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2018 BIRTHDAY SWAP - now CLOSED...16 participants!

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") Feb 14. 85 Replies

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Comment by diane 3 hours ago

Marcia you neglected to tell everyone about the plans to take the band on the road!

Loved my time in Florida and getting to meet our grandson and being there for Maggies 3rd birthday. 

While I was gone dad was admitted to the hospital AGAIN this is the 2nd time since the 1st of the year, but this time he was put back in the nursing home. He and Step are already asking about when he can go home. The social worker continues to let them know what help is available to them and at this point all they will accept is meals on wheels. Mind you it's just ONE meal a day that they SHARE.  Enough...

Plugging away at the challenge quilts. Finally finished the one that I hated. Now on to ones that I will find more fun.

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") 5 hours ago

These past few days have been filled with ice, snow, rain, and wind!  What a rollercoaster of weather....and it sounds like more to come the end of this week!

Deb- you've been on a rollercoaster ride with your house decisions!  Sorry your basement repairs threw a monkey wrench into you moving into a new house.  :(  The retreat sounds fun- but that is the weekend I am in charge of meals, games, prizes, etc. for our guild's sew days  (Friday & Saturday).  It's like a retreat, but everyone goes home at night to sleep.

Nancy- your house decision was a WIN/WIN situation for everyone!  Glad it worked out!

Jan- sorry you were so sick on your Florida vacation.  UTIs are no fun.  So happy you are on the mend.

Lynne- Grrrr...sorry those Flying Geese blocks were sewn wrong.  So frustrating!  All that ripping out will be forgotten when you see your beautiful finished project!  :)

Diane- my 5" squares stash is HUGE!  I love patterns that use charm squares ...as well as patterns that use 2 1/2" strips and 2 1/2" squares!  :)  And since I love scrappy quilts, I can easily incorporate my stash of precuts into most any quilt I make!

I'm done sewing the binding on six baby quilts (all charity), a table topper, and a doll blanket!  Also finished sewing the binding on an Irish Chain quilt done in brights.  Now that I'm done with all these bindings, I'll have to go to my friend Judy's house to use her long arm again to quilt some more of my tops for me to bind!  The toughest part is figuring out the quilting design to do on the top.  I quilted a feather wreath for the first time in my Irish Chain and I think it looks pretty good!  :)

Dad still keeps me busy.  Took him to heart doctor on Wed.  Then on Thursday he fell on the ice.  Not once...not twice...but THREE times.  Poor guy is bruised and sore.  Mom is doing a little more 'creative conversations' now.  But- she is still such a witty, pleasant lady!  I think the weather has made the arthritis in her rear its ugly head more than usual- so she really appreciates the 'pain patches' she has been prescribed.

Been busy with Humane Society activities.  Found homes for two darling young cats that were found out in the frigid weather, presently re-homing a cute little dog for a single mom, and saved four cats from a home in which the owner passed away.  No one fed or watered the cats for several days.  The environment they were in was WRETCHED.  Urine and poop all over their cages and I doubt these cats had been out of their small cages for some time. When I got to the house, there was so much crap in the house I barely found  a small path to walk through to get to the cats.  The poor cats were so weak....and scared.  Glad I was wearing leather gloves because the last cat was so scared it spit, hissed, and clawed at me.   All cats are at the vet getting processed (shots, spay/neuter, etc) before we can add them to our Humane Society's cat population.  Such a sad situation.  I'm sure the house will get burned down since it was such a disaster (cardboard boarded the windows) and the stench would never be cleared out.  The smell was horrendous.  :(   Sad knowing that not only the cats lived in that condition- but the owner lived like that till she died.

Well, I'm off to PARADISE!  Cut out 23 pillowcases yesterday from some fun children's fabrics.  Today I will be sewing them!  

Everyone watch the weather and stay safe!  Have a SENSATIONAL SUNDAY!  :) 

Comment by Deb Semmens yesterday

Anyone up for a retreat  on March 22-24.  Jacque still has a couple of openings.  And I would love to find a couple of roommates to rent one of the condo's.

It is at Lake Panorama, starts at 10:00 on Thursday and ends 2 ish on Sat.  5 meals provided with the cost of the retreat, free non-alcoholic beverages and gifts.   

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Thursday

Looks like the ice storm missed us again.  Yeah!!!  It is well above freezing so no more worries.  We did get some rain and that was definitely needed.

I have finished pressing the backing for the grad quilt, getting ready to box it up and mail it out next week.  Still haven't started on anything new, but will soon.

Have a great day. 

Comment by Nancy L Hagelberg on Thursday

Deb, I hear where you are coming.  About 2 years ago, DH and I were tempted to buy some timber and a smaller house, with visions of adding on and creating our dream house in timber he could hunt and cultivate to draw the deer.  We decided after many hours of debate, to stay here and remodel the family room adding a gas fireplace, new counter and flooring, creating a wonderful great room.  We just had carpeting installed yesterday and the new couch and chair come Friday. It has taken a year to complete the remodel, but we LOVE it.  Have some more projects to do before we retire with the thought of making it less upkeep, more efficient and paid off without a ton of debt that we would have had if we would have bought the timber and house.  On the plus side, DD and son-in-law bought the land and are just 6 miles from us.  So when the grands arrive, we will be very close for spoiling those babies!!!

Everybody wins,the husband can help out all he wants in their timber and then come home when he is tired.  

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Wednesday

Hi everyone!!  I am home from our mini-vacation to Florida.  We left on Valentine's Day, arrived in Panama City Beach on the 15th.  On the 16th I was in urgent care with a UTI.  Got three shots (one for nausea, one antibiotic, and one anti-inflammatory).  The nurse said they rarely did that, but I was just glad to have some relief.  Also a prescription for a couple more pills.  One of them makes me really sleepy.  I slept most of the day on the 17th and quite a bit on the 18th.  We left on the morning of the 19th and got home on the 20th.  I did enjoy the trip other than being sick.  We played some cards, etc.  Visited with our friends.  The weather was wonderful - 70s and sunny every day.

Since I am still finishing up the pills, I get sleepy when I take the one medication.  I slept almost 9 hours last night, got up and ate breakfast, then back to bed for a 2 hr nap!!!  I need to get some laundry done, but don't seem to be in any hurry to do that.  I am feeling much better tho, so I'm not complaining.

We were supposed to have an ice storm this morning, but didn't happen.  There was ice on the trees, but just a little and the roads aren't slick.

No sewing for me.  I am going to get the graduation quilt ready to mail out next week. 

Sorry about your dream house falling through, Deb.  That is always upsetting when you get your heart set on something and it doesn't pan out.

Everyone take care, stay warm and safe.

Comment by diane on Wednesday

yes it is slick out there! I went out to get the mail and almost had to crab walk up the driveway! Better me than Kim.I'm so sorry to hear about the houses both Deb and Lynne. It will happen.

Got back into the sewing room yesterday, Have all the blocks finished for the next quilt in the challenge, just have to sew them together and add the pieced border, really don't like the way it's turning out. I'm using 5' squares from my stash and it just isn't blending like I thought in my head. And it's huge! Is my stash of 5" squares going down you ask? NO not one bit.

Comment by Lynne (APMom) on Wednesday

Isn't it the pits when that bubble pops.  Our dream home that was supposed to happen next year has been put on hold too.  Maybe the money fairy will have a shower on both of us!

Worked on my BOM yesterday.  It was one of those blocks that you wonder how many times to I unsew this thing to get it right.  Sewed (and trimmed) the whole flock of flying geese with the wing colors on the wrong side.  Since it mattered in the grand scheme of things and I didn't have any more of the right fabric, I carefully took them all apart and fixed them.  Of course I didn't notice until they were already sewn into sub blocks.  Then I sewed a row on backwards.  Just the edges left on this one, I don't think I can screw that up!

Still looks like a slippery mess out there.  I haven't been out and won't until I am forced to.  I prefer standing up, not falling down.

Comment by Deb Semmens on Tuesday

Well darn, that didn't last long.  The repair to my basement wall is going to be much more expensive than I thought it would be.  

So it looks like my dream house is going to have to remain a dream.

Comment by diane on February 19, 2018 at 5:03am

Deb,,my best advise for a quick sale is less is better. My daughter sold 7 houses in 10 years (due to hubby's promotions) the longest any of them were on the market was 2 months. Ours had been on the market that long with no interest, she came in and did a sweep, we had an offer within weeks. I thought I had purged but I was wrong!

We got home last night. It was a wonderful visit. weather was great, I think next time Kim might even be willing to stay a few days longer. We saw NO snow on the way home UNTIL we turned into our neighborhood. We still have a ton. What's up with that?


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