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My kids “get” me!

 

 

What could be more perfect? A gift basket of all my favorite things! Quilting Magazine, tequila with a new shot glass, chocolate, and a Jo-anns gift card! Turning fifty-one was a lot more fun than fifty! All my kids and my Mom and the best dinner ever.. Yep Kentucky Fried Chicken!

The only drawback to the day was tropical storm Debby. We were right in her path and she was dumping TONS of rain all day long! We got about twenty inches! Fortunately for us we remained high and (almost) dry but I can’t say the same for some of our neighbors. The river crested and flooded neighborhoods and many had to grab their pets and run.

A leaking roof.. that’s the worst we suffered. We were blessed! Not to mention I had enough KFC for breakfast the next morning! I love cold fried chicken!

I’m going back into the Quilt room today.. hoping to get the blocks finished but ya know, I just don’t see finishing today. I’ve got about twenty more blocks to go and I may be having puppies today!

Oh, did you see how I just slipped that in there!  Yes, PUPPIES! Well maybe, she has woke me up at the crack of dawn yesterday and today. Now I’m having one of those “what was I thinking” moments! My stomach hurts and I’m a nervous wreck! Just the thought of having puppies in the house again!

You just know she’ll get into my batting scrap pile. Maybe I should use this nervous energy to clean the quilt room? Naw, I’d rather quilt!

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Let’s try this again

Where do I begin? In the middle of course! Y’all already know I’m far from organized! I made it a year in the Post-a-day challenge but couldn’t follow-up the second year.. I guess I get an E for effort?

So here we go…

I have completed a few quilts. Though for the life of me I can’t find the pictures. I finally finished the “Bubbles” Quilt.. I like how it turned out. I really need to do more thread painting to improve my skills though! This is my current project. It’s been slow going but I’m enjoying the process.

We’ve spent a lot of time at my Mom’s house playing and spending “family” time.

There’s been a lot of celebrating. Birthdays,  Mothers Day, Graduation of #3 and yes Enlistment into the Marines. (I’m counting down the days until he leaves with a heavy heart.)

We’ve had too many medical scares. Still more that have not been resolved but we also celebrated getting braces off after three long years!

DD and I went to see One Direction. (That’s a boy band for those of y’all without teenage girls in the house.) The Amphitheatre was filled with 20,000 screaming girls! I’m still trying to recoup from that! I’ve got a new grand puppy (yes, again!) Her Name is Sophia. She’s the first for #2 and his GF! I’ve got to get that quilt done in the next two weeks!

Last but of course not least. I finally got my first tattoo! I love it and am already planning my next!

Hoping I can get back to some semblance of routine but I’m not counting on it. Taking it one breath at a time!

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Under the weather..

It feels like months but it’s only been a few weeks.. I’ve finally rounded the corner and am improving a bit. Of course I slept almost 18 hours yesterday.. maybe I’ve been tired too? Sick and tired?

I have been pebbling away on the bubble quilt and I’ve got about 4 inches by 12 inches left to finish the inside  quilting.. I decided to decide on the borders after the quilting . (isn’t that just like not deciding?)Honestly I just couldn’t decide about the borders..

I haven’t gotten to see my new grand-pup but once. Too sick to even finish her quilt but that’s in the works for this weekend. Maybe I’ll get to puppy sit while he works? They decided on her temporary name. It will be months before we really know what we’re going to call her. Now It’s Tunechi.. I know, right? His first dog was named Twinkie, wait for it.. Her real name turned out to be “My Butt”. So things could still be worse!

The garden is doing great! Corn is knee-high.. broccoli is heading up.. beans and zucchini are producing great and cucumbers and almost ready to start picking. I planted Okra for the first time and the plants look good but I have no idea when to expect or how much so that’s a wait and see. Blackberries and strawberries are producing and the tomato and green pepper plants are loaded! It’s very relaxing just sitting out there!

I’ve enjoyed keeping up with your blogs even when I couldn’t write.. hope your day is full of happy surprises!

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Ireland Bound?? I wish!

(LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)”][Howth and Ireland's Eye. County Dublin, Irela...The count down is now 85 days until the Quilt Show! I mean seriously who wouldn’t want to go? I know it’s a lifelong dream of mine to go to Ireland. I don’t have any definitive reason but hey, if there’s a Quilt Show, tell me.. whats a better reason?

Even McCall’s has a quilting Ireland tour! SEE!! It’s not just me. Other people see quilting as a reason to go to Ireland. But wait even Ricky Tims is going to be there.. I’ve always wanted to meet Ricky Tims! I guess that’s another reason to go, right? (Shhhh… these are reasons not excuses! And I’m not done!! ) I’ve gotten all but two of the Irish Quilting Magazine since it’s premiere issue. The quilts are so beautiful. The pictures just send my imagination wild with possibilities!

 Unfortunately it’s not in my budget but it doesn’t stop my dreaming about it! It’s a romantic notion and I enjoy looking into it each year.. you know, just in case my Dreamz Happen! So if you go please take pictures and tell Ricky “Hi” for me!

 

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Still stitching…

So here it is.. the top and back are ready.. still waiting for a name!

I’ve also still been hard at work making pebbles. As you can see I still need a lot of practice!!I’m trying to make sure the pebbles aren’t all the same size but some are coming out oval instead of round..  Oh well.. maybe I did that on purpose? HAH!

Yesterday was full of cooking instead of quilting. I made three gallons of spaghetti sauce and four gallons of Chili. I freeze it in one gallon increments so it’s ready for the days I don’t want to or can’t cook.  I should have made more spaghetti sauce but didn’t have enough italian sausage.  

My grand dog made it through his neutering and it has been close to impossible to keep him calm since coming home. He wants to play! It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it! One more day in the life.. My zucchini is blooming and so are the green beans.. I’m eating strawberries as fast as they ripen and snack on radishes as I weed the rows.  The yard cats have killed two of my tomato plants or at least I think it’s them.. I’ll set a trap to find out tonight! They broke the top of the plants off! I may have to look into putting naphtha out there but I’d rather not .(It stinks!)

Hoping this finds you getting through your days with pockets of joy found in places that surprise you!

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There ya go..

We got all the title and registration paper work done and a new set of tires for the new car so DD is one Happy Camper! Of course she owes us slave services for the next six months but now she’s happy with that. We’ll see in a few months if she’s still as happy.

I’m hopeful I can return to the quilting room today though I’m not holding out too much hope. It could happen! I decided on the puppy quilt. I hope my Duetta gets here before I’m ready to quilt so I can get the embroidery done.. the only problem I see encountering is that the new puppy has no name yet! #1 doesn’t name his dogs until he’s been with them for a day. 

Here’s our adopted boy we got in January. He’s eight pounds of love! Harry brings us back up to four dogs in the house. He’s got a way to go though.. he wants to eat the chickens! He’s half their size! On Harry’s first day here #3 son heard my screams and came running  .. Harry got into the chicken run I was trying to catch him..but #3 couldn’t help because he was laughing so hard.. I thought the chickens were going to eat him!! I was frantic! (okay, it was a funny sight)

I got a vet appointment in an hour.. my GrandDog Moomie has Addison’s and has to get an injection once a month. Today I get to learn how to give the injection.. doesn’t that sound like fun? I gave myself injections for three years so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Starting my day.. hope yours is full of  happy surprises!

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Four Months!

I finally finished the Diamond quilt and it only took four MONTHS! It’s hard to believe it took that long. But it’s finished and I’ll get it shipped off tomorrow. I also got out the Batik Bubbles quilt top and finished sewing all those bubbles and I got the backing ready (shhhh… don’t tell anyone but I prewashed it, I am against prewashing as a rule but I don’t want that much shrinkage after the quilting on this one) and it is all ready to go on the quilting table! Yeah for me!! If all goes well I will be thread painting today!

I am getting a new Grand-puppy in two weeks! Yeah (again) for me! I was told her favorite color is purple so I have two weeks to make her a quilt. What kind of grand would I be if I didn’t have a quilt ready for her when she gets here? Right??

Later today I’ll get pictures of the finished Blues’ quilt and hopefully the Batik Bubbles on the quilting table.. My batteries won’t hold a charge! ARGH! So I’ll “borrow” DD’s new camera or use my tablet.

It’s not so pretty out today.. the temp dropped to 55 this morning and the winds are about 10mph.. it looks like I’m gonna have to find some frost cover for the garden. What is up with the weather this year?? Come on this is Florida! It’s unheard of having this kind of weather in March!

I’m going back to the quilt room… hope you have lots of “Yeah for me” moments today!

 

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So many events…

Through the Chaos

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The last six months have flown by.. I’m disappointed I haven’t been able to keep y’all up to date.

Loads of drama, but that’s not anything new really.

In a nutshell here’s the highlights..

  • We finished the body work on DD’s truck and DH got it painted. It turned out very pretty but now she wants a little sports car. I think DH may have had a hand in that decision.
  • #1 son starts his last year of College next month and should be back from teaching in Wisconsin in three weeks. He may have a job lined up in Tampa.
  • DIL got a job in Atlanta and will be gone next week. So it looks like they will continue their long distance marriage for at least another year! ARGH! (hard to get grand kids that way!)
  • # 2 son has a new girl in his life and she is a doll! Smart, funny and she tolerates him! What more could a Mom ask for? (it helps that he’s smart and funny too!)
  • My mom is being divorced. Can you say ugly all day? It has been a crushing experience for her and watching it has been devastating for me. I don’t know if she will come out of this.
  • #3 son signed with the Marines! Yes, I said the Marines! I have some very not nice words for the Navy recruiters here. All they wanted to talk about were video games.. uh, HELLO? Seriously? He tells them he wants to sign up and they talk video games? After taking the ASVAB and scoring quite well he just wanted to “talk” to the Marines.. yes, that is what he said. I know he wanted to sign with them when this started but I wanted Navy. So there ya go… I am a mother of a Marine! Pray for me! He leaves October 6th.
  • I am just now putting the binding on that diamond quilt I am making for my niece. Yep I’m still working on that quilt and no I didn’t set it aside to make anything else.
  • The garden is growing nicely after planting it the second time. We had a hard freeze the second week of February and there was no saving it. I spend at least an hour a day just watching it grow.
  • We finished the upstairs bathroom. It turned out nice. We got the tile and cabinet in last month. Of course now that we’re close to finishing the big projects around here we’re talking about moving.. where depends on whether there are grands in the making…

So there ya go.. I’ve already missed two quilt shows.. I’m hoping that life settles down soon so I can get back into the quilt room. I think I may have settled the tension problem I was having with my longarm. It turns out it wasn’t me!  When I moved it got knocked out of whack! !  Yesterday I traded the Babylock Ellegante in for a Duetta.. so there’s a new machine to play with. Oh and it looks like I have a grand puppy coming soon! So you know I have to make her a quilt!

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Vegetable Garden time!

As y’all can tell I enlarged the garden this year.  The way I figure it is there’s less to mow that way! It’s about 20′ X 70′. I also used landscape fabric to help with the weeds and help retain moisture. Loads of chicken poop went in before the tilling. But I don’t think I used enough for the plot.

I kinda got over excited when the Tractor Dude came with his behemoth. Even though I was a bit scared he would unearth something I didn’t want to see. This is a very rural area and we have found weird things buried here and there.  We still can’t find our septic! So when he hit one low area and a shirt pants and pair of shoes came up wrapped in a roll of carpet, I really freaked! It turned out to be a pile of clothing wrapped in a roll of carpet. Who does that?? seriously? I don’t want this outfit any longer so I’m gonna bury it in a carpet in the side yard?

I’ve still got some work to do to build a compost pile. My mom has come over to help with the clearing and such. It’s actually been a treat having her there to tell stories and talk while we work. She is NOT used to manual labor at all. But even she is getting excited about having a garden. So far we have corn, the 1st batch of cucumbers , green beans, strawberries, tomatoes and green peppers, watermelon, zucchini, radishes and lettuce… I still have to get some okra seeds. I’m planting in steps so I’ve still got a way to go.

Today we’re laying tile in the upstairs bathroom (I know that still isn’t finished?). Guess what, the tile is laid and I’m off to grout!! Aren’t you impressed? Of course I didn’t get this posted yesterday cuz I wasn’t waiting to upload the pictures.. so tomorrow you’ll see the tile finished!

 This is meant to be my year for finishing projects. No new projects until all the old ones are finished! Hey, a girl can dream!

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I’ve missed you!

So much has happened in the last month.. yet it wasn’t the same without sharing it!

I’ve spent lots of time with my mother. #3 Son has done his timed trials to enter the Navy and has actually surprised us all at his ease to hit the numbers! #1 Son has  spent months away working in Wisconsin. My #2 Granddog died suddenly and the took so much out of the holidays for #1 Son. She was his alter ego .. his shadow and is still missed terribly.

#2 Son came to visit for a few days and helped Dad ready the garage for painting Bess’s truck.

I didn’t get much sewing or quilting done. I did however finally get that diamond quilt onto the quilting table. BUT..( it’s there always a but?) My Lizzie malfunctioned and I had to tear into her and figure out the mess. I think I may have got her fixed I just haven’t had the time to get back to her.

 I made my brother and SIL custom aprons for their restaurant and they actually liked them! I may end up making them some shirts next. Or I should say embroidery their Logo onto shirts..

I got my garden in (finally) and it is big! I’ve got the first bunch of veggies in and about 50 stawberry plants too!

 

 

 

Well, I guess that’s it in a nutshell.. I’ll get into the details later but rest assured I won’t stay gone for very long anymore! Hugs!

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