UFO Inspiration!!


So the other day on Facebook Bonnie Hunter showed the new cover of her new book…I’m in love already.

I really don’t even need to see the inside to know I am buying the book.  The quilt on the front cover is enough for me to know I’ll love it.

I ended up over and C&T Publishing to see if they listed the release date.  September 19th is what they are listing for a release date.  That’s a little over 5 months away.  Hmm…five months.

That sounds like a challenge is in order….oh-oh…UFO’s (unfinished projects)….It’s time for you to come out and play.  It’s time for you to get done.  It’s time for me to make some space for some new projects that will be coming from this book.

Anyone else feeling the same pull??  How about we start working on UFOs and share progress here on Wednesdays.  [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: The House at Tyneford


I just finished listening to the audio book The House at Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons.  I grabbed this audio book as my online library has a section that says, “If you miss Downton Abbey you might like these books”.  Well that was a good way to catch me.  Yes I miss Downton Abbey.  Yes, I’ll try your book.

So did it live up to the hype?? [Read more...]

Health Update


Well here I am…I am one week out from my radioactive iodine treatment for my thyroid cancer…I had hoped to feel better by now.  I don’t.

I had hoped that with being able to take my thyroid meds again that everything would be improving and I do think it slowly is, I’m not doing the best.  Friday thankfully Kalissa had the day off and played chauffeur for me.  I ended up the doctor-still not released to drive much so it was Kalissa to the rescue.

Overnight Thursday into Friday morning I woke in the night sure that I had a stroke.  Things had started the day before.  The right side of my tongue had been acting like it was “asleep”.  I woke to find the whole side of my face down my neck and into my upper right arm were asleep.  It seemed localized there.  It wasn’t painful but everything was asleep.  I had told you earlier that limbs that “fall asleep” was something I had been suffering with as a side effect of being hypothyroid.  The longer I laid there, the more I lamented.

I finally woke Hubby up and told him.  He was sleepy and didn’t realize how serious I felt it was.  Finally I told him either he listen to me and take me seriously or I was calling Kalissa.  That perked him up and he did a few tests on me.  I passed them all.  He assured me it was part of being hypothyroid but maybe I should get it checked out in the morning.  As I laid there I remember some jaw exercised my chiropractor had me do one time after my jaw was screwed up after a dentist procedure.  I did them and did get some relief from them.  That helped me feel a little better. Eventually I fell back to sleep.

In the morning I called Kalissa and she agreed I should be it checked out.  I made a doctor appointment.  We went to Decorah.

We were in the doctor’s office.  He tested me.  He ended up calling the neurologist on call.
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The Charity Projects EXPAND


I certainly am not glad that I’ve been dealing with the cancer stuff this year but at the same time, it’s really helped me access what’s important in life.  I am SUPER thankful for that aspect of it all.  It’s nice to have a wake up call and it’s nice to get it at an age while I still have time to do something about it.

The kids have been home a little more throughout this and all of them have commented on how much fabric and goodies get sent to me from blog readers.  I explained to the kids that I liked it but have found that even me, who sews like crazy end up with more fabric than I can use so I find ways to distribute it out to charity organizations.  I went on to explain to the kids my want to find an organization that was helping those in dire need who could use fabric.

That spurred my daughter Kayla into a mission.  The mission was to find a food pantry or school that was in need….We found one.  Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Manderson, South Dakota has Wounded Knee School and they need me, you and anyone else you know who has anything from crafting supplies to patterns and fabric.

I got hooked up with Chris a community cheerleader that helps get items to the school for the families in need.  Chris writes, “Hey Jo,  Wow, what a fantastic offer!  I work very closely with Wounded Knee District School on Pine Ridge Reservation.  As part of that, my donors have sent the school’s Parent Resource Center many sewing machines, irons, ironing boards, etc.  The parents and students use those to sew garments and quilts and other items for their families and they are always in need of patterns, fabric, notions, quilting supplies, pretty much anything related to sewing and quilting.  If your readers would like to send any and all of their extras to the school what a huge impact that would have on the lives of those families.  These families are all living in dire poverty so any help we can give them would be so wonderful.”


It just makes my heart smile to see kids learning to sew.  Doesn’t it? [Read more...]