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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I just got a fitness trophy from Spark for 250 points this month. Me? A Fitness trophy? Started walking back with my friend Pat and I do feel better. Go figure. I am a home body and I wish that meant I kept a neat home. As a decorator, you would think I would but I have piles of stuff every where. My foyer is the warehouse. That's where stuff stops until it goes to the workroom or I get rid of it or put it away. We have 2 women working on our yard right now and putting in plants. It looks so pretty in the courtyard, I want to get busy and clean up the foyer. Got to get busy. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 8/23/2011 12:05PM

    Every little 'elps!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/23/2011 9:43AM

    Congratulations on your Fitness Trophy, that is great. Keep up the great work!

The courtyard sounds lovely and so relaxing, I hope you enjoy it for a very long time.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Here it is Monday again and what happened to the weekend. And what happened to August? Next week is Sept already, for goodness sakes!
School started today and I know my granddaughter is excited with all her new clothes that grandma bought! I love spoiling her as she is my favorite granddaughter. I can say that as I have 3 grandsons and only one Granddaughter. She will be 10 on Wed. She is special because she only weighed 17 ounces when she was born. You read that right, 1 lb, 1 ounce! She was a preemie to end all preemies! But she is healthy and perfect and a good student. She got the highest score on the FCAT test in the whole state of Florida! We are so proud of her.
We are proud of our grandsons too! My oldest grandson will be 7 in Sept. His teachers name is the same as ours only spelled differently. My granddaughter's teachers name is my maiden name. Funny!
I didn't know I was going off on my grandchildren but hey, I'm a happy grandma! I can do that!

Right now I am working on a queen size quilt and I don't like it. It is pretty but I'm ready to be finished. And I have this thing that I have to finish before I can start another. At least I am good at that. I am taking a machine quilting class on Wed so I can learn to quilt on my regular sewing machine. I have several tops to quilt and need to get them finished. Then I need to learn how to take pictures and upload them to Etsy.com so I can sell something. Taking pics gets me down! I can take them but getting them to cooperate when they are on the computer is a challenge. I guess I let my work get in the way.
I am rambling on about much ado about nothing today. Have to get to work. Later.

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TEACHWMC 8/22/2011 11:02PM

    You sound like the best grandma in the state of Florida! Love those flowers that come up in the background!

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KASEYCOFF 8/22/2011 10:09AM

    Darn right you can spout off about your grandchildren! I really admire your tenaciousness: finishing what you start is wonderful. I, on the other hand, start a lot of projects and finish so few...

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AZMOMXTWO 8/22/2011 9:02AM

  what a great grangma you are
to be able to quilt if only I knew how
you are so gifted

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MARGIE4230 8/22/2011 9:01AM

    Great blog and you have a right to be proud of the grandchildren.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

I'm tired of all the goodies in our goodie selection. Spark, can you come up with some new ones? I have a lot of quilting buddies here and the only thing relevant is a 100 point sewing machine! How about a few quilts or a stack of fabrics and quilting supplies? Then we wouldn't have to go to the store and buy any. And also, please provide a few quilt motifs as emoticons! I suppose there are other teams out there that need new goodies as well. The sleep team needs a few pillows and blankets! How about a bible for the religious folks? Just a thought!

Speaking of quilts, an avid quilter passed recently and her son donated all of her quilting fabrics and supplies to our quilting group at church. They called me down to look at everything and take what I wanted. I have a van load of fabrics, etc that I need to unload today so I can go on an appointment. I hope that when I pass, I won't be leaving unfinished tops and pieces that are already cut. This lady had a stash to pass all other stashes! And I happily took what they wanted to give me. I am really prolific when it comes to sewing right now and I took a pretty piece of striped fabric that she had on a bolt. It was about 5 yards and I combined it with a floral in my stash and many strips of scraps that I had. I already have completed 20 blocks and aim to make a queen size. What I make will be donated back to the church to sell in their bazaar. Interestingly, I didn't have to buy anything to complete it so far. I did go looking for a sashing fabric but I have something that will do so I am willing myself not to buy anything.

This woman had stacks of Debbie Mumm fat quarters in bags that she never used. And she had some beautiful small prints in pretty pastels for baby quilts and lots of Christmas fabrics! It is my way of helping my church to raise some funds! When I figure out how to post pics to Esty.com I can put some things on there but the one item I tried to post, the pic wouldn't transfer even though I tried several different times. It got frustrating writing up the description and got down to the pic and could not complete the transaction.

My business has been very slow this month. Very quiet. I do have an appointment today so I need to get out to the van and unload all the boxes I got from the church and load up some fabrics to show. I hope I can find my tape measure while I'm at it. Otherwise I'll have to go and buy another one. I have invested a lot in tape measures lately. Can't seem to keep them at hand. And a decorator needs a tape measure and a calculator and a pen and paper handy at all times! Later.

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QUILTINGBUDDY 8/22/2011 12:51AM

    I love the idea of new goodies, and especially more that pertain to our various teams like quilting for sure, animals, different colored race cars, decorating and garden items (the list could go on and on). Great idea! ~Karla

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/19/2011 4:47PM

    You have such a beautiful ending to a friend's passing that memories will be shared through the quilts possibly through generations, I love that.

I agree we need more goodies and we need more trophies and more points, they only award up to 1000 minutes a month, I get that many fitness minutes in a little over a week and I know a lot of people on my team do as well, especially those training for races.

Have a great weekend, Peace and Blessings, Amber

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ECONLADY 8/19/2011 10:46AM

    I like the ideas of adding new goodies. I think they should add pets. You wouldn't have to worry about them being mistreated, even someone had 26 cats!

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CARLANNIE 8/19/2011 9:42AM

    Isn't it fun to make a quilt without spending $100! Great donation for your church. Be sure to post the photo when you're done with it. After all, inquiring minds want to know . . .

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KASEYCOFF 8/19/2011 9:23AM

    You would've loved the fabrics I more or less gave away when I cleaned out my house to move to England--!

Re goodies: that's a great idea. Have you tried setting up a message in the 'main' message boards? I think the SP coaches monitor them regularly, so they might be apt to pass the idea along.

Oh, and while I'm here, emoticon - I think that's the Bible.

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MEMPHISANGEL06 8/19/2011 9:11AM

    i havent been here long so i didnt know what a goodie was until yesterday...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Went to see THE HELP yesterday with my friend Pat. What a wonderful movie! Pat is a 60 something black woman and I am a 60 something white woman, unlikely best friends coming from different backgrounds. The movie is set in early 60's Jackson, Mississippi and is about a young white journalist who writes a book from the black maid's perspective. OH, it is so good! One of the maids is a good cook and she is teaching the wife how to make fried chicken using crisco! The chicken is frying in the pan and people are eating the crunchy coating! We were so hungy when it was over, we went to Golden Corral for fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra and red velvet cake! So much for the diet but it was so enjoyable to be with my friend and seeing a movie like that! Go and see it!

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MSBATMAN 8/25/2011 8:44AM

    I really enjoyed this movie. It was so good. I cried throughout most of it....a must-see for everyong. Bring your hankies!

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COLEENCOLE 8/18/2011 8:17AM

    Loved the movie also.

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    I've heard great things about the movie. Read the book a couple of years ago when it first came out. Loved it. That would be fun to see the movie with someone who would appreciate it differently from me.

Fried chicken was necessary after that experience. So glad you completed the experience.

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LADYBUG1943 8/17/2011 10:07AM

    I just finished reading it, too. Parts of it were painful, a reminder of a less-than-peaceful part of our history. I liked the reminder that even in those divided times, there was love between employer and employee in many families, something we northerners don't always understand. I came of age in the 60s so all that unrest really affected me. I'm so looking forward to seeing the movie. It's also a good reminder to look around TODAY and see what knee-jerk responses and prejudices we have now.... those hatreds may be drawn along political lines today, maybe? We seem very polarized in this country.

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CARLANNIE 8/17/2011 10:06AM

    That was one of my favorite books recently - so glad to hear the movie is good, too.

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ROBINCLARK8 8/17/2011 8:53AM

  I read the book and loved it! can't wait to see the movie...

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4DOGNIGHT 8/17/2011 8:41AM

    I think if I was mentioned in a book like that and it was something not pretty, I sure wouldn't want people to know it.

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BRANDY_83 8/17/2011 8:38AM

  I saw something on the news last night about a lady suing the author of the book because she used her name in it. I believe the judge said that the statute of limitations was passed though.

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KASEYCOFF 8/17/2011 8:37AM

    Sometimes you just gotta throw caution - and diet - to the winds and grab life with both hands. Such opportunities don't come along often. You've made a wonderful memory with a friend.

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ANXIETY KICKS IN! The Prayer of Jabez.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have to be really careful not to succumb to anxiety. Last night, I couldn't go to sleep as I was anxious because my phone is not ringing for appmts and was concerned about my son and his job issues. I got reallly reved up so I went and took an extra little white pill that is supposed to help. Then I proceeded to pray and pray and dump it all into God's lap. And I started saying the prayer of Jabez again. And Jabez said, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!"
Some have interpreted that Jabez was asking for riches when he asked God to enlarge his territory and some have criticism for that. But really believing and asking god to help you are part of faith and whenever I am feeling anxious with worry, I turn to God. It is my only salvation at those times.
All Lutheran churches have quilting guilds that make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Our guild meets every monday but I don't participate as I do have a job. But since I have become an avid quilter this past year, I have more interest. A friend of a church member donated boxes and boxes of fabric, books, magazines, batting, rotary cutters, thread, and anything else you can imagine that his mother left him. The quilt ladies called me to come and look at it so I went yesterday and came home with batting that they won't use and magazines and several other things. I also came home with about 5 yards of a pretty striped fabric and offered to make a quilt to donate back to them to sell at the bazaar they have. I just went into my stash last night and already have 7 blocks made. Last night while I was trying to go to sleep, I kept seeing how I was going to make that quilt in my head. This is good for me as I need to be sewing and not spending money at the fabric store. It is not unusual for me to drop $30 every time I go which mounts up. I go for one thing and end up with other things.
I did find out that I need to go to Joann's when they have fabrics on sale that I like. All the end of bolt fabrics that are less than a yard are put into the clearance bin and then there is usually another 50% off coupon and I pick up all the cottons. By doing this, I have a stash of fabrics I can call on when I need a particular color. And I gravitate toward certain colors anyway. So today I will do the work I have to do and then go to the quilting room. Can't wait.

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KASEYCOFF 8/16/2011 10:20AM

    Something I thought of you might find useful: a friend of mine used to scout out the yard sales, flea markets, Salvation Army stores, church bazaars - anyplace that would sell used clothing. She would buy things nobody else would - stained tablecloths, baby clothes that had seen better days, old curtains, even jeans that just didn't have any life left to them. She'd get them for a song, 10 cents here, 25 cents there - the only thing she'd buy was 100% cotton. She would wash and dry them 'super hot,' to make sure they were as clean, faded and shrunk as they were going to get, then she'd cut patches out of them. She'd use fabric with children's designs to make baby quilts, old kitchen patterns to make table mats, and she made all kinds of throw pillows, lap robes, afghans, and even sometimes 'real' bed quilts, lol. Every now and then when she had an overstock, she'd bundle them up and sell the batches of blocks at her own yard sales. Dunno if it's something you could do, but you would surely end up with truly unique creations.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/16/2011 9:32AM

    I used to enjoy quilting, but unable to now, enjoy its a great hobby. Thanyou for reminding me about Jabez's prayer, I needed to hear it this morning. Thankyou.

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CARLANNIE 8/16/2011 9:31AM

    Not sure about your business, but August is awfully slow for me - everyone is cramming in vacations, back-to-school business, and end of summer projects. Get your advertising out there and the people should follow as fall sets in. Congrats on having new fabric to have fun with! Be sure to post a photo when you get it together.

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