Saturday, June 20, 2015


I participated in our secret prayer sister ministry at our church this year and really enjoyed it.  It was hard to be secret though but I did try. One thing my secret sister likes is turtles and I saw a turtle quilt on facebook that a fellow quilter posted. She is an excellent quilter and did a fantastic job on her quilt. Thanks for the idea Kristie Layne.
I saved and printed off a full size picture of it and drew lines to count blocks to get the pattern. It took me awhile to put it together and was in a hurry to get it done for my secret sister's Christmas gift. I got it all done and quilted it only to discover that I put it together wrong in several spots. The top legs and the bottom. What to do??
Well, the more I thought about it, I decided to give it to her anyway. I wrote a note trying to throw her off my identity since she knows I am a quilter. I told her that I "found" this cute little "blanket" and thought of her. I also told her that I noticed that it was not perfect but that is  \the way we all are and why we need God in our lives.

We had our secret sister reveal dinner this week and I found that I did not fool her. She said she was puzzled for awhile after getting my note but really thought it was me. 

I was upset with myself for not getting that one done correctly so I put together another top and I think it is right!  Check out the difference between the two quilts.

After I got it all done, I found something else, which would have made it a lot easier but still did pretty good with no pattern.

Friday, May 29, 2015


I really misunderstood the concept of a medical website for all the doctors to access with my medical history. Sounded like a great thing so I didn't have to keep filling out and answering questions. Also so my information would be continuously updated and all my tests and vaccine info would be available in ONE place. NOT!!!

I am now up to SIX doctor website with some of my information on them, not up to date and some wrong. Most have places for results - which are not there- so I always request a copy for MY records. I saw a doctor this last week and am supposed to set up another one on one that I already have!!

And then on the news today, I heard about all your medical information could be compromised by identity theft. So do I have the doctors and hospitals delete my information? If the IRS can be hacked and leaked our information, it can happen to them as well.

I keep a good record of my health including doctor visits, procedures, surgeries, vaccines, test results, labwork, medications and allergies that I can and do print out when I go to the doctor. Why do I NEED six or seven doctor sites??

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Forty-nine years, two sons, a daughter, two daughter-in-laws, a son-in-law, four grandsons, three granddaughters, a great grandson, and three great granddaughters!! And it all started with a blind date.

God has blessed us with another year together. He has really been with us over the last year through a number of medical issues.

I pray that God will give Jerry and I many more happy and healthy years together.
Happy 49th Anniversary
Jerry, I Love You!

One more time-

 It was such a pretty day we decided to
take a walk,
And we had not gone ten steps
before I knew
That you and I are long past
the point of no return.

Hand in hand we go
Still close, still loving,
Still looking and overlooking
The flaws we hide from others.

Side by side we move,
Sometimes closer, sometimes farther apart
Because of ways we read and talk,
Agree and disagree.

Step by step we advance
Against the cynics,
Those all-knowing unknowings who honestly think
Marriage is dead.

But how can marriage be dead
In a world I choose to walk with you?

How can marriage be dead,
So long as we still seek, still cling,
still want each other?

So at this corner of our life,
Stop and listen to me now, my love,
I still seek,
I still cling,
I still want
To walk the rest of the way with you.

In this uncertain world
This much I know for certain:
I still love you.

Monday, March 23, 2015


. . .and a little wood!

The chairs in the sound room at our church were in really bad condition. I told my DH a few months ago that I wanted to work on them.

Life got in the way, so we just got to them this week. I say "we" because the chairs needed more than just new fabric. My HD did a lot of repair work as the backs had shredded thin plywood that needed replacing and some other repairs.

We got both chairs done in one day and they look so much better!


Thanks to a granddaughter's Christmas gift, I made our fur babies little quilts.

The fabrics were all about dogs. I made Darlin's first and the picture of her and quilt was on day two!! (I also call her CHEWY!!) Note the chunk out of the edge.

Daisy likes her quilt as well. She likes to bury herself under it. 
I also made them some soft fuzzy pillows and they got more attention than the quilts.

There is a puppy under this quilt!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dorcas Circle Sewing Event 2

On November 1st, 2014, eight members of our group gathered at the church to make adult bibs and lap blankets for our local nursing home. We had a total of 38 bibs and 8 blankets that day. Several ladies also made some at home so we wound up with a total of 55 bibs and 21 blankets.

We all enjoyed sewing them, the fellowship together and making items for those in need. Even had one man helping out at the ironing board (as well as taking some great photos, bringing donuts and lunch)! Thanks to my DH.

The two coordinators, as well as two ladies who frequently visit there, delivered them to the nursing home activities director, who will hand them out as needed. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My $5.00 machine!!

My friends who sew, have you cleaned your machine lately, including opening up the bottom of your machine? It might look like this one - check out the last two pictures!

I found this one at a garage sale Friday for $5.00. All parts are there and after my DH took the tension disks apart and put them together correctly, it sews great (even before we dicovered the condition the bottom was in).

The cabinet is not in very good condition as one leaf is missing and the door needs work but I think we got a great buy!!