Road Trip

The end of July brought all 4 of us together.

In the car.

Away from home.


The last time that happened was in 2004 when we went to South Dakota.   So much has changed since then…  Life on the farm and in the family has changed to the point of making outings nearly impossible.  I am not a very good long-distance traveler this year.    And all of us have jobs that don’t have vacation pay.  All this piled in but we did it!

skyline Chi

pier evening


Everyone got in a day’s work (or partial) and we headed through the big city around 8 p.m.

K leads the way

Phil & I love the kids and love spending time with them.  We cherished all the moments we had with the 4 of us.  (Phil was super glad to have 2 willing drivers!!)

load of 4

The destination was camp for my side’s family reunion.  We spent more time sitting in the car to get there & back than awake at the reunion.

My mom & the 4 of us at the campfire.

mom and 4


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All of 4 generations were there but 2 (+ 2 spouses) of the cousin (3rd) generation.

group photo

Saturday morning –

my team

Saturday afternoon slip & slide.  Here go my 3 (you can click on the photo to see it larger) –

slide combo

And back up the hill to do it again!

slide 01

I got to hold the youngest model.  :)  We gained 2 wee ones in 2013!  I was glad he was still at the pass-the-baby stage but more like the size & weight of wrestling with a 4-legged cinder block that wants to steal your nose!  

BA & JA3/4 of the girl cousins —  A&E with my K

girl combo





Closet Become New!

No, I did not take care of all the closets before we moved in here.  It has been 26 years.  Many closets and rooms came “furnished”.  We moved ourselves and did it quickly.

Anyway.  It is the cleaning closet.  Who cares?
I finally did.

Over the last months, I’ve organized and cleaned it.  Added bins and tubs and hooks to make it more usable.  Thrown out unneeded.  Re-homed some things.

closet B

And now it is white.  Clean.  Polished.  Easy to use.

But really…. it is just for me.  The photos are even blurry.  And seriously, have you considered how crazy one becomes while painting a closet?  Don’t back up or you’ll get paint in your hair!  Don’t stay too long as there is no place to breathe.  Technique, not so critical!

Beautiful July




It felt like an early June day instead of early in July.


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And such clear blue skies.

church 03


I had to capture some of the beauty.

And our time together.


Grandma asked for a photo too.


Together to partner with family.

A beautiful woman.

Loved much.


My Birthday Weekend

Oh the joys of having my birthday land on a Sunday…. I declare that the celebrating (laziness, spoiling) then encompasses the whole weekend!   :)    Such as it was this year.

P & me B

Phil took off most of the day on Friday and took me shopping.  I love having him keep me company.  I sent him off to wander the mall and/or warm a bench while I spent time and a bit of money in the Loft store.  Super, duper deals that day with 50% off most of the store ( :)  !!!) and then I gave in and got their store card (which I’ve never done before but I love Ann Taylor) which gave me another 15% off and then said I’d miss the birthday bonus as my birthday was in 2 days (transaction time, etc) so the manager overrode the rule and gave me my $15 off for my birthday as well.

Much nicer clothes and for less than the prices at Target.    :)

Lunch at my favorite local restaurant was yummy (New Orleans style pizza: shrimp & spicy sausage) albeit slow when one needed to get back to work.  We made a few more stops and headed home for a few hours of work for P.

my lunchb

Saturday was quiet here… for my schedule… but the son had friends out for target play.  Quiet was not their word for the day but the details are only shared in person and privately.  ;)

Sunday called the men to P’ville for the North American HAM radio field day weekend (who knew???).  They had a great day out together, fun with the radios (JP has his level 3 license and is in the P’ville club as well as campus club), and then toured the damage the university sustained in the June tornadoes.  (Sad but thankful for the safety of those that lived through it.)

JP B-horz

So…. in light of their plans… Miss K met me part way and we had lunch and shopping together.  Just us girls — that hasn’t happened in a quite awhile and it was delightful!!!

We talked fabric, of course, over lunch.  These are K’s 3/8″ hexies.  “Now what?”  (All from one piece of fabric.  Once cut, she sorted out by color.  Very cool!!)

K's hexies-horz


And we shopped a few places… tried on shoes, I bought, she advised, I added to her rewards card.  :)

A5 filofax b

I ordered a 2nd Filofax A5 size for myself and it came a few days later.  Love!  My other Filofax (fuschia) holds my Five-Year Journal and 2014 farm diary.  It is over-flowing and we aren’t done with the year yet!  (Other years the farm diary won’t be in that one.)   This new one will mainly hold my 365/30 lists that I want to get back to.  (No room in the other “inn” so I haven’t kept that up.)

I enjoyed my weekend of birthday!

Sunday Sunset

All of a sudden the living room glowed purple and I ran outside to get photos.  Barefoot.  In the sprinkles.  Battery dying.





The camera just doesn’t capture how colorful the sky was that night!

MIL’s 80th

We had a family party with some of my mother-in-law’s requests for her 80th birthday.

  • P’s sister and family came from Ohio and they (the 5 of them) did special things during the week.
  • We had a family dinner out on her birthday with all but Miss K in attendance.  It was fun and a special place.
  • She also asked for “birthday cake”. P1020243

After dinner, we took cake to their house complete with candles, a singing candle, 80th candles, and sparkler candles.

For as many photos as I got, I also wish I had gotten a video as she was pleased as can be with her birthday cake and candles.  So happy!  :-)    She sat for several minutes watching the candles and just enjoying her moment.


She was so thankful we were all together for her day.



She looked lovely and commented she chose the purple top as “when she is old, she can wear purple”.  We noted that that phrase was for her 50th birthday, we groaned a bit, and then let her enjoy all the purple she wanted.  Some of us aren’t ready for purple yet.  :)







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Quilt Retreat

I planned to open June with my own personal quilt retreat.  Free, my timing, no carrying of supplies and machine, my own bed, my own food, but it was quiet without girlfriends!  I tried to plan out easy meals but that didn’t go so well and of course, I still had to do dishes!  I did make chocolate cake the day before so I kept the bit of chocolate/treats idea.

I started Friday after supper and got in some arranging of the sewing rooms, got my AccuQuilt Go! Cutter, planned my pattern with EQ7, and got out my fabrics.

cutting with Go

On Saturday, I cut fabrics for one block and pieced it.  This Swoon block is 24″ finished.  Huge!!  This will be fun to quilt when I get the top made.


chain piecing geese


I only pieced for a few hours on Saturday but I finished 2 blocks.

pressing B

(I found a great pressing tutorial via Pinterest.  One diagram kept confusing me as the back of her fabrics made the medium fabric look like a light fabric.  This is my version for reference for the corner units.)

2 blocks B

On Sunday, I took it slow but made a 3rd Swoon block.  I also cut fabrics for 2 more blocks.  For now, my goal is 6 blocks for a throw size.  I also might add a pieced border to make it a bit wider.  Yet to be determined.  I’ll let you know when I get farther down the road.

3 blocks B


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