We all need a vacation from being too busy, but I have been wanting to get back to doing something, for far too long. This is the dilemma I am finding myself in, now that I am retired. So what have I been trying out this time, you might ask?
As the season of planting and growing things in Minnesota is coming to an end, I have been bringing in some of my flowers that I keep over winter. I have yet to plant my tulips in the ground before the frost. Maybe that will happen today. It is on my “list”, as that too is something I have been working at to motivate me during the doldrums of this period.
I am grateful I have my health and still grandchildren I get to babysit. Yesterday I took three of them (all the same family which included a seven month old) to the pet store in another town. They live in a more rural area so it was a bit of a drive for me in traffic.
I tested many of the things I hate that day. Traffic, driving in general, hectic schedule with baby needing a bottle, diapering, and her feeding schedule that had to be met, in the middle of picking her brothers from school. I fed her before the pet store, but only after picking up brother number two from his school.
I left the door of the car open and baby in her car seat while I fed her out of her baby food jar. I had packed plenty of snacks for the boys too. As we all enjoyed ourselves being fed, a hornet made its way into the car, bothering the oldest in the far back seat.
I was in the midst of opening doors to let the boys out so none got stung, yet this grandma could not do things fast enough and the tears were flowing, not mine but the elder son’s, from the experience of it all. Complete chaos was the scene, yet I was not unraveled.
I stayed calm and let the boys out on the sidewalk where we were parked and there were no casualties after-all. Bees are hungry this time of year and the sweetness in babies food was all it took to attract one.
I was grateful God had given us a very windy day. The hornet had no chance of sticking around long with the breeze filling our vehicle thanks to the now open doors.
Once back in the car, and baby well fed, we were on our way to the pet store and had a lot of fun! There were three cats which are my elder grandson’s favorite pet, if he could ever have this kind of pet.
We watched the Chameleons, that were awake and moving in their cages, and plenty of them to see. The tarantulas arrived too that day when usually their cages are empty with a sign “coming soon” on them. Fish, birds, guinea pigs and other things entertained the kids for quite awhile and they didn’t really want to leave.
I let them each pick out a soft pet toy they could keep, in respect for the owners of the store putting up with our entertainment they had to offer, and the restroom I was happy to use for babies diaper changing and two boys needing it too!
They were good sports about ending the visit, and I had no choice but to get back in traffic, which was sadly now, rush-hour. I always pray, out loud when with grandchildren, so they can hear me ask God for our safety back home. I want them to know we can talk to God just as we would a friend or our own parents.
I think life will be ever too quiet for me when babysitting grandchildren won’t be needed anymore. I know that day will come, if God gives me the time on this planet earth, to see them grow to adulthood.
This is one reason I am always looking five, ten or more years down the road. I am looking to see what I can do to contribute something to someone. If I have nothing to give someone, I feel useless. So, I have been spending more and more time writing lists, and also time in my sewing room, hoping to be inspired.
Inspiration does not seem to come so easily these days. I am not sure why. I used to spend more time listening to music and looking at pictures. It helps move something inside of me when I do but eventually we all have to get up and use the tools we need to do the thing God wants us to do.
I know I have a stockpile of fabrics I really need to make into totes or pillows. No one wants pillows, and if they do, they can find them anywhere for very little cost that I would like to ask to make mine and sell. But two pillows lately I did make and want to give them away.
The first one needs an adjustment on the face of it. It looks a bit crooked. I will fix that! Otherwise, perfectly sewn and washable.
One pillow was made from the front of a T-shirt my daughter was going to donate. I just added the fabric around it and the zipper to make a pillow. The insert is also not store-bought but made by me.
The second pillow was made from a fabric sample I found in my daughters office trash can. Yes, I am a scavenger! It is a sample from FSchumacher. The pattern is from the collection: Happy Together. It is Palmetto Print 177451- Ocean.
There you have it, all the info about the sample. Because it is not “centered” on the pillow, as it was not possible, being a sample, my daughter did not want it. That is her prerogative. Interior Designers are persnickety that way. I think that is funny, I think it is pretty. The back is made of a white textured fabric I have plenty of in my workroom.
Anyway, I am seriously giving these two, although small sized pillows away to anyone who contacts me. You pay the shipping. Christmas is coming and you will have two originals, never to be duplicated, custom-designed pillows. Contact me if you want to be a recipient of one of these pillows. (One person per offer.) Just mention this post.
I am happy to give away things now that I create with the scraps, remnants and extra yards of goods I have in my workroom. If people pay the shipping, I will be blessed in other ways just to give away my creations. Life is short and I realize I am at the other side now of my life span but am ready for what comes next.
At least when I get to heaven God will have plenty of work for me to do. Work is a blessing. If you find work, you are blessed. The work I will have in heaven will be perfect for me. I hope it involves children and working in God’s gardens, but he knows even more than I, what are the desires of my heart, and all things I find delightful!
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.“ (Philippians 4:8)