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Annual Quilt Retreat

Monday, November 24, 2014

Every year MSWEEZER and I go to a quilt retreat here in Indiana at a State Park Lodge. This year was no different and there were 75 ladies and one gentleman who sewed and quilted from Friday to Sunday. We stayed at the lodge and meals were provided. (Not too healthy emoticon ) Weezie came from Michigan on Thursday and we went to the lodge a day early. We went to a quilt shop and just looked. I know amazing as neither of us bought anything!!

On Friday, we went to the other quilt shop and that is where we both went a bit "nuts"!! The lady who sponsors the quilt retreat has a very large room that we all set up in. She brings most of her store there too! We then set up our machines and all the "equipment" that we needed to work on our sewing. We both decided to make the same quilt but with different material. I didn't get all my blocks made but did get 13 of them finished. Here is a picture of the blocks laid out.

Here is another close up of the umbrella:

We started sewing on Friday morning about 11 a.m. and sewed until about 10 p.m. with breaks of course. On Saturday, we again sewed on our blocks and in the evening we had "Show and Tell". It is really awesome what some of these women create. The one gentleman who was there showed a quilt that was just amazing. I talked to him and he lives alone and he told me that when he was a small child his mother taught him to sew. He only began to sew again in the last 10 years.

Here is a picture of the Christmas Throw that I showed:

It still needs binding but that will have to wait as I am having hand surgery next week. So I'll probably not get it finished until after Christmas.

On Sunday, we packed up after sewing for about 2 hours and headed home. Now to get my sewing room "unpacked" and put back together. There is another quilt retreat in April of next year but haven't decided if I will go. Oh, what the heck....I'll probably go! I just love doing it!!

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SEKSUNSHINE 11/25/2014 6:51AM

    Just spectacular!

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CHALLENGER15 11/25/2014 6:08AM

    How very beautiful, and I do appreciate your sharing so much. I imagine that it must be so much fun to be in a room with others who love quilting. Did you see the Cobbled Court picture post about the lady who was sewing in her RV? I saw that and thought "I need to quit talking about do that and just to it!"

Do you have a favorite source for learning to do the applique? I do think that will be my next focus.


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CHRISTINEBWD 11/24/2014 8:39PM

    Oh I love your quilt too! I love the colors you picked!

The Christmas quilt looks great even without the binding.

So sorry you will have to go get hand surgery. People that are so talented shouldn't have to take any down time.

Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CINDHOLM 11/24/2014 8:00PM

    Your work is emoticon emoticon

emoticon for sharing.. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/24/2014 7:47PM

    Just beautiful!
I so love quilts..have never had the time or patience to make one myslef but I have bought a few gorgeous home made ones at craft shows.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 11/24/2014 6:15PM

    It is so fun that you can go together and share friendship and the love of quilting. I love the blocks and love that you can use the same pattern and make something entirely different. It is wonderful.

I also love the Christmas throw. It is elegant and unique with the differently shaped blocks. I know you will enjoy it when it is finished.

Glad you shared with us.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/24/2014 5:25PM

    Just love those quilts, always wanted to make one emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 11/24/2014 4:56PM

    I enjoyed seeing your work and hearing about the retreat. I am so glad you and Weezie get to go to these retreats. The retreat itself is special but then the time you spend with another Spark Friend makes it priceless!

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TUFFYBIRD 11/24/2014 3:03PM

    Beautiful work, as always! I especially like the umbrella blocks - very colourful and unique.

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Garden Tour 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014

As most of you know we were invited by the Historical Society to have our garden on their annual Garden Tour. Here are a few of the pictures. None of the pictures taken that day will load as they are too large. Sorry. These were taken just before the tour.

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PJSTIME 7/10/2014 4:29PM

    Thanks for giving us a tour. After all the hard work you and Thomas put in it looks beautiful.

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    So beautiful! All that hard work pays off.

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MSWEEZER 7/6/2014 7:33AM

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I know you and Thomas J worked so very hard but it shows. Absolutely stunning my friend.

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CINDHOLM 7/3/2014 5:46PM


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SHARONSPARKLE 7/3/2014 12:47PM

    I hope you had good weather and a good turn out after working so hard to get things ready.

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    Love it! Glad it was a huge success! emoticon your green thumb is amazing!

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KEELYDEUS 7/3/2014 8:32AM

    Beautiful!!! Love the train!

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MEADSBAY 7/3/2014 8:27AM


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A Love Letter To Me

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dear Self,

This letter is to let you know that you are loved. Many times you are all too willing to look at the things that you feel are bad. Not this time.

We are going to celebrate your good things!! You give of yourself to many people beginning with your wonderful husband. You have raised two wonderful, well educated children who have gone on to become productive citizens. Both have great lives and they can thank you for that.

You volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul and the local Historical Society. You work at your church by doing laundry and cooking meals for families who have lost loved ones.

You are always willing to do what needs to be done for your children and grandchildren. Many times this isn't easy.

You exercise religiously every day. Many times this isn't easy either!! But you do it. No you aren't the strongest person but you are OK. You may not be the fastest walker and you aren't a runner but you are OK.

You are a good friend to many. So be a good friend to yourself and give yourself a big hug!! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/20/2014 7:20AM

    Love this- we do not take the time to appreciate ourselves often enough!

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LITTLEBJANET 2/19/2014 1:11PM

    A well-deserved pat on the back!

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LOUISEH54 2/17/2014 3:38PM

    Hugs my are awesome and I am a better person knowing you. Looking forward to getting into trouble with you in Shipsee emoticon

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DAS92687 2/17/2014 9:22AM

    Pat, emoticon and am so happy to see you give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Look around your church, your community ... and you are (for sure!) in the 10% giving back of your time and your effort to your church and community.

And look at how many people were crowding the gym in January. And now count how many are there with you now as we slide into March.

And the best products of your life ... your kids and their family - your legacy. I know how much you sacrifice (cold, hard bleacher seats; driving through snow banks; tournament-length basketball games with double-digit score spreads!) What can I say, other than that's a mom and a grandmom for you !! emoticon

You are doing some amazing things!! emoticon

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MELODYTARYN 2/17/2014 7:48AM

    Great blog.

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MSWEEZER 2/16/2014 4:50PM


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Week 5 CICO

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BLC 24 - Week 5 - CICO & Tracking Reports

Eaten 1,247
BMR* 1,480
Exercise 928
Total Burned 2,408
Differential -1,161
-Food Tracking: yes
-Fitness Tracking: 122 mins.

Eaten 1,450
BMR* 1,480
Exercise 793
Total Burned 2,273
Differential -823
-Food Tracking: yes
-Fitness Tracking: 125 mins.

Eaten 1,607
BMR* 1,480
Exercise 878
Total Burned 2,358
Differential -751
-Food Tracking: yes
-Fitness Tracking: 120 mins.

Eaten 1,245
BMR* 1,480
Exercise 534
Total Burned 2,014
Differential -769
-Food Tracking: yes
-Fitness Tracking: 100 min.

Eaten 1,206
BMR* 1,480
Exercise 618
Total Burned 2,098
Differential -892
-Food Tracking: yes
-Fitness Tracking: 120 min.

Eaten 1,227
BMR* 1,480
Exercise 912
Total Burned 2,392
Differential -1,165

-Food Tracking: yes
-Fitness Tracking: 120 min.

Eaten 1,183
BMR* 1,480
Exercise 803
Total Burned 2,283
Differential -1,100
-Food Tracking: yes
-Fitness Tracking: 125 mins.


I will drink 12 glasses of water a day. No I didn't meet this goal and have cut back on my water.
I will exercise 7 days per week. yes
I will take 30 minutes each day to do something just for ME! emoticon

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MSWEEZER 2/13/2014 5:25AM

    Great job girlfriend. I think your sewing machine might see a little more of you!!! emoticon

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ELSAT137 2/12/2014 3:45PM

    Love your 3rd goal! You can do it!!!

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DAS92687 2/12/2014 8:15AM

    Fantastic plan !!
Let's emoticon this week's butt and put it in the "Win" column :-)

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5 minute Fitness Test

Sunday, February 02, 2014

For one minute, do as many push-ups as you can and post the total number you got in. Make note if they were Modified, standard, Wall pushups. It doesn't matter what kind, just post in your blog how many you did in one minute.

43 modified push ups

For one minute, do as many crunches as you can and post the total number. Doesn't matter what kind. Just post the number in your blog.

45 crunches

For one minute, do as many lunges as you can. Doesn't matter what kind. Just post the number in your blog.

35 lunges

For one minute, do as many bicep curls as you can. Note the size weights you use if you do. And post the number in your blog.

5lbs weights in each hand. 35 bicep curls

And for one minute, do as many squats as you can. Any kind, again - for one minute and blog your number.

40 squats

Then, how long can you hold a plank ...

1 min. 31 seconds

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DAS92687 2/2/2014 6:44PM

    Fantastic ... there's sure some stiff competition in the Falcons team !!

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DEBSZOO74 2/2/2014 6:42PM

    You're already doing great!!! emoticon

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