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Saturday Day, Sewing Day!

Kelli came home for a sewing day….or hang out day or whatever we made of it day.

Our first order of business was to trim up the quilt we are working on that Carla (of Longarm Quilting Inspirations) quilted for us.  Carla does great work and I love it!!


Above is our “keeping it real photo”.  While we were trying to trim, Carver was playing fetch with Puppycat, Kelli’s beagle.  They would run and tear across the quilt.  Kelli and I just trimmed away.

Here’s our smiling happy version.
After this we took more pictures of the quilt and got the measurements and info ready so we could submit the quilt for publication.  We never know if anyone will accept it…where or which of their publications they want it for or the price they are willing to pay.  It’s a crap shoot.  Some might make the cover some don’t and ones we think won’t make the cover do.  It’s an interesting process for sure.

Kelli did some extra work last week and submitted two other quilts so this week is a waiting game.  We have THREE quilts out for submission.  We might hear something from someone and we might not.

While Kelli was here I talked her into setting out our BOM quilt we are suppose to be working on.  We thought we were coming to the end but didn’t know…here’s how it looks.


Kelli has the center and I have the last two blocks to do before we get to the border.  I am starting to believe the end is in sight which is good as we both are running out of the little steam we had.

I’m hoping to get my blocks done this week and then onto the never ending border.


After that we switched gears and started working on this…. Continue reading

STOP the Presses: We have news!!!

I have news of the VERY happiest kind.  Well actually Kelli and I have news.  It’s Kelli’s news but I’m sharing it.

Kelli carved pumpkins a little early this year.  Pumpkin on the far left…Jason’s with a tractor.  Pumpkin on the far right…a paw print for their dog Puppycat.  The pumpkin in the middle.  Kelli’s.  Notice the baby pumpkin inside that says March 2019!!

Yes, you guessed it.  Kelli and Jason are expecting.  We are absolutely thrilled.  It took a few trips to the doctor, a few meds and lots of prayers but it happened and that’s all that matters.

If you’re a long time blog reader, then you might remember that our daughter Kalissa and her hubby Craig are expecting too.  If you really log the Kramer family happenings you’ll know that Kalissa is due in March too.  The girls are two expecting two weeks apart.  WOW…Hubby and I will go from three grand kids to FIVE.  WOW.

We’ve known for a bit but there were a few iffy moments for a bit so we decided to keep it hush-hush but it looks like a normal pregnancy now so they feel comfortable announcing the news.

Ultrasounds are scheduled for next month.  Kelli is not finding out if the sex of the baby.  Kalissa is.

Kalissa and Craig’s baby is scheduled to come here for childcare.  Kelli is working on finding someone.  She lives a half hour away from us so it’s a little hard.  I have offered to try to do one day a week and help with the transportation.  I have one family who doesn’t come on Fridays so I thought I would offer Fridays to her if that works.

Someone asked me what I was going to do as it seems I already have lots of kids at childcare.  It’s sad but true.  My grand kids come first.  If I have to let a family go to make room for a grandchild, then that’s what I’ll have to do.  One of the reasons I started doing childcare was to help with my grand kids and still earn some money.  So that’s the way it’s going to be.  I think everyone would do the same thing so will understand.  Right now it’s a bit away so I’m not juggling schedules yet.

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Grand Canyon Trip–Sedona

A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I’ve had on my recent trip to Arizona.

The first day of driving was a long one, but we ended out the day by visiting Sedona.  When we were driving through, they just so happened to have a little craft/flea market going on that we stopped at.  It was at the end of the day an many vendors were packing up there stuff, but we were able to visit a few.

Many had crafts, clothing, or jewelry that they were selling.  I found this wonderful puzzlebox–

Puzzle Box (400x300)

After talking to the seller, he told me that he makes these with his family in their family workshop.  I was amazed by the excellent craftsmanship and family dedication that he shared.  When looking for souveniers, I always want to find things that are authentic or were actually handmade by people, not produced in some factory.  I was soooo glad to find this!  And next door was a vendor selling popcorn–What else could a girl want?!?!

On our drive out, we were also able to see the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.

Sedona 2 (300x400)Aren’t they gorgeous?

Sedona 1 (400x300)
They are so different from what we have here in Iowa.  Different, but still beautiful!  And we were there at about the perfect time for some great shots.  After this little stop, we headed out and made it further up north to Flagstaff for an overnight.

Stay tuned to see where the rest of our travels took us in exploring the great state of Arizona.

 

 

 

Grand Canyon Trip–Lava Flow and Indian Ruins

A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I had on my recent trip to Arizona.

After getting to Flagstaff, we quickly went to sleep and were up and at ’em bright and early to go check out the Grand Canyon.  On our way, we stopped at an ancient lava flow.

Lava and Ruins 1 (300x400)
All of these rocks are made of lava from an ancient lava flow.  When checking them out, it was really interesting, but almost left me with more questions than answers.  How deep does the lava flow go?  What kinds of animals and remains are under and through the lava flow?  How long ago did this happen?

Lava and Ruins 2 (300x400)
It was also interesting to see some of the rock formations.  Three were a few hiking trails around that we saw people on, but we just took the short walking trail to get a couple extra looks.
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