Free Tree! Free Tree!

The Stick
Yesterday, the City of Flushing gave away free Black Cherry trees for Arbor Day. All you had to do was show up and grab one in the driveway of city hall.

Here is mine. Charlie Brown would be so proud of the City of Flushing.

I don’t think my grandchildren will get to swing from a tire swing on this tree. Maybe my great, great grandchildren?

It’s a STICK, for crying out loud!!! Handed to me wrapped in a wet paper towel. A frickin STICK!
I hope I can manage digging the huge hole this baby will need. Maybe I better have Dean dig it for me. I’ve been very weak lately. I promise I will post regular photos of the growth progress of this tree. I know you will be interested and check back regularly.

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"Quilted Treasures" Quilt Show, Genesee Star Quilters

I had the joy of attending the “Quilted Treasures” quilt show this morning, put on by the Genesee Star Quilters in Flushing, Michigan. It was nice that it was held at my own church!
It made attending very easy.
I can’t show all of the quilts in the show, but here were some of my favorites via Flickr. Some photos show the whole quilt, others just show close-ups of parts I wanted to remember.

Click here to see all the photos I took at the show.


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New Growth, New Hope

I can’t wait for spring flowers to start blooming in my yard. I’m anxious to start planting a multitude of colors… and move away from my tendency to plant mostly pinks and burgandys out front. I want to infuse my gardens with color… with life. I see hope for this spring’s blooms, and looking forward to it with great excitement.

Perhaps it’s the time of year. Perhaps it’s because of circumstances. I had to have a stress test last Thursday. I did good, until I got to the end of the test when my heart rate changed and put me into a sinus arrhythmia. The nurses and ultrasound tech who were with me called Dr. Wonderful into the room, and he ordered an ambulance and started an IV with drugs to get my heart back where it needed to be. He massaged my carotid artery, and the drugs he administered brought my heart back into rhythm. My blood pressure went really high, so I’m on a new med (Avapro) for that. I have to take it easy until my appointment with him on Monday the 27th. By then he will have had a chance to review all my results, see how the Avapro does, and talk about what other tests he wants to do. I had to stay home from work yesterday while my body adjusts to the new med. Makes me feel very spacey and weak. Today is now Sunday, and I’ve been on the couch most of the day. My heart feels like it’s doing cartwheels around my chest… and it scares me.

I don’t enjoy medical tests, particularly when they put me in jeopardy. All tests can have a possibility of causing problems, and I’m not doing well with facing more tests. But I do have hope that Dr. Wonderful can find out what is wrong with my heart and fix it, either with meds or (YIKES) some other technique. I want to be able to do what other people do… ride a bike or take a long walk with my husband without getting winded. I’ve never been one to be athletic because of feeling weak after a short while. It’s frustrating when my mind wants to do more than my body will allow it.
I have got to lose a lot of weight. I know that’s not helping. So… what I am facing is a total lifestyle change in more ways than one. I’ve survived without coffee now for a month. I have a friend who lost 50 pounds last year just cutting out carbs. I think I need to give that a go.
Ahhh, to think about spring and the new hope that springs eternal! Hope your spring is bountiful, floral and healthy!

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Did you have a great Easter? We went to church and then came home for lunch. Sean, Kim Jake and Samantha joined us, along with our parents. Sammy turned into quite the “Easter Ham.” Just 14 months old, I asked her if Grammy could take her picture, so she turned to the camera and posed (above). Of course, Jacob had to follow suit and pose himself. Way too cute!
I’ve been working slowly on the quilting of my stubborn “Paper Lanterns” quilt. One of these days it just might get done and I can show you a picture.

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Yes We Can, Jane Quilt Project

A group of quilters from around the world are working together to create a quilt for the Obama family, to be presented to them, most likely after they leave the White House. Why after? The President and First Lady keep for themselves only a small percentage of the gifts that they receive. Most gifts that the President and First Lady receive while in office that they do not keep are given to charitable organizations or other non-Government recipients by the Gift Unit, or transferred to the National Archives for the future presidential library museum. The finished quilt will be presented once they leave office so that they will be more likely to keep and enjoy this gift of love.
There are still a LOT of details to work out. We are on a journey of discovery. The quilt will be a sampler quilt of 4.5 inch squares, each designed by a separate quilter. While it is not a traditional Jane Stickle quilt, it will have many blocks from that famous quilt incorporated into the design. Each quilter is choosing his or her own blocks following some guidelines voted on by the group. More details may be found on the Yes We Can, Jane group site on Yahoo.
Here’s what we *do* know: We are inspired to hope in things to come. We want to honor this occasion and this family. We are quilters and that is a natural outlet for our hopes. If you want to be a part of this and can enjoy the challenges we meet along the way, please join us. Our collective efforts will create a beautiful and meaningful quilt that will be passed on for years to come. It’s a wonderful way for quilters to come together and have fun in the process! We hope you will consider joining the Yes We Can, Jane group on Yahoo!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

I’m Writing… You Just Can’t See It!

I haven’t posted much lately on my blog. Sorry about that. I have been writing and doing research, though. I started writing a novel a few years ago, and set it aside when my mother got really sick. It took me awhile after she passed away to redirect my thoughts to the book, but I’m able to do that now.

There aren’t enough hours in the day, are there? I work a full-time job, and want to be quilting AND writing in my non-work time. How do you do both?

If you have the answer to that dilemma, I’d love to hear from you!

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Every Bunny Needs Some Bunny Sometime

The little bunny was a gift to me from a 2008 swap partner. She came with a pattern for her apron and “party pants.” She is now ready to go keep granddaughter Samantha company for Easter. The apron and lace are leftover from her christening gown slip.

I also found this photo from back in 1983 or 84…
Guess who?
Happy Quilting!

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