Category Archives: Family

Twilting with Carver

Gannon had a doctor’s appointment the other day and Kalissa asked me if I’d keep Carver.  It was only to be about 3 hours max.  I said sure but talked to Carver in advance telling him I had to get a quilt finished and he’d have to be good in the sewing room and let me do it.

So he played on his Ipad while I bound the quilt.

But then he got bored so I tried to think of something to entertain him.  He was awed that the tops lifted off of my old sewing chairs and there was a secret compartment there.

He hid all of his treasures…oh he giggled thinking he was so tricky to hide them there.

Carver is all about tools and mechanics and learning about them so when my bobbin ran out of thread I thought I’d show him how to fill a bobbin.  Oh my word, you would have thought he died and went to heaven.  Seriously, he was a bobbin filling fool.

Here he is pushing the button to make it fill.

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A Grandma Kind of Weekend

I had a busy kind of Grandma weekend.  It was wonderful.

Saturday I had Georgia, Carver and Gannon…then Sunday it was off to Buck’s.

You might remember that I was trying to go to Scotty’s 5th birthday party.  Well that was a week ago and COVID has increased greatly in Iowa so I opted to stay home.  They ended up having the party but only Lora’s family went.  I felt bad but, at the time, who knew and as special as a 5th birthday party is, I didn’t want to unknowingly bring sickness there or get it.

Instead I opted to go see them the following weekend.  I felt better knowing it was just me, Karl and Buck’s family.

Here I am with Lilly on my lap.  She’s in her little star sleeper.  She’s 4 months old now and getting to the age I just love them.  Lucy, their now 2 year old was plagued with colic.  She was likely the most colicy kid I ever saw.  Thankfully, Lilly is not that way.  That was a prayer of mine that was answered.

Scotty was with me on the couch.

Here he is with his birthday Mickey quilt I made him….

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I could be sad today…but I refuse.  Today is my 34 wedding anniversary but I’m celebrating it alone.  My husband, Kramer, died last June and he’s not here to celebrate with me today.  I know many people would take it as a sad day but like I said, I refuse to do that as July 26th, 1986 marks the day I made one of the very best life choices.

At the time I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  Sure, I loved Kramer.  I thought I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.  But, I was only 20.  I had thought I was in love before.  This time…I was pregnant and in love so I decided to give marriage a go.  That’s what people did back then.  They got married if they were pregnant.  We had discussed getting married the next summer after I was done with college, but that’s as far as we had gotten.

We had met the summer before.  Lori the gal in pink, my college roommate, introduced me to Kramer when we were at a party in their hometown area.

Of all the things Kramer and I did in our life, I know we’d both agree that getting married was the smartest thing.  I don’t know that anyone else could have put up with the other of us.

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Blast from the Past: This blog has gone to the toilet

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over eleven years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about a toilet post from 2010 with an update about my toilet today!!

I wrote this post as a frustrated mom who had teen children living at home.  I wrote:

This blog has gone to the toilet…Literally.

If you are a mom or wife, I’m sure you have been at least tempted to conduct this experiment….I am sure the thought has at least crossed your mind.  Well I broke down and decided quite some time ago, that I was going to test my family….I am testing them to see how many empty toilet paper tubes can lay around in the bathroom before someone puts some toilet paper on the holder.

Here’s the empty holder….

And here’s what is on the sink next to the toilet.
No joke!  Yes my family has been through three full rolls of toilet paper and still it has occurred to no one to actually throw the old rolls away or to put the new roll on the holder.

How long do you think it will take?  Who do you think will end the experiment first…me because I can’t stand it anymore or them.

I’ll keep you posted!

Sorry for the rant….it’s just one of those days….”

Bahaha!!  I’m sure many of you moms with kids at home can relate.  To this day even when my adult kids come home, after they leave, I still find new toilet paper rolls sitting on the toilet paper holder.  I so wish they had learned how to change it as a kid…but then again, I love that they still feel like my home is their home and they know I’m still here to take care of them.

We had another toilet incident happen at my house recently….this… Continue reading