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End of an Era

As you know if you've read my blogs, I am an animal lover.  This weekend marks the end of an era in my life.  I used to raise pure bred chocolate labs - loved the puppies, but got to the point that I couldn't bare to sell them for fear they would be mistreated.  I kept a pup out of the last litter and named him Doc Edward's Hot Chocolate, Doc for short.  He was a big (150#) loveable guy that loved to fetch and was deathly afraid of thunder.  His mom had to be put down just about a month ago…


Added by Karla Ridpath on April 27, 2014 at 8:59am — 16 Comments

Important Things In Life

Seems like the only time that I wite a blog is on Saturday!  The weeks seem to fly by me and before I know it, it's Saturday again!  

This is a special Saturday for me.  It is the annual Planning Weekend for a group of high school friends and I.  Every year for the past 12 years we have taken a long weekend trip together.  This is the weekend that we decide where our trip will take us this year.  There are 4 of us now.  When we started doing this all of those years ago there were 5 of…


Added by Karla Ridpath on March 29, 2014 at 6:33am — 16 Comments


It's gonna be another cold. windy Saturday here in central Iowa!  We've had a couple of nicer days - just enough to tease us and make the spring fever even worse!  I'm coming down with a sinus infection, so I was going to be inside anyway today, but I've got plenty of projects to keep me busy!  My youngest daughter is getting married in June and "we" decided that "we" could make all of the flowers for the wedding.  Her colors are bright orange, fuscia and blue.  We were at Michael's last…


Added by Karla Ridpath on March 22, 2014 at 4:52am — 11 Comments

My Little Sewing Room

About five years ago I took the leap and made the small extra bedroom into my sewing room.  This is the first time I've ever been able to have all of my craft stuff, fabric, yarn, beads and misc. junk all gathered into one place!  I love it!  The only problem is storage.  The fabric is threatening to take over the room!  I've got so many scraps - tubs full.  I guess that's a good excuse to make more scrap quilts, isn't it!?

Added by Karla Ridpath on March 20, 2014 at 6:33am — 15 Comments


Don't you just hate it when your kids are right?  I love animals.  Always have and always will.  My kids (jokingly) tell me that I can't go into a pet store without one of them and certainly not with my billfold!  They know if I go alone and WITH my billfold, some little animal in there will have a new home.

WELL!  My husband (who is just as bad as I am) and I broke the rules and went into Earl May with a gift card that had a balance on it!  Needless to say, we came home with the…


Added by Karla Ridpath on March 18, 2014 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

St. Patrick's Day

My Dad always told us we had a Scottish and Irish background.  The Ridpaths came from Scotland - even from a small town called Ridpeth.  But the Irish side of his family was a mystery.  I searched Ancestry.com for several years.  Quite a bit of research has been done on the Ridpath geneology, but there were some mistakes in the lineage and using their findings, my research hit a dead end.  I was fairly certain that it came from his mother's side of the family.  With a maiden name of Duncan,…


Added by Karla Ridpath on March 17, 2014 at 4:32am — 7 Comments

Fun Weekend...

was had by all!  Eight grandkids and three kids and spouses spent  a fun weekend swimming and relaxing poolside at Adventureland Inn in Altoona.  We had a great time over homemade Maidrites, potato salad and rice krispy treats with chocolate frosting.  The kids swam and played games in the arcade and the adults sat on the patio and caught up on family doings.  This is the second annual pool weekend and I'm sure that there will be a third, fourth and more until the grandkids don't want to do…


Added by Karla Ridpath on March 16, 2014 at 2:07pm — 7 Comments

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