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“Chillin With My Gnomies”


Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, or Should I Say Time Flies?

It’s been some time since I last entered a post. So many activities have been taking place I barely had time to think. So sorry that this was one of the past times I had to let rest. All that matters is that I’m back and ready to resume my ramblings.

Being a city girl living the fast paced life it’s often hard to slow down. The daily grind of multitasking doesn’t stop immediately. It takes a bit of time before one finds themselves exhaling. The slow but gentle glide to total relaxation begins the all too important sense of relief; that pause that refreshes. It’s that moment of inactivity when you realize how busy you have been; how tired you have gotten. It’s when those furrows in your brow begin to soften and the smile you once had begins to return. Oh how often we forget to take time to smell the roses; to enjoy life for what it should be.

I recently took just such a pause. It was on one of our annual excursions to northern Wisconsin that I once again found my sense of peace. We shared the respite with one of our daughters and her husband. Oh and of course our traveling companion Sadie. Now mind you it wasn’t a trip void of adventures. We did our share of sight-seeing and our part to keep the economy running. The pace, however, was much slower, more relaxed.

During the process of decompressing I enjoyed listening to and observing the natural beauty of the world around me. I am grateful for the time I had to relax and unwind. I left that quiet sanctuary feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life had waiting for me. Before we part company let me share a few photos of my excursion.

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Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to unwind and recharge. Now let’s get back to work.

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Spring Is Finally Here

Spring Is Here

I was very remiss at cleaning out my gardens last fall. There’s plenty of debris just waiting for my attention. While longarm quilting recently, my left eye detected movement outside a window. I stopped my Tin Lizzie to investigate. Carefully I moved toward the window. As I got closer I could see a big fat robin. The robin was tugging at the leftovers of last year’s Black Eyed Susan’s. Apparently their decaying stems make for an interesting find.

Stand Still

I stood as still as I could; not wanting to scare away the robin. The bird paused for a moment and waited then tugged once more at the stems. Ultimately he was successful at freeing bits and pieces. As he flew away I could see the new-found items nestled within his beak. The male robin returned numerous times to gather more stems. Seeing this robin actively gathering stems and leaves reminded me that YES indeed spring is here! Yippee!

Take A Look

I took advantage of a rainy day recently to pause and take a few photos in my gardens.  This is the fruit of my labors.  Enjoy!

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While this post certainly has nothing to do with quilting it does bring you a small taste of the environment I live in.  My home, garden and landscape are also one of my “favorites.”   I hope you have enjoyed today’s tour.  Perhaps I will have the opportunity to interject more snippets of my garden from time to time.

Thanks for joining me!

Cindy Anderson
Cindy Anderson
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The Great Outdoors

We’ve been peppered with frequent snow falls recently.  None of them have produced tremendous amounts of precipitation.  Just enough to make snow removal necessary.  The other day I piled on the winter clothing, grabbed my camera and took a walk about our yard. Pictured below are a few of the photos I captured.  I hope you enjoy them.

Left Over Black Eyed Susan’s and a Barren Bush


A Bench


A Lonely Stump Waiting For the Next Campfire


A Decorative Mailbox Covered in Snow


A Discarded Machinery Part Utilized as Art


A Metal Bed Frame Waiting for Spring Flowers


A Recycled Bed Spring Supporting Last Year’s Clematis



I’m looking forward to Spring!