Monthly Archives: July 2015


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Sisters

My sister Ann and her her husband Jamie joined us at Arlington for Keith’s Mom’s funeral today and she’s driving down to Newport News tomorrow to pick up Mom so she can visit with us on Saturday. My sister Maureen will also drive here to see us.  They both visited me with Mom at Big Canoe a couple years ago.


They also visited me in GA last October so Mom could meet Adam’s new baby, her newest great grandchild at the time ( My nephew’s twins are the newest now). We’re the youngest of the 6 children in the family and along with my brother Kevin, I feel a special bond with them.  



Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Arlington 

We attended Keith’s Mom’s funeral today. We were early and walked around Arlington National Cemetery a bit while we waited. It meant so much to have the boys with us.  

 Both his parents were cremated and are interred in the columbarium and the brief service was held there today.   


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We arrived in Arlington today and will attend Keith’s Mom’s funeral tomorrow. Becky and Rae won’t attend the funeral but Chris took them out to Arlington National Cemetery today to see his grandfather’s grave site (or niche) where his grandmother will be laid to rest tomorrow. I know how much it means to Keith to be surrounded by family as he buries his mother. 


Rae also played and read and cuddled with her Gram and Pop.  


We spent some time talking about our memories and since we’re sharing photos of Rae, this is one of my favorite photos of Keith’s Mom from this last year – Chris, Becky, and Rae were visiting us in FL. I love how Shirl and Rae are looking at each other. 


And since we’re saying goodbye to both Chesty and Keith’s Mom this week – here’s another favorite photo of mine from this past year.  


We’re also lucky that we’ll get to see my Mom while we’re here thanks to my sister driving down and bringing Mom to her house and then hosting us all on Saturday. I know Mom’s happy to be able to see Keith, Rae, Chris and Becky (me she sees all the time) and Rae’s thrilled that she gets to see HER granny! Unfortunately for my family, Adam has to go home right after the funeral. 

It was lonely

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I tried to sew a little yesterday but found myself too distracted and upset after our visit to the vet so I spent the afternoon looking though photos of Chesty. Today, I went back in the sewing room to finish up the blocks for the Chevron Rail Fence quilt – I wanted all of them done before we head to DC for the funeral. Chesty always keeps me company in the sewing room so it was strange and lonely not to have him there.  


I’ll get the above blocks sewn together when I get home and I laid out a few of the leftover pieces. The plan is to use them to make a version of an antique quilt I saw on eBay. 

Thank you all for the comments and support. I know Chesty was a favorite here on the blog and Keith used to joke and say I always got more comments when there was a photo of Chesty. 

Heading home 

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This week flew by but I’m looking forward to heading home tomorrow. Chesty has had a bad day and I hate being away from him when he’s not feeling well. 

Today Mom and I fixed dinner for my brother and his family … We got to spend time with my nephew’s twins. 


I  just have the one photo of Mom with Truitt but here’s one of both of them from their family vacation this week.  Eliza was too busy being walked to have her photo taken with her great grandmother. 

We’re planning our activities for our next visit – I think I’ve talked her into crocheting a bunny — we’re going to use this Leisure Arts pattern and we’ll do them without buttons since we’ll be giving them to little ones. Have any of you knit or crocheted toys? Any favorite patterns?


Working girls

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I put Mom to work today on her flying geese blocks as I started cutting out her basket quilt. There are tons of ways to make flying geese but we love using the Eleanor Burns rulers to make 4 at a time.  


My boys always had chores growing up and it looks like Chris is assigning Rae chores early too.  



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Mom and I have been busy this week … So much so that I’ve not gotten around to posting. We’ve got two kits cut and set aside, we shopped for backings for the tops she pieced since my last visit, and along with some other shopping we stopped at the cemetery to put some flowers on Dad’s grave.  


We’ve also been cleaning out and decluttering – Mom’s been in the house for 53 years and while she’s not nearly as much of a packrat as I am, there’s a lot to go through. Here’s one item that I’ll be taking home with me later this year when I drive up – a quilt pieced by my grandmother and hand quilted by my Aunt Dot. I love it!


Mom also had a couple old cross stitch pillows she was going to throw out but I took them. I have a basket quilt that she’s made for me that is waiting for quilting and I think I can use one of them on the back. I just hate to throw away anything handmade!

On my design wall

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I wa overly optimistic when I thought I’d finish these blocks before my trip tomorrow. I have 25 done and the stripsets are made for the last 10 blocks but they’ll have to wait until I get home next week after my visit to Mom.

I’m using the fabric I have here and don’t have access to my stash so I’m not sure about those lighter blue blocks. If I was in GA, I’d probably stick to darker blues but since I’m not, I’m debating whether to line those light ones up in a row like I have them here or to scatter them. There are two more blocks that use the lighter blue so I’ll make them them first and decide when I have all the blocks up there. 


It feels so good to be making spending time with my knitting and quilting and making progress. 

Cast on

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I’m traveling tomorrow so I cast on a new scarf. I love this green/purple colorway. This is just my second project in Wollmeise and I’m trying to be less picky about the projects that are Wollmeise worthy since I’ve collected quite a bit of it. The project is simple, free, and takes just one skein. 

Pattern: Be Simple – variation 

Needle size – US 6

Yarn – Wollmeise Pure, fingering weight 


I really, really need to get a several of my finished projects blocked. That seems to be my stumbling point in my knitting. I know that some of you don’t block but I’ve got 2-3 that NEED blocking to open up the lace.