Medical Update

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Friday I had the day off.  I had a doctor’s appointment in Lacrosse.  It was what I had hoped was my last trip there regarding my thyroid surgery last February.  The appointment was in the afternoon so in the morning I had some time for playing Grammy.

Carver decided to keep his mommy up all night and mommy need a nap…Grammy to the rescue.  It so nice that we’re close and this can easily happen.  Kalissa ended up at the doctor in the afternoon and went home with antibiotics.  Hopefully that will get her feeling a little better.

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After her nap she came and got Carver and I was off headed to pick up Kelli and then onto Lacrosse.  Kelli wanted to ride along.  I really thought the appointment was going to be more of a formality and didn’t want to interrupt anyone’s schedule to go with me, but Kelli wanted to go.

We haven’t had a chance to hang out lately so it was nice.

The day before Hubby and I had an extended conversation about whether I should take my crutches or the scooter.  I was thinking crutches…he thought scooter.  (he’s a little over protective).  Then I got to thinking that I wanted to stop at Wal-Mart and get groceries on the way home so I’d need the scooter for that.  We ended up compromising and I brought both.  So who was right…did I need the scooter or the crutches?? [Read more...]

The Elections

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Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grand kid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.  I think it would be very useful when opening a discussion on phone safety with your children. You can find that here.

It’s elections season…love it or hate it.  Democrat, Republican, Independent.  We all have out choices.  This year more than ever I think people are waiting to make up their minds….me, not so much.  I’m almost positive in who I’m voting for.

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I will admit that it’s election season more than ever that I want to completely get rid of my land line phone.  I likely would except that it comes free with my internet service.

It’s a new time in history.  More than ever decision 2016 has gone mobile. This election season voters are relying on their mobile devices to learn more about the candidates and political issues before heading to the polls.  I know this to be true because I have children who have television but don’t get the regular channels, ABC, NBC and CBS, yet they know more about the latest blunder a candidate has made, the latest illness they came down with or the candidates latest view on all of the topics.  How do they get that news…social media.

The increased usage means that voters have faster, more frequent access to campaign information and candidates must expertly leverage digital tools like social media to interact and engage with the American public to win votes.

As we head into the homestretch toward Election Day, many voters are using their smartphones and tablets to gather information about candidates, events, volunteer opportunities and polling results on the news, social media or in online discussions.

In fact, according to the Pew Research, about two-thirds of Americans owned a smartphone in 2015, compared with just 35 percent in the spring of 2011.  That’s a big difference.

I can’t open Facebook without scrolling through and seeing jokes, commentary or even video links of the candidates.

That same research tells us that more than a quarter (28 percent) of registered voters in the United States used their smartphones to keep up with politics in 2014, compared to 13 percent in 2010.  And sixty-eight percent of smartphone owners use their phone to follow breaking news and 33 percent say that they do this “frequently.”

Phones do so much more now days and have so many more uses.

However you’re voting, Democrat, Republican, or Independent, keeping up with the candidates has never been easier.

Decorah Antique Show

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A post from Kelli–

This past weekend, I had every intention to go up to Decorah, about 20 miles away, and check out their antique show that they host annually at the fairgrounds.  I’ve gone up there previously and was pretty impressed with the stuff that I’ve found.  This year however, I had a wonderful distraction–CARVER!  He’s a wonderful little guy, so I didn’t mind missing out on the goods at the antique show.  I ended up going a bit later in the afternoon on Saturday, so I think I missed the super good stuff that the vendors probably had out in the morning.  I also think that I’m starting to get a bit spoiled and look for more of a “deal” than is often up for grabs at the “antique show.”  I’m sure that the prices that things are marked at is a fair price, it’s just not one that I’m willing to pay at this time.  I also kind of like the searching process or remembering the fun time that I had at the auction when I bought something.  I did find some pretty good finds though–

Dog cookie jar (300x400) Island (300x400) Lanterns (300x400) Plant stand (300x400) Red stool (300x400) Yellow Stool (300x400)I love stools!  I almost thought about buying this one until I looked a bit closer to see that the seat wasn’t in good shape and had been patched together with yellow duct tape.

Red stool (300x400)Then I saw this one and thought it would look perfect in my kitchen, but again not in the best shape for the price they were asking.

Plant stand (300x400)I really liked this little plant stand/end table and thought about getting it for my living room, but realized the reason I loved it was the green color and green would look extremely out of place in my living room.  But this was probably one of my favorites of the day!

Lanterns (300x400)I have always liked lanterns, but don’t quite know how to display them or make them look cool so I passed.  If you have any ideas, feel free to send them my way.  I’m a bit worried that I’m on the backside of the lantern trend though, so getting a real, authentic one might be a bit on the spendy side.

Island (300x400)I loved this!  I have a weakness for anything with beadboard or car siding.  I really liked the simplicity of this peice, however I can either have it or my butcher block and I picked butcher block–Plus–If Jason had to move that butcher block again, I think he’d kill me.  It ended up taking them three guys to get it in my house, so I don’t think it’s ever gonna leave.

Blue Shelf (300x400)This blue shelf caught my eye too!  I think that my favorite part was the worn shelving and the rings that you can see from being used.  I’m betting that this was in a basement somewhere, dragged out, and almost sent to the dump.  Usually, I’m not too big of a fan of blue, but I like this color as it’s a bit more bright, but not screaming bright blue.

Dog cookie jar (300x400)This was my favorite find of the day!  A dog cookie jar and if it would have been a beagle, it would have come home with me.  I’ve still got my eye out for a beagle cookie jar but haven’t found one quite yet.

Did I end up getting anything?  I bought two baskets for 50 cents each that I’ll use to store and transport parts and peices of quilts.  Nothing fancy, but sometimes that’s okay.  What was the best part of my weekend though?  Definitely meeting Mr. Carver!  Jason even went up to the hospital with me to meet him.  I would have to say I think these two are probably my favorite two guys!

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Revisiting the UFO List

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I’ve been working on UFO quilts for most of the summer.  I wanted to check my progress and see how I was doing.  I’ve not concentrated on any one project so it’s really hard to see how far along I’ve actually come.  I started to try to figure it out all in my head but then thought it might be easier to write a blog post instead.  I copied my original post with pictures and then added an update.

Up first…Blue Skies.  This is from the String Fling book….  I have a bag of strings ready to go for this and it’s all cut out.  Not a stitch has been sewn.  UPDATE:  Nothing is sewn still.

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Next up…Cheddar Bowties…This is from More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  I have about 1/3 of the blocks sewn.  I have the border segments sewn too.  UPDATE:  Nothing has changed.

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Fair and Square I fantasize about.  Kelli has her’s done and I love it.  It’s been a long time favorite of mine.  It’s in Scraps and Shirttails II.  I have the white strips cut and will just grab my 1 1/2″ bucket and start in sewing once the mood and time aligns.  I’m very excited about this one…Not a stitch is sewn.  UPDATE:  All the border segments are made but need to be sewn together.  The checkerboard blocks are almost finished.  No string piecing started.

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On the rack to be quilted are Bricks and Stepping Stones for a Wedding quilt….Jingle Bell Square and Wonky Wishes….  I’m excited about them all.  I have backings prepped picked out for two of them.  I know I am keeping Jingle Bell Square and Wonky Wishes for myself so, you know how it goes if you long arm, your own stuff gets finished last.  UGH!  UPDATE:    Jingle Bell Square is not finished.  See it here.  Bricks and Stepping Stones is finished.  See it here.

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Here is Pfefferneuse.  It’s all cut out. This is in String Fling.  UPDATE:  I have all the hour glass blocks finished.

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Let’s not forget Pineapple Crazy…Also in String Fling.  I have about 20 more center blocks to do and ALL of the outside border blocks to do. (That count was wrong…should have said 38)  UPDATE:  I have 9 blocks left for the center to do.

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Here is Virginia Bound.  That one has been at a stand still.  I had run out of shirt strings…well I didn’t run out.  I did run out of variety.  Being I have LOTS more shirts cut up now, I could get back to this project.  It is in Scraps and Shirttails I.  I started this in Moline when we saw Bonnie.  UPDATE:  I have 10 more blocks done than I did before.  I’ve been sewing them leader and ender style.

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Rectangle Wrangle.  I love this quilt.  I adore this quilt.  When I saw the book Scraps and Shirttails for the first time this is the quilt I most wanted to make.  The strips for the inside blocks are all cut out.  Not a stitch is sewn on it.  I want this quilt for me and only me….again, things for me get set aside.  UPDATE:  I have the center finished and sewn together.

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This is Rick Rack Nines.  It is in Leaders and Enders.  This one got started by accident.  The 2″ bucket was overflowing and needed taming.  I have all of the segments sewn and cut but only a few blocks are together.  UPDATE:  This one is complete.  You can see it here.

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Star Struck I started not to long ago.  I’ve made good progress on it.  It started as something I could work on over nap time.  In the mornings before child care I’d get up early and sew.  Then during nap time I’d cut the strips into segments.  The blocks are all finished.  I’m starting the sashing debate….it’s been stuck there.  I have the border pieces cut and will start leader and ender sewing them soon.  UPDATE:  No progress.

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Here is Santa Fe Star.  I loved this quilt when I saw it in the book, String Fling, the first time and still do.  I have the flying geese next to my sewing machine and have been leader and ender sewing them over the past month or so.  I think this one stalled out because sewing those diamonds isn’t in my exact comfort zone.  I need to just start sewing them.  I am sure once I do, it will be no big deal…but then it’s the set in seams.  UGH.  I know…excuses-excuses.  I am doing a little debate on what color to do the red/orange background….print or solid??  I just need to do it.  I’ve given myself a reprieve on it until the flying geese are finished…then no excuses.  UPDATE:  The center star is finished.  The border flying geese are finished and sewn together.  I need to decide on a background print.

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Talkin’ Turkey I started WAY back when that block was in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks before the book even came out.  I almost have the red string pieces sewn but that’s it.   That’s in String Fling.  UPDATE:  I’ve cut out the flying geese.

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Here is Texas Braid.  It’s in Leaders and Enders.  I haven’t sewn a stitch on it.  For a few years I had the pieces cut but not the red corner stones.  I never had enough of the same reds.  Then a couple month ago over nap time when I needed something to do, I cut them out.  I ended up just using whatever reds I had.  They don’t match and I’m actually happy that I came to that conclusion.  Still no stitching….  UPDATE:  The braids are all sewn.  I have to trim them and sew them together.  I am working up some bravery to trim them.

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Here’s Winston Ways.  I’m not quite sure if some people would call this a UFO…I am though because I have ever intention of making it.  This has been set aside for quite awhile now.  It’s a box of red and white strips.  Any day, I’ll grab this and start sewing the red and white four patches….I don’t have any other part cut out.  UPDATE:  I am to the assembling process and even have about eight blocks sewn together.

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Hmmm….That was 16 projects.

Most of them were in “only cut out stage”.  I  have three finished.  I have three that are close to being tops.

I also added one to the fold….Bricks in the Barnyard.  The half square triangles are all sewn for that….next up block assembly.

I might have done a little better had I concentrated on projects but that was hard with the cast on my foot…..either I couldn’t dig for a fabric or knew that even if I did complete a top, I wouldn’t be able to machine quilt it.  Hopefully with the walking cast that can change a bit.

I didn’t do nearly as good as I was hoping with my UFO sewing.   I guess I had hoped to finish at least half of them but alas…that didn’t happen.  (I think wedding quilt sewing got in the way) My original goal was to work on the UFOs until Bonnie Hunter’s new book arrived at my house…well, it has.  Now I’m making a new plan.  I’m going to keep sewing on them until the new mystery comes out.   I’ll be here every Wednesday morning showing you my progress.  I’ll keep the linky party up and running for anyone who wants to continue to join me.

For my continued work on UFOs I am going to reward myself by letting myself pick a quilt from the new Bonnie Hunter book to start working on…hmmm.  Now which one will that be?  Any suggestions?