I like Thursday

Once again it has been a while since I was able to join with Lana and a great group of bloggers who share their posts about things that bring them joy or they are just plain grateful to be able to share. The links can be found at LeeAnna’s site Not Afraid of Color.

Today would have been my mother’s 92nd birthday and I find that strange. She passed away when I was in my early 20’s. I was thinking of her this morning. She did get to meet my daughter and my sons before she passed away. I’m grateful for the things she taught me; to cook, to knit and to be strong enough to do what I needed to to raise my children and be independent. I actually started chucking when I was thinking of her, so many memories and then remembered her treat drawer. In the kitchen she had a bottom drawer that always had treats for my kids; a new book, a new toy or occasionally a sweet treat or a chocolate goodie for each of them. The kids always did their best to be good and to charm Gramma in to allowing them a trip to the drawer. They would never go in to it to even peek without permission. I kept up the tradition when my children were young and when I was living near my grandchildren. My daughter and I were talking about the treat drawer earlier this week (she does it, too). She hadn’t realized that it was her grandmother who had started that routine since she doesn’t really have any memory of my Mom. Now that my daughter has grandchildren she says she always has fun trying to find special things for the drawer.

Since February is the month we all are reminded of love, whether it be for a partner, or friends and family, I do want to say that I am grateful to have my DH in my life. He has the most bizarre sense of humour and a lot of friends and family say that I am the only one to get his humour.

After the nightmare of his watching the news for between 6 and 12 hours a day during the election where Trump won, my DH finally realized last year (when our Clarke died) that I don’t function well with the constant barrage of the news media. He has control of the remote so he normally watches news, sports, car shows and poker. This winter he has been checking all of the new series as they start and has been recording the good ones so we can always find something that we both can enjoy. This means that instead of sitting at my machine sewing, I sit in my comfy chair next to him doing some handwork while we enjoy a show and chat through the commercials or pause the show to discuss something.

One of the new shows I have really been enjoying is Will Trent. We have also been watching Shannara and a variety of police and Investigative series. I always did enjoy the CSI series and of course shows like Marketplace. Nothing like a variety of drama, investigative journalism and pure fiction/fantasy to make an evening interesting.

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that my DH does have MS and I often end up doing more of the chores by myself. He dislikes shopping and discovered that the Pandemic gave him the perfect excuse reason to stay home and be a hermit. In return for me having to do the shopping, the trips to town for meds and any other errands, he has decided that the vacuuming is now his job since he doesn’t cook and I prefer that he not do laundry. 😉

This past winter he convinced me that I needed to joint the Board of Directors for the Golf Club since they are in the position most charitable organizations are; short on bodies and a too heavy workload for the number of bodies they have. Upon being elected as Secretary I discovered that they needed to be brought in to this “new era” with digital files so I have been setting that up as well as trying to find new sponsors. It has cut in to my sewing time, so often when I am heading in to town my DH will hand me some cash and tell me to buy something “stupid” with it. To him that means a trip to my favourite source of my greatest addiction; fabric! The funny thing is it’s almost the end of February and I still haven’t bought any fabric. I do however have a nest egg that is building since we are planning a trip to America in April and I do have a couple of shops I like to visit while I’m there. 😉

In return, my focus has been on making him some new cushions. He spends more time sitting in his recliner over the winter and often finds he can’t get comfortable. I indulged in a new craft for me; embroidery to stitch a design on one cushion. Then I used a couple of blocks I had tested the patterns for and made another two cushions.

I have also been doing some EPP Stitching and have several projects on the go.

I have always been a person who enjoys reading and have added listening to audiobooks to my list of things that bring me joy more lately. I listen to audiobooks while I’m driving and usually read a book for an hour or so before I go to bed. My reading ranges from every genre, but have found that since the Reconciliation Report was published and they have been finding the unmarked children’s graves on the Residential School Sites here in Canada, I have been doing more reading on Indigenous Issues. It has long been known that our police forces have had problems with being biased and not investigating the cases of missing and murdered persons. I am currently reading a book that tells the story of seven murdered students in a community I have connections to. It’s a wrenching story, but one that we are all too familiar with. I borrowed it in digital format from my library and am going to manage to read it at least twice before it needs to be returned.

Other than that our life here is back in to the winter deep freeze mode, so I am not getting out for my daily walk to my Guild. It’s only a couple of miles along the trail system. I am grateful to have the trail system we do. When the bears aren’t hanging around I try to get on the trails most days. I did hear of a bear sighting last week, but think that with the cold weather setting back in there shouldn’t be too many of them out yet so I will likely get a few more weeks at least of enjoying the trails.

I will be heading over to LeeAnna’s site after I get back from town to see what our friends are sharing on their linked posts.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. Hope your month has been filled with happy days and many things to be grateful for; that bring you joy. 😁 Carol


Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

6 thoughts on “I like Thursday

  1. Love the treat drawer story and the 4 generations enjoying it. I love that your husband sends you on errands with some fun money – an adult version of the treat drawer. I enjoy the thought of you and him watching and chatting as you sew. I loved doing that…my husband doesn’t watch so much tv so I do less handwork these days.

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    1. Thank you Kathleen. Isn’t it funny the way some traditions get carried on through the generations? I have no idea why or how my Mom came up with the idea but it’s fun to watch the littles gather on the floor around the kitchen drawer and compare and pick and even share or trade. I’d not thought of my hubby’s fun money in the same way but you are so right. I’m actually enjoying watching tv now. 😉


  2. love hearing of family traditions and the treat drawer sounds so nice. I don’t even try to watch tv with my husband our shows that we like are totally different and he doesn’t want to talk at all – no comments! it is hard to not say something about some scene that I totally disagree with or think is dumb so I quilt in the evening and watch my own shows in the sewing room! Have fun with that nest egg and hope you can get out walking soon – be careful of those bears 🙂

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    1. Thank you Karen. The treat drawer is fun when the littles are around. I used to wish I could sew in another room but my sewing space is 4’ from the tv. I used to sit and sew through the hours of DH watching news with earbuds and an audiobook playing. His sweet thoughtfulness finding shows we both enjoy does make the evenings more enjoyable. I am so looking forward you our vacation; the first real trip since before Covid. 😉


  3. You are such a good writer, and I love reading about your life. The treat drawer is a great idea, love the story. Your DH sounds like a hoot and a good guy. We LOVE Will Trent! It’s amazing since we usually don’t care much for most new shows, but we have become very fond of the characters. It seems strange to think of living in bear country, but oh your views. The quilt in your header is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Linda for your sweet comment. My mother came up with a winner of an idea with the treat drawer. She helped teach the kids to consider the repercussions of their actions by this fun activity. My DH is definitely a hoot other than his tv news addiction 😉. I think the bear might have gone back in to their den since we haven’t heard of any more sightings with the nasty cold weather returning. That quilt was a favourite but it had wool roving for batting. I learned what not to do with it. It now lives with a couple that live off grid so the wool was a necessity in our climate. 🤗

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