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A New Shirts System for Kelli

A post from Kelli–

When I was thinking about what to write about this week, I was at a loss.  My house is a dive.  I’ve been working overnights so my sleeping schedule is really off–or non-existant.  I haven’t really had much time to sew.  And then I figured it out–The reason my house is a dive!

As many of you know, I really enjoy making Bonnie Hunter quilts.  One of her favorite books of mine is Scraps and Shirttails II (You can buy it with this link–!/Scraps-&-Shirttails-II-List-$24-95-CLEARANCE-$19-99/p/50087833/category=13038050).  I have loved it since it came out.  I quickly made Smith Mountain Morning and Fair and Square, but have loved many of the quilts in the book for some time.  When her newest book came out, Addicted to Scraps, I started making Moth in the Window and have loved making it from shirts.  I just like that quilts made from shirts feel so soft and cozy.

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So since most of the quilts in the Scraps and Shirttails books are made with shirts, I figured I better get my butt in gear and get the shirts that I continue to stockpile cut up and in order to do that, I need to store them right?  After working a difficult 12 hour shift on Monday, I headed up to Walmart and got these beauties–

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I ended up getting 5 ones for strips–1 1/2, 2, 2 1/5, 3 and scraps and crumbs and then bought 6 big ones for backs and larger pieces that I’ll split out by color–red and pink, orange and yellow, neutral, green, blue, and purple, blacks, and browns.  I might put browns in with greens.  There aren’t too many, but it’s nice to know that I have options and that if I need more, I should be able to grab them after work.  I also got a few project boxes that I’ll use once I start cutting strips so that I can plan a bit for each quilt and put the specific color and strip size in the box for each quilt.

I’ve been working on unseaming the shirts for a few days and was almost done–until I was in Decorah yesterday and discovered a bag sale at one of the used stores and found a couple good colored ones at the other used store.

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Needless to say, this pile is about to get a lot bigger!  And I still have some upstairs yet too!  I’ve been working more overnights and so I’ve been taking the book with so that I can see what colors I will need to cut what sizes with.  I think it’ll be a longer process, but cozy quilts will be so worth it!

Have a Merry Christmas!

A Trip to the Pharmacy

A post from Kelli–

All the time growing up, I always felt kind of nervous.  Things that were just normal things that would happen would send me into a tailspin.  Here’s an example–Taking my car into the shop to get fixed, even if it was something small or normal would just freak me out.  I would convice myself that something was going to happen while my car was in the shop and I wouldn’t be able to go to the doctor or that I would be scheduled for a shift at work that I would have forgotten about and that I’d get fired.  In all reality, I knew that if I really needed to go to the doctor because it was an emergency, I could call the ambulance and I already knew that I normally checked my work schedule 17 million times, so I wouldn’t miss a shift that I was scheduled, however this anxiety and fear hung over me until my car was back in my possession.  And then I just ended up finding something new to worry about…

When I got laid off from my job before I went back to nursing school, I applied for a large government grant on behalf of the company that I was working for.  We sumbitted it kind of as a hail Mary, and to our surprise, it was approved.  This meant that anyone who was losing their job as a result of the buriness closure would be able to go back to school and retrain with minimal expense.  One stipulation however was that the funds had to be used within a certain time frame.

I started school and everythign was going great!  I was able to go to school without having to constantly worry about bills and how I was going to pay for things like gas to clinicals and such.  The last class in the program that I attended is notorious for being extremely hard.  The first few tests I did okay, but the stress started getting to me combined with my work schedule.  By about the 4th test, I would sit down and look at the first page of the test and if I didn’t know the exact anwer to each question without a doubt, I would end up convincing myself that I was going to fail the test, fail the class, flunk out of nursing school and then have to pay back the thousands of dollars I had received in tuition and other reimbursements to complete the program.  It got so that I would start this whole anxiety ridden process for about a day before I even had to take a test.

Luckily, (I can say that now) my sleep machine broke after about 3 tests.  I had to go in to get a new machine prescription and literally had a breakdown in the doctor’s office.  After some talking and a few prescriptions, I was feeling much better within a few days.

A few months later, I was doing better, but starting to pick back up on a few tendancies.  I had to go back in for a recheck and mentioned this to the doctor and we did a bit of changing with my medications and added a new one in–Buspar.  I stopped by the pharmacy after my appointmentment, and picked it up.  My insurance at the time wasn’t the greatest, but the cost was pretty minimal, so I didn’t really think anything of it.  I took one 5 mg pill twice a day and noticed a great improvement.



Fast forward a few months and I was needing to make some changes once again in order to be able to stop taking some of the other medications I was on.  We increased my dose to 7.5 mg twice a day.  I didn’t think much of it until I went to get my new prescription from the pharmacy.  It was around $30.00 which wasn’t that bad, but my insurance had changed and I figured that it was an increased dose, so just shrugged it off.  This continued for a few month with the price increasing a bit each time, but nothing to terrible.

This past week, I stopped by to pick up my prescription and all of a sudden it was $100.00 and that was after insurance had paid $100.00 on it.  I was floored.  I told them I couldn’t pay that much and picked up my other prescription.  I was flabbergasted to say the least.  I searched aroudn a bit on my phone looking to find a coupon to see if that would work.  I knew that I needed the medication, but just figured that I would have to schedule an appointment with my ARNP to see if there were other options.

Turns out that insurance and the coupon cannot be stacked and the coupon only took off $3.00.  I asked about a generic, but that’s what I already had and was cheaper than the name brand.  I was pretty defeated, but remembered that the 5 mg tabs were significantly cheaper.  I asked if there would be a possibility of getting 5 mg tabs and then cutting them to accommodate for the 2.5 mg portion.  The tech said that she’d look into it and would have to call my provider to verify.

After about an hour wait, it turns out that they weren’t able to fill my prescription for a month, but that when they were, they would be able to do so for $15.00 per month.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!  I was happy and mad all at the same time.  I was happy that I wouldn’t have to schedule an appointment and change meds yet again to accommodate for this, but I was kind of mad that this option wasn’t ever brought up by anyone at the pharmacy.  I’m well aware that they probably aren’t allowed to bring it up, but I’m going to use this as a platform to educate everyone I can–If your medications are costly, ask questions!!!  Try a coupon!!!  Ask about taking a different number of pills for the same dosage!!  Ask about getting a larger dose pill and splitting it yourself!!  When I work at the hospital, we only carry certain dosages of medications, much less than the pharmacy.  People often question why they are receiving a half pill compared to their normal pill at home.  One common one is Metoprolol which is a beta blocker used to control high blood pressure.  We might only carry 50 mg tablets at the hospital, however the pharmacy may carry 25 mg tablets.  When patients are admitted, we just split our 50 mg tablet in half, where as they are able to take a 25 mg pill at home from the pharmacy.

The moral of the story–DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS!!!  Doctors prescribe medications because there is a need for them!  If you aren’t able to afford medications the way that the prescription is written–ASK!  The worst that they can say is no!

When the Farmer is away…Kelli will play!

A post from Kelli–

Jason has been gone lately…like gone a lot.  This harvest season has been very long.  It seems like just as soon as thing are up and running, something else breaks, it’s a holiday, or there is some thing else that needs immediate attention.  Normally, Jason works from like 6 in the morning until 9 or 10 at night.  Lately, he’s been working til midnight or later more nights than he isn’t.  This makes for having any semblance of a relationship quite difficult.  Add in my schedule between my two jobs which covers days, nights, and every shift in between and it’s not uncommon to go a week or so without seeing each other awake for more than 10 minutes.  A couple days ago, Jason called to see if I wanted to ride in the combine for a bit and of course, I said yes!  After a bit, I even got to get in on moving some machinery around and this was what I got to do–Drive the combine!

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While we were in the combine, we got to talking about getting a Christmas tree.  It’s a debate that we have every year.  I always want a real one….Jason thinks it’s a bad idea.  His response is usually that the real trees make a mess.  I then continually remind him that he doesn’t clean up any messes and so if he doesn’t clean up the messes, he doesn’t get a say.  We go back and forth for a bit and really never come to a conclusion.

So on Saturday I was in town for a Small Business Satuday shopping event and this tree just so happened to jump into my car!

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It didn’t completely fit into the backseat and since I had to go to work before I was able to get home, I couldn’t pop it in the trunk and leave the trunk open because it would run by battery down.

I had picked up shifts all weekend at the nursing home, so I didn’t have time to get it set up, but that was first on my list for Monday morning.  Mom reminded me that I needed to cut a few inches off of the bottom of the tree to make sure it could “drink” some water.  I mentioned this to Jason and asked him to help me cut it.  As expected, he wasn’t too thrilled and on the way to a dentist appointment so he mentioned a Saws-all and I asked about a “circle saw” which he quickly informed me was a circular saw.  He was pretty much running out the door, but didn’t really have any further instructions on where either thing might be at.  I figured that I’d walk out to the shop and try to find it myself.  Boy was I wrong….

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Checked the heated part of the shop–No dice!

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After another walk through, I did end up finding the circular saw.

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I tried plugging it in, but couldn’t find how to turn it on.  I figured I’d look it up online, but they wanted to tell me about safety type things and I wasn’t really interested in that…although I sure should have been!  I just called Buck for a quick little lesson, however his lesson was that I needed to put it away immediately.  Apparently he had a bad experience once and refused to tell me how to turn it on, so that option was out.  I called Jason quick who was on his home by this time and he said he would bring me home a hand saw.

By the time I got home from running Ruby to the vet, Jason had dropped the saw off and I set to work.  Needless to say, I would make a horrible pioneer!  Between not being able to shower every day and having to saw down trees, I would probably be dead after a week!

After much whining, complaining, and sawing attempts though, I got it figured out!

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So for now, it’s up!  No decorated as I needed to grab a few things at Walmart to get my ornaments up.  I’m hoping to work on getting it decorated this afternoon or night.  I’m going with a gold, red, and burlap theme…mostly cause those are the decorations I already have and I’m trying to watch my spending a bit more.

As for Jason’s thoughts, I had it up for three days and he didn’t even notice.  Last night when I finally pointed it out to him, he just informed me that it wasn’t quite straight…But he did drive my point home–Having a real tree doesn’t really impact him much at all!  I’ll call that a win!

The Stone Path!

A post from Kelli–

Ever since I’ve been around, Jason’s little sister Caitlin has been dating Brad.  In fact, Brad was the first one to pick up on the fact that I was dating Jason as he worked near where I lived and had told Caitlin that he was seeing Jason’s truck at my apartment.  This past August, Caitlin and Brad got married.  This October, Brad finished up with his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.  Shortly after, Brad was offered and accepted a position in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

While I’m glad that he was able to find a position and is set to get his career rolling, it is a little sad that they’ll be moving so far away–Close to 8 hours.  Caitlin was lucky enough to be able to continue at her current position and work remotely with occasion trips back to the home office.  Because they will only be back for Thanksgiving this year and have other gatherings and celebrations in December, we’ve decided to celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving together this year.

I had previously planned on going to a few craft/vendor/small business sales to see what goodies I could find for our white elephant exchange, however with most of them being after Thanksgiving, I was a little bit stuck.  I had a meeting Monday morning and had decided that I was going to stop at a few places to see what I could find.  If I really wasn’t able to find anything, I knew that I would still be able to order off of Amazon for Wednesday delivery.

One stop was all it took!  I stopped in at The Stone Path and realized that I needed to search no more!  They literally had EVERYTHING that a person could want!

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She has made tons of wonderful signs–Especially if you are buying for a grandparent or are someone who loves camping–Or the state of Iowa!  There is a sign for literally everyone!

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I really liked the one in the upper left had corner that says–“Grandpas are there to help children get into mischief that they haven’t thought of yet!”  I happen to know a grandpa who would definitely fit into that category!

She also has an awesome display of printed kitchen towels.

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She had one that said “You are my favorite teacher!”  What teacher wouldn’t like that?

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These were my favorite signs in the whole building.  If you’ve heard about the Paul Harvey “On the 8th day, God created a farmer,” these go along those lines.  They read–“And on the next day, Gold looked down and saw the hard work and dedication of the farmer and his wife.  HW wanted to reward them and reach them the gift of unconditional love.  So God made a Farmer’s daughter/son.”  If that didn’t pull at my hearstrings, I don’t know what would!  Needless to say, when I have a child, I’ll be getting that one way or another!

Julie also makes handstamped jewelry!

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Does that table look familiar?  It should!  After a little bit of talking, we discovered that Julie and her husband are friends with a family friend of ours and that they had all stopped by at mom and dad’s garage sale this fall.

Julie also had some awesome burp cloth and baby bibs by Studio Twenty Six.  As it turns out, I’ve been following Studio Twenty Six on facebook and admiring their awesome work!  And the best part?  Her daughter is the owner!  Talk about a talented family!  Her son also works on making signs and her husband builds some of the primitive style furniture pieces in the shop.

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She also had an awesome display of hat for every occasion!

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While I’m not a hat girl, if you are, you can literally find a hat for every day of the week!

I have decided that this shop is going to be my new go-to for literally every gift that I may need.  They truly have something for everyone and every possible occasion.  But more than that–Julie was amazing!  She greeted me as soon as I opened the door, answered all of my questions, and is so friendly!  She told me that she recently bought a camper and will be going mobile soon!

If you’re in the area, definitely stop by to check out what is going on–You’ll definitely find some amazing things!  If not, you can check her on facebook–  You can also check out Studio Twenty Six —