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Dinner and a show

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We love the Columbia restaurant! We took Kevin tonight and watched the flamenco show during dinner. 

Looking forward to Chris, Becky, and Rae arriving tomorrow night. I did manage to get 5 miles in today. The half marathon (13.1 miles!!) is Sunday and hopefully I’m ready. I’ll walk most of it but will run just enough to keep my pace within the allowed timeframe. 

Outside Activities

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Keith took off a couple afternoons and we’ve been enjoying Kevin’s company. Yesterday the beach …

And today… fun at the driving range. Neither of them have played in years but I think Keith was surprised that Kevin won 3 out of 4 of our driving contests. Me – I’ve never played golf although Chris worked at a driving range when he was in high school so I have hit some balls before. I wasn’t any competition for them but I had fun when I wasn’t worrying about falling off the 3 story high ledge!!!

I must be insane

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We started talking about dogs last night and I went to pull up a local breeder of Bichons to show Kevin and Keith and made the mistake of looking at their available puppies. We knew we didn’t want another dog that looked like Chesty and we weren’t supposed to get another dog at all but I couldn’t resist little Finn. 

He’s a Havachon – part Havanase part Bichon – and we should be able to bring him home in a week. 


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My brother Kevin arrived yesterday for a visit – I’m so glad he was able to come down and we’re enjoying our time together and the nice weather. 

I’m also so sorry I can’t be with my boys today – their father died in Virginia during the night. They knew it was coming and had gotten up to see him one last time about a week ago. It’s never easy when there’s a divorce and the boys were really young at the time – Chris was 3 and Adam was a year and a half – but they were able to sustain a relationship with him through the years and I’m so sad for their loss. 

The boys are spending the day together with their families and will go up to Virginia for the funeral this week. I’m glad they have each other. 

To nice NOT to be outside

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It’s a gorgeous sunny day in Tampa – 67 degrees and breezy by the bay. It’s too nice to be inside so I took a long walk.

Trying to get at least 30 minutes a day in the sewing room but finding it a challenge which is unusual for me and I’ve got company coming Saturday so next week will be busy. Hoping I can finish the Pyramid top and the RWB quilt before the end of the month. 

More green!

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I stuck to olive greens in the Hourglass quilt but tossed everything into my Forest Bricks and they all worked together!

The Boxed Squares also stayed with olive greens. 

I used the same group of scraps for the 16 patch and pinwheels…

….and the Double 4 Patch. I typically like to cut more than one quilt when I have a group of fabrics pulled. 

This rail fence was made from the leftovers from the Boxed Squares. 


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I love an hourglass quilt …

This was my most recent one finished – I LOVE green quilts! Isn’t it gorgeous?! 

This little one is still waiting for quilting …

And here’s one I found tonight on eBay … I think it’s going on the “to make” list!

I’ve also got a Sister’s Choice on my to do list … this one is kind of wild but I love it!