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! **
I love these pictures. Jeff looks like he is having a blast! He sounds so good...even tho I havent heard his voice since Guam, I can tell he is upbeat and happy. Looks like they are doing fun things and experiencing Japan. The girl is Yuki. She hangs with the guys a lot and Jeff says she is really nice. Good to have a native to help with the translation!
I will be spending the day putting up the tree and going thru some of Jeffs things that he wants me to ship to him. Fun!
Well, the turkey was stuffed yesterday and now we are! Wow...what a great day. Lots of laughter and fun, card games and "keep -a-way". Now back home to peace and quiet and a sore neck! Oh well, I guess I just cant be playing games with a six year old and two adult men any more.... We missed Jeff, but I have a feeling he had a great time. Word had it that he was going to be snowboarding this weekend...Wanted to send the following video to Jeff, but the file was too big for my email...so this is the only place I could figure out how to download it for him to see...
This morning I am reflecting of all I have to be thankful for. My list is long and includes all the regular stuff; I have a wonderful husband, four great kids, 7 delightful grandchildren 3 warm kitties (and a partridge in a pear tree...o no..that would be a stray cat in the backyard), But at the forefront of my mind today are my two sons in the military, one in the Navy, stationed in Japan and very far away from home. The other in the Army, serving in Iraq, also very far from home, but due to come home in two weeks. I am truly thankful that God has been and is protecting my sons as they serve our country...
It would be easy to sit at home and worry and fret about their well-being, but instead a group of women including myself have gathered together to make a pile of quilts for a worthy cause. I still fret and worry sometime, but this sure helps!
I was grateful on Tuesday, to be the person that got to box up five of our " quilts of Valor" and ship them off to the Brooks Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio Texas. I was thankful that I could write cards and notes to each of the wounded soldiers that would receive these gifts. I really had a sense of pride, not only in the men and women that have sacrificed so much to serve the USA, but pride in the women I know that are willing to give up their time and talents to participate in this blessing to others. A special thank you to you NVQG members that have helped make quilts and a special thank you to Kathy C., Pam W. and Rosie J. from Omaha! Not only are our members actively doing this, but some honorary friends of NVQG, like Kathy, Pam, Rosie and Kandi! I was happy to know and grateful to a woman named Suzanne on the other end in San Antonio, who receives the quilts and distributes them to our wounded warriors.
We are a fortunate and rich country. Even though we are in a recession, and our economy is fragile, we have so much! So far, I have seen no bread lines, we are not receiving ration cards, no hint of depression as I look at the parking lots of the mall and the restaurants. We are blessed beyond measure. Much because of the valiant efforts of our military. I want to thank every soldier, sailor and marine that is serving or has ever served...so that I can have pumpkin pie and turkey (in that order, if I want!). My life is so full and so blessed. Yes, I miss my sons and I pray that they will be safe and that they will come home, but the big picture is one of safety and security on the home front because of them and other men and women like them... Today I give thanks to Jeff and Brian and to God for giving them to me!
I hope that this Thanksgiving you will find many things to be thankful for...and if you find you cannot be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you DON'T have...think about it..
Quilting Tip of the Day!
Today just rest in your thankfulness! We are so fortunate to have quilt shops and fabric stores so available to us. We can shop around and hold out long enough to find that special fabric or that exact color...There are many places that have extremely limited choices...I was in Turkey and wanted to find some cotton to bring home as a gift to my sewing friends and there was none to be found. Same way in France...very limited...we are spoiled Americans...and today, I am grateful to be me, sitting among my stash, wondering what to use next!
Neck is feeling better enough that I was able to quilt a small quilt for a friend. Hurrah, I think Im finally on the mend. This has been a slow process, but each day seems a little better...still sore, and Im being very careful, but each day God is showing me His healing power.
I love Possum. She is a fat round kitty...has been since day one...here she is, "helping" me to sew on my sewing machine when she was just a little bit of a thing. And here she is now...continuing to help me with my quilting machine... She is so good, she loves to just sit there and watch...she doesnt go after the cord or try to get on the quilt while Im working on it...Such a doll baby.
Quilting tip of the day... Cat Hair is good extra insulation for your quilt....
Ok so the new header picture is NOT the GW...It is actually the Kitty Hawk from last Christmas, but who can tell in the dark??...I dont think they have decorated the G-dub yet...but if the they do and I get a photo...I will be posting it! Aint it purdy???
Monday was a good day...I finally used Jeff's Christmas gift to me. It was a near all day at the spa gift certificate...I had a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. What a blessing to be pampered like that. The massage therapist (cant spell masuse...see?) was awesome....he found the bad parts of my neck and worked on them furiously....yikes...it hurt so good!
I then spent the evening with my sewing buddies, the Bag Ladies...and spent the night with my friend Kandi. All in all a good day...
Oh! and gas is down to $1.59 in Omaha!
Quilting Tip of the day!!!
We all love when prices go down. Take advantage of fabric sales...Always check the sale rack at the fabric shop...sometime you can get hard to beat prices...remember, it takes a lot of fabric to back a quilt...go ahead and buy the rest of the bolt for that! Always nice to be able to "shop" for backing right in your own sewing room...
Hey...just a good good day! Slept in til 8am, sat around in my pjs all day...really...still in them and its nearly 5! I finished quilting a friend's quilt, and read a couple of magazines Ive been wanting to peruse...and am now watching Red Neck Weddings...I guess you can tell I dont want to do much challenging today. HA!
Jeff in Tokyo!!Jeff is in port finally and I have gotten to talk with him on IM chat. Instant blood pressure lowering activity. I am so happy to hear that his new barracks is a 2-man room, with fridge and microwave. He has free internet service, so we will be able to keep in touch alot. We are working on a phone system. Skype maybe, but there is a new thing called Magic Jack...think we are going to do that too.
No Quilting tip today...Im relaxing and that would tax my brains.. come back! Happy quilting!