Once upon a …

Seriously technology can be so annoying. I’ve just spent 30 mins on what should have been a 3 minute search.

This is an annoying tale about different search engines in separate devices and how certain blogs are mega annoying.

I blog but I’ve never done it to turn a profit. It’s mega annoying when tons of commercials pop up constantly. Then when you hit the free down load button for the pattern and it asks you to upload programs that your computer is not happy with. Husband to the computers rescue while I move on to his laptop.

The ad at the bottom should have been my clue it’s wasn’t easy

Wrong search engine; yahoo won’t find what I’m after and when it does that website makes you buy the free pattern. Really? You said it was free?

Not free — $9 US.

Finally a website that has a free pattern when I switched search engines. It didn’t require any extra programs to print and it came off all at once. I’ve now ear marked the page as it has a tutorial.

So thanks to “Onceuponasewingmachine” for being free and for not having six pop up ads and an expensive pattern.

I’ve got some seriously cute material and a doubly cute model who has almost outgrown her birthday dress. Time to fire up the creative juices and bring on a summer fun peasant dress for my little A.

It was a lot longer on her 5 months ago!

I’ve lost the annoyance factor by blogging about it and remembering that in a year it won’t matter than I wasted 30 minutes or was frustrated. It helps that I’m outside in the patio twilight and the cows munching their way by along the fence line. Gratitude for the life that surrounds me.


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Bloom where you are planted

I spend a lot of time pulling weeds.  A LOT OF TIME. I know I am never going to be weed free out here but I try to keep them down to a dull roar. Several friends have suggested that weeds are just flowers.

Flowers bloom where they are planted. Flowers take what the soil, rain and sun give them and grow. Some thrive and others languish. My friend, who recently started blogging has a post about this very thing and how you can take it to a deeper level. She’s a very creative and kind person that I am lucky to call my friend.

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A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.

I love this quote. I find too often I compare myself with others. Usually it’s just in my thoughts and I don’t express it but it tends to affect my self-confidence when I do. We all have unique talents and abilities. As I see the flowers beginning to bloom here, I will remind myself to ” bloom where I am planted”.

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32 weeks

The title makes it sound like I’ve started a pregnancy blog. Heaven forbid at my age! I’m counting down rather than up so it’s an update on my retirement calendar. Although it may actually be 34 weeks and not 32 but more info is required before the initial decision maybe be changed.

Here is the two part why. Ron believes he read somewhere that the best date is the end of your birthday month. On my list of things to do in June is contact the retirement section of human resources and get the low down. The other aspect of the date is that a certain someone in my life will be in Vegas at the King Memorial Soccer tournament. Bad luck that the Friday after my 60th birthday happens to be that weekend. SO if I want my man around for my ultimate TGIF I may have to delay it a week. So then what is two weeks.

I did learn a few things this last two weeks that I have been on holidays. In no particular order and because I love lists.

  • I will miss the people but I won’t miss the grind of daily work or getting lunches organized and up on time.
  • I will be busy; my days won’t be boring or empty of things to do
  • I will need some structure so I don’t fritter away time
  • I will need to establish a sleep/wake up routine so I don’t become a total night owl
  • I need at least 2 days per week where I don’t run to the city.

The things I’m so looking forward to, like gran time and creative time, will be done without sacrificing other things. I’m hoping for more friend time and more me time.

The pictures of this post have no bearing on the words. Just some shots that filled my heart with joy today so felt like sharing them.

Thanks for stopping in to read. It’s always nice to connect.


Ps – recognize the crocuses now??

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