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Monday, July 25, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy...

I have been quite busy this year although my blog doesn't reflect it. I have been occupying my time with sewing. As you may recall a few years ago my husband bought me a new sewing/embroidery machine and I am finally putting it to use. In fact, it was a little over 4 years ago he bought because I wanted to make a quilt for the baby shower before Damien was born but my machine was so old and outdated that I couldn't even buy feet for it. You may recall the quilt I made Damien.



Of course I did it in a rush with only 3 days to the shower but little did I realize at the time how wrong I made it. I didn't use stabilizer when embroidering or anything but it was a learning experience and Christina loved the quilt.

So now that Damien is older, his taste changed and it was time for a new quilt...
The Walking Dead

(I don't have a twin size bed to show it on so just threw it over my queen size bed.) 




This time, I used stabilizers and even though it is extremely heavy embroidering, it came out good. 

I also am still working on my quilt. 

(At this point I need to sandwich and quilt it. Then add the next strip and ruffles at the bottom.) 


But I also make clothing. 



Pj's 



This is still a work in progress. It is missing the rosettes. 


I don't have photos of everything but I've been busy. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

My New Granddaughter, Willow Rose

Willow Rose was born Jan. 2 @ 8:08 a.m. She is 5 lbs, 9 oz. and 18" long. Damien is finally a big brother!





Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!!!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Days Were Filled by Eugene

Unknown to me, Eugene Christmas was found as a chick along with another by someone in the neighborhood. They did their best to care for and feed them thinking once they grew strong enough they would fly off and return to the wild. However, they were very small and easily fit in the palm of your hand and the other smaller, weaker chick didn't 'make it'.

But you can imagine my surprise when I walked out my door one day and saw this.


Then came the day when I had my old kitchen table and chairs taken out of the house and the new ones brought in. I had the doors open as we walked in and out and the men put the new table together, collected the box it came in, and left. As I was closing my doors I hear a bunch of noise coming from the kitchen from things falling over the counter and some even hitting the floor. I know all the men left, my dogs are on the back porch, my cat is still hiding in the bedroom. I was alone! I run into the kitchen to see what is going on. Is the roof falling in? Nope!

There was a turkey on my stove!!! (Do you know how hard it is to get a turkey out of your house?)


From that day forward it was as if Eugene adopted me. From early morning to dusk we hung around together outside. Eugene was a curious creature and had a way of turning simple tasks such as painting a porch railing into an all day adventure which includes chasing him to get the brush back.

No one was spared from his curiosity. Not the mailman, UPS, or even the work crews installing solar panels. Eugene was there to investigate and supervise.



If I went into the house, I always had the feeling someone was watching me through the doors.


My grandson just loved his new playmate.


We totally enjoyed Eugene and looked forward to the visits everyday. I would spend hour after hour just reading my book on the porch and he would cuddle next to me and act like he was reading it also. That is when I realized he wanted to hear me talk so most times I read the book aloud.

But this was no life for a wild turkey who didn't even know it was a wild turkey. With winter fast approaching, neighbors being terrified of it, and animals that seem to be forever roaming the neighborhood, a safe place was needed for Eugene to live.

The search started and it wasn't that long until a place was found. Paperwork had to be done but in a week or so Eugene will be able to be moved to a new, safe home to live out all his life. He would be well cared for and best of all, we can visit! However, that never happened.

Eugene was 'missing' for three days and when he finally appeared on my porch again, something was terribly wrong. One leg was broken and the bone went through the skin, it was infected. Do you know how hard it is to find a veterinarian around here that will see a wild turkey? Didn't matter, someone was going to see him, help him, and someone was found.

Eugene (we still don't know if it is a male or female for certain) was very sick with infection. Then to top it off, if the leg didn't heal to the point where it can be used (doesn't have to be perfect but able to bear weight), by law they had to put him down. So, with antibiotics in hand, purple splint on his leg, it was off to a wildlife rescue where an experienced person can help Eugene to give him the best chance of getting better and healing.


After a week, I heard that the infection was under control but the waiting game continues to see if Eugene's bone will heal and whether Eugene will live or die.


I miss you, Eugene!

Update on 7/25/16: Eugene is renamed Genie since she is female. She finally made it to the Children's Museum and was kept in her own space until her leg gets stronger. There is a male there that they hope they can unite her with so both have company. I visited her there earlier in the year and I am about ready for another  visit. I am so happy she has a great home but I still miss her so.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Trip I Never Expected to Take So Soon

As you may have noticed I haven't kept up with my blog. Ever since the phone rang and I was told that my oldest brother (4 years older than me) passed away, I just haven't been doing my usual things so I want to catch up on all of that. I can honestly say I never expected to take a trip to see my brother for this reason and so soon. Although we were not close since he lived clear across the country, he lives in WA and I live in CT, I did speak to him on the phone and take a little comfort in knowing the very last thing I said to him is that I loved him.

Despite the reason for the trip, we did try to take in some sites since we most likely would never be driving across country again.


When we made it to Iowa and it was the night of the super moon and eclipse.




Going through Wyoming we detoured to Devil's Tower.


Washington, Mt. Rainier in the distance.
(You need to really look since it blends into the sky). 


At last we get there and see my sister-in-law and nephew.
(I see a lot of my brother in my nephew, Thomas. The last time I saw them, he was a tot.)


The last time I saw Chris she looked like this picture. 
Can you see the resemblance of my brother (Gary) and Thomas?
(Sorry this is not clear, it is a picture of a picture)


The Church (Korean)



The memorial


The service was full and said in Korean with some English since they know we don't speak Korean. Afterwards we were told to go in the basement of the church for some food. The amount of food was overwhelming. Everyone must have made and brought something and everything was delicious. We ate and heard stories of my brother and how others knew him. It was nice to see so many people know both him and Chris. We felt much better having to leave Chris alone when we all went home because she has so many people she can talk to and they can help her with things she may not understand. 

Just a quick background so you understand. My brother met Chris when he was stationed in Korea. They eventually married and when his tour there was finished, she came with him to the US. She knew no English or much about how things work here. Her family is not here and her son lives in NC now. When we left, we were leaving her alone so we were worried about her. 

While in Washington we took a day trip to Mount Saint Helens which was awesome to see. Did you know that on the way up the mountain they had a place that had the prints of Big Foot. Of course, Washington has lots of forests so it only stands to reason they'd have Big Foot as well. 


Speaking of big, I never saw cover this big. I put down a dime for comparison. 


We stopped at one house that was there when Mount Saint Helen's erupted and it is still buried but so interesting to see what happens years later when everything is covered in so much ash.



Nothing beats the beauty of the volcano even though it is not as grand as it was prior to the eruption. 



It is very much alive and is building a new dome right in the center. 
It looks small in comparison but it stands over 1,000' off the creator floor. 


Since I routed the trip, I couldn't resist taking a route through Yellowstone. Although we didn't stay or spend much time there, we did stop to see Old Faithful. My route took us in the west and out the east side of the park, we stopped at a few other 'sites' along our way. Neither of us seen anything like it. 



They may call them Bison but they are American Buffalo. 


It is sad to know they once roamed free across the US and now this is the only place they are free with such mere numbers.


So beautiful! 


I wanted to stop to take a photo and Jerry pulls over and lets me out here. I look down and see a baby bear. Where there is a baby, there is a mommy. Now I tell him he was just trying to collect on my insurance policy. (Joking of course) 


In South Dakota we also detoured a bit so we could see Mount Rushmore.


I doubt we'd ever get out this way again so I wanted to take advantage of any sites along our route to see. It was a long (and painful in more ways than one) ride and although I wished we could have really looked at Yellowstone instead of the few minute stops we made, I was glad to be home. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quilt Top is Almost Done

I know I haven't updated the blog in awhile but I have been busy making a paper-piecing quilt and I am getting so excited as the top is almost done. I thought I would post a sneak peek of it.