Home Again

It seems like I’ve been gone such a long time, yet it flew by so fast!  Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments and well wishes on my one year blogiversary!  I will answer each of you individually, although it may take me a couple of days.  There is so much to catch up on.  And as I have promised, I will be drawing a name for my fabric giveaway tonight, and posting the winner tomorrow morning!

I thought that I would share a few of the pictures that I took up in British Columbia.  It was a little cool (to those of us in the desert!), but a refreshing change for me.  Of course, it was wonderful to see my parents!  I also found a quilter there, and had an opportunity to talk to her, and take some pictures of her work.  I’ll share those with you later this week.

Several of the pictures that I will be sharing were taken from the plane window.

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This is the plane we had to take to get up to Bella Coola, BC, which is up the coast.  It was about an hour and a half trip.

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I thought that I would share the inside of the plane with you.  I was in row 5.

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And how often can you get a picture of the cockpit?

Ok, here are some of the views……

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This was just after takeoff, when we were leaving…

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You can see the airstrip toward the middle left of the picture.

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Well, I’m sure you have an idea of the area.  Tomorrow I will show a few more from the land view!! he,he!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to come and visit.  Stay tuned for the winner of the fabric tomorrow morning!

Time…..

I just can’t believe how much time has gone by.  I’ve neglected my blog, not on purpose, but because there have been so many other things going on, I really haven’t had the time to do any sewing.

I’ll be leaving on Wednesday evening, right after work, to fly up to the Northwest.  I’ll be landing in Portland, Oregon, and my sister will be picking me up and driving up to her house, about an hour north, for the night.  We’ll then hit the road again on Thursday morning and driving up to Vancouver, BC, catching another plane, and flying up to Bella Coola, BC to spend a few days with my parents.

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Here are a couple of pictures of the area that I took a few years ago when my husband and I went up to visit.

We’ll be there for four days, and then fly back down to Vancouver, BC.  We’ll then drive to my niece’s house which is  in northern Washington, just outside the Seattle area, and spend the night with her. Then back down to southern Washington to see my son.  My husband will be joining me a couple of days later, and we will be spending a couple of days looking around at some property in the Vancouver and Washougal area.  In all, I’ll be gone for about 10 days.

Unfortunately it is hard for me to get time off very often, so I have to try to get everything in on one visit.  My husband and I are thinking about moving back up to southern Washington, close to the Portland, Oregon area.  I lived in this area before moving here to Arizona 12 years ago, and as I mentioned above, I have family there.  Taking care of the travel arrangements and researching properties and areas for us to visit is how I have been spending most of my time. As well as preparing things around the house for my 10 day absence.

So after this long explanation……here is a picture of the few 9-patch blocks I have finished for the sew along:

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Seven more blocks closer. As soon as I return home from this trip, I will be doing a lot more sewing!  My sewing table is just covered, and the only way out is to complete some of these projects!  hehe!

And here is a sneak peak of something to come………shhhhh!!!!

Giveaway Fabric
Giveaway Fabric

Isn’t this a cute way to package fabric!  I feel like I received a present in the mail!

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And a little peak at what lies below the top.

Watch for more about this fabric! It’s all related to my 1 year anniversary of blogging with all of you wonderful and supportive friends. I’ll be posting more later.  I promise!!

Take care, and thanks for stopping by, and listening!

Thoughts for the Weekend

I just wanted to post up this article that was sent to me in an e-mail.  It is so right on!  The older you get, the more you realize it.  I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!


It goes to show that a 90 year old woman can tell us a lot about life and things that applied to someone born in 1919 still apply today.

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.”

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck..

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s,we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Family

This week has been geared toward family.  Both at home, and at work.

Wednesday was my daughter’s birthday.  She just turned 26 (how can she be so old, when I’m so young? sigh!)

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Kathryn 2009

She requested a white cake, raspberry filling, and cream cheese frosting,

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Birthday Cake

Nothing fancy.  You’re never too old to have mom bake your birthday cake!  And she loved it!

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Then there was the baby shower at work.  I made Lindsey this little basket,

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Peter Rabbit Basket

And I filled it with little girl baby clothes, which I didn’t take a picture of.

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Baby Shower Potluck

It was a potluck so I made a taco bean dip, (you can kind of see it in the middle of the picture).  Lots of food!

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Baby Gifts

And she received lots of gifts.  This is as far as I got at the shower.   I had to run off for a conference call.  But I did let Lindsey know that she has one more gift coming from me! ( shhhhhhh!  The baby quilt, I didn’t tell her what it was.)  I will have it done by time the baby arrives!

Tomorrow morning I will be flying out to Tulsa to see my in-laws.  My husband is already there.  It should be a relaxing weekend.  I’m going right now to get some fabric and supplies together.  Maybe I can get a start on some more projects or some hand sewing done!

I hope that you enjoy your weekend!  Thanks for coming by!