Happiness

Being able to spend a day with my QFFs is a great thing.

barrel of fun

Bev and Barb and I spent all day last Saturday playing with our fabric, eating yummy food and finding the solution to world peace!!!

Okay, maybe the last item was a little bit of an exaggeration. But it is within the realm of possibility that if everyone just sat down together with a little craft project and really talked to each other, we could achieve it! I think we should send a craft kit to all the world leaders to use when they are having a summit. I bet a whole lot of peaceful solutions would be found if only President Obama would bring out some knitting and show it to the other world leaders. Then they could get out their quilt blocks, or wood carvings, or paintings and everyone would admire everyone else’s creativity. And then, when everyone is feeling good, they could get down to the work of making this world a better place!!!

Hey! A girl can dream can’t she!?! And if I’m going to dream, I might as well dream big!!

Well, that was not exactly what I started out to post about! My mind goes off in a dozen different directions sometimes!

What I started to post about was a quote that my cousin had put out on Facebook:

“Happiness doesn’t lie in conspicuous consumption and the relentless amassing of useless crap. Happiness lies in the person sitting beside you and your ability to talk to them. Happiness is clear-headed human interaction and empathy. Happiness is home. And home is not a house – home is a mythological conceit. It is a state of mind, a place of communion and unconditional love. It is where, when you cross its threshold, you finally feel at peace.”

Dennis Lehane

I guess it ties in with the world peace thing, since a country of unhappy people can’t reach peace. So we should all try to be happy in our own lives, first. This quote spoke to me, especially about the human interaction and empathy. We need so much more of that in this world!

And this is still not really what I was going to post about!!!

My thoughts were originally much more prosaic.

Yesterday I made a list of quilt related goals that I’d like to achieve this month. And I’m well on my way to getting them completed (it helped that I had already started some of those things a week before I made the list!!!) But, as I was going through my daily routine, I kept thinking that there are other things that I’d like to get done, too.

And one of those things is getting my house cleaned. I mean a real good, deep clean. Compared to an episode of Hoarders, my home is really, really clean. But there are some people that I know that would probably think I live in a pigsty! And I will admit, things are a bit scruffy around here. There are corners where nothing has been moved in a long, long time. Corners where the dust bunnies rule, the spiders have been settled for generations and other creatures that I don’t want to think about, may have taken up residence.

And there’s too much “stuff”!! Things that we don’t need, don’t like and never use! Why do we hang onto these things!?! I made a start clearing out some of those things last summer, but then other, more interesting things came up and I didn’t follow through. Well, no more dilly-dallying!!! 2014 is going to be the year that I am going to get things done. Each month I am going to concentrate on DEEP cleaning one area of my house. For January it’s going to be the living room, mainly because that is probably the least messy room in the house!!! I had given it a pretty good cleaning before Thanksgiving. But there are still some things that need attention.

So, at the end of January, I’ll be letting you know how I did with my four quilt-related goal and my one cleaning goal. I hope I don’t think up anymore goals, because I’m running out of time in my schedule!!!

Special thanks to Sherry V. for joining me on this challenge. I look forward to hearing how well she does with her goals.

I’m linking with Live a Colorful Life for Really, Random Thursday. Click HERE

Peace

4 thoughts on “Happiness

  1. Wow, I have been thinking the same thing about unused items around the house. Get rid of them! I don’t know why it is so hard for me to let go. I’m always thinking , “I might need that some day”. I like the idea of setting goals for this! Thanks Cheryl!

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  2. We had so much fun on Sat. Keeping things just in case you need them is a genetic trait. I have to work hard to break that habit. I asked Santa for a new insulated vest to wear around the house and for yard work. My old one is shreads. I wore the new one as soon as I opened the package, but the old one hasn’t hit the garbage yet. I keep hearing myself think, “The new one is nice, if I wear it to work in, I’ll ruin it”. This is my parents all over. Their work clothes are patched until the fabric disappears, but they won’t wear the new ones we get them because they’re too nice.
    I’ve warned DD to watch out for this to appear at her house. It also explain a little of why my house is so full of stuff.

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