Friday, May 27, 2011

Finally, the Grandbabies!

I decided that I had better get these pictures posted before all the kids have changed again. (grin) These were taken on Easter. They are all growing up. Look at Madison, striding across the yard. Her hair is finally growing. Looks like she has some curls.
Ashton was digging in to the candy he found at the egg hunt. He is getting so tall and grown up.
Ava looking through her goodies. Notice Ava used her mom's Bow Tuck's bag that I made her for Christmas. Glad it is seeing some use. (grin)
Izabella and Noah decided to share Carolyn's chair. How cute are they?
Izzie's hair is growing out after the hair cut Noah gave her last spring. Her 3rd birthday was last week. Hard to believe that it was 3 years ago when we were so worried that we might lose her. She is perfectly healthy and growing fine now.

Speaking of health.... I had blood work done last week. All of my results turned out great. My cholesterol is borderline, but no where near me needing meds for it. My doctor was very pleased with my healthier life style. I have lost 17 pounds now. I eat healthy (with a few splurges now and again) and exercise 5 days a week. I take the weekends off, but try to get a good walk in at least once. I am starting to feel better. I told my doc that I have 3 great trainers....Richard Simmons, Leslie Sansone, and Jillian Michaels. LOL She thought they were doing a great job. (grin)  I am still taking my meds, but hope to one day be able to get off them. If not, I am ok with that too. I just want to be healthy again, so I am working on it.

I have won a couple of giveaways in the past month. I will share about them next time. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Everyone have a wonderful Memorial weekend.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

I made a couple of gifts for mom, so I thought I'd post about them. Mom is as crazy about cats as I am, so I found the perfect fabric to make her an apron. This is Debbie Mumm fabric.
I think she will like it. Last week when I was visiting her, she asked if I could make her another toaster cover. My grandma made this one for her over 40 years ago. So I brought it home for a pattern.  As you can see, it is about worn out.
If I ever make another toaster cover, I will come up with my own pattern. Ick! I did not like working with the bias tape and the curve at the top. I am so glad to get this done.
Here is a closeup of the front.
So happy birthday Mom! I hope you had a good one. Since I just talked to you, I know you did. LOL 

I had planned to visit mom today, but she had other plans. I will go see her either tomorrow or Saturday. I also have to get my grocery list ready. I will need to shop Saturday. I haven't forgotten about posting pictures of the grandkids, but wanted to get mom's post in first.

My heart is breaking for all those affected by the tornadoes in our state. Please pray for these people and if you can help, I know they would really appreciate it.

Thanks for visiting. Please come again. Have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

One of the best joys in my life has been becoming a mom. I love all five of our kids so much. Of course none of them are alike. Carolyn is our oldest, the leader, the boss. LOL  She and Bob held our Easter celebration. They had an awesome BBQ and a fun egg hunt. Here she is hiding some eggs. We had so many that we had to start grouping them. LOL
Cathryn is our second child. She wanted to be a mom from the time she was a girl. She does a wonderful job with Ashton and Ava. She has one more year of college till she can teach elementary children. That has been a dream of hers for a long time. Here she is hiding eggs also. We had some small children present, so lots of eggs were hidden in plain sight on the lawn.
Isaiah is our middle child and first boy. He has quite a temper, but a good heart. He is such a good daddy to Madison. She clings to him at every get together.
Hazel loves her babes so much. She and I have developed a very close relationship since she has become a woman. She is quiet, hardworking, and always there for her family. Here she is looking for eggs with Izzie and Noah.
Jon is our baby, but has become such a good man. He has beautiful curly hair, but you can see what he does to it. Mama doesn't control the clippers any more. LOL
I took over a hundred pictures at Easter, but  half of them are the backs of heads. If you ever need a picture of the back of your head, call me. I am the one to take it for you. LOL  I didn't even find any pictures of Ivan. I guess he was hiding out. LOL I did catch Jeremy, just as he looked up.
Here are Bob and Jonny.
Here are some random pictures of the egg hunt.
In this final one, Ashton about flattened Carolyn's iris in hunt for some eggs. LOL
Next time I will share some pictures of the grandkids. I wanted to dedicate today's post to my own babies. LOL 

I had a lovely day on Saturday. I drove down to Carolyn's town and we went garage saling. It was an awesome day, but the worst garage sales I have ever been to. I did not find one thing to buy. LOL That's ok. I got to spend time with our oldest. That was the fun. She even took me out for lunch. We both had chef salads, so I didn't even stray from my diet. (grin) Well, I need to get this posted. All of you mom's out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day. Thanks for visiting and please come again.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I Made It Back Again!

Can you believe that I am here two days in a row? I have been on the computer more today. It is sunny and warm outside but the wind is really blowing. I am glad I got a lot of outside work done yesterday. I had planned to do some mowing today, but mowing is miserable when the wind is blowing this strong.

I have been working on my BOM's. I am caught up with the Retro Nine Patch and ready to start this month's Birdie Stitches. I am just waiting to drag out my light box till tomorrow when the next Henrietta Whiskers should be available. I kept putting off working on the HW because I couldn't decide how I wanted to do the applique. I finally decided to fuse it on instead of doing needle turn. (I'm just not very good at needle turn.) Then I put off stitching around the pieces because I couldn't decide whether to do machine or hand blanket stitch. I decided today to do hand blanket stitch. So with the wind blowing so hard, it gave me an excuse to stay in and work on a project.  I have the first 4 blocks put together and the appliques fused on. I am working on the first block today. Here it is.
I have the stems done. I'm just starting on the blanket stitch. I hope to get this block done today. I can hardly wait for the next block to be given. I love this BOM. It has a squirrel, birds, pumpkins, leaves.... all things I love. (grin)

Last fall I started on a little wall quilt for one of my nieces. I never did get it finished. So a couple of weeks ago I drug it back out and got 'er done. Now I will be ready for my niece's birthday this fall. (grin)  This is all machine done except the binding. It was really quick to do, so I don't know what the hesitation was. LOL
Another view...
I know this is short, but I have decided that short is better than none. I am off now to do my exercises. My coaches are Leslie Sansone, Richard Simmons, and Jillian Michaels. LOL I have some good ones, huh? LOL Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Have a great day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring Flowers and Time for Tea Finished!

Hello everyone. I took an extended break from my blog. I have been dealing with some health issues and just needed to concentrate on that. I haven't even done a lot of quilting. I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and things are looking better. I did not want to go on any medications, but just could not get my blood pressure down. I am now taking a BP pill once a day and 2 diabetes pills daily. I am doing better, but still have a ways to go. I go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks for a complete blood workup. I am hoping my healthy eating and exercising for the past couple of months will help with the results. I have also lost about 13 lbs. I'm just taking things one day at a time. Well, enough of that.

I did manage to get a couple of projects completed. First I finished the Spring Flowers table topper. I think it turned out pretty good and was made completely from scraps. (Most sent to me from Cyndi.)
Here is a closeup of one of the flowers.
The back is pieced from some scraps too.
I also finished the little Time for Tea mini quilt. I had lots of fun with this one.
A closeup of the center....
The back....
I have been working on my BOM's too, but I will share them with you later. (grin) Now that I am feeling better, I hope to get back to blogging regularly.

I have also been working in the yard and the garden. We have 5 rows of potatoes and a row of onions all looking very good. They like the cold wet spring we have been having. This past weekend I planted 8 cabbage plants. They looked good this morning when I checked on them. I got the whole garden hoed earlier. I also have 3 rows of green beans planted, but not up yet. I have my tomato, eggplant, and pepper plants, but decided to wait to plant them. We had frost warnings out for the past couple of nights. I am hoping to get them planted this weekend.

I put this Thimbleberries mini quilt together very quickly. I will quilt it when I can get it sandwiched.
One final view of it....
I always seem to come back to fall colors and patterns. (grin) That is all for me today. I will try to start posting a few times a week again. (That is if I can come up with something to post about.LOL) I have lots of updated pictures of the grandkids to share too. We all got together at Carolyn's and Bob's on Easter for a BBQ. It was really good. I even followed my diet. (grin) Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day.

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