Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fall Colors!

Here are a couple of views from my window.
While I am sitting here writing this I can see the trees out my window. This year is one of the best, as far as color, I can remember. I don't know, maybe I am looking at things differently than I have before. The oranges, yellows, reds, and all in between really are a site to see. This really gives me the urge to start working on Bonnie Hunter's "Old Tobacco Road" quilt. She used all the fall colors and it turned out beautifully. But I must wait, for there are other projects in the works right now. I am getting ready to work on a Christmas project, and try to finish up my "Carolina Crossroads" quilt, that I will be naming "Country Roads" since the country is and has been my life. I can't imagine what I would do without the space to live and breath. Don't get me wrong, I love the city, but I love the country more.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Our Fall Trip!

Recently Rick and I took a trip to Branson, MO. I wasn't to keen on going. After all, we do live in the middle of country music (outside of Nashville, TN). I have to tell ya, we had a great time. We went to a few shows, not all country, rode the Ducks (that was a first for me) and took a scenic train ride.
The only thing I did not like was the ride up there. The guys decided that they would take a short cut, but little did they know that the shortcut would add additional time. Why was that, you may be asking. Well, we ended up going through the edge of the National Forest which meant we were on a 2 lane highway winding our way through the middle of nowhere. I never get car sick, but I actually thought I would on those roads. I had to let my window down, get some fresh air and then chew a piece of gum. It reminded me of going through the Smokey mountains from Gatlinburg to North Carolina. The guys decided to come home a different way, which made the ride a lot easier.
All in all we had a great time and have put Branson on our list for a return trip.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

What a week!

I can not begin to tell you how down this past week has been. One of the finest ladies in our church passed on Monday October 6th. Miss Althea was 96 years old and hardly ever missed a Sunday. She was my inspiration on a lot of days, when I just wanted to stay home. I felt that if Miss Althea could toddle into church, I could get myself up and go. She will be missed by a great many people, but I know she is very happy where she is now.

Then on Wednesday October 8th, Ricky's grandmother passed. She was 100 years old. I did not have the pleasure of knowing her, but I understand she was quite a feisty lady. I know her family will miss her greatly. There has been one other death this week and just today we found out about another lady in the community that is not well at all.

At times like this I am grateful that my mom is doing as well as she is, even thought she can't remember where she is or what is going on, she is still here and I will cherish the time I have with her.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's BBQ Time!

Today is our annual BBQ held right here at home. We usually have between 75 and 150 people to show up. We have been working this morning to set up tables, ice cream machines, slushy machines, and start the turnip greens & potatoes. The BBQ is already in the warmer and I have a big pot of white beans ready.

Everyone that comes will bring a dish that goes with BBQ and we will have a great time. There will be music, volley ball, horse shoes and a hayride at dusky dark.

It takes a lot to put this together, but in the end it is well worth it. To see the children running and playing on the farm is a joy. After all, some of these children and parents live in the city and coming out to our place is a big treat for them.

I am spending a little down time right now, waiting until they start showing up. I am going to try and finish another step in my quilt mystery and also embroider a new hand towel. I am just trying to relax for a few hours before all of the excitement starts.

Friday, September 26, 2008

How Quickly Things Change

Just the other day, I was saying how things were okay with Mom and then bang!, the situation changed. I walked into her room and, luckily she knew me, she started talking about how I had wrecked the motor home (which we don't have) and I killed 2 people. She ask how I got out of jail so soon. I told her they let me out on community service so I could come and check on her.

That is how quickly her mind goes. All during my visit she would see people and mini cars moving around in her room. It just breaks my heart to see her like this. Even though she knows who I am she has no clue where she is or what is going on. I am hopeful that she will pull out of this but, time will tell and we have to wait and see.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Turned 55!

Another month has gone by and now I am another year older. I used to think that once you hit 50 things started going down hill. I now think that hitting 55 just makes you want to keep striving harder to make it to 80 or maybe 90. I hope I live that long.

Mom also turned 78 in August. It is hard for me to explain how she is doing, so I guess I will say that she is holding her own. Her vital signs are stable and I am grateful for that.

Amanda's good friend Tracy was killed in a car wreck last week. She was 37 and had 2 children, 5 & 7. At times like that it makes you really think about where you life is going.

I have finished 1 lap quilt, have 2 to quilt and bind. I am working on the Carolina Crossroads mystery quilt of Bonnie Hunter's. I hope to be finished with step 4 today.

This is my latest oil painting titled "Waterfall". The photo was taken at Fall Creek Falls here in TN by my daughter and son-in-law. I am pleased with the way it turned out but I am glad it is finished. All that green was really a challenge.

This weekend Ricky and I will be hosting our annual BBQ. Usually we have 75 to 125 people show up. Food, music, games and hayrides. I guess I will be busy this week with fall cleaning inside and out. Actually, everything goes rather smoothly. It is a little hectic until the day of, but then it all falls in place.

Have a good week and I will chat later.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Getting Caught Up!

I can't believe that I have been away for so long. I must be better at posting, so you will know I am still around. Why have a blog if you're not going to use it.

Ricky and I took a vacation to Key West. It was my first time to stay on the island for any length of time. We had a great time checking out the sites. We walked every where. Hemingway's home was quite interesting as well as the "Little White House".

I have been working on several quilts since we returned. I have also been working on two new oil paintings.

Mom seems to be having a little trouble with her memory. There are times that she thinks that she is in Nashville where her grandfather lived.

We have just had our youngest granddaughter here for 2 days. She is 6 yrs. old and you can guess how much energy she has. She caught her first fish yesterday and boy was she excited. Check out this smile on her face!

Ricky is off on a golf weekend, so I will have all day Saturday to quilt. I should get quite a bit done.

Maybe I will have some pictures to post soon. Have a great day and I will chat later.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Finally Finished!!

I am finally in my new studio, which I have started calling my cottage. I have been working for about a week to get everything in order. Ricky helped me put up my baskets yesterday and I made my design wall. Just a few more pictures on the walls and all will be done.

This is the view from my door. I have my fabric in the baskets and also in the cabinet.
This is looking toward the front. In the front part of my cottage I have my supplies for scrapbooking and oil painting. The rest is for sewing.

I made this design wall yesterday and I wanted to place a few blocks on it. One is from Spring Fling. The other 2 are from "A Country Journal" block of the month. It is so nice to be able to start a project and not have to worry about cat hair getting on the fabric or having to make sure to put it up so the cats won't sleep on it. Don't get me wrong, I love my cats, I just don't like the hair on everything.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Find of a Lifetime!

How blessed can one be? One of my friends told me about an online auction that had quilting items on it. My goodness, what a find. A local clock and quilt shop was closing and all of their inventory was sold online.

I was fortunate and blessed with the opportunity to purchase 4 lots of quilting fabric. I am in quilting heaven right now. I just picked the bolts up today and brought them home.

I want to unwrap each one and lay them all out on the floor, just to look at the colors. I have so many ideas spinning in my head that I don't know where to begin. I am going to be very busy this summer and I will keep you all informed as to my progress. Thank you Lord for blessing me!

99% Complete!

Oh Happy Day! My studio is complete, except for minor touchups. I have started moving in my things and I hope to have everything in by the first of the week. I am so excited, it is hard to believe! My own studio! Something I have dreamed about for years and God has blessed me with a wonderful husband that has made my dream come true. This pictue will not be the last one, but it shows the transformation that has taken place.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Good Day to Sew!

I woke up this morning to rain and clouds. Ricky left with 3 friends for a trip to Texas. They were going to fly, but the cloud cover stopped that. He will be back sometime late Saturday. I plan on spending most of my time sewing. I have a lot of small projects I want to work on and this will be a good time to tackle them. The weather outside is gloomy, so why not stay in and sew, sew, sew!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Little Disappointment!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I called this morning to check on my flooring and was told it has not shipped yet. They said it was shipping on Wednesday from Lancaster Pa. and might arrive before June 3rd. This is a little disappointing because I was first told that it would take 5 - 6 days for delivery. Oh well, I guess I will just have to put my mind on something else for awhile. At least the guys are back today working on the inside and I do have the vinyl siding on the outside. I will post new pics one day this week.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I Have a Roof!

Another week has gone by and I now have a roof, sub floor & sheet rock in my studio. It is beginning to take shape and looks better every day. That's Ricky cleaning up some scraps from the porch. I have ordered the flooring, purchased the paint, plugs and all the light fixtures. Now all I have to do is wait and start packing up my "stuff" so I will be ready to move in.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Work After One Week

What a difference a week makes.

This is a side view & front view facing the house showing the new roof and porch.

This is a look at the inside. My floor space will be 12' x 35'. I can't imagine what I will do with all that space.

A New Studio in the Making!

It is a dream come true. My husband is going to have our storage shed turned into a studio for me. I will be posting pictures as the work begins and is in progress. I have spent many a year in an upstairs bedroom with not much space for working.
We have talked about doing this for awhile and now the time is here. These pictures show what the building looked like before the construction started.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Strolling Thru the Arts

Tonight I participated in my first art show. It was held on the square of my hometown. Most of the businesses were open and had artwork on display. I had 3 pieces on display in one shop. It was quite interesting to see the people come in and look at the work. I had a chance to ask several people what they thought of my work and actually had some good responses. They seemed quite interested in the thoughts behind the paintings. "Childhood Dreams" is my recent painting and was one of the pieces I had on display.

Storms Are A Brewing!

It is now 10:45pm and the thunder is rolling in. Storms are expected here after midnight. I personally do not sleep well when during storms, so I will probably be up for awhile. Hopefully we will only receive the wind and rain. It is difficult to watch for tornados when it is the middle of the night. I have a closet that I get in, Ricky laughs at me, but I told him he would not be laughing if they had to pull him out of the trees. We have been blessed this year with only minor wind damage and I hope it stays that way.

Where to begin?

Let me see, I am several weeks late on posting and I want to get going. Since last we talked Mom has stood up 4 times. She has also gone to the church service at the nursing home. This is a major accomplishment because she has not participated in any events since she arrived in April 2006. I don't know how long this will last, but I am grateful for every day that she has the will to do something.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Updated Blog Site

I have just spent most of this morning updating my blog. Hope you like the new style. Look for new posts coming soon.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

She Stood Up Today!

I went to visit mom today and she had her memory back. She knew where she was, remembered what she had been doing and what she had been eating. Today she stayed up in a wheelchair until 2:00pm. She even had lunch while she was up in her chair. She went to therapy and they were able to get her up out of the wheelchair and she stood up, holding on to a bar. Mom has not been up on her feet since last year and today she stands up. I can't explain it and I don't think the doctors could, if I ask. I never know from one day to the next what to expect. At least today was a good day for her.

Monday, April 7, 2008

My Day With Mom

I went to visit Mom today and she was trying to get out of bed when I walked in. She ask me where I had been. I ask her where she was going and she told me she was trying to get out of the trailer she was in. She wanted to know why I had moved every body in the same place with her. She talked about my Dad, who died in 2005, my brother that died in 2006 and an aunt that died in 2006. She said she saw all of them this morning, but they all left her behind.
It is very difficult to watch Mom go from good to bad in just a days time. The hardest part is trying to carry on a conversation with her on her level. Sometimes it is very difficult to keep my senses about me and try not to upset her. Maybe the next time I see her she will be better.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Babies are hatched!

The Canadian Goose has 3 new babies. They came off the nest yesterday afternoon. Mom is still trying to hatch an egg that was left in the nest. She keeps going back to sit, which is something I haven't seen before. I guess she will eventually leave it and start walking her little ones. She was off the nest most of the morning, but I noticed her back on it just a few minutes ago.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Crazy Quilt Block

Recently I started working on a crazy quilt block and I think I am really going to enjoy this. I know that I can use my machine for the embellishment, but I like to do the hand work in the evenings. It helps to pass the time while the TV is on. I am already thinking about the next one.

I really like the magic chain stitch. That is the one with maroon & yellow alternating threads. I used Press n' Seal to copy the paisley design.

I like the couching I did with the yarn. That was different. I am having fun and learning new techniques that I have never used before & I know that my stitches will get better with time.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What's Up?

This is Spanky on his bed and Molly sharing the blanket. Normally Spanky doesn't like for anyone to bother him, but I guess he is mellowing out in his old age.
Well, where do I begin since I last posted. I have been busy at church meetings, cleaning house and all the other normal routines. I have started new sewing projects and a new oil painting.
This week I have been with my mom at the hospital. She became quite ill on Monday and they rushed her to the hospital. She is still in intensive care, but hopefully she will be moved into a room tommorrow.
We have new 6 new calves born and the Canadian Goose is setting on her nest. Spring is definitely on its way.
Hopefully I will be back to my sewing studio by the end of the week, with new items to appear soon.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Frogs n' Fish Quilt

Yesterday I finished another quilt top. This one will be going to the cancer unit of our local Children's Hospital. I used previous scraps from my stash and actually created this one on my own, no pattern. That is a first for me and actually it was quite fun. I just started with small pieces and kept adding until I reached a good size on the block. I did not worry about matching or 1/4" seams, even though I did keep them pretty close. Now I have to put the back together so I can quilt it.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spanky Pillows

Here is our oldest family pet. His name is Spanky. He is an Austrailian Healer, 12 yrs old, hardly any teeth left, lost from nipping at the cows & horses heals. A couple of years ago he lost one eye & stays in the house most of the time. I had this leftover fabric from the trips Spanky, Benji, JoJo, Will & Rachel made to the groomer, so I thought I would make him some pillows to sleep on. He looks pretty happy.

Update on Geese

Well, Saturday my hubby put up an electric fence around the tree and nest. This will keep the horses and goats from stepping on the nest and breaking the eggs. I was afraid they would not like the interference, but is seems to be working. She is back to working on the nest and laying eggs. I will keep you posted on the progress.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Beautiful 1st Day of March

Today has been a beautiful day, sunshine and close to 60 degrees. My hubby put an electric fence around the area where the Canadian Geese are laying. That will keep the goats & mini horses away, so the nest will not be disturbed. It won't be long until morning coffe on the patio will be my daily routine. Can't hardly wait.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year Day!

I was up this morning at 6:00, started checking my emails at 7:00, it is now 9:00 and I have just finished looking at all the blog sites, etc. What fun to roam through all the blogs. Today it is raining, a great day for sewing and embroidering. I have great plans for new quilts, thanks to my Master Works class that I attended last night. Hopefully you will see the photos in the future.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Photos Added

I have been trying to work on my sewing and I have finally added some new photos of what I have been working on. I am in 2 groups, Stashbusters & CQ for Newbies and they really keep me motivated.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Spring is Near!

Every year I wait for the Canadian Geese to return to our ponds. We have one couple that always makes a nest around a big tree on the pond right behind our house. Well, yesterday they started making their nest. I was so excited that they have returned once again. They really work on this nest by pulling twigs, grasses and weeds. They also use their feathers to insulate the nest. It really is fun to watch the process of building the nest, laying the eggs, taking care of the eggs and finally the birth of the little ones. We have 4 ponds on our property and once the babies are here mom and dad start walking them from pond to pond. As the summer comes and they become bigger I get the pleasure of watching them try to fly, first by running and flapping their wings and then finally they are off. At fist it is only for a short distance and as they get stronger the distance gets further away, but they always return. Then one day in the fall they will take off and will not come back until next year which lets me know that winter is coming again. For now I have the joy of knowing that spring is near and I have the rest of the year to watch nature in motion. What a joy it is!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A little under the weather

Last week I was doing so good and now I am trying to come out from under the "bug" I have. I guess I'm in the majority around here, because schools have been closed due to so much sickness. I sure hope this passes soon and I can get back to my usual routine.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

Well today I'm off to get my latest picture framed so I can give it to Kaitlin. I really hope she enjoys it. I am also going to stop in for a visit with my Mom. I try to get there 2-3 times a week. She seems to be doing very well this week. This weekend I plan on making pictures of all of my quilts and posting them to my blog. I want to put them in a slide show. Wish me luck! Have a great day and I'll see ya soon.

Monday, February 11, 2008

New Painting

Today I finished my newest painting. This one is going to my granddaughter. I like all of the vibrant colors. I hope she enjoys it.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Antique Blocks

I found these blocks (only 24) and I am not sure what the block is called. Any idea?

Monday, February 4, 2008

" Not So Bad!

Well, I have finally done it! I never thought that I would have a "blog". So far it is not that bad and I have the ladies in "CQ for Newbies" to thank for the inspiration to give it a try. I look forward to a great year and more new experiences.

Embroidery and Quilting

This is my last art quilt I made for my daughter. She found the pattern while on a weekend trip to Gatlinburg. I always hit the quilt shops when I travel, so while we were there she picked out the material. I love working with batics because the colors are so vibrant. I added some metallic thread and beads for embellishment and hand quilted it.

This idea came from my friend Lola. She gave me a photo of one she saw on ebay. I made this for my daughter's wedding shower. The "cake" is made from white towels, rolled and stacked. I embroidered the wedding couple, date, and doves holding ribbon on seperate material and pinned them to the towels. The flowers were added for additional decoration. It made a great centerpiece.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

My Oil Paintings

This is my first oil painting made last year. It is a picture of my husband Rick, and our friend. We were at their cottage in Bidderford Pool, Maine. They looked so restful sitting there reading the morning paper, that I could not resist taking the photo. Rick ask me to paint this one first. It was a great challange, but worth every minute.

This one is my first attempt with flowers. I think I should have tried a different one because I had a little trouble with it, but it turned out okay.

This is my mother's favorite. She said the butterfly looks like it could just fly off the canvas. She has this one hanging in her room at the nursing home.

This one is my original still life. I set the scene on my table using a lace shawl and wine made from our grapes. We use our own labels "K & R Vineyard". The background is taken from the backsplash in our kitchen. I painted this one October 2007. It works very well in our kitchen.