Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

This and That and a little Stash


First, so many thanks to

Molli Sparkles     and to

Robyn at   The Strawberry Thief .

Bundle coming to add to my stash

My stash has increased. I was one of the Australia/New Zealand winners, and here is the fantastic bundle of Liberty Fabrics.And to think it just has to fly over the ditch, so to speak. And look at those blues, my favourite colours all there.

Update on Max, he is VERY slowly improving, cat flu was the diagnosis, the account equal to about 5  metres  ( or  6 yards )  of batiks!! So an injection, eye ointment ( 4 hourly ) and more chocolate paste each day. He is in a room now called  ‘ Max’s Room” , complete with a  food bar and an ensuite!!! I have to remember he is a stray who came to us 3 years ago, had never been in a cat cage, never ( probably) visited the vet clinic, never been in a vehicle, and… WAIT for it, never used or seen a cat  litter tray. He has done so well, and is now more tame than before he was ill. So quilty things have been on hold, until I knew he was getting better. Probably another 2 weeks before he will have made a complete recovery. I have fabrics sorted out for a present to be posted soon, Christmas things to be done, a cake or two or more to be baked.

But to see those fabrics, my heart did a little dance, and I sang, silently.

Ginger Boy and his winter coat

Here he is with a winter coat, and as we think he might be a part Norwegian Forest Cat, has that huge ruff, and big tufts in his paws.

So many thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post, I truly so appreciate them all. Blog friends are so important.

Do you remember when I posted about Jake Bailey in November 2015,                 The Week that Was

Jake  is back in New Zealand for a brief visit, is in remission,and in a public speech recently at an Australian Cancer Charity Dinner at the Tour De Cure Snow Ball in Sydney, on 18 June 2016 , received a standing ovation from the 1000 who attended. They were in tears as he spoke of how the diagnosis changed his life  and his perspective on each day .

Here are some excerpts from his speech, courtesy of the internet. He began his 20 minute speech by asking all the audience to please sit down.


Embrace each day. I was dying to get home from school. I was dying for the weekends. I was dying for the school holidays, and then before I knew it I was dying in Christchurch Hospital.

'What you really need to do is be grateful for the people in your life and for your ability to live that normal life.'

'It is no excuse to not appreciate life fully. You owe it to the people that are unable to.

"I did not pray to live. Instead I asked if this was going to be the thing that killed me, that I faced it with strength.

"If it was going to kill me, it would do it on my terms, and I would not die a coward. Not wanting to let fear dictate my death anymore than it had dictated my life.

"But no, no way, there was not a chance in hell that I was going to die of this."

"Every day starts with me not being dead, and what a fantastic way to start each day,"


Quotation of the day, from Marcus  Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning,

think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-

to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love”

Greetings from Jean


Paige said...

Congrats on your win! I was excited to win also! And thank you for the reminder to appreciate and live each day to its fullest!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Good morning dear Jean ~ Your fabrics are oh so lovely, I love all of the blues too.

So good to hear Max is doing better.

What an inspiration Jake is!

I found that quote by Marcus Aurelius awhile back and love it.

Have a wonderful week ~ Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Out To Pasture said...

Glad Max is on the mend. You must have been quite worried to see that handsome boy unwell.
Congrats on winning the very pretty fabric stash. I'm sure you well deserved it and will enjoy this addition to your palate.

TexWisGirl said...

sweet max... glad he is getting better with all your help (even if he's made major adjustments along the way!) the fabric win is great! hop across the pond, indeed!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, I hope Max continues to recover from his illness. It is nice he has his own "room". I love the color blue and your fabrics are so pretty. Great quote!

Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Carol Mattingly said...

What a gorgeous beautiful cat and commpanion. Hope he is back to being well soon. You stash is so beautiful with lots of blues. What an amazing person to speak to so many people about his illness. The heart of a hero. Carol

Susan Heather said...

I am so pleased that Max is on the mend. it is such a worry when pets are unwell.

I had not heard that recent speech by Jake - he is a wonderful speaker. I love that quote as well.

Tish Stemple said...

Congrats on the fabric win! When I saw that on Molli's page I was so happy for you. I'm glad to hear Max is on the mend. Who knows, maybe he will decide he loves the indoor life :)

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Nancy! Congratulations - your new fabrics are beautiful! I was lucky to win low volumes which i really miss. I'm happy to hear Max is getting better! He looks gorgeus! x Teje

12Create said...

I love the quotation of the day. Sometimes we do need to be reminded to just make the most of every day and be grateful for what we have. Max is absolutely gorgeous and is obviously appreciating your care. I am glad he is well on the way to recovery. As for those fabrics - gorgeous.

Jenny said...

How wonderful to win such lovely fabric! And at such a time with all your worries about poor Max, a real pick me up, I'm sure. Lovely to read that Max is slowly recovering, do give him a special pat from us.

Lorna McMahon said...

Your Max is such a handsome fellow. So glad to hear that you are managing to nurse him back to good health and that he is showing his appreciation. Congrats on the fabric win!

Nancy J said...

Thank you all so much for your words. The fabric will be a treasure to have, and Max is still far from well, but better than last week. I wish I could teach the other two how to open the door to the outside all by themselves, as Max will need to be kept inside for a while longer.
To all my US friends , the election is over, life continues, and Barack Obama spoke some heartening words this morning our time.
" Go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens".

KB Bear said...

I love that quote. Beautiful. I'm so glad that Max is improving - he's come such a long way with you.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Jean! What a lovely post today! I'm glad you received some beautiful fabrics, thrilled to hear that, Max is on the mend, and thankful for the inspiring Jake Bailey quotes! Wow: "It is no excuse to not appreciate life fully. You owe it to the people that are unable to." I think about how fortunate I am all the time, and about those who struggle to overcome so many challenges. We must be compassionate to those around us, and we must appreciate and gratefully enjoy the many blessings we have. And that Marcus Aurelius quote ~ I think about that just about every day too. You reminded me that Christmas is coming ~ Yikes ~ my personal calendar is so out of whack with all my traveling that I had scarcely given it a thought! I've got to get busy! Sending you, Hugh, and the kitties hugs and love!