Monday, July 31, 2017


As I mentioned in my last post, August is monsoon season in Colorado.  Don't ask me why ---- Colorado is usually dry and arid in the summer, but every August the monsoons arrive for a short visit.  We have had rain every day for a week, and it continues.  We are currently under a flash flood warning as I'm writing this.
 A break in the rain, so I went outside to take a few photos ---- mud and crud everywhere!
Large rain drops are beginning to fall again.
One last photo of a rose bud before I run back inside.
The other day, the sun came out long enough for me to take the quilt I just finished out for its official portrait.
 I never mind an opportunity to stay in out of the wet weather.  It gives me an opportunity to do what I like best ---- quilting.
This traditional block is called Cactus Rose, and is not dependent on Colorado's fickle weather!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017


It is July, and it is hot and dry in Colorado.  Our yard is suffering and not at its best.
Cooler and a little more pleasant on the porch.
But August and September will be here before we know it.  The roses will have their second burst of blooms and our monsoon season will arrive.

Till then, stay cool!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


My great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents never hesitated to declare their opinions about politics and patriotism.
I inherited several of their items that are indicative of their participation in support of this country.  Here are a few items to remind me of my important heritage.
A collection of pins and WWII memorabilia ---

Included is a Carrie Nation hatchet stickpin that belonged to my great-grandmother who supported the temperance movement in the early 20th century and a pin belonging to my father supporting Eisenhower for president in 1956.  My grandfather held a couple of elected local offices, and the lapel pin of the elephant holding the flag belonged to him.  
The grade school picture is of me during WWII holding an American flag.  In my great-grandparent's belongings I also found several 48-star American flags plus a couple of Betsy Ross cards.   
Draft registration cards --- my grandfather's from WWI and my father's from WWII --- both showing agriculture deferments. They were required to stay home to grow food to support the war effort.
My grandfather won a national award for superior achievement in agriculture for his contribution to the war effort presented to him in Oklahoma in June 1943 by the Skelly Company.  "Food will win the war --- Food will write the peace."

Even though I was quite young, I remember this as a big deal in our community.  This picture was taken of the family on the day the award was celebrated locally with my cousins in their little military outfits and me in my red, white, and blue outfit.

Just a reminder to me that everyone has a responsibility to do what they can for the betterment of our country. 

Have a joyous Fourth of July in celebration of this wonderful country.

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Friday, April 28, 2017


Taking a break -

The last month or so has been a little rough as I've dealt  with some minor medical issues --- nothing serious (I'm thankful!), just several things all at once.  My energy level is low and any inspiration or motivation is non-existent, so I've had nothing of consequence to blog about.

It's time for a short hiatus.
I'll be back. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017


I had a wonderful mother-in-law, who lived to be 100 years old.  That means I had a mother-in-law for 56 years --- a long time for a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship.  She always treated me as well (or better) than she treated her own daughters!

She did have one bad habit, though ---- she loved to make Easter outfits for her grandchildren.  Here is our otherwise adorable son in his grandma-made Easter outfit in 1972.

What can I say?  It was the 1970s, and she loved him very much!!!!

I hope you have a joyous Easter with your family
(and may your knickers NOT be made of polyester).

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Monday, April 3, 2017


National Tartan Day on April 6th has been designated as a day to celebrate Scottish heritage.  I don't think I have a bit of Scottish ancestry in me, but I do love tartan/plaid.  

 I'm always on the lookout for wool, plaid clothing in thrift stores that I can deconstruct, wash, and make into something else.  You would be surprised at the number of pieces of Pendleton, Ralph Lauren, etc. clothing that I have found for just a couple of dollars.

 Pillows are my favorite thing to make from my found plaids --- 

I've even been known to save scraps of plaid paper to make Christmas cards.

I think I will go celebrate by making something plaid.
 Happy Tartan Day!!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


The years have flown by since our son, Mike, was born.  Let's just say he will soon be pushing 50 years old.

Among his many talents and accomplishments (and there have been many), one of my greatest joys has been to listen to him play the piano.  I never get to hear him often enough.
When he was in kindergarten, I had to beg the grade school music teacher to take him on as a private piano student.  I knew he was ready; she thought he was too young.  In a couple of months, she knew I was right.  He's been playing ever since.

You would think that because of all of the recitals, playing for church, piano competitions, jazz band, choir accompaniments, etc; plus everything he has done with the piano as an adult over the years that I would have scads of pictures of him at the piano.  But, I only found these three ---  he was 18 months old in the first one, then in the 8th grade, and then as a senior in high school.

In addition to being a high school math and science teacher, he does a lot of accompanying for his high schools' music 
programs.  How fitting that tomorrow on his birthday, he will be playing ragtime for two performances of the school's Spring drama.
Kudos to all those teachers who work extra to keep the art's programs alive in these small, under-funded rural high schools.

And happy birthday, Dr. Saulmon!!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Occasionally, I want something ooey and gooey, with chocolate and nuts.  This dessert fills that bill.  The trouble is that you need an occasion to share it.  For obvious reasons, Bob and I shouldn't eat the whole thing by ourselves.
It was my turn to host my Wednesday morning coffee group this week, so I figured I had my opportunity.
It's not your usual morning coffee accompaniment, so I also served cheese, crackers, and fruit in case this was too rich for morning consumption.
My friends didn't let me down --- they made a good dent in the dish but leaving enough for Bob and I to have a piece after dinner tonight.

I've had this recipe for years.  By the way, this dessert is aptly named "Pig Feast"!

2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup flour, 1 cup chopped nuts --- Mix well, pack into buttered 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool.

1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup cool-whip, 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened --- Combine and spread over cooled crust.

1 5oz. package instant vanilla pudding, 1 5oz. package instant chocolate pudding, 3 cups milk --- Mix together and let stand until firm.  Spread on top of cream cheese layer.

Spread 1 cup cool-whip on top.  Sprinkle a crushed Hershey bar and more nuts over top.  Refrigerate, enjoy, and forget about the calories!!!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


All my life, one of my favorite things to do has been sewing doll clothes. I haven't made any for years since my granddaughter outgrew the doll stage. So, I decided that for my charity donation project this year I would dress an 18" doll.  

With my granddaughter as my trendy fashion consultant, I have made 36 items to be donated with the doll for a silent auction as a fundraiser for charity.
What fun I have had dreaming up outfits, searching for fabrics, and sewing.  And shopping for the doll shoes was also fun!
I tried to make pieces that would mix and match to make a variety of outfits.
Pictured are some of the clothes and accessories I made.

  Hopefully, some little girl will love playing with the doll and clothes; as much as I have enjoyed sewing them.

Now, back to the real world!!!

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Monday, February 13, 2017


It's hard for me to believe that our grandson, Wyatt, is 15 years old already.
He's a charmer --- loves the social life.  After all, isn't that why you go to school and play sports?
Fortunately, he can be a decent student and manages the honor roll most of the time without too much effort.  But, he challenges this Grammy's patience.  FOCUS is not his best trait ---- he is more interested in FUN, FRIENDS, and FOOD.

Challenges are ahead, I'm sure.  He's now eligible to get a driver's permit ---- oh, my!   And, I think he has his eye on his Papa's l971 Suburban.  As his mother learned in high school, you can haul a bunch of kids around in that old red 'truck'!  Thank goodness, times and rules have changed.
Happy 15th Birthday, Wyatt!

And, happy Valentine's Day to my two heart-tuggers ----
Here they are on each of their very first Valentine's Days.
Caitlin at four months old 
Wyatt - a few hours old.  Grammy looks a little worse for wear, also!
And now at 20 and 15 years old --- still tugging at my heart.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


It has been almost a month since I've posted on this blog.  Christmas and New Year's Day have past.  The household is back to normal with all of the decorations packed away, and the glitter has been swept up ---- well most of it anyway!  I still get a glimpse of a sparkle occasionally.  So, I guess it isn't totally gone.

The house seemed bare and empty at first, but we are slowly settling in for what has turned out to be a cold and snowy winter after a long, glorious autumn.

I rearranged some of the brown transferware.  Nothing spectacular, just enough for me to re-enjoy some of the old pieces that I've had hidden in the background.

January always seems to call for a new project.
I've been itching to make doll clothes, but, alas, my girls are all grown up now.  Guess I needed an excuse, so I decided that this year for a donation project I would buy an 18" doll and dress it with a full wardrobe of clothes.  Then in the Fall, I will donate it all to one of our local charities that has fundraisers with silent auctions.  The doll is a knock-off of the famous 18" dolls.  I purchased it from Target for 1/4 of the price of the famous doll, but I'm quite pleased with the quality.  For now, I just have her hair pulled back in a ponytail, which is convenient for trying on clothes.  I'll style it up when the time comes!
So with an excuse in place, I've been sewing up a storm.  Here is one of the 
outfits ----
 A real leather jacket with black knit trim; a linen crop top with a check skater skirt; black mesh leggings and fringe boots
Half the fun is finding the fabrics.  I purchased a leather skirt at Goodwill to make the jacket; the check fabric came from my quilting stash, and the mesh fabric was a pair of athletic shorts on the $1 table at Wal-mart.
I've made several different outfits, with ideas for more.  I keep checking with my fashionista granddaughter to make sure I'm staying on the trendy track.
More to come.
Enjoying the cold and snow with the opportunity to stay inside and sew.

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