Welcome to Day 1 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!  

And, happy first day of December. It seems like an excellent time to stop, take a breath, and – for just a few moments each day – focus completely on one single experience. I don’t know about you, but my brain usually looks like my iPhone- waaaay too many tabs open.

A few weeks ago, in the middle of a crazy week, I decided to spend my train time simply looking out the window. When was the last time you did that? I put my devices down and let my mind wander as I watched the passing scenery.  

One of my sweetest memories of my mom’s last days in hospice was her reaction to a batch of cider donuts and coffee we brought to her room. Despite everything she was going through, she found an absolute delight in both…so, we sat there and talked about how fantastic the donuts were and drank our coffee. For a brief time, nothing else mattered.  

So, as we enter the holiday season, I vow to take just a few moments each day and enjoy one thing without simultaneously planning future pieces, thinking about proposals and submissions and fretting about Christmas shopping. (Animals are excellent allies in this regard; they are delighted to have 100% of your attention πŸ™‚ !)

See you tomorrow for the first of several Christmas tree ornament ideas…

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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