Monthly Archives: September 2014


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I couldn’t resist going back into the sewing room after Keith went to bed to finish assembling this little one. I’ve also decided this is a better choice for trying out big stitch quilting which I’ll do when I get back from GA so don’t look for the quilting to be started before the first part of November.

I could have replaced the photo in the post from earlier today but couldn’t bring myself to delete Chesty!


I’d said I wasn’t going to establish another stash here in FL but I seem to be ignoring that intention and ordering fabric (and a couple kits). I pieced this quilt from a set of fat quarters from Connecting Threads.

Drunkard’s Path

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Hands down one of my favorite Accuquilt dies … And Vicki is doing a quilt along. I’ll lag a bit behind like I did in her HSTeria quilt along but I’m OK with that. I’ve got my layout planned already, it’s a variation of a small quilt I made a while ago(before I had the GO) … I love the Devil’s Puzzle layout for Drunkard’s Path blocks and I’ll expand this into a sofa size quilt.


If anyone else wants to play along, follow the link above to Vicki’s blog.

A better day

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Chesty isn’t throwing up and his stitches are looking good so he’s having a better day but unfortunately he has some ongoing renal issues which will continue to challenge us.

I’m not looking for advice …. I have a healthcare background and he receives excellent veterinary care so I’m confident in my ability to make the best decisions about his care but I know there are many of you that are concerned about him so I thought I’d let you know how he’s doing.

We did spend time in the sewing room today …



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I never get tired of these Quick Strippies although you might because they were the easiest thing to kit up when I was preparing for the move so in addition to the two I assembled this week, I’ve got more coming.

I was going to free motion quilt this one on my sewing machine but I’ve been wanting to try some Big Stitch quilting and even packed a Tumbler quilt to try it on but I might practice on this smaller one first because the stitching is really going to show on the tumbler.


What I’m reading

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Kathy asked what I’ve been reading and while I’ve been bad about keeping up a list … The latest ones have been

The WWI series by Anne Perry – all 5 books. The first one was a little slow but then I got into the characters.

Matthew Reavley, a British intelligence officer, and the Reavley family, in London, England, in the World War I series:

No Graves as Yet (2003)
Shoulder the Sky (2004)
Angels in the Gloom (2005)
At Some Disputed Barricade (2007)
We Shall Not Sleep (2007)

Also the latest Louse Penny and Nevada Barr books. I read both authors as soon as a new book comes out.

I also read all the books in the series by Ariana Franklin — I’ll warn you that I was disappointed when I went to look for a 5th book. She’d died so there were no more 🙁

Adelia (Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar of Salerno), a “doctor for the dead” working for King Henry II in 12th century England:
Mistress of the Art of Death (2007)
The Serpent’s Tale (2008)
Grave Goods (2009)
A Murderous Procession (2010)

I’ve mentioned the site Stop you’re Killing Me before. My friend Cecile sent me the link years ago and I love being able to see all the books in a series, in order! From the website:

Stop, You’re Killing Me! is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. We list over 4500 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 51,000 titles), both series (5200+) and non-series. Use the alphabetical author and character links above or the special indexes in the left column. And it’s perfectly fine with us if you print our pages for your private use, especially for a trip to your local library or bookstore.

Do you read?

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I always joke to Keith that reading is as necessary as eating to me. I was looking up something in my Amazon account and decided I’d count how many books I’d read since the beginning of June and I counted 28 …. Plus I’ve listened to 3-4 audiobooks during that time (and managed a complicated three state move). Seriously, I always have my Kindle with me and not a day goes by that I don’t read some – during meals, traveling, waiting for appointments, by the pool, at night when I can’t sleep … I can squeeze in a lot of reading during my typical day.

My favorite topics are mysteries, followed by history and historical fiction, I like medical fiction, and I love books that are set in different countries or teach me about different cultures (I to travel whether via a book or car, train, or plane!)

I’ve mentioned the Overdrive app before that allows me to borrow books from the library … I usually just get my audiobooks via Overdrive because I share my library with my Mom (I gave her her Kindle and keep it on my account) but you can borrow ebooks too.

I know some of you don’t like ebooks but the day I got my first Kindle I was sold. I carry my entire library with me in a device about the size of a paperback, I never have to worry about running out of reading material, and as my eyes get tired … I just increase the size of my font and keep reading. I still buy physical books too but mostly cooking, travel, quilting, knitting and other craft books.

I’m lucky that I have leisure time to enjoy reading but even when I worked full time and was raising the boys, there were many nights I stayed up very late reading.

Don’t ever hesitate to tell me if you’re reading a great book. I always check out recommendations even though I don’t always read them.

The debate is over

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After several months of debate, we finally decided to go ahead and get a 2nd car. For 8 years we’ve shared the one (a 10 year old Avalon) but between me wanting to be able to drive to GA when I want to and stay as long as I want, and the Avalon getting some age on it, we decided we might as well go ahead and buy it now.

We decided on a Subaru Outback both for the cargo space and durability and because I don’t like SUV’s (too big). It’s actually considered a wagon … Never thought I’d get Keith to agree to a wagon but he’s the one that suggested the Outback as a possibility after evaluating one for their sales force.


I can’t wait to take it on a road trip next week to GA!