Friday, October 4, 2013

Enjoying the Present

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.
Sammy Hagar

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Today is my birthday.  The last one I'll have in my fifties and that number sounds kind of old!  My husband and I were talking a few days ago about the fact that we have lived in this house for 13 years now and is doesn't seem like it could possibly be that long.  We lived in our previous house for 19 years and that had seemed like such a long time.  The way the years are zipping by we will catch up to that number here shortly.  Time just goes by faster and faster as we age.  
I decided a few years ago that the only time that passes slowly is the last weeks of pregnancy (when I was sure I was going to be pregnant forever) and the hours that you have to wait to hear what the Doctor has to say about test results.  It's not possible for me to repeat the former but it seems that the older you get the more of those darn Doctors you have to see and more often too!  DH is in the middle of going to this one for that and that one for the other etc.  The consensus is that yes, you have this issue and that pain and that's what happens as you get older so you get to live with it and there might be a little pill that will help a little now or later but the problem isn't going away.  Isn't it nice to have something to look forward to?

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Yes, there is a point to this depressing diatribe.  I have always been a dreamer.  I've often dreamed of doing this and having that and being able to do this and go there.  There always seemed to be multiple reasons for me not to be able to do the things I dreamed of doing. Sound familiar?  Well I am going to DO IT!  Do What?  I'm going to try to squeeze as much FUN and CREATIVITY and JOY and LIFE as I can into each day from now on.  This will require some effort on my part.  Some of the things I want to do I need to get into better shape to be able to do.  Most of the things I want to do require more time commitments on my part and good planning.  I'll be sharing more later.  I need to make a few lists.

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Back to my Birthday.  My oldest daughter took me out to lunch today and I will be leaving shortly for dinner out with my husband, my youngest son, my daughter and her husband. It's been a good day!  Can you tell I gave up cooking on my birthday?  I seem to recall baking my own Birthday Cake back in my 30s and then looking around at my family members and announcing that since there were several others present who knew how to cook (because I had taught them) that I wouldn't be baking any more cakes for my own Birthday.  Now I don't cook my own dinner either.  Sometimes you just have to draw a line in the sand.  LOL 

Presents... so far my DH gave me a bag of dark chocolate with nuts, yum and a card with a promise to buy me something when I decide what I want.  I did buy myself a little something at the Quilt Show.  I haven't opened it yet because I have to rearrange things to make room for it.

I've been wanting an embroidery machine for a while but I was waiting until they evolved a bit more.  The ones I used to sell when I had my shop were the first or second generation. Things have changed for the better!  I was going to get just an embroidery machine but the specials on this one made it worth the difference.  I'll have more details on what it can do when I get it up and running.  If you can't wait to know more look here.  That makes another 'dream come true' this year.  The first of course was my Innova.  I think I'm done buying sewing machines for quite a while.  Now I'm just going to ENJOY learning how to use them and make a lot of things with them!

I've been wanting to start a regular linky party for a while.  What do you think about one that would be for sharing the CREATIVITY and JOY and FUN you find in daily life?  Got any ideas for a good name for it?  Something with 'LINES' in it would be nice of course.  Leave a comment about what I've had to say today along with a name suggestion.  If I go with one of the suggestions the Comment Maker will get a gift.  Right now I do not have one in mind.

Linking with:  Live a Colorful Life


  1. Just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PATRICIA! I hope all your dreams do come true.

  2. Happy birthday Patricia will have to try the not cooking on your birthday rule out next year! Laughter Lines could work for your link up everybody has them and they deserve to be celebrated :)

  3. Happy birthday from me, so you will be joining with 60+ girls next year, I am 66 and so lucky have good ehoohealth and so far keep away from Doctors, mind you here in the UK if you phone for an appointment you have to wait about 10 days so are better before you see one.

  4. Like your new machine. Happy Birthday. I received my prize. Can't wait to get it installed and up and running. Thanks again so much.

  5. Happy birthday. May the upcoming year be a delight for you.

    How about "Thinking Outside the Lines"?

  6. Happy Birthday Pat, and congratulations on your new embroidery machine!
    "Life Outside The Lines"

  7. Happy Birthday, enjoy the new machine and I've been thinking along a similar path to you that "someday" needs to start happening sooner than later! If I think of a good name I'll come back...

  8. Happy Birthday! That is a beautiful new sewing machine and a wonderful attitude you have going. Hope most of those dreams come true.

  9. Happy birthday! What a great machine, I told my husband I would like one someday. How about lines of linky fun?

  10. Happy Birthday. I had a girlfriend that used to get all of the newest and greatest toys and when my girls were little I wanted an embroidery machine. I thought it would made beautiful clothes. I am not too sure if I would use one for quilting even tough I see many, many quilts with embroidery.


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