Monthly Archives: July 2014


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on HeartStrings

We’re having a special HeartStrings project in July making Red/White/Blue blocks and I told you earlier this week I was raiding mom’s stash to make some blocks because I couldn’t wait until I got home next week.

I finished a full set of blocks today from the strips I’d cut from her fabric and will assemble them next week during our sew-along. I’ll also piece another set of blocks from some fabric I ordered from Connecting Threads. I said I wasn’t going to establish another stash in FL and I meant it but I really wanted to make RWB blocks during our project and while I took a bin full of strings and scraps, I knew I wouldn’t have enough for a HeartStrings quilt if I pulled out just the RWB I had in there.



Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Countdown

It was the week of April 21 when we realized that we needed to move to FL for family reasons … Keith began talking to his boss and I began sorting and creating projects in the sewing room while I waited for the official ‘permission’ to come through. By May 5th the move was a definite go and I jumped fully into sorting, discarding, packing, and cleaning in preparation for two interstate moves (one MN to FL and one MN to GA).

If that wasn’t enough to manage, I was also traveling like crazy — MN to VA, MN to VA, MN to FL, MN to GA to Va — , trying to coordinate the finishing of repairs to our GA condo in time to move our stuff from MN, and getting our MN townhouse ready to put on the market.

Just 4 days until I get back to my LIFE … I’m enjoying my visit with Mom but I miss my husband, my dog, my sewing machine, and a life that is focused around something other than moving!!

Someone else is anxiously waiting for me to get home too!

I love trees

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on I love trees

I take a lot of tree photos … Here’s one from today’s walk, it’s my favorite tree on this trail.


Yesterday we drove down to NC to see Mom’s sister, today she had furniture delivered and then I went for another 5 mile walk on the Nolan Trail. I started, but did not finish, my last 8 HeartStrings blocks – I’ll finish those tomorrow. I even fixed her one of my favorite dinners.

Yea me!

Published / by Mary / 9 Comments on Yea me!

Finally after lots of move related excuses the last couple weeks, I got back out for a walk today. The Lion’s Bridge is one of those landmarks that says home to me. I spent a lot of time here growing up although the trail itself wasn’t created until after I left home.


What says home to you?

Let’s call this move done

Published / by Mary / 10 Comments on Let’s call this move done

Today was my last day up at Big Canoe and although there still isn’t power or A/C both issues will be addressed by the end of the week. Let’s hope nothing else goes wrong. I had to face another pile of file boxes … It wasn’t enough that I had days of shredding in Minneapolis, these were damaged by the water and have been sitting ever since. Why didn’t I deal with these years ago?! I have promised myself that I won’t just keep storing boxes of bills and statements, I’ll discard them every year from now on.


It’s all sorted and there’s only one bin of stuff to keep. The rest is stuffed in the shower in plastic bags and I’ll shred or find someone to shred it for me on my next visit.

I had them put up some simple shelves in the two closets … This one has a couple rows of shelves for my smaller bins.


And look, my quilt tops are already hung and waiting for quilting. The other side of this closet which is not pictured has more shelves and my rolls of batting. Without power, it was too dark to photograph.


Tomorrow I plan to sleep late, then go out to lunch and work on some accounting I’ve been neglecting. I’ve got to submit the bills for the work done at Big Canoe to the insurance company and I have to separate out some items and add in others …


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Challenging

It’s a challenging job to combine two households. Some of the furniture from the MN townhouse is replacing furniture that was destroyed by the leak at Big Canoe but in other cases, I have to pick and choose what to keep and what to get rid of. Some choices are easy and some not so much.

Chris rented a truck to drive up to Big Canoe to load up all the things I’d decided not to keep. Space is very limited. Because the condo is in a gated mountain community that is more remote, it can be hard to get deliveries or things picked up so he was a huge help. He’s going back with me tomorrow to start the unpacking and to sort and discard some more items in the condo but we got all the big stuff on the truck today.


Becky helped unload the truck back at their house. Some items they’ll keep others they will donate or discard.


I’d only planned to stay the night I arrived and the night before I fly out at their house but there are a few issues at Big Canoe so I’m staying again tonight and tomorrow night. I’m hoping I can then stay a couple nights up there. It’s a 70-75 minute drive each way and I’d rather not have to do it each day but I’m grateful I have the option to stay here.

Happy 4th

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Happy 4th

I can hear the fireworks but am too tired to go watch them so Rae and I are in bed and Chris and Becky went out. She’s the easiest child ever to babysit. Goes to bed early and stays in bed.

I love making quilts for people who actually use them. This is one I made for Becky and it’s on the bed I’m sleeping in tonight.


I don’t know if the fireworks scared him or if he just wanted company but Buddy wandered in my room to sleep too. Luckily he doesn’t expect to sleep in the bed like Chesty.


Explain this?!

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Explain this?!

First let me say I LIKE the post office. I use it all the time to ship quilts and mail things to Mom and the kids and I loved that it was just a little more than half a mile and that I could walk there.

I did all the change of addresses about a month ago and we’re getting our mail at the apartment in FL BUT I’ve “lost” two packages. FedEx has delivered to us, UPS has also and as I mentioned, we’re getting our mail but I can’t figure out why they’re not delivering packages or at the least, putting a card in the mailbox and having us go to the post office.

Keith ran over yesterday to try and figure it out but he said it was mobbed. He’ll go back Monday and try to find the missing packages AND find out what the issue is with delivering them.

Heading to Atlanta now, I’ll spend the night with Chris and drive up to Big Canoe in the morning.