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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! **

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Put your Mind at Ease...

My daughter in law sent this to me today and I thought I would share with you all.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, Jesus will still be King.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, our responsibilities as Christians will not have
changed one iota.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, the greatest agent for social change in America will
still be winning the hearts and minds of men and women
through the gospel, not legislation.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, my primary citizenship will still be in this order –
(1) the Kingdom of God, (2) America, not vice-versa.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, the tomb will still be empty.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, the cross, not the government, will still be our

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, our children will still be more concerned with whether
or not we spend time with them than with who is President.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, my neighbor will still be my neighbor, and loving
him/her will still be the second greatest commandment. (Do

you know the first?)

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, the only way to see abortion ultimately overturned
will still be winning men and women to a high view of life
through the gospel of Christ.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, the only way to see gay marriage ultimately defeated
will still be winning men and women to a biblical view of
marriage through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, my retirement will still not match my treasure in

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, “Jesus Is Lord” will still be the greatest truth
in the Universe.

True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who
wins, we will still know that God is in control.

No matter the outcome, I pray that you will remember who
you are and who He is.

"Quilt Tip of the Day"

Take inventory of your unfinished projects. Get them all out, organize them and mentally calculate what has to be done to finish them. Many times, when you do this you get all inspired again...Make a goal to finish ONE of those projects before the end of the year! Come on, you can do it! Let me know what you finish.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fringes of His Ways...

Today is a difficult day for me. I am struggling to have the energy to write a post for the day, but my friend Luann has a really good one...please see my sidebar and click on Fringes of His Ways. Or check out the Granny Diva's...its fun! I hope to be back up and running by the weekend... BTW...this has nothing to do with the election. I promise to share after Friday.

"Quilt tip of the Day"
Keep a "mindless" project handy. If you have days where you just cant seem to focus, it helps me to work on a mindless sewing project.
  • Go thru your fabric stash and cut it up! Make piles of 4 or 5" squares to later be used in some scrappy project. Or cut it into 2 1/2" strips. There are books written that use nothing but, and if you come across a pattern like that, you are ready! You could even keep them in "color families" but I dont...
  • Sew the above together...make your squares half-sq triangles or just make a bunch of scrappy four the strips together and make a ton of nine patches... or make log cabins...
I'm going to finish Kaden's quilt top today. I only have a mindless border to finish...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lauren's Birthday Cake...

Happy Birthday Lauren!

This morning Im making Lauren's favorite birthday "cake". It isnt cake at all, its Danish Puff Pastry! Its her favorite and I hope to surprise her this morning with a pan of it for her own self! It isnt your usual birthday cake, but just like Lauren, it's unique, beautiful and delicious!

Sometimes I wonder if Lauren can realize how much I love her... She has always been my independant one. I guess first borns are like that...independant...I love that about her... We dont have a real touchy-feely relationship and she doesnt open her heart often, but that is what I love most about her...she is herself and herself is wonderful. And when she does share her heart, its powerful and real. I love it when she calls for a recipe, I love when she calls, just to say hello...I love that I ve read on her myspace silly survey's that her answer to "who gives her the best advice or who is her hero"'s me. Sometimes mother-daughter relationships can be difficult, and we have had our trials, but now I consider her one of my best friends and that is fun! I think the very first thing I said when she was born, was " She's so beautiful..." I wondered if it was just a mother's eye that only saw beauty no matter what, but she was beautiful...from day one. The best part is, that as she has grown and matured, she has become more beautiful on the inside than even she is on the outside. I dont let a day go by without thanking God for giving her to me...It has been very interesting watching her grow up and become a mother herself. All I can really say is She is Awesome! Happy Birthday, honey!

"Quilting Tip of the Day"
Im working on a little quilt for Kaden for Christmas...I know he wants a Spider-man, Batman, Superman Quilt. Ofcourse he also wanted Ironman, but that novelty print has not been released yet...So I was looking thru some old Quilting Magazines and found the perfect pattern. It is a pattern based on Lighthouses...called Beacon's of Light and is from a book thats over 2 years old. It worked perfect for my super hero quilt...I actually didnt change the pattern at all except for adding my own color scheme and novelty print...I have the top nearly finished and will post a pic of it as soon as its complete.

My tip? KEEP YOUR OLD QUILT MAGAZINES. Dont just rip out what you think you like and save those patterns. What you like today may totally change in the future and also circumstances may change's amazing how I will look thru a magazine and think there are none I really like and a few months later, look thru it and it feels like Ive never seen it before and they are all beautiful! Just keep them and the next time you are hunting for something new, go thru them again. Just the right thing could very well be there! Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Earthquake in Guam yesterday!

Wow! Just heard that an earthquake hit Guam yesterday. Not a bad one, however. Just a 5. on the Ricktor Scale...No reports of damage or injury.

I talked with Jeff on Saturday morning about 4am. So, so good to hear his voice. He sounds really good and was looking forward to a couple days on the island doing the tourist thing. I will be anxious to hear how it was.

Larry spent the weekend in Lincoln with Ben and our grandson Dalton. They went to a Nebraska football game party. They spent the night, watched the game on a huge tv, got to tour the stadium and guy stuff like that. I'm sure they had fun.

I spent most of the day in my sewing room. I will show a pic of the finished product when its done, but its a fun little quilt for Kaden for Christmas. Went to supper with Cheryl and we visited for the evening, which was fun since she has been gone to Utah for a week!

Not a lot to write today...I've been feeling a little "off" lately. Well, more off than usual. Kaden and Lauren were sick last week and the week before Ben's family was. So I hope Im not coming down with something...I think I will rest a LOT today and take some AirBorne~

Tomorrow is Laurens birthday, so I will go to the chiropractor appointment at 10 and then maybe hang with her awhile. Not sure yet if I will "sleep the night" or not...depends on how I feel.
Quilting Tip of the Day
I am so glad there was not a hidden camera in my sewing room yesterday. I spent more time ripping than sewing... The little block Im using to make Kaden's quilt has a center focus square, then each is bordered with a gray and a cornerstone of a half square triangle square (sorry non-quilters, you wont "get" this one). Anyway in order for the pattern to work the hs triangle has to be positioned in a certain way on each square. I made 4 blocks before I realized that I had every block, but one WRONG! Ahhh! I ripped them out and put them back together correctly, but still made mistakes again...twice! I almost just let it go, but I realized I would be unhappy about it for the rest of the stupid quilts days, so I ripped and sewed until I had the first four right! From then on, I put ONE CORRECT BLOCK RIGHT NEXT TO THE MACHINE, so my dyslsic eyes wouldnt have to travel so far. I got all 18 blocks finished last night...

My tip? Lay a correct block close to your machine so you have a very convenient visual of how the block goes together. Sew all your border units together first before adding them to the block. Check and recheck...oh, and loosen you stitch length just a little, so ripping is easier! Happy quilting!

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