On the road again…

Today we left cold Wisconsin. And have arrive in Lawrenceburg, IN. We had an eight hour drive today stoping two times to stretch out my back. It did very well and just icing it a bit when we got to our hotel. Back in Wisconsin we still have a few yellow leaves on our birch tree. It has been cooler and some rain so I have not been walking too much. We were able to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner at a local church with my parents yesterday. Later we packed up the Prius and everything fit. I am going to leave more down there this year. 

Drive was unremarkable. The usual construction areas, but made very good time. We had a little sunshine but mostly clouds. I guess this area got lots of rain last night. You could see it in the fields. As we are Packer fams, relaxing watching the Pack tonight. We hope our backup quarterback will shine tonight. Should be a good game.

Tomorrow we will visit the Creation Museum. This will be our second trip there. We are looking forward to Noah’s Ark experience the following day. 

So a few frequent blogs to document our travels. 

Happy Quilting

Recent picture of Abi, training in Tucson. She is in back row on the left fourth one over. Girl below her is shipping out with her in April. Has daily PT with Master Drill Sargent ( the one with sunglasses). Needs to improve on pushups. ( off weekends)

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On the road again…

Today we left cold Wisconsin. And have arrive in Lawrenceburg, IN. We had an eight hour drive today stoping two times to stretch out my back. It did very well and just icing it a bit when we got to our hotel. Back in Wisconsin we still have a few yellow leaves on our birch tree. It has been cooler and some rain so I have not been walking too much. We were able to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner at a local church with my parents yesterday. Later we packed up the Prius and everything fit. I am going to leave more down there this year. 

Drive was unremarkable. The usual construction areas, but made very good time. We had a little sunshine but mostly clouds. I guess this area got lots of rain last night. You could see it in the fields. As we are Packer fams, relaxing watching the Pack tonight. We hope our backup quarterback will shine tonight. Should be a good game.

Tomorrow we will visit the Creation Museum. This will be our second trip there. We are looking forward to Noah’s Ark experience the following day. 

So a few frequent blogs to document our travels. 

Happy Quilting

Recent picture of Abi, training in Tucson. She is in back row on the left fourth one over. Girl below her is shipping out with her in April. Has daily PT with Master Drill Sargent ( the one with sunglasses). Needs to improve on pushups. ( off weekends)

On the road again…

Today we left cold Wisconsin. And have arrive in Lawrenceburg, IN. We had an eight hour drive today stoping two times to stretch out my back. It did very well and just icing it a bit when we got to our hotel. Back in Wisconsin we still have a few yellow leaves on our birch tree. It has been cooler and some rain so I have not been walking too much. We were able to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner at a local church with my parents yesterday. Later we packed up the Prius and everything fit. I am going to leave more down there this year. 

Drive was unremarkable. The usual construction areas, but made very good time. We had a little sunshine but mostly clouds. I guess this area got lots of rain last night. You could see it in the fields. As we are Packer fams, relaxing watching the Pack tonight. We hope our backup quarterback will shine tonight. Should be a good game.

Tomorrow we will visit the Creation Museum. This will be our second trip there. We are looking forward to Noah’s Ark experience the following day. 

So a few frequent blogs to document our travels. 

Happy Quilting

Recent picture of Abi, training in Tucson. She is in back row on the left fourth one over. Girl below her is shipping out with her in April. Has daily PT with Master Drill Sargent ( the one with sunglasses). Needs to improve on pushups. ( off weekends)

Post op 15 days….and quilting 

Today I am 15 days post op and doing quite well. The sciatic nerve pain is gone, replaced with short lived surgical incision pain. I have almost weaned off the narcotics, just taking them at bedtime due to hyperactive nerves in my left leg preventing me from falling asleep. Each day there is progress. I continue on several restrictions. No lifting more than weight of gallon of milk, no bending or twisting. I anticipate these to continue for 2-3 months. Also limiting sitting, preferred laying or walking. I am currently up to 1.11 miles divided by 3 walks per day. I have my first post op visit this coming Monday. 

This is what is inside of me along with bone grafts to fuse the vertebrae. That is the reason for the restrictions.


I had prepared several things to do while I have restrictions. Hand bind 3 quilts and sandwiched two quilts ready for hand quilting. I finished the binding of the three quilts and today started hand Quilting one smaller quilt. I plan on doing some more detailed quilting. I have the time and I enjoy the process.


The below are the rows to my 365 challenge quilt. In fact I did get the rows sewn to the main quilt. I just cannot get a picture of the whole thing as I cannot bend. Will pack this up and plan to have this as another project for hand Quilting down in AZ. This quilt will rest on our bed in AZ.


This week I tried to do a little sewing, cutting and piecing. I found that this was extremely tiresome lasting only 30 minutes. I thought that if I did 2 blocks per day that would help build up my tolerance. I do know that this was a big surgery and takes time (months) to recover. Today I actually did 6 blocks. They are a Bonnie Hunter block called sugar blocks. I thought they were cute and easy to do. So I think I have about 20 sets cut to sew. Will make a great top. Again nice project to work on. This will eventually be a charity quilt.

As life brings us many things, young daughter Abigail has choose to change directions yet again. She is in Az working as nanny and trying real estate, which has been harder than she thought. She informed us that she was going to join the Marines. Well in fact this week actually went to the processing center and passed the multiple tests. Looks like she will be sent to boot camp in April. Not many passed to go on but she did. So this will be another change. However she will need to stay with them for 4 years. She seems to understand everything and what to expect. She maybe interested in intel. So we expect a call or visit from the FBI. Nothing like a bit of excitement. Thank goodness the other girls are more stable. So the above detailed quilt will be my so called prayer quilt as I stitch I pray she will be successful and excel serving our country, so we can enjoy the freedoms of this wonderful country.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to people of Houston, Florida and Caribbean for all the devastation of homes and way of life. So sad….

As quilters often do…..we quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Aqua colors…remind me of the ocean

I fell in love with Bonnie Hunters  block “Straits of Mackinac”. I even purchased some aqua fabric last winter just for this block. I decided this holiday weekend to begin sewing the blocks. It uses a lot of her favorite blocks. I decided to do 9 blocks and this was plenty. I cut and sewed the block sections, one per day. Today got to put the block together. I decided today to do the “Rest and Refreshing” blocks as leader and Enders. 



I also started hand Quilting the mystery quilt for the Sunflower guild. It also has a lot of aqua in it as well as verigated aqua thread. Simple quilt design. 

We went to Waupan yesterday for entertainment and pork sandwiches. Tomorrow headed to Columbus for that city’s entertainment. We have not been there for years. Meeting family for a fun afternoon. Weather has been great! Hannah is returning from hot Arizona. Abigail and her friends hiked Sedona and Grand Canyon this past weeken. Cherith has moved into her first apartment this weekend and Hannah is going to stop by tomorrow to crash there a day while Cherith works for the last time as a CNA. She will take her NCLEX next Tuesday. So far everyone from her nursing class has passed. I am sure she will as will. She is spending time studying and taking sample tests. 

Happy Quilting and Happy Fourth of July!

Graduation pomp and ceremony 

While quilting is a current passion, I admit I had another…Nursing. 27 years ago I graduated from a BSN program and began my nursing career. Oh the many different pathways it has taken me. My daughter decided on this career and choose a fine college Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI. She has worked very hard and many stressful days has lead to this wonderful celebration. Last night she received her nursing pin. A tradition that started by Florence Nightengale and has continued to this day. A previous nursing alumni even mentioned Cherith as when she was in Zambia last summer, a mother asked her to name her child…the name given was Emily. This touched Cherith so much. I am so proud of her accomplishment and know the hard work she has done. She will be working on a Med-surg floor beginning in mid July. She will next week use Kaplan nursing review course to prepare for boards or now called NCLEX, in early July. My husband and my oldest daughter were able to see a wonderful graduation, music, pomp and ceremony and the speeches. We wish her God’s Blessings on her next chapter in life.


Aboveis picture of the nursing class after pinning ceremony.


Our youngest daughter Abi also graduated and now is a realtor at Long in Tucson Az. She also is very excited for this new career. Will will be working on the internet team and doing some open houses to establish a referral base. She is one of the youngest. We also wish her the best as she starts this career.


Our oldest Hannah is here with her first class. This is a field trip and I love this picture. Next week they will graduate from Prek and Kindergarten. She will have her first year of teaching completed. I think she is ready for a vacation, in fact she will be visiting Abi in a few weeks.

Lots to celebrate and so Thankful!!!  My girls all now have careers and living their life. I have always wondered what they will be when they grow up. Now I know…at least as of today…

Happy Quilting 

Blessings abound 

So here is my sewing stuff packed up for return home. Hopefully it will all fit. This is a dining room with no furniture and was my design wall down here. I may use it as a sewing room, but really prefer our kitchen area. We will see when we return.Today just soaking in the last Arizona warmth. Sun is too hot to sit out in. Pool is closed due to some renovations. Finished lightly cleaning home as it really is pointless due to all the dust that comes. Will have one final chiropractor treatment down here, last adjustment I reverted back to old way and past two days were not great. A bit better later today.

Cherith who will be an RN had here interview and will work on a med-surgical orthopedic floor. She had been working there every third weekend as a CNA since last summer and really likes the staff and they her. So excited to be offered a job and she has accepted. So things falling into place for her. Plans to start as RN mid July and will work a few hours as CNA will studying for her NCLEX that she will take beginning of July. 

Abigail also passed her real estate exam yesterday and today will meet with Long Realty and sign a contract. She really has worked hard and the exam was more difficult that she thought. So now just needs to have a few weeks of their orientation and then she will be working. Hoping for success for her. Her apartment is giving her issues with roaches. She has tried a lot of things but needs to work with management and bug company.

So for now nice to see all girls settled into jobs. We have planned a few short trips this summer and would like to see more towns in Wisconsin. 

Whiskers we are on our way….

Happy Quilting…sure miss it…