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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nada - sort of

Today I'm afraid I don't have any photos of progress on anything creative.  The barn quilt is *almost* done so I'll wait to show you that.  Instead, how about the view from our balcony?

This was taken yesterday - dark clouds and a little bit of sun shining on the trees beside the river.  Looks rather chilly (speaking of which, a few minutes ago we were getting a rain/snow mix....yuck, yuck, AND yuck!!).  

Just got back from taking our car in for some repairs.  Apparently the 'differential is leaking' and something else is seized up in the back end.  Makes me wonder if she's menopausal?

Your quote is another from an anonymous source:  "A lot of walking away will do your life good.  Walk away from arguments that lead you to anger and nowhere.  Walk away from people who deliberately put you down.  Walk away from the practice of pleasing people who choose to never see your worth.  Walk away from any thought that undermines your peace of mind.  Walk away from judgmental people, they do not know the struggle you are facing and what you have been through.  Walk away from your mistakes and fears, they do not determine your fate.  The more you walk away from things that poison your soul, the healthier your life will be. 


  1. Wonderful view, Mary Anne!
    Hope the car's ok.
    Look forward to seeing your mug bag!
    Barbara xx

  2. You have a beautiful view from your balcony. I can see you and your Jack picnicking by the river. =) Rain, does sound rather yucky. I will just send you some springtime greetings to cheer you day, shall I??

  3. Lovely view, and a great pic of it. Makes up for living in an apartment when the outdoors is right there.

  4. Lovely photograph..... sorry about the yucky snow/rain mix.... bit early for that yet?? Hope you get the car sorted!! Loved the quote today! Hugs Christine xx

  5. Oh wow, we had those clouds yesterday too. But no snow or rain. The weather guy says maybe this weekend. I can wait. that little mug bag is a great idea. Who would have thought about using a CD in the bottom.
    xx, Carol

  6. Beautiful view. Outside my sewing room window is a huge maple. I've enjoyed watching the colours change but now it's almost bare of leaves. We actually had snow last night. All gone now. Winter is coming:)

  7. Love the view from your window! We just had a bit of the white stuff but melted as it pitched on the ground. Not looking forward to winter. I smiled at your reference to the car. Good one.

  8. Beautiful fall photo, Mary Ann!
    And yes, it does sound like your car is menopausal.
    The AQS sampler is amazing, a block for each state.
    Words of wisdom in that quote, thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh, I love that view. Will all the tress turn orange and yellow?

  10. I'll take that view! Wonderful!
    And what a clever project is that mug bag.

  11. Hello MA
    It's o lovely to be visiting you again!
    I always enjoy the tutorials you give us and other items you've found to check our - you're a mine of information - thank you! I loved the Christmas decorations which I'll come back to when I have more time.
    Your weather is typical of Autumn days anywhere with the dark threatening skies.
    Even though it is Spring down under we are having days like that here too with very changeable weather!

  12. The rain snow mix is yucky. Beautiful fall photo

  13. Sorry about the s-n-o-w...
    I have spent thousands on big-ticket repairs for my "new" vehicle in the year and a half I've had it, which is ironic considering I've driven it less than 10K miles in that time. All the years I was commuting long distances and by dire necessity keeping aged vehicles running on shoestrings and rubber bands...
    Still, I like the Highlander, it's much MUCH easier on my back, and it has the features I need: big comfy area for Piper, room to carry a couple of goats if needed, and room for 7 bales of hay per trip to my hay man, who fortunately is only around the corner. If I had bought a pickup I could get more like 24 bales per trip, but Piper wouldn't have her First Class Lounge.

  14. There's just something about the angle of the sun in the fall that gives all the colors such intensity. Even the contrast between the gray sky and the golden leaves is striking.

  15. Some of your cool dark & very windy weather has moved all the way down here. We've had frost about 3 different mornings.

    Thanks for the AQS block of the month. I love doing them. I'm a sampler kind of girl.

    Going to be giggling for a few days now, thinking about a menopausal car.

  16. Argh! My last comment was eaten by Bloggggggrrrrr. So here I am again. I love your barn picture, yet again! The autumn ones just seem so homey!

    Most of the other responders have covered my thoughts, but I did want to relate a recent (this year) similar experience. I saw a quilt on Pinterest that I fell in love with, but the links were all broken. And the community board it originally came from had been erased. Anyway, I figured out the pattern and made the quilt myself, always mentioning that it was a copy of an unattributed pattern I’d seen. One day, months later, I did an unrelated (to me) Google search and found the actual original pattern. I did a blog post to give attribution to the creator and a link to the pattern. Never have had an issue.
    Once, however, I had a nasty email from someone who didn’t read all of a post I’d written about the bird quilt I’m working on. I said I had bought a pattern from X (with link) and found a free source online from Y (with link) but I changed their dimensions to make my block Z. I made some other changes to the pattern, but they were only that - changes. I always listed my sources with that information and never claimed any credit or called it my pattern, and the quilt was for my own use. But boy was that lady (and I use the term loosely) mad! She took exception to me calling Z “my block”. I had to do another follow-up post about copyrights and my (lay) interpretation of them as well as my intention to always be honorable and give proper credit, which I had. But it sure did hurt!


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