Friday, August 15, 2014


I made Pioneer Woman's pesto recipe tonight.

That big blender isn't worth a dime! I ended up using the small magic bullet blender. It was....interesting. I liked it pretty good but not sure what else I can use it with/on/in. I had a ton of fresh basil so I thought I'd give it a try. I'll have to check the Internet to find more recipes that use it.

I made her ciabatta bread, fresh mozzarella, tomato, pesto sandwich. It was pretty good, although I am not sure I'd make it again. I do love that bread though. In other news here is a picture of our newest kitty, Gray Beard. Jim is teaching him to mind. He isn't supposed to be in the house unless we say so. So he kind of sneaks across the threshold. He is a funny animal but we enjoy him. Jesse, not so much. I don't think they are fighting anymore but Jesse avoids him like the plague.

I'm still running and paddling. Did both today.

Tomorrow I hope to work on organizing the kids stuff up in the sewing room upstairs so I can get my sewing mojo back......maybe after I do a little more paddling. I have another new place I'd like to go on the board.

I finally heard from the kids. They are in their flat but it is pretty rough. Going to be a big adjustment. Emma did wonderful on the flights but is having a hard time adjusting to the time change. Emma doesn't sleep well, neither do mamma and daddy. Prayers going up for them.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not quilting

If you've come to my blog to be inspired please click on the Gallery of Quilts tab. I've made about 140 quilts so hopefully there is enough there to inspire you. I'm not doing much quilting these days. My sewing room is filled with boxes and boxes of stuff from my son and daughter-in-laws recent move. I'll have to get that in some kind of order before I'll be able to sew. I don't do well with disorganization. It stresses me. Bear with me, I'll get it out of the way soon, or at least in some kind of reasonable order. I have a couple of baby quilts to make in the next few months and a remembrance quilt, so I've got incentive to get back to quilt making.

My mind and heart is on a plane bound for Edinburgh, Scotland, as I write.

There are many lessons for me in this major move for my son and his family. I've got to realize God has them in his soverign will. He cares for his own and promises to never leave us. They are his.

Today I've been praying for kind and compassionate people to be there to help them get settled in. I have to ask myself am I one of those people? Would I be kind and compassionate to a young family moving into my area? I'm praying for God to work in the lives of people they will meet to help them with this transition, and it makes me so much more aware of my role here to do the same.

My sweet daughter in law is carrying ear plugs for the other passengers, just in case Emma cries on the flight. I pray that someone on the flight will see her kind gesture and reciprocate, and show them patience and grace.

I am using an iPhone app to track their flight, they still have a few hours to go. My heart is heavy with worry but I keep some of my favorite verses in mind......when I am afraid, I will trust in in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding....I can't protect them, I have to trust in God.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday with Emma

We enjoyed hearing my son, Elijah, speak this morning at church. He talked a lot about biblical manuscripts and why we can trust the bible. The church had a "dinner on the grounds" with a few scottish recipes along with some home cooked southern food. We got a few pictures.....

This is my best friend and her youngest grand child with me and Emma. I had to also get a pic of Emma with her grandpa Mike. He kept her during the whole service and when she got tired and fussy he took her out, rocked her to sleep, then came back to the service.

We've enjoyed having them at our house this weekend. I finally got a picture of Jim with her too.


Friday, July 18, 2014


My son and his family came home for a short visit this week. I was blessed with baby sitting my granddaughter for the night while they celebrated their five year anniversary at the beautiful B&B they stayed in on their wedding night. I know they enjoyed their time away as short as it was.

I sure enjoyed having my sweet girl....

This baby is such a blessing. She is always so happy. When she wakes from a nap that little face is smiling. In the night, when she woke up and I went to her, in the twilight I could see that happy grinning face. This is her upon waking from her nap.

I'm trying to soak her up.....they move to Edinburgh, Scotland in less than a month.


Favorite Quilts

Of the many quilts I've made..... seems my favorites always end up being....

The ones made from shirt scraps....

Maybe because I know the men who wore those shirts.....

....maybe because they represent frugality. Making something useful out of something tired and worn. son and husband contributed to the above quilts, along with several men who passed away....

...and some men whose wives, wanting to rid their closets of old, worn shirts, donated them to the local Goodwill store. Or, at least I imagine that is how they ended up there.... yes, those are my favorites. I see them as timeless. What are yours?



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Super Moon

My late night pics of the super moon......first up, without the zoom....

Next is with the zoom....

....and finally cropped to show all it's glory.....

Pretty cool, huh?

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above his handiwork. Psalm 19:1


Swoon quilt, cat, and corn

I thought I'd post some better pictures of my swoon quilt. I am still not that crazy about it.... I don't have it on the bed but in this stack on my grandmothers chest.

Gray Beard is the new cat. He is so affectionate, but he and Jesse still don't get along.

I went to the farmers market this morning and got some summer veggies. Yum.

Three pretty good size bags of creamed corn from 13 ears. This year I used a different method. Shuck, silk, wash, dry, cut off and put in vacuum bags. I'll season it when it is cooked.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Active Friday

After running a very slow and hot 4.8 miles, I wanted to cool off in the lake with a little paddling. Check out these beautiful pictures,

I went to a new lake access park built by TVA, as part of the ash spill cleanup. Loved it. It was deserted, the water was smooth and calm, and it was very peaceful for some great paddling.

Packed up and ready to go home.....


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday paddle boarding

I took one of our young friends out on the paddle board today. I think she enjoyed it.

She was a little worried about being in water over her head although she is a good swimmer, and wore the life jacket. I kept reassuring her that with the life jacket she would be fine if we fell in. We almost fell once but managed to keep our balance.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day 5k

Some co-worker friends and I ran the One Nation Under God Independence Day 5k this morning in Sweetwater. The weather could not have been more perfect and the course was flat, a great combination. However no PR for me. Not sure what I am doing wrong. The aura of a migraine started before I got to mile two. I didn't get the headache until about 20 minutes after the race.

Even though no PR, I am ok with my results. Fourth of fourteen.

I wish they had broken out the ages like most races do, then I would have placed first in the 55-59 group! My 62 year old running friend got first place again. She has won every race she has entered.

Not sure what happened with this picture....but I like it anyway. I loved this race. They opened with a prayer and a very talented lady sang the Star-Spangled Banner. Then afterwards they presented the gospel of Jesus Christ. The proceeds go to Young Life, which I think, is a Christian organization for young people.

I didn't get to stay for the awards due to the busting headache. By the time I got home I was pretty sick, but some Tylenol helped, and later when I was smart enough to take the migraine headache medicine, that helped more. Just felt a little drained all day....but still a great day and so much to be thankful for on this Independence Day.


Small town 4th of July

Lots of folks come to town for our annual Fourth of July festivities.....

The homes in the down town area show their patriotism....

Lots of people come by boat.....

My handsome husband and I took a ride around town to see the sights. There was live music, games for the kids, food vendors, politicians, and much more over at the city park. We couldn't get too close without having to walk so we skirted around the main festival area just riding through. Fireworks over the lake will come at dark.

Seen through the eye of the lens....hope you are enjoying this beautiful Fourth of July holiday in your hometown!