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Enjoy your stay under the variable skies of Eastern Washington and watch the seasons change, from planting to harvest here on the farm...be sure to wrap up in a quilt during the winter, it's cold!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Stitch It & Gift It - Wednesday, November 13

Yesterday was beautiful quilts, aprons, mug rugs, book pillows...has your "to-do" list for Christmas gift giving gotten longer?  I know mine has!!

Today is day three of the Stitch It & Gift It blog hop, hosted by the magnificent Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks!  Today's participants are:

Check out the awesomeness that is day three of Stitch It & Gift It blog hop!!  So far I am blown away by the creativeness of the bloggers participating in this hop!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Stitch It & Gift It - Tuesday, November 12

Did you see the great gifts made by the bloggers yesterday?  Wow!!  So many great ideas, large and small, that I know I could make some of them before Christmas and add to my "gift" category!!  Today is day two of the Stitch It & Gift It blog hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks fame - thank you for all the work you do to make these blog hops so easy for the participants and wonderful for those who just hop!! 

The blogs to visit today are:

Check out what each of these talented quilters has created and leave them a sweet comment.  There may even be a giveaway!!  Did you enter the giveaways from yesterday?

Thank you, Veterans

I just want to thank my special veterans for their service
My oldest daughter, USAF, somewhere in the field.
My middle daughter, somewhere over Iraq.
They do clean up well!!
My dad, USN WWII, walking his granddaughter down the aisle at the age of 93!

Thank you to veterans everywhere who have written that blank check to their country!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Stitch It & Gift It - Monday, November 11

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Today is the day we start the Stitch It & Gift It blog hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks fame.  The blogs to visit today are:

Check out what each of these talented quilters has created and leave them a sweet comment.  There may even be a giveaway!!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

It Starts Monday!!!

Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin in the Sticks, starts on Monday!!  My day is Thursday and I have things I'm hoping to finish this weekend.

Here is a list of the blogs and the days they will be featured:

Monday, November 11th

Tuesday, November 12th

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

Friday, November 15th

This is going to be so much fun!!  Every day on this hop, there are blogs I already follow, but there are some new ones each day as well so I'll get to know some new blogs and bloggers to follow!!

Have a fabulous weekend and I hope you'll pop back next week for the blog hop.  You may even get an idea to make for this Christmas!!  Oh, gotta run, I just thought of another thing I want to make!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Winter Quilt Along

I am going to participate in Alycia's Winter Quilt Along.  If you are interested in making a quilt with only a one hour per week time requirement, join us!!  Just today she announced the fabric requirements on her blog, Alycia Quilts.
Alycia is making her quilt for QoV, so she is using red, white and blue.  Since the goal is to use our stash, I am using teal, oranges and white.  I don't have my whole stash available here at my dad's house, so I'm using what I have.

My rescue Chihuahua Tara was taking a nap in my chair and wasn't disturbed at all by me putting my fabrics down to photograph them!!  She's been my travel companion and shadow for 8 years now and I don't know what I would do without her.

Don't forget that Stitch It and Gift It starts on Monday, November 11 and I'll be showing what I have stitched and gifted on Thursday, November 14!  I'm so excited...I may have another one to show...so far there are 3 gifts, hoping for that #4!!!

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Ball and the Box - Grief Explained

This is a ball in a box. There is a red button. When the red button gets pushed, it hurts. It makes you sad, it brings back all of the grief and sorrow, it brings pain and tears.

When you first lose someone or something, the ball is BIG. It is HEAVY. The ball sits on the button and brings unrelenting pain. It feels like the ball will always be this big and this heavy. The button is pushed over and over.

As time goes on, the ball gets smaller. The button is pushed often but it does let up sometimes. The ball isn’t as big or as heavy but still hurts just as bad when the button is pushed but you can move the box without pushing the button.

Once the ball becomes smaller, you can go about your day without fear and function day to day until the button gets pushed out of nowhere. It hurts just as bad as when it first got pushed and can bring you to your knees. But now, you have more time to recover in between hits because the ball is smaller and might not hit again for awhile.

The ball never fully goes away. It fluctuates in size and weight. Sometimes it is smaller, sometimes it is larger. It might be larger around holidays, birthdays or anniversaries.
As I try to prepare myself for the loss of my father, who is 98 and has been on hospice for almost 3 months, I will remember this.  I have been living with and taking care of him in his home for almost 4 years, which is why I haven't been quilting because my longarm is 750 miles away at my home.   After losing my brother when he was 15 in an avalanche skiing, my grandmother 2 years later, followed by my other grandmother, my mother, 3 aunts, 2 uncles, 3 cousins and several dear friends, I know that every death has a different size ball and some are super heavy.  For me, my brother and my best friend's deaths are still the most difficult...maybe because they were young (15 & 26) or because they were totally unexpected...my friend died hang gliding on the same mountain my brother was in the avalanche on.  I know that the out-of-the-blue accidents were a heavy blow, but I'm finding that watching my once vital dad slowly slipping away has been harder on me physically and emotionally.
Kalissa who blogs at The Pink Shoelaces posted this today and said we could share it.  She lost her father in June to cancer and her family is dealing with their own ball in the box.