Friday, July 21, 2017

My Great-Grandfather

Today my sister and I are visiting a relative to learn more about our great-grandfather.

He was a farmer and preacher as well.

In his older years he would still sit and read his bible.

I don't remember him at all because he died when I was very young.

My mom told us that for a period of time he would farm all day, walk to town to preach, and this could last until midnight, and then walk home to get a bit of sleep before getting up to start another day.

Both my sister and I are researching our family tree and we are eager to hear more about this man.  One of my grandsons is named after him.

Perhaps I'll glean enough info about him to compose a story.

XO XO XO

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nostalgia

Happy day, dear Peeps!  How wonderful it is to be alive and enjoying another day that we've been gifted.  Thank you for bearing with me over yesterday's post.  I appreciated the opportunity to share my heart.  Today's post is from a different place.  Nostalgia.  It hits me from time to time.  Yesterday it came over me again.

Yesterday John prepared our early supper meal and I took some of the food to my elderly parents.  As I drove home, I passed the house we lived in when I was age four.  We lived there until I was maybe age eight.  The house is tiny, in a state of needing attention, but still standing and still inhabited.  There are overgrown bushes and weeds and yet it looks very much like it did in so many ways.  My parents didn't own it but moved there because it was the only available rental they could find at the time.  It didn't have a water heater so my mom would heat water on the stove and my sister and I bathed in a galvanized tub in the kitchen.  We shared a small bedroom with our baby sister.  Our room had bold floral wallpaper and linoleum floors.  There was still a city bus at that time and my older sister rode it to school when she started first grade.  I learned how to ride a bicycle while living there, started school there, and welcomed another sister into our family there.

Me on the left, my sister on the right

If I could, I would travel back through time to once again hear the sounds, see the sights, and capture the feelings of my young self.  I remember sleeping with the windows open (who had air conditioning?) and loving hearing the night creatures.  I remember playing in the yard, climbing the small apple tree, picking ripe tomatoes from my dad's small garden and eating them right there, the juices dripping on my dress.  I remember playing in the snow and watching my mom and dad throw snowballs.  I remember riding bikes along with the neighbor boy who lived behind us.  I remember relatives coming to visit and we would sit on the front porch in the swing.  I remember my dad coming home from work one day and bringing our first (used, of course) television.  My sister and I loved watching the popular kid shows.  We watched I Love Lucy faithfully and laughed and laughed.  Life for us was so simple then with not many distractions that children have today but we had a very happy childhood.

My memories fill me with joy!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Real Me

Dear Friends and Readers,  today's post is going to be personal and serious.  For some time now, I've been pondering the serious and secret thoughts in the inner me.  It took a while but I've decided I would like to share these thoughts with you.

I'm going to turn seventy this year.  I remember when I thought seventy was beyond ancient.  I thought forty was old.  Then I turned forty; fifty; sixty.  And now seventy looms before me.  Where did time go and why so fast?  My body surely feels the aging but my mind doesn't exactly.  Do you know what I mean?  It's as if we age outwardly but the inside just holds.

With the aging of my body, I'm finding it difficult to perform certain things that once were taken for granted.  Example:  my hands are arthritic and they hurt when I use them to do anything.  For that reason, I'm thinking it's time to give up most of my hobbies like quilting, embroidering, and possibly crocheting and knitting, if I don't find a pain medication to give me the relief I need.  I've had a consultation with a rheumatologist and had X-rays.  The arthritis is permanent and not going away.  He's going to give me trials of meds to see if I get the pain relief.  Even handwriting is painful.

I have stacks of fabric that will be unused and I'd like to liquidate it along with some other supplies that I doubt that I will have use for in the future.  I don't like selling on eBay so I'm going to attempt to sell on my Facebook page probably.  Whatever.  It's not as much about the money as just moving it on to someone else who would like to own it.

This next part of my post is the more personal part.  I wish to write a short testimony of my faith.

I was raised in a family that attended church so I heard about God and Jesus from a very young age.  Over the years I've attended various churches, hearing similar and/or different points of view of Catholic and Protestant doctrines.

For many years I considered myself a Christian and would have answered yes to anyone who had asked me if I was one.  But, I was deceived.  Four years ago circumstances in my life gave me time and reasons to ponder my faith, my so-called Christianity.  And, for the first time in my life, I saw my sin, and my lost condition, and for the first time in my life I repented.  I was truly saved on a day in March of 2013.  I looked at my past, my sins, and admitted what a selfish, wretched, vile sinner I had been all my life. I asked for forgiveness and I became a new creation by the grace of God through Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection.  His sacrifice paid my sin debt that I could ever pay, or earn, or deserve.  I was redeemed.

From that day forward, my life has never been the same.  I was given a regenerated heart and I am a changed person.  No old me anymore -- I'm a new me.  On the outside there was no change.  I still look the same as I did.  The change is internal, in my soul.  I would never ever return to the old me.  Now, don't think I'm implying that I'm now sinless or perfect or anything like that, for that's impossible.  But I do know the Savior and have been forgiven and I can find truth in the word of God, the Bible.

I'm sharing this to also explain that my heart is not in blogging or in quilting or any other thing.  My posts up to now have been mostly lame, uninteresting little tidbits.  I'm unsure if I will continue my attempts at blogging as I really don't have much to share.  I'll give it some time to see if I will hang around or just leave quietly.

Thank you for being a reader and a blog-friend.  I appreciate the comments and visits you've made in the past.  I wish you a blessed day!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summertime Stuff

Welcome to today's post.   I do hope you are having a good day.

We didn't make plans for the 4th but it was great just being at home!




When we had our sisters' scrapping retreat in May, my sister Jan gave us one of these watering can planters.  This the first new bloom since those that were present in May disappeared.


One of my favorite new things this summer is the clothes drying umbrella.  I love being able to get my drip-dry clothes hung outside to dry.  I can wash an entire basketful at a time and it's so much simpler.

Thank you dear ones for the kind messages I've received.  πŸ’•πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’•
They mean very much to me.

XO XO XO

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Troubling Times

Hello to you.  The past few weeks have been more than stressful.  John's daughter became engaged to be married only a few months ago and a week ago her fiancΓ© suffered a fatal heart attack.  Then, my son was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and spent a week there being treated for life-threatening illnesses.  He was given excellent care and was released to his home yesterday but has some mending to do.  I've been with him most of the time at the hospital and finally today I'm at home with time for some rest.  Today is my son's birthday and he is so thrilled that he is at home and not still in the hospital.  I made sure he has a cake and birthday gift yesterday as I drove him home.  I hope today he just sits back, rests, and enjoys being alive, as I will.  Life is only a vapor and we never know what the next moment, hour, or day will bring.  Let us all celebrate life.  πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’™

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Crafting Originality

Yesterday I had a check-up with the urologist.  While waiting to be checked in I was able to snap a pic of their wall decor.
  
I grabbed some lunch then made a stop at Hobby Lobby and saw this going on all over the store.




Is it that time already???

I didn't know whether to shop for the Fourth of July, autumn and Thanksgiving, or Christmas!  So I made it easy on myself and remained in the craft section (my favorite part of the store!!!).

It's been a crazy week so there wasn't much time for blog-world.

Today my sisters and I spent the day with both our parents and took lunch with us:
homemade veggie soup and chicken salad and pineapple upside down cake.

It was a stellar day but it's nice to be home with my fan and feet up in my favorite chair too.

XO XO XO
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Monday, June 12, 2017

No Excuses

Well, all three craft carts are loaded up and as this post title reads, no excuses now.
Excuses why I'm not crafting, that is.

Everything I need to do some painting and scrapping is mobile, and ready to be used.

I had mentioned using one for either a sewing or bible study cart but the painting supplies fit the cart so much better.


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It's day 27 of my diet and I'm losing weight so I'm motivated to push on.

For this evening's meal I tossed up this fruity lettuce salad.
It was very good.


One of the staples of my diet is this instant French Vanilla MH coffee.

Put some into a cup and add boiling water and stir and, voila, a yummy and easy beverage.
This particular variety is decaf and sugar free.

It's so satisfying and is like having a sweet little snack, basically.


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Thank you for your visit!
xo

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sweet Little Cakes

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Good morning to you and I hope you are well on this fine day!

I have a little show & tell for you today.

Since I had a gift certificate to the yarn shop, I stopped in recently while in town for one of my doctor appointments.  I'm SO GLAD that I did, for while I was there I learned that they are soon going out of business and the clearance sales were to begin not long after my visit.

I shopped around and latched onto these pretties.  They are PLYMOUTH YARN "Fantasy Naturale," in 100% mercerized cotton.  I don't yet have a pattern for putting them to use but I'm sure I'll be able to choose one.  The color combination just sucked me right in.





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I'm so pleased that you stopped by for a visit!
Thank you!  Have a lovely day!
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Quilt Memories

Hello Peeps! πŸ’œ
How are you today?

Today I am looking back a few years to some warm quilt themed memories,
I hope you enjoy them.

Granddaughter ABBY finishing the binding on a quilt she made by herself.


ABBY again with the first sewing-quilting project she made by herself.
This is one of my favorite photos of her.


  One of my quilts displayed at my friend's outdoor quilt show at her shop / home.
This was probably about ten years ago.


This pic of me was taken on the deck of my house in Illinois.
I was doing hand appliquΓ© for a quilt border.  I ended up not using it.


I was taking a quilt class at the shop my friend owns, the one who had the quilt show.


One of my grandsons under a crib quilt that I made.

Life has been so rewarding and good.  I loved spending lots of time with Abby as she was growing up and teaching her how to sew and to make her quilts.  She's in college now and too busy to sew at this time but she still loves it.

The baby in above photo is now six years old.  I made the quilt for his older brother when he was a newborn and it was reused for the younger boys when they were born.

I have another granddaughter who is eleven and wants me to help her sew pillowcases so that's going to be happening this summer.  I told her I would take her shopping to select some fun fabric.  I haven't made pillowcases but surely it won't be too difficult.

What are some of your favorite quilt-related memories?

xo xo xo

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sewing Something -- Finally

Months ago John asked me to make some covers for his recliner arms to replace the old ones.  I said, "Sure, no problem."

HA

What looked like an easy-peasey project isn't all that easy.  It should be, but I am making it complicated, I'm sure.

I could have taken apart the old ones (which are still in usable condition) to use as a pattern, but instead I made measurements and am trying to make something similar.

This fabric is what he requested.

This is turning into a bigger project that I had anticipated but I'm sticking it out.

I'm glad I'm saving the old covers.  He might prefer using those once he tries out these.

I'm not finished with them.  Just taking a little break.

Wish me some luck!
xo xo xo

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Little Green Craft Cart

While I was in town for my doctor appointment last week, I made a craft shop stop.  This cart was half-price and I snagged a cute green one.  I've seen them on sale many times but never wanted one before.  I put it together myself (wow!) and it was simple.  I've filled it with some scrapping supplies.  I liked it so much that I placed an online order for two more before the sale ended.  They should be here in a few days.




For one thing, I love organizing.  And secondly, all of these supplies were stored in cupboards or drawers.  I wasn't putting them to use so my theory is that if they are easily accessed I will tend to use them more.  That's why I wanted two more carts.  One will be used for the art supplies like markers, paints, and so on, and the other one will probably be a sewing cart, unless I use it for my bible study supplies.  Will wait and see.

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Thanks for visiting me today!
xo xo xo

Monday, June 5, 2017

Simple Joys

Sometimes a simple thing can bring satisfaction.

When my husband got this little clothes dryer set up in the yard I was so thrilled.


Until now I've had to use makeshift methods to dry the things that can't go in the dryer.

To avoid shrinking I hang up most of my personal laundry.

This is going to get a lot of use!

Happy Monday to you!  Have a great one.
xo xo xo

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Siggy Blocks Now Ready For QAYG

Happy June 1st!  Already?  Time is moving along quickly!

Finally, a quilting related post.  I have some show & tell.

During the Sisters' Retreat last month, I kept busy sewing away on these blocks with the quilting.


 Here are few samples of fronts and backs.
This is just a representation as there are several different backings.

To turn them into a quilt I will be using the QAYG, or quilt as you go, method.

I've watched some You Tube videos so I understand how to do it but haven't yet done it.

I should have, could have, quilted the top on my longarm while I had it but didn't.

I considered sending it out to a longarm quilter but decided not to.

The reason I never quilted it was because I didn't know what I wanted.  Sigh.

Anyway, I've come this far so no backing out now.

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Today I'm having a thyroid ultrasound done to check out a nodule.  It's been checked before and biopsied but my new doctor wants it checked out again to keep an eye on it.

My appointment with her went fine.  She believes my hot flashes are a side effect of one of my fibromyalgia medications.  Re the curly hair, she said that hair changes as we age and she was non-specific about it.  She remarked that she hears common complaints about hair loss though.  So the hair mystery continues.  Actually, I'm happy to have hair and with the curls I do have a quick hairdo if I'm not mentally ready to deal with the hair dryers, brushes, and irons.  Grin.

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Most of the sorting and purging of STUFF has been completed.  I climbed into the attic and pulled out a few things to get rid of or sort for storage.  The last of the boxes of give aways was taken by my son a few days ago.  I still have an antique oak dresser in the garage that is going out.  It was spoken for by another son but am waiting for a final answer on that one.  A few storage closets could use some rearranging maybe but it's not critical as they're not messy.  Nothing in them to toss but maybe to reorganize better.  I've done a bit more reorganizing of my fabrics.  At least I know where everything is and can easily retrieve it.  I also cleaned the garage and it's in better condition!  Yay!

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Thanks for your visits and your comments.  They are always appreciated!
I enjoy making new blog friends and hearing from both new and old.

I also appreciate that my blog is gaining new readers.  That has been a very slow process.

Have a wonderful day and be safe!

connie
xo

Monday, May 29, 2017

Declaring War On Weight Gain

Hi, Peeps!  
Happy Memorial Day!

This is a low key day for us.  I'm doing a bit of laundry and John sprayed weeds before watching some Cardinal baseball on TV.  I've been watching with him.

Two weeks ago I made up my mind to take control of my eating as I'm overweight and I'm ready to face up to it and do something about it.  

I made two lists:  the "YES" foods and the "NO" foods and they are on the side of the fridge as reminders.  

Then, from the YES list I made a grocery shopping list and stuck to it.  Since that time, I have remained faithful and have begun to lose weight.  Since I like everything that is on my list, I'm eating things that I enjoy and it's not a burden.  I don't stray from the list, as I eat when I get hungry (and only then, no snacking due to boredom, etc.), and I eat enough to feel satisfied, without needing to overeat.  This has been the easiest diet that I've ever undertaken.

For my mid-day late lunch today, I made a salad with romaine lettuce and added these:
strawberries, blueberries, pear, grape tomatoes, a sprinkling of finely shredded Parmesan, pecan pieces, and a light dressing drizzled over the salad, then tossed.

It was very yummy!

My beverage was peach tea from a mix.


I plan to remain on the diet until reaching a weight that I'm ok with and, if I reach that, I will definitely have to modify my former eating habits, if I want to maintain the new weight.  I'm seeing an endocrinologist tomorrow as I have a thyroid disease and I'm interested in what she will have to say.  Besides dealing with these extra pounds that added up quickly, I also have hot flashes and sweats that seem uncontrollable.  It would be wonderful if she can address both issues and offer some help.  Perhaps she might also comment on my curly hair.

Thanks for your visits and comments!
I hope you are having an enjoyable day!

xo xo xo

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Straight Hair Turned Curly - Honest!

Happy Memorial weekend to you.  Here at Chez-Cootie Bug we will be just hanging out.  Tonight we're  grilling steaks for dinner, and, as I write, John is keeping watch on them.  I've already set the table and the side dishes are prepared.

This morning I scrubbed the patio table and chairs.  
I gave the grill a few swipes on the exterior while I was at it.

I have a question that I hope someone might be able to answer:

taken a few hours ago:

This one was taken 20 or so years ago, give or take a few years:

My question:

My almost-straight hair that I used to have has turned curly in the past 1-2 years.  I don't have a permanent and I don't use anything to curl it.

I wore my signature bob all these years until the curls took over.

Anyone want to suggest a possible reason why this has happened?  
I'm guessing that age and hormones play a part, perhaps.

John isn't fond of the curls, by the way.  Most of the time I don't mess with styling it except when I want to take the extra time.  I usually just towel dry it, add a bit of moisturizer to control static electricity, and semi-dry with a blow dryer to relax the curl somewhat.  Never, ever, does it relax.  I suppose a flatiron would straighten it but with the layers I don't think it would look good at this time.

I'm letting it grow temporarily, after cropping it very short last fall one Saturday night.  I hadn't done that in years and years, but I wasn't liking my hair at all and I had a sudden urge to chop it off, which I did.  It was very short.

That's all for now.  
Will be back, of course!
xo xo xo