Apr 19 2017

Lullaby

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I have been reading another Craig Lancaster book, The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter. I enjoyed his Edward books so I thought I would try another from this talented writer. I have been engrossed in this book. Too bad I can’t keep my eyes open long enough to read more than one chapter a night. I had to put a pillow on the floor beside my bed so, if I drop my Kindle, it doesn’t make a crashing sound and wake up my hubby. He is already patient with me reading in bed. I don’t want to push the envelope.

The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter is about a boxer.
From Amazon:

Hugo Hunter, a would-be boxing champion, is thirty-seven, soft around the middle, and broke—his glory days long gone. Raised by his beloved grandmother, he is rough around the edges but has a kind heart. Watching Hugo ringside for nearly twenty years, sportswriter Mark Westerly has struggled to keep a professional distance while he’s served alternately as Hugo’s friend, mentor, and conscience. As Hugo lands on the ropes again, Mark steps in to try to save him and, along the way, gets an unexpected second chance of his own when he meets the gentle and lovely Lainie.

In this moving tale of human folly and kindness, can two people who’ve lived so long under the weight of their pasts finally find redemption?

I’m enjoying this book and hope it has a good, calm ending.

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Apr 18 2017

Beautiful Tennessee

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Is that how you spell Tennessee? I always have to think about it.
We spent this past weekend at our daughter’s in Tennessee. We helped my sister paint the ceiling and walls of her new barn which is going to be her sewing barn. It is hard to paint ceilings! My hubby and brother in-law put down a new vinyl plank floor that looks like wood. I am so excited for her! Guitar Center has, microphones at a great price! and I need one to shout it out for her! I know she is excited but she is feeling overwhelmed. I wish I lived closer so I could help her sort through all her fabric. She has two large sewing machines and she will need a cutting table and ironing station. The barn has two lofts for storage. I think she will need a library ladder so she can get to her things up there. My mind is swirling with lots of ideas!

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Apr 12 2017

Full Moon

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I woke this morning to see a full moon outside my bedroom window. I heard something on the news about a pink moon. I have never heard of a pink moon. The moon I saw didn’t look pink but it peaked my interest.
From the Farmer’s Almanac:

April’s Full Moon, the Full Pink Moon, heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

These names were not invented by The Old Farmer’s Almanac. They were used by early Colonial Americans—who learned the names from the local Native Americans; time was not recorded by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months, although there was much variability. The name itself usually described some activity that occurred during that time in their location.

I found it interesting to read through the Almanac to see the best planting times, recommendations for setting eggs, whatever that means and the best fishing times. I will have to tell hubby about those dates.

We don’t plan on putting in a garden this year. We have too much going on with visiting our grandson and taking care of hubby’s mom. She is 91. We are probably going to have to sell her house. That sure tugs at one’s heart.

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Apr 06 2017

In the Show Hole

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Hubby and I got hooked on watching Designated Survivor and now that we are caught up, we find ourselves looking for another good series to watch. We have watched How I Met Your Mother, Orange is the New Black and my favorite, Downton Abbey. We also watched the Crown and cannot wait for the new season to begin. I have the DVR set to record Prison Break when it airs next week. Does anyone have any ideas for a good show to watch?

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Mar 27 2017

Latest Finishes

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I was able to quilt this t-shirt quilt for a lady and her granddaughter. It was a bonding experience for both of them as they worked out some family drama.

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I also quilted this for a friend. I think the fabric was from the Fairy Frost line. It was such a pretty table runner.
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Quilted for another friend.
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Mar 19 2017

The Practice House

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I just finished reading a very good book, The Practice House by Laura McNeal. An online friend recommended it.

Not remembering who it was who recommended this book, had me wondering what storyline I had gotten myself into. It started out as a story about two young girls, anxious to make their lives better and a bit more adventurous. One of the girls married a Mormon missionary and found herself in the United States. The other set out on a trail of courage, love and anxiety. At least, those are the emotions I felt as I hoped she would live and not die in the dire straits of which she was thrown.

I am so glad that if I want to feel like I am in a different place or want to live through the life of someone brave, all I have to do is pick up a good book!

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Mar 05 2017

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

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Hubby and I closed the store and headed to Bloomington, Indiana for the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.  photo Heritage_zpsabh9shja.jpeg
I came away inspired! Inspired to make a couple of new quilts and inspired to try some new quilting designs.

I was able to talk to a Handi Quilter dealer and learned some things I am anxious to try. Of course he showed me how the Prostitcher works with the long arm. The Prostitcher is a computer program that works with the long arm and can make a hundred zillion patterns! Now, if I could only win the lottery.

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Feb 16 2017

Even With a Good Book

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I had trouble falling asleep last night. I had a super busy day yesterday. First of all, it was my birthday. I received many nice surprises. My husband ordered me a beautiful cake. I took it to dinner with my girlfriends and we shared it. The restaurant we tried for the first time surprised me with a free steak dinner. The waitress treated me to a glass of wine.

I was anxious to get to bed but my brain wouldn’t shut down. I thought that reading my book would put me to sleep but I was in a part that was intense and that added to my brain whirling.

I just finished reading 600 hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster . I was afraid that the book would be more of a documentary about someone with Asperger’s syndrome but it wasn’t that at all. The book was a fun and eventful page turner. I downloaded the sequel, Edward Adrift. Edward is a real person with a life that many of us experience. His condition makes him deal with things in ways that I take for granted. He has learned, with years of therapy, how to calm himself down and focus on situations that used to send him into a rage or misguided and frightening anguish. It is a fascinating and endearing story of friendship. I will be sad when it ends.

I have to prepare for a workman’s comp insurance audit. Ugh. The auditor will be here in a few hours. I guess I better get going! Have a great day, everyone.

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Feb 13 2017

Valentines Day

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I love to have a simple holiday. By simple, I mean that it doesn’t take much to celebrate and enjoy the day. My hubby and I don’t buy each other cards but we do like to go out to dinner and celebrate our love for each other.

My birthday is on the 15th and I plan to keep it a secret. This getting old stuff is not fun. I used to laugh about the “old people” who talked about their aches and pains. Well, I am there! My friends and I talk about the latest remedy for our aches and pains and what Medicare is going to be like. I guess it is just a way of life. We get old and talk about what goes on in our lives.

I am trying out a technique on the long arm. I am using two layers of batting to try to achieve a distinct pattern on a quilt. I like it so far. I’ll show pictures when I get a little farther along.

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Jan 31 2017

Cruising in the Caribbean

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 photo IMG_0125 1_zpshlcby1zn.jpgI feel like I have been in a time warp! I have been away from most media and political messes because we went on a cruise to Labadee, Haiti, San Juan Puerto Rico, St. Martin and St Kitts. We had beautiful weather, awesome food and wonderful company.

Hubby and I met up with my mom, my two sisters and our daughter for a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I discovered that two of my favorite quilting instructors were teaming up to teach new quilt designs and techniques while cruising. I had to sign up. It didn’t take much to talk my mom and sisters into going. My hubby and daughter tagged along to get out of the cold weather. They don’t sew.

On the days that we were out to sea, we sewed. Our machines and fabric were provided. We only had to bring a few small sewing items. The first instructor we took a class from was Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilts. She is so funny and is a wonderful instructor. She has many youtube videos that teach easy and quick quilting techniques. The second class instructor was Lynne Hagmeier from Kansas Troubles Quilters. She is a fabric designer and teaches raw edge applique. I love her fabrics and have made a few things from her patterns.

On the days we were in each port, we were able to explore. We checked out the guitar center shop, jewelry stores and souvenir vendors. We tasted local food and were greeted by friendly smiles in each port.

We took an excursion to the rain forest in St. Kitts where we spotted a monkey! They are usually high up in the forest so we were lucky to see that guy. We were shown plants and how they are used to cure ailments. I loved seeing the banana trees. Each port was so clean and smelled of flowers. We learned a lot about the history of each port. I wish I could remember all the trivia we were given.

John Newton authored the well known song, Amazing Grace. The Amazing Grace Experience is
located in Crab Hill, Sandy Point and is just 11 miles from Basseterre, St. Kitts. Housed in the Lighthouse Baptist Church, minutes away from Brimstone Hill Fortress, the experience tells the story of how a man changed his life and was inspired to write a song that means so much to many people.

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