Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Doctorate in the Family

At long last, my daughter Kathleen has received her Doctorate of Philosophy in English. (I hope I said that right!) She is an English teacher at our local community college, and before that she taught English in a two-year women's college in Kagoshima, Japan. We are very, very proud of her.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Easter

Just think, the last time I posted, I was saying "Merry Christmas" ! Mother always said that "if you don't have anything nice to say, you should say nothing at all". I have lots of intentions, but don't get much done, that's for sure. I am doing some better, though. I thank God for that !

The above photo is of some sheepies that I watch for when we take the trash off on Saturdays. There were three new dark babies last Saturday. My son took the photo with his cell-phone through the car window. Click on the photo to enlarge it!

Am still making some Prayer Shawls for the hospital, but no quilting yet. Hope that will be possible when it gets warmer out. The cats are doing fine. Earl grey and Hemi like to race up and down the hall at least once a day. Shizuku turns 18 this month. She and I celebrate our birthdays together (although I am not turning 18). She is doing good for her age, but she does complain a lot.

It looks like Spring here, and I am thanking God for the flowers (not the pollen) and warmer temps. God Bless us everyone !

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas

I'm still here, watching the birds and trying to carry on with life. Can't do a lot anymore, but that's okay.  Beats the alternative. I enjoy reading the blogs that I always read (mostly quilting blogs), and still like to buy fat-quarters of fabric when I get to the walmart. A few really nice people have been giving me yarn that they find at auctions and whatever, for me to make prayer shawls with. I'm grateful for their help, and I'm thankful that I can still do for others.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and God Bless you in 2016 !

Saturday, August 8, 2015

I went to a movie!

The last time I went to a movie was ages ago. I think I went to see "Kung-Fu Panda". I have been a big fan of Shaun the Sheep since the Wallace and Gromit  video "A close shave". I have to admit that I really enjoyed watching the new Shaun movie. Haven't laughed that hard in YEARS! The new theater in Mt.Airy is quite accommodating to handicapped people, also. It was fun...I highly recommend this movie! The photo is from internet.

Monday, June 8, 2015

An Apprentice??

I loaded a small Project Linus quilt into my trusty old Gammill quilting machine last October. I got it about half put-in when I had to stop. The Doctor first suspected a hip hair-line fracture. The x-ray proved nothing. (Maybe it was the one reading the x-ray?) I went back to the Doctor every Thursday in October, and part of November. I had two cortisone shots. The pain persisted. The Doctor then decided it might be Bursitis.  Between Christmas and New Years I had TWO WEEKS of almost pain-free (Thank God!!!). Then it started again and has persisted until now. I can do very little besides sit still and knit or crochet. (Usually working on Prayer Shawls for the Hospital.)

I happened to think the other day....wouldn't it be nice to teach someone local to use my machine and quilt some of her (or his) quilt tops and mine too. Most of mine are for one Charity or another. My machine is over twenty years old now, but it is still working fine (as far as I know, since I have not used it since October).  Like with a lot of quilters, I have a large stack of small to bed-sized quilts to get quilted. I have given up on being able to quilt them myself, as I would have to stand up to quilt them. I have a feeling that I may be in a wheel chair soon. What to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I miss my little green office trailer. I miss my old machine quilting customers. I admit defeat. God Bless us everyone.
 (Photo is an old one, taken a couple of years ago, by me.)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Have you seen the cow?

Lunch at Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Mt. Airy. Everyone was visited by the Chick-fil-A mascot. Such a nice cow...shaking hands with a little child! My son took the photo, and asked if I wanted him to take a picture of me with the cow. I told him that it would be hard to tell which was which. He wasn't amused. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to all our Veterans, both living and passed on. We wouldn't be the great country we are without you!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An Update

Hemi is still an indoor cat!  I thought maybe when the weather warmed up he would go back outside. He likes the food better in here and has about doubled his weight. Without weighing him, I'd say he weighs over fifteen pounds now. He is one of the best natured and sweetest cats I know. He loves to play, and even lets Earl Grey bully him around. (He loves to catch Earl half asleep and wash his face!) After a little research, I believe that Hemi is a Ragdoll!  Shizuku-chan recently turned seventeen.  She has her ups and downs, but is mostly doing well for a cat her age. Spring has sprung in North Carolina, it has gotten too hot, too soon. Thank God for the air conditioner!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New cat in our house

Meet Hemi.  He just showed up at our house awhile back and decided to stay. We have several yard cats that nobody wanted and gifted us. We gladly feed them, in exchange for snake-control.  Hemi always preferred to be outdoors, but after this terribly cold weather, we convinced him to stay in the house. He gets along well with Shizuku-chan and Earl Grey, and ever since he got done with eating a good meal and a thorough wash-up, he has slept. Poor fella.  When the weather gets better he will have to  decide his own future, I guess. By the way, his eyes are ice-blue, and the poor fella is cross-eyed. Enjoy your Sunday, God Bless!