Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Companionship   Somewhere in the heart of every young man, the spirit of adventure is alive and well. Put a couple of cousins together, and it’s likely to create some outward expression. First one and then two managed to scale these tall pier posts still standing long after the

Tiny Fingers

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Tiny Fingers Tiny fingers and toes, wrinkled brows, protesting cries. The sight of a newborn baby fills us with awe. The majority of births result in a perfect little being with all systems fully functioning. A tiny newborn makes our heart overflow with joy. The smiling, beaming mama has

Precious Gift

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement A Precious Gift In between snow storms, we drove to New Jersey for the funeral of my sister-in-law. She was as dear as a sister to me. Because of the distance from Virginia to New Jersey, our telephone calls had to suffice much of the time. I shall miss


Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragment Hoops We gaped opened mouthed at our granddaughter’s skill. We remembered swirling a hula hoop around our middles when we were children. We thought we did well when we kept it up and whirling in place until we were ready to stop. But never in our imaginations did we


Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Loss   The dash up I-95 became a crawl. All four lanes going our direction closed as the result of a high-speed chase. In spite of the delays and the concerns about arriving too late, we reached the New Jersey hospice in time to say our goodbyes to a

Starlings and Doves

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Starlings and Doves A large number of brassy Starlings descended on our bird feeders, chasing off the finches and intimidating the doves who pecked on the ground, gleaning the seeds that fell on the snow. The black birds were so large they struggled to perch on the feeder’s small

Get Along

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Get Along Children are born with a resilience that we adults would do well to emulate. A playground squabble that results in tears and anger can be put aside, and the children come together to enjoy one another without giving it another thought. It’s fun to see how excited

Apple Picking

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Apple Picking Rows and rows of trees were loaded with luscious looking red apples ready to be plucked. Underneath, the ground was littered with apples which had either fallen or been knocked off by previous pickers. Cut off from the source of nourishment they were in different stages of

Tea Party

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Tea Party What fun to hold a tea party with children! We use the opportunity to enter the enchanting land of imagination. We assume new names, the more exotic the better. We dress up with hats, scarves, and sometimes costumes. The boys pretend to act as our protectors. This

Building Blocks

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Building Blocks Most of us have built towers and attempted to build houses or castles from a set of building blocks. As a mother, I remember children’s tears when the tower fell, my annoyance when the box of blocks was dumped on the floor but never played with, the