Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Some Of My Floor Quilts

A few of you have been asking me to post pics of my some of my quilts so here are some of the floor-quilts that I have recently made - I didn't want to post pics until they had been delivered.

This one was for my nephew. They just had a baby girl, Kaali.

This one was for one of Shannon's teacher friends who is in our book club. She is having a boy later in June and went with a jungle theme in his nursery.

This one was for my other nephew who is also having a girl. The back side on this one was a very soft pale pink.

This one was for Shannon & Jon's friends who are having a girl in August: Norah. It had that same bubblegum pink on the back in minky dot fabric.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Missing you

Mom would have had such a good time today celebrating her 90th birthday! If she were here this is how we would have celebrated...First, all her children and her grand children would have been there. We would have had a huge open house picnic style at her house. The party would have trickled out into the yard of course and folks would have stopped all afternoon to give her Happy Birthday wishes. Mom would have been the perfect hostess fussing over all the food and making sure people ate plenty. Even though all of us kids would have tried to get her just to sit and enjoy being waited on, she never would have. With Mom it was, always the hostess never the guest. And she would have been in her glory too, enjoying all of her friends and family. She would have told jokes & old stories, had a glass or two of wine, laughed a lot and most likely been the last one to bed!

I did a lot of wishing today that we could have had this lovely party for her. And I felt a bit cheated that she didn't get to have it. But it got me thinking...a lot of her family and most of her good friends have already passed so I'm thinking she had that great party today. She celebrated and laughed. She told jokes. She was young enough to dance the shodish with her mom and do the two-step with my dad. She was very happy on her 90th Birthday. And those of us who couldn't attend the party missed her very much but we were with her in spirit.

Happy 90th Mom...No body misses you more than I do. It's a hole in my heart that never heals. But I want you to know that everything good that I am, is because of you.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

dog sitting and packing

Due to the storms I have Rio visiting during S & J's party. And she an Angel both laid beside my in the big chair for three hours straight! (For those of you who know Rio-that is unbelievable.) After the sun came out I came up to pack a bit and blog and they are both laying on the bed together.

While sitting with the dogs (and afraid to move)I watched "In Plain Sight" a USA show about witness relocation. The series is really pretty good-there were 3 episodes.

The water from all the storms is almost up to my patio door!

Well back to the salt mines....

Saturday, May 23, 2009

getting ready

I am finishing up a few last minute sewing projects and then closing up shop! I have cleaned a room a day (sometimes two) and I have been washing blankets etc. Clothes tomorrow and then I will start to pack. I have been piling a few things on the spare bed but I don't want to pull out the suitcase until the last minute as Angel goes nuts! She will be underfoot from then on. Plus she won't eat either. Last time I packed she slept in the suitcase for two days!
I am leaving the fridge until Tuesday. (That is a job I hate.)

Today Jess's Baby Shower, can't wait. And the Lord is giving her a shower too...as it is raining like crazy here! We will all be getting a shower.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Last minute details

It is getting down to the wire for our trip home. With Rylee and all the things we need to bring along, plus the dog, both Shannon and I are making lists. And making lists reminds me of our trips to Cedar Crest! Lists and more lists...so Heather I've been thinking of you lately!

Trying to figure out what the Airline will and won't let us bring is driving us a bit crazy. We've even had friends who work for North West Air looking into the regulations and still there is no exact answers. (I am hoping they are not going to through a small baby off the flight for car seat conflicts. Or at least I hope not.)

On a different note this afternoon while sewing I watched Staying Alive...what a blast from the past! The hair, the outfits, & the music. John Travolta was such a heart throb. It's 1980's week I guess, so check your "search feature" for movie favorites just in case. Other than that not much excitement here, just busy.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

six words-Tag

I read a Woman's Day or some such women's magazine waiting for a hair cut the other day. One interesting thing in there was a contest for Valentines Day, it said to describe your relationship in six words that sound like one thought. Some were very heartfelt, some were funny, some were honest, some not so much. One I remember is--MUCH MARRIED, FORTH TIME'S A CHARM!

So just for the heck of it, I thought it would be fun to try it on the blog.
If you want to play along here are my rules:
In six words that make one phrase or thought describe:
1. your relationship
2. your partner
3. yourself
4. your life
5. your past jobs
6. your dreams

Here are mine...
1. My Relationship—----Long distance causes the lonely blues.
2. My Partner—----Hard working father does great job.
3. Myself—----Happy fun, silver-lining kind of gal.
4. My life—----Everyday’s blessing is being with family.
5. My past jobs—----Cosmetologist insurance agent babysitter gets lazy.
6. My dreams—----Completely fulfilled with daughter and granddaughter.

You have been tagged! It's harder than you think try it!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

not in the mood

To post that is.

But one tid-bit...This morning, about 9:00 on Pine Island near Sunrise there was a big fat racoon sitting in the grassy median. He was just sitting and looking around. I was surprised to say the least. I assumed he was going out for coffee and a bagel.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Me and Rachael Ray thinking up new words...Flor-id-iots...I love it-fits perfect. Does it fit me? I don't think I really live here even though technically I am here more, nope I am considering myself now and forever a Minnesotan.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

idiots and then some

Crystal's comment to my-seen it all post- (I'm para-phrasing) She said, in Florida you will never have seen it all as some Floridians are idiots due to the fact their brains are fried from all the sun. How right you were!

Because yesterday I went to the UPS store on Hiatus and Oakland. It is really tricky to back out of a parking spot there because of the in and out road being so close. Very slowly I start to back up and a car speeds in, so I pull back into my spot. This happened twice. Then I tried again and this time the incoming car was driven by a speeding COP. He motions me to pull back in and let him speed by. Which I do, thinking that he is after the speeding car ahead of him, or some other high priority crime. I finally back up and see the Cop crossing the lot into the Dunkin Donuts store. Where I assume the only emergency was his five o'clock donut break!!!

I guess I haven't seen it all...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Now I have seen it all

Now I have seen it all folks. You know how Saturday was the day to leave food at the mail boxes so your mail carrier could pick it up for the food shelf--well like many other people I had my bag filled and as I was leaving Sat. morning I drove to the mail boxes. There were no other bags so I tied my bag shut and I left it on top of our mail box clusters.

As I drove into our circle I noticed a new silver SUV parked by the mail boxes with no person inside. As I drove out of the circle, I thought I saw a head pop up. Because I have a devious and suspicious mind I thought right away...would people hide knowing that food would be dropped off and then get out and steal it. I turned around at our entrance drove back and low and behold...no grocery bag. I didn't know what to do. I worried that if I confronted the person they might wig-out. So I drove off. I hope that this person needed the food but if they were looking to steal food they shouldn't have used a brand new SUV for their get away car! I can only hope they actually needed the food. (And stole the car.)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

To my daughter, Shannon, on her 1st Mother’s Day

Since you were a little girl, I dreamed,
Of a day when you were grown;
A day that you would have,
A daughter of your own.

That you might know the joy
Of a baby who looks up at you,
With undying trust & adoration;
There is no greater feeling.

Enjoy the small moments, don’t fret or be too busy.
Trust yourself, a Mother always knows best.
And we come from a long line of wonderful Mother’s.
Remember, if you do need me to lean on, I will never be far.

And for all the happiness there will be tears.
But through it all, you will love and nurture,
Spoil and fuss over, listen to, be best friends with,
And guide Rylee with a soft heart and steady hand.

Then one day, you will have a dream
That when she is grown,
She will have a daughter of her very own…

Here’s to a wonderful Mother on her first of many Mother’s Days. I am so proud of the woman and the Mother you have become. I love you!

Love, from your Mother and my Mother, who I’m sure is watching and smiling from above and of course sending her wisdom and her love.
Happy Mother's Day to you too Mom, I love you and miss you everyday!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tear jerker

Well Hallmark did it again...made me cry that is. I watched a cheesy Hallmark movie called, A strangers Heart. What a tear jerker. I balled through the whole second half of the movie.
Synopsis: Two patients waiting for heart transplants rub each other the wrong way. Woman gets heart, a few days later man gets heart. Suddenly they find themselves drawn to each other and to a little girl, who parents both died in a car crash and guess who has their hearts?

If it's ever on again and you feel like clearing out your tear ducts it was good. I won't spoil the ending but it would be a perfect curl up on a Sunday in your pj's movie.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Things I have done the last couple days:

I have been kicking butt on the sewing projects. My sewing room looks like a bomb went off in there. I guess I just can't sew neat. I should post a picture of that.

Laundry-why do I always forget it in the washer? Then it kind of drys in there and smells bad so I wash again. (Then the wrinkles won't come out.) The usually I forget it in the dryer. Guess I could never work in an Chinese Laundry.

Not sleeping well. That is a long story so I'll spare you.

Visited my Kitty. She is loving her new life. I still miss walking out the door and having her run up to meet me though. But happy for her. I am making kitty pillows-for cats to sleep on. A friend I met while trying to find my kitty a home, rescues so many cats (she has 27 right now, 16 waiting for homes) she saw the one I made for Patches and loved it so I said I'd make her a bunch and she could give one out with every cat. So in between other projects I am doing the pillows. I will post pics of them later. I am using up all the scraps I have been saving for years. It's a win win.

I watched an old TV movie called 8 seconds. It was the true story of Lane Frost a world champion bull rider. Luke Perry did a fantastic job playing him. The sad part was he died very young, by a bull accident of course. If you get a chance to catch it on TV it is worth the watch.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The follow through on Crazy Eights

Jess tagged me for the crazy eights post and I haven't had time but Rylee is sleeping so long I thought-start...

8 things I'm looking forward to:
1. Going home to Minnesota-seeing my hubby, family and friends
2. Shannon's first Mother's Day
3. Rylee's first B-day & Christmas
4. Finishing my list of Baby quilts to sew (What's in the water anyway?)
5. Garage saleing in MN
6. Going to the class of 1967's 60th Birthday Party.
7. Our annual 4th of July party
8. Getting together with the Birthday girls!

8 things I did yesterday:
1. finished cleaning the house
2. laundry
3. sewing (more quilts)
4. Checked out E harmony with V
5. Watched a Lifetime movie
6. Drank a whole bottle of wine (minus one glass)
7. Talked on the phone.
8. Went to bed early.

8 things I wish I could do or want to do:
1. Live long enough to see Rylee married and happy.
2. Visit Ireland (Is there anyway to get there without crossing the ocean? ha)
3. Shop at the outlet mall in FT Meyers
4. Win the lotto!
5. Color my hair.
6. Go to book club.
7. Meet The Rock! (yummy)
8. Go to FT. Lauderdale's best burger joint.

8 shows I watch:
1. Desperate Housewives
2. Brother's and Sister's
3. 90210
4. Gossip Girl
5. Prison Break
6. Dog Whisper
7. Grey's Anatomy
8. Lost (Although I'm usually lost.)

8 people to tag-I'm going with 4
1. Carol
2. Jenny
3. Darlene
4. Stacy

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Coffee Time Rebuttal

In my defense my coffee-time is my morning me time. It reminds me of a simpler time at home with John when we had morning coffee together everyday. All our married life it was our catch up, visiting, and news of the day time. It is my favorite time of day and no matter how early I have to get up to have it-it is what makes my day a good one. Even though it's not as good with out my hubby to talk to.
(And yes Ryan it gets my system moving.) But more than that it kicks in my Pollyanna personality. But next fall when I re-visit the every day thing...I'll give Erin's don't shower, don't fix up idea, a shot...maybe I will have a hair and make-up bag packed and do it later in the morning. Of course there are two down sides:
One, I'll scare Jon even more than usual-but he will have to deal.
And two, if I get stopped by a cop there is no way I'll talk him out of a ticket and my streak will be broken. (Unless, I try the-I had to throw on clothes and run to my daughters for an emergency...do you think I'd leave the house like this on purpose? Can you give me an escort..?) Florida cops don't seem to be very compassionate but it's worth a shot.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Day Care Grannie

Today is the last day of my two week day-care. On one hand I'm sorry to have my one on one with Rylee come to an end for now. Rylee and I have had a ball! But I have discovered some things about myself. That I only enjoy getting up early when I don't have to! This getting up at 4:45 AM is the pits. I feel bad for you working stiffs, I am giving you some real pity from now on. It didn't help that this was birthday week...all that staying up late. (9:00)

And If I'm being honest, it is exhausting. Rylee has really started crawling around these last two days. It is not as fun as when she sat in one spot playing. I am earning my stripes now. This morning it's been crawl to the TV, I move her, crawl to the TV, I move her. Thank goodness for mealtime...she is in the high chair and can't move. And for naps. I love nap time, I even take one sometimes too. (Which is why I get nothing else done, like cleaning.)

All in all I wouldn't trade a minute of it. However, I might spread it out to three times a week. After all I am 60! Day Care Grannie over and out!