Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

I has been a nice active Labor Day weekend. Friday I took the paddleboard to a new place, an older lakeside neighbourhood.

It was fun to pass under this little bridge.

Then we put the board on the boat Saturday and took it to a friend's house. At one time I had a 9 year old, 7 year old, and 2 year old on the board with me. They all had a great time. I got to eat shrimp boil with them at their lake lot. Jim fished in a nearby cove while I was socializing and having fun. Fun day.

We went to church, and rested on the rainy Sunday. Perfect weather for a good long nap. Too bad I can't nap, but Jim enjoyed a nice one.

Today, Jim fished again and after I got in my three mile inside run, I paddle boarded again. I went to another new place, and met my friend there. She was a great sport and tried it.

She had a good time. She wanted to stand and started to, but decided she needed to get used to it a bit more first. She wants to do it again!

It was a beautiful day.

Then I got to see some neat pictures of my kids new home town, Edinburgh.

Of course I like the one below the best.....

Then, since after all, it is the first day of September......I decided to change out my summer quilts for the fall ones......

No sewing, but a very active weekend.

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pesto?!?

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 you......trust 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

Grandchildren

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.....

...it 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.

...my 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....

...so 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....

...so 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.....