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2019 BIRTHDAY SWAP- "Woven Ribbon" block (NINE participants)

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Nancy L Hagelberg Nov 6. 42 Replies

Favorite recipes

Started by Jackie Orton. Last reply by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") Aug 8. 214 Replies

Additional notes for AUGUST 2019 RETREAT

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Lynne Aug 1. 6 Replies

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Comment by Jackie Orton yesterday

Darce, I thought Cabin Coffee was fixed up very nicely.  Doesn't seem like Maid-rite or Jones Creek were even in the same space.  The drive-through has to be popular for those going to work.  

Been working on a couple of tops to donate to our Winterset Quilts of Valor group.  And our 50th reunion QOVs are just about done...just three more to quilt.

Jerry is getting better.  He has leveled out with his weight loss at about 40 pounds with the pancreatitis.  Wish I could get him to exercise more.

Guess that's about it.

Hugs and prayers.

Comment by Darce Ovel yesterday

Hi all!  Just caught up on all of the posts and I know there are some comments I thought of as I read, but I didn't write them down sooo........

Nov has been pretty busy already - went to my folks the 1st weekend - mom is as good in her recovery as she's going to get - physically good, but more memory glitches than we were hoping for.   She talks a LOT about driving, but that is just not going to happen or if it does, it's not likely to end well.  Dad tends to placate her and give in as he's so scared she's going to have another stroke and die.  One of the changes in her is that she is very short tempered now, so it doesn't take much to set her off.  It's so hard to find the line between keeping her encouraged to continue to work at getting better and being realistic about limitations.  Sigh.   Jackie, the coffee group my folks are part of were really excited about Cabin Coffee opening up - they've been pretty disappointed in HyVee for awhile.

The weekend after that, I went to a quilt retreat in the Wisconsin Dells - it was a great getaway.  This past weekend, Natalie worked, so we had the twins Sat morning, then I road along on Sunday when she took them to Rochester to see their dad.  We went to the Children's Museum, which is always fun.   

I have been getting some sewing done, so that's a plus.   We're supposed to be getting new windows in here sometime - if it's somewhat warm I guess.   Nothing like waiting until Nov!  ha  I need to get some cleaning out done in the guest room downstairs so they can actually get to that window - same with my sewing room - organizing that is a very slow process and it doesn't look like I've accomplished much at all. lol  

Keeping those in need in my prayers. 

Comment by diane on Saturday

Sandy that sounds like a great trip! Wish we could go.

We finished harvest! woohoo. Now to gear up for the holidays.

I finished my NDTS also. Got the binding on last night. I did a quilt as you go method on it and it's the worst quilting job I have ever seen! Glad I didn't pay $ for it! HA

Headed to an auction this morning. 

Comment by Lynne on Saturday

Sandy, someday we will retire.  There are so many fall trips I want to take.  I'm glad we didn't sign up for the Christmas one we wanted to this year.  They used to do them the first week of December but the last few years have changed to mid November.  

Comment by SandyO on Friday

Also, wanted to mention again that if anyone finds a lower Mississippi river cruise with a barbeque theme interesting, let me know.  I realize the October date is bad for the farmers but that's when this one goes and hopefully we'll see pretty tree colors along the river.  3 of the ports of call will have competition barbeque teams who will compete with a team from the kitchen on the boat. The passengers do the tasting and voting to determine the winner.  This cruise also includes the beverage package so the wine (and other things) will flow!  Just sayin' in case anyone wants to come along.  Email me privately at  midwestfoodie@gmail.com  so we don't take up space on this list.

Comment by SandyO on Friday

Don't worry about being "windy", Jan.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  Estate planning is so complicated and even with trusts and wills and powers of attorney it all has to be examined and updated every 5 years or so. We should have gotten that done this year but kept forgetting it and now we are headed for OPC next week.  Hopefully nothing will happen to us and we can get back to the lawyer in the Spring.  OPC will be our home until the first or second week in April, depending upon the weather here.  It's a major hassle to pack up everything and move it 1400 miles but when I read/hear about the blizzards and ice storms in Iowa I remember why we do it!  I'm taking some quilting projects there and also will "teach" the jelly roll with attitude quilt to beginners. There really isn't anything to actually teach since it's so simple but it gives great practice on doing the 1/4" seams....yards and yards of 1/4" seams!!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Friday

WOW!!  I was really windy!!!  Sorry about that!!!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Friday

Lynne, the NDTS quilt if nice.  Kinda sorry I didn't participate.  However, I really didn't need another project.

Today my friend Kay and I went to our quilter.  I picked up my "Ribbons" quilt (will post a picture when binding is done) and dropped off 9 more.  Kay had 2 donation quilts and 2 of her own; I had three donation quilts (not made by me) and 1 of mine plus the retirement quilt for the minister.  Yes, that huge thing is now at the quilter's!!  I told her we didn't need anything until after Christmas so she won't be rushed.  My one quilt is the challenge quilt for the retreat.  Yes, I am aware that I am way early, but I wanted it DONE.  I have been working on that retirement quilt for so long I'm sick of it.  I think it will be pretty when done, but you know how it is when you work on something too long.

My other time exhausting project is the family cook thing.  I have 7 completed - 3 for DDS and 4 for the oldest DGDS.  I also made one for myself, but ran out of vinyl sheet protectors.  I am glad that it is out of the way.  I will give them out at Thanksgiving (when we also have Christmas exchange.)

I took time out yesterday to have my annual mammo.  Glad that is done for another year.  DH and I also attended a "Prior Proper Planning" discussion at church for end of life decisions.  I thought I was right up to snuff, but found some areas I hadn't thoroughly thought through.  The minister said that our children didn't want or need to have to make all those decisions at the time of our death.  Better to have it down in writing so they know exactly what we want or do not want.  Arkansas has a pretty strong probate law that take a percentage of everything at gross, before any expenses, regardless of beneficiaries or a will.  A trust is the best way to cover all bases and protect your family.  We have had a will since our kiddos were very small, but even though that has been revised over the years, it won't be enough if we die here.

It is beautiful, but still on the chilly side.  Think they are talking rain later next week.  A lot of the leaves have fallen, but we still have a bunch.  DH blew off the leaves out from yesterday, but there are more down already.  He will do that a couple more times before winter is truly here.

Jackie, glad your DH is doing better and feeling better.  Good that you are taking a little time out for yourself.  Continued prayers for both of you.

Lynne, I can't give you any advice on the gift question.  I think the suggestions given are good while she is a baby.  However, when she is older and has developed a personality, kick in the "Grandma" card and do what your heart tells you.  She will remember special things from you even if her parents would rather not have the clutter!!!  I love hearing our grown daughters relate things about my mom.  DH's mother pretty much ignored our three girls growing up and they remember that also.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Comment by Peg on Friday

Jackie, I’m glad you liked the site.  If you have amazon prime you can find some of the toys there and ship for free.  I need to get shopping as the first kids come home Dec 6 and and we’re doing our family celebration here on the 14th.  

Comment by Lynne on Friday

Boy you can tell it is grab a quilt at night time of year.  Should have picked up my background first!


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