Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tennessee Rug Retreat

I was lucky to be invited, once again, to attend a great Rug Hooking Retreat in Tennessee. The weather and location were wonderful, the fellowship even better. Thanks, Rhonda, for a lovely long weekend!  No cooking or cleaning, just laughter, friendship, hooking and inspiration. The best.

Speaking of inspiration, below is a rug show of what several of the girls were working on......

Nancy's first rug, hooked for a friend.

Nancy's second rug. This one will be cut out in the shape of the crock.

Part of Sheri's scrap runner. This beauty is going to be big!

The other Nancy's Pineapple Medallion. One border to go.

Cathy's tote.......done in #4 cut.

Rhonda's incredible fine cut leopard.

Robin's Maggie B rug done in wide cut.

Deste's Lib Callaway pattern started in a class with Jeanne Benjamin.

Vicky's personalized My Home rug.

Becky's angel in a 9.5 cut. This is a big rug, and she started it at the retreat.

And my Pomegranate Basket, started at Caraway last year, and finally, almost done!

Hope everyone is safe and sound after all of the stormy weather this week.

Puppy antics.
Get aways.
Coming home.

Take Care,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some Stitching and Everyday Stuff........

Last month's Quilt Doodle BOM was a tree.  I think that mine needs a little more contrast, but I will chalk it up to a lesson learned and won't remake it.  Still have April's block to finish.

This is the second Mr. Bluebird on My Shoulder CQ block.

And this is the first month's blocks of Homestead Hearth's BOM, Forever Christmas.

Spring has arrived in Georgia, despite the cool temps today.  Our flowers are so pretty and we enjoy them despite all of the pollen that plagues us.



Of course, the post wouldn't be complete without an animal photo.  Miss Daisy is really growing up.  And just look at those ears and eyebrows.....she is a tricolor.  What a sweetie she is!!

Small town life.
Woods abloom in dogwood blossoms.
The ticking and chiming of clocks reminding me of those who heard them before me.

Take care,

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Babysitting the grands for a couple of days so that their parents can enjoy a day at the Masters with old college friends.

Took Daisy to the vet yesterday. She has almost doubled her weight! She and Buddy are now sleeping in his bed together when they nap during the day. Too darned cute!

Buddy still loves his loving ;-))

Molly, the grand dog has a nice, new haircut.

The pollen down here in the South is killing us. Despite the beautiful weather we don't get to spend much time outdoors. 

That's it for now, folks.

Teenager talk.
Snuggling with granddaughters.
Dogwood trees in full bloom.

Take care,

Monday, April 7, 2014

Where to Begin

It has been almost two months since I blogged.........for countless reasons, none of them bad. So much life happening......memories being made, business, and some plain old lethargy. The longer I have waited, the harder it has been to restart. Where do I begin, how can I possibly catch up?? Sunday night as I was waiting to fall asleep I pondered this. The answer was pretty simple.  You just start again. You don't worry about what you can add it whenever....but you just need to start. So here I am.

A few weeks ago we (actually it was me who decided, but don't tell Blake) that Buddy seemed depressed. He wasn't  playing and spent most of his time in his bed. He was accustomed to being around other foster pups, and our old ladies wouldn't play with him. I bet you know where this is going. Three weeks ago someone offered us a seven week old cocker spaniel puppy and the rest is history.  Buddy is a great big brother, and he and little sister Daisy play until they are completely worn out everyday.  These are early pictures.....newer ones later, of course, if I can get her still.

In February Christi and Rob renewed their wedding vows with Robert and Sara Ashley as their attendants.   They had their service in the same church where they were married and still attend today, followed by a great dessert reception.  It was beautiful, sweet and full of love. The bride was gorgeous and her groom handsome.....perhaps even more so than the first time.  Afterwards they invited extended family to spend time with them in the North GA mountains.

In March "Can't Never Could" had their first fundraiser. It was both successful and inspirational. A lot of work, but worth it.  Visit CNC here ( )and be sure to click on the top video. It was produced for the Marketing Department of Piedmont Hospital and tells the story of their cancer journey and the beginning of CNC.  

Rob's March MRI was the best yet, praise God! This photo is of Rob and UGA's football coach, Mark Richt, made last week when the NHS tennis team visited UGA.

Robert made the Varsity tennis team as a freshman and has really been enjoying it.

Christopher and Dillon celebrated April birthdays on Sunday at Chili's. Dillon got his Learner's Driving Permit.....Yikes ;-)

Matt, Ashley and kids are spending Spring Break at the beach.

As for Blake and me, we are good.  Happily busy, enjoying our retirement and being able to choose the things we do for the most part. Yesterday was my birthday. I will spend most of the week celebrating with various dear friends and family. I am blessed beyond measure.

Will follow sometime soon with some stitching "catch up".

Spring Rain
Dogwoods blooming
Family and Friends

Take care,