Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Thought you might like to see a birthday party from probably 82 years ago. I am the little girl with her hands by her face. I actually know who most of the women and children are in the picture but won't bore you with that. I do think the lady at the end of the back row who is actually my favorite Aunt Leah, probably is holding my little sister Jo. The picture was taken in the front yard of my grandparents' home in Peoria, Illinois. Someone had written "Carol's Party" right on the picture. My mom's family did that a lot - and good for them!! It has helped me identifying lots of people for my other blog.
If I don't get another post up before, have a wonderful end of summer Labor Day weekend!!
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
I am overwhelmed by the many wonderful birthday wishes for my 85th birthday blog post! There were so many lovely comments--both from bloggers I have been in touch with for quite a long time to some I have never met online - and from all over. I thank you so much for your kind words and for reading my blog. It has been such fun writing it these past 5+ years.
And, look at the basket of cards I have sitting on my hearth! My fellow quilters in the quilt guild showered me with birthday cards for my big birthday! What fun finding all the cards in my mailbox on each of several days. Thank you, my quilting friends, for the many cards and notes. What a great bunch of ladies I am involved with.
And Facebook brought me many more birthday wishes from all over! What a nice warm feeling to be remembered by so many. Again, I am in awe of all the wishes!!
Bill and Ann, my son and his wife, came from KC on Wednesday and we had a good birthday dinner with Sherry and Barc at their house. That evening we did face time with my granddaughters and families. There were texts also from all the girls and a long phone call from my brother in Florida. It was such a lovely birthday.
I splurged and bought a new tv - it's smarter than I am! Bill got it all wired up and all the components hooked up. I am now able to play my cd player again, too, - I had missed that. Still have some putting away to do from all the moving around but no hurry on that. I'm still using the old shelves I've had forever, but they hold my quilting books and I have no idea where else I would put them. Bill also did some replacing of flourescent lights, put a new socket on my floor lamp and quite a few jobs like that. And Ann helped me with my new health insurance. That is her line of work and has been for many years so she was a tremendous help. The time went by quickly - they are back in KC now.
And, for me, back to my comfy little existence with a lot of happy memories of turning 85 years old. 86-----here I come!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Our wedding day - that is not my hair but a big feathered hat! My Ray and I were married in 1949 and we had 48 years together and two wonderful kids.
My parents, sister, brother and I sometime in the 1960's. We had made a couple of moves away from Chillicothe by then.
Ray, Hannah and me. That was taken 16 years ago yesterday. How blessed am I. I also am so thankful I have this wonderful pasttime, addiction, passion, whatever you call it, for quilting. It does not lessen as I get older. I love the girls I have met through quilting and get to spend time with even though they are all much younger than I. I am sure that helps me keep from growing old faster. They refuse to let me play the "old lady card"! And I so love blogging and the internet. How fun to have lived long enough to see all that has happened in technology in the last 20 years. How much has come, become outdated and gone, to be replaced by something else wonderful. Now I have a cellphone and am taking up texting. That is turning into a whole lot of fun, too. I cannot even begin to imagine how it will be when my great grandchildren are my age! A few posts back, there is a picture of part of my family up north at Sherry and Barc's cabin if you would like to see a really recent photo. Bill and Ann weren't able to be there, but they are coming here tomorrow. I will be so glad to see them again. My kids, their spouses and I will have a birthday dinner tomorrow night.
So, looking back over my 85 years, I am very content with what I see and consider myself a very fortunate woman. This is a very happy birthday.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Way back in 2006, our guild had a "Bag O' Stuff" challenge which I participated in. The idea was to put all kinds of things in a bag which you would exchange for someone else's and make a little quilt from the contents of the bag. Lori got my bag - Lori is full of fun and full of the dickens, one of my favorite quilters! This is the little wall hanging she put together from the old fabric, buttons, etc., I had in my bag. I also threw in some yoyo's for no particular reason and actually they did not even fit the rest of the mix. Lori didn't use them but she called this the "Damn Yoyo Quilt" and wrote the funniest little note to go with it. I probably still have that someplace but don't know where!!
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
It ran in my mind for some reason that Ruby used a McCall pattern for this. I googled it and I found the pattern!
Quote of the Day--(Not exactly a quote but a good idea!)
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Still working on the snowball blocks and have all the corners sewn on now - 12 in a row and 12 rows which comes out 144 blocks finishing to six inches. Will probably add a narrow border of some kind. Starting to sew the blocks into rows. I do so like the colors.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Here is a little still life I put together for some cards I made one year for the guild. These are patterns I bought when I was pregnant with Sherry and actually did make a little flannel jacket from the one in front. The stocking and bootie were worn by my husband when he was a baby. His mom gave me a lot of his little baby clothes and I still have them. Two of the dresses he wore are hanging in my bedroom. I saved a lot of things from the kids childhood - could not bear to get rid of some of them.
There is also his little sweater, mittens, baby dish, shoe, and a couple of little toys. The slate I found in an antique shop and the blocks belonged to our kids. Also a little chamber pot, part of my great potty collection. The little dresses could probably stand to be laundered! This shelf is really dated - my entire house is really dated! However, I am, too, and I love my comfy little place with all it's old stuff.
Still sewing corners on the blocks for the snowball quilt. About halfway through now. From post title, I now have an IPhone and am working on mastering it. I can see where this texting will be really fun and will love being included when the girls send photos and little videos of Henry and Annie. This whole deal just boggles my mind - what a world we live in!
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Monday, August 5, 2013
My daughter had the idea that since we wouldn't be together on Thanksgiving this year that we have a Thanksgiving dinner while we were at the cabin. We did! She did a turkey in her big roaster (barely got it in) and everyone else was assigned a part of the feast. My contribution was pumpkin pie. The turkey smell floated all around the vicinity and it smelled so good! The weather was so cool - more like October than August!
Here is everyone there (my son and his wife could not make it that weekend but will be coming up in two weeks). I am so blessed with having such a great family - I love them all with all my heart!
A good group!!