  Trying to adjust to the ’empty nester’ thing but definitely excited about the first time Grandparents thing! 🙂

Well actually, this post was to be about hobbies & how important they really are!  I’ve been either working on counted cross stitch, rubber stamping cards & my real passion is crochet!  It seems that my hobbies, mainly my crochet has helped get me through a variety of different challenges through life!  Crochet has been my therapy in many ways & also a stress reliever for me at times!  So when I read this article belowthat I will share with you all, I could relate & I’m sure many of you can too!  It’s occurred to me that hobbies……yes, hobbies!…..are really an essential part of life!  They are good for many reasons & for every age!!  I hope you enjoy reading the short article below!

Oh & Happy Monday, of course! 🙂  Kathy xx

Crocheting in Difficult Times

In this issue I read about crocheters who faced incredible physical and emotional hardships, but crochet led them down the path of recovery. First there is Vicki Sulfara, who learned to crochet when she was a young girl. In June of 2000, she was in a horrific car accident that left her with spinal injuries, chronic pain, and the fear that she would not be able to pick up her hook again. Instead, crochet became an integral part of her healing progression.

Then there is the story of LTC Samantha Nerove, U.S. Army, Retired. I’ll let you read an excerpt in her own words.

 

Combat Crochet

 

Hope Blooms by Jenny King

Pistol? Check. Body armor? Check. Yarn, hooks, crochet books? Check. My Combat Crochet Basic Load (CCBL) was prepped for battle. . . . Night after night, I sat on my bunk holding on to life by participating in the wonder of yarns blossoming into flowers and other projects. Creating with fiber became my personal oasis in the desert of my disintegrating self.   

Crocheting helped stop the memories-the sight and screams of dying burn victims, AK-47s aimed at my face, and morefrom replaying in my head. It directed my mind to a calmer place. Yarn over, pull through . . . . My hands were moving. I was still alive. . . . ­The ugliness and destruction of war pale in comparison with the power and beauty that yarn, hooks, and crochet books can create.

 

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Wonder Wheel Top by Jenny King
 

— LTC Samantha Nerove, U.S. Army, Retired.

 

Memorial Day Musings :)

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Happy Memorial Day My Sweet Friends!

Hoping you are all enjoying a nice & relaxing Memorial Day wkend!  And at the same time, remembering those who have served our country & are currently serving!  My oldest son is in the National Guards.  He hasn’t gotten deployed as of yet…..at this point, we are hoping he doesn’t.  He & his wife are expecting their first child in June!  So we don’t have the experience of knowing what it is like to have a family member deployed….but we still have experienced thhe hardship of when he was in basic training, AIT training & all of the training throughout he year that he does, etc.  That alone isn’t easy!  We are

proud of him as we know it is hard, very, very hard work & not something everyone can endure!!  I know I would never make it!  So today, I am thankful for my son, who was willing to go through the hardship, the training, the endurance, for his willingness to serve his country……but also for those who have served their country in the past & have experienced hardship, loss, etc….for the sake of freedom.  God knows & sees every one of you & you will not be forgotten! So, with this being said…..I am wishing everyone a very special Memorial Day!

Kathy xx

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Early Morning Musings!

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ImageGood Morning & Happy Friday My Dear Friends! xx

This morning I woke up about 4 am!  Could not get back to sleep!  Ever have those mornings?!  I decided I’d just get up & make me a hot cup of tea & sit for a bit.  I am glad I did!  It was beautiful!

 I came downstairs to see the full moon shining right into our patio doors so bright!! It was picture perfect!  I loved the early morning quietness, as I sat sipping my hot cup of tea, taking in the beauty of the full moon & listening to the birds waking & singing their morning song, I thought about all I had to be thankful for!  God is good!

It’s a wonderful feeling when we can find joy in the simple things in life!  Like treasuring the picture perfect, bright full moon, the quietness of the morning before the hustle & bustle of the day begins, the birds singing their morning song & listening to our Golden Retriever’s quiet breathing as she lie sleeping on the rug next to me! These simple pleasures God gives to us, we just have to take the time to be quiet & treasure them! Here’s to wishing all of you a wonderful weekend filled with simple joys & pleasures!              Hugs My Friends! Kathy xx

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What is your passion?!

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Image   Hi My Dear Friends & Happy Wednesday!

My recent musings have been on our passions!  What is your passion?  I have so many things going on & home businesses I could focus on but what really is my passion?…..it always comes back to crochet!…..yarn & crochet!  After my family & friends of course!  I know my husband would have loved for our sons to work with him in his sales ventures and they tried it out for awhile but it wasn’t their passion.  Our oldest son wanted to get back into banking & financing & helping people in that way….that’s his passion….it’s what he loves….he is now in that field & loving it & enjoying his job! Our youngest son has been trying to figure out what path he should take, so many choices, so many decisions….but it always comes back to wanting to follow what you really enjoy & his passion is health, fitness & personal training.  He’s tried other things but that is what keeps drawing him….wanting to help people stay fit & healthy, motivating & guiding them! 

I have found that I keep coming back to crochet!  It’s my passion & I love it! I love talking about it, finding new & different yarns. Helping people with their crochet questions, finding & trying new patterns, and making people happy with my creations! etc!  It’s what I love!  Besides health & healthy living!….another passion of mine!  So, that’s what I’ve decided I really need to focus on & make my businesses!

I hope you stop by my Etsy Shop & see some of my creations!  Also, please stop by my Facebook pg. & check out my photo albums!  I also have a Living Healthy wih Shaklee FB pg. because I love health & healthy living, safe & organic products! I love to help, motivate and encourage people in many ways!  It is greatly rewarding!

So, for now, I will quit rattling on!  But what does it all come down to? What is it that you enjoy and love? What is your real passion?! Find it, follow it, focus on it!  Enjoy it! Be thankful for the life God has given you!

Make today an amazing day My Friends!!

Kathy xx

 

Mother’s Day Musings xx

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Image I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day with special memories you will hold dear to your heart!  Being a ‘Mother’ is a very special occupation! 🙂  I remember when I was a new Mother, a full time Mom & there were some that couldn’t figure out what I did everyday….all day….at home….’no job’ as they would say……I guess I didn’t look at it that way….my ‘job’ was Mom & Wife…..for me, that was full time enough!  I never wanted to look back & feel like I didn’t put my everything into raising my children.  I don’t hold anything against anyone that has children & works outside the home, especially now days!….but for me…..it was too much for me to do that…..I needed to focus on my husband, my children & my home.  

Our children are now grown, 23, 22 & 19, two married & we are to be Grandparents come June!!  We are soo excited as we enter another phase in our life of being Grandparents!  

Tho’ our children are grown, some would ask ‘Why not get a full time job now?’  Well, I still feel like a full time Wife, Mom & soon to be Grandma!  For my husband & I, this is what works best!….doesn’t mean it’s been easy financially, etc., we’ve had many ups & downs & times when it’s either been feast or famine but it’s all been worth it!

Different things work for different couples.  So for all of you not yet, new or old Mother’s out there, whatever works for you, put all you can into your children…..doesn’t mean you’ll be a perfect parent, doesn’t mean you’ll have perfect kids, doesn’t mean it’ll be easy but it means you will be able to look back, feel good & feel like you put all you could into your children to make the world a better place because it’s what this world needs too!

Kathy xx

 

 

 

 

TOTE OF THE DAY!

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/117187795/pink-ruffle-crochet-clutch-handbag?ref=shop_home_active_11 Hi My Friends! Happy Spring!  Today was a lovely, sunny, breezy Spring day! 🙂  I wanted to share with you my TOTE OF THE DAY!  Do you know anyone who has had breast cancer or has breast cancer?  This would be the perfect gift!!  Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Mary Jane Ruffles Clutch. Available for purchase in my Etsy Shop! Now! 🙂  ImageImageImage

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THIS LOVELY MARKET BAG!

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Happy Friday My Friends!! I tho’t it would be a great day to begin a Drawing! It’s a beautiful Springy day today!…..finally!! 🙂

Enter my Drawing for a chance to win this lovely Shabby Chic Chevron Cotton Market Bag!  All you have to do is 

1. Comment Below to let me know you want to Enter……

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Thank you & Good luck!! Please pass on the word!!! 🙂

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ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THIS LOVELY MARKET BAG!

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Happy Friday My Friends!! I tho’t it would be a great day to begin a Drawing! It’s a beautiful Springy day today!…..finally!! 🙂

Enter my Drawing for a chance to win this lovely Shabby Chic Chevron Cotton Market Bag!  All you have to do is 

1. Comment Below to let me know you want to Enter……

2. Than make sure to ‘Follow my Blog’!  If you’ve come from my FB pg….you would have already commented there also!

Thank you & Good luck!! Please pass on the word!!! 🙂

Kathy ❤Image