Author Archives: Jo

What I’m Reading: Two Thousand Minnows

I have really been enjoying Audible’s new “plus catalog”.  Plus Catalog is an added opportunity for Audible users to get more books that they sign up for.  For me, I have the 12 credits a year subscription.  I have kept it as there are often books that I want that neither of the online libraries I use has.  Occasionally I use a credit if there is a scheduled release from an author I love and the waiting list at the library is months long.

The Plus Catalog comes free with my regular subscription.  The Plus Catalog allows me to get extra books for free.  Two Thousand Minnows by Sandra Leigh Vaughan was one of the books I got.  I actually downloaded quite a few!!

Two Thousand Minnows: A Young Girl's Story of Separation, Forgiveness, and Hope

I love memoirs. I love hearing the stories of triumph over tragedy.  I love hearing real-life stories.  This was all of that.

The book is well written and really kept my attention.  Occasionally I wanted the book to speed up a bit but I don’t think I would count that against it.  I think the reason I wanted to speed it up is that it was hard to listen to some of the dysfunction in this family.  I applaud the author for rising above her early circumstance and persuing the inkling that there was a skeleton in their family closet.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
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Community Quilts from Ronda

I have a treat for you today.  I have four quilts to share with you.  All were finished by Ronda.  She does wonderful work and was one of the first people to volunteer to help finish quilt tops.  I so appreciate her work.

Ronda writes:
The first top was sent to me from Cindy E. of Mansfield, Ohio.

This all batik beauty is a nice lap size at 64 X 80.  I believe she also sent the purplish batik backing, which I added a little blue to,  to make it bigger.  The blue I added and used for the binding is from Jeanne M. of Tucson, Arizona.

This quilt went to Opportunities Unlimited.

Barbara L of …
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In My Mail…

I am off for a week of writing blog posts about the mail and then I get overloaded with mail.  I had been doing good at keeping up and then with the birth of the twins, I got behind.  This is going to be a long post…

The first package for today came from “Longtime Blog Reader”.  That made me smile to see that in the return address!!

Inside was a UFO project.  I need to take a minute and see how these blocks go together.  I have a local lady who is in her 90s.  She loved finishing UFOs that are already made into blocks.  I think these will be passed on to her.

Gayle sent this box of goodies…


Gayle said to keep what I wanted and pass on or auction whatever I wanted.  These were the cutest prints.
I think they must have been samples from salesmen.  See the eyelets in the fox fabric below?  It makes me think they were a sample.

Here were some ufos and scraps.

This set is missing the fabric for block #1 but my plan is to pull some of my own fabric.  I think it will easily work.  I have a local lady I will pass this on to.


There were lots of fun fabrics…

along with a quilting T-shirt and some patterns.  Some of these will make their way into an upcoming postage auction.


There was also a quilt top that is in progress.  This one needs a finisher.  Any takers?
So many fun things…thanks so much!

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Gardening Work

I told you in last night’s blog post that I spend all of last week taking care of Georgia here at my house.  I’ve been really wanting to get to the yard work but with her here it wasn’t easy.  I did spend one night cleaning up the hostas along the north side of the garage.


Then another night I worked to clean up this area.  Saturday I put down fresh mulch.  The area along the front will get a little more soil and then planted with impatiens.


From there I moved to this area along the fence and spare parking spot.


The sun was setting by the time I got to the rock landscaping.  I cleaned that all out and it got fresh mulch.  You can see my tulips getting ready to bloom.  Sadly is supposed to freeze three nights in a row next week.  If I remember, I’ll cover them.


When Sunday rolled around Karl offered to come over the help with the lawn part of things.


This is the south side of my house.  I have iris along the main part.  I was late in getting these cleaned out.  They were a little tall and it was hard to clean them out, but I did it.  Check out the photo below.  Can you believe I got all of that out of the plants that are there… Continue reading