Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Sampler Quilt and Ennui

I love Sampler Quilts.  This was done as a Block of the Month at the Caledonia Guild last year.
Cable border design.

Dresden Plate.

Gorgeous feather design.

The hull of the boat was quilted with simple, straight lines.
This is my favorite block.

So.  Ennui.  From Merriam-Webster:



Synonyms and Antonyms of ennui

  1. the state of being bored ennui that comes from having too much time on one's hands and too little will to find something productive to do>
Synonyms blahs, doldrums, ennui, listlessness, restlessness, tedium, wearinessRelated Words cheerlessness, dispiritedness, joylessness, melancholy; languidness, languor, lassitude, lethargy, lifelessness, torpidity, torpor; dullness (also dulness), monotonousness, monotony, sameness; apathy, indifference, unconcern

That is how I've been feeling for the last couple of weeks, and I don't know why.  I turn off my workroom lights at 4, 5, or 6 o'clock depending on that day's events.  And I have no interest in doing anything after that.  Seriously disinterested.  The evening will consist of finishing the last few words of the crossword puzzle that DH has been working on, then doing the daily Sudoku puzzle from the newspaper, then either t.v. or a book, or both.  Bedtime can't seem to come fast enough.  I hope it's just the time of year, although the weather has been so incredibly warm it's more like October than December.  Even the stupid thistles are still growing in my flowerbeds.  Grrr.  I also wonder if the MESS of STUFF around me has got to the point of overload.  The old windows are still here (listed on Kijiji for sale), the old stereo equipment is still here, Mom's stuff from the nursing home is still here, furniture from DH's parents' nursing home, empty boxes from electronics purchases, and on and on. Weeding out is an awful chore.  If I dispose of pictures I feel like the devil's right hand man.  Silly, but true.
I am eagerly anticipating a visit with my brother & s.i.l. over Christmas.  If anyone can get my mojo working again, he can.  And she's a super-tidy neat freak who will whup my ass into shape.  I hope.  Stay tuned.


  1. Yep...i hear ya!! It,s ok to be non-productive once and,ve earned it. I say it must be grey skies and lack of vitamin c and d...have to blame it on something....can,t be old age?.?

    1. I think my (ahem) liquid grapes have plenty of vitamin c, so we'll blame it on D. :-)

  2. It's the dull and gloomy weather that is working its "magic" on you. I feel the same way. If it would only snow and then I might feel better and so might you.

  3. Lovely quilting. I always enjoy your posts, you make me laugh!! Merry Holidays to you, sounds you need a break!

    1. Yes, eagerly anticipating holidays. Just finished the LAST QUILT of the year. :-) Merry Christmas.

  4. I have the same problem with a huge box of pics from after my father dying this year, so I know what you mean. I think my winter project will be to learn how to save any of these old pics onto the computer and then give myself permission to dispose of the actual pics. Some of the pictures are from bus trips my parents took and they aren't even in the picture, so they mean nothing to me. I do love to look at old pictures but really am past the point of storing stuff. Maybe this would be something you could do, store the meaningful pics onto a flash drive?


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