Jan 02 2018


Published by under a bit of everything

I am so glad to start a new year. We had a lot of tragedy happen in our extended family last year. It has been tough but we have seen how strong we can be.

We have been blessed with two wonderful children, who as adults, have made us proud. When I read about some of the struggles that families go through, I know we are lucky.

Our son and his wife are expecting twins in the spring. I am beside myself in anticipation! They are also moving closer to us so that will be extra nice to be available to help out and hold those babies and our little Max who will be three when the babies get here.

It is minus 14 degrees this morning! Those types of temperatures make it difficult to get our work done but at least we have a garage. I feel bad for those who are dealing with dead batteries this morning.

I hope everyone has a nice start to their new year.

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Dec 05 2017

National Cookie Day!

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That is my kind of day. What is your favorite cookie? Mine is the snicker doodle. I bake them until they are just golden brown so they melt in your mouth. They are also good to dunk in a cup of coffee.

I need to check my supplies for making Christmas cookies. My daughter in-law and I usually make them right before the 25th.

Christmas Cutout Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Tinted frostings, colored sugars, edible glitter and nonpareils


In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in thickness. Cut out with Christmas cookie cutters of your choice. Using a floured spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.
Decorate cookies with frosting and colored sugars. Yield: 6-7 dozen (2-1/2-inch cookies).

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Nov 28 2017

Historical Drama

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I have enjoyed listening to the television series, Outlander, through Audible on my phone. The words the writer uses make me feel as though I am in Scotland in the 1700’s. I have been taping the show but have yet to watch them. I am not sure I want to spoil the pictures I have in my head with what a theater director chooses. It would be like thinking someone looks a certain way but when you meet them, they are not how you pictured them in your head.

I have bought a few things for Christmas gifts but I am not sure what to buy for a few people so I have been dragging my feet. I might have to check my kid’s Amazon wish lists for ideas. I already ordered our grandson’s gift. That was an easy choice! I can understand how people say, gift giving is all about the children.

I am off to do a bit of quilting on the longarm. I have to quilt two more Veteran quilts so our guild members can get them bound. The head of our Veteran’s Affairs is going to come to one of our meetings at the first of the year to accept the quilts. He will be giving the quilts to veterans in our community.

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Nov 13 2017

Fall Is Cold

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Time to get out the winter coats. We sorted through our coats and will be dropping off a few to the local donation site. It is a local program that gives the coats to kids. Do you ever hold onto clothing items, thinking you will wear them, but never choose that item? I finally gave up on a few of my favorite coats. I always grab the same coat anyway!

We are watching our grand dogs while our son and daughter in-law pack up their house to move. This is going to be a long process and the move will not actually take place until this coming summer. The dogs like it here because they can go in and out the doggy door at their leisure.

Have you started your Christmas shopping? I have bought one or two things but I don’t really have a plan. I am making myself nervous! I have so many quilts to get done for clients and that has taken priority.

Happy Fall everyone!

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Oct 18 2017

Moving On

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I quit writing for awhile after Photobucket hijacked my photos. They want me to pay an exorbitant amount in order to code my photos to use them in my blog. I am not rich. This blog is my hobby.

So anyway, I will continue to write about my boring life! But, it will be without pictures.

I’ve been in Missouri the past two weeks while babysitting my sweet grandson. He is two so I am grabbing a minute to write this while he takes a nap.

I have been reminiscing a lot about how I handled my kids when they were this age. I don’t remember a lot! I know that my back sure does hurt when trying to lift this little munchkin. When he doesn’t want to do something, he turns into a limp noodle, making it impossible to pick him up. I have learned new diversion tactics. LOL He is simply too cute for his own good. It is funny how a grandparent, at least this grandparent, has so much more patience than what I had with my own two children. This is a lot more fun.

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Jun 15 2017

Wonderful Two’s

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Our grandson just turned two! It is hard to believe he is already two. He has changed so much. He says a few words and definitely gets his point across. Hubby and I were fortunate to be able to babysit him last week. It was fun to really get to take care of him. Hubby took care of the meals and I changed diapers. We both enjoyed corralling him from any electrical plug ins and whatever else he decided was to be investigated. We let him crawl in and out of the doggie door, much to his mother’s disgust. I had fun going shopping for him. He was going to be in the next shoe size soon so I picked out a pair of cute sandal type shoes and I am keeping him in Chuck’s for life. He also got a new pair of pajamas that say, I’m With the Band. So cute. I got him a couple of dinosaur shirts that glow in the dark. How cute is that?!
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Last Tuesday, we took him to the Ft. Wayne Zoo. He really wasn’t that interested in the animals. We had a good time anyway. That kid sure can run fast! We kept him in the stroller most of the time. The Zoo is configured nicely. I was impressed by the animals, the cleanliness and staff at the zoo. It was awesome.

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May 30 2017

Life Changes

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In the blink of an eye, life can certainly change course. My mother in-law, who lives at an assisted living apartment, fell on Sunday in the wee hours of the morning. She broke her pelvic hip area. Hubby and I have spent the past 3 days at the hospital located an hour from our home. We have had to postpone our work schedule. Thankfully, our customers have been very understanding. We are getting ready to babysit our 2 year old grandson while his parents go on vacation. This looks to become an interesting next few weeks. Good thing God is in control!

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May 10 2017

Working and Playing

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I have been working on getting a few of my own quilts finished. When my mom gets home from Arizona, she will bring all the quilts that she and her sister have made to give to the mission. They will need to be quilted and that means I will be busy.

Here is the binding on my En Provence. I just put a sleeve on the back so I can hang it up on my quilt rack. Hubby had a new quilt rack made for me. It is so much easier to use. The old one was such a pain that I never wanted to put up new quilts. Now I can change the quilts more often.
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Apr 19 2017


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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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