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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, December 11, 2008

New Shirts, New Kitty, New Plans!



Anyone ever involved in Military life knows that nothing is set in stone! Plans for Brian's homecoming have changed more times than you change a newborn's diaper! It is so frustrating to all of us. I'm sure most frustrated is Brian himself and his wife and kids. They just want their hubby and daddy home. As it is turning out, it looks like he wont be here until sometime on Saturday afternoon. Again, our travel plans are on hold. If he indeed comes on Saturday, I wont be going. I have to be in Walnut for a Community Club event on Sunday by noon. Larry hopefully will still be able to go...again, should we find his arrival plans change, our plans will change. Hurry up and wait! I'm not good at that.

The top picture is a shot of the GW shirts I had designed at a nice print shop in Atlantic. Aren't they cool? I have a huge box of shirts to take to the post office this morning. These shirts will be sent from coast to coast (Florida, Maine, Rhode Island to California and Oregon) and all points between. The mothers of the GW kids have "banded" together to support our kids and each other and these shirts commemorate that. The back says Band O' G-dub Mutha's 2009 World Tour...then listed beneath is each mom's son's last name with hometown...We sold 62 shirts! Some how this makes me feel like I'm still part of Jeff's life and makes me feel like I'm somehow closer to him. We are hoping the kids will wear them, and will be able to recognise who else has a crazy mother on the GW families discussion group. They were designed to look like band tour shirts...I think Gene did an awesome job!

The 2nd picture is my little "Boo"...he was on the back steps this morning waiting for food. He is one of the kittens who were hanging around when they were really little, several months ago. I recognise that sweet little face! I'm sure he didn't feel welcome while Toby was here, but now...well, now he can be my porch kitty. He is beautiful...Nearly all black, a white spot way low on his belly. I saw it this morning as he stretched and rolled around a little for me...yes, I'm sure he is a boy. I will give him some time to get used to being around here, then I will try to get him fixed so he doesn't become the new King of Walnut! I sure miss Toby, but I guess God knows I need an outdoor kitty to take care of. So, welcome to my home, Boo-kitty!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Going to be leaving early tomorrow morning for Ks to welcome home our oldest son from Iraq. Praise God he made it thru 15 months in that hole....we are so excited to see him. I wont be back to post until either Sunday or Monday. I will miss you all!

The "Christ"mas Bell

I am God's child. (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend. (John 15:15)
I am united with the Lord. (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price. (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth. (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ. (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation. ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant. (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me. (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God. (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God. (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God. (2 Cor 1:21-22)
I am assured all things work together for good. (Rom. 8:28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. (John 15:16)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Eph. 3: 12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life. (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ. (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified. (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship. (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1:5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven. ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child. (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God.
Do you know
Who you are?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Getting Ready for Christmas!

Decking the Halls!
This is my Christmas Tree!.....last year! I havent taken one of the tree yet, but wanted to decorate my blog page with a holiday pic, so here is last year's version. Last year, I was excited that Jeff would be traveling back home from Norfolk, Va and the whole fam was going to be together here in Walnut. This year will be different. I actually had a hard time getting out the decorations. I had even decided not to up up a tree, but Larry and the kids convinced me that I should. Everyone will be here the Saturday after Christmas Day, all except Jeff. I am looking forward to that day. We are doing things differently this year...I feel different this year. With my Dad gone and Jeff not in the states, it doesnt feel right to do things the same as always. So, we released the kids to do their own thing on Christmas eve and Christmas Day and then come spend the weekend or part of the weekend with us. We wont have the massive chaotic package opening here. We will take all the gifts to the kids' families prior to Christmas and they will open them with their other Christmas gifts. What will we do on Christmas Day? Im looking forward to a quiet day. Im going to sit in front of old movies and hand sew on my english paper pieced mosaic quilt....and think of Christmases Past and Future....maybe actually focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Chirst's birth....and the reason He came...for me and for you! Yes, this will be a different Christmas, but some things never change...the baby will always be in the manger and the Star will always guide the way!

Quilting Tip of the Day
So you decided to do a crazy scrap quilt, but you realize you dont have enough fabric or variety of fabrics:
  • Organize a fabric swap! Swapping 5" square would really spruce up your stash!
  • Like to make flying geese units or four patches??? how about swapping a stack of those?
  • Swap whole blocks or dig out some "orphan" blocks to see if someone wants to trade...
  • When traveling, always visit the fabric, quilt shops. Pick up a fat quarter as a souvenir!
Happy Quilting....and next, we will go on to something else! If you make a scrap quilt, I would love to see it....Send me a pic!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Kadens gift...

Kaden's Christmas Gift!
So, here it is! Kaden's Christmas gift for this year. A super hero quilt...starring Superman, Spiderman and Batman. How fun this was to make....I found the pattern in an old magazine I had. Their pattern focused on lighthouses... The hardest part was making the half square triangles go all the same direction on every block. Dyslexia has its draw-backs...I only tried for so long and then thought, who cares??? The best part is that this is a gift he has asked for. If you click on the pic you will see that I added a little applique on the borders...the gray bars are supposed to be city you will see the heroes sitting on the building tops or flying in the night sky....I think he is going to love it! Ricky does!

Quilting tip of the day...
Back to our scrap quilting lesson:
  • Be sure to sprinkle strong, bright colors or raucous (what does that mean?) prints across the quilt.
  • As you cut patches from each fabric, evenly parcel them out into boxes for each quilt quarter, row or other division. Then construct your quilt in sections, drawing patches from the appropriate box. (ok, this seems way to organized for me, but it would be a good idea to incorporate in my crazy lifestyle!)
  • OR sew all blocks and then arrange them before you join the rows (this would be me!).
  • Place patches or blocks on a vertical design wall and if possible view from a distance.
Happy Quilting!

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