What a Great Way to Ring in the New Year!

They're Engaged

We have a wedding to plan in our family! On Christmas day, our youngest son Loren asked Margaret to marry him , and we couldn’t be happier!!!

It was a relaxing day today at our house. We made muffins for breakfast, lounged around for the morning, then returned some presents that didn’t fit. Can’t really say we did any work today, just hung out. It was great! Everybody needs a day like this every so often. Tomorrow – back to work.

Wishing you a great week!

So Not Like Me…

I usually create quilts that are more traditional in nature.  I prefer muted tones with soft, “muddy” blends.  But the book Convergence Quilts by Ricky Tims caught my eye, so I bought myself a Christmas present.  I had to give it a try!

Blue Lily

This is called “Blue Lily.”  The colors here aren’t true.   The green is more of a lime green, and the lily needs some leaves that will drape over the border and fill in like a day lily.   DSC02353

The lily is one that grows in front of our fence in the side yard.  I shot the photo last summer, tweaked the colors and printed it on fabric.  I kinda like how the experiment turned out!  It’s not a large quilt, but I think I will like it when it’s done!


Changing the subject:  OK, God is entitled to change His mind.  But I’m not very happy with it right now.  We went from a severe snow storm last week, and today all the snow is disappearing in the blink of an eye.  It’s 53 degrees outside, raining, thundering, and very heavy fog.  Flood warnings are everywhere!  Glad I don’t live near a mountain or I might get washed away!  Cole Creek is rising… that’s bad enough!

"Simply Squarific"

Here is the quilt I have been working on for several months, on and off.  It’s called “Simply Squarific,” and it’s for Loren and Margaret for Christmas, to perfectly fit their FULL-size bed.  Oops.   They just went out and bought a KING-size bed.  Somebody needs a kick in the rumpus when they get here!

Merry Christmas Loren and Margaret!  “Simply Squarific”
Close-up of the quilting design
See how nicely it fits on a FULL-size bed?


The quilt was made with mostly batik fabrics, plus some others tossed in to add color and fill.  Sure do hope they like it!!!

I asked Margaret late last summer what her favorite color was and she said BLUE.  Not knowing what shade of blue she prefers, I mixed them up.  Toss in some gold and browns to add that “manly” element and there you are!  It actually took me longer to quilt this than it did to sew the top together.  Very easy, straight piecing for a quick quilt.  It’s also the largest quilt I have done on my new Pfaff Grand Quilter.  I think I’m getting the hang of it! 

What do you do…

When you make someone a quilt for their full-size bed…

To give to them for a holiday gift…

And they go out without your knowledge…

And buy a King size bed?



Therein lies the question I am pondering this night.

I will post a photo of the quilt tomorrow after the recipients are safely on the road to our house (and away from their computer).

HEAVY SIGH.   I need to go sleep.

It’s the Little Things…


Like a little snowman, given to you by a second grader


Or a snowman sitting on your mantle


Or a snowman sitting on a box of candy


Or a little car hanging on your tree


Or searching and searching only to find…


Your favorite mouse under the packages


Or an unexpected bouquet of flowers

It’s the little things that often mean the most

and put a huge smile on your face.

Thank you for the little things.

Happy Solstice, Happy Birthday Mom


Today marks the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice marks the reversal of the gradually lengthening nights and shortening days. I wish my camera was completely able to share all the senses with you of what we are experiencing in Michigan right now. The wind is gusting and blowing the snow horizontally. This photo was taken when the wind died down for a few seconds. Ten seconds after this shot, it kicked in again and you couldn’t see the trees in the background. Here, you are looking at my deck and back yard. The wind is howling!

Today also marks what would have been my mom’s 82nd birthday. Mom0002 Here’s a photo of my mom with her brother, Raymond at his place in Florida. A much warmer day when this was taken!

I’ve had two friends lose their mothers in the past few weeks. It’s never easy, whether it is after a long illness or very suddenly. Most days I get by alright, but a day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of mom in some way. I was out shopping for the last time before Christmas yesterday, and I heard someone whistling along to a Christmas carol. My mom was a regular whistler. Not just any kind of whistle, but a warble with lots of vibrato. That’s what I heard in the store yesterday. It brought back so many memories, and a tear.

Memories are good. Share them with others, and write them down. The process is very healing.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. I hope you make lots of great memories this holiday!

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. ~Edward de Bono

Blog List Updates

Over the next week I am going to focus some of my blogging time on fine-tuning my blog list (right side of my blog).  My list has over 100 blogs on it that I read through my Google Reader.  Some of these blogs that are listed are rarely updated and will be removed.  I am also ashamed that I don’t add to the list when I have regular readers of my blog.  Each time you add a comment to my blog, I visit YOUR blog if it is new to me.  When I read your blog a few times, I SHOULD be adding it to my own list.   If I haven’t done that, please accept my apology and know that I will be doing so soon.

Consider this kind of like Spring Cleaning.  It’s what should be done regularly, but often gets forgotten or pushed aside in the hustle and bustle of life.


I’d also like to add a request… Please go visit the blog Dear Baby Jane, and if you feel so moved, please lend her your support.  As regular bloggers, we hope to give our readers help and assistance, lots of good photos to look at, and some good reading.  It’s terrible when bloggers get attacked.


I’m on my way out to shovel a foot of snow.  Until later, stay warm!


Can You See Me Now?


This big blob of snow, ice and rain is covering almost the entire state of Michigan. I’m under the blue part waving at you. Can you see me? The snow is coming down at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour. Everything around here is closed. Colleges, day care centers, airports… everything. I’m working from home today writing a large proposal. I can do that and stay off the roads. Life is good.

We went to a Christmas program last night that was put on by Jacob and Samantha’s school (really cool day care center). It was in an auditorium with a stage, and the kids did such a good job! Sammy was even on stage, being held by one of her “teachers” doing Jingle Bells. The toddlers all had bells and rattles, which they loved shaking.

Jacob was on with the Pre-Kindergartners, front and center. He knew just what to do, and followed directions to a T. That’s our boy!!! Singing “The Mitten Song”, Jake’s in the front row, black mittens right in the middle.Christmasprogram08

Sammy Sammy sat with us when she wasn’t on stage being adorable… either with Grandpa or with Daddy. This will be a really fun Christmas!


Poof – It’s Christmas Time!

Is Christmas sneaking up on you this year? It seems like just yesterday that it was Thanksgiving, and I was starting to think about the next holiday. Then POOF! Here it is, slightly over one week away. Where has the time gone?

I love this little bear. Dean got him for me years ago, and it’s one of my favorite Christmasy things to get out each year. Don’t you just want to cuddle on him?

A quick block to work on during the holidays or at any time is G-5 called… Poof! Seemed appropriate just looking at the title. A cute plaid fabric, a little POOF, and voila! You have your block done!
Have a great day!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

DSC02246What a relaxing day! We went to the early service at church this morning, then went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. We spent a good part of the afternoon putting up our tree and decorations, which was fun. Dean is making something for dinner that is fabulously yummy (judging by the fragrance wafting in from the kitchen). I love it when he cooks! He’s a great cook!Wendell

Tonight, we’re going back to church for a concert by Wendel Werner. Wendel is an awesome pianist from the Tennessee area. He plays at our church just about every time he is out on tour. If he comes to your area, I highly recommend him! He’s so talented, funny, spiritual, and has a great voice. He was named “Composer of the Year” by the Tennessee Piano Teachers Association, and has several CD’s out. You can find them on his website. They make great gifts!!!

I hope your day has been as much fun as mine!

Have a hoot this week!

DSC02244 Caron (and Hootie)