Monthly Archives: July 2008


Published / by Mary / 16 Comments on Mail

I won a drawing on Beth’s blog and look what arrived today! Fabric, note cards, buttons, and isn’t that the cutest lunch box? Thanks Beth!

I also received my July card from our family Postcard exchange that we started a few months ago. We just make one per month and Deb tells us who we send it to. There are 7 of us participating and we’re having lots of fun but I’ve fallen behind on my Journal Project and need to start making those again too. This month’s card came from my cousin Heather in PA, don’t you love it??

Here’s another family photo from our trip. In Skagway, we did a 6-7 mile hike before going into town for lunch. I also mentioned buying a kit while I was there and you can see it here – I haven’t decided if I’ll use the pattern included or make up one myself.

I had several comments about how much Adam and Keith looked alike after posting the last photo and had to go back and look at it myself. Surprisingly, they really do look alike in that photo. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it here on my blog but Keith got a package deal when he married me 19 years ago – the boys were 5 & 6 years old then.

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Chesty’s home

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And he’s not too pleased with me. After an enthusiastic greeting, he’s sitting with me but ignoring me at the same time.

He’s got another few days on the anti-inflammatory medication, another week on crate rest and then we’ll see how he does. If the lameness returns (he was walking OK today) after that, we have to make an appointment for him to be evaluated by the surgeon. Keep your fingers crossed for him.

Today is catch up day – mail, email, laundry, and cleaning so I won’t get any closer to my sewing machine today other than packing up my table and rearranging the sewing room for company that comes on Thursday. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be really busy so I don’t expect to get any sewing done this week.

My Sunday progress and stashbusting report consists entirely of the purchase of one kit while I was in Alaska which contains a *glacier* pattern and lots of blues. I’m leaning toward designing my own quilt rather than using the pattern but we’ll see. No fabric used, no progress made.

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We’re home

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I’m so happy to be home – 10 days is a LONG time to be away. Tomorrow we’ll rush down and pick up Chesty but for tonight I’m relaxing in my chair on the laptop catching up on email.

I haven’t had more than a few days with my sons at a time in the last couple years so it was a real pleasure to be with them over the 10 days we visited Vancouver and Alaska.We have mixed feelings about cruising but we loved spending this time with family (both our sons and DIL and Keith’s brother’s family) and a cruise turned out to be an excellent choice – we had plenty of time together but also *space* when we wanted quiet time alone.

I took HUNDREDS of photos but I thought I’d share a few taken the day we were at Hubbard Glacier – the absolute highlight of the trip other than the time spent with family.

We watched and listened in awe as multiple pieces of the glacier broke off into Disenchantment Bay.
Keith tried to take a couple photos of me but the deck above created shadows across half my face – he snapped this one as I joked that I needed to hang over the railing to get my entire face in the sunlight.

You will NOT believe this

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Chesty injured his knee last night and I was panicking because he was supposed to go to the kennel today and they don’t take sick or injured dogs (and I wouldn’t want him there injured anyway!)

I was also concerned because he’d injured his other knee a couple years ago and had surgery on it. So first thing this morning we took him to the University of MN Vet ER and had him seen. Yes, he’d injured his knee but the ligament wasn’t torn completely and the vet recommended trying medical treatment first – crate rest for 2 weeks and anti-inflammatory medications.

I thought I was going to have to find an animal hospital that would board him or let Keith go on the cruise without me (have I mentioned we’re taking my sons and DIL and meeting his brother & family too so it’s not just US to consider)

Luckily, we’re going to be able to medically board Chesty this one time at the University and the ER Vet will manage his care while we’re gone. Of course, it’s going to cost us $800 and that’s if he doesn’t require any additional treatment or surgery but it’s worth it for my peace of mind.

On a side note, I did see the Cardiologist on Monday and they’re going to do further testing the Monday I get back from vacation. I’m beginning to wonder if this vacation is jinxed!

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Not much quilting going on

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Keith and I had both read somewhere along the way that you could have drinks overlooking the Mississippi river at the Guthrie Theater so we decided to meet there yesterday after Keith finished work. The views were pretty but all the bars/restaurants were closed – I guess they only open when a performance is scheduled.

We were both surprised how far along the rebuilding of the I35 bridge has come.

For my family postcard exchange, I needed a patriotic card for July. I couldn’t sleep so I got up early and made it this morning. One more thing checked off my to do list before leaving for our cruise on Thursday.

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Sunday Progress report

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Not much to report as far as progress goes – one HeartStrings top quilted this week before heading to Virginia, I helped Mom make a donation top while I was there, and today – I finally unpacked the last boxes in my sewing room and spent some time organizing the closet in there.

I did purchase 9 and 1/2 yards of fabric to make a version of this quilt – a set of fat quarters and some yardage of 4 other fabrics.

I’m not setting any goals for this week – I’ll be busy getting ready for our trip to Vancouver and the Alaskan cruise and we leave Thursday morning. So anything I get done will be a bonus.

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I love blogging!

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How fun is this? Tanya was emailing me today from Japan, sitting outside with her laptop and I was reading my email outside at the same time. So she sent me a photo of her having her coffee and I just had to send one back of me sitting outside drinking my wine. Morning for her, evening for me but both of us enjoying the outdoors and our connection to other quilters via the internet.

I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging!


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For those who wanted to know who designed the fabric I bought the other day, they’re from a Moda line called Maypole by April Cornell but the polka dot is by Mary Engelbreit and I don’t know who designed the cream fabric I chose.
I’ll be making the same quilt as Vicki but she’s using the fabric line shown the photo.
I was also asked whether I’d be posting an instruction sheet for the Fish Quilt, the answer is yes but it will be a while. We’re leaving on Thursday for 10 days and I have a lot to do before then.

Home again

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After flying in from Virginia this morning, Keith and I had a wonderful day. We had dinner downtown at one of our favorite pubs…hot dogs in honor of the holiday and walked along the river enjoying the Red White & Boom event put on by the city of Minneapolis. Finally, we watched the fireworks from our balcony. I didn’t get many decent photos but I like this one.

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