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!
Hubby and I closed the store and headed to Bloomington, Indiana for the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
Out side my mother in-laws window, at the assisted living home where she lives, there is a bird feeder. We have been amazed at how many wood peckers come to feed. We decided to put a feeder in our backyard and have been enjoying watching the birds. We had lots of Cardinals when we first put out the feeder but we have read that they don’t like feeders that move. We still see a few but mostly we see black and white striped woodpeckers. Once in a while we get to watch a bigger red headed woodpecker like this one. We have had the huge pileated woodpecker check out our feeder but that is a rare sight.
I was so excited to get started putting my blocks together for the EnProvence mystery quilt. I scrubbed floors, finished the laundry and began sewing pieces together. I was trying to follow the picture that Bonnie Hunter, the leader of the mystery quilt, had posted of her finished quilt.
I was stressing. I don’t think I have every ripped out so many stitches! LOL I decided to go to Bonnie’s blog and see if there was a better way. Well, she had instructions on how to make 16 blocks and how to make sashing to go with these blocks! So much easier and now, I have 7 blocks finished out of 16.
I am getting so much stitching done. It is zero degrees outside and I am staying in my pajamas. I might have to do laundry today so that we have clean underwear but I will be sewing.
We had a wonderful time with the kids and grandson being here for the holidays. We rolled out 6 dozen cut out cookies and frosted them. It looked like so many cookies and I thought we would never eat them all but we did! Every. Last. One.
Max walks all over the place and while he takes his time going down the step to the lodge room, he is very fast. I thought I child proofed the house but, apparently, I missed a few items. He likes to get into the dog’s water dish. He certainly knows how to make a shocked face when he is told “No”. He is so cute.
I quilted this pretty cross-stitch/ embroidery piece for a customer. It reminds me of one my sister made when I was pregnant for our daughter, Stacy. Thirty six years ago. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into making one of these baby quilts.