What I’m Reading: The Heavens May Fall


I just finished up an audio book The Heavens May Fall by  Allen Eskens.  I’m always looking for a good mystery type book and I was hoping this one might be it.

When I selected the audio book to put in my cart from my on line library I didn’t realize that the book was from the same author who wrote The Life We Bury.  I had listened to that audio book and had reviewed it here.  I didn’t discover that until I was writing this review.  I loved the first book, but did I love the second? [Read more...]

Charity Quilt Finishes from Connie


Remember I was sick a couple weeks ago?  Well I ended up taking two days off childcare.  The first day I laid and did absolutely nothing.  The second day I was feeling some better but tried to rally myself to the computer with one goal in mind.  Clean my in box or my email out!

I have the worst problem with my email.  Often time during childcare at nap time I will sit down and check my email.  I open it up and read something only to hear a baby cry and then -oops- the email got buried and I forget about it. Other times the email actually takes some time or there’s something I need to do with it.  I open it, read it and then have plans to deal with it in the evening-then evening comes around and something with the family comes up and ooops…buried again.

Well I found a note from Connie showing two of the charity quilts that she finished.  They were buried in an email.  (How embarrassing!)

Connie, of course, was a sweetie about it.  Connie writes:  ”I have enjoyed the hand stitching on both of the quilts. Many people have complemented me on the quilts. I’m quick to let them know that each quilt is a combined effort of the piecer (Marion Kyle of Bristol, TN), the quilter (you), and the binder (me).   Both quilts will be donated to Birthright of Burlington, IA to include in one of their layette packages for an expectant mother.

What a sweetie.

So here are the long done quilts….

I worked on a whole stack of quilts that Marion did and my oh my, they are all very nice.  These included.


It’s amazing how simple piecing makes great quilts.

This second one I loved the color combination of…don’t you?


This made a wonderful donation quilt.

Personally I’ve never really used oranges in any project.  Of all the colors, I would say orange is the color I least likely use.  I might have to change that.

Awesome work on the parts of Connie and Marion.

Thanks so much ladies for being understanding of my buried emails….I need to somehow make a better plan for it.  Any suggestions?

Kelli Tries Succulents–AGAIN!


A post from Kelli–


So it’s no secreat that I have a black thumb.  Nothing about my thumb is green.  I have however managed to keep a poinsettia alive for almost 3 years….but I think my Grandma Kramer may have a bit of a hand in that one.  Last summer, mom called me after a visit with Connie and told me that Connie had left something for me.  I was super excited cause Connie always seems to know what I like–and this time was the same!  She had taken an old flour sifter and put a few succulents in it.  I took it home determined that I was going to keep these alive.  I watered them regularly and put them by a window to get lots of light.  As much as I tried, they didn’t last.  I was super sad!

All summer, I’ve been meaning to stop at a greenhouse to grab a few new ones, but nothing has seemed to work out.  Turns out, last week I had an insurance meeting at work and then a telemetry class to go to.  I ran through Walmart to grab a few things and I happened to see Grandma Lois in getting her hair permed.  I stopped by and chatted with her for a bit.  It turns out, she needed some groceries and a few things at the greenhouse in Decorah, but wasn’t sure she would be able to get into the greenhouse (she has bad knees and has a hard time with stairs or walking very long distances).  I told her that I didn’t have anything to do for the rest of the day, so I’d love to accompany her for a while and help her out.

As soon as her hair was done, we stopped my car off and I jumped in with her.  Once we got to the Greenhouse, I helped her in (no steps!!!  Wahoo!!!) and a wonderful guy working there helped us find all of the things that she was looking for.  On our way out, I saw a few pots with succulents in them.  I asked if they had individual plants and I was happy to find out that they did!  I picked out a few and was getting ready to check out.  I realized that I had no idea about what to do for soil and they kindly offered to mix some up for me, telling me that succulents do best with part sand and part dirt.  He also said that the most common reason for killing succulents is overwatering.  He recommended a spray bottle to spray them with periodically.

Succulents 1 (300x400)

On my way home, I grabbed a few coffee filters at my Mother in Law’s (she drinks coffee all day long–literally) because I knew she’s likely have a few I could have.  I got home and set to work getting my little beauties planted.

Succulents 2 (400x300)

Before I knew it, I had them all planted and ready to go!

Succulents 3 (300x400)

I’m hoping that with the right dirt and a better idea of proper watering, that I’ll be successful in growing succulents this time.  If anyone has any advice to share, please do–God knows I’ll need all the advice I can get.

UFO Progress


I have some progress to share.  I’ve moved on to my Rectangle Wrangle quilt. Last week I hurried and got one star block finished.


Here’s how far I am this week…. [Read more...]