UFO Progress

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From now until Bonnie Hunter’s new book comes out in September you’ll find me right here on Wednesdays sharing my progress on a UFO (unfinished project).  My hope is to get some finished so I won’t feel guilty sewing on new projects from her new book.  It’s not to late to join in the fun.  You can find my first post about it here.  You can see my listing of all my Bonnie Hunter UFOs here.

I have been really busy lately…sewing has fallen aside a bit.  I’ve been working on other things instead…and been going to auctions, catching up on paperwork and the like.  I’ve stepped up a bit and even been trying to walk Ruby a little bit more.  Most of last week I got my 10,000 steps in.  Sadly though, my foot started acting up again.

Anyway…there’s not a lot to report of what I’ve gotten done in the UFO department.  Between all of the above mentioned things and me still sewing in a scattered fashion, not concentrating on one project, there’s not a lot to report except for this…

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Yep, I’m working on Texas Braid now.  You can find it in Bonnie Hunter’s Book Adventures with Leaders and Enders.

Last time you saw it I was this far…

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..not started.

I also have a BIG batch of red squares sewn to neutral pieces.  They need to ironed, but it’s progress.

This is going pretty well.  I’m actually liking the process of sewing this.  It’s unusual as there are not blocks but rows instead.  I keep thinking once I get to the end of the rows adding pieces isn’t going to be as fun as the strip will get heavier and heavier making it more awkward to manipulate.

I do have a back pieced for Rick Rack Nines.  I had hoped to have that on the frame but alas…maybe this week.

Stop back next week.  I’m hoping with an extra day over the weekend to work on things I might get over the hump and actually get something finished!

Kelli had a finish…check out her Fair and Square quilt here.

Meeting Up with my “Bestie”

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Last year when we held our retreat I got a chance to meet so many blog readers and had the best time.  As we were meeting people one lady came up to me and said, “Hey there bestie”.  I looked wondering who she was talking to and realized it was me.  The she said, “You don’t know it but you’re my best friend”.  I knew she was joking and smiled….but do you know what??  Over this past year, she really has become a bestie to me.

Connie is the sweetest, most thoughtful person I know and I am so blessed to be able to call her my friend.

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Couple weeks ago Connie mentioned that she would be traveling from her home in Minnesota to southern Iowa where her daughter lives.  She wondered if I would be up for a visit….YES!  I surely would.

We ended up meeting at McDonalds in Decorah.  It was a half hour drive for me and helped keep her heading in the direction of her daughter’s home.    Connie brought along he son Dan.  Connie has talked about him and I appreciated being able to put a name with a face.  He did us the honor of taking our picture.

When I found out I had thyroid cancer, Connie rushed in and was just what I needed.  She sent me cards weekly..some just wishing me a good day…some with a strip of dog fabric in it.  It was so sweet.  She would Facebook message me a couple nights a week checking to see how the day was going.  She was exactly what I needed.

My family has been a great help to me but often I found myself “trying to be better than I actually felt” so they didn’t worry.  With Connie I could be completely honest.  I needed that.  My niece told me that when you have cancer some people rush away, some people come out of the wood work and some people rush in.  Connie rushed in….even though it was long distance.

I feel at such a disadvantage when becoming friends with blog readers.  All of you know all about me.  You know what my kitchen cabinets look like.  You know my dog.  You know all about my family.  You know I love antiques and auctions and thrifting.  You know I quilt.   You know my favorite color is red and that I love polka dots…me, I know very little about any of you.  If there was something I could change about blogging that would be it.  I’d want to get to know you all too.  In a way, blogging can be a lonely job.

Slowly, I’m learning more about Connie and I love that I am.

When we got home I was talking to Hubby.  He asked how it went.  I said WONDERFUL.  I told him that through the blog I’ve found people I really like and that even if it means traveling, I want to meet up with people more often.  He said well then go for it.  I think too often I get busy and I don’t work on cultivating friendships….I hope to do some changing of that.

Connie, of course, sent me home with goodies….I tell her not to.  She doesn’t listen…all sorts of goodies. [Read more...]

Garden Saga

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For the last two years I haven’t had a garden to speak of.  Last year we were working on the house so a garden wouldn’t have gotten taken care of…the year before I had a garden but had scaled back a lot.

I’ve been so excited for this year’s garden.  Hubby brought dried manure home to get it in shape…we bought a tiller…I had big plans.  I even blogged about it a couple times.  In the comments someone said I hope you don’t have rabbit trouble.

I laughed that off…after all I live in town.   I’d have more rabbits in the country right??  WRONG.  I have rabbits and lots of them.

I planted garden with such expectation and have a couple times almost given up.  It’s so frustrating.  Note there haven’t been many garden blog posts.

Frustrated, I finally said to Hubby something has to be done.  We went to the farm store and asked what they recommended for rabbits.  We were planning a fence even though we didn’t want one.  Then he suggested this…..

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We were skeptical- but- we didn’t want a fence so decided to give it a try.  It has done a great job.

Here’s a picture of the childcare kiddos running around the garden trying to catch butterflies.  I never thought the garden would look this good after the rabbits feasted on it. [Read more...]

Trees….

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You might remember last fall I was so excited about the three trees that we planted. (read about that here)  We had gotten the trees through the Alliant Energy Releaf program.  It was awesome.  We only paid $25 per tree.  The Burr Oak didn’t look the best but the two Sugar Maples looked awesome.

Fast forward to present day…the Burr Oak looks awesome and the two Sugar Maples…not awesome.  We can’t figure out what happened.  They both had buds…granted they were late but buds.  The one got leaves and died..the other the leaves have slowly been dying.  There are all sorts of branches that don’t have leaves either.

We were do disappointed.  All spring we watched those two trees hoping they would make it.  We finally gave up.

Ever since we bought the house I had wanted a Willow tree.  Hubby said they aren’t appropriate for town.  I said as a grandma I’d love to have one so the kids can play under the huge canopy of shade…He said no.  Then the cheap trees from Alliant were available and they didn’t have Willows so I dropped it.  We got our two Sugar Maples and one Burr Oak.  I was content with them.

The two trees died and we went to replace them.  Hubby (yes Hubby) suggested we get a Willow.  WHAT??  I had given up on the Willow fight.  I asked what had changed his mind.  He told me to follow him to the alley and he pointed out a neighborhood tree….

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He said that Willow is in town and he thought is looked good.

Well GLORY BE!  He came over to my side of thinking.

We ended up at the nursery and had to pick out trees….  Looking at prices I wasn’t sure what we’d get.  We ended up with… [Read more...]