Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good News Week

I’m gonna give it to you straight - I’ve had a crummy week.

We've all had them. Nothing *really* terrible happened, but things kinda started out a little bit in a funk and then just kept going downhill. Until the other day when I received a bit of news that made my heart very sad. Nothing earth-shattering or health-related - thank goodness, no one close to me is sick or injured.

It was one of those soul-crushing things that just happens - and it happened to me. I can’t share much more than that right now, but hopefully I’ll be able to share more details soon.

In the meantime, I have a lot of great things going on and I really need to get out of this funk. Do you know the feeling?

To escape from the mud, I’ve got a hankerin’ to do something positive and soul-lifting, but I need your help. Can't do this alone. I thought we all could benefit from a little good news, and I’m declaring that it’s Good News Week on the Hummingbird Highway!

Let’s have some fun with this

It’s this simple: Share some good news.

Share a photo of your child or grandchild in their Easter finery. Tell me a funny story about your pet. Show a picture of a beautiful plant in your garden. Tell me about the first hummingbird you saw this season. Make me laugh with a silly tale. You just finished a great book (be sure to share the title! -maybe it's The Versatile Nine Patch *wink!*)

Share something really big like the birth of a baby, or a grand vacation. Or a little miracle like a spring-time flower bud, or something as simple as the completion of a first quilt block.

Just share something happy.


I’ll start . . .

My good news is that I finally finished this quilt! No, it's not a pattern, just a favorite traditional block. I started it (at least five) years ago, and I worked on it a little bit here and a little bit there. A few months ago, I sandwiched it and started hand quilting it. It’s done. Quilted, bound (who binds a quilt with white fabric? Oi!), and labeled.  This makes me VERY happy!



Okay, now it’s your turn.


Share your Good News story with a comment on this blog.

Go over to the Hummingbird Highway Facebook page and write a post on my page. Pictures or text, either or both. Tag me, @Joan Ford. (make sure you get the right Joan Ford, there are a few of us out there!)

Is Instagram your thing? Post a photo to instagram and be sure to tag me @hbridhwy and use the hashtag #goodnewsweek

Don’t want to share publicly? That’s fine, send me your good news in an email. Click here to send a short good news note.

Let's have a good smile together! Feel free to share this post!

Happy Good News Week and
Happy Stitching!

Joan Ford



42 comments:

  1. Last month we moved into our very own house! After 23 years of living in rentals and moving around the country every four years or so, we finally can put down roots and settle down. Hallelujah!
    I hope everyone's happy stories help to lighten your mood. Let's banish those blues!

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    1. Excellent news!! Happy House Warming!!

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  2. A friend of mine went to Vegas recently. As she was entering the ladies room she was elbowed by some rude pretty young thing who muttered on the cell phone she was loudly talking into about the elderly. In her 50's my friend was slightly insulted but laughed when the girl screamed as she dropped her phone in the toilet and, forgetting they automatically flushed, stood up watching her phone flushing away. Screaming, she asked my friend to use her phone. "I'm sorry, this phone only works for the elderly" she replied.

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  3. Last Sunday morning I picked fresh rhubarb from my garden and made the absolute best pie you ever tasted! Must be that spring fresh sunshine we got in between our northwest never ending rain. There ended up being nine of us for Easter dinner, so it was a challenge to cut the pie into ninths. No one wanted to get cheated! So funny.

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    1. Yum! And there truly is nothing like the taste of Spring!!

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    2. Oh so yummy. So hard to get fresh rhubarb here in the south. Wish I could beam back to western NY this time of year!

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    3. Strawberry rhubarb is also delicious. Yum.

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  4. I just finished a wonderful book - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. this gentleman is sentenced to live the rest of his life in a Moscow hotel (as opposed to being shot) and makes the most of this life. Doesn't sound heartwarming, but it is.

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    1. Ooh. I'll have to look that one up! Sounds very intriguing! I'm currently obsessed with the Poldark Series. I'm on book 9 out of 12.

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    2. The Poldark series is wonderful!

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    3. No spoilers! The Poldark series is so full of twists and turns!

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  5. Morning, sorry things are crappy, I have been making mousie pincushions....all gray with big bright ears...so much fun! I hope you are enjoying the chicken pincushion I gave you @ Patchwork Angels!

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    1. Love them! Is that your pattern or someone else's?

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  6. Well you asked for good news... my family has had much good news this week which I prefer to dwell on over the exceptionally sad news we also got. Our son lives in Brazil and he got married on Monday! It has been a year of working on legal matters but it finally happened! Now they are working on more legal matters so they can come here to visit.

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    1. Congratulations! Best wishes for speedy legal resolution!

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  7. I, like you, finished a quilt I have been working on for years. Over 8 years. Now I can start something else . Yeah!

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  8. My granddaughter enjoys separating my chains, spraying them and then pressing to the dark side(she giggles). Sunday she kept passing pressed half-square triangles which were so very wet! She had not turned the travel iron on, and had to start all over! I know she will be sure to check from now on!

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    1. Nice to have a helper in the studio, even when the iron isn't on!

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  9. As an admin. secretary for a CPA firm, my good news is: "Tax season is over!" Yay! And better news is that beginning next week, I am going to work only 3 days a week (semi-retirement)! So now there is more time for quilting and finishing some of my many UFOs!

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  10. Although we've had a lot of very warm days, it is too early for hummingbirds in central Pennsylvania. But my grandchildren did spot a new bird at the feeder. It was a rosy breasted grosbeak. So colorful. Yesterday there were at least a dozen Goldfinches at the feed. Talk about brightening the day!
    You are on the right path- sunny thoughts help us through cloudy days.

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    1. No hummingbirds yet here either. Can't wait for the first sighting! It's such a pleasure to see such lovely birds visit, isn't it?

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  11. Moved into our new house in Nov. Slowly adding to the builder basics. I planted 4 hydrangeas that were gifted to me. All four are thriving! After living 30 plus years in the south I found a species of lilac bush that can survive in our zone. Being a transplant myself from Ohio, I'm thrilled. Bought the only two the nursery had. They were blooming, oh I love their lovely fragrance! Can't wait for next spring, hope they bloom on their own.

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    1. Lilacs are my favorite flower. Nothing like their fragrance. Nothing!

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  12. After more than 55 years I finally have my own sewing room! Obviously am very happy. It's the small second bedroom on our new retirement home! Yippee! Now I can sew whenever and DH gave me the room right away. He's still my Sweetie. ��

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    1. *smiling!* Time to buy more fabric!

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  13. Your quilt is gorgeous and I think the white binding is perfect. I'm enjoying the gorgeous blooms on the Crimson King Maple Tree outside my window while the robins are about going mad with their mating and nesting antics. I bought a new prism the other day and now have beautiful rainbows in my sewing room on sunny afternoons.

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  14. I'm loving all the flowers and spring buds coming to life in my yard. Almost our entire yard is Michigan native plants. It is so much fun to see the green emerge from the ground, the flowers bloom, hear the birds chipping and see a butterfly fly by the window. Spring is so full of life!! Hope your life gets better!!!

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    1. We are greening up slowly here too. But it sounds like you are much further ahead than we are. No butterflies yet, but quite a bit of birds flitting about. It'll get better. All this good news is really nice!

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  15. My granddaughter, a sophomore in college, came to spend a few days with us, during Spring Break! What fun! Played hours of Mexican Train dominos.

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    1. I gotta ask. . . What is Mexican Train dominos?

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  16. How about a funny dog story...and it also involves my hubby. I should start by saying that I work as an environmental chemistry consultant so I can support my fabric addiction. We are encouraged to work from home to reduce our carbon footprint. Which I gladly do. I share my home office space with our two rescue pups- Lily and Marvin. They make working at home very interesting. The other day my husband came into my office with a very perturbed look on his face and exclaimed, "why is it that every time I go to wash my hands in the bathroom I have to grab a new towel from the linen closet?" Just as he said this, I received a work related telephone call. As soon as I put the telephone to my ear Lily ran out of the office, into the bathroom and grabbed the towel off the towel bar and made a quick dash to her crate. So hubby followed Lily to her crate and found her there with the evidence. Now I must say that I have probably perpetuated this behavior because every time she snatches the towel, I would run to give her a cookie after commanding her to "leave it" while also trying to carry on a "professional" conversation at the same time. So now hubby understands why there are never any hand towels in the bathroom.

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  17. Faye made her first quilt...for her baby sister! She picked out and stitched on 5" squares (in a small hoop) and drew people with fabric markers on others...16 total! She chose the arrangement and I sewed them together and added a boarder. She picked binding, backing, and yarn to tie it all together! xoxo

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