The Final To-Do List of 2020 is Ta-DONE!

by | Dec 28, 2020 | 4 comments

Welcome friends, to the FINAL To-Do List of 2020! I don’t know about you all, but I can’t say I’m sorry to see 2020 finally come to an end! This has been such a crazy year – Covid infections and deaths, riots, elections, explosions…and I have to say, I’m not one who stresses over much, but there have been a few stressful days during the year. We shall hope and pray that 2021 will be a better year and a healthier year for everyone. We have had some positives also though. Gary has been able to continue working throughout the year from home, which has been great for us, well, except for the internet problems we have experienced after the last hurricane blew through. The grands were back in school after a few weeks of online learning. And while there have been a few times I seriously lost my mojo, I have had more time to stitch. Because of the lockdown and restrictions, life seems to be a little simpler without all the usual hustle and bustle, constantly going, doing! Enough of that for now! On to last week’s list!!

  • Either quilt block 5, or start the center, maybe!! – I got the center quilted!! I love the quilting in this block! The detail is a little hard to see because I’m using black Aurifil 50 wt thread on this Black Dress Moda Grunge fabric, but maybe you can see it well enough!
  • Make a new recipe for cornmeal sausage balls, which sounds yummy! done!! And it WAS yummy! Gary told me when he went to the store Saturday that he wasn’t being pushy, but he got another package of maple sausage!! Then he asked me what other ingredients I needed to make them. So, I’ll be making them New Year’s along with a huge pot of chicken n’ dumplins’ – a favorite in our family!!! The typical southern tradition is black eyed peas and turnip or collard greens, but we are opting for a new tradition, since not everyone loves peas and greens like I do. Click below to download the recipe I adapted from Plain Chicken. It is SOOO easy!!
  • Prepare, cook and enjoy Christmas day with my family! It warms my heart to see the kiddos open their gifts! We had a wonderful day and even enjoyed left overs on Sunday!

Our Christmas Angel came back and repaired our mailbox. We asked him to not rebuild the planter so it still looks a bit messy but it’s been too cold and wet to work on it. And he would not take one penny for doing all this work and would not let us pay for the supplies he purchased to repair it! He was truly an Angel! Quite a difference, huh?! He spent the better part of the day getting it done and it just started to rain when they finished up. They got it covered to keep it as dry as possible, and Gary uncovered it on Friday. On Saturday he contacted the dad of the young man that hit it and let him know it was repaired and they didn’t owe is anything. He told the dad that he was very impressed his son actually came up the driveway and knocked on the door and let us know what had happened. A lot of people would just have left.

Now on to the final to-do list for 2020! For the week of 12/28/20 – 1/3/21, I hope to:

  • Finish quilting block 5 of Sunshine Cove – OMG, I just got off a zoom call regarding the release of block 12 and got to see the entire quilt put together!! I’ve got to get busy, busy, busy. It’s gorgeous!!
  • Start and hopefully finish the center of said block 5!
  • Write blog post for My Stitching Resolution Blog Hop on the 30th.
  • Make a list of all UFOs from this year – more about that in another post!

Tomorrow I have to see a dermatologist about a cyst that is growing on top of my head (I told the kids it’s my unicorn horn!!) and also my left shin. My doc believes they are benign, but I’m a little anxious about the one on my head, so would appreciate prayers and good thoughts!

Join me on the 30th for Carla’s My Stitching Resolution 2021. To learn more, just click the button on the right side of this post under Upcoming Blog Hops.

Also, in 2021, I will be participating with Jen from Patterns by Jen, for the 2021 monthly color challenge so be sure and join me each month to see my blocks. There will be a free block pattern download from Jen’s blog as well. Links will be provided! Relative to this hop, I have procured a fat quarter bundle and background fabric from Lauren at Bold Notion Quilting! When I asked her about curating a bundle for me, she asked me what colors I wanted and I picked them out and she went about preparing them for me! I love Moda Grunge and the background I chose is that beautiful silver behind the fat quarters!!

You can find this exact bundle here. And Lauren was very generous and has given a 10% discount on the bundle and your entire order from Bold Notion Quilting until January 31st! Just use the code SongBird10 when you check out! The only exclusions are the mystery boxes and thread of the month clubs! So please check out her website. She has some beautiful Grunge fabric and is also an excellent long-armer! Lauren even has some online classes in her shop (I own a couple of those-not to mention quite a few panels), along with some patterns and the gorgeous Big Dream panels! Her husband is active military and I know she would appreciate your support.

That’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you on the 30th! I’m wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!

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  1. Cheree Hull

    Will definitely send up prayers that all is well. The mailbox looks great. Happy New Year!

  2. Gail Beam

    Your mailbox looks awesome!! Wishing you and your family a Great 2021 !!

  3. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! The mailbox looks FABULOUS. What a great job the angel did. How sweet of Gary to call up the dad of the young man who hit the mailbox. You’ve got a keeper there! Your quilting looks great in the center block although it is difficult to see. I am sending oodles of prayers and good thoughts your way regarding your cysts. I agree that they’re probably nothing but I’m glad you’re getting them checked. I’m so glad you’re going to be joining in on the Monthly Color Block! Fabulous fabrics! Happy New Year, my friend. ~smile~ Roseanne (TIA for linking up – you didn’t yet but I think you meant to?!)

  4. Shirley Clark

    I guess you haven’t heard of the superstition about not eating chicken on New Year’s Day! LOL My husband found this on FB.
    “It is bad luck to eat chicken on New Year’s Day, because they scratch backwards and if you do you’ll be going backwards all year long. You must eat pork, because pigs root forward with their snouts. I knew we ate pork on NYD, but I never knew why. We can’t handle another year like 2020, so no chicken. Please!”
    I’m trying to think if I ate some chicken last year!
    I do pray the place on your head is nothing to worry about. That was certainly nice about the mail box. Our daughter has a similar one, and it’s been knocked down 3 times.


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