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Blondie
November 28th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Happy Monday!!

Well, boy howdy, did I ever miss YOU! But I managed to have a wonderful several days with some work squeezed in. Every year I declare I will not work on the day after Thanksgiving and each year I do. This year was no exception. I worked a very very long day on Friday and then took Saturday off to chill. I was still on the bloated side after Thanksgiving, hehehe.
Speaking of Turkey Day, it was the best Thanksgiving I have had in many years. There were kith and kin of every age - about 26 of us all together - more food than you could imagine - and the laughs were non stop. At least for Sis and I. The day was gorgeous - Sunny and though it started out with a chill, it ended up very pleasant. That was a day that should be a Groundhog Day (as in the movie). My daughter is a wonderful hostess, although she doesn't realize it yet. She was panicking a bit in the morning before everyone got there, but, being my daughter, I slapped the silly into her and she calmed down.
After working on Friday, I slept like a log on Saturday and then visited with family some more. Same thing yesterday. Now today the reality of life will slip back in. Which isn't a bad thing. I plan on doing some clean up in a few minutes, get some laundry going and it will be a typical Monday.
Off to read and see what I have missed. I sure hope that everyone had a great holiday with sweet, new memories to cherish.
Blessings to all.

RFREE
November 28th, 2011, 08:21 AM
Mornin Blondie.I was wondering what you had been up to.Back to work for me today after 5 days off.Our thanksgiving was very nice too.About 35 of us and yes we all ate wayyyy to much. Enjoy your week.

quilter.martha
November 28th, 2011, 08:22 AM
Morning Blondie. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, and I hope the same for everyone else, too. Ours was good, although a little bitter sweet. I can't help focusing on my parents. My mom has become bedridden again, so for the first time ever she and my dad weren't able to join the family for Thanksgiving. It broke my heart knowing it and I had a hard time focusing on our own get together with friends. But it ended up nice all in all. My DD was home from college. She and I had a good time decorating the house on Friday and then Saturday all 4 of us went out to cut our Christmas tree and then we put it up Sat. afternoon. We took her to the airport yesterday afternoon and as far as I know she made it home safely (she was still in the air when we went to bed).

This week is an absolute crazy week for me. I have 4 tax classes to teach and then one afternoon of work to boot. One of those classes is a 6 hour seminar! I've got to find some time to start my Christmas shopping in there somewhere. I've done nothing for my immediate family yet!

Well, everyone have a great day!

Loonwatcher
November 28th, 2011, 08:41 AM
Good Morning.

Sounds like you all had lovely holidays. Martha, I know what it's like to have the worry constantly nagging at the back of your mind. thanfully you had your other loved ones around you to help keep you occupied.

I finially finished painting the spare bedroom and did a good cleaning throughout the house. I always like to do that before I get theChristmast decorations out as they make it difficult to clean around. Cleaned the junk off the dinning room table - hadn't seen that for a while. Only to cover it up again next week end as it become "wrap central" for a couple weeks. Also getting the decorations our next weekend. Because our space is small we won't put up the tree until a couple weeks before Christmas.

Hope everyone else is doing well. Continue to pray for Emily and Gayle.

Have a great day,

MRoy
November 28th, 2011, 08:43 AM
Good morning! It was a quiet Thanksgiving here, just DH and me for Thanksgiving dinner. We met son for lunch yesterday and had a great visit. It's back to work today after a 4-day weekend. The coffee IV is flowing and I'm trying to get moving. Have a great day everyone!

mianmom
November 28th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Morning all! Had a very busy holiday weekend,but I think I have my Christmas shopping done! I actually was able to sit down for longer then a half an hour yesterday and do some sewing. Its a rainy day here today so Im hoping to get some more sewing done today in between other things that need to be done.

I hope everone has a great day!

Mrs.Sew&Sew
November 28th, 2011, 10:04 AM
HEYYYYYYY! Blondie I wondered where you were hiding! Missed your morning notes! Glad all went well for everyone on Thanksgiving! Here was the usual hubby was working as this year was his year to work Thanksgiving and be off for Christmas next year he will be off Thanksgiving and working for Christmas! Went to his Grandmothers as usual we all cooked WAY too much food and ate WAY too much food!
As for today MONDAY UGH! I always clean house on Monday! Today I also have to go buy tickets for a play the my son is in all week. He is still in HS and is a SENIOR! EEEEKKKK can't believe it! Bitter sweet for me he is an only child!
Well I hope everyone has a great week! May God bless you all as you go about your week!

stitching woman
November 28th, 2011, 10:23 AM
Welcome back Blondie glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a great time with a few family and friends and also ate way to much.
Finished my quilt top and am going to quilt it today then need to do some house cleaning.
Hope everyone has a great day. Hugs to all and prayers to those in need.

Monique
November 28th, 2011, 10:48 AM
Good morning everyone. Blondie, I knew you would be have a blast.

I finished the ABC alphabet book for my granddaughter yesterday. I also finished all the spokes on the baby quilt and got the border on. Worked out another tote pattern for one of my DIL's, with a zipper. I think I might start that one today.

Today is also flu vaccine for DH and me, although he got called for a little job this morning. He hasn't found himself a job yet. Hopefully he gets back in time for his vaccine.

I also have computer work to do today.

Well that is about it for me.

Y'all have a super day!!

meemeecyn
November 28th, 2011, 10:59 AM
Happy Monday......yikes did I just put 'happy' and 'Monday' in the same statement? Is that a contradiction?

We missed you, too, Blondie and glad to hear your days were joyful but now you can sit back and relax a bit.

Martha...thoughts of you have been in my mind for weeks now. It is hard on you having your parents so far away. Having your daughter and son with you must have given you great comfort.....

Sounds like everyone will be able to get some sewing in today. I sure hope I do! It is so good for the spirit, never mind how it helps putting packages under the Christmas tree!!!

Cynthia

cyndiofthevortex
November 28th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Hi Everyone,

Thanksgiving here was relaxing and fun, with great food and wonderful family. We get a fresh turkey from our neighbor's farm every year for free, and it can't be beat for yumminess.

I've been putting Christmas squares together into wallhangings and tablerunners for presents and as I was designing another one on the kitchen table my sweet DIL asked if maybe she could someday have one? So I brought out the beautiful one I am making for her and is almost finished and she was speechless! It's nice when someone really, really likes a homemade gift, isn't it?

Today a friend is coming over to use my machine to finish a Christmas present quilt for her daughter. It's all made from my batik collection so I think I can put it in my album. I will take some pictures today! There will be tea and grilled tuna and cheese sandwiches and friendly talk and the hum of two sewing machines as I continue to work on the gifts I'm making. Doesn't that sound like a nice way to spend the day?

I hope everyone has a pleasant Monday.

Martha, I'm remembering your mom and praying for her. I know what a tough time this is.

Cyndi

Granny Judy
November 28th, 2011, 12:04 PM
I'm still rubbing my tummy and trying to come back to the real world after having that FEAST...T/giving was really great and DD#2 did all the cooking. I gladly handed over the tongs and stove. (dang, when did she develope all those skills with a turkey??)

I did notice the laptop sitting on the table, with notes and recipes right beside it. . . ?

Glad so many of you were able to share your DAY with those who you love.. I lost My Hubby & Mother within 2 years of each other. So my heart goes out to those with ailing loved ones.

I have a border to attach and some Mug Rugs to sew today.. that is if I can ever get my tush out of this chair. Hugs to all and prayers being sent out to those in need--and to some who are not!!

quiltingtrish
November 28th, 2011, 01:05 PM
Hi all, last day off before we head back to school tomorrow.
Today is baking cookies for Odie's 22nd birthday this friday. Hoping it travels well across the country in time.
Think I will clean up here and there today and hopefully get to some sewing. Can't work too hard today, it IS a day off. :))))

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Hugs,

toggpine
November 28th, 2011, 01:21 PM
Morning Quilty Friends!

Today I mostly get the house back. Hubby went back to work and Em heads off to school shortly. Sadly she gave me her cold that includes the overflowing snot locker special effect and a lovely cough. I think I taught her how to share a little too well.

After I do a quick pick-up around here, I'll run the vacuum and then be able to layout the quilt for final assembly. Yea! That will only leave the backing to piece. Then I get to move on to another project. Yea! This one went together pretty well, but I still like to move on to the new ones! I really should figure out how to put on my "Big Foot" quilting foot and give that a try since I seem to be piling up the quilt sandwiches!

Gotta scoot, or Em will be late for school!
Hugs! Cathy

Gayle8675309
November 28th, 2011, 01:21 PM
Good morning all! I'm getting a really late start this morning. My thanksgiving was good...just DH, DD and DD's best friend. I like our quiet little holidays.

If the weather gets a little bit warmer out today I'm going to spray baste four quilts that I've been waiting to quilt. I like to open the patio door and windows and set fans up to blow the fumes outside.

Have a great day everyone! :)

Sandy Navas
November 28th, 2011, 02:12 PM
I, too, am getting a late start. Of course, Blondie had me down on my knees repenting and I had to call Al to help me get off the floor. I'm sure glad she's back - I was having Blondie withdrawals along with everyone else.

Today is a mixed day for me - first of all I did go to bed late last night and took advantage of a warm snuggly bed and stayed there too long this morning. Have to go pick up a three and four year old granddaughter in a couple hours. We're going to make wrapping paper with a potato cut-out and lots and lots of tempera paint and butcher paper. They will have a blast. I also have some packaged cookies that they can bake while they are here. They are such a joy.

I got word last night that a cousin-in-law had just passed away. She's been fighting lung cancer and it has been a slow, painful passing for her and everyone who loved her. I worry so much about my cousin Johnny and how he's going to hold up without her. Sure hope the support system stays in place for him - I'm afraid he won't stay around long without the love of his life. So sad. So, I'm sharing this with my BFF Donna - who went through some pretty horrendous treatment for bone CA about a year ago - and she tells me that it is back and has metastasized to multiple sites. The doctor never even mentioned this to her - just wrote everything on her 'discharge' paper and now we are both scared. She refuses to go through chemo again and I am fearful that it won't be long for her. And all I can do is sit here and say WHY? WHY? WHY?

Sorry for being down - there are many of my friends here who are also suffering in so many ways. I continue to pray for them daily.

I have a lot of things that I need to finish up this week and have three additional days dedicated to helping the grandkids prepare for Christmas giving. They are taking turns coming over and working on presents for their sisters and Mom and Dad. So fun - now if I can just get my Gluteus Maximus in GEAR!!!

HandsOffItsMine
November 28th, 2011, 02:59 PM
Blondie, glad you're back on the scene!

Wonderful to read that everyone had such fun with family and friends on Thanksgiving. DF and SM took us to Ho's Chinese (they didn't want anything to do with Turkey), had fun and laughs as the only haoles/whities. Missed my mom like many of us whose loved ones are in Heaven, on these holidays.

Been working on the tops of the twins quilts, coming along really cutely :) - My project schedule is running behind with the folks sight seeing, going to have to crank it up after they leave on the 7th. TG for online shopping and Flat Rate Priority Shipping 'cause I'm going to have to use both!!!

Below is a photo of a wood art piece at the Disney's Aulani Hotel in Ko O'lina - It reminds me of us, Quilting Sisters in Cyber Space, supporting each other through thick and thin!

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Prayers and love, Ruby

KiltedQuilter
November 28th, 2011, 03:37 PM
Hello everyone!
I have a lot of reading to do to get caught up on all the gossip!

I enjoyed my long weekend at my parent's house(saw my brother too, which was fab!).
The town switched on it's Christmas street lights while I was down, SO pretty!

Spent a lovely day with the in-laws as it was MIL's birthday.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

janluna
November 29th, 2011, 12:19 AM
Hi everyone, I'm on late as usual. I'm so glad to see Blondie is back.
Sandy, I will pray for your friend. And I know how you feel. Scared and what would I do if and when the worst happens? It's really hard, I know. I guess we have to put them in God's hands, and love them silly! Love you sweetie.
Ruby, I love the picture you put up. It is like all of us sharing isn't it? Thank you for sharing.
Well, I did wash all day, and cleaned, etc. Changed the sheets and all that domestic stuff. I'm hoping to work on my SIL's tumbler quilt tomorrow.
Thank you all for the prayers for Emily. And I am praying for all of you too. Hugs, Jan L.