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After confessing in my last post about so many things that I realized I didn’t love, I thought it would be appropriate to follow up with some things that I do love. I’m not a negative person by nature but sometimes being honest about a situation, especially when the outcome isn’t what you want, sure feels like a whole lot of negativity. That part can be tough, especially when I like to keep things light-hearted and not so serious around here. I might make this a regular series to help remind myself to take a step back and appreciate all the little things that make me happy. Here goes…

Dear Blog Readers, I love you.
When I confessed in my last post I wasn’t sure what the response would be. I wasn’t really looking for any kind of help or support, I just needed some official closure for myself so I could move forward. What I got was a wonderfully overwhelming response of empathy and general positivity, and even though I thought I didn’t “need” that… I totally did. I was reminded why the online sewing community is so important to me and if you’re reading this right now, I want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Dear Nature, I love you.
I do not always love the bugs that live in you but I still love the fresh air I’m blessed to breathe, the warm sun that blinds my sunglass-less eyes, the peaceful woods I’m surrounded by, and the moss that grows on your floor. Moss is really cute and fuzzy as it turns out and I hope I come back as a forest nymph in my next life so I can sleep on it.

Dear New Serger, I love you.
I was on an anti-serger kick for a while there (not for any good reason, I just didn’t have one I liked) but then I saw you on Amazon Prime for under 200 dollars and I came to my senses. Best purchase ever. I’ve been using it to finish everything, including the raw edges of my fabric before I wash it. Cotton doesn’t fray that much, but still. New serger, as I said.

Dear Fluffies, I love you.
fluffiesEven though I fall asleep every night with a dog butt in my face and a cat paw in my eye, I still always love my fluffy kids. They never, ever fail to make me happy even though I have back problems from never being able to use my laptop correctly. Apparently laps are for cats, not for computers. Even so, my kids are my everything.

Dear Jessica Fletcher, I love you.
Even though you are arguably the worst person to associate with since you witness at least 52 murders a year, you make for good TV and I think we could be friends in real life. You’re teaching me to be more aware of my surroundings, and making me want more blue eyeshadow in my makeup case. Murder She Wrote is my stress free wind-down show lately. I love it.

What do you love this week?


  • I’ve been away so I’m just catching up on my blog reading, but I wanted to say that I think it’s such a great thing to do to remind ourselves what we love – especially when life is tough πŸ˜‰ I giggled at your nature one, because I feel exactly the same way – love nature, not so much the bugs that live in it haha! Also, apparently (according to my cats anyway) – laps AND laptops are BOTH meant for cats! ^__^

    Always, I’m so grateful for my fuzzy kids too. Cats always seem to know exactly when you need them the most, and that’s when they come and sit with you and let you cuddle them as fiercely as you want (for a time LOL). Right now, I love the smell of the air here in spring, the fact that it’s Friday and I don’t have to work tonight, or for a whole two days (that’s a big deal in my life these days LOL), and that there’s a sale on at my local fabric shop which I’m TOTALLY going to check out even though I don’t need any more fabric!! πŸ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful, joy-filled weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Yay for things you love! I also love my pets and nature, and didn’t know anyone else loved MSW – I thought it was my guilty secret! I love the theme music bit where she cycles best, I don’t know why, and love it extra if it’s set by the sea. My daughters think the 80’s outfits are hilarious, too!

  • I used to watch Murder She Wrote at my grandmothers house when I stayed over as a kid, and then I would hardly be able to sleep for being so scared.
    And I also agree about the animals – even though our puppy ate through the seat-control wires in the car AGAIN (thank goodness Mr. Guy is an electrician and can fix them himself), I still love her, and Travis The Cat.

  • Beautiful, fun, and completely lovely post that really does show your cheerful, upbeat spirit shining through, dear Rochelle. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with venting or being super serious at times (like your last post), but as a fellow “glass half full” kind of gal, and I completely relate to the desire to follow up such a post with something more positive and lighthearted (I do the same thing myself on those rare occasions I get into something really intimate and heavy on my blog).

    β™₯ Jessica

  • misscrayolacreepy

    I think I could just copy your list exactly! hahah Except the last one because I have never watched the show πŸ™ But I could substitute it for Shameless. I’m so into that show right now!

  • Great post, Rochelle! Here’s what I loving lately: watching my kids finally play outside after such a looooong winter, watching Mad Men for sewing inspiration, visiting thrift shops and treasure hunting. And making pies of course!!

  • I think it’s important to vent and I’m happy that you did. I feel that most bloggers have this tendency to censor themselves. We all have to act like shiny happy people, otherwise no one will want to read our blogs, or journals, or whatever, because they’ll either be too honest or too boring. It’s one thing to be marketable, but there’s also being human and I applaud anyone who has the balls to speak their mind and open their hearts. I enjoy honest posts and honest photography, rather than the perfectly polished Martha Stewart crap I’ve been seeing lately.

  • stgilbert

    I love your blog! I love my family and my small circle of friends. I love my job and my boss. I love my home and my abilities to create.

  • Ha! Murder She Wrote was like one of the few tv shows I was allowed to watch (not on PBS) as a young teen. (I am not so sure what that says but hey) and I haven’t watched it in years. I may have to revisit the awesomeness that is Jessica Fletcher! And Lucille is the most adorable dog ever. I love her grin. Here’s to an awesome year!

  • I love this post so much!
    All the little things are bigger than we give them credit for, sometimes, and add up to one big thing! Especially fluffies. They make everything better πŸ™‚

  • it’s very nice to read your article !!! I love the photo of your dog, he is so cute !!!
    For me
    I love trees, “they” are like a family, and soon I will have a new house with a little (very little) forest so….
    I love my children, 2 sons which are great fans of my cook…
    I love my 2 cats and my Little Boston Terrier Ink which is my assistant now for photographies on my blog…
    and I love tattoo art

  • After reading your post last night I began to think about all that I truly love and sometimes take for granted. Of course my children, human and furry type, rate #1 on my list. There isn’t anything that I wouldn’t do for them. I love my memories of all that have past, without my past I would not be who I am today. I love being part of a online sewing community and so grateful for all that share their successes and failures. Thank you Rochelle for being who you are, for allowing us to come into your life, for making us laugh and cry, for making us feel as though we know you if only through your blog.

  • Serger twins! Just in time for colettes new knit book am I right?

  • It’s good for you to list things you love sometimes, thank you for reminding me. I think I will make one of my own. πŸ™‚

  • Tracy

    Excellent post again, as was your last one. Understanding and getting rid of what you don’t love is as important as understanding and embracing what you do love but can be difficult as it does seem a lot like negativity. I wish you a freer year and look forward to more posts.

  • Is it OK to admit that I not only want to be friends with Jessica Fletcher, I WANT to BE her! I love that woman, that show and everything about it! Sigh….. I’ve watched all 12 seasons more times than I care to admit – meaning I know who the killer is for every single episode and yet, I still keep re-watching them. Jessica is akin to Nancy Drew – never caught unprepared, always looks like a million, is strong, courageous, not afraid to get her feet wet and she won’t be undaunted until she’s found the truth.

    I’m also so glad that you’ve turned the corner with regards to serging. It’s much more fun in the sinful serging camp anyway.

  • Maria

    I enjoyed reading your last post; it was honest and from the heart. One of the things I wanted to share regarding this post is a TV show I loved watching in the 70’s (and now) is The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her character on the show taught me how important it is to be kind to others, the importance of having integrity, the importance of being humble, being respectful, honest, and professional in the work place, along with other good qualities. It’s my all time favorite show.

  • Angela Lansbury is one of those people I’d love to hang out with. She was so much a part of my childhood that really having a nice cuppa with her would fulfill a childhood wish. πŸ˜€

  • I loved Jessica then, I love her now! :o)

  • I’m mostly a lurker but I’ve enjoyed your blog quietly for a long time. I know you’re not a negative person at heart. Sometimes things just coalesce and it all feels like too much. I’m so jealous of your serger. It’s beautiful. My sewing machine is a Brother and I’ve been very happy with it. I’m glad to know they make a good serger too.

  • I love my friends, my awesome city, my doggie, and my self made sewing challenges of late!

    This was a very sweet post to read, Rochelle. It’s always nice to see what makes other people happy and smiling at the moment. I think I should mention things I love more often, it’s a good feeling.

  • I am so tempted to order that serger myself now……And I have been on a major Murder, She Wrote kick recently too. Such a fun show!

  • Chantel

    I love my family, my home, my work, my farm and garden, my pets.and sewing! Life is sooo good! Rochelle, you are a dear and I adore you! Thank you for sharing many lovely posts. What you are going through resonates with us all. You put in words what makes sense. You are a treasure! Thank you! –Chantel

  • Juliana @ Urban Simplicity

    I love this post! I’ve been looking for a serger, and this one looks good!! Also, my wind-down show lately is Foyle’s War (and before that, all the Joan Hickson Miss Marples–so lovely!) I’ll probably give ol’ Jessica another go at some point!!

  • I’m so on the look out for a serger but I’m quite intimated about what to get. Is it difficult to thread? Was it difficult to understand how to use?

  • Your comments about Jessica Fletcher crack me up. I watched all of Murder, She Wrote while I was reading and studying for my comprehensive exams–it’s the perfect show for winding down during stressful times. I also always felt like I would be willing to take the risk of being friends with her, especially since she always seems to have a pie just sitting around at home.

  • What a nice post! My pets are at the top of my list- it’s hard to be sad when I’m playing with my dogs or turtle! I’m really grateful for my dude and my sewing space, too. I’m so glad I have a little space carved out in my apartment just for my hobby!

  • Just when I think you can’t get any more awesome you tell us you’re a Lansbury fan…as a fellow fan I can’t even describe the stratospheric levels you have just reached in my estimation! I even named my crocheted toilet roll cover Angela in her honour…I’d totally risk the increased chance of being murdered for some time in Cabot cove! Also I have pretty much the exact same overlocker…I loves it a whole lot!

  • I have that exact same serger! I am very happy with it. Properly threaded and adjusted it’s a wonderful thing.

  • *taking on too much* iPhone spell check!

  • I applaud you for both this post and the last one. I’m really bad at along on too much and at not appreciating things in the moment. I think they’re both somehow related. And my mom and I used to watch Murfer She Wrote all the time, lol.
    Here’s hoping this year will be a lot more enjoyable and productive for us all.