Thursday, October 24, 2013

Trying to Get It All Back Together Again

Have you ever just had a time of things not seeming quite right?  I've been there for a few days now.

You may remember our blind chicken Hetty.  I wrote about her here.  She was truly one of the gentlest souls I've known.  I don't think she realized she was blind.  It was just the way things were and she got on with her life.  She was one of my best egg layers, there was frequently an egg somewhere on the ground in the chicken yard.  It was up to me to find it before it got covered up with something the chickens had scratched over it.  A treasure hunt, if you will.  I still catch myself looking for her egg when I go out there each day.  But there will be no more Hetty eggs on the ground.  One day last week I was shocked to discover when I went to the chicken yard that something had gotten in to the chicken yard overnight and had killed Hetty.  She always slept on the ground, because of course she couldn't see to fly up on to the perch with the rest of the chickens.  I still don't know what did it.  Maybe a really wild cat.  I just wish I could forget finding her like that.  And I'm not at all ashamed to tell you that I cried.  Over a blind chicken.

In other news, the screened patio is coming along nicely.  Chloe of course is sure it is there solely for her comfort and enjoyment.  Bringing her home with us that Sunday was one of our smartest moves.  She is endlessly entertaining and cute enough to make us forgive some of her not-so-cute behaviors.
Edited :  That , of course, is NOT Chloe, but Dinah.  I blame late-at-night-itis!
There has actually been a lot of cutting and sewing going on over here, but this is the only picture I have to show for it.  I discovered a bunch of fabrics I had bought years ago and never washed.  So, I washed and ironed and cut those all up - some with the Go! cutter and some with the rotary cutter.  I am working on this little layout and another with the signature die (the white strip in this picture) in different colors.  I've cut a lot more of the red and beige strips, too.

I really wish I could give you some magic formula to make everything happen just as we would like it to happen.  I totally believe in the goodness of God.  I totally believe He wants us to live good lives.  Jeremiah 29:11, in the NIV says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to give you hope and a future."  I'm just doing my best to try to fit into God's plans for me and trusting Him to bring it all right.  He is well able!

I do hope things are going well with you and that you are finding lots to make you happy.  Because I love you, you know.

Hugs and kisses,


Karendianne said...

I'm so sorry to read about the loss of Hetty and so sad you found her. Your aching heart. :(

Great block layout you have there and yeah for the screened in progress.

Karen said...

I am sorry to read the news about Hetty. That part is sad, but it is also good that she had a very happy life living in your wonderful care.

Good luck with all the preparation for your sewing.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I'm so sad to hear about Hetty, {{hug}}

I too wish there was some magic formula for getting things to happen when and how we'd like them to happen, but all I can do us trust in God.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about Hetty! There are sad things every day I shake my head at but you are right, we always have to come back to trusting in Him. Hugs to you my friend!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I would have cried too. No one (or bird) should have a violent end.

I like your new quilt pattern and I know how much prep time the cutting takes. That is why I usually have 2 going, one to cut, one to sew.

"hope and future", something we all have to remember about His plans.

Thimbleanna said...

Awww, I'm so sorry to hear about Hetty -- I would have cried too. Very sad. On the bright side, your quilt is looking wonderful. Being able to quilt sure helps when we're feeling a bit unsettled, doesn't it?

Susie Swanson said...

Aww, this brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry about Hetty. It's so sad that you had to be the one to find her. That happened one time to a hen we had. It was my son's and something got into her and it broke both of our hearts.

Your quilt is gonna be a beauty for sure. Hugs, xo

Sheila said...

Bless you, dear. You have had a rough week. Take care of yourself.