Family Time

March 27, 2015 § 6 Comments

Eastern Washington
tree limbs
hand knit socks
Cooper
Making ice cream

We spent the week helping out my sister-in-law who had a partial thyroidectomy.  Her surgery went well and she is doing great!  The above photos are some of the highlights from the week.  It was good to spend the week with her and now it is good to be home.

  • Rolling hills and fluffy clouds of Eastern Washington
  • An old tree with giant limbs in her neighborhood
  • Sock knitting kept my hands busy
  • Cooper, my SIL’s dog is waiting for a walk
  • The Scoop makes all their ice cream in house with liquid nitrogen and it is SO good.
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The road back home

June 9, 2014 § 18 Comments

reaching-out-applique

We traveled back to Minnesota to take care of a few of my mom’s things.  I brought back this project she was working on.  I’m hoping that I will be able to finish it. But I’m not  very good at needle-turn applique.  She had all the fabric & thread in a bag.  We shall see…  The pattern is Reaching Out by Laundry Basket Quilts.

state-line

A gravel road separates Minnesota and Iowa.  The State Line – left is Iowa, right is Minnesota.

batik-storm-at-sea-whole

Here is another quilt top that my mom made.  I’m not sure what she had in mind or what pattern she might have been using. But she loved batiks and this reminds me so much of her.  It looks like a regular Storm at Sea block layout.  It’s only 38″ x 50″.

batik-storm-at-sea

I wonder if I should find a few more batiks & make it bigger?  Or add a border to make it bigger?  I like it right now without a border, but it’s not a useable size for me.

farm-trees

Trees on my dad’s farm. He lives in Iowa. It was a busy trip.  And it was sad to say good-bye.  But I’m glad I was able to bring home some memories.  I just can’t put it all into words right now.

We will meet again one day

January 23, 2014 § 54 Comments

Jan-1963-mom

My mom passed away unexpectedly almost two weeks ago. She just went to sleep that night and never woke up. It was such a surprise to us all. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and activity, family and friends, text messages, phone calls and emails.

I am so glad that we were able to attend the Gwen Marston workshop together last June.  I will miss talking to her about quilting and knitting and sharing recipes.  But I know that she is now in heaven making sure that everyone has quilts and socks to keep them warm.  And one day we will see each other again.

To those of you who knew about the last two weeks, I want to thank you for your love, your kindness and your overwhelming support. You are more precious to me than gold. It is true, what they say. There is nothing like losing your mother.

A new baby

June 30, 2013 § 26 Comments

Charlie needed a playmate.  So this little girl came home with us yesterday.  We can’t decide on a name… Olive? or Stella?  We’ve been taking a poll and I think Stella is winning.

Remembering Eli

March 22, 2013 § 33 Comments

I almost wasn’t going to post this. But in case you were wondering where I’ve been or when the next Random Sampler block is going to be posted…  you should know.  We let go of this sweet yellow face and he is in kitty heaven sniffing the air & jumping over fences.  We sure do miss him.  No words are necessary. See you next week.

Our morning walk

August 5, 2012 § 3 Comments

sweet drooly face Cooper ::  I love to run! Mozart :: sis-in-law over-exposed

Four-legged furry cousins  ::  They are Bernese Mountain Dogs

I need to dig out my camera manual and practice changing settings!

Sisters

July 10, 2010 § 7 Comments

Jacqui

I grew up with brothers, so having acquired sisters-in-law (yes, multiple) when I married my husband was a strange, new, and wonderful treat. My sister-in-law, Jacqui, and I are nearly the same age and we planned a “girl time” weekend and it is nearly over. Tomorrow I am heading home.  We have done all the girl things that we don’t usually do when there are boys around… manicures, shopping, lots of ice cream eating, and more shopping.  I am (cough) 40-ish (cough) and I got my first ever French Manicure.  In a few more years I’m going to quit admitting my age.  And Jacqui and I are contemplating a girls only trip to New York to mark our monumental birthdays.

I love daisies!

The whole weekend was planned around The Vintage Barn antique show.  There is booth upon booth of vintage and crafty things.  It’s always inspiring!  I think I bought too many old suitcases.  The ones I do have at home already store my yarn stash. One of them needs to be replaced and then I couldn’t resist picking up another one.

Pillow Inspiration

The last time Jacqui and I went to The Vintage Barn show I brought home some old draperies. I really have been meaning to make them into pillows. Really I have! Maybe the ones above will inspire me to finally get going.  Me? A procrastinator?  Hmpf.

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