Always Close…

Microsoft desktop picture

Yesterday afternoon, towards the end of another long week at work, my desktop wallpaper changed to this picture.  I thought “what a great pic to end my week…”.   A rainbow is a sign of better things to come and after the stressful and extra hours over the past two weeks, I needed that reminder.

Well the “better things” started with a 3 day weekend.  Can I get AMEN?!

This morning I was able to work on the log cabin quilt.  It was nice to be able to do so after not working on it for two weeks.

One of the best things so far this weekend is the opportunity I had this afternoon to spend time with family members I don’t get to see very often.  Some of my aunts and uncles from Alabama and Louisiana are up to visit this weekend.  One of my uncles, my uncle Harold, I haven’t seen since I was a young teenager.  Listening to him talk today, the sound and inflection of his voice, reminded me of my grandpa.

Growing up, due to my dad’s occupation, we were on the move every three years or so and were not in close proximity to most of our family.  I wonder sometimes what it must be like to be near most of your family all your life?  What is it like to be there for them through hard times like heart break or grief, to help them through it so that they don’t make choices that could harm them or they regret later?  Or to be there for them in the happiest of times, like the birth of a child or the addition of a new family member through marriage, or even to celebrate an accomplishment they’ve had no matter how big or small?

Though I don’t get to spend a lot of time with most of my family, I cherish those times I do get to see them, because I don’t know when I will see them again.  I have been blessed with a loving family on both sides and I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.  My family is always close to me in my heart and thoughts and are continually in my prayers.

I took quite a few pictures today and plan to put them in a scrapbook.  I found a scrapbook yesterday at a local flea market and it has all the decorative pages in it.  The theme is “Family & Friends”.  So the pics I took today will be perfect for it.

My first day off for the Labor Day weekend has been a good day.  I trust your weekend has started out good too.

What’s Up With That?
Lately there have been things that just make me say “hmm…” and make me wonder about them.  For example…
On the way to visit with family today, we met a police car on the highway driving towards us.  The car was moving slower than normal and as it got closer to us it moved to the yellow line, and after it was past us it swerved over the yellow line.  What’s up with that?
Then there is a spot in the road on one of the highways I drive that has a sign that states “BUMP”, indicating a bump is ahead in the road.   Well it is not a bump, it is a dip.  I know they have signs that state “DIP” to indicate a dip in the road.   Were they striving for a bump and just did not accomplish their goal?  What’s up with that?
I guess that’s all I have for now.
Until next time, enjoy your weekend!


I was finally able to work in my sewing room this weekend.  I haven’t been in it at all this past week due to my work schedule.

At the end of my week I had in 60.61 hours.  My long week caught up with me Friday afternoon and I fought off falling asleep as hard as I possible could, but I felt that my coworkers would hear a loud thump as my head hit the desk.  So I had a strong cup of coffee hoping it would help. Though I have to admit the afternoon drowsiness is something I battle frequently with this current job.  Some are days are just worse than others.

I’ve been thinking of what I need to get done in the next sixteen weeks.

  • Finish the log cabin quilt
  • Make small love quilt
  • Make Christmas stocking for exchange
  • Make wall hanging/place mat from last year’s fat quarter from guild’s Christmas party
  • Other gifts I want to make for family and friends

Hopefully things will begin to level out and I will have time to work these projects.

At the beginning of the week I decided to focus on blessings instead of the frustrations and long hours the week promised.

  • Monday: after a long day I saw a beautiful rainbow on the way home and a beautiful starry sky at night.
  • Tuesday: stepped out of the house to a cool morning, a nice change from the hot muggy ones. 

  • Wednesday: coconut cream pie – it’s been a very long time since I last tasted coconut cream pie, this was a yummy blessing.  It was also a day of good song’s going through my mind.  Songs like “it’s alright, have a good time cause it’s alright yeah it’s alright” and “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me”. 
  • Thursday: a favorite sweater of mine was returned to me.  I didn’t realize it was missing, I thought that it was in the clothes hamper waiting to be washed.   One of the local churches catered our lunch today and the oatmeal raisin cookies were the best I have ever tasted.  
  • Friday:  enjoyed a phone call with my son.  He is doing well and starting school and teaching next week.  He is going to be very busy.   I also got to leave work earlier today than the rest of the week.

By focusing on blessings, it helped my week go better.  I was tired and wore out by the end of the week but I was not frustrated or stressed to the max and that is essentially the best blessing of the week.  🙂

So if you feel discouragement coming on… start focusing on blessings that come your way.


Where you going?


 Where you going?

Where you been?

Often going and coming again.

Slow down for a moment,

Listen, see, feel and taste, 

Make a point to slow your pace,

Do you notice the color of sky, 

Or the sweet melody of a lullaby?

Take a moment now and then, 

To break from you haste,

And let the good things soak in.

                              SParham 2014

The Best Laid Plans

“Today, on my lunch break I looked over my schedule for the week and tried to plan projects to work on accordingly.  The best laid plans however are often changed. I suspect I will be working extra late tomorrow night as they have announced  lunch and dinner will be brought in.  So I will have to be flexible but hope that tomorrow is the only day I may have to work extra late.”

You’ve just read what  I wrote on my lunch break.  Guess what?

Tonight was an extra late night too.

The crazy thing is I couldn’t do anything more than what I did earlier in the day because information was not in our new operating system.  So there I sat thinking to myself “I could be working on my son’s quilt instead of sitting here”.  It felt like a waste of my time.  But if they want to pay me for it, so be it…probably  the easiest money I ever made.  🙂

Tomorrow will be a different story altogether as today’s transactions will be in the system.  It will be a very busy day and I will need every moment I can get to get my job done.

This afternoon we were given inspirational cards… I used them as wall art for my cubicle.





Just for a moment


Let me lay my head down just for a moment or two, 

Let me shut my eyes from the light in this room, 

Let my ears fall deaf to the office hum, 

Just let me rest ’til evening comes.

                                    SParham 2014

Near panic…

We are going through a conversion at work and are going live with a new system on Monday.  So we are having to get everything from the old system taken care of this weekend before the new system goes on line.

I have to say today went pretty smoothly.  We are on call tomorrow in case there are last minute things that need to be taken care of before Monday.

There have been inspirational sayings going around to keep everyone positive.  Sayings like

“Remember: TEAM, Together Everyone Achieves More!” 
 “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure”.  
We even have inspirational M&Ms.
Come Monday, it is indeed going to be a new adventure at work.  Hopefully the transition will continue to go smoothly.
Someone told me the other day we have 4 months until Christmas.  I nearly went into panic mode.
So I have added a Christmas countdown to help keep me on track.
Christmas Countdown

Until next time…
Have a great weekend!