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A casual blog highlighting my life with kids, grandkids and kitties...Also an avenue to show some items from my etsy shops.

**Please note..The other half of my life is dovoted to helping feral and free roaming cats in Walnut and the surrounding areas. You can learn more and follow our activites there at Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program! **

Friday, October 31, 2008

Jeff Arrived in Guam today...

Top Pic is the GW in Guam...He's there and if I'm hoping to be hearing from him soon. I have to go to Omaha today for my chiropractor appt and then back home to plant more bulbs. I will add more info tomorrow...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeff!

Cant let this day go by without wishing my son a very happy 24th birthday! He probably wont see this, but it makes me feel better posting it. I have no idea what he will do today or if he even told anyone it was his birthday. Last year he didnt. He said that everyone makes so much fun of birthday stuff, he hid the fact.

Anyway, October 30, 1984 was one of the most happy days of my life! I was already in love with him before I even got my first look! Happy Birthday honey, I miss you so much and I love you TONS!

Quilt Tip of the Day!
A cheap and soothing way to heal those dry, rough or hurting hands from handquilting or hand sewing, is to use a real aloe vera plant. Just cut a small slice and soothe over your hands. You will feel a difference by morning! Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Last Minute effort....

I read this on my Navy for Moms page today.... Just thought I'd share...Here is one newspaper that is endorsing John McCain and why...

Dallas Morning News
Lead Editorial: We recommend John McCain for president
Sunday, October 19, 2008

The United States is in crisis. The economy is melting down. Our military is at war on two fronts. Americans approach this election in understandable fear and anger, especially at the incumbent Republican president who, however unjustly, bears the brunt of the blame for the crisis.

Americans want change, yes, but banking on change alone is a risky proposition. Both Barack Obama and John McCain offer new deals to a tense, weary nation.

In better times, America could afford to consider entrusting the White House to an appealing newcomer like Mr. Obama and giving control of the presidency and Congress to the same party.

But in this time of great anxiety, the American people need a leader of experience guiding the ship of state. Mr. McCain offers the continuity, stability and sense of authority people want, as well as a decisive break from the Bush years.

The Democrat talks about change, but only the Republican has made change happen. Only one candidate has a solid record of standing up to his own party on principle and working hand in hand with legislators from the opposing party to get things done.

That candidate is John McCain, a progressive conservative we recommend.

The experience gap

It's easy to see why the admirable Barack Obama has won so many hearts this year. He's as smooth and charismatic as his opponent is raw and irascible. But voters aren't electing a debater-in-chief. They should keep their heads – and their eyes – focused on the record.

Mr. McCain has shown the bipartisan leadership Americans want. For example, the Republican maverick has worked with Democrats on campaign finance laws, immigration reform and climate change. When party infighting brought the Senate to a standstill on judicial nominations, Mr. McCain led the way to an audacious compromise that broke the logjam.

Moreover, Mr. McCain has often opposed his own party when he believed it was the right thing to do. For example, though he supported the Iraq war, Mr. McCain emerged early as a critic of the Bush strategy at a time when the safe Republican move was go along to get along. His leadership was arguably a key factor in forcing the Bush administration to change its ways, adapting a strategy that finally worked.

The Arizona senator's change agenda didn't always bear fruit – but he fought nobly even in defeat. For example, Mr. McCain believed so strongly in comprehensive immigration reform that he nearly destroyed his presidential campaign to fight for it.

That takes guts – the kind America will need from its leader in the difficult days ahead.

Deficit hawk

How difficult? Beyond the immediate credit crisis looms a monumentally larger threat, a $53 trillion entitlement-spending catastrophe that threatens to sink the nation under a sea of red ink. Mr. McCain has a solid record of trying to control Washington's spending habits. This issue, more than any other, is why Americans should put Mr. McCain in the White House.

He clearly has set himself apart from Mr. Obama on federal spending. Mr. McCain is the one who promised to freeze domestic spending his first year and then limit it to 2.4 percent growth the rest of his term. He also has been clear about the urgent need for entitlement reform.

You don't see that kind of independence with Mr. Obama, who has marched in spending lockstep with his party and mostly ducked questions about entitlement reform and budget cuts.

The last time the nation saw Washington make real progress on deficit reduction was the 1990s, when a Democrat controlled the White House and Republicans held Congress. True, Republicans failed to cover themselves in deficit-reduction glory when they held the executive and legislative branches, but we read that as an argument in favor of divided government.

Progressive conservatism

As inspiring as Mr. Obama's history-making presidential bid has been, it is risky to take a chance on an untried leader at this point in our history.

To be sure, a McCain vote also involves an element of risk. His bellicose temperament causes concern, chiefly about his impulsive judgment. If this election were about congeniality and cool, Mr. Obama would easily prevail.

But electing the president is not a popularity contest. Mr. McCain has better policies. He has more experience. And he has proven independence of mind.

In these tough times, John McCain is the right man for America.

Quilt Tip of the Day
Needle in the haystack...otherwise known a needle in the foot or the behind...
So are ya doing any hand piecing or hand quilting these cooler autumn evenings? I am. I'm working on my 1" hexagon quilt and I sit in my chair in front of the tube. So many times in the past, I have laid down my needle and it ends up in the seat cushion or on the carpet. Ouch! I have come up with two ways to avoid that from happening. Either use a pink rubber eraser to stick the needle in, or a small flat refrigerator magnet, with the magnet side laying face up. Both work really well and will keep your pins or needles in your selected spot! Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Who me? Afraid???

Again I am sharing a devotion from my California Friend, Loren. I hope you will take the time to read it and that you will enjoy it and be able to apply it to these days of "fear" and uncertainty. God Bless you all...

“Do you have fears or do your fears have you?”

Loren Thornburg

The question is not ‘do you have fears’ for we all have fears. But rather the question is ‘do your fears have you.’ Have your fears overcome you or are you overcoming your fears? When our fears have us they overcome us so that they are leading and guiding us in every move we take and every decision we make. It reminds me of the picture of walking a dog when you feel more like the dog is walking you. It takes the lead and is now in the forefront of your view. The bigger and stronger the dog the more control it has over you and your focus at that point. And our fears do much the same in our lives when we allow them to take the lead. So it is not that fears are the problem, but rather the problem arises when we allow them to take the lead, for it is then that they have us. They have our thoughts, our steps and our lives. Fears will come, pain will happen, and problems will present themselves. But, will we allow those things to overcome us so that we are operating out of them? We don’t have to. There is another way. We can overcome! So we must ask ourselves who is walking whom?

GOD View

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea”

Psalm 46:1-2 NASB

The Hebrew meaning for the word fear in this verse means overcome by fear. The Lord does not ask that we don’t ever have fears. Fears are referenced hundreds of times in the bible, because He knew that we would have fears. He is well aware of the situations that come and of the fears that will arise. But He is asking that we would not be overcome by the fear and lose sight of who He is…a refuge and strength. Even when things change; even when the world is falling apart; even when our worlds are falling apart…even still we don’t have to fear. You don’t have to fear! He is with you! He is present!!...So what does that mean? Everything if you know who He is!! So Know Him and His power so that in the midst of fears, in the midst of change, in the midst of pain You would be led by Him rather than your fears. He has overcome! With Him you can overcome even this fear!

Quilting Tip of the day...

Dont be afraid to try something new. Never appliqued? Try an easy method, like fusable. Most of your magazines will give you general directions. If not, send me a comment and I will give you direction. Get out of your box and try something new....Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Dewey Who?

It must be in the barometric pressure or the moon or something, but I cant stop crying! I have been feeling so much better. The pain in my neck is all but gone, but I feel very emotional. No it isn't hormones. I don't think I have any anymore. It's not funny.

I won a basket at the silent auction at the tourism conference. It was from Spencer Iowa. Filled with a hand blown glass vase, a beautiful hand lathed wooden bowl, tickets to the Clay county fair, even chips and salsa. But the best item and the reason I bid was because a little book was tucked inside called "Dewey". Its the true story of a library cat who lived in the Spencer Library for 19 years. His full name? Dewey Readmore Books...What a wonderful and warm story of a not just a cat, but an amazing little cat, that beat the odds and won the hearts of an entire town, much of the country and even some foreign countries. And yes, the picture on the front of the book of the cute little kitty is really Dewey, not an "air-brushed" model. I did a UTube search on Dewey today and the only ones I found were from someplace I couldn't understand the words... The book on tape was also included. I will be donating these to our library. The most appropriate place for it, dontcha think? So, Ive been crying for the afternoon, what have your been doing??? In these days of recessions, high gas prices, stock market woes, and the brink of our government falling off a cliff, it was nice to sit and escape into a read about a loving little creature that touched the lives of everyone who walked through the library door. I think I need to go hug one of my kitties, or all 3! I dont even want to stop crying.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


"I Believe...
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequence.

I Believe...
That we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our childrens' children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan

A Prayer For Courage

Almighty God, who gives strength to the weak and upholds those who might fall, give me courage to do what is right, for those that trust in you have no need to fear.

Make me brave to face any danger which may now threaten me.

Give me the help that you have promised to those who ask it, that I may overcome my fears and go bravely forward.

Fill me with courage, that nothing which is my duty to do, may be too hard for me. Let me put my trust in your power and goodness.

Thank you my Lord.

I found the above on my Navy for Moms site. What a blessing and a great place to be!

The picture on the left is my father 3 years ago at a family reunion. It was the last time he wore his uniform and his last salute to our "colors". The pic on the right is my Jeff. This is him, saluting my father at his funeral...his first and last salute to LTCol David V. Fox...

Quilting Tip of the Day
I dont really have a tip today. But I will share a story. Quilts of Valor is a wonderful organization that anyone can belong to and help with. This organization makes lovely quilts for all soldiers, sailors and service people from all branches, that have been injured physically or mentally from any of our past or current wars. My blog today is about Heros and Prayers. Being part of QOV honors heros and gives up plenty of opportunity to pray. I used to belong to a group of ladies at my church and we made lovely quilts for missionary families. We prayed during the making of the quilt and as often as possible, we laid the quilt over the family and we prayed with them. Even if you cannot quilt you can be part of this endevor by donating funds for postage and fabric. My little guild in Walnut, that isnt even a year old has nine quilts ready to ship out! Thanks to the ladies in our group and to my "Bag Lady" friends in Omaha, we are making a difference. I spoke to a teacher's group a month or so ago and they kindly donated postage money...we are bless to BE a blessing. See I hope you have a blessed day. Happy Quilting!

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