Tuesday, November 26

Brr...baby it's cold outside!!  It shouldn't really be all that shocking but things are starting to feel a bit like Christmas.  While we don't exactly have the snow on the ground (cheers all around) we have had some arctic air, making it feel like the ho-ho-holiday season is soon upon us. We are just amazed how much emphasis is on Black Friday this year.  I think both of us gals seem a bit "Fridayed" out and are having a hard time with the thought that so many people are going to have the give up celebrating with family because they have to work.  It's sad to see that each year shopping hours start sooner and sooner and the true meaning of Thanksgiving gets lost in the shuffle. . .but none the less life moves on and the holidays will really soon be upon us.
With that being said we have been busy little elves in the shop.  A slight lock-out made posting a bit impossible last week.  It was one of days those where "Murphy Law" was in effect.  Due to lack of keys and no neighbor or Busy Binder to find it was apparent that the stack of projects that needed little finishing touches was doomed to stay locked inside of the quilt shop.   They are currently in the hands of the Busy Binder and will be done just in time for a weekend re-cap. 
So. . .while we wait for our stack of finished show and tell I want to share a little story with you.  This gem of a lady is Harriet.  She is known as "ma" "grandma" and "great-grandma" to us three Pastthyme Gals in the shop.  If you keep up with our little blog you will know that she was the inspiration behind the quilt (Generations) in the picture.  As you can see she was excited to have the quilt about her in her room at the nursing home.
 Last week this gem left us for a better heavenly home at the age of 91.  We have probably said it before, but want to say it again after hearing the many recounts of her life at the service yesterday.  Grandma Harriet lived her life to the fullest. . .not everything was easy and beautiful, but she found the good in it and was happy.   She was a fun person to visit with you always left with a laugh or two from your time spent with her and her "say it like she seen it" attitude.

 I often think about the saying "The Dash" when I attend funerals of those I've loved along the way.  For those of you not familiar with it, it goes like this

 I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend.  He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning. . .to the end.  He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.  For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth. . .and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.  For it matters not, how much we own; the cars, the house, the cash.  What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash......so when your eulogy's being read with your life's actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?"  ~Linda Ellis

A family member told one of us gals that her life will live us three, as well as the rest of the family.  The three of us Pastthyme gals will carry out her love of quilting, and crocheting.  Reading, fishing, watching the Twins, baking, playing cards, spending time with people we love, reading and finding the good even when bad things surround us.  It is apparent that our Proverbs 31 grandma really made her dash count and gave us something to aim for in life.  It's a good life when people can look at you and say "if I ever live to be that old, I hope I am like her"

So come Thursday, when we start thinking about all of the things we are thankful for we will all probably add her to our list.  I hope that you, too, will be able to take a moment and remember to give thanks for all of the wonderful things and people you are blessed to have in your lives.  We both also wish those of you traveling a safe travel day and to those out shopping on Black Friday the best of luck fighting the crowds.  Who knows, we may end up with a story or two to share about our shopping experiences and treasure finds. . .


The Quilt-Along.  I know I promised details on it...but that was in our stack of locked up projects last week that is currently being bound.  We are going to have a table runner quilt-along.  We decided to show you the photo of the project so you will know if you want to participate and can plan ahead for fabrics.  We will post the photo on FRIDAY!!!  The post will have all of the details needed. . .

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