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Amy why don't you post the blog hop info in its own thread. Carol

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Just back from Paducah. See blog “inspiration and support” for a group of photos.

Julie, the lambs are adorable!

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Just found a blog hop of interest. The topic is spring cleaning your sewing space. Each day there is a different hostess. It starts today with this link:
http://theinboxjaunt.com/

Perhaps we can pick up a few ideas from these. I like Lori's idea of using skirt hangers to keep her small holiday/seasonal hangings and table runners grouped and wrinkle free.

Julie the lambs are so cute. Good luck with your longarm computer set up.

Bev--sorry to hear about that bad weather. I couldn't deal with rain and cold on a hike either!

It is finally nice for this time of the year here. I took an outdoor walk and did laundry today. I'm thinking about ordering rulers and a ruler foot for my machine. All brands sewing has a sale this week if you order certain $ amount. They have good prices to begin with.

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Beverly, hope the weather held out of the hike. But I wouldn't want to hike in cold, wet, windy conditions either. GJ on hubs if he decided to cancel. Hope to hear from you soon.

Julie, hope you got the computer set up for the longarm. Doug loves his computer on our longarm. Hope the lambs come soon. Show us pictures.

Amy, glad you got your redecorating done. It always feels much better when we are done. I often want to redo things but don't know where to start.

As for me, I wasn't feel well since Thursday night. I pushed myself and made it to work on Friday but then was wiped out. I worked with Yofi but didn't do much else. Doug and Hannah went to the school play at my school and I rested. On Saturday, I was supposed to go to CA state university Northridge for some monthly training. When I woke up, I just felt off. I had started coughing and for the most part, no voice. So Saturday was spent resting and a little sewing. I didn't push and go to the class. Then in the afternoon, we put the puppy down for a nap and went and looked at the Prius. Now we are looking for the best price.

Yesterday, I did more piecing, went to another dealership, took Yofi to puppy kindergarten and then wrote a test.

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4/23/18 11:52 A

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DH went out to do chores last night and found these.



Dolly had two girls and a boy sometime yesterday.

I am heading out to the barn to help yet ready for the rest. We have 8 more ewes to go.

I don't think I will get much sewing in today.

Have a good day.

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Julie, hope the lambing goes well.

The weather keeps changing for the hike. The high is now 41, low 34, possible thunderstorms. Hubby is considering canceling. We could take either cold or rain, but both will be hard, especially since I'm not accustomed to hiking in it. It sure is windy here tonight, not sure I want to hike in cold, windy, rain. Guess we will see tomorrow. If we do go, I'll not take the computer since it would be senseless to carry it to the top of the mountain where there is no power. So I may be off till Wed night. Don't worry unless I'm not back by Thursday.



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I had yesterday and so far most of the days this weekend to myself. Yesterday was at class and today he is helping friends move. I would have gone to help move today but my shoulder is still bothering me and I need to get through my concert next weekend.

The computer program and robotics I bought for my long arm is Quilter's Creative Touch4 for the Juki Machine. I picked it up at the quilt shop on Friday and hope to get srtaed sometime next week setting up my machine.

We got the boys moved to their barn for the summer on Friday. Now we need to cleen up the main barn and get ready for lambs. Some of the girls are looking pregnant. We have about a week to go.

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Have fun Carol and Linda!
Sounds like you got a lot done for your mom Bev.

I did get shears and a new rod for the living/dining room. It looks really nice and so that major goal of redoing that room this year is completed! I have been wanting to do something with it a very long time and just couldn't make decisions. It looks so much better now. We went grocery shopping and over to dad's to help with a few things and visit. Not too much planned for today.

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Safe travels Linda and Carol.

Well, everyone worked hard today and we got everything finished that we needed to do. So we will head home in the morning to pack for our hike. Looks like we will be getting wet.

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So glad for spring to have arrived, especially for you snow bunnies up north. Since I am driving to Tampa, I might take a cutting mat and fabric with me to do in the hotel room for the 3 nights I'll be away. Today I have to deliver items to two clients and go shoe shopping in Destin. I have a favorite pair of sandals and I'm hoping the Bealls will have more of them in different colors. I would even buy navy ones again so when they wear out I'll have a new pair. Enjoy your grandson Linda! I know it will be a special day! And have a great saturday everyone! Carol

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We have had 2 days of nice weather FINALLY! So, I'm hoping our spring is here too. So sick of winter coats and sweatshirts! I imagine (hope) we will have a busy day at work this morning. This afternoon, we have to go to grandson's confirmation and tomorrow we're getting up at 430 and going to pick my mom up at 5 so that we can go down to see the new grandson. Unfortunately, we have to do it in one day because it is too busy at the shop and they don't need overnight guests anyway. Hubby and Mom haven't yet met little Alex and I can't wait to see him and his sister!

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Carol, DD doesn't quilt, but she does crochet. I may put some of her items in my shop and see if they sell. She has 2 more semester's till she graduates and looks for a job in her field (sociology with a minor in sign language). I just hope she can find a nice interim job to pay the bills.

Linda, our stores are closing, too. And the new stores opening are Dirt Cheap, Ollies, Big Lots, Dollar General ... All the discount and liquidation stores.

Amy, it seems when you change one thing it leads to another needing it.

Tova, hope you get the car situation sorted out. Oldest DD had a VW Jetta diesel that would stop like that. We paid to have it fixed 3 times and they never did, so we sold it. The guy that bought it is a diesel mechanic and said he could fix it. It's been 12 years and he still has it, so I guess he did.

Julie, maybe spring is finally showing up.

When we went for our hike this morning the forest service was doing a proscribed burn in our usual trail, so we picked another one. Walked out a road and down a trail till it vanished at a creek, so we just went off road and walked through the woods. Found an old still and pottery shards, and part of an old narrow gauge railroad bed. Hubby's great-grand father used to log in the area, so this is probably one of the ones he used. Sorry for the sideways p





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Julie, glad the sun is melting the snow. What longarm computer program did you get?

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We are having a nice sunny day adn the snow is melting. We are heading into town to deliver eggs and then going to pick up the computer program for my longarm. I hope to start putting it together next week but I still need a tablet or laptop to run it.

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Pam, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I can only imagine how I would feel if a quilt I made was cremated like that. I am sure your SIL felt that since he died with it over him, he clearly loved it and wanted him to have it near him for eternity. But I think she should have asked you first. I feel bad that your niece didn't get the option to keep the quilt. He did have it only a short time but clearly loved it.

What university does your brother work out? CSU San Bernardino? Thankfully we live in state but University of Redlands is a private school so private school rates. And the state gives some money to private schools but not as much as public in state schools. We have sent an appeal letter to the school and if they cut our amount by half (which is still double what the gov'n says we should pay) Hannah will go there. Hannah and Doug were going to go to a college tour there today but it is graduation day and financial aid recommended not going. With her school schedule, today was the best day to go as Hannah isn't available next week. She has to commit by May 1. We have decided that if they don't give her more money, she isn't going and if they meet us half way, she will go there sight unseen.



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Good morning all. I am not feeling great and actually thought about calling in sick. But I am at work and will see how the day goes. Doug and I went quilting last night. I made 62 double flying geese before I ran out of bobbin and we called it a night. I think I have about 130/200 double flying geese for On Ringo Lake. I think I will start on the sashing strip this weekend, if I finish the geese. Since I am not feeling well, I am not sure any of our plans will happen.

Tomorrow, I have 2 things to do in the am but of course, I can only do one. One choice is to go to my school and work on making the stock room safer as the school is having a "safe school" inspection next Thursday. Or I am also supposed to go to CA state university Northridge for a monthly training on the new science standards. This is a training I go to monthly for the last several years and I enjoy it more. But the stock room clean up pays more.

In the evening, Doug and I are supposed to go to dinner at a sushi restaurant, then go look at new cars and then go square dancing. My car has been acting up and not sure it will survive. I don't really want a new car though. My car is a 2000 mini van with 260,000 miles on it. The least of its problems are it needs new brakes. It also seems to be burning oil. Since the last oil change, 3,000 miles ago, we have had to put in oil 3 times. When Doug drove it on Monday, when he accelerated, it seems the transmission was starting to slip. When Hannah drove it the day before, she couldn't get the car to start, it just kept clicking, like the alternator or starter were going. And then on Tuesday, when I drove it, the engine just shut off while I was driving. I was quickly able to put the car in neutral and restart the car. All in all, with a car this old, it is not worth fixing all these issues.

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Internet problems this morning--obviously resolved now!

Bev--hope your daughter finds something soon that she will love. Multiple stores here are closing too, but we will have an IKEA opening.

Kathi--nice to hear that you are doing better.

The sun is out today. The carpet installation went well and I am much happier with the room now. We will have to do something new with the window treatment. Yesterday was spent on the installation and then replacing all the furniture and accessories. I had to wash lots of glassware! I might get out and shop a little (investigate a new rod and look at curtains/drapes. My last word class comes out today too as well as another 4.5 inch block.

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Bev, I wish your daughter luck in finding a job. It's such a tough job market out there right now. I'm sure the right one will come along for her. So many stores going out of business makes it so hard. One of my favorite stores to get clothes in just got bought out by liquidators because they haven't been profitable since 2011. People who had gift cards had one day (if they were lucky) to use their gift cards. Just in our area, there are 5 stores and 100's of jobs will be gone.


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Bev, does DD quilt? You and she could start a quilting business. My son has been working at Tyndall AFB in Panama CIty for about a year and a half. He comes home on occasional weekends because most of the time he is working. My daughter-in-law is a single parent most of the time. Tyndall is a 2.5 hour drive from us but he is making more money, has a high profile job and he loves it. He is 43 and is the executive Chef of the clubs over there. You have to do what you can do. Driving 30 miles isnt much when you consider what people in big cities have to do to commute. Hope she finds something. Kathy, good to get the "junk" out, for sure. Carol

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Pam, I would consider it loving that the quilt was cremated with your brother. Think about making another train quilt, possibly using some of his clothes.

Oldest DD has put in more job applications. There are precious few of any type available in town, so she will probably be driving 30+ miles every day. We gotta do what we gotta do.

When we got home from our hike today there were 3 little Canada Goose goslings on the lake. This is the 3rd year this pair have raised on the lake, and the fewest babies they have had. I love watching the little ones, but man are they messy.



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We all seem to be going through a lot right now. Maybe because the seasons are having such a hard time making up their mind?

Its hard to figure out a way to self-care when you just cant think straight! I feel so much better today after a few days of icky. Looking back it started the day after a long overdue massage. I wonder how much "junk" I'd been carrying around. Glad to have more energy, and it makes it a LOT easier to eat healthier.

My daughter and her 3 sons (13, 11 and 6) are in town (staying in a RV) for another month and it is a JOY to see them most days, also a little wearing to be out of nap routine. LOL!

Have a great evening and tomorrow's Friday for those who are working. YAY!!!!

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Pam, so sorry for your loss of both your brother and your quilt. Maybe his wife thought he would like to have it with him. I'm sure she must have thought that best. Or maybe it just happened. I'm sure she is under a lot of stress and sorrow now as well. Maybe another train quilt in your future. Carol

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Thank you everyone for the thoughts on my brother. Now I have a mixed feeling thing going on. I made him a Train throw in September and gave it to him. It was covering him when he passed. My SIL had it cremated with him. Part of me felt honored and part of me is angry as all get out. My youngest niece, his daughter, loved trains also. He had it for 6 short months. I am trying to get through this, but am having a tough time. Sorry for going on and on. I know you folks can help me sort this out.

Tova, good luck on the college plans. My Step Son is a professor at California State College near the Redlands and I know out of state costs are high.

Amy please keep warm

Linda pictures of those lilac's when they are in bloom please, I miss the so much and crape myrtle just don't cut it.

Worked on my quilt some yesterday almost done with the top.

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We got 7 inches of snow yesterday. It is sunny and supposed to get to 45 today and be in the 50 by the weekend. DH said we could get out of the house for a while if we can get out of the driveway.

I am going to go sew for a while.

Have a good day.

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Pam, sorry about your brother.

Tova, good luck on the college thing.

Amy, I hope your weather straightens out soon so you can get your carpet without a big mess.

I actually see growth on my lilac bush this morning. Hopefully that's a good thing!!!

Hope to finally sew tonight. It's been a scattered, busy week.

Have a good Thursday. We're supposed to get all the way to 55!

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Julie, hope you have a good heater for your naked sheep.

Tova, I think college has become a business. They are more than willing to help you get loans. I agree with Amy, starting at a local school to save money, then transferring will help save money.

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Hi all. Pam,, so sorry for your loss. My brother passed almost 2 years ago. It was so hard to get past that. I do find that grief really needs time to work through and concentration is something that suffers. I hate doing anything that "Jack" will have his hands on later.

Tova, my niece is an SLP and she loves it. Your DD might be able to get scholarships after she starts as well. I know some of my kids did that and it helped them a lot. It is so hard when you make enough that you don't qualify for more aide but don't make enough to be able to afford it.

I hope you find a good way to deal with the problem.

My son who went deeply into debt to attend his dream school really regrets the loans he now has to pay. He had several offers for full scholarships locally and wanted to go away. It was fun but it is so hard now. He tells anyone who asks to take the best financial offer.

Hoping tomorrow to work on a play mat for nephew and his birthday. Other than that, not a lot going on. Have a great day.

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She hasn't really thought about it. We have tried talking to her about going to a community college for 2 years and then transferring to her dream school, San Diego State but she "wants the full college experience". Even though she would get that for 2 years instead of 4. If University of Redlands gives more money, then she can go. Otherwise, no, I will not go into that much debt!

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Tova--has she considered starting at one school and then transferring as she is able (gets more money and has fewer years to fund)? Sometimes being practical is less than optimal, but at least it is a start. She could always go to a more optimal school for graduate school too. It is tough, but cost is definitely a big factor and it really wouldn't be fair to ask you to shoulder an expense like that if you haven't been planning for it. Good luck in the decision.

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Carol, my nephew is a major in the air force but I doubt the military would take Hannah as she has severe migraines. She does have a job for the summer to help pay for college.

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What a dilemna for you Tova with your daughter. My granddaughter is Hannah also and has about 2 years to get to college. Maybe Hannah could join the military and get help with her education. Not a bad deal. Carol

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Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. That is never easy. And getting sick on top of everything is worse. There are times that when I am depressed or sad, I can't motivate myself to sew a single seam.

So I didn't get much quilting done last night. I had to go home and write (copy) a test into the test program so the students can take the test today (as we speak/write). The dinner was nice but it was all carbs, which is so bad for me. And it was outside and I hadn't brought a jacket but I survived. Yofi survived too being left at home in his crate for 2 hours. That is the max amount of time at this point he is allowed to be left in the crate. It will go up to 3 hours by the time he is turned in......

Hannah wants to major in Speech and language pathology or speech therapy. She got into 4 schools and waitlisted at 2. One school gave her a free ride for everything but she doesn't want to go there. It is in the middle of the state, surrounded by total farmland, doesn't really have her major and there is NO Jewish community. One school is TOO local and she doesn't feel has the school spirit and school experience she is looking for and because it is local, they aren't giving us any money other than what the state give us. The other two, either would be awesome. Both have her major. But both are private and although both gave substantial money, it isn't enough. One wants us to take $21,000/yr in loans, the other $15,000/yr. I can't afford even $15,000 which would then be $60,000 when all is said and done. That is more than my salary. I would never retire. And she has grad school in her future.

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Pam, so sorry to hear about he loss of your brother.

We have snow coming today, 3-5 inches. I am going to go hide in my sewing room and try not to look out of the window.

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Pam, I'm so sorry about your brother. I only have one sister and would miss her immensely. I need a vacation reading all about the doings going on here. Everyone is so busy. Seeing a client today. Hope to get into the sewing room and clean up the strip mess I created yesterday. Carol

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Pam-welcome back. So sorry to hear about your brother. A loss is always tough. I hope you can use your next vacation to recover.
Bev--I hope winter gets out of here soon and that we don't send the next storm (due today into tomorrow) your way so that you can go on the hike. Take it slow and you will do it!

Hubby repainted the ceiling last night. Tomorrow the new carpet gets installed and a storm is expected into tomorrow morning. Today, I got lots more cooking/baking to do, another word class and I should start washing all the china cabinet items so I can replace them after the carpet is installed. We've decided the old curtains have to go so that will be the next project after the carpet is installed.

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Pam, that was quite a whirlwind. Hope things have settled down.

Our neighbor's son, son's daughter, and her 3 boys will be in town tomorrow to work on selling the house. Not sure what all the problems have been, new folks are anxious to get in and start the remodel. I've thought about inviting them to stay here, but not sure hubby could take 5 house guests. We will have them join us for dinner Thursday, and I baked them a pound cake. If they get here early enough, grands will bring nerf guns and entertain them tomorrow.

I think I'll be able to do the hike next week. I've made several over 5 miles, but not quite as much up hill. I'll have all day to do it, so that helps. Just hope it doesn't snow, don't think I'll climb a mountain in the snow.

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You need a vacation following vacation. So very sorry about your brother's passing and the following events. Things always seem to get crazy after we lose someone. For me, focusing on food gets "lost" in the craziness! Yet we go on and on........

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Well it has been a while. We left for our Mississippi River cruise on 4/1 and I got a call 3/30 that my brother had passed away. Was told memorial service would be later go on cruise. Then when checked into Hotel in New Orleans got text memorial service would be 4/11 if we could make that, if not it would be before. So we finished the cruise portion of our trip, cancelled Memphis 4 nights, changed flights, cancelled a hotel, booked a hotel and rental car. Long story short, we had 5 flight in 4 days and came home sick.

The service was very nice, but I am still a bit depressed because I had not seen him since September, but did call every other week. It will take time to heal. Plus this cold is not helping.

I am working on a baby quilt that I must have done by 5/1 to take with me for my planed trip home to Allentown. It has been a busy April and May and June are not much better.

Question: Anyone else have trouble sewing when you are upset about something? It was so hard to get back into it and my seam ripper was very busy to say the least.

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So I got no sewing done last night. We got home from the doctor's appt to have dinner and go to the guild meeting. By the time I got home, I was wiped out and went to bed. I did sew one seam of two for the graduation quilt for Hannah. I would like to have it done by May but know it isn't likely to be done until Aug.

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I got a lap size quilt quilte yesterday. I usually try to sew on the binding right away but my sewing table is covered with 2.5 squares for my next project. I guess the binding can wait. I also got 12 blocks from my 2.5 squares done.

We are having a sunny but cold day. We are making a road trip so DH can see where he is going for his class on Saturday. Then we stop will and get groceries in the way home.

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As usual, I find something to post from JO's blog. This shop is adorable. THe owner is so creative! Maybe youll get some ideas! And if you live in MN, go to visit. Carol

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Bev, that sounds yummy. I might make it just to use up the buttermilk which we dont drink. Tova you did well on your quilt entry. And hubby is taking classes? Our LQS is offering a Bernina Serger class on Friday. Now buying a $10,000 Bernina Serger isn't in my budget but I might just take it to learn how they operate and to get out of the house. I have a Coverstitch from Brother I bought at a yard sale for $200 and maybe taking the class would enable me to get it out and figure out how to use it. I loaded a site for free patterns from Quilted Twins today on Taming your Scraps. Lots and lots of scrappy quilts! Carol

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Here is the buttermilk salad recipe.
16 oz crushed pineapple in juice or water
8 serving size sugar free strawberry jello
2 cups buttermilk
small container Cool Whip
1 cup (I use 2 cups) chopped pecans

Bring pineapple to a boil, then dissolve jello. Add the buttermilk and Cool Whip and stir till Cool Whip dissolves. Stir in pecans, pour into container, and chill till firm. I have tried other flavors, but strawberry has been my favorite.

Nancy, glad you are ok. The weather has certainly been strange this year. It is snowing where we had our retreat. We were running the air conditioner while we were there, now it is snowing. Glad we left when we did.

Our friend who was hit by the car is (to his surprise) very sore today. He called because his mom tried to ice his shoulder and he wanted to know if it was necessary. He has an appointment with his ortho doc tomorrow to see if the shoulder needs surgery. The bike is toast but hubby thinks he can save the shifters and gears to put on a new frame.



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My quilt is home from MQX. It didn't win any awards but we got 92 points out of 120. The judges said for a first time entry, we did very well. Doug enjoyed all his classes.

I worked on my BOM Saturday Sampler. It is now done. I also worked on my On Ringo Lake and have finished clue 5 and 6. I thought I had finished 50 flying geese pairs for clue 7. Then I checked my marking sheet. It showed 52 completed. But when I counted, I had 43 done. So I don't know if I missed counted before or "lost" some. After I do most of the rest, I will check. And I started putting the strips together to make a simple 9 patch. There are 140 of these 9 patches needed for Hannah's graduation quilt.

Tonight, my goals are 5 more sets of 3 strips for Hannah's quilt and 27 flying geese. We also have a guild meeting. Oh, and a doctor's appt with a hives shot.

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Linda--the tablerunner really did very well. Congrats on it.
Bev--I sure enjoyed seeing all the projects you did on your retreat. My oh my you got a lot done. So sorry to hear about your friends.
Nancy--Glad to hear that you are safe, but sorry to hear that your area was hit so hard.

I am trying to get caught up with a few things around here and get my 'food' under control! No events coming up and there is very little unhealthy stuff left around here. I hope that makes things a bit easier. It is a laundry and cooking day mostly. I've got chicken in the crockpot and I have made a creamless cauliflower soup. I'm going to roast some carrots later. There are still a few flurries coming down, but for the most part it is done. There is ice outside, but considering what happened earlier this winter I'm going to leave it for hubby to deal with when he gets home.

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It was the same storm, which was very fast moving! It took about 1.5 hours to travel from Greensboro to where I live. Schools closed around here, too. No electricity.

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Greensboro NC was hit as well. Closed school again today. What a weird weather year. Carol

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We had a severe rain storm yesterday late afternoon/early evening, that brought a couple of tornados with it. One tornado touched down a few miles from where I live, and hit the side of the building where I used to work and tore off the brick. It did severe damage to several stores in that immediate area - removing entire outside walls. It caused trees to fall down and knock out power in other parts of town. Then a tornado touched down in the county north of us and totally demolished at least one house. Fortunately we are OK and didn't even lose power. We don't normally get tornados in this part of Virginia!

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It's been interesting hearing about all the snow in the country in April! I"m sure you are hoping to be done with it soon. Sorry to hear about your friend BEv. That is one reason I dont bike, I am a horrible bike rider. Always have been.
I need to get my quilting mojo back. I think a good start would be to clear off my cutting table. The scraps on it go back to ORL and everything I've worked on since then. I should put it all in a box and just sort it out while watching TV instead of crochet.
What is buttermilk salad Bev? My hubby came home with buttermilk instead of regular milk and we are trying to use it up but dont like it just to drink it. Carol

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We are still getting flurries this morning.

I am planning on spending most of the day sewing, unless DH wants to do something. I have 100 triangles to make and then I am going to quilt on the longarm.a

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Oh Bev! I'm glad your friend was only injured! That's scary!

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Kathi, food this year was easy. 5 ladies and 4 nights, 4 of us each took a night to cook something and the 5th did most of the dishes. I took home made vegetable soup, cornbread, buttermilk salad, and coconut cake for the first night. Hope the silent auction went well, love the quilt. I'll be making a quilt or two for the Civitan's in September.

Congrats Linda! Remember what they say, kids keep us young.

Nancy, hope the flea market went well.

Linda, congrats on the table runner. People (especially grandparent's) are generous when it comes to supporting the kids.

The weather at the retreat was wonderful. Mid 70's for high, clear blue skies, gentle breeze, couldn't have asked for more. Then today we had to load the cars in the rain and temp started at 59 and went down. Drove 4 of the 6 hours home in the rain. But made it safely, so that is what's important.

One of our favorite bike rides, the Florida Safari started last Saturday. One of our friends was riding across a road to take a break in the shade and was hit from behind by a car. He said he didn't see or hear it. The bike is in sad shape and he is skinned up with lots of road rash. The head of his humerus is fractured and may need surgery. He has opted to wait and see his own ortho doc when he gets home. Said he will be back on the bike in 6 weeks, but he won't.

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Yes Kathi, I had posted a pic a few weeks ago on the wall and also in, What have you accomplished. If you can't find them, let me know and I will post again. Linda

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Congrats LInda on the money raised. What is with snow in April. I know you northerners are ready for it to be done. And soon. Carol

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That amount of money is just amazing! Did you post a pic? Have a great Sunday!

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We got snow last light and it is snowing now. I am going to go hide out in my sewing room and not look out the windows. I have 400 half square triangle .to sew. I also want to get quilting on the quilt on my long arm.

DH has a class in Whitewater, WI so he wants to make a trip to see where he is going on Saturday. If we go WEDS or later we will stop at couple of new quilt shops for me.

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So far we have only rain--lots and lots of it! But, I just saw a special weather statement on my phone and the next two nights we're supposed to get down in the 20's!!! UGH!! That is NOT spring weather!!!

Great news! The table runner I made for grandkids/daughters' school was auctioned off last night. They got $225 for it! I know the woman who bought it. She has at least 3 grandkids and two great neice/nephews' at the school. My daughter said I should be proud because she was up there holding it and it wasn't parents bidding, it was older people, probably grandparents, bidding on it. The eighth grade project was pretty impressive. It was individual pictures of the kids hands praying in a large frame. There was something written in the middle of the frame but I didn't get to read it. That thing went for $850! Parents were bidding against each other on that.

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The weather has been terrible this year. THankful for no snow down here in FLorida. Carol

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Julie--we just made it home from Madison. I'm glad we made it back before it got much more slippery. The salt trucks were out and we did drive through a few bursts of sleet.

The First Communion was beautiful and it was good to be with family. Tomorrow it will be back to painting. It is supposed to be another nasty day tomorrow here. I'm going to put off grocery shopping a few days.

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Kathi, the quilt is beautiful.

My concert is canceled tonight because of the weather (freezing rain and snow). I sure hope this is our last winter blast. The concert has been rescheduled for 29 Apr.

We are heading out for some dinner and then we will curl up and wait out the snow (1-3 inches for us). I hope to get started on my next scrappy quilt project. I should use up around 3000 2.5 inch squares. Unfortunately it doesn't put much of a dent in mt scraps.

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Kathi, sometimes the simplest of quilts are the prettiest. Yours is an illustration of that and why I like scrappy quilts so much. Hope to sew a bit today but cleaning out my van and scrubbing the toilets come first. Carol

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Kathi - very pretty quilt.

The donation idea is intriguing.

Julie, I hope you have good weather for your concert.



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Nice quilt Kathi!

I'm back from my babysitting and seeing the new baby. He is a little doll. Thanks everyone for the Congrats. I only got lost in St. Louis twice--once before I got to the hospital and once getting out of there! I HATE city driving! I never usually do the driving but kind of hard not to do if you have no one with you! emoticon

Julie, I hope they miss that crappy weather for you. They are sayng we might get a little but I'm hoping not. It was 75 in STL Wednesday when I got there and 85 yesterday!!

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Hi all.

Kathi, the quilt is gorgeous. I love it. Whoever gets it is lucky.

I like the idea of taking offers on merchandise. It is an interesting concept. I never do yard sales, but will think about the idea.

Bev, enjoy your time away.

Congrats on the new grandson, Linda. It is so nice to have a new baby in the family.

Got to get running. Have a couple of hours this afternoon and since they are rare, I'll get sewing.

Have a great day.

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Two years ago, our church stopped pricing items. Now they just have signs around for donations and we have made more money in the last two years than previously when things were priced. Lots easier on those who were doing the pricing as well. Another thing we do for our youth is they post envelopes on the bulletin board with dollar amounts on them or blank ones. You can take an envelope for $10 and put a $10 bill in it and it goes to their trips. A good way for them to raise money and not have to ask for it. Carol

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Sounds perfect Nancy! Our church kids are having a silent auction tomorrow to fund VBS. I donated a quilt. I dont think they ever get as much money as I put into it, but it helps. So we'll go eat barbque and chips and buy some stuff too.

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This afternoon I will help set up and price items for my church's flea market tomorrow. I did this yesterday afternoon, also. I maybe price things too low, but I would rather it sell. My husband says it free money. The proceeds go to our youth for their mission work. Anything that doesn't sell is packed up by some ladies for their church flea market and/or a yard sale by a volunteer fire department.

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Sitting here in my PJ's all morning paying bills and getting deposits ready for the bank. Time for a shower. Carol

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4/13/18 11:44 A

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We may be getting some snow over the weekend. We have issues with snow for our Christmas Concert, but not for our spring concert. I will see what weather is like before going to Lady's Day Away. The biggest issue would be freezing rain.

I hope to finish my star quilt top today. I have 4 rows to sew to each other and then to the other half of the top. I have my next scrappy quilt waiting to start.

Congratulations on the new baby.

Have a great day.

Julie

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-Julie

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Job well done Amy! So looking forward to the weekend. Carol

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Congrats Linda.
Julie--good luck at orchestra
Bev--hope you are sewing and chatting up a storm!
Carol--glad the talk was a huge success!

It would have been mom's birthday yesterday (first one without her). My brother came and took dad and I to the cemetery and then out for a very wonderful lunch. A hard day wasn't so bad. I was over at dad's helping him the day before too. Downsizing is a huge project and we both have to do it. Hubby had celebrations at his place of work this week. He has been at the same place (multiple positions) for 35 years now. They had cake and ice cream for him yesterday and he brought some of it home. It was very good. The weekend will be taken up with our nieces First Communion and painting at home. The carpet is to be installed the end of next week. Sure hope I like it!

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CST now, but we follow Central Daylight Saving Time in the spring
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4/12/18 11:12 P

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Congratulations, Linda!

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Congratulations Linda! emoticon Carol

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Big congratulations! My grandsons have been visiting a lot since they are in IL for awhile prior to summer RV adventure - so much energy! They are 13, 11 and 6. Two more live close - they are 18 and 14. Hard to keep up!


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My friends are doing a retreat this weekend. I can't go because I have my orchestra concert Saturday night. I hope the one scheduled in May will still happen. Saturday is Lady's Day Away so I will still be able to sew with some friends.

I am doing laundry adn sewing today.

Have a great day.

Julie

-Julie

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Alexander William was born at 113 am and weighed 7#,10 oz. Olivia is wearing grandma out. 😂

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Retreats are just so special - no other responsibilities. I go on the 25th and think food will be a challenge (we take turns with dinner). How do you work that?

Retired and happy in IL - now its time to re-focus!

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Bev, can't wait to see what you make. And Linda, congrats! NEw babies are so special! ANd Julie, how fun. Carol

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I'm sitting in STL waiting for a baby to be born!

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I made it to the retreat and we have been sewing our hearts out all evening. The sewing space is small, but the quilt shop is awesome. I'll post some pictures tomorrow.

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I am dyeing more fabric today. I will post picture when I am done. I have turmeric, annatto, madder and logwood.

Have a good day.

Julie

-Julie

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