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One Heck of a Friday!

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Walked with Ruth this morning. Ended up with a 3 mile walk today. Hard to believe I walked all that much but when the rest of the day was added, I had move then usual in my steps! I've walked 11,178 steps so far today.Will probably add another two hundred before the day is over.

Got home and Patrick was ready to go. We did go to the casino. After that we ended up going to Walmart, Shop'n Kart, and Safeway. We picked up a cooler at Walmart as well as the drinks for our family reunion on Sunday. We did our own grocery shopping at Safeway. So, now we are ready for my Uncle and cousin tomorrow.

After all that, we came home and started cleaning up getting ready for this weekend. My nephew and his wife showed up while we were getting cleaning done. It was awesome to see them! I got to meet my nephews wife. Their little girl is a cutie and busy. I loved having her here.


I've been working in this area so far. It's got a lot more work to go.


I'm getting closer to the cat. I…

Day With Mom

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Today we got in our 2.5 mile walk. I even took my camera with me to take photos of the Golden Finch birds that we see every morning....well.....as I was taking photos, I realized I was missing my disc that holds all the photos....so, the photos I thought I was taking...didn't happen...ugh.

Got home and cleaned the living room carpet. Took a good amount of time to do it. I could have done it again to get more dirt up, but really wasn't in the mood to spend my hole morning cleaning the carpet.

I went downstairs to let the carpet dry. I was able to get a lot of quilting done.


I started quilting around the upper butterfly - it was rolled more - didn't get any photos today. I like the way it's coming along. I hope to get it done soon, but with family and family reunion this weekend, I may not make it this month, I need to clean up my room tomorrow and vacuum the floor. There is a lot of stuff on the floor that needs to be picked up. Plus I need to move the quilt frame so we…

More Cleaning.....And Quilting.....And Cross Stitching

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Today we got a really good walk in. I then came home and started working on my carpet cleaning. I did the hallway one more time, then came and got the dinning room done. I did the dinning room twice, and couldn't believe the dirt!! I have done the living room and dinning rooms often, but this new cleaner seemed to be the right stuff. I will do the living room in the morning before I go to moms to take her to the hospital.

I went downstairs to let the carpet dry. I was quilting!


I was able to get a lot done on the quilt today.


I was able to roll the quilt! One can see the top of the quilt coming up! Actually I think it's the bottom, because the center had he butterfly upside down while I was working on it. I'm happy to see the end is NEAR! I may have this quilt done this summer if I just keep going down there for an hour or more a day! I've been doing pretty good with that lately. I'm happy to see it coming to an end. I will put Katt's black and white quilt on w…

Working On Cleaning House

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Today I did the usual....walking. I had a good walk. Came home and vacuumed the hallway and then used the cleaner to clean the hallway. I ran the cleaner over it twice. May have to do it again. I'll do that again tomorrow.

I then went downstairs and tried to put a few more stitches on the quilt. I got a few more stitches in and can't wait to get more!


I got about a third of it quilted. Was more interested in something else, so didn't get as much done as I wanted to.


I was able to get more done on the cross stitch as well. I am working on the flowers in the middle.


I got working on this area, and couldn't stop. I'm having so much fun getting this together. I like the results. My work wasn't what it used to be, but I have been fixing it as I go. I am not crazy about the designers way of outlining but I'm not going to complain, it does the job. 
I have the living room and the dinning room to clean next. The carpet hasn't been clean in a while. I wanted it …

Another - Best Laid Plans...That DIDN'T Happen!

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Today was back to normal. We walked 2.5 miles and got caught up on Ruth's trip to AZ. She had a great time. We had a great chat this morning.

Came back and got some of my games done. I could not believe how tired I was. I thought about taking a nap, but that didn't work. I kept getting up for one reason or another. I kept thinking, I need to do this...I need to go to the bathroom first...I need to clean the kitchen....and the list got done as I kept getting up. Then decided the heck with this, and went downstairs to quilt!


Started out at this point, where the butterfly needed the wing done. I also had the meandering going really well.


Before I knew it, I had the center piece COMPLETELY quilted. I finish it off. Now I'm going to do the meandering more now. I had a couple more needles going. Before long, I was rolling the quilt!


This was the point when I was ready to roll it.


Loving how it's coming along. It wasn't that long ago that the center was in the middle of t…

Awesome Day on the Deck

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This morning I was up early - darn the sunlight! I waited about an hour before putting the cinnamon rolls in the oven. Patrick was still sleeping and figured by 9:00 am he could get up for the rolls. (laughing) Yea, just a little mean for not letting him sleep in. He likes the rolls fresh out of the oven, so he had to get up or let them cool down. (still laughing)

It was a really nice day today. Think we made it to 92 degrees. Not my favorite heat, but thankful it wasn't in the 100's. Bet my brother is enjoying this weather since he lives in Las Vegas. They were going camping last I heard. If they went to the ocean beach, then it was a lot cooler there too.

I spent a good amount of time out on the deck. I took my computer out there and copied (by typing them) letters from the family. Add them to my Letters From The Past blog. This is letters from my family that my great grandmother and grandmother kept over the years. They have helped with my family history too.


last night I g…

Movie Saturday

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Today we were up and running. We did our usual casino trip, and it actually was a good day for us.

We headed back and stopped at mom's to drop off her car keys that I brought home yesterday. Took a sheet for Alicia on the piecing she's doing. It was the blank "Patchwork and Crosses" pattern. She can get a good idea from them. Asked Christine how she did on it. Guess she didn't have any idea she was working on it. teehee

We then went to Phil's and gave him his Birthday gift. I forgot yesterday to do up a page for his Birthday. I would have posted a lot about him yesterday. Thinking today is an "after thought," and won't do it. We picked him up and headed to the movies. We went to the Star Trek movie. I LOVED the movie. I'm a fan of Star Trek. It was really good.

Came home and Patrick mowed the yard.


I worked on the cross stitch while he was mowing. I didn't do much as far as gaming today. Casino doesn't count! I added the French knots…

Getting Mom Ready For Surgery

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Today was a day I needed to spend with mom. I got up and ended up going to moms. I arrived at their place about 8:15 am. Mom's appointment was at 9:15 am with the doctor. We headed over to the doctors and they asked all the questions they needed. Then we went to the hospital to get ready for surgery on the 1st. Mom had x-rays and a few other things done. We finally finished that up around 11:30 am.

Got home to my brother, Patrick and his family there. They were getting their camper ready for camping this week. We took Alicia and her bow to Subway to get some sandwiches. We came home and had lunch. Then mom had to leave again for her physical therapy.

While mom was gone, I showed Alicia how to do the English paper piecing. I had those "Patchwork and Crosses" that I ordered. Gave her all that was done and left the templates for her to make more if she wanted to. She stitched the center 4 pieces together and stared on the next row. She was doing an awesome job. So, I left a…

A Day of Both Quilting And Cross Stitch

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Today was one day I could actually sleep in - all of 1 hour. I was up and enjoying the time to myself. I got laundry going and I even went downstairs! I worked on my quilt down there! It felt good to finally get back to being downstairs.


I finished up the quilting on the right side. I actually got a good 2 hours in on quilting.


It felt good to get more done.


I was able to roll the quilt! I'm so thrilled. It is getting closer to getting done at this rate. I need to get down there more often! I'm going to try and finish this. If I can do that, I'll have finished at least one quilt for the past 3 years!! Woo Hoo!!


I got this much done last night.


Then I worked on it again last night. I'm liking the way it's looking.


I was able to get this far today. It's looking great. I have been doing pretty good. I was a little lazy today too.

I did vacuum and took two of our kitchen rugs and washed them. I don't know how they got so dirty! It's amazing how clean those …

From One Thing To Another....

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Today I was up as usual, but didn't get my walk in. I did do a lot of walking around the house, but that didn't make up for what I didn't do.

I had to send a message to my BE group to let them know I couldn't host the BE meeting on the first. I'm really bummed about it, but that's life. I then got the sheets from the two beds downstairs and worked on my laundry. Took the sheets and put them out on the line. That way they will be ready for company next weekend.

I then thought of an idea for my needles last night while reading the book on the Civil War quilts. I read the story about the Confederate quilt. It talked about a raid along the MO. I enjoyed the reading, and found where they talked about the sewing kits that the Union soldiers took with them. I liked the way it was fold-able. So, I decided to modify it for my needle case. I wanted one where I had a lot of room for all the different needles, from tapestry to quilting. I will also have my pins on one of t…

Busy Day!

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Today started out fast and out the door. I went to pick Art up and go to Red Wing Casino. It was our monthly trip. I didn't do that great, but I did come home with some money and that's all that matters some times.

I got home just before Patrick. We had a guy show up for the roof. I wasn't too thrilled with him and the best part was it wasn't to work on the roof, but to give an estimate. I listened to his walking up there and found that he really didn't walk around much. Trouble was that his estimate was $2500 more than the other guy. So, I'm not going with him! Actually that should be "we."

So, my day for doing any crafts didn't happen....yet. I really wanted to do some quilting today, but it didn't work out. That's okay, sometimes life gets in the way.


I did get some back stitching done. I'm hoping to get more done. I really didn't get much last night. I was busy doing a few other things. I really am getting used to the back stit…

Tried Cleaning My Computer...UGH

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This morning I got my 2.55 mile walk in. I won't be walking with Ruth the rest of the week, because she's off to Las Vegas with her 4 daughters. Should be interesting for her. lol

I helped her with her computer and then come home to run off to our Brazilian embroidery meeting. We had 6 of us showing up. We did miss 4 of our members. It was fun! We really get to laughing when we get together.


I started working on the second bird of the bird feeder. I needed to do some work on the wing, so that is what I'm doing now. I had the belly work in there, but I'm going to add more yellow in the belly. That will be a little later, as I'm still working on finishing the cross stitch. All because of my posts all summer of what I'm working on.

Came home and worked on the cross stitch till I had the doctors appointment. I wanted to make sure I was okay with my legs swelling up so much. It's normal, so I guess I'm normal....at least that's what they think. lol

When …

Getting Closer To Finishing Another Project

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Today was a day I could sleep better.

I enjoyed the morning while Patrick slept. Phil stopped by and gave me so lettuce from the garden. It was awesome! I gave him the blueberries I picked on Friday. Good trade I think.

Patrick was replacing the old lights (ceiling) with the ones mom was getting rid of. They look great in the two rooms. It's funny how often I heard him swearing! lol

While he was doing that, I baked some Zucchini Bread. It was my grandmother's recipe. It turned out really good.

I then took the day and worked on my cross stitch. I'm so close to being done, I can taste it!


I got most of the right side done and started finishing up the boarder. I need to fix the hummingbird on the top. I didn't count right. I'm down to the boarder and then it's done as far as the cross stitch goes.


I took out some pieces, put some in, filled in the areas that I missed. Each step got me that much closer to finishing this piece. I will get started on the outlining ne…

Listing Things To Be Finished...UGH

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This morning I was enjoying my extra half hour of sleep. Then I was up and enjoying my games before we left.

Headed to moms to hang some photos on the wall. Patrick is the "expert" on hanging pictures. Mom must have had 10 pictures for her to hang up. We stopped off at Home Depot to pick up a shower head. Then Patrick put the shower head up as well as the photos. He did an awesome job and mom was happy with what he did. Dad and I were laughing at why we didn't do the hanging of photos - we really don't measure, we just put up. Patrick likes to make sure they go in an order.

After that, we went to the movie "Ghostbusters!" I recommend that movie! I enjoyed it, and Melissa McCarthy was awesome, not one "F" word out of her mouth! It was great!! I did like the other gals as well. It turned out a lot better than I expected. I liked the original as well as this one. The original movie members made appearances in the movie which was even better!


I added …

Best Laid Plans.....

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Today was the norm...walking in the morning. We walked a little faster today. Came home and picked blueberries.


Had a visitor while picking berries. 

While this guy was flying around, I decided to let him be. I didn't want to get too close. 

Patrick's garden is doing great. He's getting a lot growing now.


These are really growing.


Tomatoes are awesome. I'm going to have more than I need.

After all that, which took me 2 hours to pick the berries.....I was back in the house cleaning up the blueberries. Got a lot of berries.

Then I took another 2 hours and worked on cleaning up the photos in my computer. I moved the TAS group pictures to a thumb drive. I still have a ton more to go, but it did clean up my computer by 2 g's. I'm happy, now I have about 2 1/2 more years to go. ugh....

I then sat down and worked on my cross stitch. I didn't get an hour in before I was so tired I had to take a nap. Me, taking a nap?! NO way, but yep. Then I was woke up by a guy ch…

Quilting and Potluck Day

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Today started out as usual....guess I could just quit saying that..but, hey!, I do walk in the mornings.

After getting back (was running late today), I went looking to make sure I had something to work on when I get to the meeting. Didn't want to be like I have been in the past....forgetting something. I found the two blocks that I basted for the Baltimore Liberty. The good news was, I had two blocks I could work on. Surprise, Surprise!


I worked on this block at the meeting. Since it was our Potluck day, I didn't get a whole lot done. I was surprised, I really wasn't hunger today. I didn't take the medication that I was put on. I found out that that medication must be working, because not only did I have pains, I also had an "attack" around 4:30 pm where I sweated and shook so bad. I was dripping with sweat. I couldn't believe it.

I dropped of the cake at Patrick's work. I baked a cake yesterday for the potluck. It was so simple. I put the cherry fill…

I Actually Quilted Today.....

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Today was a day without walking in the morning. I goofed around for a little bit and then went downstairs.

I tightened the quilt on the frame, loaded up my quilt needles for quilting, and set up my table to enjoy as well.


Once I was set up, I was ready to go. Even turned the TV on to see some shows.


Sized the quilt up to see what needed to be done. I need to finish quilting about 6 inches on this side of the quilt, then I can roll it again.


Spent the next 2 hours quilting. I was able to finish the quilting on the center boarder. That made me happy because now I can get moving on the butterfly lines and finish this up!



I do have a little more to do on the tips but otherwise this is ready to move on. I'll try and quilt the right side tomorrow. If I can get myself to just go down and quilt at least an hour a day, I can get this thing finished! I seriously need to do that.

After quilting, I came up and did some laundry. Then mom called and wanted me to order a couple things for her. I…