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4/16

P was gone for work on Monday and then Tuesday was to check all the equipment for a good day to run on Wednesday.

He went back to a less expensive fertilizer because of the low market prices and applied that all day Weds, Thursday, and Friday.  Just a bit he is putting in other areas to empty the tank and it is already here for today.

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He would like to spray his cover crops but the wind is supposed to get to be too much today so we’ll see.  Yesterday was 70′ bright blue skies!  The dog & I sat outside and I brushed her.  Too bad she’d prefer the shade and I want to sit in the sunshine!  She wins…. she is hard to move and has much more fur than me!

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When I got a photo of the tractor back home, I found a sleepy dog on the porch.

Earlier while I was out brushing her, I also checked on the lilac bushes.  We trimmed them after blooms last year, as I learned online to produce more blooms this year, and it looks like it is working!  This area of bushes is packed with little buds of blooms growing!!

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We tried winter garlic for the first time with planting in November 2015.  So far … all right.  One of 3 varieties is doing well.  Another has fair population, and the 3rd is all but absent!  Thankfully we marked our rows when we planted.

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Friday night supper was homemade pizza.  Not totally healthy but better than take-out!

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I make 3 small pizzas when I do this so we have one fresh and now I have 2 in the freezer for that night where all I can imagine doing is heating a frozen pizza!

Easter 2016

I was thankful that one’s spring break was the traditional week before Easter this year so he was home about 10 days.  :)   The other one just had Sunday off but got off work a bit earlier on Saturday than normal and was home by 6:45 p.m. so we had time to visit and sit before I turned into a pumpkin and headed to bed!

We all went to the early service at church so dinner would not need to be so late.  By the time we were home, P’s parents were home from their service and came over for dinner.

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We had —
— home-grown ham (I never have served this for a holiday before as it is a regular free food for us.  But free was key and the kids don’t get it all the time anymore!)
— smashed potatoes (usual recipe, just unpeeled yellow yukon potoates and smashed not whipped in the mixer)
— gravy  (from homemade chicken broth)
— french style green beans
— Gma brought pickles, olives, and cheese cubes
Cheesecake with toppings – the yummiest and lightest cheesecake I’ve ever made!  Gluten-free as well for one.  It disappeared and I have a new & 10″ springform pan on my wish list as my pan leaks in the water bath even with 2 layers of foil!  (And 9″ is really very small for this!)
Toppings:
*I made a cooked, dried fruit mix for a topping and apparently I’m the only one interested in such an idea.  Not that I’m supposed to eat dried fruit! (too much sugar)
* I had out a can of cherry pie filling for a topping and that vanished!
*Gingersnap cookie crumbs with vanilla & butter and toasted in a pan a bit for those that were missing crust to the cheesecake.

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The grands enjoy it when the kids are home.  They get to have a meal here and have plenty of time to visit.

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March Sunset

Many evenings in March have given us stunning colors in the west sky in the evening.  Finally I grabbed the camera and ran out for photos!  As you know… the photos don’t do it justice!

the 11th ~

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the 16th ~
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And I had a few walks outside…..
The Farmer is working on the planter a bit at a time…. and these wimps think they need a cushion and to keep him company!

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He took this photo on his phone another day ~
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And while I almost got a photo of the dog & me upclose with P in the background, the dog just doesn’t like selfies!!  So P came to help me…. and we have a family of 3 photo!  This was the best I could get.  Such a goofy dog!

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White Dog or Not?

Is the farm dog white and clean?

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Or does she….

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go wading/swimming on a 55’F day (real feel was 43′ though)

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in February?  (whoa!!! Such a heat wave!  When does that happen here??)

 

Or does she mostly go digging and come inside at supper time like this?  (she didn’t stay in the kitchen after photos!)

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I was able to go to a quilt show with the added bonus of seeing some friends that I don’t see very often.

A few quilts from the show …

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Song Birds ???

 

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I ♥ the miniatures!! (note standard size rosette ribbon)

 

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Love the farm scene!

 

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Yes, I gravitate to house quilts… by a group, pastels, and vines over the thin sashings. Great work!

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Modern is another favorite along with all the quilting here.

 

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A whole wall with a whole year of quilts and then close-up of the last one. Stunning!

 

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Favorites – flowers, pinks, black & white, texture, different fabrics, 3-D, spectacular quilting

 

I took a class and just got this far…

The class was instruction to make the center to either hang on point or straight but the inside the squiggly yellow line. The instructor had many examples of how she had used this same pattern for a medallion on other quilts.

The class was instruction to make the center to either hang on point or straight of the part inside the squiggly yellow line. The instructor had many examples of how she had used this same pattern for a medallion on other quilts. My tiny triangles for the star points are on the table at the end of the class!

It was a paper piecing class but I like to do paper piecing.  I’ve done a lot of methods and will still stick with “mine”.  But we had a good instructor and I enjoyed meeting my table partner.

To a sponsored pajama party….

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…and had a blast with cheering and laughing until our sides hurt.

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our table princess ~

 

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Seeing special friends that came for the show too! ♥

Baby Gifts

I made gifts for a baby shower recently. The new baby is due to love pink so of course I enjoyed adding pink fabrics to a denim theme.

The bibs are like a favorite pattern I used for our son back in the day. This time I found hot pink bandanas at Farm & Fleet which pleased me! I used a standard bib pattern I found via Pinterest.  Her pattern is turned right side out but I like the frayed edges of the denim so I sewed mine wrong sides together and just stitched along the edge leaving a bit to fray after washing.

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(I have no affiliate sponsors.  I’m just adding the links so you can find ideas too.)  I don’t have more pictures as these came out of the washer & dryer just 5 minutes after I should have left for the party!  I don’t do late.

Snap Source, the best way to add snaps!  Even if you sew only a few things for a child, you have to have a snap setter from Snap Source.  Buy size 16 and you should be pretty set for most projects.  It is great — even after all these years for me!

The travel changing pad idea and instructions came from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.  I used denim on the outside and a cotton fabric with a light chintz glaze for the inside. I took the denim and a piece of wool batting to my deck and spray-basted them together.  Then it was easier to sew the denim right sides together with the cotton.  After turning right side out, I quilted a few wavy lines since I had added a layer of wool batting inside.

I added a travel pouch of wipes after the photo.

My children didn’t have tag blankets but I’ve heard a lot about them. I sent a quick message to a young mom friend to check on a good size. I say bigger is better and was aiming to about 20″ square as the pattern suggested. However, she said theirs are more 12″ square and big loveies shouldn’t be in cribs anymore.

The cream side is velour and the other side is a pastel yellow flannel feminine print. I added pastel ribbons of various textures.

I also put a layer of wool batting inside before turning. Quilting this on my long arm was a challenge with nothing to load it with so I basted the edges to some straps of fabric. It was the ugliest load ever! (in the form of technique) But totally worth getting a feathered freehand heart!

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I made a denim tote for the gift bag and it can be used for toting toys, baby needs, or groceries. I love this size for the grocery. Plus if something spills the totes are easy to wash.  I have this pattern but I really want to rewrite it so I don’t have to rethink it all every time I make one. I’ve made several.  Poorly written directions!

Me with the expectant mom —

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I’m friends with the expectant grandmother; here with her other daughter ~

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And now we await word on or around May 1st!

Another Leap Day

Every 4 years I get a day to pause and think.  Usually it is “tomorrow” but then when tomorrow comes, it was “yesterday” and I had neither of those.  I will use today to get a lot done on quilts and the usual Monday jobs… water the plants and wash towels.

On February 29, 1984, I went to the doctor and P had taken me so was in the room for my appointment.  I had told him I was sure he would get to hear the heartbeat through the doctor’s stethoscope and see the doctor measure how big the baby was getting.  But as measurement started, P got up to watch and immediately the doctor snapped the tape back and P sat down.

The doctor listened for a heartbeat and he didn’t hear it but didn’t say that or much of anything either.  He asked me to come to the back for the lab room for a pregnancy test.  In oblivion, I walked there without much thinking of what that could mean.  Until he came to the room several minutes later to say it was negative.  I wasn’t pregnant any longer.  I was 18 weeks along.  I had felt wiggles and the doctor had heard the heart beat and measured my growing womb for several visits.  Until the 29th of February.

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Eight years later on February 28, 1992, I was admitted to the high-risk mom’s unit for surgery the next day.  Our sweet #5 was just 11 weeks but they agreed to give me a cerclage a week earlier than planned.  I only had a local for it and listened in to all their chatter while they secured our wee one to help keep the already-open door closed until there was an ability for life outside.

It was fun to be in the recovery room, the only one not working that was truely awake!  I can still remember and see the recovery room nurses joy and delight when an L&D nurse came down with the loud heartbeat monitor.  The sound of the healthy heartbeat after surgery resounded in the whole room!  Much to my thankfulness and the fun of the nurses.  It wasn’t usual for them to get to hear an infant heartbeat like that.

Back in my room, P was waiting.  While I regained feeling in my legs, I realized…. it was February 29, 1992.  A miracle on Leap Day!  A big step in saving our baby.

There were a whole lot more miracles before and after this date in 8 long months to bring us our son, JP!  Our son… that came to us via pergonal & something else & wonderful scientists and technology, then surgery, terbutaline, mag-sulfate IVs (near death experience in my head! :p ), a terbutaline-infusion pump, 6 months of bedrest and 2 months of “rest”, 3 weeks of quarantine from Miss K,  a handful of CNAs at home (Eva was my favorite!), dozens of meals and drivers from church, but above all, God, the Creator of all… was perfect!  He arrived fast and quietly, just 3 1/2 weeks early and just under 5# and we came home in the usual timeframe for then of 2 days later.  Delight!

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Today I know there was loss of our first.
Today I’m thankful for the gift of our youngest.
All in the same breath.
No one replaced another.
I wanted each one.

We’ll all reunite later.

JP back to U

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