Thursday, January 9, 2014

Small Things

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

52 Photos Project

For the past few years I have been wanting to improve my photography skills.  I feel that my blogging has been helping me do this since a picture certainly makes my posts more interesting.  I have wanted to do one of the many photo challenges on the web and I have been watching this one for a while.  It is just to take a picture that fits a simple theme once a week and post it.  I missed the first week of the year because it was to take a picture on New Year's Day and I didn't.  This week's theme was for something really small.

New leaves on the schefflera 

One of the things I like about my schefflera plant is the each new leaf bracket starts out as a small but perfect version of the full grown ones.  The new one in the center of the picture is about the size of a dime.  It's so much fun to first see them start out even smaller than that and watch them grow and the green change from lime to a deeper forest shade.

It's been cold here but today is better.  Maybe up to the 50s.  Not a fan of the single digit temperatures.  The heat runs and runs and the air is so dry.  We went out to eat Friday night and it had dropped down into the 20s the night before.  The fountain at the restaurant had frozen.  This is not a sight common to Georgia.  I only had my cell phone with me so the pictures aren't too great but I thought I'd share anyway.

I'm sure after this week's low temperatures the pool below the fountain was frozen too.  I didn't go back just to check it out though.  My son, who lives in an apartment complex, said that the swimming pools had a solid layer of ice across them there.  Even the one that was supposedly heated was frozen.  I told him not to try to walk on them. ;-)

No quilting pictures to share today.  I did get the blocks for the grandson's quilt trimmed and the fabric cut for the sashings and fill blocks.  I need to put the blocks on the design wall to decide on the arrangement and then I can get the top finished.  

I also prowled around the stash to find the backing for 2 of the quilts I need to get quilted. They are bigger than I thought the were but I'm determined to get them done.  I had to restitch a few seams in them.   The lady that made them is deceased and they are made from double knit, yes that indestructible fabric from the 60s and 70s.  The blocks are simple bowtie blocks but they are about 14 inches across.  Needless to say the fabrics stretch and the tops are not square.  They are actually well made and have a very modern look.  I'll try to remember to get permission to share some pictures.  One thing about knit quilts that you may not know, they well keep you very warm in very cold weather.

I have been negligent to post that I WON a lovely prize back during the Blog Hop Giveaway a few weeks ago.  My prize arrived during the holidays.  Thanks Sharyn!  I'm looking forward to using them for something special.  Sharyn's blog is Quilty Pleasures

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Well that's about all for today.  A little something small, something cold, something old and something lovely.  I hope you have enjoyed a few little somethings lately too!


  1. I chopped my shefflera off completely, and I'm watching it grow new leaves too! Lovely photo

  2. What a great idea! Yes, I must agree pictures are a wonderful addition to any post. Those photos of the fountain are amazing. And congratulations on your charming win! Thanks for sharing, Patricia!

  3. Lovely photo for the theme Patricia. There used to be some spectacular icicles in Latvia in the winter, as well as being beautiful to look at though they were dangerous too. Having one fall on top of you from the top of a building was no joke.

  4. Perfect! And I can't beleive that frozen fountain!

  5. Patricia I love your comment on being confident in being who God made us to be so that we might glorify his name. Also love your photos. We are in mid summer here in New Zealand with temps in the 80's...I wont complain so much about the

  6. Great photo of the fountain even if it is with the phone. The first time I saw the Detroit river freeze over then great apart to create these huge SUV size chunks it was amazing. Lovely win.

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