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While I am sewing today…

you can visit my yard.

After I did my TTapp (and was barely able to stand!), I walked the lane.

On the way back down, I saw a robin at the TV antenna pole! HA! She kept them hidden! Only from me who doesn’t go outside much!

So I came in and got my camera.

Went out first to check on my pond. My iris at the pond are looking fine in all their splendor!

Around the back of the house are yellow iris in dire need of weeding… *sigh*

To the north…. in a little nesting box JP made and put out there …. hmmm…. maybe 3 years ago…. I found:

Nearly grown!!

Nearby are K’s snowball bushes (also in need of some weeding…):


I’ll avoid the weeding needs and return to my Dear Jane blocks. Hoping to finish my March blocks soon! I am hoping but not sure I can get 5 blocks done today!

Inside, my house is still fragrant from Phil’s roses and this arrangement from his sister & family:

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Happy 25th to us!

I only thought old people had milestone anniversaries…..

So here we are at our 25th year. Wow!

May 29, 1983


Here is my family
:

Our wedding party:
These are just scans from our proofs and I notice they are already deteriorating. Bummer. I have the negatives and need to see if I can get prints made or even if my scanner would read them. That would be best!!


This is my new siggy on the Sonlight Forums but I love the collage so thought I’d share it with the rest of you:
Our plans for the day are on hold as the crop consultant advised Phil yesterday that one field needs replanted. Our Mother’s Day drenching downpour has made all the fields planted before that struggle to emerge. This one doesn’t seem to be coming out of it.

Phil was up early and ran the disc to ‘unplant’ it. Now we are giving it some time to dry/settle and he will plant. It is only 17 acres so won’t take much over an hour.

Whatever happens, we’ll spend part of the day out driving and/or shopping and have a nice dinner somewhere.

We have gone through a ton together. We have been honored and thrilled to bring home 2 children to raise. We have grieved together as 3 of our children did not get to come home with us.

We have had fun times and hard times with relationships and farming. But in the end, we have had each other through it all. Only each of us have gone through these things with the other. Our faith has been the stronghold through it all.

Yesterday Phil came home from town with 25 roses!Aren’t the gorgeous?? They smell yummy, too!


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K’s door decor

So to catch you up fast on life in Chicago…. K was home for 5 days over Mother’s Day weekend. She returned to her room to begin RA training. The training went well. Part of the time they did training and part of the time they checked the rooms to make sure everything was (sort of) clean. (They don’t have the same standards as others we know!)

Training ended last Friday and finally on Saturday afternoon she got the call that HER room was ready.
Her new room.
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She is nearly to the top of her building and now on the corner with a lovely window ~ she can see LOTS! (I wouldn’t know… being that I’m scared of heights. She promised that when I’m in there next, she’ll close the blinds. I felt like I was going to fall off the edge of the building when we peaked in the 9th floor room. Now she is near the clouds!)

Before her students come she needs to decorate the doors for the students’ names and have a coordinating bulletin board. It is an art school after all.

She (Miss Accessories) made 4″ (or so) handbags!

Here is the whole floor worth.


When she learns whether her floor is for guys or girls and gets a name list, she’ll paint (in girl or boy colored paint) their name on another strip of fabric and glue it to the bag. Aren’t these the cutest!

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I was so excited to get an email from Shirley on Friday asking about hitting the Wisconsin quilt shops on Saturday. Yippee!!

I stopped at JoAnn’s for a smidgen and arrived at Shirley’s by 10:10. She showed me her current project (very cool greens in a Double Irish Chain) and we headed out to pick up Ritarose.

We are quite the team… 3 of us quilters!
Too funny!!

We went to 4 shops! How cool is that!! All were near and around Madison.

Patches & Petals in Belleville
Stitcher’s Crossing in Madison
Mill House Quilts in Waunakee
JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie

Aren’t these poppies cute? The plantings outside Mill House Quilts were darling! They also had mini irises that were just ending.

Here we are in Mill House Quilts. It was my first visit to the store and I loved it. It is a huge store, friendly employees, and beautiful decor.

Ritarose, Shirley, and Me!

I loved this deal I found in the sale room at Mill House Quilts.
The fat quarter roll was in the sale room and I wondered out loud how hard it would be (in the future) to find coordinating fabric for the border. Ritarose immediately suggested “this” bolt and it was perfect! I think she moonlights there!

I got home just after 7 p.m.

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How I Spent Mother’s Day

Yes, I know Mother’s Day was more than a week ago but I’ve been busy!

It was a fun day ~

#1 – JP played for church and that always makes me happy and
#2 – K was home for a long weekend and that was a treat!

After church we got yummy meats from the grocery to grill. So then once we were home, Phil helped with dinner! He did the grilling and K & I worked on the inside food.

The kids gave me a vase of 4 beautiful multi-colored roses. I had wonderful pictures of them and can’t find them now! I have no idea but maybe I didn’t save them? Who knows but I’m sorry as the pictures were so pretty! They looked like velvet!!

At church all the women got roses and they had too many left over so we got 6! They were just traditional red.

And K had shopped at Nordstrom’s Rack and found me this outfit and another top & earrings!



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K’s Big Opening!

Huge Announcement!


K has just launched her online store,
Designs by K3turah!

Now even you can own a design by an up & coming fashion & fiber design art student!!

I hope you visit there soon!

Way to go, K!!

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Whew!! Break Time?

Is it break time yet??

Saturday was a bit slower than the previous 10 days. I even got to sew!!! YIPPEEE!!! (And got myself past the Dear Jane block I was dreading. It only took about an hour & a half for the 4 1/2″ sq block. *sigh*)

Yesterday we went for late church. After dinner & a nap, we worked on the garden. Tomatoes went in: 2 grape, 2 yellow, 4 first lady (early red). Peppers went in: 4 yellow, 4 banana. I weeded PART of the front flower bed. (much more to go….) We had small group at night.

But today is back to a spinning my head type of day.


Today is the County Extension Soybean Plot planting. Each run of the planter is a different seed variety for an unbiased test plot. LOTS of extra work for Phil and consequently me.

JP did school, as much as he could, sooner rather than later. Physics, History, and some Lit are done. Did I tell you he finished Geometry last month? Yeah!! That makes the school day much shorter!

Phil lined up workers….
the usual family: Phil, Bob, & JP
County worker: John, but not the usual leader Mark
Seed dealers: Wayne and Doug


I made cinnamon rolls, thinking this would be a morning plot. Then it changed to a late-morning start so on my trip to town, I got sandwich fixings. Now I’ve made 7 HUGE roast beef & swiss sandwiches in jumbo buns. The grocery had (nearly) homemade buns that they’ll have to smash to get a bite out of them.

The rolls will be done from the oven soon. Phil made brownies yesterday to give me a head start on today. I’ll grab a box of carrot sticks for them.

Not my most nutritious meal but it will keep them going. In a bit, I’ll pack the cooler with lemonades and water bottles.

JP has Sunday band practice tonight. After I take him there, I will head to Quilt Guild. With plenty of reminders, Phil will (ahem ~ WILL) pick up JP.

The program for Quilt Guild is mini-workshops. I think they have done this before but not when I’ve been there. From what I understand, several guild members will teach something at various stations. We’ll rotate stations. Sounds interesting.

Just so I can include a picture with this post….
Phil got the extra t-shirt K received for helping with the SAIC Fashion Show, titled The Walk. The back has the SAIC logo… his main reason for wanting the shirt!
And in case you couldn’t read the shirt…..

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