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The Funniest Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27, 2009

We did have a lovely Thanksgiving. We went to our neighbor's. It is a fun story.

They came over last week, "just chatting". They were nudging each other with their elbows, saying under their breath "YOU ask her" and "NO, YOU ask her".

Finally Ted and I got a bit restless watching this nonsense, and I said "Ok. Just come out with it. What do you want?".

Then Toby blurted out "Do you cook good turkeys and make good dressing and gravy?"

What a weird question. Ted responded with a loud "She sure DOES!".

Then they explained that they wanted to do Thanksgiving at their house, but they always make lousy turkeys, dressing and gravy. "So if we supply the turkey, would you cook it?"

It was after I agreed to it that they told us they would have a guest list of 14.

So I cooked turkey, dressing and gravy, our house smelled wonderful, and we packed it all up and across the road we go.

We walk in, carrying all our food, and there are these guests.....all sitting down in the living room, looking like they were starving, and not doing any conversation.

When they saw us, they all jumped up and cheered "The turkey is here!" and headed for the table.

Neither Ted nor I dropped the food we were hauling, even though we were laughing so loud.

Dinner was really good, the turkey was moist and cooked to perfection, the gravy without nary a lump and the dressing rich with flavor. The side dishes they supplied were wonderful.

It was one of the funniest thanksgivings we have ever had!

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NOTFATCAT 11/28/2009 2:42PM

    Sounds like a good time with great food and friends.

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PERFECT01 11/28/2009 1:31AM

    That they had the courage to ask is amazing and that you were willing to do such a kind thing is wonderful! Glad you had a funny Thanksgiving!

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BEVPRESLEY 11/27/2009 9:45PM

    What wonderful neighbors you are, not to mention the life of the party. Sounds like a great day.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/27/2009 8:35PM

    What a great Thanksgiving!!! So many memories...
Blessings and hugs,

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102633 11/27/2009 8:12PM

    It is what Thanksgiving is all about: Food (good of course), Family and Friends.

So glad that yours was a memorable one.

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KAROUSELL46 11/27/2009 7:31PM

    That is so awesome. Glad you have fun memories of another Thanksgiving gone.

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MPENNE 11/27/2009 7:26PM

    How wonderful

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GCHUNG 11/27/2009 6:53PM

    That is wonderful. Great job!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/27/2009 6:18PM

    I wonder how long they were waiting for the two of you to arrive with the dinner. I can just see you both laughing. I would most likely have dropped it.

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DARCEYOH 11/27/2009 4:57PM

    oh how funny! Glad you had a good day!

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Holidaze and Expectations

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Well, here they are again. The Holidaze. Why are we always worrying about the Holidaze? I'll tell you why we worry about Holidaze.

EXPECTATIONS!! Expectations from ourselves, our kids, the rest of the bloomin family, friends, merchants, TV...........even the streets are decorated so we don't forget that their are expectations upon us!

We think we need to give gifts to everybody! We don't. We can't afford it, and neither can they!

We think we need to give our grown up kids what they ask for. We don't. They are GROWN UPS, for Pete's sake, and can jolly well buy the stuff they want for themselves.

We think we need to send Christmas cards to every member of the family, old neighbors, and others we haven't seen in years and years. We don't. Stamps and cards are expensive items. If you haven't seen these people in a zillion years, there must be a reason. Remember the reason!

We think we need to shop in every single store in the mall because the economy is down, and we don't want to be responsible for them going out of business. We don't. Yes, we would all love to save the economy, but the government is against that, and you "can't fight City Hall", especially when their idea is to simply borrow more money, and print all those new dollars at nano-speed.

Make a list of what you are going to shop for, where you are going to shop for it, and take your timer with you. Set it for 15 minutes each time you enter a store. You have drop whatever you are holding that you "might" buy that is on the list and head immediately to check-out when the timer goes off, and if you are not, You are over doing things. The secret?? THE LIST!! GET OUT OF THE STORE!!

We think we need to buy all that crap on TV in order for our children to be well adjusted. We don't. Remember, these people are highly paid to make you feel guilty or ugly or stupid if you don't invest in their products. You don't know these people, and you don't have to believe them! You can even turn them off!

We think we need to be politically correct. Let me assure you, WE DON'T!
Put up your lights if you want to, get the creche set up in the yard, and blare the Christmas music.

Say "Merry Christmas" to everyone you see, and don't forget the store clerks.

We think we need to make our "famous recipe for fudge" for everyone. We don't. They won't miss it. Chances are, YOU are the only one who will notice!

If you need to make the fudge, send it off to Iraq or Afghanistan to a soldier. You can bet he or she WILL notice! And if you don't have an address, call some churches and have them give it to a needy family.

Believe me, it will taste and feel better to you than that fudge ever could!

We think we need to buy presents for our grandchildren. We don't. Instead, we can take them to a store, let them pick out a toy, and then go straight to the Toys for Tots barrel run by the Marines, and let your grandchildren donate the toy(s) to a needy child who will have no Christmas otherwise. This is also a good thing to do for the kids still living with you. Take a photo of the toy being donated, and then, on Christmas day, give the framed photo to the donating child as their Christmas gift. It will mean more and more to them as the years pass, and they will look forward to giving toys to less priveledged children.

One year, before DH, it was just my daughter and I. We were very poor. There was no money for gifts. I took a piece of cloth and embroidered a clock face, then asked a friend to make me a frame for the clock. Another friend donated the clock workings, including the hands. While I was embroidering it, I pricked my finger, and a couple drops of blood spilled onto the clock face. I couldn't get it off.

The morning of Christmas, I was very worried and ashamed that that was all I could give my daughter for Christmas.

My DD opened her clock, and burst into tears. She came over and gave me the biggest hug ever. She instantly KNEW I had embrfooidered that clock face, and she also instantly saw the blood stains.

While sitting on my lap, hugging and crying, she said "Mom, this is the BEST gift I have ever gotten! You BLED to give me this."

She still has that clock, and it is still running. Neither one of us has forgotten that Christmas, and it is the best one I have ever had.

My husband and I have everything we need and then some. There is nothing left to WANT.

Each year, we individually choose a charity and then donate to it in the name of our spouse. Then we get a pretty Christmas card, and inside, it reads "This year you donated to ............charity, and they love you for it, and so do I". We keep the name of the charity secret from each other, and we only find out when we open the envelope.

These are just a few suggestions...........I am sure you all out there have many more.

Don't let the DAZE happen to you. Drop the expectations. Take your voice, whether you can sing or not, and head to a retirement home. Sing with the seniors! Play a game with them!

Leave a plate of cookies for someone who can't afford them on their door step.

If you live in snow country, go to a poor neighbor, and ask them to make a snow man with you. Leave them some cocoa to make hot chocolate.

If you see a stray animal that obviously is hungry, feed and shelter it.

Walk in the snow sticking out your tongue and see how many flakes you can catch with your mouth. It doesn't cost anything to be a kid again! You can even make snow angels. AND count points for the exercise!!

Find simple, old fashioned ways to celebrate the season, and spread your LOVE around. It is something that you cannot buy, but means the very most!

Expect to do Christmas YOUR way, and get to planning the fun.

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BEA-N-ME 11/25/2009 10:30AM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs. The perspective is refreshing. This one especially speaks to me because Christmas is always tough for us, because of the "wants", not the needs. We have 7 kids, one now married, and there won't be much under the tree, and probably nothing from my husband and I, but you know what? That is ok. We are home, together,warm and fed. There really aren't any needs, and you can't ask for much more than that! Thanks for making me feel better about it!

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MIMAWELIZABETH 11/24/2009 10:23PM

    One of my DD's favorite Christmas memories is the year I left her father. It was just the three of us (her, Scott and me), we were starting over, and I was in the hospital for a week just before Christmas Eve.

I couldn't move around very much, and didn't have a chance to go to the store with the little money I DID have. We had moved three months earlier, so still had boxes all around. I took two big boxes, emptied them, and refilled them with the heaviest items I could find; then I wrapped them up, one for each kid.

Oh, I forgot the "gift" part! I wrote a letter to Scott, and one to Aubrey, telling them how much I love them and how proud I am of them, and that when I was feeling better, I'd take them out for something special. I taped each letter in the bottom of a box before filling it with household items.

Scott had found our artificial Christmas tree and set it up; then he and Aubs decorated it with small toys and stuffed animals, and tied ribbons and yarn to the branches. You should have seen the looks on their faces when they came out Christmas morning and saw those two huge wrapped boxes by the tree!

You know... it's one of MY favorite memories too! Yes, I DID eventually take them out as promised - in March, when I recovered enough to go back to work part-time - but the surprise boxes with my letters was the best present of all...

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NOTFATCAT 11/24/2009 8:59PM

    Ah, the simpler times. We all need to give of ourselves more and crap less.

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DAISYBELL6 11/24/2009 8:32PM

    Amen! emoticon

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WANDA68 11/24/2009 7:55PM

    excellent post makes a person think twice! thanks for sharing!

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KAROUSELL46 11/24/2009 7:02PM

    So much of what you said is so very true. I can remember not having much for Christmas. Thank goodness there are people who give to charities. One year we baked alot and gave that way. You can only do what you can do.

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/24/2009 6:59PM

    All I can say to this is: AMEN!!!!! Well said.......

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TORNADO40 11/24/2009 5:54PM

    You are certainly right about expectations. I think that is one of the reasons that people feel so let down after the holidays. Too many expectations and reality does not always match the expectations.

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DARCEYOH 11/24/2009 4:16PM

    Very Nice!

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Maxine's Perfect Solution to Senior Health Care

Monday, November 23, 2009

Here is the solution:

While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution. I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you're a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care. A new hip? Unheard of. We simply can't afford to take care of you anymore. You don't need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc. Let's take care of the young people. After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.

So here is the solution. When you turn 70, you get a gun and 3 bullets You are allowed to shoot one senator and 2 representatives. Of course, you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all the health care you need! And we hear as a prisoner, you will also get a Swine Flu vaccination!! New teeth, great! Need glasses, no problem! New hip, knee, kidney,lung, heart? Well bring it on. And who will be paying for all of this. The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. And, since you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income tax.

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/24/2009 9:47AM

    Yet another great blog.....Sorry to say but Your ideas are right on. Love all the comments especially the one about the gun jamming. That probably would be my fate and I'd be sent to a local jail for harassment, where I'd be served fried bologna sandwiches 3 times a day. Wonder how that would look on my nutrition tracker?????
I think it's tragic that people have to BEG for medical help, it was a given when I was a youngster growing up as we had 3 Dr's in our family. Of course that was sooooo Looonnnggg ago I hardly can remember.
See you in prison!!!!!!!

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BACONLADY 11/24/2009 8:55AM

    Another benefit.. no access to the kitchen for some quality grazing time!
There's also time in the 'day room' for exercise!
Heck, we'd all end up in such good physcial shape that we could eventually bust outta there and take over the world!!!

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MIMAWELIZABETH 11/24/2009 4:36AM

    HEY - stop leaking my secret back-up health care plan! Now everyone will want to do it... (I plan to start a "Gray Panthers" prison gang to protect all the seniors!)

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SCOUTHARPS 11/23/2009 11:42PM

  Too funny! Unfortunatly, it is also grounded in truth. Idae--lets stop paying for all the perks for prisoners and pay for the people who live clean!

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KAROUSELL46 11/23/2009 6:02PM

    My gun would probably jam but I'd still get some time anyway. Its too bad things are like this..Karen

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KOI239 11/23/2009 5:40PM

    It would be my luck that they would give me the death penalty as I live in Texas, so I'll just rob a bank.

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DARCEYOH 11/23/2009 4:49PM

    that's a great way to look at it. And if we did have moral values, I'm sure this would be an acceptable way to go about this! Gotta love our government!

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WANNABEETRIM2 11/23/2009 3:22PM

    It is a shame...America is one of the richest countries and has some of the finest medical facilities in the world, yet there are millions of citizens without benefit of medical care and drugs and many who rely on "cake walks", "bazaars", "benefits" and "collection jars" for possible means to pay for a needed operation, piece of medical equipment, or some sort of costly treatment or test.

Added to this tragedy is the outrageous control the insurance companies have over the medical staff decisions by ultimately dictating whether or not they will "cover" that prescribed treatment or needed medication. And that's only IF you are gainfully employed AND your employer provides AFFORDABLE medical insurance AND you can afford the premiums.

Maybe if the President, the representatives and the senators were subjected to the same medical insurance plans, drug plans, "limited benefits", "coverage holes", yearly premium increases, and insurance company dictates as their constituents are, I have no doubt that the USA would have one of the best Universal Health Plans well before the Congress adjourned for the holidays.

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HAPPYMOM8 11/23/2009 2:06PM

    Funny Post. Please say it isn't true! emoticon

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RENA1965 11/23/2009 1:44PM

    I think this is wrong, in denmark we pay 60% of our wages in tax, we get free doctor and hospital/surgery visits, medications well I am a single mom with 2 ADHD'ers I am granted discount on medications and money to send my boys to activities to keep them out of trouble.. I also got granted a free 1 year stay at a private school for my oldest boy whom has a double diagnose. The social services are bound by law to give him equal chances as rich families to get a education because of our law on equal oppertunity...
When I showed the authorities I could loss my weight, they gave me a free tummy tuck to avoid infections and worse.. My mother in law was very dement, she got help from social services to move into a resthome too. My husband never had to pay a cent towards her stay or keep as the elderly get a decent pension...
We pay alot of tax, but no one has to be homeless in denmark, or go without health care.. We are against paying for health insurance, as rich people will fill beds and get help over people whom usually need it more and in a hurry..
We have had hard times to get it functioning, but it works and people no matter what their financial situation can survive and have a good life. Without breaking the world bank deficit.

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A very sad, sad day today.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Today is a very sad, sad day for me.

Nick is on the right. Gone, but never forgotten!

It is with great sadness that I write this. Nickolas died today, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 around 10:00 a.m. at Texas Childrens Hosptial at age 16. His family and grandparents were with him when he died. Nick fought the most courageous battle any of us could imagine and his spirit will live in all of us.

Thank all of you who have prayed. Nick knew his quilt had arrived, and stated many times he could feel the love and hugs it contained.

Nick requested to be buried with his quilt.

Please do not let this discourage you from making quilts for kids who are fighting cancer. Yes, we do lose some of them, but there are also many who recover.

When your heart gets heavy, remember Ally. She has now begun her third year of remission!

Yesterday another quilt went out to NY.

With love and appreciation for all you do,
Krackers and Ally

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BACONLADY 11/24/2009 8:56AM

    Ooh, so sorry to hear about Nick.
What a beautiful quilt to be buried with...

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BEVPRESLEY 11/18/2009 9:31PM

    I am so very sad for your family, but thankful he had your love and is now at peace and pain free. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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ANUT4DISNEY 11/18/2009 11:39AM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and his family.

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KAROUSELL46 11/17/2009 9:33PM

    I feel so sad. I pray that God wraps his loving arms around Nick's family and comfort them. It so hard to when you lose a child. I'm so glad he got his blanket and it will be with him forever. God bless you. emoticonKaren

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MYMEGGIE1 11/17/2009 9:19PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have had students who have had cancer and so far, they are all still with us. Thoughts anr prayers go to you.

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    My prayers go out to you and Nick's family, what a wonderful gift the quilt was and what a gift from Nick that he loved his quilt and wanted it to be with him thru eternity.

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/17/2009 7:35PM

    A hard blog to read.....My prayers are with Nicholas and his family.... You can be assured that you brought him much comfort with the love you sent in that quilt...
Thank You for showing so much love to these kids that need all the love and support they can get.

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ILOVETOCRUISE 11/17/2009 7:33PM

    So sad to hear of your loss. I understand the loss as we have a grandaughter born with cancer and we still worry for her. She is now 14 years old and we still have her. Our neighbor in Texas lost their son years ago of cancer and the hurt is deep. God has another angel. Prayers to all. emoticon

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MOCNVW23 11/17/2009 5:26PM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. My love to you and your family.I am glad that Nick recieved the quilt, and that there are people out there like you to be with and support all the others, to let them know that they are loved and cared for.

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GCHUNG 11/17/2009 4:30PM

    I'm glad he was able to receive some enjoyment out of the gift made with love.

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HINOTO 11/17/2009 4:09PM

    I am very sorry for your loss

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ANDREA0301 11/17/2009 3:48PM

    Heavy hearts for sure. Thank you for all you continue to do for the "least of these".

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LOPEYP 11/17/2009 3:41PM

    Sorry to hear. I'm sure the love of friends and family and those that cared enough to make/send the quilt carried him safely to the other side.

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EVVYSBABY 11/17/2009 3:35PM

    I am so sorry - kudos to you and others that are there to make the final days of these kids as bearable as possible.

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EJORDANE 11/17/2009 3:34PM

    Aw, this is so sad. :( Good thing there are people like you out there who are so pro-active.

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Showing off My Quilt Room and a few Stockings

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Well, here are the photos. Actually, you have to go to my page and click photos to see what I am talking about.

I thought it easier to answer quilters' questions as to how I store my stash by posting photos. You know the old saying....one picture is worth a thousand words.

I also posted three of the Christmas Stockings that I finished for the troops. There are more to make, and they are coming along nicely.

Note that DH got my Elna all up and running again.......bless his heart!

I will be posting more photos of Ally Cat Quilts that are nearly ready to ship, too.

Anyway, I am very busy, quilting, quilting, quilting!

I did manage to get a mile walk in today, though. That is a great way to stretch after quilting for hours!

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14JESUSGIRL 11/17/2009 7:52PM

    Wow! Your room, equipment, fabric, EVERYTHING, looks so good!
What a blessing to have all these at your fingertips. Your quilts and stockings are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!
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LOULOUBELLE2 11/17/2009 11:13AM

    Got to click right over to see your pics.
Be right back. emoticon

Oh WOW.....What a spectacular quilt room you have and so organized....I'm so envious.........
What's your room dimensions...Mine is 8' by 8'...Can't get a long arm machine in it, that is and still have a sewing room and storage.
You deserve it though after all the long hours you spend in there doing all thosebeautiful Ally Cat Quilts.

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KAROUSELL46 11/16/2009 6:39PM

    I'm impressed! Nice to see you got Elna back. You've got one heck of a talent! The stockings are beautiful. You are so lucky to have so much room. I'd go nuts in there.

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DARCEYOH 11/16/2009 4:15PM

    Now THAT is a sewing room!

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BEA-N-ME 11/16/2009 4:08PM

    Great photos and sewing room! Loved the stockings! ( I have two soldiers myself, both home now!) Always love seeing your work, you inspire me as always!

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NOTFATCAT 11/16/2009 11:41AM

    What in the world? It is unbelievable how great a set-up you have. You are fortunate in both the ability to have this room but also the talent that you have. It's great that you are able to do something you love.

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BACONLADY 11/16/2009 8:46AM

    Thank you for showing us your quilting room.. First of all.. I wanna play in it too.. but secondly, now I see how you stash your fabric on the shelves! Wow!
How large is your room? It looks so sunshiney and roomy!

The soldiers will love getting those stockings!
I'm fixing a box to send to my daughter very soon..

Thanks again for the wonderful tour!

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SCOUTHARPS 11/15/2009 11:04PM

  I love the stockings! The room is impressive too. Ummmm....want to move south so you can help redo mine?

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RELGRAM 11/15/2009 10:16PM

  Loved your pictures of your sewing room. I could wish mine were so tidy! You are the quintessential quilter, having all the good stuff, and you use it so beautifully. You are a most inspiring person. Love ya, relgram emoticon

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BEVPRESLEY 11/15/2009 9:44PM

    OHHH, I wanna play in your room. Santa is talking mid arm and frame for Christmas. I can't wait.

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AMYLT82 11/15/2009 7:53PM

    I love quilts. I had an Aunt who was the true quilter in our family. She had a quilting machine. She didn't always use it, but her quilts were really pretty. She started making quilts for all occassions. My favorite quilt that she made me was for staying with my Grandmother, the week my Grandfather was in the hospital before he died. She always wrote something on the quilts so besides the quilts being pretty they tell why she made them. If and when I can I would love to make as many as she did. Now most of the sewing I do is plastic canvas. Someday I would like to sew quilts for holidays and special occassions. The quilts I make now are usually baby quilts for Project Linus.
Anyone who has ever made a quilt knows that they are truly special. Your Friend, Amy emoticon

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