I just came back from a fabulous 3-day retreat at the Hankerd Inn Resort in Pleasant Lake, Michigan and had a marvelous time. It was 3-days being pampered, catered, fed, and a murder mystery quilt. My girl friend was murdered, her picture is below as well as one or two of the Inn. Had fantastic rainbows, cloud formations and just a beautiful surrounding country side. The Hankerd Inn consists of the Inn, Guest House, Barn and Studio/Shop. The Barn houses on the sewing area on the ground…Continue
Hard to believe that in just 2 days time I will be receiving my Bachelor's Degree from Ferris State University College of Arts and Sciences. The countdown to May 4th has begun and I've seen my grades from all but 1 class. My literature final exam and paper has been turned in but the grade won't be released until the 7th! :( Not really worried too much as I'm pretty sure it will be an A, possibly a B, but it sure would be nice to know.
My twin granddaughters will be unable to attend…Continue
I am in the last semester towards earning my Bachelor's Degree from Ferris State University and have discovered that, unlike previous semesters, I do not have any "me" time! <sigh>. I am up at 6 a.m. and in bed at 2 a.m. (earliest) and between all the required reading (8 different books), online postings, assignments and such, I do not have any time for anything else.
Sadly, I've had to withdraw from several swaps that I was so looking forward to doing, such as the 12x12 and…Continue
Other than our first Christmas together as husband and wife, I can't think of a Christmas I've enjoyed more than this one with our adopted 4-year old twin granddaughters. The day started out with a light dusting of snow so that we had our white Christmas, which is what I wished for. Then we went over to see our new "family." The girls were watching out the window for our arrival and nearly tackled us at the door. It took 3 trips to bring in all the gifts and the jeweled fruit that I made to…Continue
The day was pretty much enjoyable and we did not get the rain that was promised. On our way to Sunday brunch we were detoured down a back road (where an estate sale was located it turned that we went to after eating) due to a fatal motor vehicle accident. A motorcycle rider was killed and his bike cut in half by a truck that pulled out in front of him. They had the road closed for hours. Where the accident happened, drivers tend not to look before pulling out into traffic and there have been…Continue
Talk about a roller-coaster day! WOW! Was awaken at 9 a.m. by my next door neighbor calling to wish me good luck with the book signing. She was upset, however, that she didn't find the "blurb" in the paper saying where and when. I told her don't feel bad, I never found it either. Apparently we were both looking in the wrong spot as later when I got to the bookstore she found it and gave it to me. I thought that was so sweet and now that I was awake, might as well get up. Truth be told I did…Continue
Was just notified by the Blue Phoenix Book Store in downtown Alpena, Michigan that my book signing will be held on Saturday, September 3rd from noon to 2 p.m. It will be an interesting experience to be in the "spotlight" when I've always tried to keep a low profile. LOL. A lot of good THAT has done me as I always seem to end up in the paper for one event or the other.
Well, the inlaws are on their way back to Phoenix, AZ and as much as I hate to see my 93 year old mother-in-law leave,…Continue
Returned from a visit to Virginia to see my dad who is in the end stages of Alzheimers. Had a nice visit and even had my son drive from Maryland to see his granddad. That was a nice surprise. It took 2 days to get there and 2 days to get back so our visit lasted only 3 days in order to give hubby a chance to rest before he goes back to work on Monday and his sister and mom arrive from Arizona.
When we returned, our neighbor greeted me with a box and I thought they were my text books…Continue
Well I have been one busy lady over the past week. Have finished putting on the "first" coat of paint to the exterior of my home (changed from an ugly faded salmon pink to white with black trim), and am working on cleaning the inside. In between the painting and the cleaning, I had a wedding to photograph and it was quite lovely on the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda, Michigan. Have a little sunburn from that, but worth it. Now preparing for MIL and SIL visit on the 1st and this will happen…Continue
Well I can certainly say that I have been busy since the 4th of July. On the 4th, I started painting our house on the outside while hubby started painting the pole barn. I have about 1/4 to 1/2 of the outside painted with the first coat and am now waiting on Mother Nature to quit sending rain so I can finish. On Tuesday, July 5th, left home to head for Two Harbors, Minnesota to view the Split Rock Lighthouse and get pictures for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival in October. Ended up…Continue
While not quilt related, at least not yet but will be in the future, I just received a wonderful phone call that I just had to share. I am now a published author! The book should be here within 7-10 days for me to review and make sure everything is right and then it will be released and sold through Borders, Amazon, available as an E-Book and, for now, available in local book stores. It's called Musings and Short Stories and the picture on the cover is one that I took this past…Continue
Thought I'd show you few more pictures of the Falls and Whitefish Point Lighthouse
A view from the banks
View from trail to upper Falls. Even from this distance you could feel the refreshing spray of the falls. There is a 6 1/2…Continue
This past weekend, DH and I went to Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Thought you'd like to see a picture or two. Some I think would be interesting thread paintings.
This is part of the lower falls.…Continue
I finished the inventory of all kits and patterns that I have and came up with a 6-page list of goodies. The list covers soft sculpture, dolls, quilt kits, patterns, embroidery, redwork, wearables and more. The same rules for the book swap apply to the patterns/kits swap. You can find the list here: Patterns%20and%20Kits%20for%20Swap%20List.pdf
I have received a very positive…Continue
I have finished my inventory of all the books related to quilting, embroidery, redwork, beading, etc. (no mysteries, fiction, etc.) and am offering them up to first come first served via way of a swap. The list shows fabric and/or embellishment requested for the book. I pay all book postage. Some of the books have never been used and some have lovingly been used; some may be out of print, some hard to find and some relatively new as far as when printed.
So you don't have to scroll…Continue
As most of you know for spring break, my dear hubby and I traveled to Arizona and Nevada to help my MIL celebrate her 93rd birthday! Had a wonderful time and did some things I never would have done but for wanting to do something for my MIL to make her BD one to remember. Can't believe I rode a zip line 1 1/4 miles (the entire length of Fremont Street in Las Vegas) held some 100 feet up by a harness and holding onto a rope! The people looked so tiny down below and I'm afraid of heights! But…Continue
We were delighted to see that our son drove from the greater Bowie area of Maryland here to Ossineke to be with us for Christmas. The dang kid left Maryland on Monday and drove through a blizzard to get here. He ended up staying overnight in Ohio as they had shut down part of the freeway due to accidents and poor visibility. The story he told upon his arrival just sent shivers up my spine. He said he was determined to spend Christmas with his ol' Madre and step-dad since he missed being able…Continue
After four days of running up and down stairs, photographing the entire Alpena Recreational Center AND all of teh special events connected to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival that was held Oct. 7-10th, I can say that I'm pooped, exhausted and glad of it!!
I was not only the official photographer there this year, but a first time vendor. By first time I mean first time "anywhere"! It was my first show and although I didn't sell a lot, I did manage to bring in a few hundred…Continue
I have finally opened the doors of my studio and posted to both the website and the blog pictures of what it now looks like on the inside. It's still a little dusty as one of the armoires decided it didn't like the shelving in there and had to be fixed. So everything is still a little helter skeltered in there, but at least I can work inside. My darling hubby is attaching a storm door for me so I can have the main door open, if I wish, to watch snowflakes fall.
I've put a few…Continue