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5/19/15 2:10 P

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Drenching rain again. Yeah for the new trees. They are thriving now and sending out new extensions on their branches. Looking good.

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5/18/15 8:59 P

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We have gotten a little bit of rain at last. The ground and plants and critters were thirsty. I had been worried about the cattle, not enough grass and we have a number of calves who need Mama to eat well so they can! We have gotten 3/4 inch of rain in the last couple of days. Hoping for more.

Jean, glad you had fun with your class today!

Took my car in for it's scheduled checkup...and then took sewing machine for it's overdue cleaning...only to arrive and find that the store is now closed on Mondays. ACK! Now it willo mean another trip out there X2. Phooey.


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5/18/15 8:47 P

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Evening

Did you get some of this drenching rain that has been sitting over Texas?

School was awesome again. This morning it rained so hard the skies were black for over an hour. A bit unnerving. Then after lunch, the sun came out, and we took the afternoon classes to the garden to harvest their 2' x 3' plots. Very excited kids. Their veggies included peas, chives, grape tomatoes, regular tomatoes, radishes, and carrots. Different kids planted different seeds or little plants in the fall, and all year have checked for produce or flowers. Some had only flowers today, but all found something worthwhile in their garden plot.

All day long in the classroom the kids made "coral" with a lesson on the barrier reefs. First they colored a picture of a coral polyp sitting on limestone. Our coral was made with fun stuff. A paper plate and popsicle stick was given. Then each child received: (1st) frosting to cement the cookie in place, (2nd) a cookie (for the lime stone needed to grow on), (3rd) more icing to smear over the cookie, (4th) large marshmallow (mother coral polyp), (5th) small marshmallow baby polyps to place next to the mother polyp, (6th) Red Liquorice to strip into tentacles to catch food,( 7th) more icing to attach "algae," (8th) 3 M&M candies to put o top of tentacles representing algae, (9th) sprinkles to rain on everything like food floating in the ocean. Last they had to eat it or throw their creation in the trash before leaving the science room. Most gobbled the sweet mess up, but a few picked off only what they liked, and one trashed the entire creation. Not all kids are keen on sweets. None of them are diabetic, just some don't like sticky desserts.
The only thing they took home was the colored coral picture.

A very active day for me passing out the necessary parts for them to build their coral, and then supervising their hand washing and clean-up. The teacher really needed four hands today for this project, and I had a ball helping.

Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
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5/14/15 9:44 A

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I've done the pattern-into-sleeves-into-binders with my quilting stuff. I have saved a ridiculous number of patterns and articles...and my tastes have changed since I started. Wonder if I will ever even catch up with what I have started!

19th day of no rain. errand running in my morning ahead...but only got 6 hrs of sleep last night so am not highly energized for the things needing doing today. Oh well. Nap will call me this afternoon I guess. am at 4279 steps so far this morning.

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I am with you on getting parts of my creativity organized.

I found some protector sheets in a box near my computer, so now a new project for me is to get my knitting patterns into protector sheets and separate the latest patterns into an additional 3 ring binder. My knitting patterns are so crowded into one 3 ring binder. Sorting them out will bring happy memories, and allow me to toss ones I no longer need. I have patterns in the pockets of the binder, bunched multiple patterns into single protector sheets, and others loose in the binder. Quite a mess. It is time to organize.

Today again I am concentrating on the knitting bag/purse I am sewing. I made stupendous progress yesterday, but need to sort out the handle, magnetic closure, and getting the parts synchronized. I love the one I gave away, but this one will be more personalized for my use. Very satisfying.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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5/14/15 7:47 A

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Little by little I am getting things sorted out and hopefully cleaned up in my work areas. Finishing that little quilt seems to have broken the dam of backed up everything!

Early morning walking has been so nice with the cool temperatures. Today is our 19th day of no rain.

HOpe everyone is having a good week. Make good choices! emoticon

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5/13/15 5:32 P

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So encouraged to see you adding steps every day. I keep going, too.

After walking an hour solo this morning in the mall, I headed to the sewing room. It's been a great day with visible progress on the knitting bag/purse. So happy to see it come together.

Our rain cooled thing down a bit for us, but hatched vicious mosquitoes. Hungry buggers. Yesterday I put a vegetable soup together for us. Looks like enough for 3 days. Made a tasty quick supper tonight.

I ordered the Interactive National Geographic magazine through "Zinio" for my iPad. Looks really great. The video of the dolphin is quite interesting. Getting that subscription was on my "to-do" list.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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5/12/15 3:10 P

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Wonderful story.


Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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5/12/15 9:14 A

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Laura/Mimi still has the first quilt I made..for her first daughter Vanessa. Randy worked for the Baltimore Colts, so I designed and machine appliqued a horseshoe onto a baby quilt size quilt using the team colors but in floral fabrics for a little girl. Edged it with eyelet lace. I STILL don't have a photograph of it. I had NO idea what I was doing, but those first quilts with no help, no instruction etc, have stood the test of time. The recipients are all adults now, some with their own children! (Back when I made that first one, I didn't even know the word applique! lol.) I think Vanessa is about 38 now.Will have to check on that. Mandi is the next daughter and she is the mother of Mia. [That family has Meemaw, Mimi, Mandi and now Mia...four generations for a tongue twisting list!!!] Laura owns Over The Rainbow...hence the gift of fabric. overrainbow.com/

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Wonderful quilt of pig and cow fabric. I love your dedication panel on the back, too. I sometimes do that when giving a quilt away. Such a treasure for a little gal. My 21 year old Megan still has the baby quilts I made for her. Her Mom put them away. My21 year old grandson Frankie used his up. I wanted the kids to love them and wear them out, but Megan's Mom protected hers.

It feels so good to finish a project. Now you'll get to see the little gal's reaction to her own quilt. That will be precious.

Hope the storms bring good rain and no destruction to you.

Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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5/11/15 9:41 P

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I started a little scrap quilt as a gift for my SI'sL granddaughter...made from scraps from the quilt I made in a class...with fabric Laura had given me. At that time, I thought I would probably give the larger quilt to Laura (aka Mimi) so she and Mia could match. Hubby was going to visit so I raced to put together the little quilt...missed the flight time, still thought I could mail it while he was there and was flying along. Got nearly done and made a BIG mistake...and just deflated. It never got there. Today, at last, I picked it up, corrected the error and finished the quilt..in less than an hour.





Mia is now 3 1/2 and this will be delivered to her in September when WE visit.

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5/10/15 10:40 P

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Happy Mother's Day!

Hope your day brought smiles and laughter

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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5/9/15 9:39 P

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I'm so pleased you didn't give up and got yourself a new Fitbit One. Ours are now practically the same age as mine is quite new, too.

Thanks for understanding about my shawl. I do love the yarn, but I know I will never wear the creation the way it is. So getting good advice from two other expert knitters who work in the shop was very encouraging for me. I modeled the shawl for them to show why I didn't like it.

Happy Mother's Day. Hope your day is peaceful and pleasing. I've been pampered by my Texas family already, so tomorrow will be just a quiet day.

Jean from Texas
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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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5/9/15 7:26 P

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Sorry for the unsuccessful shawl effort, but glad you got to get some consultation with someone with expertise to help you decide what to do next.

Your outing sounds like fun. Wish I had someone who liked to do that kind of outing now and then.

My 3 yr old Fitbit finally died this morning...and I set up the new ONE. I had a terrible time getting it onto the computer..but finally figured out what to do...and was delighted to get it to sync...so now I have a brand new Fitbit that I hope will give me good service as did the last one.

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DIL MaryAnn and I spent the day together, but the Market Place was a bust. Instead of the 80 vendors advertised, there were 28. Not much was handmade, but rather many companies pushing their line of oils, jewelry, clothing products. She did buy some outdoor solar lights in a pint mason jar with clear and opaque flat beads glued on. She really liked those. I didn't purchase anything.

I drove us to Old Towne Spring where Joe and I had an art gallery many years ago. That was fun. We visited three quilt shops, one bead shop, one yarn shop, one art gallery, one cupcake bakery, one candy shoppe, and lots of interesting shops with unique things. She was very pleased with her purchases. She won $1,500 at bingo last week, and wanted to shop.

I bought some stabilizer for the purse interior, yarn, a fused glass pendant, and some crystal beads.

I took in the disappointing shawl I just finished, and got some good advice at the yarn shoppe. I'm planning on ripping the shawl out and starting again. I'm fine with that.

It was a good day. Old Towne Spring was my plan "B" after I scoped out the Market Place on the internet. The day would've been very sad without a back-up plan.

Hope your weekend is bringing you joy.


Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
. . . . Vivian Greene


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5/9/15 6:57 P

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Photos of the disappointing shawl. I'll re-do it at a later time. I plan to rip it, let the yarn rest, and use a different pattern that increases the edges faster. I'll change the color gradients to go from light yellow to mustard, and then follow what's there. I have more yarn of each solid color to extend the shawl within the color gradient changes. This is not blocked and won't be.

The finished shawl is too small; both tip to tip, and top to bottom. Plus the yarn is too thick for the needle size.





Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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5/8/15 10:15 A

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I LIKE it. I don't use table runners but they are pretty for sure!






























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Yes, the table runner was made over a year ago. I bring it out before the 4th of July and just enjoy it for a few months. Thanks for noticing.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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Lovely! And I notice the quilted table runner under the bouquet!


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Mother's Day came early for me today. Daughter Pam and her Megan sent this beautiful rose bouquet in a creamer.


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5/5/15 3:48 P

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Warming up here, mostly sunny though clouds are developing. I am about half way through my walking/stair climbing effort for today. Hope to mow, but plan to wait till closer to evening.

Hope everyone is having a good day. Make good choices! emoticon

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Another gorgeous day here. Hope yours entices you outside.

Jean from Texas
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5/3/15 10:37 P

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Quiet. I DO appreciate it! Enjoy yours!

good night everyone. emoticon

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Our girls are home safe and sound. We fed them, and sent their little darlings home with them. Quiet house now. Yeah!!!

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You are so industrious, Jean! Happy your doggies helped you get your steps!

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More rows done on yellow/red shawl. Great colors, but a bit heavy for hot summers. I am having fun adding extra yarn into the variegated skein. Working well so far.

Joe got his new TV. Totally his choice cause he's the TV person. Glad he's happy. Son Kelly came by and assured him the old TV is dead from the storm. No option of fixing the old one.

Kelly walked the mall a bit with DIL Delores and I. He wanted to go bc he wanted to visit the Apple Store and try on the Apple Watch, and see it in person. They both tried on the Apple watches. They're not happy with the 18 hour battery, so not ready to buy one. the watches must be charged very night. They are pretty enough, but mostly accomplish what iPhones already can do. Not on my radar, but they are highly technical and love new gadgets. I'm supposing when the battery life is extended, they'll look again.

Between the mall and the doggies, I am set for today. No big push, but glad to meet my 5 miles and 10,000 steps.

Pam and Megan are airborne between Orlando and Houston. Pick them up around 8PM, feed them and send the little four leggeds home with them.

I brought home some lovely succulents from my brother in Florida. Trying to keep them watered so they'll survive. Once rooted, I can relax. The township planted three crepe myrtle trees on our cul de sac this week, so we are watering them for a while to get them stabilized. We are so happy to have flowering trees added to our cul de sac. We had not bc we asked not. Got smart and asked. Grins!!

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

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Love the posters. dog walking was a challenge met,but you still got in some walking! emoticon

Just finished my 5 miles of walking but still need a few more flights or stairs to meet my goals for today. It has been a BEAUTIFUL day! With no rain, I got in a lot of steps hauling water to my plants and seedlings. I should have continued mowing today, but just didn't feel like it..so have plenty of yard waiting for me in the next few days.

Hope everyone is making good choices and having good success. emoticon

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Walking four doggies was just not possible solo. Joe helped out. Now I
down to three dogs through Sunday evening. Still a struggle, but I leash two and let the oldest, most frail just tag along slowly. I pick her up for traffic but otherwise let her stroll at her own pace.

Today my DIL Delores and I went to a new quilt shop we'd heard about. Just opened in January. I borrowed some cute photos from her internet page, Cupcake Quilts.




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Welcome home! I am sure the doggies will enjoy the company. Walking all of them may get interesting, though!

Good job on not gaining a ton of weight while you traveled. emoticon

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Home sweet home. Grins

Moved heavier clothes upstairs today, and brought down some sleeveless lightweight items. Laundry is put away, and pork chops are thawing for dinner. Kiwi is happy to be home again, and the neighbor's dogs were thrilled to have Kiwi and Bella out on the cul de sac with them.

Tuesday I will have FOUR dogs for 24 hours here. Delores will not pick up Bella until Wednesday evening, but Megan will bring Daisy and Maisy over Tuesday evening. Delores is in California for a few days. Pam and Megan head for Universal Studios Harry Potter theme park for Megan's 21st BD (April 30th.) So we have an overlap of dogs staying here in "Jean's Doggie Day Care." Not sure how I will get four dogs walked regularly. Hopefully Joe will handle two while I take two; otherwise the little guys will have to take turns walking.

I am tracking my food today, and getting back to my core exercises. Some walking, too, but not back to 7-8 miles a day for a while. Kiwi, Bella and I had a couple of short walks, but it looks like rain, so we didn't head for the nature trail. I didn't put my Fitbit on for my first doggie walk. Rats!! Didn't plan ahead. I just wanted to get them out before breakfast and church.

I gained 2-1/2 pounds on my trip. Not a disaster, but I need to trim it off fast before it attaches too well. Lots of car time kept my step count very low over the last two weeks.
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Happy you are enjoying the visits...and the walking!


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Got more steps at brothers house than sitting in. Car. Great visit. Sending hugs

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Waiting for a B and B guest. Once he arrives, I am off on my walk with umbrella. Then I cut some more fabric for the retreat just in case I get everything else done or run into a snag on one of the planned projects. It happens! Happy Sparking!

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Glad all is going well with your travels, Jean. Have lots of fun with your family!!

I have worked steadily ALL day...deep cleaning in some areas...still a few more steps to that! Washed slip covers for chair and couch...worked at moving more of my plants out...which involved some transplanting, moving things around and lots of clean up in the dining room as things got moved out. I have washed quite a few ceramic pots Trying to figure out what to put where and in which pot!!

With all this activity, I got most of my steps in without doing the driveway hike umpteen times..only 3 trips today..two waiting for the paper, one to get the mail!

Soon I can shower and crash with my book. I am quite ready!

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Always love to hear that children love the little lizard. So sweet.
Travels are going well. We are winding down now with my brother, Dave. We'll travel together to see our aunt and uncle in Naples later this week. Being together has been wonderful. Actually worked in Dave's yard with him. Great hugs, and lots of memories and smiles.
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You are so right. I have been doing a lot of sitting and hand sewing. I love to hand quilt) But it is not healthy so I need to get moving. Another beautiful day. Done my walk already.

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Nice to hear of your efforts, Anita! Gardening gets you moving more than sewing, but doing both is so satisfying!!

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Now I am working on some embroidered snowmen for another project. It gives me some easily portable work to take to quilt meetings. 4 out of 9 blocks done!! But first the garden calls!

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Jean...my niece just posted this on Facebook:


Mandi Thornton to ‎Asta Quilts
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I've been meaning to tell you that Mia's favorite book right now is Yiddle the little lizard! She just LOVES it! heart emoticon


Asta Quilts Love hearing that. Will tell my friend, Jean, who wrote it!!! She will be so pleased!
Just now Like

note: Mia turned 3 in December.


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Nice that you can do your cutting at leisure before you go on a retreat so you can concentrate on sewing while you are there! Hope you and your sister have a blast!

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Cutting more fabric for quilt retreat the end of the month. It will be extra special because my sister is coming for her first time. I am super excited already!!

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Time crunch bc my brother had to work the weekend we planned to be with him so we are heading early to him April 21st instead of 24th. Lots to see before then. Thanks for the invite. We loved being with you.

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Wishing you safe journeys. Wish you were stopping here en route, but I know it takes so much time for even brief visits.

Enjoying gorgeous weather here today. Great for walking and mowing and gardening etc. Hubby couldn't resist and the garden is getting planted...hope last frost date doesn't fool us this year.

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Thanks. We're traveling to Oxford, AL today and on to Columbia. SC tomorrow. Monday we'll visit Congaree National Park

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Yes I am from Southern Ontario. Still cold today but sunny! I love the pin. I am looking forward to the Quilt Show in Ottawa on Mother's Day weekend. It must be very interesting to be a judge. Have a good weekend.

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Volunteered at the art festival today. Great fun. I walked from 10:30 to 4:00PM with one half hour stand-still to watch some John Cooper "Silk Dragons" perform on wide strips of silk. Very awesome. Never saw them perform before. I was entranced. My back is complaining from all that walking and standing .I have almost 16,000 steps just from that judging and meeting artists. Tired lady here!

My profile shows the fun, attractive, lovely, whimsical pin I bought from the featured artist at the Woodlands WaterWay Art Festival. The bird is ceramic with beads and feathers perched on a real sable artist paint brush. Just gorgeous. Rained this afternoon, but a great day with fantastic folks.

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Anita, except for a couple of weeks of severe cold and ice...our winter was for the most part, very mild. We are not expecting any frost from now on..though our usual last frost date is April 15th. Today we went to the garden center..hoping to beat the crowds that will deluge the place once we are frost free...and we had a blast in there. I wish I could have purchased some of everything!! Hope YOUR Spring season gets underway soon. I gather you are in Canada? WAY north of me.


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It is so interesting to hear you talk about your garden. Ours is still mostly buried under the snow!! It has been cold and snowy again this week. The weather man says it will be warmer next week but I'll believe it when I see it!! Despite rain I did walk today. Now must go and start packing for my quilt retreat at the end of the month.

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Hi Everyone.

Hope noone got clobbered by the wild weather last night and yesterday...or is in the path of it as it travels across country. We got it around 3 am. LOUD entry but not as much rain as I would have thought. We now have Celest' weather...cool, moist (no longer raining) and breezy.

It was really nice out yesterday...I got in two sessions of mowing and two or weeding. One was pulling bermuda grass out of an iris bed...it will take me forever to finish THAT job. The other was in the flowerbed part of our fenced (to keep the chickens out) garden. Some years ago, a neighbor gifted me with a bundle of pretty little purple violets. Little did I know those little flowers try to take over the world. When we returned from St. Croix I had to deal with a blanket of them about a foot deep..they were smothering EVERYthing else. Now I keep them out of the garden, but they are spreading all over the rest of the yard. Anyway, I feared being sore from bending and stretching I am not used to..but so far, all is well.

We are getting screens back in place and having windows open. Even to day, it is just lovely. I know it won't be too long before the heat sets in.

Well, heading down the driveway to the mailbox so I can get letters out today. It is nearly 1000 steps round trip..so it is part of my daily effort to keep my streaks going. 1500 steps is at least 11 trips plus. Already at 1642 from 6 am walk to get the paper, put out feed etc this morning.

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Allergens seem to be backing off, but the mosquitoes are wretched. Itch, itch, itch.

Another great day teaching. God is good. I love my job.

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GOOD!


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Slept well. Alarm woke me up. That's awesome.

Great day with the kiddos. Loved it.

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Teaching four days this week .I'll try hard to eat sensibly in that awesome cafeteria (my lunch is part of my compensation)

Tired tonight. Good feeling.

Congratulations on your walking indoors.

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The rain has finally stopped. DH and I got out and got our errands done early, then stopped for lunch (with a nice coupon!) I got more than half of my steps done before the rain, but was challenged by the ongoing rain to figure out how to get 5500 MORE steps in. I haven't had to walk indoors in a long time. Called Glenda..and began walking. It took about an hour and a lot of circling through two rooms and a hallway..but the job got done. Then came the stairs...I need one more flight and THAT is done, too. I didn't get ANY yard work done today...nor sewing or housecleaning...but DID meet my walking and stair climbing goals.

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Got my new stairs award this morning. Awesome!

Good news on your Bernina being shared with a prospective sewing friend. Hope it encourages her to keep inspired.

Our Faith is so important to us, and such an integral part of our daily lives.

Glad your Fitbit is honoring your efforts, too.

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Jean, you DO stay busy and that is very healthy for you!

We attend the Memorial of Christ's death tonight. Very special occasion. This is the anniversary of the day Jesus gave his life. We observe it on Nisan 14 of the calendar followed by the Jews.

I have all my walking and nearly all stairs accomplished. I was awake at 4 am..and gave up and got up. Decided it was light enough (full moon behind the clouds) to see, so started my walking and had 6000 steps done by 6 am...plus had read the paper, opened the coop and put out feed. The weather forecast called for storms but they have passed just north of us so far. More predicted for later today. Weather is very comfortable for being outside.

I have been tackling some search and rescue for the parts (mostly forgotten) for my old Bernina. I haven't used it since I got it repaired some yrs ago and DH decided to buy me the QE440. I am loaning (probably giving..if she uses it) the older machine to a friend...and in the search for the manual..have found not only other parts to the machine...but lots of other things I have stashed and totally forgotten. I obviously have WAY too much stuff...and not enough proper storage. I hate being such a packrat!

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I worked full time this week. Monday was 5th grade teaching. Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday was 4th grade teacher's assistant. School closed on Friday.

April 6th through April 9th I am still 4th grade assistant.
Friday, April 10th I am judging Fiber artists, and Glass Artists in The Woodlands WaterWay Art Festival.

Saturday we head for SC to begin our National Park visits. I'll be super busy.

Sunday Easter dinner is here at 2:00PM, but only for six of us. I'm getting off easy.

Stay in touch please.

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Thanks. Always is. Love those kiddos.

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Hope your school day with the 5th graders will be fun. emoticon

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Good Morning
Glad you are feeling better this morning.
I'm eating breakfast in front of the computer. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a great day. I'm off to teach.

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Feeling SO much better this morning. emoticon

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Glad your health is improving.
I have to turn in, too, cause my alarm will go off at 5:30AM. emoticon

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That is going to be really cute, Jean!

I was not in a church (though it was Bible study related) but in an athletic complex. Those seats are NOT designed for all day sitting! This venue is not bad, but wasn't fun with how I was feeling. So many friends there, too, and I didn't get to go visiting! Oh well. I am pretty OK now..though looking forward to bed tonight. Thanks for your concern.

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I am so sorry you are sick, and on a day when you could not take care of yourself by staying in bed. Hopefully it's a fast virus that will come and go quickly. Never fun to be sick, but worse when you cannot just cave in and take care of yourself. Glad at least you could sit at the meetings. Church seating sometimes is not at all comfy.

Get over this soon, dear friend.

I just got a teaching assignment for tomorrow. Last minute, so I don't know what I'll do with the kiddos. It is my favorite teacher, and her 5th graders, so we'll be fine.

I am putting a purse/knit bag together. Last fall I found some adorable fabric with sheep knitting. Very silly, but it just called to me. I was stymied about a style for the bag, but found a solution in the Coach store, of all places. No, I do not spend that kind of money on purses, but I looked there for inspiration. Mine is not done yet, but it's coming together. The purse I liked has a full zipper pocket on both sides, plus other pockets. So mine is quilted (of course) with the two full zipper pockets, another smaller zipper pocket inside, and across from that three pockets that are just open.

I still need to bind the edges, make handles, create a closure, and install the full side zippers. My quilting DIL found two coordinating fabrics for me last month, and I used them in the lining and pockets.



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Thanks for the info, Jean.

Had a bad night and long day..so I am quite ready to crash...but still need 4500 steps. I practically never get sick, but was nauseous during the night...and then got sick at the all day assembly we were attending. Blech..no fun. We had to be there extra early for a meeting, so that just made the day even longer...and of course, the chairs (VERY grateful to have seats) were not comfortable at all. Can hardly wait to go to sleep.
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Remember mine wouldn't sync at all, but held stats for me? Well, when I set up the new One, the message said, "We find two Fitbits." So it was not my Fitbit One, but the connectors that stopped syncing. The next day when Joe got near my computers's dongle, it shut his Fitbit down. So after that only my new One would sync. I further removed the dongle from my computer, and instead only sync from my iPhone. The old Fitbit One works just fine but doesn't sync at all which is great for us.

Hopefully, the Fitbit site will shut down your old Fitbit's ability to sync once you set it up.

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The new Fitbit arrived late today! I haven't opened it yet. Need time to start all over..but think I may just wear this one till it does totally die. Or, after I chat with DH about it, may switch him to this one and me start with the new one as Jean suggested. Too many decisions for me tonight. We have a special assembly day tomorrow, so I am focused on getting us out the door early for that. Hope I can get my steps in there during the breaks...there is a walking/running track on the mezzanine...and I will WALK as much as I can.

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Seems to be a winter thing, doesn't it? I think I have had the same problem this winter.

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We got Bruce the Sparkpeople one...which he wore for several weeks...but the clip was not very good and it fell off somewhere here on the farm while he was moving rocks with the back hoe and making a stone walkway (which also involved digging with a shovel). He looked and looked for it. He liked wearing it but was NOT interested in having to sign on to the computer to get stats. We will have to figure out if he can track his steps on the Fitbit and read the results on his iPad. Not in a hurry to worry with it though. Congrats to Joe for being motivated. My guy needs to get moving more..he has had a tough winter (esp while he fought the shingles) and has sat still wayyyyy too much.

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I didn't purchase a Fitbit for Joe, but he wears the one that doesn't sync. He at least is motivated by it, and wears it consistently. He brags every once in a while about his steps. I thought perhaps you would have your DH wear the one that doesn't charge well. He might get a kick out of wearing one.

Joe would never have agreed to spending the money on a second Fitbit, but has had fun wearing the old one.

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Jean, you are such a sweetie! I check in every time someone posts...or I have something to add myself. I am hoping to get DH a Fitbit soon. Other things.,...like crush n run for the driveway kind of interfere! lol

I am more than half way through my steps for today...it is pretty chilly and breezy (and overcast) so won't be very pleasant walking to finish things out. Wish I could do 5000 steps on the stairs with out being sore. lol I only need two more flights today.

Re: Goodwill. During the recession, a friend of mine...a quilting mentor...went to Goodwill..purchased 100 % cotton garments, cut them into 5" squares and bundled them...then sold them on EBay. Apparently she did pretty well with that. I am sure she bargain shopped, too. Their finances are tight even in the best of times.

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3/27/15 1:19 P

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A gal in American Sewing Guild regularly shops the used clothing store near her. At the last meeting she brought three things she could not pass up bc of the prices, and gave them away to other members. In the past she has purchased wool sweaters and created purses even using the outside pockets, then felted them. Not sure why the pockets didn't seal closed, but they worked out beautifully.

So grand to see you here again. I check for you daily. Grins. Nice to keep up on the Fitbit site. I'm glad they at least offered you a reduced price on a new one. Way to go. Maybe Bruce will take over your old one like my Joe did with mine. Joe walks 6,000+ steps some days, but 3,000 quite regularly. With our upcoming National Parks visits, I am glad he is putting forth the effort to walk some every day.

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I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
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3/26/15 8:41 P

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Don't think I am going to bother with a flatiron. It is a good haircut so needs little help...and the curling iron did what little I needed on the first try. Not as good as in the salon, but it works for me.

Loaned my old sewing machine to a young (late 20s) friend yesterday. She said she used to sew and wants to get back into it..but the more she talked, the less I think she KNOWS. It will be interesting to see what develops. We purchased a simple dress pattern, fabric for $2.00 a yd, thread, scissors, straight pins (in a cute jar with pincushion top!). Hope she will also get interested in quilting, but she is a single mom just getting re-established...so her funds are really limited.

Ian and I shopped at Walmart and Goodwill yesterday. I was not really shopping...just enjoying being with her. On the $.99 rack, as she was looking, I spotted a white chenille type mock turtleneck sweater. I was going to suggest it to her, but she didn't show any interest when I held it out...then I saw the ORVIS label and decided to try it myself. SO, yesterday, I bought an Orvis Sweater for 99 cents...in a size L. My brain still doesn't register that I don't need XL and bigger anymore. I was/am pretty pleased with that surprise purchase!

Am doing well at my 5 mile/10 flights of stairs goals since I upped the goal from 10000 steps to 5 miles...11500 steps. I am pleased!

My old Fitbit has been acting up as far as accepting a recharge. I did everything they suggested...and it just wouldn't charge..but didn't die either. Tonight..it charged ALL the way! Can't figure out what is different. Since we couldn't figure out what was going on with the old one (nearly 3 yrs old) they offered me a discounted new one..which is on its way. I am relieved that now, when this old one finally dies, I am ready to go with a new model. It was very kind of them to offer me a deal since this old one is well past warranty.


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With my last haircut, the gal used a flat iron on mine, too. I loved the look, but don't figure I can master than. Hope you can achieve good results.

Another warm day here, but rain forecast for tomorrow. That's OK. We got some much needed yard work done yesterday. Ran lots of errands today. So let it rain. emoticon

Jean from Texas
Co-Team Leader 50's 60's 70's and Older Team

I am drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed. -- John P.Moore

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
. . . . Vivian Greene


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