Monday, December 31, 2012

Thank you

Thank you Connie G for your generous donation!

Thank you

Thank you Janet L for your donation!

Steps 10 and 11

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mystery.  If you would like to share a picture of your NYE Mystery quilt with the www, please send it to me and I will add it to a web page. 

Step Nine

How many mystery participants?

I asked that question on Facebook and a few replied.  I didn’t ask on the Yahoo Groups or here on the blog.  And even though only a few replied to my Facebook question, I know there are a lot more out there who are at least downloading the files.  The number is not that important to me, but if only the few who replied were participating, I might reconsider all the work that goes into a mystery or project on line. 

Google Analytics tells me that there have been 3301 visitors to my web site today.  Of those 2098 are new visitors and 1203 are returning visitors.  United States 2,438, Canada 272, Germany 132, Australia 97, United Kingdom 65, Netherlands 53, New Zealand 27, Brazil 23, Sweden 17, and 19 other visitors who have not set their location.  (and those numbers don’t add up because more people are visiting as I type, LOL!)

Considering all the other projects and mysteries that are being offered today, I am pleased as punch with the numbers.  And that means I will keep doing what I am doing, sharing my quilting projects with the whole wide world!

Step Eight

Step Seven

There is NO rush, please take your time.  I’m going to give you about a half hour now before I’ll post the next step… but remember, there is no hurry.  Take your time. 

The steps will stay on line forever and if you don’t get back to this today, they will be there waiting for you. 

Step Six

Step Five

Step Four

Step Three

Here you go everyone, step number three!
To assure that you make it to your NYE parties in time, (IF you are in the US or Canada) I’m going to show you how to make just one block.  That means the clues will come pretty fast to start, then slow down to give you a chance to sew a big stack of blocks.  And then when party time rolls around you can set aside your stack of blocks, and come back later to finish. 

Directions for the NYE Mystery will stay on line forever; the links will stay on the projects page. 

Links to all of the steps can be found at

Each step is a PDF file and will require an Adobe Reader to open.  You can download the newest reader at

Next step in 15 minutes. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Getting ready?

Are you ready for tomorrow's mystery?
Have you precut your fabrics so you can start sewing?

Is your MACHINE ready?
Dust out that bobbin area, oil as needed, put in a new needle and wind bobbins.

Do you have dinner ready and the family taken care of? 
Pop a favorite recipe in the crock pot or have a favorite meal delivered.  If you have a spouse and maybe still kids at home, send them to the movies and have them bring home dinner.    If they leave you alone all day, you will be done and ready to ring in the New Year with them. Give yourself a day off to enjoy this project.

We will start at 9AM US eastern time tomorrow morning.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

NYE Mystery

Step Two has been posted, just to give you something to do while waiting.  
Have fun!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year's Eve Mystery

If you haven’t heard already, Delaware Quilts will be hosting a NYE Mystery.  When, well on NYE of course.  Only we’re starting at 9 AM Eastern Time so you can sew all day, and still have time to go out and party on NYE.

I’ll be sending email notifications to my yahoo groups every time I post a clue, and announcing it on Facebook, and posting on here too. 

The clues will be posted at  The introduction and Step One are already posted and I’ll probably be posting Step Two ahead of time too! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Boxing Day

No boxes in this house yet, we’re still relaxing from yesterday’s celebrations.  We had a great day, almost perfect… something was missing.  Mike and Kelly didn’t make it over for Christmas but they had a good excuse. 

Last Monday Kelly donated a kidney to the kidney bank so that her Mom could withdraw one.  Both are home now and doing very well.  Well… Kelly is a little sore; it was her first ever surgery and it’s going to take some time for her to be back to 100%. 

So our Christmas was John and I, Jonathon and Steph and grand-kitty Simba. John made his famous sticky buns for breakfast, and then we opened presents, and then enjoyed each other’s company until Pop and Arden arrived around 1.  After a great Christmas dinner, visit from Cheri, desserts (too many) and two movies we crawled into bed about 1, putting behind us another merry Christmas day. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Kids make Christmas

Yesterday I told you about Jonathon’s first Christmas with a black eye, well his second Christmas the other one was black.  He was watching Daddy put up the Christmas lights and in his excitement bumped his head on the window, giving himself another shiner.  Fortunately it was fading some by Christmas.  His third Christmas he was healthy and so excited for Christmas, Santa AND going home for the family Christmas party in Delaware.  He only knew many of them through pictures and stories but was excited to be going on an airplane to meet them in person. 

The night before we flew home sometime in the middle of the night he climbed in bed with us… only I didn’t know it.  When I got cold and the covers didn’t come when I pulled them, I pulled harder and threw him on the floor.  He screamed for a few minutes then went back to sleep between John and I.  The next morning when we were dressing him he screamed again and we realized maybe something was wrong.  We made a quick trip to the emergency room to learn he had a broken collar bone.  They showed us how to take care of it, wrapped him up and off we flew to Delaware.   He was given special treatment on the flight down, visiting the cockpit, special seating, snacks and more.  And family continued the special treatments too. 

Shortly after we got home from Delaware we saw a Wednesdays Child on the news that really tugged at our hearts.  We weren’t eligible for that baby but if we were interested in adopting they really wanted to meet with us.  Two months and nine days after we saw the baby on Wednesday’s Child Michael joined our family.  The next Christmas was the best ever in my opinion… we had two boys who gave Christmas a whole new look.  Aunt Sheryl flew to Texas to spend that special Christmas with us which made it more extraordinary.  Michael was just ten months old and already walking and talking and Jonathon was enjoying being the big brother.  I love watching the old video of Jonathon showing Michael things on the Christmas tree, and sharing presents. 

Yes indeed, Christmas is all about children.  Without them, Christmas just isn’t the same. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

And more Christmases

The next three Christmases were so different, and amazingly wonderful in their own ways.  In late 1980 we had sold our little home in Alexandria and made a huge profit on it.  When we bought it we only paid $33,000 for it and then they started planning the Metro system, including a proposed Metro station in our neighborhood.  That made the property value skyrocket and we almost doubled our investment. 

Christmas 1980 found me living in the bedroom of a family member’s home while John was back in San Antonio attending OTS, Officer’s Training School.   John did come home for Christmas and went back to school the day after the family Christmas party.  I joined him for his commissioning and then we traveled to one school after another.  First was Biloxi where we had another efficiency apartment right on the Gulf.  The apartment was small, but the Gulf and beach were right there.  Peanut (our dog) and I spent little time inside.  We visited family on the way north to our new assignment, John’s Dad and family in Charleston SC, lots in Delaware, my Grandmother and Ray in New Jersey, and finally Aunt Sheryl and Gram in Kingston on our way to Plattsburgh. 

It was a whole new lifestyle for us as officers and a whole new life too… I came the realization that I was pregnant on Thanksgiving Day 1981 and it was confirmed the next day… after 12 years of trying we’d finally got it right, LOL!   What a joyous Christmas it was (despite the morning sickness) and we were happy to share our good news with the family at Christmas. 

The following year we planned ahead of time to share our baby with the rest of the family on Christmas.  Sadly they got to see him earlier in the month when we went home for John’s Grandmother’s funeral.  However we still went back for Christmas, visited everyone on the way south, Aunt Sheryl in Kingston, my Grandmother and Ray in NJ, lots of family in Delaware, then to NC to visit John’s brother and wife and their brand new baby boy. 

While visiting them Jonathon rolled for the first time, right off the bed and onto the cement floor… so he had a black eye for his first Christmas and when John’s Dad and family met him for the first time. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

More Christmases

Living in Alexandria VA was very convenient for going home, it was just three hours up the road… we could go up on Friday night after work and be back on Monday morning to go back to work again.  We continued our happy Christmas traditions, having family at our home on Christmas, enjoying the celebrations in and around the nation’s Capitol and then going home for the family Christmas party.   Every Christmas was wonderful… but something was missing… 

At the family Christmas parties the fun was in watching the children.  Everyone had kids, well almost everyone.  Each year there was another baby and the fun grew along with the families.  And each year we got asked the same question, and each year we didn’t have an answer. 

Oh we were trying, believe me, LOL!  We had no problems trying.  It just didn’t happen.  Not to us anyway.  (One of John’s sisters and her DH made a baby while visiting us one Christmas, right on our sofa bed!  We tried it there, didn’t work for us.) 

Christmases 5 and 6

By time the next Christmas rolled around we’d moved again.  This time to what was truly a glorious apartment.  This one sat over the pool maintenance and laundry room.  In this apartment we didn’t share walls with anyone, it was just us, no one over us and no one under us, and the laundry room was closed at night.  The only noise was from the pool below us, and that closed too (to kids anyway) when it got dark.  And the whole apartment was HUGE, gigantic compared to the previous two.  We got a bigger tree that year and threw the office Christmas party.  My Dad came again but I think my brother was in the service then.  Regardless, it was a great Christmas. 

And we moved again before the next Christmas came, this time a big move.  We left Texas in late October for a new assignment in Washington DC, John was going to the Pentagon.  When we arrived there we started looking for apartments and soon realized we were in big trouble…  an efficiency apartment like the first two we had in Texas would cost us $1000 or more in DC.  And we couldn’t afford that.  A friend said we HAD to buy a house, it was the only way to afford living there. 

So we bought our very first home.  It was actually the very first house we looked at too… when we walked in it just felt right to us and we didn’t want to look anymore.  But the realtor insisted we look at more.  I’m not positive how many we looked at, but nothing compared to the first one, so we went back and looked at it again and bought it.  (I just had a feeling it was OUR home)

We moved in the day before Thanksgiving and had Thanksgiving dinner there… TV dinners sitting on boxes and using two boxes stacked as our table.  (We had a real Thanksgiving dinner the next day in Delaware with family)  Between then and Christmas we unpacked and settled in, our car was wrecked sitting in front of the house, we bought a new (used) car, I got a job at a fabric store, and we decorated for Christmas.  We had family for Christmas and went home for the Christmas party, and I got a puppy.  It was a wonderful Christmas!  But something was missing. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

More on Christmases

Our first two married Christmases were in New Hampshire with family, the third one in San Antonio all alone and depressing. (see my previous post)   Our fourth Christmas was far from depressing, it was almost hilarious… no it was beyond hilarious. 

We had company, lots of company.  Let me explain our "home" to you before I go on… we were living in an efficiency apartment.  That means you walked into the living room/kitchen which was just about big enough to turn around in.  In the living room were two twin bed mattresses on platforms that served as our sofas (and guest beds) and a table that seated two and also served as the TV stand.  Then there was our bedroom and since we had a queen size bed that was all that was in the room, and of course a bathroom.  (Fully equipped bathroom I’ll add, tub and shower, sink and necessity throne.)   

I considered it a lovely apartment, much better than the previous one because we had moved to the second floor.  The apartment we had the previous year was on the ground floor, and people literally parked outside our living room, if someone’s foot had slipped they would have parked in the living room.  From the second floor we had a lovely view of the other apartments, the parking lot, and the strip club across the street.  (Which was later burned down by the neighbors because of all the problems it created….  ) 

So in this tiny little efficiency apartment lived me John and our two cats.  Christmas #4 as a happy couple included his sister who was working her way across country and had decided to come visit us on the way, and spend the holidays with us.  She also had a dog.  Nice little dog… well nice in that he didn’t bother the cats and was good about going outside to take care of business.  He would ask politely to go out and because of the neighborhood someone would have to take him out.  In the middle of the night he would ask ME to take him out, since his owner slept through his requests, LOL!

Because I had been so depressed the previous Christmas my Dad and brother decided to spend Christmas with us too.   I can’t remember now if they told us in advance if they were coming or just showed up, but I was very happy they were there.  Fortunately no pets came with them. 

So there we all were in our tiny little efficiency apartment, John and I and our two cats, John’s sister and her dog, my Dad and brother…  We did put up a tree but for the life of me I can’t remember how we fit it in. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I’m back

I guess I can’t really say I’m back since I didn’t go anywhere.   I’ve barely left the house.  But things are caught up here, house is decorated for Christmas and all is well in my little world. 

I’ll confess, I was escaping, getting away from it all, and doing some thinking.  I seem to reflect back a lot this time of year every year, thinking of Christmases past, dreaming of Christmases future. 

Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, but it isn’t for everyone.  I realized that a long time ago.  My early Christmases were not always happy, but I don’t remember those.  I chose to remember just the happy ones.  And what made them happy usually had nothing to do with Christmas itself, which I probably can never explain to anyone. 

The first year we were in the military we were stationed in San Antonio Texas.  I grew up in the mid-Atlantic, John too.  We had cold Christmases.  Our first two married Christmases were white, we were living in New Hampshire and it’s kind of guaranteed to have a white Christmas up there.  San Antonio. Not.  That was depressing.

Our first two married Christmases were spent with family.  His was a huge one so all of his Christmases had been huge ones.  Not so much with my family, but it was always a time for children and family.  We were in San Antonio, we didn’t have any children and we didn’t have any family. 

I was soooooo depressed on Christmas day, miserable even.  I cried when we talked to family on the phone.  When my father called he asked what was wrong, and I told him, Christmas isn’t the same without family.  He said he’d come visit us early in the year and we could celebrate Christmas then….

And we did… we left up our Christmas tree and all the decorations.  I bought fun little gifts when I saw them on sale and wrapped them and stuck them under the tree.  For two months people would look at us strangely when they came to visit and found our tree up.. we had to explain it a lot. 

Sometime mid-February my Dad came to visit us and we celebrated Christmas.  We had turkey and all the fixings (he cooked) and it was just like Christmas.  Sure it was 80 degrees outside, but inside it was Christmas. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Taking a Staycation

What’s a staycation?  Mirriam-Webster defines staycation as a vacation spent at home or nearby”  For my staycation I don’t know what I’m doing, or where I’ll be doing it, but I probably won’t be posting here on my blog. 

I’m letting you know in advance so you don’t worry about me, mainly Kathy and Sandy who both seem to fret if I don’t post on a daily basis.  Thanks for your concern, but I’m fine, I just need a break and a staycation sounds like what I need. 

And if anything exciting happens…

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Giving Quilt quilt

I reported before that I’d read The Giving Quilt and greatly enjoyed it.  A friend asked me if I’d seen the quilt itself and I told her only in my mind, and she sent me this link.  Thanks for the link Sandy and thanks to Jennifer for sharing it with all of us.

I will confess… what I saw in my mind was nothing like this.  I wish I’d diagrammed what was in my head before I looked at the pattern…  I thought the pattern in my mind looked pretty good and now it’s gone forever… the image in my mind replaced with Jennifer’s quilt. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Out my window part two

So yesterday I posted the picture of the bush with nine birds.  Below is the same picture with the birds circled. I know some of you will be skeptical about my counting, but I have a confession… that picture was one of a long series of pictures; I keep the camera on rapid shot and keep my finger down on the button.  So I had ten pictures to look at and help me find the birds.  I counted the birds as they flew out while I was taking the pictures and wondered if I could find them all in the first shot.  I did, but only with the help of the other nine pictures. 


And actually there are a few more birds in the picture, but not in the bush.  There are a few under the trees at the very top of the picture, but you can’t see them unless you enlarge the original photo, so just take my word for it, LOL!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Out my window

I find myself getting distracted looking out my window too many times a day.  I should sit with my back to it, rather than sitting here where any little movement draws my attention that way instead of on what it should be doing.

Today the birds are gathering worms or seeds, whatever they hunger for.  At any time I see dozens.  Their bright red and blue flashes in my peripheral vision and I just have to look.

I snapped this photo a little while ago when all the birds rushed into the bush after a loud motorcycle roared down the street.  I counted five as they flew out, but when I enlarged the photo up I saw many more. 

Tomorrow I will post a picture with the birds circled.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Record high

Yesterday we set a new record high for December 3, 71degrees.  Today it wasn’t much cooler, maybe one degree. 
Now imagine me going out to my mailbox and finding a squishie waiting for me.  I was sure it was fabric, it even said so on the back of the package.  I ripped it open, but instead of fabric I found a pair or purple fingerless gloves.  They looked so neat and comfy I had to try them on, and I did. 
Now imagine me walking back to my house carrying an armload of mail and wearing fingerless gloves when it’s 70 degrees out.  Good thing I live in the country and no one saw me, LOL!

Thanks Pat, I know I’m going to love them.  And as much as I dislike the cold, I almost wish it was cold enough for me to wear them.  I know it’s coming, and now I’m prepared!


Monday, December 03, 2012

September or December?

OK, so I know that days are getting shorter, winter coming and all that stuff, but today’s an odd day for sure.  I went out to get the mail and it is like September out, seriously, 72 degrees.  So when I came back in I opened up the windows, get some fresh air in here while we still can. 

However at 4:15 the sun is way down, already hiding behind the neighbors’ trees.  Certainly had me fooled, I thought it might stay up longer since it was so warm out.  And the lower it dips the lower the temperature falls, time to close the windows and turn on some lights, already… 

Saturday, December 01, 2012

December 1st

So it’s that time of year when I should be thinking about next year’s projects and block of the months.  I should, but… well... I’m still on quilt over load from this fall’s retreats. 
But that shouldn’t stop my head from thinking about what’s to come in 2013.

And I really should get my act together….  
SOOooo… I’ve made a few decisions.

First, I will be hosting a New Year’s Eve mystery.  I will share steps to making a really terrific quilt, a pattern I am sure you will enjoy… at least I sure hope you do.  It’s a great stash buster, or if you just want a quick and easy quilt, use pre-cut strips.  Jelly Rolls, Tonga Treats, Bali Pops, whichever is your favorite, grab one and join me on December 31, starting about 9AM (eastern).  I will make a page on my web site just for this, and put links here on the blog to point you there.  In the meantime here is a link to the NYE Mystery introduction..
Second, well.... you will just have to check back later to see what comes next!


Friday, November 30, 2012

New Header

I just updated my header picture with three of my favorite quilts from this year. 

First (on the left) is 2 Marge’s Pinwheels, made from large triangle squares my friend Marge sent me, which I made into the quilt.  It was quilted by Jackie who did a fabulous job as always. 

Next is my Summer In the Park Based on YouTube video by the Missouri Quilt Company (quack quack)  I do plan to use this pattern again, and maybe even again after that.  It’s quick and easy and look at the great quilt.  This one was also quilted by Jackie, whose I just can’t praise enough. (Thank you thank you thank you!)

And finally my Aunt Grace Zig Zag quilt, which is still a top and will stay that way until you know who gets to quilting it.  (I can wait, take care of a few of your own quilts first!)  I saw a picture on someone’s blog of a scrappy quilt she’d made and knew I had to make one using my Aunt Grace stash.  I started it during the October retreat, worked on it through the Angels retreat and finally finished it during the November retreat. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Quilt magazine

You know it’s time to unsubscribe to a quilt magazine when you look through and do not feel inspired by a single quilt in it.  Not one.  I’m not going to say which magazine it is, and truthfully I didn’t “buy” it, it was gifted to me.  Usually I can find at least one or two quilts or projects in each issue which interest me but not the last two issues. 

As I said, it was a gift subscription, so I didn’t waste my money.  I just hope the person who gifted it to me reads this so she doesn’t get it again…. although knowing her she will anyway, she thinks I need to keep up with what’s happening in the quilt world… I didn’t know I had a problem with that until she told me, LOL!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So what are you reading?

Kathy asked that question, and I’ll happily answer. 

While I was retreating The Giving Quilt was released, the latest of the Elm Creek Series.  I'd pre-ordered it so it was waiting for me on my Nook.  That was what I read first and I really enjoyed it. 

And for those who wonder, no I did not get my retreat idea from that book series.  My retreats started in 1997, long before the Elm Creek retreats did.  I have made a lot of friends because of those books though…. several long time retreaters read one or more of the books, decided to look for a retreat and found Delaware Quilts Quilters Retreats on line. 

Then I had to try out my Kindle, so I downloaded Wild Goose Chase by Terri Thayer which had been recommended by a few friends.  I really enjoyed it, so I downloaded the next two, and read Wild Goose Chase next.  I’m just starting Ocean Waves now, and so far I’m enjoying it as much as the other two. 

What’s next?  I don’t know, but I have a great library to choose from on both reading devices!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quilting overload?

I think I’ve just discovered something about myself, I’m suffering from quilting overload.  Think about it… I’m just recovering from a month long series of quilt retreats.  Four back to back retreats, meaning I did nothing but quilting and quilt related things for a month.

Back up even further, I had eight samples to make, eight.  One for each retreat project, and I did them, and more.  It takes time to make eight samples.  One of the projects I had three samples of although they were not started with pre-cut strips, being 2 1/2 inch strips qualified them as retreat projects. I started in June making four of the remaining seven samples.  In July I made a second sample of one since I didn't like the first one, and two new project samples.  The eighth one was made in August.  Then they had to go to the quilter and what she got quilted I put the bindings on finishing them.  The ones that didn’t get quilted were just shown as tops. 

Packing took me two months too… I started making piles of things to go to the retreats after Labor Day.  Those piles grew and grew until I knew not everything would fit in my car, and eventually I realized not everything would get up there in my car AND John’s pick up, especially if it rained (open back on the pick up truck.)  Thanks to Jackie for taking a load up when she went up shopping before the retreat, otherwise not everything would have made it up there. 

Once I got there everything I did was quilt related or quilt retreat related at least.  That’s 27 days straight of quilt stuff.  Sounds nice doesn’t it?  But it didn’t end there… 

Once I got home it took me a day to put away my personal things, and my sewing stuff just got put in the office/sewing room.  I had business to take care of, banking, web pages to update, household things that needed done after 27 days away.  I had a Dr’s appointment, and then tests and x-rays to get.  It took me a day to wash the fabrics I purchased, and then they got piled in the office/sewing room too.  Then I had to clean the machines we used, a Featherweight and two Jems, with other things interrupting that took almost a whole day until I had them ready to go into storage until the next retreat started. 

The piles in the office/sewing room have been sorted, they are getting smaller.  Some of the fabrics went upstairs, some is still in piles on the cutting table.  The toolbox was straightened out and put away…..  I can see the sewing machine again… 

And the house had to be straightened up before Thanksgiving…
And now I truly don’t have any more excuses to not get in the office/sewing room and finish straightening up and get to sewing except…

Well I think I’ve had enough quilting for a while… I think I’ll catch up on my reading instead. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Welcome Kaia

My niece Jessie gave birth to her fourth child today, 8 pounds 7 oz bundle of joy.  Congrats to the whole family!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Reading devices

So even though I didn’t go shopping, either online or out in the masses, I did get something new this weekend, well new to me anyway.  My daughter-in-law Kelly (I love saying that!) bought a newer Kindle and gave me her old one.  What made it even more special was that her now my Kindle was designed just for us, it’s purple and it has a purple case too, imagine that.  How nice that my daughter-in-law and I both love purple… and I wonder what Steph’s favorite color is?  (I’ll have to ask her.)

Now why would I want a Kindle and a Nook?  I’ll tell you why.  Sometimes there are free books offered for one and not the other, and now I can get all the free books I could ever want! 

And speaking of free books, do you own either device and if so, do you know about BookBub?  They send you a daily email with free books listed.  (Just one email a day, and no pressure at all.)  I’ve gotten some great books that way.  I’m just a bit curious to see how they send suggestions to me for both devices… waiting for that daily email to appear so I can see what’s good for which device today!

Saturday, November 24, 2012


We have a rule in our house that animals are not allowed on the furniture.  There are many reasons, including that I don’t like dog or kitty hair on the furniture.  But somehow someone didn’t get the word, and apparently his parents owners don’t care.  

Now, I hope that they read this because I want to explain something.  Some people that visit us are very allergic to cats and dogs, Cheri is just one of them.  And now every time they come to visit us we’ll have to warn them not to sit on the sofa… and at least remind Cheri not to rub her eyes when she is sitting on the sofa.  I’ve used the dust buster but I can’t guarantee that I got all the offending allergens. 

So I hope that next time Roscoe comes to visit he stays off the sofa.  But I sure hope he comes again and often, he’s such fun to have around. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday?

Every year for the past I don’t know how many years, the kids would all be here for Thanksgiving, and every year Eric would show up just as we were eating dinner to pay us a visit.  This year as we were getting ready to sit down the door bell rang, but it wasn’t Eric… It was Kevin home from duty in Hawaii.  He took our family Thanksgiving photo and then caught up with us while we ate. 
We sure missed Jon and Steph who went to her family's home in PA and we never did see Eric, wonder what he’s up to this year? 

Recently tradition also has been to scour the ads on line looking for the best Black Friday deals and then head out shopping in the middle of the night.  The kids, not us.  I hate shopping and Black Friday is certainly not my idea of fun.  Well this year was no different, Mike and Kelly headed out shortly after 8 with a list of items to buy and a map to detail where they were going when.  At 5:30 AM they arrived home and announced success before they crawled into bed for a few hours sleep. 

I can happily report I haven’t spent a dime yet today, and unless we need something at the grocery store, I doubt I will. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Getting ready?

I see all my friends getting ready for tomorrow, and I wonder… what am I missing?  I did my shopping last week, picked up misc items yesterday, and today… well today I’m working on the 2015 contracts for the retreats.  Is there something I’m supposed to be doing today? 

My day will start tomorrow… all the cooking, then all the eating, then all the talking with company...  

I might forget to post, so HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bone Scan

I had a bone scan today, my first.  I was worried about it, as I always am when I get x-rays.  I don’t handle the “closed room with no windows” very well so x-rays always make me nervous.  To add to my misery, I also had to see the vampires, which I did before the bone scan, so I was hungry and nervous. 

My turn came up, friendly little lady came and took me back to the dreaded room.  She noticed my Nook and started talking about her Kindle and how much she loves it and about all the games she plays even though I told her I only use my nook for reading.  She told me all the books she’s read, all the games she plays and why. 

Something she said about “home” made me ask her where she was from and she replied “New Brunswick”  I said we honeymooned there and asked where, she said St John and I said yes we were there, I remembered the bridge for some reason.  She went on and on about growing up there, yada yada, so on and so forth, just talking constantly. 

I don’t think she ever stopped talking, but I found what she was saying interesting, and then she said “we’re all done.”  I didn’t even know we’d started, LOL!  It may have been five minutes or a half hour, I don’t know.  Time flew by and I wasn’t thinking at all about what was happening and wham it was done.

Thanks Mary from New Brunswick for making my first bone scan so fun. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

I can’t believe I didn’t blog about….

I am sorry blog followers for leaving you out of the best news I’ve had in a long time.  I was retreating when I got the word, and I did post about it on facebook, but in my excitement forgot to tell you all….
Jonathon finally proposed to Steph on November 5th, and I do mean finally.  John and I have loved her since the first time we met her, and have been waiting patiently for him to make it official.  They’ve been a serious couple for five years, and act like an old married couple in my opinion, so it’s about time! 

They called me just as I was getting in bed, and told me the whole story… they went out to dinner and then took a walk (against her wishes) on campus where they met.  She was freezing but he insisted and she was surprised when he got down on his knee and proposed.    
The ring is dazzling and I am truly impressed with his taste, even if it was too small.  I am so happy that even two weeks later I’m tearing up just writing about it. 

I love you both so much! I’m so happy my boys found such wonderful ladies to make them so happy. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More good news

I forgot to add yesterday that my month long stay in Lancaster only gave me an additional three pounds.  Why is that good news?  I could have easily gained a hundred pounds up there; the food choices are so many and all so yummy.  But I was a good girl and was very careful what I ate, resisting so many wonderful treats.  And I think if it hadn’t been Halloween, I may not have gained any at all.  But those Angels insisted on bringing candy and someone in November brought trick or treat leftovers!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Good news!

I went to see the rheumatologist today and all is well.  We’re going to try reducing my meds one ml at a time, rather than half dosage.  Hopefully my old body will adjust better that way, and I won’t have another flare up!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


While I was retreating up in Lancaster County PA we had some really nasty weather.  First on the 19th of October while we were sewing away in the conference room the lights started flickering and acting all weird.  I called the front desk and was told that it might be because of the storm we were having, high winds and sideways rain.  Down in the conference room we were oblivious of the storm, and kept on sewing.  However a few miles away in nearby Paradise an EF 1 tornado touched down and created havoc.    

Then on October 30th Sandy blew in.  Rain and wind beat on the Inn, but we did well, only losing power for seconds.  I wish I could say the same for those who did so much worse. 

On Tuesday Nov 6th we watched a nor’easter come up the coast, crossing our fingers it wouldn’t do any more damage to areas already suffering from Sandy.  They predicted snow for our area, and a few of my ladies decided to come early to avoid traveling in the mush.  Fortunately the weather wasn’t as bad as predicted and everyone arrived safely. 

We saw very little sun while up there, but when we did it was glorious. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What did I do?

While I was retreating in Lancaster I did a lot of laughing, an awful lot of laughing, so much so I came home with sore ribs from laughing so hard.  Not that sore that I can’t still giggle at some of the antics that made me laugh so hard. 

I did some shopping, more than I thought.  I’m washing fabrics now, I think I will have two full washer loads, maybe even three.  But I got some great bargains and added some needed colors to my stash. 

And I did some sewing.  The first week I made some wobbly blocks on purpose.  However when I went to sew them together they stretched more than I thought they would, so I set that project aside and started on another one. 

I had seen a quilt on someone’s blog and fell in love with it.  It was a simple pattern, tiny squares in pairs of nine patches set on point with alternating solid squares.  There wasn't credit to any designer, so I just made up my own pattern…  I cut 2 inch strips of Aunt Graces, a lot of 2 inch strips.  Then I sewed them together and made blocks, a lot of blocks.  When I counted, and measured, I realized I need more… a lot more.  So I cut more and made more and cut even more and made even more and then I put it together.  I had to make even more blocks to finish it. 

And here is it, almost finished.  I added a scrappy 2 1/2 inch border to what you see here.  This is a king size bed, we have a queen, so I’m pretty sure it will fit nicely once it is quilted and washed.  I love it!

Here's a picture with the border on it.