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New tricks

Wow! They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; we’ll see about that. This is the first entry in my new cyber journal. Although I have kept a journal for many years, sometimes faithfully and other times sporadically, this is my first try at a blog. During the next several months, my life will take some important changes. Some of these I have control over and others are beyond my control. This is my attempt to record the journey.

First of all, I’m going to be a grandmother. My oldest child, Greg and his wife, Vanessa were married in July, 2007 and are expecting their first child in June. The ultrasound reports that it’s a girl; her name won’t be revealed until her birth. I started a quilt for this grandchild soon after their marriage knowing that a baby would not be far away. I will include a photo once it returns from the quilter. (Georgette Sutton has been doing my quilting on a Gammill longarm machine with a stitch regulator.) The quilt is generic, although my daughter, Wendy said it turned out a little feminine. I guess the “universe” knew about her before the rest of us did.

I will be retiring from my career as a firefighter in about 18 months. This I have control over. Firefighting is a young person’s job and I’m no longer young (in years, anyway). I’m very excited about this new chapter but also a little apprehensive. Will I have enough money, can I afford the insurance, where will I live, can I play more days than I work? So many questions, so few answers.

This is where the longarm quilting makes an entry. That is my dream, to have a quilting studio and a longarm machine. For the most part, I have never been very confident or believed that I was good at anything. This is different. I know I can do beautiful quilting. How do I know? I don’t have an answer for that question. I just know, I can feel it in my spirit. My piecing is impeccable. Can I be creative or am I too “anal”? I am working hard to let go, to fly by the seat of my pants. It’s hard for me. I’m not a risk taker. Then I ask myself, what’s the risk? If it’s a mistake, learn from it and continue; it’s only fabric. I know I can follow a pattern but can I create one of my own? I have them in my head, that’s something new, too. Now to get them on paper and into fabric.

Thanks for checking in on me; I hope you will continue to do so. It’s going to be quite a ride.

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