12.07.2017

A little update

Sometimes it's a good thing to be quiet on social media.....
Table Rock Mountain, with smaller Stool Mtn. to right
looking across Pinnacle Lake
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina
  To take long walks with a sweet friend.....
Lakeside Trail with Suzi
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina
To sort of re-group...
Table Rock Mountain
looking across Lake Oolenoy
South Carolina
Say good-bye to a sweet pup.....
Who was a model for my entries to Lily Pad Quilting's 'Pets on Quilts Show' for a couple of years.... We  won a sponsored gift in 2014!
She was Melissa's dog.  All 6 pounds of her held her own on the trails well.  Most folks around here hike with labradors and large dogs.
Our family 2010 Christmas card.  Standing on the Natural Bridge in Keowee-Toxaway State Park on a c-c-c-cold winter's day.
Biking the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC, 2013.  Towa created such attention it was hard to actually ride our bikes!!  Melissa is very sad right now as she'd had Towa almost half her own life.  Towa was 11, completely blind with a collapsed trachea and tumor growing on her heart and stomach.  So very hard to say good-bye, but it was time to love her enough to let her go.
There's also been the obligatory annual cold that tends to knock one's feet out from under them, as well as simply a lot of family responsibilities needing to be managed.  So this morning, knowing I wanted to walk Suzi on the Doodle Trail..... my own little town's Rail-to-Trails project.... I sort of struggled with the thought of capturing a photo to re-enter the IG world.  For me, once you are out of the 'loop' of IG, it's sort of hard to jump back in.  Anyway, it was determined today would be a photo day which meant tripod and Nikon D3300.  As Suzi and I walked to this pretty spot on this very gray, cloudy, misty, moisty morning, we passed a couple of very nice women who were walking together.  All said 'hello' to each other and kept walking.  As I was setting up the tripod/camera they had turned around and were walking back my way when seeing the camera they stopped and asked me what I was doing.  As you all know by now, I am so NOT comfortable taking photographs in public around other people, but in this case I smiled and told them I sewed my clothes and had a blog and IG account that linked me with the international sewing community that I love.  With that one of the ladies said she sewed and boy oh boy did that trigger about an hour's conversation and exchange of phone numbers!!  And it gets even better...... turns out she's my neighbor, 2 'doors' down my very street!!!  Seriously!!!  Living in the country on larger tracts of land, one doesn't always know their immediate neighbors, particularly like us as we were not born and raised here.   I've been wishing for a walk/hike/sewing friend and feel God blessed me this day.  And all because I set my tripod/camera up for a photo because I'd been missing my international sewing friends!!
Now I feel re-energized and ready to sew some of the items on my list.  So very far behind in my Fall/Winter sewing, but shall not let that deter me.  Will share more next post.  It feels great to be back!

Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)

18 comments:

  1. Congrats on finding a sewing friend so near! That is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! As much as I love our sweet online sewing community, it will be nice to have someone to get together and sew with sometimes. We're already planning a fabric store trip too!! :)

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  2. Oh, I am sorry about Tova! I already had wondered what you were doing, Lisa! What a lovely and heart-warming tripod story! I have met some local sewing friends, all via internet. Sometimes we would meet for a little sewing bee, what is really fun. Happy sewing!

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    1. Your sewing times with your friends always sound like such a delight! Thank you ever so much sweet SaSa! :)

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  3. So sorry about the passing of your dog. This month marks one year since our beagle passed away. I know it is hard.
    Glad you are back sewing!! So nice that you met a sewing neighbor. I was wondering how you were doing, but I never know if people are ok with others asking or if it is pushing into their personal business.Anyway, it is good to see you back on IG and your blog!!

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    1. I remember your sweet pup Dayna. It is hard, isn't it as they are such a part of the family. You are always so kind and thoughtful. IG was beginning to feel a little overwhelming, and I just really had no new, interesting content for the blog. But now all is good. Thank you ever so much!! :)

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  4. Amazing photos Lisa! You are such a Lovely person ♥ - and I love everything you are sewing!

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    1. Thank you so much sweet, dear Ellen! And very much same to you!! :)

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  5. So sorry to hear about Towa. Glad that you found a sewing friend who lives nearby.

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  6. So very sorry to read the news about your dear fur friend. I hope happier memories are some comfort. And what a lovely experience to find a new sewing friend so nearby. Blog and IG friends are sweet but there's not much more fun than in person sewing friendships.

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    1. You are so right! My blog and IG friends mean the world to me, but I've always yearned for a sewing friend to sew together and enjoy fabric shopping together. Hopefully I'll enjoy a good balance of on-line/in-person friendships now. Thank you so much Jane! :)

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  7. While I love the connections I have made via social media, it is not the same as a relationship in the same time, place and space! And you will find you have many other things in common as well. Very pleased for you to have made this connection. And I am sorry to hear about Towa - yes, your daughter will be quite hard hit, as you rightly point out. As for IG, yes, one has to be in constant motion there - that is not quite me either! But people do come and go as well - I plan to be a bit more that way over the next year or so...some are very good at just posting what they want to post, and engaging in a less full on way.

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    1. Completely agree with what you say about IG and am thinking that may well be what I do in the future too. Sort of irregularly post and not feel self-pressured to do more. Trying to figure out how to manage my time better to complete more projects that I want to do. Thank you so much Sarah Liz! :)

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  8. Firstly my commiserations on the loss of your little dog, it's such a tough time, but their memories live on, and I'm sure you gave her a wonderful life. I really enjoyed the roundup you have given us and so pleased you've found a new sewing friend - it is lovely to have people you can catch up with in person and chat about sewing and life! PS I've had a lot of trouble posting this comment, so I hope you get it.

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    1. So sorry you had trouble posting your comment! This blog is still powered by Blogger, so don't know if that was the issue or not.... but glad you prevailed! Thank you for your condolences about Towa. The house still seems quiet without her, but we all do enjoy Suzi. :)

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  9. Good to see you back, Lisa, though I'm sorry illness and sadness are the reasons you were quiet for awhile. I am pet-less by choice these days but have had to deal with the passing of fur friends in the past. It takes a while to process.

    I'm glad you found a near by sewing friend. I know some near by sewists but haven't really clicked with any. Hope yours becomes a good buddy.

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara! I very much hope so too! We have already been planning a couple of fabric shopping trips in the near future..... so really looking forward to 2018!! :)

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