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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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Apr 12 2017

Full Moon

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 photo pink-moon_0_zpsbvmqwdn6.jpeg Photo from the Farmer’s Almanac website.
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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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 11 2017

New Years Day 2017

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 photo IMG_0029_zpsibsbjlz9.jpg photo IMG_2298_zpslyxdcdru.jpgFor Christmas, our kids gave us tickets to see the Colts play. We had never been to a professional football game! We had so much fun and the staff treated us so nice, especially after they found out it was our first time attending. We got buttons that said it was our first game. There were t-shirts on every seat. I don’t know if they give them out for every game but it was a nice surprise.
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It was fun seeing Andrew Luck and watching the team come out through the Colt entrance.
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Dec 16 2016

Two More Weeks

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I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone. It seems like we were just planting a garden and now it is time to bake Christmas cookies.

I have been working so much on the mystery quilt that I have let many of my housecleaning and laundry chores get backed up. I think I have my Christmas shopping finished except to order a cool jimi hendrix shirt I just discovered that one of my nephews would really like to have for his special gift. I love it when the kids let you know what they really want. It makes opening gifts so much more fun!

I need to start wrapping gifts so that I know if I need to buy paper and bows. I think I have enough but would hate to run short. Both the kids will be home this year so I need to get organized and not be wrapping gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve. Do any of you do that? I am such a procrastinator.

We finally found a health insurance provider. What an ordeal! We have had to change providers every year for the past 4 years. It is such a pain getting medications all set up. Thankfully, we can stay with our same doctor.

I am off to bed now so I can get started with cleaning in the morning. Nite.

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Nov 07 2016

On Hold

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I feel like I have been in stand still mode. Do you ever feel like you have so many things to get done that you don’t know where to start, so you don’t start?

I think it is because the lady who cleans for me every other week has decided to not clean for many of her people. She has two new grandbabies and they need her. I totally understand but I have only spot cleaned my house for 30 years. I don’t even know where to start cleaning so that I get done in one day. So, I look around every day and see something that needs cleaned. I might clean it and I might not. Nevertheless, I never feel like this house is clean. But, so what? What difference does it make? I have to learn to let it go. There are more important things in this world.

Important like, the presidential election. I cannot believe the choices we are left with. Either way, it will be interesting. I will be so glad when it is over and I quit hearing all the political ads. I don’t remember hearing people attack each other like they did this go around. They should all be ashamed. What an example they set for our young people.

We have been blessed with a beautiful fall. The leaves in Indiana are at their peak of color. So awesome. We are going to pull the begonias before they get mushy with the first frost. Hubby has been mowing the leaves into mulch. Why didn’t we take care of the leaves this way before? I guess we kept the kids busy with rakes. The mulching makes a lot of dust in my window sills. I’m not looking!

We spent last weekend with Max, our grandson. He is walking all over the place and asserting his own opinion. He is going to be a force to reckon with when he turns two. With his strong willed parents guiding him, it should be interesting. We will be spending a whole week with Max so our daughter in-law’s mom can take a break. Our daughter will be with us for reinforcement! It is going to be fun.

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Jul 09 2016

Back to Normal

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After having the kids and our grandson here for a visit and then having our daughter come home to run a few 5k races, it is time to get back to normal. That means pulling neglected weeds and mowing grass.

My petunias have gone to pot. I will never buy that kind of plant again. I see beautiful pots of petunias but they must be a different variety. Mine are long and stringy. The other type stay uniform in size and look full and beautiful. At least my impatiens, geraniums and begonias look healthy. I had a snapdragon come back from last year and is a beautiful red color. I thought snapdragons were an annual.
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Our daughter is enjoying her new job. Here is a picture of the ladder she used to upgrade the store’s Warehouse Lighting. Glad she isn’t afraid of heights like her Dad!
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She accompanied her cousins, the store owners, to a car show this weekend. That is the type of event I was looking forward to for her to share and take part. She will be in her element for sure!

Have a great weekend, everyone. I’m headed out to push the mower.

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Jun 14 2016

Bubble Run

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I had good intentions on being prepared for the Bubble Run my daughter and I are participating in on Saturday. I was doing well, running every day, until it rained. Then it got hot. Then I was lazy. I hope I don’t embarrass myself!

My dog has decided he is afraid of storms. He is stuck to me like glue because it is thundering and raining. Poor little guy. Guess I won’t be able to do laundry today. I have to cuddle my sweet Brody. (Things sound a bit different from when I was ready to kill him for running off the other day! LOL).

Here is Brody riding on the back of my husband’s bike.
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