Thursday, February 19, 2009

Attic Windows


This is my latest project, a baby quilt, possibly for the new grandbaby. Though, I have several friends having babies, so, it could go to one of them too.

I asked a friend, Joanne, to help me enlarge the pattern, she did it on her EQ6 (*I think).

I'm thinking of putting black trim around the blocks to give it a framed look. Any comments?
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Voyage of Discovery


This is Block 2 of the "Voyage of Discovery" (Lewis and Clark) quilt. It symbolizes the State of Missouri.

On June 26th, the expedition completed its westward trek of 400 river miles across the present state of Missouri and arrived at the mouth of the Kansas River. The first trek of the journey was plagued with health problems such as boils and dysentery. The captains diagnosed the problems from the river water they were drinking and advised the men to dip their cups below the surface when they went for a drink. The surface water was full of scum, mud, and debris; if the men dipped deep, they would get cleaner water. Their diet was also part of the problem as it consisted of mostly meat and cornmeal. Then there were the ticks, gnats, and mosquitoes to deal with. They came in droves so thick that the men could not keep them out of their eyes, noses, ears and throats. To escape, men stood in the smoke of the fire and coated their exposed limbs, necks, and faces with voyager's grease.

Sounds like loads of fun doesn't it?!?!! I'm glad I'm only making a quilt!
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Monday, February 9, 2009


I thought maybe I should put up a photo of the better looking end of the cat now!
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Desi's story


For awhile now I've been meaning to tell you about our other cat, Desi. We got Desi the same time as Louie, though they are not from the same litter. Desi is probably about a month older. He's full of zest, always curious, and loves high places.

The love of high places got him in trouble last week.

For the first time in months, when I came home for lunch, I drove our car in the garage and left the garage door up. He jumped on the CRV and then on top of the garage door. I didn't know he was there, and of course, when I left to go back to work after my lunch, put the door down. Not quite 2 hours later, Mike came home and discovered that Desi was trapped in the door, and not able to move his hind quarters. Needless to say, Mike and Desi were both distraught! He rushed him to the vet to decide what to do. Desi had xrays, and the vet reported that there were no broken bones and maybe we should leave him overnight to see if there was any change before we made any decisions. Our vet knows how much we love our pets! The next morning, Desi was moving his tail and feet slightly, so we decided to leave him there and do 5 days of cortisone shots. (2 per day). Saturday we brought him home.

He can't really jump on things, and isn't supposed to do stairs for awhile, but, the vet is hopeful for a full recovery. If you look at this photo of the 2 kitties, you will see that while Louie stands on his feet, Desi's stands more on his lower legs. That's how he walks now. It's a little awkward for him, but he can get around pretty good. The vet tells us that the feet are the last thing to recover after spinal nerve damage and to give it time.

Please join us and pray for our Desi!
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My sister in law put together this lovely centerpiece for me. I have it on my formal dining room table. She's one talented lady! Thanks Judy!
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Random Things

This is a clarification note. On my list of random things, I noted that "people who are annoyed by other people's bad grammar, annoy me." This is not to say that I'm never annoyed by bad grammar. You see, there has to be a balance. If you are speaking publicly, or are a journalist, and your grammar is bad while doing your job, I would be annoyed. And I suppose if you are always "grammar checking" yourself, then you probably are annoyed by these issues.

However, if you are not in these jobs, and are not an English teacher, you should just cut the rest of us a break! :)

I'm off my tangent now. It really doesn't bother me all that much anyway. I just wanted to clear that one up.