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Updated: 2018-02-20T17:23:25.097-05:00


Daughter's quilt top...


My older daughter drove over today to sew....she designed, chose her fabric, and started this quilt top a few months ago...then there came the move to St. Louis.  She has not got her sewing area set up there so she came here to sew this afternoon.

This  is what it looked like when she came.  At least 2/3's done.  We worked all afternoon...she cut and I sewed.  And she pressed the seams.

This is what it looked like when she left.  It is approx 93 inches square...she is making it for one of her friends.

Just one more photo:

A different sort of post from me....


Bury MeBury me beneath the weeping willow treeAnd let the long roots cradle me.Bury me 'neath the old, old treesWhere the robins and red birds singWhere they build their nests in warmth of spring.Bury me beside the waters of old Gap CreekWhere I can still hear the laughter of our youth.Where I can hear our splashing throughout the week…Where we played till the day was done.Bury me beside that weathered old barn…That one that sits up towards the hollerOn my favorite place on earth.***************I am not much of a writer of anything, poems for sure.  But have had this little one started forever.   I just moved it here to blogger a few days ago and have debated on publishing it or not...[...]

Hovering Hawk


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I shot this through the front windshield...or I think it would have been a bit clearer.  I think it is a Rough-legged Hawk.  I am so used to seeing Northern Harriers do this, but then as we got closer and seen the wings, I thought not.  When I looked it up on All About Birds, it says the Rough-legged Hawk can hover if it is facing into the wind.  This one did exactly that.  It would hover for a while, then break away and fly on a little ways, then turn around and face into the wind and hover some more.  This was shot today.

Random bits....


I started this 500 piece puzzle last night and finished it this morn...well, at noon, but we slept in this morn.

Daughter and I made the valance above and the set below this past week.

We made the first set of these in the summer.  Due to her work and travel we didn't get time to work on this set till this past week.   I know she is glad to have it made and put up.

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Did any of you see this video?  Have hanky handy.



Lorelei and I had worked a bit on this puzzle the other day...and I worked a few more after she left.  But for the most part had hardly touched it.  Yesterday, Sarah worked on it while my other daughter and I sewed a while...then we came up and started working on it.  And finished it before the day was done.  It was mostly them....but I am glad it is done because I have things I need to do and I cannot leave a puzzle alone most of the time when I have one out.

But it is awfully tempting to start another one!

We had a white Christmas...but just a an inch or so.  It is bitter was 16ºF when I notice up in the morn...but got colder throughout the day.  I saw it 12º and then 10º two or three hours later.

Just a fun photo from Sarah


What makes this fun, is that both the dogs are laying on Sarah!  And Kitty Soft Paws at her feet.  She is loved.

Made these....


I had a lot of little pieces of orange fabrics left over from those pumpkin places mats earlier this fall.

So over the past few weeks I have pieced the pieces together randomly.  Finally worked a few minutes over the past few days and finished these little mug mats that are approximately 4 3/4 inch square.



Just have to post this little update....Lorelei is on her way home this morn!  Thank you for your prayers and thoughts! 

Not a new pic.....


 Photo from January, 2016
Our Lorelei is in the hospital with pneumonia.  She was admitted yesterday evening, and has to stay at least tonight and will see what tomorrow brings.  She felt bad Monday, then she her fever began...she did not throw up or anything like that.  Just a temp and wheezing.  She looks sick,  does not look horrible.  Her oxygen level is not normal.

The dr. was in this afternoon while we were there, and she was looking at the oxygen level and pulse rate and at Lorelei, and said you would never guess how sick she is by looking at her.  And she doesn't complain...teases and jokes with all the nurses, and whoever comes in, and cooperates and does whatever they ask.  So we will see what tomorrow brings.  Hoping she doesn't have to spend a third night, but if she does, we are thankful for the care she gets.

I am just posting this at both blogs...

Bits & Pieces


We saw this juvenile bald eagle a few days ago.  It was midday and I was shooting into the sun.  I was going west, and he was sitting in a tree a few feet off the other side of the road.

This jigsaw puzzle is waiting for me...if I start it now, I won't be able to leave it alone.  I love puzzles.  When we were kids we would usually get a new jigsaw puzzle each Christmas.  I have loved them as long as I can remember.  My favorite part to work is usually the sky, or sky and snow.  and my least favorite parts are dark greens.

Bubbie likes to claim my lap a lot of evenings.  He loves snuggle time.

Some fabrics my daughter picked up for me.  She couldn't resist sending me a picture.  The one with the squirrel and the ones in the right stack are by this designer Tula Pink.  If you have time, look here.  I googled Tula Pink Fabrics and then clicked images.  A LOT of her fabrics have an animal in them.  And they are so cute.  Every time I look I see something I didn't see before.  Roger had trouble seeing the rabbit in THIS one--do you?

I had not really looked at them I regret it.  IF you take the time to glance, be sure and look at the different color versions.  It can really make a difference, and one or two of them, you can see the animals better in some colors than others.

Read at your own risk....


 edited to add:Be sure and listen to the second song at least half way through.  Has a long introduction...need to listen past the first 1 1/2 minute to get to the real song.I  heard about these Getting To Know me questions on Mildred's blog...I decided to play along.1. What is your middle name?Mary2. What was favorite subject at school?I loved biology in high school.3. What is your favorite drink? That depends on the time of day, the weather outside and what I have been doing.  Coffee to go with breakfast, then either Coke, iced tea, or water any other time. 4. What is your favorite song at the moment?I don't have a current favorite song...but how about an old favorite: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">If that don't suit you, have you heard this one?  Roger heard bits and pieces of it on a game he had and I hunted till I found it. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">5. What is your favorite food?Home cooked or grilled....but I could not name one specific food.  I will eat bacon any time.  And LOVE Tomatoes.6. What is the last thing you bought?Christmas gifts...oh, no, I ordered thread after I got home.7. Favorite book of all time?Too many to name...8. Favorite Color?I love them all!9. Do you have any pets?Two cats, but we have always had dogs, also, till the past few years.  When the girls were home we had mice and rats, and rabbits.  Raised a robin, and had a squirrel for a while.10. Favorite Perfume?I don't wear perfume 11. Favorite Holiday?Christmas and Thanksgiving12. Are you married?Yes, had our 41st anniversary in July13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?We crossed over into Canada, but just to say we had been on Canadian soil.14. Do you speak any other language?No15. How many siblings do you have?I am the youngest of 8 children...16. What is your favorite shop?I don't have a favorite shop, but it would be a quilt shop.17. Favorite restaurant?Close to home, I do love Texas Roadhouse, but my favorite restaurant is Yoder's Kitchen in Arthur, Illinois.  It is about 75 miles away so while we don't go once a month, we do make it over there a few times a year.18. When was the last time you cried?Tonight as I watch Collin Raye She's With Me...remember he sang Love Me?  And if that is not enough, something about Love Me made me think of Pirates of the Mississippi's Feed Jake.19. Favorite Blog?Too many to name...20. Favorite Movie?I am trying to think of just one and I cannot make a decision.  I will stop and watch Steel Magnolias any time I see it on.  I loved Seabisuit.  And the movie about Secretariat.21. Favorite TV shows?I love to watch The Voice...and I love Masterpiece on PBS...just finished watch this season of Poldark and also The Durrells in Corfu.22. PC or Mac?PC23. What phone do you have?Samsung Note 824. How tall are you?5'3"25. Can you cook? Yes[...]

Eagles from Wed, November 22


Wednesday we were left McDonald's and headed home.  We were not but a 3 or 4 minutes from there and I spotted a Bald Eagle...

And then there were two!  I quickly pulled well off the highway and got out snapped a few pics, but these were the only two I got half in focus.

Which do you like best....


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We were watching a Fleetwood Mac concert tonight...they sang this.  It was written by Stevie Nicks and has been a favorite of mine for years.  Below is the version by the Dixie Chicks.  I am not sure which version is my favorite.....I guess I have reasons for loving both versions.

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Will it ever be done???


Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon getting the layers stretched and t-pinned to the floor, then I got it pin-basted.  Maybe one of these days I will actually start the quilting.  I want to keep my sewing machine free till after Thanksgiving so in case daughter and I get a chance to sew, we can.  It has always taken me a while to finish things but now it takes me forever to do anything.

More furbabies...


Click to enlarge....look at that Otti....he is aging so.  It breaks my heart to see it.  That link in the first sentence will take you back through posts showing him.  He could not be a better dog...nothing could be improved.  In my opinion.  He loves his family, loves their friends, so good with kids that you could not ask for more.  Lorelei has climbed on him, laid on him, slept on him....put him in her wagon....he just let her and any of her friends do anything they wanted.

As I have told before, he don't meet a stranger.  He has got on the UPS truck one time...wanted to go for a ride.  Another time, he tried to get on the school bus with all the kids.  And then just this Halloween, he got out the front door, and tried to get in this truck...with complete strangers.  They yelled at the guy to not open his door just in time...I think he did get tickled though cause he saw how bad Otto wanted to go.

Their neighborhood is full of kids at Halloween so the streets are full, and everyone is going slow, so there was no danger. 

Rosie is a pistol...she trembles with joy when any family member comes...she loves so intensely.  She goes from one to the other of us when several of us come in at the same time.  At some point I usually have her in my lap and she lays back with her belly up to be rubbed.

Busy times...


Lorelei spent the night last night, and did not go home till the afternoon...she wanted to go to the park last night.

I took her but was so cold we only stayed about 20-25 minutes.  She was fine, but I was freezing.

She told me that people at school that didn't know her name just called her Monkey...because she is always hanging on the monkey bars.  She told me 'That's okay.....I just take it as a compliment.'

She is growing up much too quick....
It has been kind of hectic the past few weeks...I even forgot I had an appt. for a haircut this afternoon!

It is not that I have had so many things to do, but the hoops I had to jump through to get a few things done.  Two things were prescriptions, and I am still waiting on one.  But it is out of my hands.  One doctor was supposed to get Roger an appt. with a pulmonologist, and I waited a week and a half and no, I just got an appt with our family dr....that was Wed. and the appt has done been made....of course it is not until January of next year.  But least one is made.

And that is only part of what has been going has really made me think about stopping blogging completely.  But for now I will carry on a bit longer and see how things go.



I think most people know this is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, stands 630 ft. tall...we passed by it when there but did not attempt to go up.  I don't know why, but it did not even cross my mind.  Daughter just took us down to the area because she works near it.

This is one of the churches we passed...beautiful, impressive churches were everywhere, but I did not get any good photos...

Another shot, not so good...but you get the idea.

I hope to post another one or two in the days to come....

A tiny bit of stitching...


I have been playing a bit with sewing.  Just bits of time here and there.  I made the pineapple blocks above using scraps left from making the pumpkin placemats below.
I had fun making these because I could finish them.

I have been experimenting with a couple other things but cannot settle to one that I want to do.
I seem to have slowed down a lot...takes me so long to get anything accomplished.

Add to that for the past few weeks have had 2 and 3 appts every week....

We did make it to St. Louis for long weekend with our other daughter.  It was a fun weekend...



Yep, our Sunshine will be wearing glasses soon....she is supposed to get them this week.  Isn't she cute?

I think I have told you before how she blames her clumsiness on her mom and I...well, the ophthalmologist ask her if she was clumsy.  Guess what her answer was?  Yep, you guessed it...she told the Dr. that she got her clumsiness from her mom and Mamaw.  As if that is not enough, she went so far as to tell her that her Aunt R is like her Papaw and they are NOT clumsy!

Wonder of wonders...I started this post this afternoon, and didn't get to finish it.  Then later, I received this photo of her with her new glasses!

Another song for you...


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We saw this guy the other day on a show from PBS that I had recorded...I love the guitars in this.  I would be fine with as an instrumental.  Notice his guitar is a 12-string!

I am taking a blog break...I so seldom get any new photographs it just seems easier to quit for the time being.  I had just sort of came to my wit's end...if I actually have any wit left in me.  I may still visit and comment from time to time, but will tell you if I ever start blogging again. 

Listen to this one...


This video has two songs, but it is the first that I really want to share with you...I happened across it the other night.  It was in the list below the video I was currently watching.  I felt compelled to watch it...I have no idea what made me think I might like it.    I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do...

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Thought I might as well include the lyrics:

"Johnny's Song"

what is life it could be a million
It could be a single dime
Or it could be a ship out on the water
But to me it's just more time
Time for the one who moved a hundred mountains
Time for the one who broke a thousand chains
For the love of a son and a mother
A little girl sweet as sugar cane

What is love it could be a river
Love's a single drop of rain
But to her love is forever
It's the mention of your name
What is love there's more than just one answer
Love's a golden wedding ring
If only love could be the cure for cancer
Then the world would hear you sing

What is faith
Faith is believing
Faith can tell you where to go
You say faith can move a thousand mountains
Faith can liberate your soul
A heart of gold will take you to the rafters
Where you get your angel wings
Don't cry for me are the words that are coming
From your golden guitar strings

What is life
It could be a million
What is love
There's more than just one answer
What is faith
Faith is believing

Another this and that post....


A few days ago was 'Take your pet to school' day...Otto was the chosen pet.   I had totally forgotten till Sarah brought it up.  How I would have loved to been a mouse traveling on her shoulder.Her and Jeremy take him at the appointed time.  They walk in the school.  He heard kids in the cafeteria and strained to go see them.  He would hear other kids and his ears would perk up.So, imagine the joy when he went into Lorelei's classroom.  Sarah said every child got a face-wash, and when he was done, he just went over and flopped in the floor which made the kids laugh even more.  He has always had a heart for might easily find a dog that is smarter than him but you will never find a dog better than him.When Lorelei was little she climbed on him, sat on him, laid on him, and all the  other kids could do the same.  You would think with all of that, that he would have stayed away from her, but most of the time he followed and laid close by.*************Lorelei is funny...she drops things or spills things...not any more than the average child.  But she says I am a klutz...I take after my mom....who takes after her mom, which is you Mamaw!  And she told me that is what she tells her teachers that!************One night Sarah and Jeremy went to her former boss' house, I guess he is till her boss in one sense, but she runs the place in Terre Haute and he is at their place over by Indianapolis.  So either they were taking a part to him, or else going to pick up a part from him.  This was after work, and Lorelei was with them...and it is about a 30 minute drive to his house.A bit of background is that Sarah can be at work in about 5 they get out, and Lorelei says to him, 'Tell me why do you live ALL The way out here and drive to my mommy's work?'  I forget what he answered her...he has known her a while...and they all got a good laugh.But one thing, don't tell her any secrets....[...]

A bit of randomness


I.  I had this practically finished.  Lorelei saw it the other day and said she wanted it.  I didn't have the jack-o-lantern face on it then.  She spent the night last night.  I cut eyes, nose and mouth out of paper, actually did a couple different designs of the mouth.  She chose one similar to this.  I redesigned the mouth a bit and finished it today.  She wants it to hang on her door.2.  It is that time of year...this is one of the poems that I have shared before.  I did not fully fall in love it it till I heard it read by someone else.  Below the video, I will copy and paste the words till you can read them as well as hear them.  allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">When the Frost is On the PunkinbyJames Whitcomb Riley When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,And you hear the kyouck and the gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,And the clackin'; of the guineys and the cluckin' of the hensAnd the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;O it's then the times a feller is a-feelin' at his best,With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shockThey's somethin kindo' harty-like about the atmusfereWhen the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here -Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the treesAnd the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the hazeOf a crisp and sunny monring of the airly autumn daysIs a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock -When the frost is on the punkin and fodder's in the shock.The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,And the raspin' of the tangled leaves, as golden as the morn;The stubble in the furries - kindo' lonesome-like, but stillA preachin' sermons to us of the barns they growed to fill;The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;The hosses in theyr stalls below - the clover overhead! -O, it sets my hart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keepsIs poured around the celler-floor in red and yeller heaps;And your cider-makin's over, and your wimmern-folks is throughWith their mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and sausage, too!I don't know how to tell it - but if sich a thing could beAs the Angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me -I'd want to 'commodate 'em - all the whole-indurin' flock -When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock!This poem is in the public domain.3.   How about a Simon's Cat video...this one reminds me of our cat Bubbie, but the part where he is on Simon's head and wrapped around his head reminds me of the first cat I had in our married life....he actually did sleep across my forehead and wrapped around my head just like that for the first few years of his life... allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">4.  We sat here and watched a show I recorded...Infinity Hall  had some of the best songs from some of the artists over the years.  My favorites were America, Toad the We[...]

Delta is in love....


Meet Charlotte, aka Charlie.  Our daughter that owns Delta got her this weekend.  Delta loooovvveees her...

Here she stalks Delta from the back of the couch.

Delta checks her out...she has to make sure she is okay.

You might have to expand this to see that Charlie is between Delta's front legs...

Look at them....don't you just love it!  Charlie has no fear of pouncing on Delta...

Photos from my daughter...


Sarah sent me this pic tonight of Lorelei and her 'friend.'  Beautiful...both of them!

She sent me this one the other night...she does not know if they are the one and the same or not.  Whichever it is, it is a visitor where she works.  It is a polyphemous moth...