Friday, January 27, 2023


 I am cherishing these January days.

Louis Dean and I have been getting a lot of really good sleep this month.
Some days it is nearly noon before we have our first cup of coffee.
I love the luxury of easing into the day, listening to bird song and the sounds of Life outside our open bedroom door. This week I have spent the first hour upon awakening in bed - having my Quiet Time under the warm covers and thanking God for my life and my husband. For flannel sheets and good medical care and doctors who care about us. For family and friends whom I hold dear to my heart and in my prayers and yet have never met in person. Yet.

Sometime this spring, Louis Dean and I are going on a vacation traveling straight up from Texas to Kansas City, Missouri. We are hoping to stop in for tea and conversations along the way.

I'm so grateful for my Kansas City siblings and their families and I'm hoping to meet them all very soon.

I was finally satisfied with this quilt for Baby Juliette out in San Diego.
She is one of my Kansas City grand nieces - granddaughter of my sister Rita.

I took off a few embellishments that didn't seem to be working and added another one or two.

Ready to  mail!

I added this bib I made back in 1985 when I was pregnant with Amber.
It's now 'vintage' and I wanted to give this to 'Kansas City' grand niece in San Diego!

I added a book mark I had made some years ago for the mother Janette.
This year I will be 75 years old so as I find things I have made in love - I am gifting them as I go.

I boxed the quilt and wrapped it to mail and took it down to the post office this afternoon.

We visited June  arriving at the same time as her daughter, Traci.
We talked and laughed and I took some old photos for her to look through as well as a fresh tin of fruitcake cookies. Oh, how she loves them!

Louis Dean played some music and he was so excited about Traci singing with him.

We are planning a night of dinner and music next month with Kimmy and June, Traci and her husband, Ilene and Brenda P and I'll be inviting Billy and Brenda. It will be fun like a PARTY!!!

I worked on my landscape tonight......
maybe two more sessions for highlights and details and it will be finished.

This has been one of the most enjoyable Januarys I have ever had!


Ginny Hartzler said...

I am so glad you are enjoying January! Your rainbow painting is so beautiful. I really like your article about having a calm mind, I need to memorize it.

Hootin Anni said...

It's great reading your month has be a good one for the two of you. Your words lift our spirits!!!!
Love Your Artwork (of course I do). And your photos, Linda, look so professional!!!

Donna said...

Glad you're getting some quality rest! Rare for us these days. Usually up by bed around 8pm.
LD lookd so happy...
And I love the quilt! And bib...treasures indeed.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The quilt turned out so pretty! I know they will love getting that package in the mail. And I know what you mean about January. December was one of the hardest months of my life and then January has been wonderful. I would never have expected that when I felt low. Enjoy your weekend my friend and thanks for always being there for me. Hugs, Diane

MadSnapper said...

It is great news to hear your January has been so good. I am happy for you and Louis Dean. that bib is beautiful, a work of art. have a fun trip to Kansas, we watched a movie named Kansas last night and I hope your journey is the exact opposite of the movie.

Kathy said...

The quilt you made is beautiful. Just perfect for a new little baby. I like the idea of giving away your treasures now. It is something I have been thinking about. I have way too much stuff in this house.

Glad you are having a relaxing and enjoyable January.

BeachGypsy said...

That Mr. Louis Dean sure lights up when he has that guitar!!-- he just glows-- you can tell he loves to play and sing! I love that beautiful beautiful quilt Linda-- so special. What a talent you have to make heirlooms like that. And I DO NOT believe you'll be turning 75-- no way no how!!--- You're so young and pretty!!

photowannabe said...

I am thrilled by how wonderful this month has been for you. We all need those down times to regroup our brains. You sure have been doing wonderful beautiful things during this time too. Love the quilt and absolutely love LD's smile and joy in the photo of him and Traci.
Always love coming here for a peek into your lives.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Such a lovely and positive post. I LOVE the quilt, and the bib and the bookmark...all such thoughtful gifts. That little baby will be so warm and cozy under that quilt. I know it will be treasured forever and maybe passed down to her own babies someday. Your landscape painting is gorgeous. Is that at your camp place? I love it. It's very peaceful and pastoral. So glad you have a trip coming up soon to visit dear ones along the way. That will be a real blessing. So happy for you to be able to do this. Louis Dean singing is such a happy and delightful photo! What a blessing. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. I enjoyed this post so much.

Betty said...

I am so glad that you are finding peace what a great way to start this year. I love the landscape painting the colors are perfect. You and LD have brought joy to those in the nursing facility what a fine way to spread cheer.

Carole said...

Cherish - such a good word! Cheers

Wanda said...

Like you, I find of late I am cherishing things more. Things slip away so quickly. I love that you are gifting things that you have made in the past. It's part of our legacy. I've been doing a lot of that with my "tea pots, cups and an assortment of tea things I collected over the years. I only have three grandaughters out of the 13, so they have been chosing things they like.
You are beautiful, and the picture of you and June is precious.
We've been enjoying a warm electric mattress cover. Snuggle, Snuggle.

Chatty Crone said...

I like what you first said - sleep - I have not been able to get enough sleep this month. I need to work on that.

Brenda said...

Lovely painting …prayers