Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Must Read Books

 I am a lover of books! I like my Kindle and I use it occasionally, but you just cannot beat an old fashioned book with real pages to turn, the way it feels in your hands and the smell of fresh inked pages. I discovered Nancy Turner last year while pursuing Amazon (photos courtesy of Amazon). I love history and anything related to quilts so the cover of Sarah's Quilt just drew me in. Oh, what a treat they were! If you have time this spring, you must pick up a copy and be prepared to spend the whole weekend reading this wonderful story of a brave woman who travels the Oregon trail to begin a new life.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

A New Year, Looking Forward!

 I cannot believe it has been an entire year since my last post! I resolve to do better in the future. Many changes have taken place this past year, including the addition of this lovely little lady to our family. Meet little Calli Anna. She makes grand number 8 and is the first little girl to arrive among all the boys in our group. She is quickly being spoiled to pieces.
 I have been busy as a bee working on quilts this year. I finally made a swoon quilt. It was a group effort by the ladies at work for a fundraiser. The quilt raised over $500!
 I finished this UFO around May of this year and love it. Why didn't I buy more Sweet water Hometown when it first came out??
 I worked on this cute little baby quilt for a dear friend who had her first baby this year, loved all of the 1930's patterns!
 This quilt was supposed to be a chevron quilt. Somewhere, somehow I managed to sew it together completely wrong, but in the end it worked out after taking it all apart!
 This is Calli's baby quilt I made with the Little Red Riding Hood fabric. I had alot of fun making this one and hoping to revisit this pattern soon. Somewhere around July, I decided to make all of the kids a quilt for Christmas. That means 7 quilts in 5 months.I sewed like crazy every chance I got and did get them all pieced. The lady who does the long arm quilting did not finish with them in time for Christmas day, but they all ended up with one eventually. I will post pictures next time of the Christmas quilting. I am most thankful to have this wonderful man in my life. He gave me quite a scare last February! After a triple bypass and rehabilitation to get his strength back, he has recovered and doing great. Thank you for your kind emails and many prayers for my husband. We have had a long year and life is settling back down for the first time in 13 months. I received a promotion in July and was able to obtain a position in my company that is not as stressful as the nurse managers job was. I am now Director of Case management for the hospital! I have more free time at home with Donnie, for which I am so thankful. We actually had time to take a vacation to the beach this year and relaxed for a week. I graduated in May and have decided to stop there for awhile. I plan to focus on family this year and take some time to enjoy the grandchildren. Donnie and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this year, we took a trip to Tybee Island  and Savannah for a week. It was lovely and wishing we could go back again this summer. If you have never visited that part of our country take time to do so, what a lovely area!
Have a wonderful week!
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Say A Little Prayer


Please say a little prayer for my husband. He had some chest pain Tuesday night and I called an ambulance to carry him to the hospital. As it turns out he has blockage of 88% and will have a triple bypass on Tuesday. morning at 6am. He is in very good spirits about the surgery and confident that he will have a full recovery. He retired from work only 4 weeks ago and was enjoying his hobbies of fishing and piddling around the house. Looks like we have to make some major lifestyle changes that will be a little difficult. I love to cook and he loves to eat good old fashioned southern food. And of course he has smoked for over 50 years, so that has come to an end. Needless to say he is not in a very good mood right now. They have kept him in the hospital, with all the drips and wires everywhere, he is just ready for it to be over and come back home. No fat, no salt, low cholesterol diet is about as appealing to him as a dose of castor oil. So , I am dragging out recipes and plan to change the way I cook and prepare for this new journey that lies ahead of us. Keep us in your prayers, because honey, we are gonna need it!
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Finally Finished!


I have finally finished this Dresden plate quilt. Yes, it took me almost a year, but in my defense I never touched it over the summer months. This is my first quilt that I have hand quilted by myself, so super excited to have it done. I'm working on another Dresden plate that will be only red and white fabric. Hopefully I will have it completed by Christmas and can use it for a holiday quilt.Have a great week!
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Jensen!


Yep ,we love chocolate!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to You!


Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Making Goals Work For You




I have always made goals! I'm the one with numerous New Year resolutions written in my day planner, constantly running towards the goal I have set for myself. Over the years I have learned some important things about setting and reaching goals. I hope a few of these ideas will help you reach your dreams.

1). Determine in your mind is this a goal or a wish? A wish is just something you think about, but do not put any effort behind. I wish I could lose 20lbs, but realistically this will not happen unless I make plans to succeed. You have to make a plan and work the plan to achieve your goal.

2) Write it down! This is one of the most important parts of making goals. The Bible says " Write the vision and make it clear". A goal is well defined, it is realistic and its attainable. You could easily write down, I want  to make more money every month. Okay, well lets look at that. How much money do you want to make? Did you break it down into weeks or days? Do you need $100 a month or $5000 a month? What steps are you willing to take to make this happen? Write it down and determine what do you need to achieve this goal.  Saving $100 a month is easily attainable by cutting back on expenses, larger goals may need complete lifestyle changes. You may need to further your education, move to a smaller home, do without little luxuries we all seem to buy because we deserve them. Make sure you are very detailed in your description of what you want.

3) How determined are you? I had to further my education after my divorce in order to make a better living for my family. This was very hard for me to accomplish, because I still had to work full time, take care of children, a home, a yard, housework and then to add class time and study time to the mix was just about more than I could handle. I knew I had to want this so bad that I could see it, smell it, and taste it. I kept a board in my room with photos of what I wanted in life, pictures of a diploma, a larger paycheck, a newer car. All of this was on a poster board and it was the first thing I saw when I woke up in the morning and the last thing I saw when I closed my eyes. I had to achieve this or live the rest of my life barely making ends meet. If one unexpected thing happened such as a care repair it could send me into financial ruin!

4)Take small steps to make it happen. The year before I was accepted into the nursing program, I knew that I would have to attend class 4 days a week. This meant that I could only work 3 days a week. I would make less money and that would have to stretch to cover everything. There wasn't any other choice but to make this sacrifice. I couldn't borrow the money so I had to figure out a way to live an entire year on less. I woke up one Saturday and decided to take an inventory of everything I used on a regular basis. I started in the bathroom writing down what was essentially a master list of items such as toothpaste, toilet tissue, makeup etc. I spent half a day going through cabinets and racking my brain to come up with anything else I might need.
 The next thing I did was to figure out how much I would need. Every time I opened an item, I wrote the date on it with a sharpie. How long with normal use did a box of detergent last or a jar of mustard? Once I knew how long it took me to use it up, then I calculated the number of those items needed. I found out that I used a large box of detergent every 5 weeks. I decided to buy enough for 15 months, giving myself an extra month or two after graduation to find a job and get a paycheck.
 Before long I was scouring sales, clipping coupons,searching end caps for clearance items. It really became a game to find as many things as I could to check off my list. One morning I was in Walmart when I discovered mouthwash on clearance for 25 cents a bottle. I bought a years worth and stored it under my sink, then checked that off my list. By the time I started the final year, I had completed all of my storage items, filled a deep freeze with food and had enough toilet tissue to last into the new century( I have a deep seated fear of running out of the stuff)!
 Had I not taken the steps to store up for the year ahead, I would not have made it without great difficulty. I had even bought stamps, birthday candles, school supplies, and Christmas all a year ahead of time.

5) Take time to review your goals and your steps. Are you making progress? Have your priorities changed? We have to stay on course and remind ourselves daily of what the long term effect will be. I did finish school and get a job just about the time my last box of washing powder was running out. However, I may never run out of deodorant for the next 10 years! Without keeping my eye fixed straight ahead, I would not have stayed the course. I read inspirational material, I prayed, I did everything I could possibly do to make it happen and God did the rest.

There are many other things we should do regularly, make short term goals, mid range goals and of course long term goals. When you reach them you will find that you have an almost euphoric sense of happiness. It gives you greater determination to keep on reaching for your larger dreams.

I hope you can use these ideas in your own life, they really work if you have the determination to follow through to the end. I recently went back and looked over my planner and realized that I have reached nearly all of my goals. Its time to make some more and get to working on them!
 Have a great week!
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Just Smile!

OMG! I love mashed taters!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trailer Love!


WOW! What a trip! I have just returned from Norfolk Va and brought this cute little lady home. We had the most wonderful time. It was the first vacation in several years. Donnie and I drove out and picked up the trailer last Sunday and then camped until Friday, before heading home. One of my life long dreams was to visit Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello, so we made sure we saw the sights and just loved every moment of it. For those of you that do not know me well. I love everything about history, so this little trip was right up my alley. Yes, I'm a nerd! I love reading autobiography's instead of fiction. I take trips to museums instead of the beach. We are happy to be back home, but I'm sad that tomorrow its back to work for me! Y'all have a good week.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Sister on The Fly Trailer!



Here is a photo of my new trailer( this is a stock photo and not the actual trailer). I am planning a trip in a few weeks to go pick her up! super excited! Now, I have to decide on a theme and a name. I have had 3 vintage trailers in the past including a Shasta and two Serro Scotties. This is a 2009 reproduction of the Shasta trailers common in the 1960's. There were only  a little over 100 of them made. It is small enough to travel with the Sisters and large enough for me and hubby. THE most important feature of this little trailer is a bathroom! No more porta potty! And it has a shower, air conditioning, microwave, DVD player and a flat screen TV. We are going to Virginia to pick her up and while we are there a little detour to Monticello! I have always wanted to see Thomas Jeffersons home and this is my best chance. Wish we had time to travel on to Washington, but I can only take off a week of work. Ok gals, need ideas for a theme and a name! Any suggestions are appreciated! See ya soon.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Transformation!


 Believe it or not those cabinets used to be light stain and scruffy, with bright orange counter tops. We painted it white, added new hardware and used a paint technique on the counter tops to simulate granite. I don't have a close up of it, but it does have the flecks in it and looks so much better. Im sorry I do not have a before shot, but trust me you would not have taken a photo of it either! This is the kitchen in Donnie's old house. Everything was original to 1983 and was stuck in a time warp. I bought a new gas range and sink also.
 I wanted to show you the difference in the chairs I have been working on. I bought the table and 6 chairs for $100 at a yard sale last year. They have been taking up space in the dining room and haven't had time to work on them. I bought some Annie Sloan chalk paint. Dry brushed the chair, sanded it a bit and put a coat of wax on them
  This is the before shot and this is after. I covered the seats with a waverly fabric that I really like. It has a cream background with a block stamped look. I have enough to make some matching drapes, after I finish the six chairs!   Staying busy.
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