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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, December 20, 2008

Special Tribute to a Fallen Sailor

Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor - A True American Hero


Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor - A True American Hero

Mr. Michael Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician PO2 (EOD2)(Explosive Ordnance Disposal), was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq. Michael Monsoor gave his life to save his fellow SEAL's.

During Michaels funeral which was held in San Diego, SEAL's were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route forming a column of two's with the coffin moving up the center to his final resting place at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. As his coffin was being moved from the hearse to the grave site, each SEAL, having removed his Gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down embedding their Trident into the wooden coffin.

Those slaps we're told were audible from across the cemetery. When the coffin arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a Gold inlay from all the Tridents pinned into it. No greater sacrifice can one give, than their own life for another. Michael, You exemplify the word HERO.

WE at SteelAnchor Agree with the statement "This should be front-page news instead of ALL the crap we see and hear every day on Radio and TV."

Since the media won't make this news, WE choose to aid in making this NEWS by forwarding it on and posting it here. We're not here to be popular, were here to do the right thing!

Michael, you and your family will forever be in our prayers. Rest Well our Brother.

Please everyone reading this, remember Michael and his family in your prayers this Christmas. Also, please remember to light a Blue Candle on Christmas if you have or know of a Sailor who won't be home for the Holidays. Please let them know you care.

Special Thanks to and for starting this amazing effort!

**I copied this from Ordy's blog on Go there! Check them group of AO's! Go Navy!

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Blinds....

When we moved in nearly six years ago the blinds in the house were 1940s dark green and ghastly! I never got them replaced after I ripped them off the window for their ugliness! So for nearly six years my main floor has been shade-less. I finally ordered some to fit all my main floor windows and I love them! They were installed yesterday. Do you like them? If you live in my area, contact Interior Touch Inc (Cathy) 712-243-5435. You will get a great deal and wonderful service.

To prewash fabric or not to prewash fabric? THAT is the question. There are several points of view on this subject and this would be a personal decision for the quilt-maker. For me? I am not a prewasher. I like the extra sizing on the purchased fabric and find it easier to cut. A huge plus is that I save time washing and pressing. There are some fabrics that I will test for color fastness (is fastness a word?), like reds and some blues...I take a small snippet of fabric and put it in a bit of boiling water then squeeze it out in a paper towel, to see if any color "runs". If it does, I wash it all. Another reason to prewash is that any shrinkage in the fabrics will occur prior to making the quilt. Again, I personally like the shrinking to take place after the quilt is finished. The "puckers" are very quilt-y to me! If you are a new quilter, my suggestion would be to make your decision and then stick to it. Either wash and iron all your fabric before cutting, or leave the washing til after the quilt is made. Be consistent to avoid confusion and uneven shrinking! Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Corliss's Corner Block Lap Quilt

My sweet little "Corliss's Corner" Quilt!

Several weeks ago, I told about the "split nine patch" block I was working on...see blog on November 14, 2008. Here is a finished product. We are calling it "Corliss's Corners, since our good friend Corliss shared the idea with us... I set this one with alternate "reads as solid" blocks, so it went even quicker than I expected. This is a lap quilt, so the size is small, but not as small as a crib size. Just right for the couch! I love it! Fun to quilt and fun to sit beneath! I caught this shot just before Ricky landed on it! If you click on the bottom pic you will see him on the upper left hand corner, heading for the center of the quilt for a quick nap! If you need a quick quilt, this is the one!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Blue Candle Lighting...

As most of you know I belong to an Internet group called These ladies have become fast friends and a great source of support. This Christmas, many of our sons and daughters will not be home for Christmas. Also for many of us, it will be the first Christmas without them at the table... One of the moms, decided it would be fun to light a blue candle for our Sailors, and burn it during the season to let everyone know that even tho that Sailor is not physically there, they are remembered. I thought it was a great idea! I remembered that I have a trio set of votives that I bought over a year ago and they are star shaped holders with a red, white and blue votive. Perfect! So this is a picture of my candles that will be lit for my Sailor and for all those sailors and soldiers that cant be home this year. I want them to know that I love them and I am so proud and happy that they are sacrificing for my safety. And I want Jeff to know that even tho he is not here, I love and miss him and he isn't forgotten...Ricky is gonna burn his nose!

According the the Internet "count" on this, nearly 150 moms have already responded positively to the idea and will be burning candles. Not only Navy moms, but other friends and families are doing the same. If you would like to join us, please do! And if you do, let me know, so I can let our group know there are others out there with candles burning! We would also like to know the city and state in which the candle is burning.

Quilting Tip of the Day!
Cutting a LOT of squares the same size??? Mark your ruler at the exact spot with a piece of quilters tape (1/4" masking) or even with a post it note. This will make you job go faster and eliminate mistakes... Happy Quilting!

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