Thursday, November 7, 2013

Has it been that long? And other thoughts.

It’s been over a week since I’ve posted and I’ve been waiting for the folks at BlogHer to contact me regarding my sporadic attempts at publishing. You see, I’m signed on with BlogHer for advertising on this site and if you don’t post on a regular basis, it sort of goes against your contract with them. I’ve been busy is all I can say.

Work and my weekends are keeping me busy and keeping my mind off of anything too sad.


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This is what it looks like in the mornings now when I let George out the front door at just after 6 am.

And this is all I have to say about that:

I thank my stars that I have this job.



Something happened at school this week that had me overwhelmed with gratitude. One of the senior boys came to my desk early one morning with a bag that was tied with a silk green bow. Now this particular member of the Class of 2014 has been giving me a present at Christmastime ever since he was in kindergarten, and I don’t know why but I thought it might be an early Christmas present.

But it wasn’t, he said, and told me that I should open it right away. I want to really photograph this beautiful gift, but for now you’ll have to live with the camera phone version below. Inside the bag was a pretty box and inside the box was the most beautiful handmade quilt.

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A handmade quilt.

I could barely read the card and thanked him profusely after reading only the first two sentences because I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold it together.

About an hour later, I sat down to read the card and had to leave my desk because I was in tears. This young man, along with his mother, his brother, and a small group of mothers at our school, came up with the idea of making a quilt for me “to wrap her in love”.

I left the card at school so I don’t remember the exact wording, but the person who actually made the quilt (Cindy M) wanted me to know how much they all cared for me and my situation while I was gone from school caring for my husband. It filled my heart is all I can say.

I should write more about it later because it’s s story in and of itself. But I really feel like it’s a quilt with magic powers because I feel better having it wrapped around me.

I just do.


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In other news, my niece’s girls getaway weekend was sweet. I loved seeing her, her husband, my sisters-in-law, my niece, and that sweet baby girl, M.

The photo above was shot at the waterfront restaurant on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore where we had dinner on Saturday night.


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And this is Baby M.

She is such a happy little girl.


These next two photos are random shots from my camera phone taken at restaurants in the past month.

Why? I don’t know. I’m just feeling like being random is all.


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The cheese plate at {The Vineyard Wine Bar} in Havre de Grace, Maryland.


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The pork tenderloin at The Waterfront Kitchen in Baltimore. Their website is down at the moment or I’d link to them here.


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Another image taken with the camera phone coming up my driveway from work today. No wait, I was leaving my driveway. I had already come home, taken the dog for a quick walk, and then was heading out again to go to {the licorice store}.


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I bought a pinot gris from Oregon that had a colorful label.

And lastly ~

Zales (otherwise known as America’s diamond store) continues to have the coolest new tunes on its commercials. Tonight I heard their holiday proposal ad featuring music by Lord Huron (who I’ve never heard of before).

The Black Keys, Daniel Lee Kendall, Landon Pigg, Various Cruelties, and now Lord Huron are some of the artists featured on the Zales commercials. I wouldn’t have heard of them if hadn’t been for tv ads, so thanks for that, Zales.

Here’s the {Zales 2013 commercial} featuring the holiday proposal ad.

And here’s the song I heard tonight. Just thought it was kind of cool is all.

And on that note, I’ll say goodnight. It’s a 3-day weekend here because of parent-conference day today and the fact that the faculty stays ‘til 8 pm. Then we get 3 days off. I am so glad I’m one of the faculty, and so glad I don’t have to deal with parent conferences.

Have a great weekend ~

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Nellie said...

It is so good to read a post from you, Kate. What an amazing gift you were presented today!

Yes, that is one more cute baby! It sounds like you had a really good week-end with "the girls."

I continue to keep you in my thoughts.


Angie said...

What a beautiful gift of love and solace to wrap you in... The baby girl is just adorable---and I've had an ongoing love affair with George since I found your blog a long time ago. Hugs to you and George.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh what a beautiful and deeply thoughtful gift they gave you. You will cherish that quilt forever.

Connie in Hartwood said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful gift!!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful boy that is...and so thoughtful. Glad it is helping.

And being from Oregon - that wine bottle is perfect! A horrible downpour this morning - one that I have not seen in a while..


Lee Owenby said...

What a beautiful and precious gift. You will be able to use the quilt for many years to come. The people who gave it to you really care about you Kate --- as do I and your other readers.

Glad to see you staying busy.


Low Tide High Style said...

We get back in life the love we put out there, and you my friend have clearly put out lots of love because the love shown to you with that quilt speaks volumes...what an amazing gift!

Enjoy your weekend!

xo Kat

beth said...

random is PERFECT in my book. often i hear, "you are so random" or "that was so random" and i take it as a compliment to who i am.

mostly, it's always from my family, but still....a I IS WHAT I IS AND I IS RANDOM :)

can i just say...that quilt and the sentiment behind is beyond beautiful. you are so adored. i hope you really really really know that!!!!

hugs to you my sweet friend !!!!

Candace said...

That's a beautiful quilt and a lovely sentiment.

Anonymous said...

A handmade quilt just says it all when given as a gift. How sweet of them! And no, I would not want to be a teacher and have to tell all those parents about their children. What a drag.

Sabrina Steyling said...

You are always in my thoughts, Kate - your owl photo sits prominently on my wall and every time I see it I think of you (and George too)! Beautiful photos, which as always fill me with happiness. And that quilt, what a precious, precious gift! You are truly loved and appreciated by so many...God bless! <3

Linda said...

The quilt is beautiful! What a special, loving gift. I know you will cherish it.
My sister made a quilt for my husband when his Dad died. She made it from all his Dads old shirts. He tears up every time we bring it out to use.

JC said...

That is one nice quilt. You do have some amazing friends.

Give George a pet from me.


Michelle said...

I see there's another Michelle in Oregon – and yes, we had a downpour here at Boulderneigh this morning as well!

What a wonderful gift . . . your job, that quilt, your three-day weekend. As for those plates? I've never seen a presentation so beautiful as that cheese plate! Oh my....

Mersad said...

That's a wonderful story, and you'll always treasure that quilt. Great to see your posts again!

Daryl said...

that quilt is such an amazingly loving gift .. one you deserve!!!!! xo

WPgirl said...

The quilt is just gorgeous. What an amazing thoughtful gift. Baby M is sure a cutie. Glad to see you posting.
Lynda in Michigan

The JR said...

What a tremendous gift of love. I think that that is a gift of true love. I love the thought of "being wrapped in love" every time you use it.

You are very loved.
Happy weekend.

it's me said...

A beautiful quilt of flowers made by those who care for you, just perfect.

Babies always make me smile--she's so cute!

I love the random photos--life happens that way.

Lee Anna said...

Aren't quilts just amazing! As a quilter myself, I understand the thoughts of love and support that your friends were sewing into the quilt they made for you.

It is a beautiful thing indeed!

Wishing you only good days.
Lee Anna
a faithful reader

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am sure that quilt was thoroughly deserved. How wonderful that you are surrounded by such love - that and the fact that you are keeping busy will see you through. I have been there and I know this to be true.

Carolynn Anctil said...

I can feel the love emanating off that quilt, clear over here on the Canadian prairies. How full that young man must have felt to have been chosen to be the one to deliver it to you.

Blessings, my friend.
A Glowing Ember

Cait O'Connor said...

Please accept my condolences, I am afraid I had not been aware of your loss. The quilt must be the best present for you and like Carolynn I can feel the love from it. Wrap yourself in it as much as you can. People must love you very much..

mudmaven said...

Hi Kate! It's good I was alone in my office this morning when I read your post as it was so moving and brought me to tears reading it. Such a lovely gift and such lovely thoughtfulness. That baby is indeed darling! Sweet picture. ~chris

Kerri Farley said...

What a sweet "work" family you have!! Just reading that made me tear up ......
and love the link to the song..... fab!!

Annette Whipple said...

Love wrapped around you, Kate. :) What a wonderful community. Scratch that. What a wonderful family! I miss it!

(I have heard of some changes there...hoping the transition is easy on you!)

Hugs and prayers!

Jeanne Walker said...

Such a heartwarming story behind that beatiful quilt. May you always feel their love as you are wrapped up in it! You are blessed because you are such a blessing to others! Love the Lord Huron song! Hope that wine is as soothing to the throat as it is joyous to the eye. Hope wonderfully blessed weekend! xo

Country Gal said...

Good to hear from you and glad you are doing well . Oh that is a wonderful gift what a beautiful quilt for you and lovely thing for them to do , a blanket of hugs we call it here ,There are people over here that make these wonderful handmade quilts for others who have gone through tuff times and it is a wonderful idea . Lovely photos oh Miss M is a cutie . Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend !

Smalltowngiggles said...

Quilt of love. You have amazing, caring friends. Relax and enjoy your 3 day break. Take care.

Unknown said...

You are loved because you love......I am so glad that the quilt makes you feel good. I for one would love to know the entire story.
You are loved......smiles

Bluebird49 said...

What a wonderful gift---that beautiful quilt! It shows what kind of person you really are, a person who deserves to be wrapped in love...what great students and friends you have at school. So many beautiful pictures in this post! The food, the sunset, but the baby-doesn't everyone love baby pictures, especially one that sweet and cute? Ohhhhh! She's a cute one. Hope this weekend, and every day, will find you wrapped in love, Kate. I enjoy your blog so much--I want you to feel wrapped in love always!

GailO said...

Well this brought me to tears! It is wonderful to know that there are people in this day who care enough to make a quilt to wrap someone in love...and wonderful to know the person so deserving to receive it.

This made my day.

Jan's camera said...

Hi Kate. Thanks for sharing that lovely story about the quilt. You are so loved by your friends. Looking forward to more of your wonderful photos and posts. Have a good weekend. Jan.

Donna S. said...

A quilt made for you to wrap you in love has to have special powers!! Good to hear from you.

mkd said...

A quilt like that is an amzing gift that will remind you how much you are loved every time you use it. What a wonderful present. I like your random thoughts. Sometimes bopping around is just what we need to do.

Karen said...

Amazing quilt, what a lovely gift - something you'll cherish always and a reminder of just how loved you are at that school :-)

tainterturtles said...

It's been a long time since I've visited your blog Kate. I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I am glad you took time off from work, but going back is probably the best thing to do.

The quilt? It's beautiful and I think I would have been speechless at such a thoughtful gift. You are truly loved by everyone. I'll check back again...I've gotten a little lazy with my blogging lately.

Reena said...

What a wonderful gift! Hope your weekend was long and great and you did something fun. Hot hot humid here in Singapore. Missing fall! xo

Em Parkinson said...

I had tears in my eyes reading about your quilt. What an absolutely lovely thing to do. xx

sharon said...

The quilt is Gorgeous! what beautiful love was pour into that quilt. So nice to have such great students and parents. The pork loin looked delish! I bet it was good. Love your pictures. The days are getting shorter now, and the nights colder. Time to throw another quilt on the bed. Hope you have a great Monday!

Tiggeriffic said...

The quilt is made with much love.. I make quilts and what a splash of color this one is with all the different colored flowers.. This quilt that was given to you will be awesome to wrap around you on cold evenings..with a cup of your favorite coffee or hot chocolate.. George could lay on a corner of it by your feet and feel the warmth too.
Have a blessed week~~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

BB said...

That quilt LOOKS magic too... how wonderful community is. That story needs bookmarking every time any of us feel like the world is a bad place.

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Lili said...

I can only imagine how much love is woven into that quilt. Wrap yourself tight dear Kate! xoxo

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