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The birth of a gift of love...

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I sat last night watching the final stitches go into V's brown quilt, helping her support it so the binding could be completely be attached. 

The goosebumps and pride in her accomplishment that I felt were unbelievable.  I wanted to cry.  That quilt is amazing, in more ways than one.  It will be gifted this weekend.  I know that her cousin is simply going to love it, how can she not?

Just 20 weeks ago, V had never sewn before, she was as new to quilting as you can get, and she came to the first class with a huge goal.  She was making matching quilts, full sized.  One for herself, and one a memory quilt for her cousin, made from the shirts of her husband who had just passed away in February.  All of them family reunion quilts.  How powerful is that?

I watched V recruit friends and family to help her get those t-shirts cut, the backing applied, the cutting of the squares, the cutting of the sashing and the sewing of all of it.  I watched in amazement at her tenacity to tackle somet…

Good Morning Sunshine??

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Okay, that is kind of funny... as it is supposed to be raining in a few minutes.  In fact if one were to believe The Weather Channel it is raining pumpkins outside it is raining so hard... Pumpkins?  Seriously?  I have never heard that before... who thinks of that kind of stuff?

I think I have finally run out of sleep... I have literally spent the last four days sleeping, I guess I needed it.  I was simply not feeling good.  I am usually careful with my health, I know my limits, I guess I haven't been paying attention.  So frustrating to have lost the majority of four days because I haven't been using common sense.  I know better! It's been 16 years, I really do know better.

It might be time to consider a real vacation.  Hubby and I had 4 days off to relax and we did. Hence the power sleeping.

A year ago we were enjoying the last bit of our Germany vacation, getting ready to come home, wishing we had weeks more. 

My oldest kids are in Kauai right now, and I would be lying…

Grumpy Monday Mornings... uggghhh...

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Grrruuuummmppppyyyyyy!!  That perfectly describes my Monday morning mood...  I think it is a hold over from meeting the new neighbor (well sort of) this weekend, maybe it's the two phone calls from work before 6:30 am when I work late, or the fact that I am going to have to hurry to beat the rain to mow the grass when I feel so awesome (note the sarcasm there)... I am really not sure, but... I need to find happy before I hurt something....

Hubby and I have been down to our place in the country a lot lately, while we are showing it, more than we've had time to stay down there in a couple of years. 

I have evidently developed a nasty allergy to something down there and within thirty minutes I am toast.  I have no idea what it is, seems the only place I am not affected is in the car with all windows rolled up... this alone is strong enough of a reason for me to be content with it gone.  Not a fan of swollen itchy eyes and trouble breathing.  Ick!! And I don't have the problem…

brrrrr.... chilly in July??

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It's late July, it's the Mid-west and it is fifty degree's outside this morning?!?  I am beyond amazed right now.  This is definitely my kind of weather and even more definitely not the kind of weather that usually happens in this neck of the woods at this time of the year ever!!

I am not sure what is going on... but Mother Nature is my kind of gal this weekend.  I do not do well with hot weather, my body hates it, it makes me cranky, tired, irritable and just plain miserable.  So these cool days are perfect. I could live further north if I could convince hubby, but sadly that is not going to happen.  So I usually just make the best of it. 

I am sure that the repayment will be coming, just like anything else, there is always a price.  I heard the weather man say to enjoy these few really cool days because there was rain and 80's coming on Monday.  Okay... again this is pretty mild for this area... 80's are basically the night temperature this time of the year, no…

Fairy tales can come true...

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Wow!  Ten years with Hubby and never a dull moment!!  He promised me that when we married, he would never be boring or dull... have to say he has definitely lived up to that and then some!


I should have known it would be an adventure when Mr. Horseman kept riding off the trail and my smitten horse (being ridden by a terrified rider) kept following... it's definitely been an adventure!


Last night hubby took me to a baseball game, I love to go to live Cardinals games.  Sadly, not the same on the television.  We had great seats, in the field box, just near third base. It was incredible. A couple of German beers before heading out (because... 1 - I'm cheap and almost $9 for a beer is nuts!  and 2 - Budweiser is not really beer... sorry folks, but it's not!), a very short walk to our seats it was all set to be incredible!



A few minutes later, just as the first inning is getting ready to start, a very sweet lady, behind us in the handicap section came up and asked us if we woul…

Life passes quickly when you are busy living it...

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you blink... time flies... moments come and gone...


this morning my kiddo's took off for a Hawaiian vacation...

 a year ago, hubby and I were bouncing around Nuremberg Germany....

ten years ago we had arrived in Eureka Springs, Missouri, at the court house getting our marriage license...

Watching the kids leave this morning was so reminiscent of just over a year ago, it was so strange to realize an entire year has gone by.

Ten years ago we were doing final preparation for our wedding.  Mom and I were sitting in the living room of our cabin, working on flowers I believe.  My memory still has some big holes from that time.  Each family that was there had a cabin in the hills, it was so beautiful.

I wish I could find the picture of three little heads bobbing in the bubbles that over filled that HUGE jacuzzi tub.  They sure thought we had the best indoor swimming pool ever!! Swimsuits, an entire bottle of bubbles, moving water, they sure had a blast!

The Dinner Bell Ranch is the most …

The Sustainer? Well maybe...

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And she's off.... the drone of the announcer on NPR woke me promptly at five this morning, and I can tell you that if it hadn't, I would still be sleeping peacefully.  Sadly, it just wasn't meant to be.  I am enjoying a few minutes of quiet while I wait for the gooey butter cake I am making for hubby to be done.

A friend of his is celebrating his birthday on Saturday, but today is the day he will see him, so either I am a nice person or I am a sucker... I am leaning towards sucker... how many folks willingly get up before the sun and immediately bake a cake, before even having a cup of coffee.  Go ahead and say it, I've accepted the fact, one that is completely crazy!

Today is going to be a day of continual meetings, it is a new format and I am trying to keep an open mind, but I get stir crazy after one hour, I can hardly imagine how I will be by hour six... I am not someone that sits still well.  It would be different if I were able to bring my latest handwork project…

Besties...

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I don't know when my daughter switched from being simply my beloved child, into my best girl friend... but she did...My son hasn't quite made the full transition, but my girl... oh yeah!!

She and I have not had an easy road.  I was the proverbial strict parent, she was the original free spirit.  Those two things do not mix well. Heck they don't mix at all.  Her teen years were battles that were almost insurmountable!!  We rivaled the troops storming Normandy beach all too many times.

I am an odd mix of old fashioned and hippie, she is an odd mix of gypsy and determination.  During her teen years I can't tell you how many people said "she is just like you were"... ummm no, that was my response then and my response now.  I was a fearful teen, I wanted to rebel, but frankly, I had absolutely no backbone.  My girl, she was fearless and often reckless.  She and I are nothing alike.

And we are completely alike... we both are very family centric and oddly neither of…

Wish you the Merriest, the merriest...

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Ding, dong, ding, dong hear the bells.... Hubby knows how to make my day amazing!!  He was on his way down to Sullivan, (yet again, we have had lots of interest on our little plot of land) when he called me to tell me to turn on 102.5... it's July... that could only mean one thing!!  And I forgot... unbelievable!

It's Christmas in July!!  I am an absolute fan of Christmas and I especially love my carols.!!

It sure makes the day quicker and easier to be listening to all my favorite songs... And the day is even cooperating too.  It's dreary and overcast, so easy to believe we are not in the middle of summer, but moving on to my favorite time of the year.

I can't help but wonder if more places celebrated Christmas in July, if it wouldn't help people remember the beauty of the season all year long.  The peace and goodwill that people seem to be able to find in December, carrying through to the entire year... ah... yes that would be perfect!

I am so blessed to have a h…

a dream up for sale...

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Hubby and I have finally made a few decisions.  We've been struggling with whether or not to keep our beautiful paradise in the country...
On Thursday, we listed it for sale.

It was a tough decision, but a smart one.  We both love it there, we love to hide in the quiet and just relax.  No phone, no television, no intrusions, just us time. The problem is that we never seem to ever get down there.  I am not sure what it is... work schedules, the two hour drive (each way), the effort, or the cost of gas.  Whatever it is, we seem to only find time for at least one week and a few weekends a year.  And those are mostly spent redoing the work we have already done on it all.

It is beautiful or it was.  In the past year, several of the lots around us have sold.  People are tearing up the beautiful green and paving over it with rock.  I get it, I don't always like mowing and dealing with the growth, but if I wanted to be surrounded by rock, I wouldn't go to the country - I would st…

What happens at Gramma's....

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I love when then day ends on such an incredible note! I will admit that I absolutely love being a Gramma!!  My Granddaughter is my mini-me, we are both August babies, we have the same temperament, we love to have time together, and she just makes me so happy!

She loves to cook, craft, play games, play in the garden with me, go camping and on trips with us.  She is, in my opinion, perfect!!

For anyone that isn't a gramma yet, just wait!  Oh I love my children to distraction, grand babies are simply different, with my children I will always be their parent.  We have transitioned to friends, yet I always catch myself being mom.  With my sweetie, I simply get to love!  She doesn't give me reasons to have to correct her, where she would give mom fits, she sits quietly for me. 

Last night she was reading the signs on my kitchen wall... "Trust me the Cat did it" and "Trust me the Dog did it"... to which she replied, "they are both liars, the Child did it!&quo…

A toast to early risers...

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Are you a "night owl" or an "early riser"?  To a large degree I think it depends on your age and the path you have chosen in life. 

I am an early riser... I know, this might be a bit too early for anyone.  I can remember in my twenties when I got a job as an opening cashier.  I was definitely not an early riser, it killed me to get up each morning. I remember having to set multiple alarms and cursing everyone that did not have to get up when I did.  Yet somehow, between the time the alarm went off and I had managed to drive myself to work, I discovered that I loved seeing sunrises.  Somehow during that time just about 20 years ago, I discovered the beauty of morning.

I can get so much accomplished in the morning.  I am fresh, full of energy, the world is peaceful, the ticking of the clock, purring of the cat, the occasional car passing by, those are the only sounds intruding in my world during the quiet hours.  Every now and again I hear an unusual sound, the engi…