Sunday, January 27, 2008

My Window World......

and it looks out on a 'winter wonderland'. We've had a week of deep freeze here in WI, and that has kept me close to home. Not the cold quite as much as fresh snow. With fading vision I can't tell where the edges are on the roads. Not a good thing when you are driving...so I don't. My being missing in action is due to the cold tho. My computer is in the largest of the bedrooms(master) which has a phone jack. Unfortunately the room also has a north and west exposure. One window faces east but that doesn't stop the cold impact of a west wind. So I close the door, and don't heat this room when it's that cold! This is Saturday's contribution to our snow quota. We didn't get the worst of it, just several inches.
I was suppose to go up and have a sewing day with Betsy, but I didn't. Just enough fresh snow to mask the edges of things. I can't be sure I'm on my side of the road when this happens.
But I have been busy! I have gotten 4 tops together over the past week, and a ton of stuff sorted, counted, labeled as to 'how many blocks done', etc. I've also been cutting up scraps and that feels good *VBS* And yes, I did try sewing the HST's into flying geese and I will get a pic of them..hopefully tomorrow!(If the cold stays away a bit longer.)
It seems I evoked some emotion and opinions from my readers when I shared the situation with my DD#2. And I wanted to say to the 2nd anon. reader that in sharing the picture of DD#2, and the circumstances, I didn't share her 'sins' or shortcomings, but MY OWN. She is entitled to feel any way she chooses to feel about anyone and everyone, including me. That's a right we all have, to see things the way we want to see, and choose how we feel or act or react. She has her reasons and her side of everything, and I have mine. Perhaps you don't know that all 5 of my children are adopted. Each a seperate adoption with its own circumstances. It doesn't necessarily make a difference, but if you need a place to hang things, it works. Life has given her both blessings and burdens. You can keep a wound open forever if you work at it. I'm hoping one of these days, while I am still on earth, vs. under it, she will realize the past is just that, the past. We can only change what we are doing right now, or will do in the future.
She let DD#1 take the picture knowing it would be sent to me, she could have refused but chose not to. I find that and wanting a baby quilt for her child very hopeful.

24 comments:

Norma said...

Ok, Finn, when you disappear on us like this, we WORRY about you! Glad to see you back on line.

Everyone has their opinions of situations. My take on that is "walk in MY shoes for a while" before you judge. You know what the true situations is, the whys and the what fors and it is not for the rest of us to judge in any way.

Take care my friend, love the top you pictured, so very scrappy! It is raining in AZ and they have high hopes that it is nice for Super Bowl visitors next weekend.

dot said...

Sounds like you have been busy. I like the pictures. I completed a quilt with the blockes from you. Drop over to my blog and check it out. It is named Fiddling with Finn. Life throws us curves and many times we change things when babies come. All we can do is love our kids and nothing else. BLessings to you.

truckrlady said...

I have you in my favorites list because you are also from WI and a quilter, but I have never posted to your blog. I enjoy reading it as well for ideas and to see what other people are doing.
A blog is a place to vent, journal, chat or just plain have fun. If you talk about your kids, regardless of how you do it - it is still YOUR blog. I have 2 kids -14 yo boy & 16 yo girl. Mine are not adopted, but we all have a difficult child if you have more than one. Kids have their moments. I also have 2 step sons 18 & 23. They are truely all 4 very individual people. A parent can't expect all of the kids to be the same or perfect. The world would be a boring place. She is your child and you have a bond. We all have rocky moments that pass that ONLY the parent of the child understands. Keep up the quilting!
All will resolve itself in time :)

Colleen Eskridge said...

I love the quilt you are working on...and only hope the snow doesn't affect me flying in next week...I go through Chicago...always iffie in Winter! I agree with you....life is too short to cheat yourself out of the blessings you can experience. Hang in there. Colleen

canquilt said...

i LOVE your 30's quilt!
Lorre

Chookyblue said...

good to be safe and stay home...........keep warm...........quilt is looking good....goodluck with the new baby quilt......

Ms. Jan said...

Hi Finn,
I've been meaning to email you since I read the comments on your last post. I also have an AWOL kid, my only son and I'm sure he has a litany of reasons of his own, and I too hope that we'll get back together before one of us passes on. I do think that adopted children have a tougher time of it, no matter what. Putting yourself in their shoes, how would any of us feel if we were given up by out birth mothers and fathers? Until you grow up to a certain degree, it has to impact your outlook on everything. It is amazing to me how much more tolerant of me my daughter has become now that she has 2 small children of her own.

I applaud you for being willing to share with the whole wide world. Don't stop!

xoxo
msjan
PS: Love the hourglass and 9 patch top! Stay warm.

Nadine said...

Oh, Here's another quilt I just fell in love with ! Makes me think of sweets, ice cream, lollipops, makes me feel young and happy ! Thanks for showing, Finn !

Congratulations for the 10th grandson to come ! I'm sure he's gonna get a very, very special quilt from grandma :>)

Take care, dear,
((HUGS)) & smiles to you !

NADINE

Tropical Screamer said...

What a great post, Finn.

I love the quilt. It is so cheerful. The snow pic is beautiful, but made me put my sweat pants and sweat shirt back on.

And what of the greatest blessings of getting older to me is seeing that we choose what we hold on to and what we let go of.

And comments. Sigh. It's funny that the people who choose to say the most painful things are the ones that use "anonymous."

Take care and thank you once again for sharing pictures.

I finally have one up on my blog after such a long time.

I'm working on a Hexagon Charm quilt and I actually posted an in-progress pic. It's a very humble project compared with what you do, but I love it.

Darilyn

Sweet P said...

I love your newest quilt. I hope it's thawing out in WI. My mom said it's been super cold in MN too.

Congrats on the soon-to-be grandson.

Jean said...

Hang in there, hopefully when she becomes a mom she will realize that whatever has come and gone between the two of you... your still her mom. Being a grandma of 11 (congrats on that by the way!) and another on the way maybe she will also realize that you know a thing or two or three about raising kids.... time will tell! Good luck! Prayers are coming your way! Your quilts/bloggings are great! Jean from Ut.

Quilt Memories said...

Maybe annomyous will someday walk in our shoes( or ones of her own, they hurt!!!!) then she will know how this all feels. There was nothing wrong (in my humble opinion) with what you said. If your DD should read it then perhaps she will know how you are hurting and maybe call to have a talk, that would be great, RIGHT!!!!!!!! Hang in there my dear Finn, Hugs your way****VBS**** J

dee said...

Hi Finn, I'm in love with that quilt. So sweet and cheerful.

It always amazes me how some people can interject themselves into situations that are none of their business. Maybe the time would be better spent learning to spell properly or be less of an anonymouse

Big hugs to you-you're very dear!

Katie said...

Oh, it is so good to be back reading and posting. I am all caught up reading yours. Love so see what you are working on. Sorry about the cold weather. In my 20's I knew how to run my own life and also how everyone one else should run theirs. Now in my 60's I take my life one day at a time and have much less clarity how others should live their's. I've always had a good relationship with my DD1 but after becoming a mother, she too wrote me the note saying she now understood what I did as her mother. I see much of who we are as inherited. Sure environment plays a role, especially if it is abusive, but the "nature" in us can be very strong. I have seen generations of a family that never forget or forgive anything. It is a hard life for them, too. Hugs from Katie

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a wonderful new quilt top, very cheerful. So glad you've been getting good sewing time in.

Libby said...

Love your cheery 30's quilt . . . I'm just storing up tons of scrappy ideas to try to clear out some of my stash soon and this is an idea that is tops on my list.
You've been very much missed during the cold . . . but I sure would love to come over and play in the snow in your yard. So inviting *s*

Pam said...

Such lovely colors on your quilt. I have very few pastels in my stash, or lights either. Those are things I must go out and buy when needed. I enjoy any excuse to go out and buy fabric! Hope you stay warm.

Marcie said...

Hey Finn, Love your 30's quilt! So fun and scrappy! Your daughters both look very pretty and happy! I wish for you a wonderful reunion! Babies have a way of spreading joy! Stay away from the bad roads and enjoy your happy colors!

meggie said...

Your 30s Quilt is lovely. I love all those fabrics.
Hugs to you!

Barbara C said...

It seems like you made good use of your snow days. Keep up the good work and stay warm. :-)

Screen Door said...

I love your quilt--- Families are always tough. I hope you snuggle up warm-- we're heading for another cold blast in the next couple of days.

Susan said...

Hi Finn! Your snow pictures make me cold, hang on - let me go get some more sox on - OK! I read this post and then had to go back and see what all the fuss was about concerning DD2. Congrats are in order, I see! I hope all goes well with her and the baby and y'all getting together in general. Like you said, past is past, and who wants to stay there?

Maybe you or some of your expert quilt friends can help me guess at the year/decade of the fabric in my grandmother's quilt I am working on? Pictures posted today over at my place.

Stay warm! Hugs, Susan

Kucki68 said...

I love the thirtyish ninepatch hourglass quilt!

Jeanne said...

I love the nine patch and hourglass quilt, too! You can't go wrong with nine patches. The colors just make me smile. Congratulations on #12. I hope things work out between the two of you.