Monthly Archives: May 2015


Published / by Mary / 18 Comments on Progress

it wasn’t without complications but we did finally close on the Tampa townhouse yesterday.  


Today’s a work day although my job is directing directing workmen (including Keith) and making phone calls.  


Can’t wait to bring Chesty to the park across the street!  

No more apologies

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on No more apologies

I’m going to stop apologizing for not having enough quilty content over the next few weeks. There’s just nothing I can do about it. 

Today we drove to Tampa for our closing on the townhouse tomorrow – I will be SO happy to get that off my plate. We did a little furniture shopping — Keith looks pretty comfortable on this sectional and it reclines. 

Loved these chairs for the porch but now that I’m committed with custom cushions I’m worried about them being too big for the space. 

We drove by the townhouse on the way back to the hotel … Walked to the bay just before the storm chased us back to the car. 

After the rain stopped, we walked from our hotel over for dinner … 

LOVE being surrounded by water here in Tampa Bay!

I’ve missed seeing water everywhere … This is where I grew up in VA – see the similarities? I really am a water baby – happiest when there’s water nearby. 


Published / by Mary / 30 Comments on Coping

In challenging times, one of the ways I cope is to count my blessings. When I find myself just focusing on the negatives or being overwhelmed, thinking about how lucky I am brings a sense of perspective. 

Chesty and I were at the vet today. I think I’ve mentioned that we’ve reached the point in his life that we’re committed to supportive and comfort care, not aggressive care or surgery. It’s a fine line between having enough information to effectively manage symptoms and going further and further down the diagnostic path with an outcome of surgery and possibly chemotherapy. So after a long conversation, lab work, and an X-ray, we have a plan of care that will involve changes to his diet and medication but no further diagnostic procedures at this time.

It’s almost funny when the receptionist apologizes when she tells you what the bill is … and that’s where I’m lucky, we can afford to pay for the care and medications to keep Chesty comfortable, I know not everyone can. 

Keith is out of town, so Chesty and I sent him a selfie from the vet’s office while we were waiting.  If you only knew how many hours over the years I’ve sat in emergency rooms and doctors offices with sick kids or the dog when he was out of town …

I admire the effort

Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on I admire the effort

I read a knitting blog by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee the YarnHarlot. As a knitter, I like seeing what she’s up to but even more, I enjoy her writing. She rides in a bike rally to support an organization in Canada called People with AIDs and last year I read about her training and her experiences … This year, I donated. I feel a kind of kingship with her having pushed myself physically to support charitable causes in the past (the 3 Day walk for Breast Cancer, and a Global Village week long build with Habitat).

Check out her blog, donate if you’re so inclined. 


Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Memories

I spent some time between phone calls going through old photos again today. 

I pulled some of Keith’s Mom to share with the boys…

… and also came across these taken in VA at my Mom’s. I guess my mind is still on mothers and Mother’s Day. 

Our time is coming to an end here and tonight we had dinner on the intercostal. I doubt I’ll come back this way again after we move with both of Keith’s parents gone but we have a lot of memories to carry with us. 

I quilted a while after dinner with Chesty curled up beside me. He was sick all last night so I’m hoping tonight will be better for all of us. 

Stopping often to admire my progress is a big part of my process! I’d intended to cross hatch this quilt but now I’m wondering if working my way back across these lines will look too busy. I’ve still got more to quilt before deciding so I’ll just keep on quilting for now. 

Four Patch Stars

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Four Patch Stars

I haven’t had a chance to sew this week but Elaine sent me this photo of her Four Patch Stars in progress. Somehow I still feel productive seeing one of my instruction sheets being used to make a quilt. 

She reports that this one will be donated to the USO lounge at the airport. I do a fair amount of my designing in Red/White/Blue and am always happy when a quilt made from my instructions is donated to a soldier or veteran. I even have a page on my site that groups these together so they’re easy to find. 

Purse debris

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Purse debris

Apparently I only carry red purses these days. I’m cleaning out my closet today and packing up what won’t be used before the move and there are 3 spare red purses filled with debris left when I switched over to a different one. Nothing like leaving things until later to sort out rather than doing it at the time. 

  • Trash
  • Allergy meds
  • Chapstick – 6
  • Keys
  • Business cards
  • Cough drops
  • Pens and pencils
  • A wine cork (??)
  • Tic tacs
  • Cleaning Wipes for my glasses
  • USB Jump drives 
  • Lots of spare change

I’ve sorted and packed most of my closet – just one last minute box will hold the rest. Making progress although I’ve got a long list of things to follow up on this week. 

By the way, all my binding is done and those last 3 quilts are packed in a bin. I’ll wait to photograph them in Tampa – hoping I can get some good looking quilt photos on that porch!

I hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day. Mine was great – I had calls from Chris and Adam and Keith fixed me brunch – including mimosas! 



Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on Upsize/downsize

I feel like we’re constantly up and downsizing with all of our moves. First we live in a large home and buy furniture to fill it and then we move to a smaller place and have to give away or donate all the stuff that won’t fit. With this next move we will once again have to fill a large space with furniture so we’ve started to look around. 

Last night before meeting Keith’s brother and his family for dinner, we did some pre-shopping. It’s crazy but when I counted the number of arm chairs I wanted it added up to 7!!

  • 2 on the porch
  • 2 in the living room which we’re going to use as a library
  • 2 in the family room to go along with a sofa unless we can find a sectional we like better
  • 1 up in a sitting area in the bedroom for me to sit and knit or read after Keith goes to sleep. 

I have no idea how many we’ll actually get but Keith tried out a bunch of them.  


Chatting with Mom

Published / by Mary / 17 Comments on Chatting with Mom

I called Mom to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day weekend and we talked a little about quilting too. I’m visiting in a couple weeks and I’m going to do some cutting for her while I’m there. I like to kit up some projects for her that she can work on between my visits. 

I was telling her that I’ve enjoyed working on smaller child/baby quilts since moving here to FL. Those I can piece and quilt here on my regular sewing machine or hand quilt using the big stitch and I save the larger tops I piece for my visits to GA and the longarm. It’s worked out surprising well except of course that I haven’t had as much quilting time in general this year but I’m looking forward to getting moved and settling back into my daily routine of spending time in my sewing room.  

I will still have the day bed (it has a trundle too) in the sewing room for the times we have guests but I’ll have a much larger room. I really like the built in cabinet and the closet space and my sewing table should fit right up into that alcove looking out the window. The ceiling fan will be nice for those hot FL summers. 

Since I’m not doing any piecing, I’m looking for ideas for once my sewing machine is set up in the new place. Searching eBay for antique quilts is one of my favorite places to get inspiration. Can you guess which quilt I’d like to make from the screenshot below?