Wednesday, December 08, 2010

tough day, happy finish . . .

It was a tough day yesterday. I'm not going to spend a lot of time on it, but when I got home from work and physical therapy yesterday, I was very discouraged and frustrated and angry and sad. I almost felt like I was in mourning, which when I think about it, may actually be a fairly apt description.

Anyway, Todd was on shift, so it was just me. I got in, put up my stuff, and headed outside to put up my wreath and my winter welcome sign. And in that same tub were the Christmas lights Todd had strung on our awning last year. And as much as I adore outdoor lights, we had pretty much decided we wouldn't do that again, because you've got to take the lights off before you roll up the awning (which you have to do in heavy winds) which made it rather impractical! But as I was standing out there, I had an idea; we had a porch this year -- I could string the lights on the porch!

So I pulled out the mass of lights and set to untangling them. Ummm. Yeah. What a mess! Not only were they tangled up, but there were those big, plastic-coated paperclips attached to them in various places, which was complicating matters! I thought about quitting several times, but the activity was just mind-numbing enough (not to mention the temperature was foot-numbing) that I felt like it was just what I needed to take my focus off me.

The result:

Something that makes me smile!! I came in, ate some cookies with chocolate, put Elf in the dvd player, and laughed and smiled. And I really smiled when I looked out my little kitchen window and saw this . . .

Yay for the little happies!

When Elf was finished, I decided I go ahead and take advantage of my alone time and work on that Christmas table topper. Next thing I know, the whole top is pieced!

I'll sandwich it up and quilt it tomorrow and/or Friday. Yay!

Doesn't it look like it was just made for this table?

Oh, yeah -- I guess that's because it WAS!

:)

8 left a comment . . .:

free indeed said...

I do love Christmas lights too. I have lights up all year in garlands that I switch with the seasons under the top kitchen cupboards. It makes a great night light without having to turn on overhead lights every time we want a drink of water or something. Told the kids that when I'm in the nursing home to make sure to hang lights...they do make me happy too. THat's a very nice Christmassy welcome to your place. Love the table topper too and the pretty carvings for interest on the table.

Linda said...

Your place looks devine with the lights and the wreath! Good solution putting them on the porch. Yep that table topper is perfect for your table. (Very pretty!)

Pat said...

The table topper looks very nice and your lights are pretty, too. Cute flag with the cardinals on it by your steps. I'm glad the lights and the movie and the sewing helped lift your spirits!

Amy Ekis said...

your lights are pretty :) i'm glad they made you peel better!

Pat said...

Very good idea! It looks great.

Quilt Hollow said...

Sweet topper...meant to be!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Love your outdoor decorations. I LOVE the cardinal flag and your wreath looks so pretty on the door. Lights always make me feel "happy". I have them all in my house and outside too, for Christmas! I can't believe that you have only been quilting since 2006. You do beautiful work!!!! Your tabletopper is gorgeous! Glad your day ended up on a happier note. Love & blessings from NC!

Paula and Mel said...

Aww, I wish I could have been there to give you a hug. Then we both could have undone those twisted up lights and before you know it we would have had the whole RV lit up! LOL!
I love,love, love your table topper. Did I mention that I love it! It is beautiful and it looks just made for your table. Fabulous job!
Keep a smile on,it looks great on you!
Hugs