Category Archives: Carver

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.

I had no idea but…. Continue reading

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:

Warning:
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….
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And here’s what is on the sink next to the toilet.
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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

A Happy Balance

I was really disappointed with my doctor appointment on Thursday.  It really put a downer on my day.  I ended up getting home in time to attend a local little league softball game.   My older childcare kiddos (I still claim them even though I’m not doing childcare anymore) are old enough that they are playing ball.

I decided to grab Carver and go attend the game.  I am so glad that I did.  It was good to see the kiddos.  It was good to see the parents.  It was just what my soul needed.


There is a saying “Whatever is good for you soul, do that.”

Whatever is Good for your Soul...Do That! - Connected To Self
Thursday night I’m so glad I did.

Carver loved it too.  He got to play with the kids.  It was good to reconnect.

After the game I took Carver to my house.  On the way I rolled down his window and he thought it was awesome.  I love how kids love simple things.  His laughter and silly words were so precious.  Instead of being sad and frustrated with whole doctor experience, I was thankful that I got to spend this time with Carver.  My cancer be damned.  I wasn’t going to let the circumstance of that take over my life.  I have life to live and that’s exactly what I planned on doing….living it and not letting cancer be the focus.  I needed to be reminded of that.

Carver and I had plans to go to my house as we were going to have floats.  My intention was to buy him a treat at the game, but the concession stand wasn’t open.  A float a perfect substitute.  Carver and I like our floats not with root beer but with orange pop.  Karl joined us too.

Carver was a hoot!  He had Karl and I laughing and laughing.  Then we went out to the garden and Carver got to check out his climbing pole beans.  He loves watching and seeing how tall they are growing.

I put Carver in the truck and took him back home.  He wanted his window rolled down so I let him.  He was looking out and saw the neighbor lady and yelled, “Hi Sally!”.  Then he asked me about her husband Mike.  He saw Mike and yelled “Hi Mike!”  Both of them heard him and waved.  (Yes, we’re very small town America around here!)

We got to Carver’s house.  I delivered him to Craig.  I told Craig how good Carver was at the game.  I told him how proud I was of Carver because he listened to me all the time.  Then I told Craig that we stopped at my house and had a treat….I gave Craig the money that Kalissa had sent with to get a treat.  Craig ended up giving the money to Carver and told him that he could keep the money and put it in his piggy bank as a reward for being so good.  Carver’s face lit up and he said….. Continue reading

A Happy Grandma Heart

I have to admit, I am really enjoying the more laid back lifestyle.  The hub-bub of working long days isn’t something I miss.  Well, I miss the kids and the families, but not the long work days.

I’ve been accomplishing a lot and have been working hard at keeping myself busy which is easy to do, but I’ve also squeezed in things I’d been missing.  Going on walks is something I love doing…..and it’s something that has been happening daily now.

On this day, Craig called and asked if Karl and I wanted to go on a walk.  Kalissa was working.  Craig said it’s such a beautiful day I don’t want to waste it.  He was so right.

Carver got a new bike when the virus hit around here.  Kalissa was at Walmart and said, “Is it crazy if I get Carver a bike for no reason?”…she meant it wasn’t a birthday or holiday gift..instead a just because COVID-19 is here and you’re going to be home with us a lot type of gift.  I said it was a perfect time to get him a bike and she did.

He’s been loving it.  He rode his bike while we walked on this day.


The weather here is turning more spring like.  To the west of us they had snow but we are lucky in that we didn’t get any.

I splurged a little and bought an outside toy for the older grandkids.  It’s nice.  I can go on Amazon and request that it ships right to their house and don’t even have to touch the package or pay for postage from them to get it.  I just type in their address and it ships right to them.

I ended up having a package shipped to the older grands…I ordered this… Continue reading