Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ice bucket challenge

Did you do it?  Have you watched others do it?  Are you tired of looking at people doing it -  on TV, on facebook, in your neighborhood, at work, everywhere you look? 

Do you know how many people are all of a sudden aware of ALS and what it means?  Do you know how many people have donated to ALS for the very first time because of this silly chanllenge?  Do you know how much MORE money has been raised because of people dumping ice in their heads? 

Washington, D.C. (August 22, 2014) — As of Friday, August 22, The ALS Association has received $53.3. million in donations compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 1.1 million new donors to The Association.

1.1 million NEW donors.  This is Wonderful!   Now go dump a bucket of ice on your head, or even better, go donate to a truly good cause.  No one really has to dump the ice on their heads, but maybe, just maybe, doing so will make that person aware of the shocking life people with ALS have to live.  Their bodies stop working, but their brains don’t.  I think the next ALS challenge should be sitting still with no movement, no control, NO control over any muscle in the body, no bodily functions at all, but a fully functioning mind. 

Imagine thinking about all you could be doing.  Imagine thinking about what you just did in your pants.  Imagine seeing your children, grandchildren, lover, and not being able to talk to them, hug them or even tell them you love them.  Imagine ALS and then go donate.  Please. 

PS, I didn't do it, but I DID donate! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

So very special

This is the first picture the photographer has shared with the newly married couple.  And this picture is so them it’s amazing.  Jon and Steph are always out on a walk somewhere together, always.  They walk the paths in their neighborhood park.  They walk the golf course (not golfing either).  They just enjoy each other’s company and the company Mother Nature provides for them.  This is SO them and I can’t imagine any other picture ever capturing them so beautifully.  
Thanks Amanda!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another wedding

I haven’t been on line much in the last few days because I’ve been out of town for a very special wedding.  My son Jonathon finally married the lady he’s been in love with since college.  And by the way, we’ve loved too her since the day we met her, so we are very happy, extremely happy. 
The wedding was held in a very special place, the Philippi Presbyterian Church in Philippi, West Virginia.  This darling little church was built between 1875-76 and still has the original stain glass windows.  Steph’s Grandma Sarah (90) still attends this church. Steph’s Mother grew up here and Grandma Sarah still lives up the road in a darling little brick home. 

The reception was held at Adaland Mansion where Steph’s great grandparents Phoebe Patterson and Arla DeWitt Woodford were married in March 1900.  Here is a group picture of that wedding.  Right where this photo was taken now stands a pavilion which is where Jon and Steph’s reception was.  (We tried to recreate this photo, and I’ll share the results when we get the pictures from the photographer)
Jon, Steph, Kelly and Mike.  
Here’s my favorite picture of the day, my children.  My handsome sons have given me two beautiful daughters who I love as much as if I had raised them myself.  Both boys have picked soul mates and John and I couldn’t be happier!  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Relay For Life

If you know me even the slightest you know that along with quilting another passion of mine is Relay For Life.  For the last 16 of years I’ve been involved with Relay For Life. When we started it was just to say thanks to the community for helping us (Cape Henlopen Music Boosters) raise money to send a whole bunch of kids to England. Little did I know that would change my life in so many different ways. 

Next month the web site John and I started as a way to get messages to East Sussex Relay participants will go off line. As I look over the pictures from that site I see so many people I have learned to love through their involvement with Relay and the community. I am thankful that some of those wonderful people are on facebook so I can stay in touch with them and others are still in the community so I run into them often. 

I also see pictures of people who lost their battle with cancer.

East Sussex Relay may no longer exist, but as I said a long time ago, as long as there is the need for a Relay I will Relay. I’ve moved to a different event and will move again if needed, or I’ll just Relay on line, but I will Relay as long as cancer needs fighting.  We have to find a cure! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten busy days

Yes it has been ten days again, I’m sorry.  But let me confess, I’m having some focusing problems and the computer isn’t my friend right now.  For the last few years they’ve been at me to get trifocals and I’ve put my foot down, no.  I have enough problems with the bifocals, I’m not adding to the confusion.  Well now I can’t focus on the midrange and will have to admit I need help.  Trifocals no, but a pair of glasses for that midrange, yes.  I can see distance fine with my glasses, and can read find with the bifocals, it’s just that middle range like this screen.  I see the eye Doc next week. 

In the meantime, I got a bug, upset tummy and low grade fever, so lots of resting.  I’m doing better now and will get back to sewing today.  The blocks are almost finished, and I’m ready to lay it out on the bed. 

And this weekend is a big one, Jonathon (DS#1) and his very special lady are finally getting married.  We’ve loved Steph since the day we met her, and knew this day would come eventually.. Saturday is the day! 

Saturday, August 02, 2014


So I sat down to sew and after a few minutes looked out the window at the garden gone wild and decided… since it was coolish and damp I would do some transplanting.  I dug up over two dozen Asiatic lilies with hopes the wet weather would help them survive in new home.  In the meantime I got quite wet, and muddy, not to mention exhausted.  Fingers screaming at me, back not real happy either, but I got most of it done before my body made me quit. 

I am still working on my quilt, did a little before I got the urge to play gardener.  I have about 30 of these done, only 250 some more to go.    

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Update time

It’s Pinwheel month on Delaware Quilts.  I’ve added several new pinwheel blocks and variations, and updated several more block pages.  Check the updates at DelawareQuilts/BOMs 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Still sewing

Just need 576 of these, over 3/4s done, more tomorrow.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today’s funny

I stopped at a local farm stand while out running errands today, good stuff at great prices.  I purchased 5 fresh juicy peaches, yummmm.  When I got home I found only one in the bag.  One was next to the bag on the floor, and the other three….

One was under the car seat on my (drivers) side.  Since I was in the garage and couldn’t get to the other side, I didn’t see the other two. 

I pulled the car out of the garage, walked around and opened up the back door.  I looked under the seat and found one.  Still missing one.

So I looked way under the seat, no peach.  I put my hand under and felt around, surely it had to be there somewhere.  Wait… what’s this, up under the seat stuck in the springs… yep the missing peach.  And not bruised or smushed or anything. 

Was talking to the peach, telling it how happy I was that it didn’t get hurt, stood up, and a man and lady were standing behind my car… wanted to ask me questions about the house next door which is for sale… and boy were they giving me strange looks. 

I explained and they laughed and he asked me a few questions… the wife kept giggling.  
I think they’d make nice neighbors, especially her!  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sewing progress

This becomes 

which becomes this 
which eventually..

well you'll just have to wait and see.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My week

Bet you thought I’d do better after losing internet for almost three days, sorry if I let you down.  Actually it’s just been a busy week.  I’m working on a project I started a while back…  November 7, 2012 to be exact.  At that time I started what I thought would be another Scrappy Trips from Quiltville.  However I didn’t like it when I laid it out on the bed so I put it aside.  In March this year I decided to take them apart and do something else with them, but didn’t really know what that something was.  

In May  I decided what I wanted to do with them for sure, but needed some fabric to finish them.  That fabric took forever getting here, well too long to start before my surgery anyway, so the project kind of sat there a little longer. 

Earlier this week I decided, since I didn’t have internet I might as well sew, so I started cutting up the fabrics I needed for the last part of the quilt… 576 little four-patches.  I’ve been cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing and I’m still not finished, not even half way yet… 

I’m not starting anything else until this one is done…

Wonder how many times have I said that before? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I’m back!

Miracles of miracles, the repair man came early, real early if you consider that my original date of service was August 4th. 

This morning while I was sewing… you know, that thing you do when you are not on line, watching TV or yacking on the telephone, my cell phone rang.  It was Bob from Mediacom and he asked what was the problem.  I said I had no service, nothing at all.  Two minutes later he called again and asked me to turn on the TV… TWO minutes and it was all fixed. 

He came in the house to make sure everything was working, and it was, and I thanked him a hundred times.  He laughed and said it was an easy fix, someone had cut our line somehow, most likely the line men working in the neighborhood. (get it?) 

So I checked voice mail, only eleven calls (Cindy I will call you back shortly).  Checked email, only a few hundred, and I think I’ve replied to all as needed.   And facebook… only there is too much to try to catch up on here, but I do see a few recipes I might save for later.

Now what am I going to do… go back to sewing that’s what! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A few things you may not know….

When you are totally digital and something goes wrong, you lose all contracts with the outside world.  I know this for a fact because it has happened to us.  When I got home from an appointment yesterday we had no internet, TV or telephone.  And since I live in a dead zone and have very poor cell service, I might as well not have a cell phone as backup. 

What do you do?  First you pick up the phone to call the cable company… only you don’t have a phone anymore.  So you call them on your cell phone, and after pushing ten buttons and finally get to a person….. you move your arm and lose the call.  So you call them again from the back yard where you have two bars instead of one and push same ten buttons again and get a different person and start all over again. 

As that person is writing up your service call she explains they will call us to tell let us know when they are coming.  I say they can’t call because I don’t have a phone.  “Can we call your cell phone”, and I explain the dead zone thing and tell her they can leave a message, and when I leave the house I will get the message, or if the gods smile nicely on us that message might come in sometime in the middle of the night.  Maybe. 

So she sets up a service call for the next available date….  August 4th.  “WHAT?” I exclaim, and she says she will see if she can change that and will call us and let us know.  I remind her to call my cell phone and leave a message.  She tells me she has written on my service call to call customers cell #, reads it back to me, and then reads customer has poor cell reception, leave a message. 

I go about my day… need to find somewhere that has Wi-Fi so I can check email since it is retreat payment time and someone might need to know their balance… other than that I don’t really need internet, I can survive.  I open up my lap top to check where locally I can find internet and… no internet.  Well I’ll call around a few places… no phone. 

I read till John gets home for the night, and he informs me that since we have no internet he has to go back to work to finish something important.  So we eat, and he goes back to work….. no hubby. 

I finish my book and go to read the next one in the series, which hasn’t downloaded onto my Kindle yet.  I start a different book.  

This morning I decided to go to McDonald's but from the cars in parking lot, probably too noisy, so I head to the library... which didn't open for another half hour, but I waited.  I need Wi-Fi! 

And a PS…  while here in the Wi-Fi world I check phone messages, and the cable company has called the house phone which doesn’t work and which they should know and left a message that a repair man would call us Wednesday to set up an appointment for some time that day.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bridal shower....

Yesterday my daughter-in-law Kelly and I hosted a bridal shower for my almost daughter-in-law Steph.  It was a fun shower thanks to all the games Kelly came up with, and it looked festive thanks to all the decorations Kelly brought with her, and the food was great thanks to the Greene Turtle kitchen…. Actually I’m not sure what I did… Oh yea, I brought the balloons.  But what was most important to me was accomplished, Steph had a good time. 

Thanks to everyone who came and helped make that happen, and a BIG thanks to Kelly, I honestly could not have done it without you.  

Friday, July 18, 2014


Kitchen floor mopped!  Finally.... aren't you proud of me?  Only took four days...