Memorable Quotes

Though we can never leave life without experiencing some measure of loss, grief, and pain, misery is optional--as is happiness.

Beverly Campbell

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

Erma Bombeck

Friday, December 26, 2008

The great thaw has begun! It's a whopping 36 degrees and raining lightly. Remember what my corner tree used to look like? Well, now it looks like this:

My street is now very slushy and messy. Still no mail or newspaper:

I've been happily sewing! I finished my Mini Bow Tuck Bag.

The pattern is by Penny Sturgess from Quilts Illustrated. Her patterns are awesome...excellent instructions.

I'm also making fuselage soup. That's what my dad called turkey soup. You put the fuselage (leftover bones) in a big pot...add onion, celery, carrots, etc. and boil forever. Then you strain it and use the leftover turkey and vegetables to make soup.

Now I have to decide which quilt I need to work on. Hmmmm......I just might have to go back on project probation.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas ! May we remember our Savior and follow His example in all that we do. I hope all may find joy in the journey.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore or maybe we are...more snow!!!! This is turning out to be a wonderful, snowy Christmas season. Since my holiday sewing is done I've been trying to figure out what to work on. My daughter has my walking foot so I can't make my bag. It's too icy to get to the Gammill at Deb's house. OK....I'm tired of kicking the pile of blue jeans I've been saving to make lawn quilts so maybe I'll start cutting out squares.

Now I only have three more piles plus three large boxes to go! I can only do a few at a time as my hands get real tired. least I started! Then I looked out my window.

Guess the birds won't be getting a bath for awhile. They'll just have to get supper from off my deck. They might have to share with the squirrel that seems to be hiding things under the mat.

Hubby and I went to the post office to mail packages to the grandkids that live at the coast. Since both highways to the coast are closed it is doubtful that they will get their package in time for Christmas. I was a fun ride....4-wheel drive truck with chains. After driving around for awhile I started wondering how people in Alaska drive through their snow. Do they use chains? Are the roads kept clear enough to drive on? Can you tell my mind has been busy today?

This is the view out the front door. Might not be going anywhere in the van for awhile even though it does have chains on the front tires.

How much snow is that? This picture was taken this morning before we had three more inches!

OK...enough rambling. I'm still working on my banner. The picture is a little dark. I just might have to try something else. Jodi has been very patient with me and all my emails. Thanks, Jodi! Don't you need some more fabric?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Oh, what a beautiful morning! We've had snow all week and woke up this morning to freezing rain. While freezing rain can be extremely miserable (downed power lines) it is also one of the most incredible things to see. Unfortunately it isn't sunny this morning or we would be in a sparkly wonderland. I love this wonderful earth that we live on with all its seasons. Enjoy today. Every day is a blessing.

OK...I couldn't talk about it without sharing so I went outside and took some pictures.

Looking north up our street

Santa might have a problem with this roof!

Love my ginko trees!
(There are three along the front of our yard.)

My beautiful fir tree on the corner will never be the same.

Car window
Obviously we didn't have church this morning!

This blogging can be addictive! I'm having way too much fun!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Since the weather here has been frightful(?) school has been closed or had a two hour delay all week. I've finished sewing thirteen pillow cases for the grandkids (don't read this, Grandkids!) Carrie has been here sewing today and she is going to help me put up the picture of my tree quilt. it goes!!!!!

Success after three tries!

This is a king size quilt. I added the green log border and the larger black border to get it to size (110x108). It is a fun quilt to make but does take some time. You can find it for sale on Etsy and at Bear Creek Rustic Furnishings. I have fabrics that a friend and I picked up on the Western Washington Shop Hop 2006 to make my own tree quilt. We visited forty shops in four days and went from the Oregon border almost to the Canadian border and then out on the Olympic Peninsula. We had so much fun but haven't gone for the last two years.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

After the Bazaar

Hello to everyone! Thanks for visiting. I am going to work on the blog during the holidays. I work at a school so will have some time off. Actually...we don't have school tomorrow. YEA!!!! Sometimes icy roads are nice. I'm going to try to post a picture of my latest quilt. It is for sale on and is at Bear Creek Rustic Furnishings in Estacada, Oregon. It is perfect for Bill's incredible furniture.

OK...I tried to up load the picture. It didn't work and it's too late to call anyone. I'll try tomorrow.

The bazaar went well I sold some things but no one looked at my Egg Money Quilt. I do understand though. Most people don't realize how much fabric and work go into quilts.

I promise to get this blog looking a whole lot better in the near future.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Why did I ever pay for a table at the bazaar this Saturday? I'm beginning to question my sanity!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Eventually I will get this blog going. Right now....I'm too busy!