Stash Report


I’ve had some goodies come my way.

I have a blog reader named Sue from Manchester, Iowa.  She recently took a quilt to my friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations to be quilted.  With it she brought goodies for me.  Aren’t the bright colors awesome?


The two pieces at the top are flannels.  I’m hoping to use them for some baby burp cloths.  I’ve been wanting to make some and haven’t gotten to it.    THANKS so much Sue.  I really appreciate it.  I hope you love the job Carla did on your quilt.  I think she does amazing work!

My friend Connie who is one of the most thoughtful people I know sent me a piece of purple fabric.  I had said that I wanted to make Bonnie Hunter’s Midnight Flight quilt.  I also mentioned that purple isn’t a fabric that I had very much of…so Connie to the rescue.  I love the print…don’t you? [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Edu-tained


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.

What do you think of the new coined word Edu-tained.  It’s a cross between education and entertained…edu-tained.

With summer just around the corner I am sure many are planning trips.  There are many alternatives to videos games and movies for keeping kids entertained on a long trip.  Parents don’t need to choose between entertainment and education – they can give their kids both.  Many of today’s best educational apps are built around games that make learning fun – from taking on tough math problems to learning a second language. Many games are collaborative, so kids can compete against their friends whenever and wherever they are.  When we were in Lacrosse almost every kid in a waiting room had some sort of device that they were playing on.  Why not make the time of their device entertaining AND educational.

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Many kids have their own mobile device these days.  It’s getting more common every year. According to a recent survey, 58 percent of respondents had at least one child with a cellphone – up from 49 percent in 2015.  The same survey showed 79 percent of adults had used their smartphone to assist them while traveling. Mobile technology is increasingly a part of everyday family life, and that’s why U.S. Cellular encourages parents to find ways to make that screen time educational.

Here are some educational apps for parents to check out: [Read more...]

Quilt Shop Tour: River Road Quilt Shop


When I was on the road traveling between home and Lacrosse, one day I needed to kill time in between appointments so I decided that I would take some time and check out the quilt shop that a blog reader, Mary Jo, had recommended last year.  Can you believe that all the trips I’ve made that I still hadn’t checked it out?

The quilt shop is River Road Quilt Shop.  It’s only a few blocks from the hospital.

I was a little unsure what to think about the shop at first.  There was a fence around the building…a tall fence.  I didn’t know what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised.


There were lots of fun projects all about the store.


I loved the high ceilings and the brick walls.

I really would like to make some burp cloths like these.


This quilt was really neat.  I like the subtle colors.

Fabric is displayed in all sorts of ways.  Some is vertical…some horizontal.  I think it make me look at it all more carefully when there is a variety of ways it’s displayed.

The store is big and laid out in a fun way with lots of nooks and places things are displayed.

The shop has a big inventory but it’s not cluttered or crammed in.
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Surgery Update


Kayla came home today and took me in for my surgery on my foot.  It was nice having her around to chauffeur me.  I was in the hospital at 7:30 and out again around 11:00.

Just as we were leaving town Kalissa called.  Carver was sick again and we needed to pick up meds.  So off to pick them up and deliver them….that left me with a little bit of Grammie time.


I had my foot up and resting….

Carver’s been a little under the weather.  He saw a doctor on Thursday and has progressively gotten worse.  It sounds like our little buddy is moving on to a pediatric allergy specialist.  If he gets a cold in no time he’s coughing and hacking and can’t catch his breath.  He’s so hard to take to the doctor though as through it all he’s still happy and giggling.

I’m home with my foot up…pain meds are on board and I’m hoping to catch a little cross stitch time.

For now, I’m all good and looking forward to some healing days so I can get out and enjoy some sun and feel a little more mobile.  Thanks for all the good wishes you’ve sent my way.