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You know, if you just pay attention, miracles happen around us every day.  These are some observations I made today.

My plamaria blooms about this time every year.  It Winters in my garage every year and loses all it's leaves.  Yet every year, it sprouts leaves and blooms wonderful flowers.  The hummingbirds always visit it.  Speaking of hummingbirds, mine are still visiting the feeder every day.  I know one day soon they will be gone.

What do I do now?

A couple of weeks ago, I was working on a project with my sister-in-law Judy (our husbands are brothers).  While Judy and I don't live very far apart, we both have busy lives and don't get a chance to catch up very often.  She spends her days now taking care of her 4 month old great grand daughter.  In the course of our working on this project Judy ask me, "Since you don't work at the Bernina store any longer, what do you do now?"  This question hit me in the face like a bucket of cold water and I could not came up with an immediate answer.  My answer was that I guess

"Eye" got behind

Tomorrow I will go to my one month check up after having cataract surgery.  I started having problems with my right eye in January.  After a trip to the emergency room, a retina doctor, my regular eye doctor, back to the retina doctor, a cornea specialist, and yet another retina doctor, I was scheduled for surgery.  My hubby took great care of me and made sure I didn't do anything I shouldn't for three weeks.  I could not read, get on my computer, Ipad, phone, or sew.  I could watch TV and not much more.  I had a difficult time convincing my hubby how miserable I

Garden Planted

We got a ton of things accomplished this weekend.  I harvested the garlic I planted last November.  They don't look like garlic so not sure if they just need to dry or they turned into onions.

Design Wall Update

I have so many quilt projects I want to work on right now that I have a hard time making up my mind which to spend time on.  I have been getting my garden ready to plant.  I believe that it is a little too early to plant yet.  I'll wait until closer to Easter since our weather has been erratic for the last six months.

Hard Labor - Garden Style

Last fall hubby and I purchased two additional raised bed garden kits.  This would double my garden space.  The soil where I live is awful.  It is clay and rocks.  The only thing that it grows well, is weeds.  I tried gardening just in the ground and mixing in improvements.  It was a disaster. I just could not improve it enough.  The next year, we tried growing in pots.  This was too much work trying to keep everything watered. The next year, we put in two raised beds and purchased dirt to fill them.

2014 Busy Quarter

I have composed so many blog posts in my mind that have never been written down. This is an attempt to explain and rectify.

Last fall my hubby's uncle was in a minor traffic accident.  Since then, we have become more active in his and his wife's life.  They are delightful people but it has made us more aware that getting older is just hard.

Closing Down 2013

I decided that you can't take on a half dozen goals and do them all justice.  2014 will be a year that I edit my goals - learning has taken place. 

Here is my pass/fail for my 2013 goals. 
Learn Drupal - fail. 
Lose 50 pounds - fail but made a lot of progress so not a total failure.
Attend quilt retreats - pass. 
Complete 4 quilts - pass. 
And drum roll please - - - We paid off our home!!!

So You Think This is Easy?

Several months ago, I fell in love with a quilt that my high school friend, Cindy posted on Facebook.  She was kind enough to tell me where to find the pattern and to post her in progress pictures.  I loved what Cindy made but I would not have given the pattern a second look from the picture in the book.

Small Things

It looked like a cool overcast morning, perfect for doing yard work.  I always wonder once it gets to be October, how many more times I will have to mow the yard.  It was a real bummer that I had had stop in the middle to get more gas in my gas can.  I am an eternal optimist so getting bummed about something always turns my thoughts into things I am thank for.  I realize traditionally, I am a month early, but being thankful should know no season.  So here is my list of the random things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

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