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Underground Railroad Quilt

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I finished the Underground Railroad Quilt the day before Christmas and was able to give it to my friend Pat! She was so surprised!
Here we are on Christmas Day!
It was fun to make and so worth it for her reaction! I gave her some history I had printed from the internet. She was familiar with the legend and was thrilled!

Pat is my special friend. She was first a client of mine, draperies you see and lamp and recovered furniture, etc. Her home is beautiful. She is a widow and lives with her 86 year old mother and mentally challenged 40+ year old sister. She is incredible. We started walking and now she is my best friend and even friends with my hubby! She got me walking and we try 3 times a week but have been lax so we need to get back into it.

  
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GRANNYS5 1/9/2011 2:28PM

    That is truly beautiful Some day I would like to make a special quilt..thank you for sharing such lovely work
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ILLINITEACHER52 12/31/2010 1:24PM

  It is a great quilt. I am sure every square has a story.

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JOLETTE 12/30/2010 1:05AM

    Isn't it fun to bring some joy to someone you have made just for her. What a friend she must be and you are really special.

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SONYAM. 12/29/2010 10:22PM

  Mrs. Carol this is such a beautiful quilt that you made for my Aunt Pat. She loves receiving gifts from the heart. I know that she was truly shocked. emoticon

Sonya

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GCHUNG 12/29/2010 4:53PM

    Great job!!!

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CHRISTURTLE 12/29/2010 3:13PM

    The quilt is amazing, and I know exactly how Pat felt receiving it - when I left Darwin to return down south to be closer to my parents in Victoria, a wonderful friend presented me with a quilt - the first she had ever made. I had tears in my eyes when I saw what she'd taken so much time and care and how much love was in every single stitch, and even now, 10 years later, whenever I look at my quilt sitting across the end of my couch, I feel the same sense of wonder and gratitude.

Seems to me you both have an amazing and special friend in each other!

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1BEARWIFE 12/29/2010 1:06PM

    It is wonderful to have such good, close friends! Friends are the ones who really ARE the wind beneath our wings! A very thoughtful expression of your love and appreciation for your friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLEENCOLE 12/29/2010 12:43PM

    It is lovely!

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MTULLY 12/29/2010 10:25AM

    You are both very special ladies, and that beautiful quilt most certainly symbolizes that. How lucky you both are!

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LYNNANN43 12/29/2010 10:19AM

    What an absolutely beautiful quilt!

I can only imagine how Pat felt receiving the quilt!!!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/29/2010 9:51AM

    The quilt is beautiful. You are also a wonderful friend. Continue walking with Pat and your world will expand. emoticon
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LILYGAL 12/29/2010 9:45AM

    The quilt is beautiful and so special since you made it! I'm sure that she will cherish it always!!!

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ELSEEBEE 12/29/2010 9:34AM

    That turned out gorgeous! One of these days I'm going to do one and I love your color selection! Your friend and you are very fortunate to have each other. Keep on walking!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 12/29/2010 9:33AM

    Very pretty & such a nice idea:) !! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 12/29/2010 9:15AM

    Carol, that is beautiful, absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful job you did on it - the colors are fabulous. A true labor of love and a very special gift for Pat. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/29/2010 9:10AM

    It's beautiful!

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LKWQUILTER 12/29/2010 9:09AM

    What a beautiful quilt. That is something Pat will cherish and appreciate.

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CARLANNIE 12/29/2010 9:08AM

    What a great gift! And so well done, too. I like it!! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 12/29/2010 9:07AM

    OMG that is magnificent. How lucky is Pat.

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MSWEEZER 12/29/2010 9:04AM

    Absolutely gorgeous and what a wonderful gift. She must truly be someone very special. I know she'll always cherish this gift of love.

Happy Holidays!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/29/2010 8:59AM

    That is BEAUTIFUL! I'm sure your friend will treasure it!

hope you had a nice Christmas.. emoticon

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PERFECT ATTENDANCE AND A REVIEW!

Monday, December 27, 2010

As of today, I have one year's perfect attendance on Sparkpeople. That is an incredible feat in itself, even though I was away from my computer many times during the year, I managed to log in on hubby's I-phone or a laptop somewhere. I went back to 2009 and reposted my goals to see how I did. OH, it's fifty-fifty I guess. What a struggle but at least I had some goals.

How did I do?

1. Post daily - Did that

2. walk the dog, Panda daily - I did walk Panda more but not daily. We have another dog visiting, Katie. I would like to keep her as she loves the attention we give her. Son wants her back. I vow to get out and walk panda more this year. We are both older.

3. Participate in Bootcamp and daily exercises. - Okay, I did not do this, not even the first day. I have an aversion to exercise, however, I got a WII for Christmas and I am going to buy the WII fit with balance board so hopefully I can get moving more.

4. Walk with my buddy Pat 3 times a week. These are good walks, about 3 miles and 50 min each. - I have walked with Pat but not as often as we need to. Today it is 26 degrees here in FLorida so forget going out! I did accomplish a Coach to 5K program even though I kept walking and not running. ANd I was in several races but I need to improve on that.

5. use the food and nutrition information and track food eaten. _ I did track quite a bit the first half of the year and then decided to do WW online which I also did for a while. In Sept, when we renovated our house, I backslid and never did fully recover. I did however, rejoin WW and plan to get into theirnew program in 2011.

6. Read the SPARK Book and get involved. Checkk!!! I enjoyed the read.

7. Find a good buddy on Spark who is motivated with me. - Made many good buddies!!! FIrst one was Kaseycoff and she has been incredibly successful this year. iIll have to follow her lead.

8. Cook dinner more often than eating out. Yes and no. Mostly did but the last 2 months it seems we ate out a lot. Parties are over so back to cooking.

9. Make healthy food choices at each meal. I've been incredible successful at doing so, even when eating out. I am eating more veggies and fruits and plan to continue and up my intake.

10. Do whatever it takes to keep it up. - I keep trying and coming back for more. Can't ask for more than that.

Well, I didn't do so badly, about fifty-fifty but in review, I need to do more. If I hadn't set these goals last year, I wouldn't have any accomplishment. I plan to read my blogs from last year to see how I did during the year.

Positives, I learned to quilt and renewed my passion! Made several quilts for Christmas and plan to continue. I already have planned blocks of the month! I set aside a room in my home for sewing. It's a mess right now but for the new year, I want to reorganize it and keep it that way I hope. I tend to keep my projects out in the open rather than putting things away. I've always felt that when I put things away, I'll lose them. That is why my desk is cluttered and at 62, I don't know if I can change that.

Lost 8 pounds, probably gained a few back but at least I am less than I started last year. My clothes fit better. This year I will continue to post every day. I think that is so important in keeping focus! Later.

  
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SUNNYDAZE9 12/27/2010 11:13PM

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MARSHASTAR 12/27/2010 2:16PM

    Good for YOU getting PERFECT ATTENDANCE . . especially with your very busy life!
You've done a LOT this year, and I've sure been inspired by your blogs.
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I also like to keep my projects out where I can see them. It's a mess.

I'm looking forward to another year of reading about your daily adventures.

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FITMARY 12/27/2010 12:27PM

    Sounds like good progress to me. Maybe my little trick for getting myself to exercise will help you: I do "just 10 minutes" while I watch the news. It usually turns out to be more than just 10 minutes, but if all I do is 10 minutes, I'm still happy. Good luck in 2011!

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BUGGYS 12/27/2010 12:14PM

    I think you accomplished alot this year and you should be very proud of yourself!!!

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KASEYCOFF 12/27/2010 10:18AM

    Aw, now, see, you make me blush--! lol... emoticon

Yep, I think a recommittment to progress and health is the right direction. And I have every confidence you can achieve. No matter what the goal, each baby step toward it is a good thing and reason to feel proud. You go, girl - 2011 is YOUR year! :-D

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LKWQUILTER 12/27/2010 9:20AM

    You have really done GREAT!!!

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DONNAEDA 12/27/2010 9:14AM

    what a wonderful review of the past year. I think you did very well. This is not a life of perfection, but improvement. In my estimation you did improve over what you did the previous years. Congratulations

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EDITOR 12/27/2010 9:07AM

    What an awesome year and feats you have achieved! I stand in humble admiration for remembering personally, nothing amazing in my life.

Give Panda a kiss from me.

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REPOSTING LAST YEAR'S DEC 27TH GOALS.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

It's time to get serious and set some goals for 2010. These are the same goals I've had every year in late Dec but this year I am going to do something about it. I am going to post a blog for 36 days straight, to the end of January. I may mss a couple of days when we are in Disneyworld unless my son brings his laptop but other than that, I'll be here.
Here are my goals:
1. Post daily
2. walk the dog, Panda daily
3. Participate in Bootcamp and daily exercises.
4. Walk with my buddy Pat 3 times a week. These are good walks, about 3 miles and 50 min each.
5. use the food and nutrition information and track food eaten.
6. Read the SPARK Book and get involved.
7. Find a good buddy on Spark who is motivated with me.
8. Cook dinner more often than eating out.
9. Make healthy food choices at each meal.
10. Do whatever it takes to keep it up.

Like most of you out there, I have been on nearly every diet plan out there and have been successful. My most recent was the Sonoma Diet which is a really good plan. I lost 18 lbs and kept it off for about a year and a half until I slowly gained it all back. There is something wrong with a diet plan if you can't keep it off. Or your committment to it. So, I am committing, right now, right here on Spark. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


In review, I flunked a lot of the above but I tried. This year I hope to do better. I am eating healthier but this month was a bust.

  
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KASEYCOFF 12/27/2010 4:23AM

    You know, 'they say' smokers take an average of a half-dozen quitting attempts before they finally are able to kick the habit for good. So if every attempt at diet you learn, improve, and make progress - then it's not a waste of time, it's just part of the journey. Twenty-eleven is YOUR year: you can do it! emoticon p.s. Get the WiiFit together and play with it. It's a fun way to get moving! Thinks me, lol...

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*MADHU* 12/26/2010 11:22AM

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DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas day is done but it was so special! I didn't know what to expect as it was just me and hubby and mother-in-law for CHristmas dinner but the rest of the day was a wonderful surprise!
Of course our camera batteries were dead so hubby took pics on his i-phone but I can't figure out how to upload them here but I promise I will get pics.
We went to my son and his wife's home and spent Christmas morning with our 9 year old granddaughter and 1 year old grandson. That was so much fun! The one year old was so excited and the 9 year old was too! They have 3 dogs and 3 cats now. What a menagerie! Our dog Panda had spent the week over there because we were away last weekend. ANd when I sat down on the couch, she came over and sat right up next to me! She missed me and I mssed her! We also brought their dog, Katie home with us for a visit. She is so cute too!
I got a WII for Christmas and I am looking forward to setting it up and getting moving. Have to go get the fit WII with the board.
In the afternoon, I went over to friend Pat's home and gave her the Underground Railroad Quilt. She took pics with her camera so when she sends them to me, I will upload them I hope. We are going shopping today for after Christmas sale ornaments! I'm ready to get a few new ones! Later.

  
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DONNAEDA 12/26/2010 10:30AM

    I am so happy that you had a beautiful Xmas with family and friends.

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SO HAPPY IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE!

Friday, December 24, 2010

I love today for it's traditions and looking forward to a wonderful week. This time of year is so special for me. I love going to our Christmas Eve Candlelight service. Haven't missed one in more than 30 years I would say. Our Florida weather is cool but nice, might even got warm today. I prefer it cold on Christmas day and some years, it even freezes. The plumbers busiest time of year. We get to wear our Christmas sweaters a few times before we put them away.
I still have a lot to do today. Take stock of all the presents and see if I need to get anything. And I still have a quilt to finish. I finished the Railroad Quilt and will photograph and post a pic before it leaves the house. I have the top finished and just need to sandwich, machine quilt and bind. Now that is a lot but doable. I just want to see my granddaughter's smile when she opens the package. Hope it works out.
The diet has gone to pot but it is okay. Will start fresh again soon. Have a wonderful day and remember the reason for the season!

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 12/25/2010 4:44PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours !

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