Thursday, April 23, 2015


Week has flown by! Wednesday I started this ~~~

By today I have three strips sewn together - three rows.

Cutting out squares and later rectangles..

"Auditioning" - just how they came off the stack. Trying to see how best to distribute colors. This was yesterday (Wednesday).

And done...

Love the stacks! Paul asked, "How are you gonna tell how they go?" Stack and label... 

Then I decided on some rectangles. These are three rows I have sewn together. Not joined as a whole yet, just laid out. Looks a little washed out, but I didn't Picasa or Photoshop them.

If it were a "true" pattern, I'm sure it wouldn't be this easy. Then again, I have some pre-cuts so I wouldn't have to cut out the squares. I have a kit from Panama City Quilting By the Bay I may try next.

Will see what has in the way of backing - they have 105" plus inch wide... I'll get Teresa at Treasure Chest to quilt it for me. I may try the binding myself this time... Or not - I'd have to buy fabric for it and she knows how much it takes and can do it faster than I can. It isn't hard, though.

Aunt Ginny has been having garbage trouble. Something has gotten into her garbage several times. She has tried putting a patio chair in front of it, wiring the handles together. The "thing" dragged it off about 100 yards this time (this is twice) and it has new teeth marks where it chewed the lid! Also one of the wires wasn't very tight, so "Thing" got into it and garbage was strewn all over her yard. Paul went over and found the can this evening. They put it in her utility room and locked the door. She's seen a stray dog. I saw one yesterday evening while I walking Oscar. I'm glad O didn't see it. I literally climbed the bank in front of the house to keep from meeting it - it was way up past AG's but they do run fast and O would choke if I had to pull him that hard! Country life...

I went to Historians of Tishomingo County meeting this afternoon - I didn't intend to stay the whole 2 hours, but it was interesting - Carrol Tuckier and Mrs. Jean Kimberly (ages 75 and 95 respectively) were interviewed by the HOTC members, and I asked a few questions. Mrs. K's mind is sharp as a tack.  Her daughter Jean Ann Kimberly was there with her (brought her) - she was in Paul's class. Saw her when they had their reunion was it just last summer? 

Brenda left a tad early to pick up Jo to go to Tupelo for the MFWC Convention. Ruth Ellen is driving down from Memphis. Sue was not at HOTC; blood pressure was high, not breathing well. I sure know the feeling. She was going Saturday, but not sure she will. 

Monday, April 20, 2015


I saw this fabric on one of the fabric shops I go to and ordered it - it's images of old travel tickets, etc. I knew I'd use it for something for Amy. Then I found the website (links in prior post) and made this bag for her. She loves it! It was easy to make, The Bosal double sided foam stabilizer is great stuff - sews easy and just easy to use.

The lone yellow iris in our yard.

Lucy contemplating the Low Garden.

 Barney and Thelma - still grooming each other.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Coughing for a while now - alleries. Nose runny at times, cough drops heal. Flonase helps. Dry desert air would most help, also salt air from the bay. So I do the best i can with Flonase... 

Monday I visited the ENT doctor who comes to Corinth one day a week - Dr. Mont Berry. I tell him of my sinus surgery 10 years ago, we talk and discover he is good friends with Dr. Shane Smith who did that surgery. Small world. So the stuffy nose on the right side is, as I knew, deviated septum. I'm going to try the "nose cones" which do from the inside what breathing strips do from the outside. The other alternative is surgery and he said he could help me a lot, which I don't doubt, but I have no desire for surgery of any kind, especially with the afib, the meds I take. 

Tuesday Paul and I helped with a family dinner at church after a funeral. We were gone about 4 hours and I took frequent sit-down breaks. I enjoy the company of the other workers and helping, but it sure hurts my back, legs and feet.

Wednesday I had a dentist appointment in Muscle Shoals and Charlotte went with me. Dr Gillespie's new office - really pretty. Beautiful new equipment, friendly staff. They don't do the warm hand wax, but almond oil and heated "mittens," which is so comforting. I asked if Charlotte could be treated also, and they graciously gloved her up and she got to watch my cleaning! What fun! But she and the hygienist (and I occasionally) had a good conversation. It went fast. Only one problem - the filling between edge of crown on bottom right and the gum line was so loose it came out when she prodded it for tenderness. So I have to have that fixed on the 29th. It doesn't hurt, and possibly I can get by without having a shot. 

Charlotte and I ate at 5 Guys and shopped at Hobby Lobby. Home by about 4:30. Tired, but a good day.

Paul drove the church bush yesterday evening and that took about 4 hours by the time he picked up kids, waited for AWANAS to be over and took them home. Sad thing is there were only two! And they attend the church across the road from them! Which doesn't have youth/children activities... 

Rained again last night. The flower/tree colors are so pretty, fresh and vivid. It was cool again this morning and has been overcast since the morning rain. 

I have "ingredients" to make a bag for Amy from fabric I know she will like. Post pix later. Watched Missouri Quilt Star video about how to, and seems very simple. So glad for online shopping and Amazon!  

I also have lots of other ingredients for other projects. I can't seem to get to them for some reason! I need to shower soon and go get my hair cut. I always go wet-haired. The sink at Janie's is too high or contorted for my back. 

Lucy came all the way in the house this morning, as if she'd waked from a dream or shock - after two years of being outside, this is the first time she's come into the house this far! She looked and acted right at home! I had to hide phone cords from her, though, for fear she would remember how she liked to chew them.

Irises need some fertilizer. Will try to remember to do this fall.

"Fern Bank." Wild ferns, and the little creek bed runs full when it rains. Behind the house at the hill bottom.

Japanese maple behind the house.

Crab apple trees near the road.

Oscar waiting for "orders." (Door needs some work!) Mama Nick's clothes basket.

Oldham rose - coming up again. Barney checking it out.

These next few are of the shrubs in Martha and James ("Kissem") Grisham's yard, across the street from Charlotte. The house behind the orange bush (don't know what it is), is the house on Pearl Street where Brenda lived from about age 9, and her dad and stepmother lived. I spent many hours there.

Charlotte's tulips her son and family gave her for Christmas.

Fabric I got yesterday for Rebecca's dress and pinafore. Picture colors don't do it justice. Tried to get the gold flecks to show up. Need to enhance it some.