In the Mail

Oh my word…I’m behind on my mail thank yous.  I’m hoping that with the writing of this post, I’ll be all caught up and feel better about it.  A couple of these packages have been sitting on my table for well over a month.  My apologies.

Cindy N sent the kids a box that I had to quickly whisk away.  Isn’t the box adorable??

The box is bigger than it looks as inside were all of these goodies….

The kids are going to have so much fun at Christmas time with all of this.  So much fun!!  There are stickers and foam shapes.  I’m so excited as I won’t be needing to prep so many things and they’ll have great supplies to work with.  Thanks a million Cindy.

Cindy also sent a lovely card and some red dish towels for me.  PERFECT for my red kitchen counters.  I can always use dish towels.  The kiddos are always spilling.

My next box came from Ellie L.  Ellie has been so sweet to me.  She was sorting fabrics and sent some calicos my way plus some goodies for the kiddos- new markers, envelopes and stickers.  They love it!!

Here’s a closer look at the calicos.  I’m picking the dark blue and the yellow one as my favorites.

Thanks so much Ellie!!

A squishy package came from Carla in Texas.  She writes that she knows I love red and she knows I like mens shirts so she gifted me some goodies.

It’s perfect.  Red is my color and mens shirts are my fave.  How fun!!  I’ve never seen this shirt so it’s an especially good one to add to my collection.

MG in Florida sent goodies my way.

The kids were so happy with some new goodies.  Seriously, it matters not what it is…they love it all.

We’re already done a couple activities with the stickers!!  Money is a hot item around here too.  Carver and the littles that are his age play what they call “two dollars”.  That means store.  They line up toys and then if someone wants to buy something they have to pay $2.  It’s so cute to watch.  By the way, at this age, $2 means any denomination of two paper bills equals two dollars.  So cute!!
…and goodies for me.   I’m passing the John Deere fabric on to Kelli.  She’s the John Deere farmer of the family.  She’s been collecting scraps to make a quilt for her nephew.  This should get her a little closer.

There were calicos and homespuns in the bunch for me…plus some quilt books.  MG said that she enjoys just looking at them.  I definitely do too.

Thanks so much for all the fun goodies!!  I so appreciate the time you took to write a letter.  I say it all the time, I love the letters and notes.

My next package came from “J”….at least I think that’s what the signature is…I think the person didn’t want to be know.  I appreciate the gift and the note.

The note was fun too and thanks so much for the gift card.  She sent along 100% cotton sheets that could be used for backings.  She sent a quilt top that she found at an estate sale….

She sent along these old vintage blocks from the estate sale too.

There is a big stack of these.  I’ve been debating and debating about what to do with these.  She mentioned in her letter that maybe Ronda could finish the quilt top.  I’m hoping she doesn’t mind but I think I am going to put these up for auction here on the blog and let one of you buy them..then I’d add the money to my charity fund postage account.  It costs a lot of money getting packages to Ronda and others who do charity quilting.  The money would help off set that.  Thanks so much.  Your package was so appreciated!!

What prompted me to think about the postage account fund was that Cheryl in Dallas who does charity quilting, sent money to help with the charity fund postage account.  Cheryl sends out lots of charity quilts and knows the high cost of postage.  THANKS so much Cheryl.

Something else that came in my mail…not a gift but what a treat!  It’s my Instant Ink.  I can’t tell you how much I love this program.  It’s super easy…I (rather Buck) signed me up.  I pay something like $4.95 a month and HP takes care of all the ink I need.  This allows me 100 copies a month.  There are plans for 50 copies a month too.  The good news is that pages roll over into the next month too.

They must provide some SUPER-DUPER ink cartridges too as I have yet to change an ink cartridge and we’re over half way through a year!!  That’s an added option that I love too.

This one came in the mail and will be here when my current cartridge goes bad.

It’s been so nice not having to worry about cartridges…do I have enough?  Will my brand be in stock?  How much is that going to cost?  I don’t have to remember what type of cartridge I need…nothing.  They do it all for me and it’s been so nice.  I’m putting a link to it HERE.  There is also a link at the top of the blog post here that lists things that I recommend.

So far, the Instant Ink program gets five BIG stars from me!!

That makes me all caught up on the mail from my mailbox.  THANKS to everyone.  I so appreciate being thought of and the kiddos do too.  It’s so special that you make me a part of your life.



Charity Quilt for Tanzania

You might remember a bit ago that I had a donated baby quilt top that was here and I asked if anyone might be interested in finishing it up and donating it.  I got a large response from about 10 different people/groups that would be willing to finish it and donate it on.

One of the people that contacted me was Celesta Pyle from Ohio.  She went to explain that she was partnering with a people from the states who were working to bring better health care to the women and children of Tanzania.
I decided that this seemed like a very worth case and that I’d like to feature it here on the blog with the hope that some of you might be interested in sharing in the mission to help the women and children of Tanzania.

Celesta wrote:
International Health Partners is a small group of Americans who have a big dream. Dr. Denny and Paula Lofstrom, and Mary Ellen Kitundu have been working in Tanzania, bringing better Medical and Health opportunities to Tanzanians. 46,000 babies die at birth in Tanzania, and every 60 minutes a woman dies in Tanzania due to pregnancy. They are in the process of building the first Pediatric Hospital and a Birthing Center in Zinga Tanzania.”  Here is a link to their website.


The birthing center is almost ready to open.”

Paula’s dream is to be able to hand a baby quilt to each of the new mothers as they leave the hospital with their newborn, and that’s what our small group of ladies from the local Lutheran church are working on, baby quilts for these new mothers. There is no requirement for size, our goal is be approximately 36″ X 40“.

They can however use any size baby quilts and also quilts for beds at the birthing center and the clinic. Our group would love any unfinished tops, finished baby quilts and regular size quilts, whatever you have made and needs a good home.

These are some of our quilts that have been shipped to Zinga.”…. Continue reading


Adding to the Fleet..another 15.

Remember I told you about meeting up with Mary Jo and going to the quilt shop?  (Read it here if you missed it)  I had purposely left the house early for our meet up so I could hit up the thrift store before we met.

I got a couple things….
…a box of attachments and a Soup and Stew cookbook.  Kramer never liked soup and stew.  I did.  I guess now I can make it.

But the thing I’m most excited about it this…. Continue reading


Carver Does it Again

That little smirk of Carver’s is exactly his personality….

a little mischievous, a little bit daring…but way cute.  He ended up in Urgent Care over the weekend after he fell out of Mom and Dad’s bed and cracked his head open.  UGH.  Poor guy.

It’s tradition at their house to snuggle in Mom and Dad’s bed in the morning on “family days”….on Sunday, he fell off and oh no- banged himself up enough that he need to go to urgent care.  Poor guy.

So off to Urgent Care they went….

Carver was brave, he got three staples and then their family took off to make the best of a not so fun day.

Decorah is beautiful so they went to Dunning Springs….Pretty isn’t it?? Continue reading