Monday, October 31, 2016

Day 305/366

Ahhhh . .  
A peaceful evening at home. .
   Watching Twilight Zone season one (1961) w/ Matt. . .
      Quilting . .
           Eating spice drops . .

  This so reminds me of the bowl of spice drops Charlie Vallace always had on his kitchen table when I was little and we lived in E. St. Louis . .


Thistle Stitch

Another patch has been added to James's memorial quilt . . this stitch just might look pretty in greens and browns with assorted flowers .. 
I am at 54 total hours invested . . and getting sleepy. . .  quilting therapy while praying and thinking can really help one work through so many things and bring such a peaceful feeling!


James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

   I've tried my hand at a knotted herringbone stitch. Fun and easy . . may try this one again!
  Now I'm at 54 total hours invested .. 


My Paid Workout Program ~ 20% already!!

I walked 2,031 steps so far today . .

James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

  Hey there! How's your quilting going? I just added this path and learned the detached buttonhole stitch. I really wasn't sure I could do this one, but it was super easy.
  This patch took me an hour and brings my efforts to 53.5 total hours invested.


Joy Dare ^ October 30, 2016

                  3 gifts overjoyed . .

  :) home time
   =} working together
    0:) His perfect plan


"Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast. . "

  1. healing prayer
  2. law of perseverance
  3. hugs
  4. true friends
  5. truth always comes out
  6. His plan above all else


Sunday, October 30, 2016

10,000 Step/Day Challenge ~ 32%

I walked 3,218 steps today . .
Starting this new week almost 7,000 steps behind schedule . .
   Happens almost every week.

James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

  Okay, I wanted you to see the overall progress at 52.25 hours pinning and stitching. It's turning out as I had planned and I am grateful.


James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

Hi there! I've added another patch to Mom's quilt . . and learned the lazy daisy fly stitch!! Too funny. =}
Now I'm at 52.25 total hours invested ..  and so much more gained in prayer time and learning new stitches!!!


Supper a la Pantry Surprise!

  Pumpkin, garlic and cottage cheese with scrambled eggs on wheat English muffins . . Yummy . . We are grateful.


Joy Dare * October 29, 2016

   3 gifts on time . .

   * Salvation
     * Sunrise/Sunset
       * Love


Moving Sale at 259 Leach Ave, Joliet

   Because we are selling our homestead and moving on, we are having a moving sale until November 6th (or it's all gone). Here are a couple pictures of what's available today. There will also be lots of furniture ~ dressers, beds, desk, kitchen table and chairs ..
    Also tools, building supplies, oil lamps, 33 and 45 RPM records.  .. if there is something you are looking for but don't see, just ask Matt!!
At the end of the drive we have a box of free clothing and some free books . . Also free aquarium with screen lid. ..
  Everything out there has to go so make him an offer.


James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

  A new patch added..  a new stitch learned . . a modified fly stitch this time .  .. 
  This patch brings my total hours invested to 51.75.


Sunday Brunch

  Brunch today is spaghetti made with Japanese rice noodles, spaghetti sauce and enchilada sauce. .  Yummy!


My Hope Quilt Top

  More swirls . . more prayers . .


My Hope Quilt Top

  Stitching, praying and watching "Now You See Me" with Matt. .


My Pedometer App~ 98% so far for October . . .

I walked 285,420 steps out of 290,000 . .
98% although I'm almost 5,000 steps short . .
So . .
To reach 100% I will have to walk extra steps the 30th and 31st . . .
Hmmm . .

70,000 Step/Week Challenge ~ 96%

I walked 67,601 steps last week . .
Considering all Matt and I are trying to accomplish right now, I'm good with 96%.

10,000 Step/Day Challenge ~ 135%

I walked 13,588 steps!!
Work . . 
  Pokémon w/ Matt . .
    Home time ..

Friday, October 28, 2016

Pampering Night

  Sometimes one simply needs. A night of pampering. Tonight is that night. After some serious cleaning, sorting and packing we are dipping our hands in paraffin. A nice break!!


My Hope Quilt Top

   A few more stitches and many prayers for His divine will on our lives. Although I'm enjoying the challenge if the memorial quilt, this one is more a quilt I pray over.


Chocolate Mint Stocking Cap

Finished and one of a kind! What do you think? I'm pleased with it, myself.
  And, I have great news. I will be doing my first craft show on November 5th at First Assembly of God in Joliet!! Please stop out and shop. This hat will be available for $20.00 cash.
     See you there!!


James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

This, my friends, is a magic chain!! It's super easy, yet a royal pain to do this one. I will be doing another variation on this soon.
This little patch brings my total hours invested to 51 .. time well used!

Day 300/366

Historic Upper Bluff Cathedral Area


Joy Dare • October 27, 2016

A gift humbling, honoring, happy . .

   :) His love for me

      :] Simple obedience

            =} Family plans


10,000 Step/Day Challenge 120%!!

I walked 12,084 steps today . . .
  Glad to see my pillow . .
      Goodnight, all!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

God's Decision not Man's

"1611 KJV. Genesis 41:39-45
[39]And Pharaoh said vnto Ioseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreete and wise, as thou art:
[40]Thou shalt be ouer my house, and according vnto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater then thou.
[41]And Pharaoh said vnto Ioseph, See, I haue set thee ouer all the land of Egypt.
[42]And Pharaoh tooke off his ring from his hand, & put it vpon Iosephs hand, and arayed him in vestures of fine linnen, and put a gold chaine about his necke.
[43]And he made him to ride in the second charet which he had: and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler ouer all the land of Egypt.
[44]And Pharaoh said vnto Ioseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift vp his hand or foote, in all the land of Egypt.
[45]And Pharaoh called Iosephs name, Zaphnath-Paaneah, and he gaue him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah, priest of On: and Ioseph went out ouer all the lande of Egypt."

       I love the story of Joseph more every time I read it. One simple reason~ no matter what evil others did to him God still continued to bless and use Him in mighty ways!


Day 301/366

Roasty-toasty homestead!!


Joy Dare ~ October 26, 2016

  3 gifts extravagant . .

  * His love and caring for my humble life
     * Matt's sweet smile
        * daily provisions


Double Threaded Backstitch

  Wow! I like how this stitch turned out this time ..  sort of like a braid!!
  I'm now at 49.5 total hours invested .. 


My Paid Workout Program ~ only 30%

I walked 3,040 steps so far today . .
Grrr .. 
   Disappointing number!

Temperature in My Car. . pt. 3

Hey! Break time so I'm checking temperatures. It's 50*F and overcast outside and about 53*F in the car. I forgot to add passive solar heat this morning so will do it now.
We'll see what effect this has by lunchtime!!


My Paid Workout Program ~ 10% already!!

I walked 1,085 steps so far today . .
Looks like a busy day ahead. .
  Take care and be blessed!!!

Closed Blanket Stitch

   Another new stitch!! Different yet basic. A little more done on Mom's quilt.
   This brings my work to 48 total hours invested. . . .


70,000 Step/Week Challenge 91% so far . .

I walked 36,598 steps so far this week. .
That's over 15 miles!!

10,000 Step/Day Challenge ~ 87%

I walked 8,756 steps today. . .
  See you in the morning!!
                  =}

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

Hi! Sorry I haven't posted much today. My day was busy with planning our future and making sure to dot my T's and cross my I's!! But, seriously, I have a lot on my plate and absolutely must make sure all changes in every aspect of our lives work well with Matt's autism.
Last night and on my lunch and breaks today, I did work on this patch. I saw this stitch in a book at the library. I have no idea the name of the stitch and have embellished it with love knots for extra fun!
What do you think?
This patch brings my total hours invested to 47.25!!


Temperature in My Car . . pt. 2

Hi! Just a quick update as to my findings so far on comparison of temperature inside and outside my car. Yesterday morning I took this picture. It was 48*F both inside and outside my car at about 8:00am. This leads me to believe that an unoccupied car is the same temperature inside as the outside weather all night.
Last night we drove around a bit (an hour) with the heat on low then stopped at Bicentennial Park to play Pokémon. After sitting in the car (with the heat and engine off) over half an hour it was still 70*F in the car, but 56*F outside. I am wondering how long an occupied car retains heat overnight without running the engine? I do know that, the night Matt and I did the overnight adventure at Walmart, it was very warm and humid in the car in the morning (5:15am). How much does body heat and proper dress play in homeless surviving in vehicles over the winter?
Just now, as I entered my car on my break, I saw that it was 46*F, overcast and raining outside and only 52*F in the unoccupied car.
Hmmm ..  .
My next experiment will be adding passive solar heat to my car. We'll see what impact that has . .
Stay tuned!!!


My Paid Workout Program ~ 16% so far ..

I walked 1,675 steps so far today . .
Today I'm cleaning an apartment so may not get as many steps..
  I'll have to go play Pokémon tonight to catch up!!

"Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast . . "

1~ family ties
  2~ growth through adventure
   3~ restoration
  4~ His Will above all else
5~ power of prayer
6~ obedience to God brings blessings


Joy Dare ~ October 25th, 2016

                  3 gifts enjoying . . 

               * fun challenges
              * new beginnings
            * answered prayers


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10,000 Step/Day Challenge. . 107%

I walked 10,758 steps today . .
A bit of progress . .

James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

   I added a fancier laced cross-stitch for a little fun with colors. What do you think?
   This patch puts me at 46 total hours invested . . with a long way to go yet .  . .


James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

   A patch with basic cross-stitch. Pink on black for contrast.
   I'm at 45 total hours invested.


1000 Marble Challenge ~ Weeks 156-159

  A bit of catching up .. .
"Awesome weeks~ had fun and got a lot of stuff done. Getting ready to get our homestead up for sale~ fun," says Matt.


Joy Dare ~ October 22-24, 2016

22nd~ a gift silent, still, strong . .
  0:)  prayers
        :) waiting
           :] faith

23rd~ 3 gifts begun . . .
    ° communication
     • future
      ° transition

24th~ 3 gifts accomplished . . .
     * a start
      * new friend in similar boat
       * reaching out


Day 297/366

   "Home is where you hang your heart." This saying is from a picture that hung on my Grandma's wall. It's very true. As long as there is patience, love and understanding there is home . . whether in a cave, tent, boat, RV or living in your car.


James W. Joyce Memorial Crazy Quilt

   Simple flowers and vines . .
   This brings me to 44.75 total hours invested.


My Pedometer App . . This Month

I walked 234,807 steps so far this month!!

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