Stash Report and Advice


You might remember a couple weeks ago I had said that I cut into some fabric so I could sew the background for my Santa Fe String Star quilt and had a complication.  I cut the size the pattern said but it seemed to small.


I’m not blaming the pattern instructions at all.  There are LOTS of pieces coming together here and easily my sewing could be off.  Also string blocks tend to stretch easily so it’s likely all me.

After I cut into the fabric I originally had I was left with a chunk of fabric that no longer works….so off to the store.  I’m trying this piece now.


Part of me is really hesitant.  I think I’d prefer a light background.  I’ve mentioned that to Hubby and to Kelli and both of them think red.  Hmm.  I think that’s one of the reasons that this has only gotten this far along and then left to sit….the light background calls to me.  Feel free to chime in and let me know what you think.  Has anyone seen one with a neutral background?

While I was at the store I also bought some swaddle cloth but that’s already sewn up and out of here.  See here’s the happy mommy with the sewn cloth. [Read more...]

Gold Rush 2016


We were up and and out the door early on Saturday morning.  We were headed to Gold Rush.  It’s a big antique and flea market in Rochester, MN at the fair grounds and there’s a LOT-LOT more just north of Rochester in Oronocco.  We’ve loved going in the past years but with the rain and me being on scooter we frankly didn’t know how it would go.

One of my childcare families offered to borrow us a motorized wheel chair.  We thought we use it but with the rain, we ended up not.  We didn’t want the chair wet, muddy or ruined.  At Oronocco the sales are up and down the streets out into people’s lawns.  It had rained and rained so we ended up deciding not to even try there.  We opted for the fair grounds instead.  Much of what is there is inside the fair buildings and I would get along best with my scooter and the cement.

It was drizzly and we started outside first….There are so many unique things.  Some is flea market…some craft and some antique.  Luckily I like it all….I had to snap a picture of these.  I have two guitar players in our family, Karl and Kalissa.


I loved how this pump was converted into a flower planter.


There are just row upon row upon row of things.


The gravel and the scooter didn’t mix at all….luckily before long we were inside the buildings…that went much better.

I got a HUGE laugh from the “No Shooting” sign.  Funny, right? [Read more...]

Foot Update


Yesterday marks my half way point of being laid up with my foot surgery.  Well, I’m not sure if that’s right.  More accurately it marks my three weeks with a cast.  I have three more weeks to go.  The date I am looking forward to is September 16th.  That’s cast off day.

I have x-rays and if everything looks good then, I will move on to a walking cast.  When we last talked about that I was told I’d need if from anywhere from 1-4 weeks depending on me.  At this point, I’m guessing I’ll wear it more during childcare to protect it and now in the evenings as I try to rebuild that foot and leg strength.

We ended up getting a second scooter for me.  Our house is two story with the bedrooms upstairs and my sewing room upstairs too.  Previous to the purchase of the second scooter, I was using crutches upstairs.  One night I almost took a tumble.  There was water on the floor, just a bit, and my crutch almost went out from under me.  Hubby said that’s it…another scooter.

Lucky for us we found it on a Facebook for sale sight.  It was only $100.  Now one stays upstairs and one downstairs.


It has made my life so much easier.  I don’t worry about going to the bathroom at night at all.

Everything that I do have been a learning process.  If I’m leaving the house, whoever is driving picks me up at the edge of our front porch.  I don’t have to manipulate the steps that way.  We figured out better ways for me to shower.  It all takes so much time and trial and error.

If you are ever thinking about foot surgery or you have it in your future I’d say this…. [Read more...]

Vacation..our way.


Hubby took time off work.  Can you believe it?  That never happens around here.

We started thinking about going on vacation last year at Christmas time.  Normally, we don’t go anywhere away for more than on day.  Hubby was game and even excited about it.  We were celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and he thought now was as good of a time as any.  We started talking about Mount Rushmore, Washington D.C. and other places….then came my 50th birthday in December and plans to do anything quickly faded away.

Medically for me it’s been an awful year.

After the thyroid removal and the thyroid cancer this spring and now the foot surgery, I’ve not been able to go on vacation.

Hubby decided we’d just do a stay-cation instead.  So Thursday through Sunday he took off.  Thursday was his “work around the house day”.  He got some fun stuff done.  I’m saving that report for another blog post.  Friday we had planned to go to the antique show in Oronocco, MN but it rained and rained.  Now we were stuck not knowing what we wanted to do.  The antique show was over the weekend too so we started to decided how to re-adjust plans.

There was an auction on Saturday and one on Sunday too.  We decided to attend the auction preview on Friday night of the Saturday auction.  Being we were going to Decorah, Hubby looked to see if there were any garage sales…yes.  There were two he wanted to attend.  So off we went.

First garage sale….we couldn’t find it.  The address must have been wrong.  Then we went to two of my thrift stores…nothing there.  Then we went to Waukon because there was suppose to be an estate sale there….again, bad address.  UGH.  The lack of finds and the bad weather was getting us down.  Next up…the auction preview.

I’ve told you before, antique furniture is my weakness.  Just look at all the goodies.


I loved this… [Read more...]