Saturday, April 19, 2008

Life is an adventure!!

I have always said that to my kids! Yep it's an adventure and we are about to take one. Mr. Polka Dot announced this week at work that he will be retiring in October. So now a new adventure will begin for us, a new chapter. Grand baby boy will be here by then, so it will be a happy adventure with a new little one around. Now this retirement thing is a bit weird to me. I don't really know why but it is. We have planned well and lots of projects and trips to look forward to. I guess for me being mid 50ish, I just don't feel like retirement material :-), no pun intended!!!!! But after sitting on this for this week (even though we knew for about a year), it's starting to feel like it will be ok; better than ok...in fact pretty darn wonderful!!!

On the sewing front, let's just say haste makes waste. I have been working on my Prairie Paisley quilt fast & feverishly. Nine patches done, light rails done, dark rails done! Screeeeeech - nine patches not done right. A little ripping, well - a lot of ripping and now I am back on track. I think the retirement thing has preoccupied my thinking for a good month now. Next step will be the star points, so I have my fingers crossed that all goes well.
Today I was moving some quilts around and brought out this quilt. It's Granny's Bloomers that I made at a quilt retreat in Las Vegas a few years ago with my friend Lani. It was so much fun to make. This cute little Dick and Jane quilt that I have almost given away a bunch of times, now I am glad I held on to it.

A friend gave me this cute little pattern to make burp pads, so I just had to whip up some today.
My son is busy priming the baby's room and getting ready to paint. He and his dad put the ceiling fan up today. Only four more months - we can't wait!!!
This time of year is so nice. The flowers are all starting to bloom and put on their pretty show.....
...an orchid that belonged to my mom ..... Bring on the flowers and life's adventures! Hope this finds you all well and with some life's adventures of your own! See you later alligators.

23 comments:

Katie said...

Mom you are so cute, I love you! :) You guys will be fine I know it. It's weird to think of Dad not working though!

Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of days and being back to non-island life :)

Miss you!!!!

Vicky said...

Congrats on the retirement decision! This is the part where life really gets fun! Let me know if there's anything I need to watch out for on those 9-patches. I'm ready to start that one!

Darlene said...

It's a new chapter in your life. You'll be fine and wonder why you fretted a bit. :-)

I love your Granny's Bloomers quilt - I'll have to post a picture of mine on my blog.

Leanne said...

I think retirement sound pretty damn good I am slowly cutting down my hours.

purple and paisley said...

congrats! after hubby and i got married a year ago, i quit my job of 13 years to stay home and it's wonderful...hubby's job is flexible so he's home alot, too...we enjoy coming and going as we please, but mostly we enjoy the grandkids! i am so happy for you both! enjoy! life is short...

Lorraine said...

Retirement! sounds good to me! We can't do it for a while yet, but am looking at cutting my hours down at some stage...hope you get to do lots of things and have a great time together. ...and I can tell you are really looking forward to that grandbaby arriving! Enjoy!

PamKittyMorning said...

Sounds like perfect timing to me! Congratulations!

Chookyblue...... said...

everything will be fine.....you just need to get some interests happening for him if he doesn't have many now so he is not sitting around doing nothing getting under your feet.......actually maybe you could get him binding for you......

Ginger Patches said...

Oh I bet you have a lot of fun stuff planned for retirement!!

I feel your pain in the ripping out department!! I am so looking forward to seeing your Prairie Paisley when it's done!

eileensattic said...

I love how you displayed those two quilts under the flowers. What a perfect backdrop.. and the quilts are wonderful. all of your flowers beautiful, especially the orchid from you mom.
Your outlook on life is so important. You will be very very happy. I'm looking forward to all of your new adventures!

Belvie said...

Congrats on the upcoming retirement...and on the grandbaby boy to come. Lots of wonderful things to look forward to.

Love your Grannies Bloomers quilt! And I love the flower pics too. How wonderful that you have that orchid and it is blooming so nicely.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Wow retirement. Scares me actually. I'm 50 and my husband is 50. I know eventually it will happen but for some reason it freaks me out. Maybe I just hate change? Anyway your pics are all darling.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

We're also looking at retirement for my husband at the end of June and a new baby grandson in August! Do tell more about the burp pad pattern, love the shape!

Anonymous said...

I am new to your blog, but just wanted to wish you the best. I think I will be walking in your shoes soon, and at mid50 I can relate to "Me Retired'???? Thought that meant we were old (G)!!!! I told my husband he had to get a hobby first and darn him, he did. And an expensive one to boot ( photography) but then I guess I can just say "hmmmm......you got a camera, so guess I need to get more quilting stuff". Anyway, blessings and happiness in the next phase of your life. XXXAnnie from San Diego

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Congratulations on all the wonderful things happening in your life. My parents retired very young, in their 50's and they have been having the time of their lives ever since,. In fact, us kids can never find them because they are always off having fun in some gorgeous vacation spot.

Love your beautiful quilt and flow pictures! :-)

Janet said...

Congrats on the retirement decision! My DH would like to, but probably won't for at least 5 years :( In the meantime we travel on the Harley and try to do other fun things. At least your hubby will have more time to spoil his new grandson!
I saw the Prairie Paisley quilt made up at my LQS today. Wonderful! Good luck with all the little 9-patches! I did buy a little yardage for a table runner. A "someday" project!

Cheryl said...

Annie from San Diego - thanks for the nice comment and for visiting my blog! John's hobby is golfing, so he will definitely have more time to golf....and I can stay on par with my quilting!!!

Jo said...

Was just over visiting granny loz blog and had to laugh at the box running by,Im still laughing as Im typing, oh dear I must be tired.I love the daisy quilt and the sweet little me quilt on your last post would love to find the patterns for those.Have a great day

Cheryl said...

Jo, I tried going to your link, but for a note came up that your site is unavailable. Anyway, I cracked myself up when I read I had wrote "box"...we both must have been tired :-)!!!

Carole said...

Retirement is an adjustment. My in-laws have never been so busy until they retired. Same with my mom, she has an agenda now and I have to check in to see if she can fit me in! lol Cheers to the new adventure!

Carol said...

What an exciting October you have in store...new grand baby boy and retirement...doesn't get much better than that. You'll love retirement! Andy's been retired a year now and he's like a new person...no more stress...it's wonderful.

Nan said...

Hubby's retirement is at the perfect time in your lives, especially with the grandbaby almost here! You are absolutely right - life IS an adventure, and a grand one at that! Congratulations to both of you!
I am loving the Prairie Paisley fabric and the pattern you've chosen - it's going to be stunning!
I have made 2 tablerunners from the Granny's Bloomers pattern - it's so sweet, isn't it? Your quilts are very pretty! I'm glad you kept them, too.
I am going to plant some flowers today, since at the moment, the sun is shining here! Spring has sprung!

Doe said...

You need more burpy pads. Get to working Grams! LOL!