Saturday, September 18, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

This week has flown by with a number of activities.  I can't believe it is time for Slow Sunday Stitching again!  

I had grandson John here until Wednesday and he was able to go back to school on Thursday.  He never had a positive test for COVID, but they made him stay home until 20 days after his mother's diagnosis.  Klara, his sister did have a positive test, a few sniffles, and was able to back to school after Labor Day.

Wednesday I attended a local quilt guild meeting for the first time, and joined, plus one of their mini groups.  I have always wanted to join, but they meet in the mornings, and when I was working I was not able to.  And then after I retired, I was John's caregiver.  I had planned to go, and then hesitated as I was getting a lot of calls about the status of my reverse mortgage. and was going to postpone until next month, but my daughter encouraged me to go, so I did.  I did get several calls while I was at the meeting and I had to step out, but that was OK.  

A lady checking in behind me volunteered to be my mentor and showed me around, and is keeping me updated via email of activities.  I took home a couple of charity projects to complete.  I had a really good time and was glad for the interaction IRL with other quilters.  They even have a group for single women, and get together for lunches.  

Anyway after all this I had to go take care of some business with my mortgage company.  They were giving the reverse mortgage people a hard time about giving information about payoff, mainly because John's name was on the trust deed, not mine.  The house was in the Hurd Family Trust.  I had an affadavit that had been filed with the county reporting John had died, and that I was the trustee of the Hurd Family Trust.  So I had to go up to my mortgage company, take a copy of John's death certificate, the affadavit, the trust information, and have them fax it to another number.  

So I was really discouraged, thought for another week, I would have to wait to sign papers.  But apparently my doing that helped, and they were able to get information because Thursday my loan agent called and said I could sign papers on Friday.  So Friday a notary and my agent came over about 4:45 and we got to work.  There were 190 pages.  I didn't have to sign every page, but we had to go over everything.  Because this is a reverse mortgage you have to sign papers with the lender, and the HUD in duplicate, (US Department of Housing and Urban Development).  There is an insurance policy with HUD that you pay for, if the lender has problems, my loan is guaranteed.  Anyway, notary lady was here until 7:20 last night going over everything.  So the loan should be funded next Wednesday or Thursday.

I think the stars were aligned right this week for me.  First the loan papers were signed.   Next I called roofer people and told them I would have my funds next week. And they are ready to start next week, before our rainy season.  I have to have the solar panels taken down first though.  So called solar people and they said they are working 1 month to 5 weeks out.  I told them the roofers were coming next week, and all of a sudden the service guy told me he had a fall through on Monday, and they would be out on Monday to take them off!

So the night before my papers were signed, I thought I should make a little something for my loan officer I have working with.  She has gone above and beyond trying to get this thing in the works, with difficulties all over.  So I got up Friday morning and thought I would put together a little fall pillow for her.  I cut out the words on my Cricut machine and ironed them on.  I quilted around the leaves.  She was so thrilled.  She said she usually gets wine, but no one has never made her anything!  

Today daughter Katie, granddaughter Klara and I went to the annual local begonia show and sale.  We have gone to this for 11 years now.  Last year there was cancelled because of COVID so we were quite happy to attend again, and I think went a little crazy.  When we first started going, plants were about $5-7.  Two  years ago they were $9.  This year most were $14 except the ones on the sale table were $10.  We went a little crazy.  I need to pot mine tomorrow.  I tend to go for the Begonia Rex the ones with the beautiful leaves.  Katie and I learned that we can attend the meetings monthly and they usually have a speaker and a sale table.  I know I want to start going.  

We usually get the casualties during the winter if it freezes, and in the summer when it is so scorching hot.  I think I only had 2 casualties last year.  Katie and I used to go to a little French Restaurant after the show and have lunch, but apparently they closed in 2020 after the owner had a stroke, so we were disappointed, but ended up having a great brunch at a place I used to meet with friends before work to have breakfast before work.

I am still working on secret projects this week, to be revealed on Thursday at the I'm Falling For You Blog Hop.  I need to finish stitching these words so I can complete this project.  This is what I will be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching.  

I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over there and check out what everyone is up to!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 13, 2021

I'm Falling For You Blog Hop Starting Next Week


The I'm Falling For You Blog Hop is starting next week, and I am so excited, I have several projects to share.   The entire schedule is below, my day is on Thursday, September 23nd.  Can't wait to see what everyone is doing.  

Monday September 20

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More 

The Morning Latte

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs



Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

 Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling


 Friday September 24


Ms P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

The past three weeks, I have been doing all sorts of hand stitching, unfortunately I can't show most of them for about 2 more weeks during the I'm Falling For You Blog Hop.  My Day is the 22nd, which also happens to be my youngest grandson's BD.

Here are some sneak peaks

This week I will be putting the finishing touches on all of these projects.  The first project I will be quilting and hand sewing the binding down.  See what everyone is doing below in the hand quilt along.  

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Be sure and check out what everyone is doing there too.

This week was another busy week helping my family.  Because my daughter and SIL were back east helping granddaughter Kyleigh get moved into her dorm for her last year of nursing school, I was helping out giving Keaton a ride home from water polo, and making sure  he had a good meal every night.  

Kyleigh was glad to see her roommate Mallytza again.  Wednesday night I made a trip out the airport to pick up Kristen and Jeff.  

Also this week I had youngest grandson John here.  About a month ago, there was a case of COVID at Adventure Club, after school care,  so Klara and John were quarantined at home, along with their mother Katie.  Klara came up with a positive test, had a few sniffles but that was it.  Katie had been vaccinated, but got really sick, and had a positive test.  Katie and Klara stayed home until this past Tuesday after having negative tests.  John never had a positive test, but for some reason, he has to stay home until next Thursday, 20 days after Katie's positive test.  It doesn't make sense, they go to the same school.  So John has been doing online school here at my house, and I have been driving him home at night.  

That's all I can think of right now.  I am thinking this week I may be signing papers for my reverse mortgage, and I will be glad to get that done, so I can think about getting my new roof, hopefully before the rainy season.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 Another busy week has gone by.   Granddaughter Kyleigh and Jeff made it back to Boston, with stops at Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore along the way.  They did get to see a buffalo this time around.  

I drove Kristen to the airport on Thursday, where she joined them to help Kyleigh moving into her dorm.  Meanwhile I am providing Keaton with meals, and giving him rides home from school after water polo.  

Keaton and I went out to the Farmer's Market and swap meet this morning.  I was able to find my special ingredient herbs for my potato salad.  I have not been out there in a number of years, but was running out of my special ingredient.  They had two rows of vintage cars which we enjoyed looking at.  I had hoped to eat at a favorite Mexican restaurant I used to enjoy, but apparently they aren't there anymore.  

Sunday night I plan to make a seafood chowder and focaccia bread for Keaton and I.  

This week I was able to get my tea towel finished, and I have been working on a couple of secret projects by hand.  

For Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I will continue working on my secret projects.  I will be linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  Head on over and see what everyone has been up to.

This week I picked my three sunflowers I had grown from seed.  The big ones are 7 inches across.  

In this part of my garden I have these two Amaranth plants growing out of my bricks.  The little pot to the left has my morning glories I got blossoms on this week, growing them from seed.  Off to the right of the large Amaranth, I have a miniature lemon tree that is about 2 feet tall, but is chock full of lemons!  Hard to believe.  

This week I made a small move of a side table from out in the other room, to right where I sit and stitch.  John built this for me long ago, it has a nice large surface, and is solid oak.  It also houses all my bead collection in the drawers.  It makes me happy to have moved it, and my stuff isn't falling off the table all the time.  Yes we have a lot of movies.  John liked to collect them.  This whole 10 foot wall is lined with movies behind the sofa, going up to the ceiling.  

Daughter Katie told me about Cinderella which is now showing on Amazon Prime if you get that.  Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tales.  And it is free with Prime.  

I am really enjoying this musical.  It has contemporary music.  So far I have heard Perfect, Material Girls, and a tune by Queen.  

Last week Kristen, Keaton and I rented the musical In the Heights, and it was also very good.  We love musicals!  

That's all for this week.  Thanks for stopping by!  

Friday, September 03, 2021

One Monthly Goal, September


It's time for the link-up for September's One Monthly Goal @Elm Street Quilts.  

My goal for September is to finish my project for the I'm Falling For You Blog Hop coming up in a couple of weeks hosted by Joan @Moosestash Quilting.  

Right now, I have pieces of one of my projects together.  

So my One Monthly Goal is to finish my I'm Falling For Your projects.   Linking up One Monthly Goal @Elm Street Quilts.    Many thanks to Patty and all she does for this monthly motivation.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's been another busy week this week.  It was daughter Katie's BD on the 24th and I fixed some salads for her lunch, and cupcakes.  When it is my family's BD, I usually try to find some old pictures and post them.  I was going through these pictures last Sunday and found these.  I was looking for the chocolate face one.  This was her first birthday, chocolate cake and she dipped her hands in the icing and wiped it all over her face and hair.  She usually needed a bath or a cleanup after she ate!

I also was asked to take grandson Keaton to the orthodontist to get his braces off, what a handsome guy, but I may be a little bit prejudiced!  I asked him if he had combed his hair, it looked a little scruffy.   When he got back in the car for me to take him to school, he checked out his hair and admitted he had just rushed down for me to pick him up and take to the orthodontist.  

The other thing I did this week was send off the Llama quilt for my friend's baby Jack.  I asked that she take some pictures of the baby on the quilt.   In the one, he looks like he is looking right at his name and the llama.  He is two weeks old.  

What I will be working on this week on Slow Sunday Stitching will be either of these two embroidery projects.  The chicken one I started briefly while John was in the hospital.  I came across it today while trying to straighten up my sewing room.    The other is one of Kathy Schmitz's designs from the One Stitch at a Time Embroidery Club.  

I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and check out what everyone has been up to!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Friday, August 27, 2021

One Monthly Goal, August


My One Monthly Goal for August was to finish a quilt for my brother Bill, whose birthday was August 1st.  I stated my goal in this post.    

I had tried to get it done before his birthday but due to a nasty cold (not COVID) I got slowed down.  Then my Juki that I use on my quilt frame decided to have tension problems that I couldn't resolve,  so I free motion quilted the remaining on my Bernina.

I'm happy to say I achieved my goal, and finished the quilt, and Bill has received it.  I tried to practice different FMQ motifs on the whales and boats and I did waves around the sashings which were a little wonky.  

My brother Bill and SIL Char came up in June and put in a new kitchen floor for me.  This is the picture we had then.  They live in Southern California, and I live in Northern, so we typically get to see each other if possible once a year.  

My brother was born when I was 10 years old, and I took care of him from the time he was born.   I tried to find a poem or something appropriate to put on the label and I finally came up with one.  

I will be linking up One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.    Thanks so much to Patty and all she does, and for this monthly motivation!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching, Busy Week

This has been quite a busy week for me.  I have been taxiing my family to and from the airport.  Daughter Kristen and husband Jeff came back from New Mexico on Monday after seeing grandson Jaeger off to college, and getting him settled.  

Tuesday was granddaughter Kyleigh's 21st birthday.  I usually post a couple of pictures on my family's BD, and the first two that jumped out at me were pictures of John and Kyleigh when she was a baby.   I found these two of John and they brought tears to my eyes.  Apparently it did to my other family members also.  

One of my favorites of Kyleigh and I.  

That night we all went to Cheesecake Factory to celebrate her birthday.  

Thursday we were back to the airport, dropping off Kristen, Kyleigh and Jeff for a little adventure to celebrate her 21st birthday.  I am picking them up Sunday morning.  

While they were gone, grandson Keaton and I enjoyed some yummy soups I made.  Today we had Award Winning Cheeseburger Soup.  Yesterday I made Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup  an Olive Garden Copycat recipe.  Keaton loves soup as much as I do.  When his mother flies to Boston in a couple of weeks to get Kyleigh settled in school we plan to enjoy a couple of more.  

Other than providing transportation and making sure Keaton had some meals this week, I finished my brother Bill's quilt binding and sent it off to him, and he loved it.  

Bill loved the detail in the quilting of the whales and ships.  

The other thing I did this week was to make this llama quilt for a friend from work who just had her first baby.  Her mother, who is supervisor of nurses in Home Health, raises alpaca and llamas, so I thought they would like this.  

I cut out the baby's name with my Cricut using infusible ink.  It came out pretty nice.  This is what I will be doing for my Slow Sunday Stitching this week, sewing down the binding.  I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.    Head on over and check out what everyone is working on this week.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!