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I'm going to go out on a limb here and post.  Something I've not done for a long time. 

For the quilting purists, I'm working on a DWR - piecing the arcs and attaching them to the melons.  It's taken awhile, but I think I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on that phase.  I'm using reproduction 30's fabrics - Aunt Grace, CT's Mama's Cottons, etc.  This one is for my daughter who is getting married in June.  I want to hand quilt it, but doubt I can make the deadline.  I will give it the old college try, though.  Much as I'm tempted to work on smaller projects, I'm focusing on this one for the moment.  I still need to layer and tie a graduation quilt for a niece that has a May deadline, but the top is finished on that one. 

Because my life is made up of more than just quilting, I'm including a personal note as well. 

Here on the ranch, we are finishing up the major fall cattle work.  The bulls have been sorted off, pairs rounded up and calves weaned, heifers are preg-checked, and cows turned out on winter range.  This is the second year of being empty nesters, and so I'm back to being the hired hand.  (Some people think the true test of marriage is to build a house or remodel.  Ranch wives might argue that the true test of a marriage is working together in the cow corral.)  My "broke" horse tried to buck with me last week as we struck out on a high lope across the pasture.  The prospect of hitting the ground no longer holds any appeal for me and while he didn't shake me loose, it sure made me grouchy! 

DD is planning a wedding while making her way in the business world (first year out of college).  She says she's getting a whole 'nother education - this one involves people skills and how to get along with various personality types in the workplace.  She lives 4 hours away and I miss her!  Even though she was 5 hours away during her college years, this feels different.  Her home base is no longer her bedroom here at home.  It has been a joy relating to her as a grown woman. 

DS is plugging away at his second year in college.  He'd rather be anywhere than stuck in a classroom, but is committed to finishing what he started.  He and a couple of his buddies are attending the Working Ranch Cowboy Association ranch rodeo finals in Amarillo next weekend.  It always makes me a little uneasy having those country boys drive in the big city.  A few weeks ago we got this picture:

 The caption read "Cowboy skateboarding?"  (What?!) You don't see THAT every day.  He makes me laugh.  He said he was SICK OF WALKING and horses aren't allowed on campus, so this was the next best thing - a long board.  I never figured him for a boarder dude.  :)  After tomorrow he'll no longer be a teenager.  Time goes.

Hoping you all have a great day.   

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Comment by Billie Blakeney on November 9, 2011 at 3:42am

I happen to like reading about how the other half lives in our world. Thanks for bringing me up to date with details of ranch life. Here in NJ, we don't get to experience 'ranch' life since our local farms are dwindling rapidly in favor of oversized homesteads. Thanks Pam for sharing your experiences. If this was a quilt guild meeting..I'd sit at your table. You're neat 'people'. :-)

Comment by cellogirl on November 8, 2011 at 7:06pm

Great picture!!  Even though the nest is "empty", it never really is--life has such interesting twists and turns!!  PTL--He's always in control!!

Comment by ranchmom/OR on November 8, 2011 at 3:39pm

I love the Picture just saw the post been gone, DD had her gall bladder out and I got to babysit.  DD is now staying a few days (weeks) with us as they are moving and their house is not ready to live in just yet and she is not able to unpack for week or so more.

Comment by Ana Maria Perna on November 7, 2011 at 5:30am

My youngest is 20 now, and in his third year university (it's not called "college" here...) He and borther (now 22) are still at home, although eldest sister is living and working in the Netherlands.

I know houw you feel.

On my side this situation makes me find more time for piecing and quilting, and although I'm not good, I find that practice makes me improve. So I keep on!

Thanks for your good wishes and have a great day too


Comment by Char on November 7, 2011 at 5:17am

PQ, Thanks for the great post. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding, that's wonderful news.

I know how you feel, as of August we are empty nesters too. Our one and only is off at college and although I find myself with lots more time I don't seem to be filling it with quilting.

Love the photo.

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on November 6, 2011 at 5:02pm

Time does go, flying by.  The grandbabies are growing up so fast, I kept the little one last night, he is two.  We had such a good time, but it just seems like yesterday he was born.  My oldest gdaughter is expecting her 1st baby in January.  The other boys are 14, 10, 9 and 7 and the other gdaughter is 7.  My youngest son will be 39 on Wednesday.  Next year all 3 of my boys will be in their 40's.  I love the children they are but miss those sweet kisses and hugs. 


Love reading your blogs PQ!!  Hearing about the ranch.  Always has been and still is a pleasure!!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on November 6, 2011 at 9:05am
PQ - the picture is priceless! I love it. So good to catch up with you and what is going on in your life. I can imagine the thought of meeting the ground while coming off a horse is not appealing in the least. Bless you for all you do and for being in that corral.  The closes I've come to herding and a corral is blowing (herding) our leaves to cover the plants under our tree. LOL   Don't think that counts as true ranch hand work.
Comment by J.S. on November 6, 2011 at 6:38am
It's so good to see one of your posts.  I've always loved reading about your ranching life.  When I first started on this sight, I ran into one of your posts and spent the day reading all of them.  Love the skateboarding cowboy picture!  Good luck on the quilt.  Can't wait to see it.
Comment by Terry F on November 5, 2011 at 7:31pm
Love your post, and your picture.  As for that horse, can you install a seat belt???
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on November 5, 2011 at 7:01pm
What fun!   Thanks for your post.  I love to hear about the lives of my quilting friends.  Can't imagine why anyone is offended.  I don't watch every show on TV nor read every article in the newspaper but I'm glad they are there for people who are interested.  Same with this; for those who don't enjoy it, scroll on by!

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