My apologies

So sorry that I've been MIA on my blog. Things got crazy right around Christmas time.

My great aunt Margaret did like her quilt. I hadn't heard from her though and got quite worried until I got a card on the 27th of December to tell me she finally moved out of her house and into a facility, so she wouldn't be alone all the time. Whew. That really scared me. I've never met her, but I feel attached now that I found her and have talked to her so much.

I've been doing a lot of genealogy research now too. That takes up a ton of time at home, when I normally go shopping and save my receipts and post them here.

We got our dock built finally. I'll share pictures sometime. And of course, I've been doing a few yard work projects. I planted my garden. My dad and I worked on the chain link fence that was uncovered after I chopped our bouganvillea down to the ground level, since Tropical Storm Hannah decided to lean it at 45 degrees towards our yard. Next up is the paver project and removing the terrible looking sheds on the side of our house. Pictures are due for that as well.

My nephew loved his homemade presents, even if they were *homemade*. I think it is love that counts, not presents. And I'm going to embrace this more, even if it perturbs some in my family. What do you think? Should a PRESENT be more important than being kind and treating others with respect? Little do you know how much that came into play this Christmas!

Finally, this is the last weekend that I'm performing in the Chorus of Fiddler on the Roof at our community theatre, Surfside. It has been chaotic, but there is a great group of people in the cast and we've had a wonderful time. I'll miss that for sure.


  • centralillinoisian | January 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    So glad to see you are okay. I agree that "homemade" presents are far better. It shows you put time and effort into giving something that matters. I am glad your great aunt is okay. And congrats on the garden and dock getting finished.
    Hope you and the cast get together one last time for a wonderful party.

  • bugsi033 | January 29, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    I wish I was in your family. You made beautiful items. I'd love to receive a gift like that. No one in my family is crafty. Bummer!

  • frugalsuz | January 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Sounds like you've been really busy! :) I've been meaning to say THANK YOU! for posting on the boards about the $5 Kohl's coupon!! I bought 20 of them on ebay and I've picked up some cute stuff using them.

  • hitenney | January 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Dear Nasa - So happy to see that you've posted. I thought your "homemade" crafts were wonderful, and hope that the few that don't appreciate the love poured in with the gift of time and skill did not ruin your day. I wanted to tell you something about the geneaology (can't spell), but think I just email, as I'm too long-winded.
    Glad you're back!
    PS - Hawaiians have a word "mana" - it's very hard to translate as it reflects a non-Western view of reality, but refers to power and life-force. When a person creates and makes a gift, especially with their own hands, the gift is imbued with their "mana" and some of it transfers to the receiver. Mana is powerful stuff, by definition, so I hope nobody dissed your nmana!

  • Kathleen | February 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    How wonderful of you to give a gift of a handmade quilt which is so time consuming to an Aunt you have never met! Wow! Can't wait to see pictres of your landscaping. Do you live right on the water, you talked about a dock. When can I come visit???? LOL Also, so glad you have put on new posts. I know you have been very busy! Also, glad you got your visitor taken care of!!

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