Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Fragments

I have looked at the blank post page on Blogger for weeks.  Many days I have absolutely nothing to say-- as if my head did a Spring cleaning and emptied it of words. 


So, thanks to the lovely Mrs. 4444, I'm joining Friday Fragments in an effort to snap out of my funk and back into writing...

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I tried pouring myself into the Olympics and remain mostly bored.  Is it my mood or is this Winter Olympics kind of a dud?  And the news announcers who don't give a spoiler alert so listeners can avoid hearing who won before watching the events at night-- Pfft.  They stink.

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I made another quilt.  Sewing is calming and surprisingly mindless for me-- Cut, sew, cut, sew... And it's a solitary activity so my crabbiness doesn't rub off on anyone.  I told you about the "Soft Kitty" thing between my brother and Mom here--  This is the quilt I made him out of her tee shirt.

It took me two weeks to send my brother the quilt after it was finished because it meant letting go a piece of mom, so to speak, again.  But the response from my brother was priceless and I'm pretty sure we both had tears in our eyes when we talked about it. 

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I got a Jawbone UP wristband for Christmas.  Have you heard of them-- The supped up pedometer that tracks your daily steps, sleep and food consumption?  I started out gangbusters and walked and walked and walked but... As all good intentions go, mine are currently lacking.  Tomorrow, I swear, I'm walking.  No, really.  Tomorrow-- walk, walk, walk.

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My sweet great-niece, E is nearly 4 years old!!!  Godson and I sent her a purple feather boa for Valentine's Day.  We think she's liking it.


It's so cold and full of snow back home in Ohio that my niece could not spend one more day outside playing in the snow with her bundled up cutie.  So she brought the snow IN--  She filled the bathtub and let E have at it.

When I loaded and "saved" the above photo to my download file I accidentally labeled the snow photo the "snot" photo.  And THAT, actually made me laugh, all day long.

Have a grand weekend, my friends.

Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins

34 comments:

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi Joanna
You knows I just cannot get into these winter olympics yet I used to love them.
I suppose life is still topsy turvy.
At least slightly better weather is promising to peep over the horizon.

Terra said...

The quilt you made is priceless, gorgeous and I just cannot say enough about it. I am sure your brother will treasure it.

Laurie Matherne said...

There's nothing more funnier than a bathtub full of snot. Cool.

Cloudia said...

Lovely to see you, and L is charming!



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

Formerly known as Frau said...

I love the quilt so special! I have an Up and love it! I got my hubby one for xmas and he loves it! I agree with the olympics I have watched but alway know who won and move on to other channels! I guess in todays day and age it is hard to not be spoiled. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Brian Miller said...

ha. filled the bath tub up...that is awesome....smiles.. cool quilt...i like the kitten patch breaking the pattern of it....

Mary said...

What a sweet quilt.
Chuckling about the "snot"...sounds like something I'd do!

Jeanie said...

The quilt is fabulous. What a treasure for your brother.
I love the snow in the bathtub.

Christine said...

beautiful quilt, wow your great niece is growing up so fast! I think I remember when she was just born, seems like yesterday.

Mrs4444 said...

That snow-in-the-tub photo reminded me that today someone told me about a teacher in California who staged a "snow day" in her classroom; they wore their pajamas, drank hot cocoa, etc. Not sure if they found any real snow to play with, though. :)

Your quilting talent--Wow! I'm really impressed. I'm sure the quilt means a great deal to your brother.

Welcome back! It's always a pleasure to fragment with you :) I wish you luck in unclogging your blogging mojo. Have a great weekend.

CiCi said...

It was wonderful to tune in to your blog and find this great post. The quilt is awesome. I have always been in awe of your talent. Like you, I tell myself I will begin walking and getting some exercise and my promises to myself are dashed. I will be traveling to be with my younger daughter in April and then to spend time with the older daughter in the summer. I have good reason to get moving but so far have not done it. Is the wristband helping you yet?

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I am loving the Olympics--but I don't quilt nor do I have a cutie little girl to entertain me!

It's.a.crazy.world said...

Oh, I love your quilt. Beautiful!
I agree on the Olympics, with the exception of the snowboarding events, which I found pretty exciting.
*Genius, in bringing the snow inside!

Tom Sightings said...

I haven't watched the Olympics either. Don't know why; just can't get interested (and I went to the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980). As for walking ... it's the best thing you can do for yourself.

Jeanie said...

Your quilt is lovely and so special -- I can see why you had a hard time parting with it. I still have things like that -- so many years later. But giving to your brother -- well, that's wonderful.

I'm so-so on the Olympics. Enjoying it more on cable where you can see all the athletes, real time and not just the Americans or the winners. But I do like the events I would be way too scared to try myself!

Jeanie said...

Your quilt is lovely and so special -- I can see why you had a hard time parting with it. I still have things like that -- so many years later. But giving to your brother -- well, that's wonderful.

I'm so-so on the Olympics. Enjoying it more on cable where you can see all the athletes, real time and not just the Americans or the winners. But I do like the events I would be way too scared to try myself!

Tammy said...

That quilt is gorgeous and what a fabulous reminder and gift. I can imagine it's hard to let go of. Sounds like you have the winter blues my friend. I get them too. Spring is on the way and you really need some spring and rebirth I think, You've had such a rough year of losses. Be kind to yourself, it's a slow process. Big Hugs!!

bill lisleman said...

The biggest Sochi games story seem to be Bob Costas eyes.
Funny bathtub full of snow. Quite different than bubble baths.
Oh BTW did you see that Lilly is posting a bit again?

Mari said...

I'm not getting into the Olympics this year either. Can't figure out why though.
The snow in the tub is priceless - great idea!
The Quilt!!! Its just awesome. I had to show it to my daughter and she says she wants one, :) We both oohed and ahed over it. It's a treasure.

Cathy Clementz said...

Good hearing from you! I've been VERY remiss with my blog and it seems that FB is to blame. Love the photos!
We are in Ga again this year and partook of the nasty ice storm last week without power for 4 days and nights. It got down to 31 in our 5th wheel one night/morning. Makes getting out of bed even HARDER!
Hugs!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

She's a cutie! Hey I wanted to get into these olympics..I really did. I remember years ago, how exciting they were..especially ice skating and gymnastics...but these games have been rather...pffft. And the announcers all seem to be stretching as far past what is decent for a story...any kind of emotion. I don't like that.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I have a similar thing to the Jawbone UP - I have a fitbit force. It does help motivate me to walk more, which is good.

beth said...

we are hooked on our UP bands…yesterday was my highest "step" day…over 25, 000 steps….just shy of 12 miles.

ohhhhh, how i love the beach!

StarTraci said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I love the soft kitty design. Your niece is a burst of sunshine. That pic made me smile.

I did think that the announcers should have been better with spoiler alerts!

I have been struggling with actually writing, as well so I feel your pain.
:-)
Traci

Mocadeaux said...

I'm sorry that you are struggling but happy that a purple boa and a typo could put a smile on your face. The quilt is beautiful. What an incredible treasure for your brother and a lasting connection between your mom, your brother and you.

RNSANE said...

I have not been blogging much since my return from India. This granddaughter babysitting gig wears me out. Harper is the cutest thing but, at 20 lbs, with my arthritic shoulders and aches and pains ( I did get the left shoulder replaced last time I was home ), I am definitely going to need right shoulder surgery.

Also, something has been screwy with my blog...when someone tries to connect to it, they are redirected to cmfads ( me, as
well ). I've done five different malware and antivirus programs and numberous other things and I hope the problem is corrected.

Your little niece is such a sweetie. I can't imagine Harper Ann at that age.

Hilary said...

Oh Joanna, the quilt is purrfect. What a lovely and loving gift. You are a gem.

Olympics.. well I did find them less interesting for the most part but when it comes to being Canadian and watching hockey.. that part was pretty exciting for us.

The photo of E with the boa is so sweet but the one of her in the tub is absolutely adorable. What a cute idea.

Sweet Tea said...

A bath tub of snow - pure GENIUS!!
Just to look at that quilt and think about it makes even me teary - beautifully done. Your Mom would be proud!

Willoughby said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! I've started several quilts, myself, but I've never finished one. One of these days...

My husband and I really tried to watch the Olympics this year, but every time we turned it on, they seemed to be between events. It was just chit chat in the studio so we would change the channel and never end up coming back to it.

The bath tub full of snow is such a great idea! Why didn't I think of that when my kids were small??

ladyfi said...

Awww -- love that quilt! Sent my niece a shirt with this on it for her 16th birthday.

R. J. said...

Kudos on the quilt. I have a lot of respect for the kind of effort and time a production of a quilt would require. It's a beautiful tribute.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Ellen Reed said...

smiles.....!

Attila the Mom said...

I know what you mean about having a head empty of thoughts. I've been feeling that lately too!