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Monique
July 23rd, 2018, 06:23 AM
HELLO!!!!! Good morning from my little corner of the world. It is still dark out and warm. We are expecting more rain today!! Hoorah as there are many forest fires burning right now, not near me thankfully.

Well so much for a nice quiet weekend!! Friday night Greg calls and invites me to go visit and see their new home. He didn't want to spend the weekend alone. Then my little neighbour friend came over for a visit and I was telling her about the flea market we have here in town every Saturday.

I slept really well Friday night. At around 8am there is a knock on the door. It is Elaina, neighbour girl, with money in hand. Uh flea market doesn't open until 9 - that's okay, she settles in to wait. So I turn the tv on so she can watch that while I shower and dress. By this time I have decided to go to Greg and Ashley's. Pack an overnight bag. Go to the flea market, met a friend, who gave me all the clothes she was trying to sell. Take them, no charge. Elaina got some free stuff too, some puzzles and two books. She bought herself a beautiful necklace with hockey sticks.

So I head to town, as I have a few chores I need to take care of and then head to the big city. I had a wonderful visit, a wonderful meal AND my (their) quilt was on my bed. LOL!! The dog loves me too. He is an Australian sheep dog and a very calm dog. Doesn't bark and doesn't jump which I like. So I was quite comfortable with him. Left there around 9:30 to make my way home.

Stopped at my brother's to pick up a plant that doesn't want to flower for him. It is a kolanchoe, part of a plant that my mother had in her hospital room. I brought it home and mine seems to flower. He says that Mom liked me best, haha. In any case, it is back home. It is beautiful and green, just no flowers. So we shall see if it will bloom for me. Then off to Walmart to pick up a few things. I took a craving for spaghetti sauce so I got the ingredients for that. Stopped at Bonnie's to take her things to her. She wasn't feeling very good yesterday, she had no energy. I also took a few minutes to go back to a yard sale and got myself two more chenille bed spreads. Came back and made spaghetti sauce. It sure smelled good in here.

I never did make it into the sewing room. I was so tired last night. So I am up at dark thirty to prepare for my day. Les gets back later today, no sure who will be home first. It is another work week for me. I have a quilt to work on today.

So that is how my weekend went. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful day today.

Bubby
July 23rd, 2018, 07:29 AM
Hi Monique and Everyone...You sure did a lot more with your weekend than I did with mine. We worked at the apartments Saturday and rented both of our vacancies. That made it a successful trip.

I have housework and laundry today plus a trip to the bank. Tomorrow is lunch and a little shopping with my friend Janice.

I watched some of my bag making classes yesterday and made two Becca bags. I've made them before but it had been a while.

I'm off to put a lunch together for Jeff. We ate odds and ends all weekend. A friend gave us some of her homegrown tomatoes and we did BLTs and tomato sandwiches....yum.

Have a wonderful day everyone....Hugs.

Star lover
July 23rd, 2018, 07:47 AM
Good morning to all....

Yes Monique, you're one busy gal! Hope your work week flys by and you're able to do some things you want and love!
Barb, mmmmm, BLT's....sounds yummy, even at this early hour. Haven't had one in years. Love those Becca bags too!

I was up a 3:30 Saturday and we decided to head to the Dulcimer Festival. Got there about 8:30 and headed to the first class. It started to rain......then poured! I took some great classes, heard some fantastic music......when it wasn't pouring! But that was the norm. My goodness it poured and poured! On tin roofs on old shed barns.....the noise! Whew, sometimes we couldn't hear a thing and there were microphones!

Thankfully I thought it all out before going. Had a rain coat, towels all at the ready. Had a great time! We left as soon as the classes were over......didn't stay for the concert. It was changed to a meeting center, which is small in comparison to the grandstands......we'd be packed in like sardines.....nope, not for me.....all the folks dripping from rain and packed in....only a few chairs.....so we left.

So I'm planning on trying some of the stuff out today and I've also been thinking of a new quilt......so we'll see.

I need to catch up on all that's been going on here from the past couple days.....

Hope everyone has a great day. Hugs to all.

Ginny B
July 23rd, 2018, 08:21 AM
Good morning all. It's a bit rainy here this morning. We had heavy downpours last night. It looks like you all had pretty busy and fun weekends. We got to the beach on Saturday morning for a while. It was just so windy that we didn't stay that long.

Yesterday morning we got word that Scott had passed away. He is now at peace. It has been a rough time for my sis and her husband and they still have a bit of a long road ahead of them. I think they are going to take a few days after they get things settled this week and just go away together somewhere to just clear their heads before diving into the work of going through Scott's house and getting it ready to put on the market. I think they may drive over to Savannah and just walk around that beautiful city for a couple of days. We got word on Friday night that the father of my dh's sister-in-law had passed away. He was a very sweet man and lived a full life (he was 91). So we had a wake to attend yesterday afternoon and then we went over to Kathryn and Joe's to watch Henry while they attended the evening session. Add that to hearing of the passing of my dh's godfather's wife last Sunday and also finding out that our son-in-law's grandmother is now in hospice care and not expected to live much more than one more month and we have had a very sad week in our combined families.

This week is my last week of work. I really can't decide how I am feeling about that right now. I have so many things swirling inside my head and heart. I am excited about it of course but there is a nervousness about this change too.

Time to get dressed and move this day along. Have a good Monday everyone.

Carolnnc
July 23rd, 2018, 08:39 AM
After such a hot dry summer we are finally getting rain, lots of rain that will last most of this week. I'm trying to figure out what to do with a very energetic dog who hates the rain & getting wet.

DH was off work yesterday so it was a lazy day. We took the dog & went to the flea market at out state fairgrounds. It always amazes me what high prices people will ask for "antiques." Back in the late 1980's DH bought me a set of Vision Ware that you use on top of the stove. They were amber/brown colored & glass. I still have them but have occasionally broken the handle off one. There's a vendor that sells them so I wanted to replace one that I'd broken last week. The price was $75 for one pot! I just want to cook in it, not put it on display! I passed on paying that price & will keep checking the thrift stores. We did pick up some fresh veggies for our dinner & DH found a couple of tools to add to his vast collection.

Today is a baking day for me. I've been craving a coconut cake & DH wants cookies. With such a rainy, dreary day I think the smell of baking cookies will be nice.

Well, off to feed the dog & make myself breakfast.

Hope everyone has a great day.

shermur
July 23rd, 2018, 08:41 AM
Morning all....thoughts and prayers to all in need with quilty hugs.

I am glad we're getting rain the southwest area of Vermont....but very humid! Last night was a challenge being in the sewing room and again this morning. NO AIR CONDITIONING! UGH! I miss A/C so much!

Working on so many projects right now! Today I will be working on Moda's Oda May's Summer Camp quilt. Today is Path A, round 4. Orange Peels.....it's been a long while. 48 of these blocks will create round 4 of this endeavor!
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KPH
July 23rd, 2018, 08:48 AM
Good Morning All,

Monique, it sounds like you had a great weekend! I hope Bonnie is feeling better today.

Barb, BLTs are my summer favorite! Shoot, anytime of year favorite! You've motivated me to pull out a package of bacon. Mike can I can pick up the L and T later today. I brought Panera bread home from church yesterday, so I know what dinner will be tonight!

Anita, I'm so glad you had fun at the music festival. I love dulcimer music. One of the guys at church offered a dulcimer to my son. It wasn't in his budget, so I told him it would be his Christmas present. Apparently, one of the guys family members decided they wanted it, so my offer wasn't accepted. I told Jim, in that case, family first was the right thing to do. It was a beauty! Black walnut. fine grained and I didn't even get a really close look at it.

Ginny, I'm so sorry for all of your losses. It's hard to deal with when there are so many so close together. As for work, this week will be filled with a lot of what if's running through your mind, that's a certainty. I hope you'll have a wonderful retirement and enjoy your new found time. After a while, you'll wonder how you ever got anything done and had a full time job. I know my retirement has been filled with doing more things that give me joy, like quilting!

Jerrod is in Connecticut. He went to dinner last night with his doctor, then grocery shopping with him. That's a first! He's back to being nervous. There are doctors coming in from South Korea, and Australia to be there during the trials. I'm doing my best to keep him calm from afar. It really torques me that his own mother wouldn't go with him, but it's something that's not about HER so it's not important to her. Prayers would be appreciated, bless his little heart. Mike told him what ever he did, not to shave his beard because they would think he was a three year old. lol At least Mike got him to laugh for a bit last night.

MIL's friends will stop by on their way up to IN. They're planning to take us out to lunch. My kitchen and living room are cleaned up. I won't be letting anyone out into the garage, my sewing room or Howard's den- all three are in process of something and I don't want to deal with them today.

I'm hoping to start sewing the blocks for Kaylyn's quilt today after Mel and Cheri leave. We'll see what Mike has planned. I think he's ready to get the garage straightened up so he can bring more stuff from the storage building here. Time will tell.

My DIL is having oral surgery on Thursday. She's having all 4 wisdom teeth and a molar that's impacted removed. Then a bone graft because of the decay has gone down into the lower jaw bone. I can't believe that they're doing it all at one time (especially with three little kids at home). I think they're nuts for even trying to do so much at one time.

Prayers for those in need for healing, strength, wisdom, and hope. Prayers of thanksgiving for all of our many blessings.

grammaterry
July 23rd, 2018, 10:02 AM
Retirement surely is a gift. But, the wonder of how you eve r had a full time job is true...seems I am usually busy...but I don't really know what it is that I'm so busy doing...but then again, its not important that I remember all the little things I do, I don't have a real schedule.
Finished the irish chain quilt and am ready to move on to another. Have several small quilts to finish up. I'm anxious to piece something and create from scratch but that will come.
Made homemade cinnamon raisen bread on Saturday and then turned it into French toast for supper. It was so yummy; another loaf is sitting there and I can't resist eating it as snacks. I'll gain weight this week for sure.

JulieC
July 23rd, 2018, 10:04 AM
Good Morning, Everyone!

My Ohio sister is a Saint! I had to lead with that, after taking care of Mom over the weekend. Mom was in broken record mode Saturday afternoon: "Where's your sister? When is she coming back? Nobody told me!!" Late in the afternoon, she wanted to sit outside, and since it had stopped raining, I said ok. While we were outside, she pointed to my house and said: "That's Julie's house, have you ever been in it?" YIKES. She spent the next couple of hours thinking I was my sister from Texas. Which was better than her thinking I was a stranger. She had never done that with me before (it was only the second time she didn't recognize one of us).

I left to get supper, and when I came back Mom was near the phone and frantic. She looked at me and told me my sister from Texas had been there, but had left to get a pizza and hadn't come back. Where was she? It took a good hour for her to calm down, then she was weepy for a while, going on about missing my Dad. Then back to broken record mode until my sister returned Sunday morning. As soon as my sister stepped in the door, Mom calmed right down, it was like someone flipped a switch.

There is rain in the forecast for most of my vacation this week -- I think Friday might be the only clear day. I haven't made a lot of plans, I have a list of things I would like to accomplish and a couple of places to go (depending on the weather). On the agenda for today is grocery shopping, cleaning, and phone calls to schedule various appointments.

Carol: I remember Vision Ware, I had one of the saucepans.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

KarenC
July 23rd, 2018, 10:09 AM
Ginny, my thoughts and prayers for all of the loss in u our extended family at the same time.
Monique, quite a busy lady. I was getting tired just reading your adventures. LOL
Sherrie, beautiful quilt.
Carol, I love coconut cake. Still remember when mom would make it for my birthday.
Katrina, praying everything goes well for Jerrod.
I started my weekend off with a 3.5 mile walk. Only two of us regulars were there. Rushed home to shower and off to the longarm guild meeting, I usually forget them. Followed that with lunch with a friend. Slipped in a bit of ironing and then to a pool party. Yesterday, I started quilting a panel quilt for a friend. It's a nativity scene panel that she bought when in Alaska. She doesn't sew, so mailed it to me with a request to do my magic. Anyway, using some new batting. 100% cotton, a special blend with scrim manufactured by Hobbs for Linda Taylor. I am loving it. Well I need to dry my hair and go report for babysitting duty. Huggs to all.

SuzanneOrleansOntario
July 23rd, 2018, 10:28 AM
Good morning ladies,


Last night we got a heavy downpour and a bit of rain during the night. I was woken up at 4am as PJ was jumping against the patio door, there was a cat in his yard. He doesn't like that. Got up to flip the light on, but it ran away. A bit more rain expected today and all week.

There seems a lot going on in everyone's lives, good and sad. I guess weekends never go as planned. Monique, I think you win for the unexpected. Nothing glamorous going on here. I did yardwork, laundry and researching for this week. DH did go gliding on Saturday, so I got chores done, but I did get to my sewing room. Since I never know what time he will be back, supper is fast and easy. So i made Pad Thai shrimp. I started quilting the blue quilt, stitch on ditch for blocks, but FMQ within. I made a passport holder and small bags for my iPad and travelling papers - air, hotels, car rental, ticket to see Jenny Doan.

Yesterday I went shopping with my girlfriend for a new purse. My leather is heavy and cumbersome. I found a perfect one for shopping and travelling, light and with lots of zippered pockets. It will be perfect.

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Today I want to make a cover for my cell phone and pen. I also need to get some US$. I will also pick up my mom's laundry and drop off contact numbers during my absence. DH is making a label for the quilt that I am bringing his dad. Also on the list is putting family pictures in a small album for his dad. He has never met his GS's wife and great GKs. He also has not seen DH's son since 2005. Going to be hot again and more rain.

Have a good day. Stay cool. Stay dry. Stay safe. Prayers for those going through life's challenges.

SuzanneOrleansOntario
July 23rd, 2018, 10:41 AM
Good Morning, Everyone!

My Ohio sister is a Saint! I had to lead with that, after taking care of Mom over the weekend. Mom was in broken record mode Saturday afternoon: "Where's your sister? When is she coming back? Nobody told me!!" Late in the afternoon, she wanted to sit outside, and since it had stopped raining, I said ok. While we were outside, she pointed to my house and said: "That's Julie's house, have you ever been in it?" YIKES. She spent the next couple of hours thinking I was my sister from Texas. Which was better than her thinking I was a stranger. She had never done that with me before (it was only the second time she didn't recognize one of us?

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Julie, Caregivers are saints, but it is important to remember to take care of them too. It sounds like your mom would benefit from being in a care facility. I don't know what the family situation is and why your sister holds on to taking care of your mom.

This is the situation and reason I am going to KS. My FIL has been in his home and suffering from dementia/Alzheimer's for several years. We live in Camada. His only other sister has mental and health issues and has been in a facility for years. Her daughter, who was raised by DH's parents, has been main contact and her son lives with him. But he is young, working long hours and trying to build a life. It is not fair that he be his primary caregiver. FIL has wandered far and wide, so I know that this is the best decision to move him to a memory care facility. God bless your sister and all who take care of your mom.

JulieC
July 23rd, 2018, 10:54 AM
Julie, Caregivers are saints, but it is important to remember to take care of them too. It sounds like your mom would benefit from being in a care facility.

Hi Suzanne: I would love for Mom to go into a facility, but she is stubborn and does not want to go. Unfortunately, as long as she still has "good days," we can't make her go without going through the court system. My employer belongs to an Employee Impact Assistance program; I called them over the weekend and made an appointment to talk to their Elder Care Specialist. I'm hoping she can point me in the direction of some resources.

MissMay
July 23rd, 2018, 10:55 AM
Yumm, BLT's, my fave summer meal. Not a big fan of bacon and it's also not good for me but in August when the big juicy Jersey tomatoes are ripe I throw all caution to the wind and enjoy those BLTs as often as I can. Toasted Wonder bread is a must but a firm whole grain bread will do in a pinch. Love it when the tomato slice is a big as the bread.



Sad to hear that so many of our members have family health problems, sending them and whoever needs them a prayer and a hug.

We had a quiet weekend, went out to dinner and got caught in the rain so we skipped going down to The Shore and drove around the bay and then to Perkins instead of the planned fish restaurant - best seating is on its deck so the rain ruled that out.

Excited for Ginny retiring this week, she'll be so busy she won't miss work too much. What I missed most was the daily contact with so many people.

JCY
July 23rd, 2018, 10:57 AM
Good Morning ~ Just now having time to post. I popped in at 6 a.m. We have a cloudy a.m., but the sun is trying to break through. Only 70 deg. & the today might be just in the 70's. After breakfast, I'm headed out to pull weeds & hope to get them in the toter before the garbage truck comes by later this a.m. The bind weed is going crazy. I hate that stuff. We have a chain link fence, & it tenaciously climbs up it.

I accomplished more FMQ yest. Slow but sure progress.

My timer just went off, so it's time to get the clothes out of the dryer & get on with my day.

songbird857
July 23rd, 2018, 11:09 AM
GOOD MORNING ALL!!!
No, you are not seeing a ghost :)
I am enjoying reading all of your posts and catching up a bit here. Everyone is busy with such a diverse array of things...
Terry - Your comment about retirement - I feel the same way, even though I'm not retired from a 'job' per say. Let's just say that in the past 8 months since my daughter got married, I've felt like a fish out of water - busy, but not, if that makes any sense. I operate much more efficiently with definite things 'to do'. Oh well; I'm figuring it out as I go ;)
My older daughter moved out (again...) this week, so now we are truly empty nesters! She's got a bunch of stuff that she can't quite figure out what to do with, so I had a light bulb moment.... we will kindly box up anything left here, and put it in a small storage unit - of which we will also kindly pay 1 month for her. Then tell her it's up to her what she does with it ;)
We are switching rooms around a bit - I may even switch my sewing room to her old bedroom, we'll see.
I did actually finish a quilt (pics posted in show and tell in a minute)!
We also went to Portugal for two weeks to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary :) If anyone wants to see pics, let me know and I'll post them later... it was stunningly beautiful. As many of you know, my first foray to Portugal in 2014 was not a vacay... so hubby wanted to take me back and really show me where he grew up. It was a wonderful trip.
Today will be cleaning, sorting stuff to change rooms around, and some music stuff.
Hugs all around -
Norma

toggpine
July 23rd, 2018, 11:42 AM
It's supposed to be heating up here this week. 90's or better all week and still no rain in sight. Not good for the green things around here or my general mood. I'm not a fan for the heat much above 75 degrees.

We replaced part of the fence along the back pasture yesterday. One of the original gate posts rotted off at the base. That corner has been sketchy since it was put up, so yesterday it was upgraded to cattle panels with new posts and fresh hot wire. It not only looks better, but improves the security along that section. It faces the most open section of the green belt between us and the neighbors, and is where we have seen the coyotes the most often. I feel better knowing they can't push under the fence, as the gap next to the gate has been eliminated, and the fence height has now increased by about a foot as well. Eventually the entire inner pasture where the milkers spend most of their time will be fenced with the cattle panels, but they are a bit spendy. One section at a time, is how I'll tackle it. After the new fence was up, I cleared the rest of the fence line with the weed eater. With the heat and the lack of rain, I don't want any dry grass on the hot wire!

Today is errand day. Hopefully as many as I can knock out in a short time! Paperwork for the fair, nitrogen tank fill, groceries, and the feed mill are all on the list. I may have the paperwork mailed to me as that is the outlier on the travel map today. Once the errands are done, I need to get some things cooking for dinner as we are having company over. (I probably should clear the scrap pile and the sewing machine off the dining table too!)

Times a wasting and it's only gonna get hotter, so I'm off!
Make it a great day! Hugs, Cathy

birdscraps
July 23rd, 2018, 12:02 PM
Morning all! I'm so jealous of all of you with overnight rain. Woke up to bright hot sun and the forecast is for a heat advisory today! Ugh! I'm looking forward to Thursday when we will be off to the mountains where the temps are usually never more than 85 and the humidity is low.
Managed to get a small baby quilt pin basted last night before dinner and will try to get it quilted after work tonight, although if it's too hot I may wait until after vacation.
Have a wonderful day all and stay cool!