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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! **

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday...yikes Im busy!

Hello to my faithful few readers! And if you faithfully read this and I dont know it, become a follower, so I dont think Im talking to the wall!

Just a note to say this day has been busy busy! I started the day with a nice long "chat" with my Sailor! He is finally on land and in a barracks room. It sounds really nice, with a full sized fridge, microwave, his own desk and lots more room than he is used to. Even maid service! Its about time he felt pampered! We are going to get skype set up and web cams so we can talk.

My friend Stephanie came over and we had a fun lesson on how to apply borders to our quilts...thus the tip of the day below...the only hard part was, that we had to unsew all her borders and reapply them so they would lay flat...not fun, but now she knows and she will have nice borders from here on out!

We are going to supper with friends tonight at our favorite mexican place in Harlan. Yum! I found a free online website to learn spanish so i might be trying some of my words out soon. Its always so embarrassing!

Quilt Tip of the Day!
It's hip to be square!!!

When we finally finish a quilt top, it is so tempting to cut a long strip of fabric and sew it to the side of the quilt top and lope off the ends and call them good. Problem is, that quilt tops, no matter how hard you try are most likely not square....and you end up with a quilt top that is lopesided and has wavy borders, most nasty to quilt...and not so good looking either...

The proper way to apply borders is:
  • lay the quilt top down on the floor
  • measure down the middle of the quilt lengthwise...whatever this measurement is, cut two of your border strips to match.
  • Now pin the borders to the lengthwise sides of the quilts. You will most likely find that the border and the quilt size do not match...ease the quilt top to match the size of the cut border...make it fit! Sew on and press.
  • Now lay the top on the floor again and measure accross the middle widthwise. Cut two more border strips this measurement.
  • Pin as you did the other two borders, make them fit...and sew on... Now you have forced your quilt into square...
Repeat this process for all borders you add to the quilt. It takes alittle more time, but you will be happy with the results... Happy quilting!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Navy MOM video

I just posted a really coll video of the GW at the bottom of this page...Check it out.. so cool. One of the mom's son, matt did proud of these kids!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I cant believe how fast time is going by. I have been busy, but it seems I'm getting nothing done. I haven't felt particularly "blog inspired" and that makes me sad. I wanted to write everyday, but it seems my life is simply not that interesting.

I have been busy with Navy for MOMs online. It's a great site that provides support and encouragement for moms, like me who have a son or daughter in the Navy. The one group I love the most is "USS George Washington Families". Myself and about 70 other mothers (some wives and girlfriends) share our heart and our feelings with one another and somehow we don't feel quite so crazy.

We are immersing ourselves in "projects". We have an ornament exchange coming up. I will get a name of one of the moms and I will send her a special Christmas ornament and she will send me one. I spent a little time today searching online and found a pewter ornament at the Navy Museum Gift Shop in DC. It is the Lone Sailor..pictured here...a memorial monument outside the museum. Very interesting story; I just spent the last hour trying to copy and paste the story, but I keep getting some dumb error message about key if you are interested, go to and and check it out for yourself!

So, because it took me FOREVER to get this much done...I will NOT be posting a quilting tip today....geez!

Monday, November 17, 2008

From 140 mph to zero in no time flat!

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USS George Washington deck crew work near a C-2 Greyhound, a twin-engined cargo plane, on which AP reporter Eric Talmadge flew on the deck of the USS George Washington shortly after his arrival in the western Pacific Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)

Hope you will indulge me again as I brag about my Sailor! The flight this reporter talks about is the same flight Jeff took on and off the GW when he came home for my father's funeral in February. According to Jeff an avid discription! Not all Sailor's get to experience this, so it may be a once in a lifetime thrill!

From 140 mph to zero in no time flat

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) — I don't fear flying. But this is more like a controlled crash.

I'm forced all the way into my seat in the cramped passenger compartment as the cargo plane goes into a sharp descending turn, tripling the force of gravity.

To keep me from bouncing off the ceiling, I have a seat belt across my lap, two more straps over my shoulders and am wearing a "float coat" in case we hit water.

Suddenly, we plunge.

All the blood rushes out of my head. Gravity yanks at my body, which wants to be about 300 feet higher and farther forward. Everything goes blank for a split second.

From 140 mph to zero in two seconds. Welcome aboard the USS George Washington.

Like most visitors, I came in on a C-2 Greyhound, the twin-engined lifeline for the 5,000-plus sailors and air crew aboard the aircraft carrier, now on its maiden voyage in the Pacific. The C-2 primarily flies in spare parts, supplies, mail and personnel who, for one reason or another, urgently need to get on or off the ship.

The secret to survival is called "catching a wire" — a series of steel cables, one of which will snag a hook on the plane as it lands and prevent it from shooting into the water.

When things get busy, there will be 100 or more landings and takeoffs a day, often just a minute or so apart.

The fighters — the FA-18 Hornets and Superhornets and EA-6b Prowlers — are the most impressive to watch. They roar out of the sky like thunderbolts and then gun their jets even as the wires pull them to a halt. It's a safety measure — if they fail to "take the trap," or if the cable snaps, they need the power to take off again.

Carrier landings, especially at night, never get routine for the pilots.

Lt. Robert Stochel, of Crown Point, Ind., flies the E-2c Hawkeye, an early-warning and control system for the fighters. The prop plane comes in heavy and slow, carrying a large radar disk on its back.

Stochel said pilots hate — and love — taking the trap.

"It's hard to explain a night trap on a carrier, the sinking feeling your stomach," he said. "The last 20 seconds of flight you really don't want to do this. It's a $100 million aircraft and a $5 billion ship and I have to put it through the equivalent of a 16-inch hole for the No. 3 wire I'm trying to catch."

To the incoming pilot, the deck is small, crowded and moving away. At night, it's just an inky spot in a black sea. And when you hit the 320-foot landing area of the deck, you feel it.

Come in too high and you get a second chance — and a razzing from your fellow pilots. Too low, and it's catastrophe.

"When I first caught a wire, my legs were shaking and I was all nervous," said Lt. Cody Dowd, of Bartlesville, Okla.,

"But the more you do it, the more fun it gets, the more confidence you have," he said. "It's unique to naval aviation, and we all enjoy it. That's why we're out here."

"Quilt Tip of the Day"

This is the time of year we begin thinking about "New Year's Resolutions" One of mine usually is, "Im going to use up some of my fabric and NOT buy any new. That idea lasts for short time, until I find a good fabric sale and then I'm "off the wagon". But for the next few days we are going talk about some ways to choose and use scraps to make scrap quilts...I found this article in a very old Quilt maker magazine by Sherri Bain Driver...thanks Sherri!

" One quiltmaker's scraps are another's treasures. We no longer need to make scrap quilts, but we choose to make them for reasons other than thrift- to play with colors, experiement with self-espression, to make a quilt more interesting or preserve memories.

Color considerations:

  • Choose fabrics according to value. Value, (the darkness or lightness of a color) is more important than the color itself.
  • Determine the "value" of each fabric, remembering that value is relative; a fabric may look dark in one grouping and medium or light in another.
  • Add a bit of surprise by substitutuing just a few medium valued fabrics for darks and or lights.
  • Borrow a color scheme from a favorite photo, painting, dish, or multicolored fabric. To retain the flavor of the source object, use colors in the same proportions...go look at some of your china...this would be fund
  • Stretch your interpretation of each color- "reds" could range from rusty browns throu scarlets to reddish purples; 'shites" might include pastels in every hue and even light tans or grays.
Happy time..."Pondering Prints....come back!

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