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Checking in

Like others, I'm seeing that this site may shut down. I hope not. It has been a great place where we have developed friendships for many years.

The smoke from the fires has dissipated from here, at least for now. We still have a fire burning close by, but it should not affect us here at the Ranch unless lots of heat and major winds come back for a few days. 

I should be moving to an apartment here on the Ranch the end of October. It is brand new, except for the outer walls.…


Added by B J Elder/WA on September 20, 2020 at 4:48pm — 5 Comments

Our Miss Bailey is 10!

I spent last week down in Arizona, surprising Miss Bailey for her 10th birthday (and already 5'4"+). Her dad is on the left (Adam) and my middle son CJ is on the right. He is living with Adam and helping with Bailey on the week she's with Adam.  

No sewing/quilting ... I'm going through everything and purging a lot as I prepare to move to a…


Added by B J Elder/WA on February 23, 2020 at 3:22pm — 8 Comments

A 'finish' for Miss Bailey

I am not making much in the way of gifts this year, but I did just finish Miss Bailey's Christmas gift...

It's a byAnnie pattern (Out and About) and uses her Soft & Stable. It's great to work with....but some of the seams are really really thick to have to sew through. I found my old old Bernina that I bought several years ago for art…


Added by B J Elder/WA on November 9, 2019 at 11:44am — 13 Comments

Bob Ross Art Quilts Trunk Shows

The schedule is out!  My quilt is in the BROWN (aka Chocolate) group.

October 26 - November 3, 2019

Houston International Market and Festival, Houston, Texas



Added by B J Elder/WA on October 3, 2019 at 3:50pm — 8 Comments

Bob Ross Art Quilts Trunk Shows

They have put out the schedule for the quilts, through January. More shows will be scheduled, but at least we know where are quilts will be for a few months.  I was rather pleased to be in the Chocolate.... oops, I mean Brown ... group. There are some amazing creations, hope you can see some of them throughout 2020 when you attend quilt shows!

The schedule so far, along with who is in what group:…


Added by B J Elder/WA on August 21, 2019 at 8:19am — 12 Comments

I'm Excited!!!!!!

I just saw that my art quilt for the Cherrywood Fabrics Bob Ross Challenge is one of the finalists and will go on tour for a year. Can you believe it?  WOW WOW WOW  There are so many awesome ones, I am very humbled and very excited.…


Added by B J Elder/WA on July 12, 2019 at 9:24pm — 15 Comments

A Season of Change

I just finished my art quilt for the Cherrywood Fabrics Bob Ross Art Quilt Challenge. This was my husband's last gift to me and it is dedicated to him - representing his last season of life and traveling up the stairs to reach his eternal home.  It may not be chosen for the Challenge, and that is okay.  I really enjoyed doing it and creating it layer…


Added by B J Elder/WA on June 8, 2019 at 11:43am — 10 Comments

Spring time

Hi friends,

I'm doing pretty well. It's been about 3 1/2 months now since Dennis' passing. I have pretty much found my new 'normal' .  I spent Easter down in Oregon with my son, but also visiting a very close friend who was just diagnosed with a type of glioblastoma. Hers is not operable at all. She hopes to start chemo and radiation very soon. It was good seeing her. I hope to get down again later in May. 

Not much time or energy to be in my sewing room. I keep busy with three…


Added by B J Elder/WA on April 23, 2019 at 8:52pm — 11 Comments

New 'normal'

Hi everyone!

First... can you believe it, our Miss Bailey is 9 years old today!

The memorial service for my husband was on Groundhog's Day. He loved that movie and his tradition was to watch it over and over all day long.  I'm so thankful it was that…


Added by B J Elder/WA on February 18, 2019 at 7:33pm — 9 Comments

New Address

On January 11 my dear husband lost the fight with glioblastoma cancer,

less than 5 months from when it was discovered.

He handled this battle in an amazing way.

He died peacefully in his…


Added by B J Elder/WA on January 14, 2019 at 6:00am — 15 Comments

And now... Hospice

Hello friends,

It's time for another update. On Friday my husband transitioned from palliative care to hospice care. The second tumor (the one inoperable) was affected little, if  at all, with the chemo and radiation and is growing. He has chosen to not do more chemo, which I go along with. With not pursuing any other treatment (no treatment will cure, only possibly buy a little time) it was time for hospice. He was fine with going this route and is enjoying having a good hospital bed…


Added by B J Elder/WA on December 2, 2018 at 7:59pm — 13 Comments

ABC's (Auto, Birthday, Chemo)

Hi all, 

Thought I'd pop in with an update from the Nile Valley.

A. This week my brother delivered a 'new to me' vehicle to replace our other vehicles that have a lot of years and enough miles on them. I now have a 2012 Ford Escape that is in very very good condition and should last me a long time! I'm very excited. Favorite feature? Why the heated seats, of course!  Winter is coming and no more cold tush! LOLOL…


Added by B J Elder/WA on October 21, 2018 at 8:10pm — 11 Comments

70th birthday party

Saturday we had 70+ people over to celebrate DH's 70th. It was a perfect weather day.... plenty of food and sunshine and fellowship. All of my family was there. Feeling blessed. Thought you'd enjoy an updated pic. It is our four kids, two in-laws, and Miss Bailey (8) along with DH and me.

Either later this week or the first of the following DH will start 6 weeks of 5 days a week chemo and radiation. Another new chapter begins....…


Added by B J Elder/WA on September 2, 2018 at 4:39pm — 11 Comments

Update from BJ

Hi everyone!

I can't remember if I did an update from the Aug. 11 post or not, so bear with me if I repeat stuff.  

What we thought was rapid onset dementia (DH) is actually Glioblastoma brain tumors (the same as what Sen. McCain had). DH had surgery Aug. 16. We are home now (he was in the hospital for 12 days) and getting ready to start outpatient PT as well and chemo and radiation. The outpouring of love and support and help is so amazing. God's goodness has no…


Added by B J Elder/WA on August 28, 2018 at 11:45am — 8 Comments

Update on my DH

Hi all. Life has taken quite a turn. What we thought was dementia turned out to be GBM (glioblastoma) tumors I. His brain. If you can choose what type of a tumor to have, this is NOT it. He has surgery on Thursday. They could get 70% of the front lobal tumor, the other was inoperable. He will get chemo and radiation which will give us more, and better time, for several months. 

It has been quite a rollercoaster taking it all in, but God has given us such comfort and peace. We are…


Added by B J Elder/WA on August 20, 2018 at 9:58am — 11 Comments

Greetings my friends!

Hi all -- it's been way too long since I last posted here. It's so nice to see so many 'faces' I know as I scan the posts.

Honestly, I can't remember when I last posted, so some of this may be old stuff but other will be new. I have managed to do some quilting/fiber art over the last several months, but my time is mostly filled with other things of life these days.

Last November my husband and I moved from working for the Retreat (which is no more) to full time volunteer staff…


Added by B J Elder/WA on August 11, 2018 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

Merry Christmas!

Hi all!  Hope you didn't fall down when you saw a post from me. Yes, it has been a while.

This has been a year of change.  In the summer we learned that the lodges (where we work) were going up for sale, either all together, which would mean a business deal, or individually for personal use.  That left us a bit up in the air. With some other things that have gone on we felt it was time for a change for us.  We did a lot of praying and talking and both felt we were being led to a…


Added by B J Elder/WA on December 17, 2017 at 8:52pm — 8 Comments

Family Time

We had a really good time with family here over the last week. We celebrated two birthdays, including our Miss Bailey who will soon be 7 years old. Several requested to see her picture so I'm including one of her at her birthday then one with her mom and dad.…


Added by B J Elder/WA on January 30, 2017 at 12:13pm — 14 Comments

Happy New Year

Hope you were sitting down when you saw I actually posted! LOL  I've been pretty AWOL from here. Life has been so busy for me.

In case no one has posted, Annie Shaw, one of our CT family of bloggers, has died.  I do not know the details, but found out on Facebook.  Please keep her family in prayers.

I actually have made three things already this year ... a fiber art lighthouse picture, a little vest for a baby gift, and something else that currently escapes me. Oh my... where…


Added by B J Elder/WA on January 17, 2017 at 4:38pm — 8 Comments

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