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Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Goals

Rather than monthly goals this year I’m setting them for every 2 months. 

Results Jan/Feb – a couple substitutions were made and the goals weren’t all that challenging but overall I did well. 

  • 1 set of HeartStrings blocks made and top assembled
  • Dutch pinwheel blocks made and top assembled
  • 1000 Pyramid cut and top assembled
  • Woven Quilt – basted, quilted, and bound
  • RWB UFO – basted, quilted, and bound
  • Rachel the elephant crocheted and given to Rae
  • TGV scarf ends woven in – ready for donation
  • Be Simple Variation scarf ends woven in – ready for gifting or donation
  • Red Be Simple Variation scarf started
  • Progress was made on my Shine scarf but it was NOT finished so this goal was not met. 

I just did get this one started under the wire last night!

Goals for March/April – again not really ambitious but with a new puppy and traveling to VA, MD and PA the end of March, it’s enough to keep me busy. (Don’t worry – Keith will be home with Finn while I’m gone).

  • Quilt 8 Tops
  • Bind 5 quilts
  • Help Mom put borders on two queen size tops
  • Start piecing blocks for Chris/Becky’s king size quilt
  • Piece string blocks – number and type to be determined. 
  • Piece one project from a kit or precut
  • Finish knitting Shine scarf
  • Finish knitting Be Simple scarf
  • Finish one knitting UFO (weave ends and block if needed)

And since reading my goals is boring (after all who cares except me!)… I’ll leave you with a photo of Finn. 

In the sewing room

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on In the sewing room

The kids left this morning for GA although Rae was not happy and wanted to stay with Gram and Pop. Luckily, we’ll see them again on Saturday – not bad for living in two different states!

Thanks for all the comments on Finn. We’re getting into a routine and he’s pretty smart. Since he has to go out so frequently, we’ve decided on patch of fake grass on the patio with a pen surrounding it. It’s easy to take him out and drop him in quickly – he jumps up on the grass and does his business. Easy clean up too. 

We spent time in the sewing room today – this little pen is perfect and we’ve been using it on the porch too. When we’re not playing or holding him, he goes into one of the pens – no unsupervised roaming!! He crys if you’re not in the room but as long as he can see me, he settles down quickly for a nap. 

The border on the RWB top is quilted, the binding is on, and after playtime and a potty break, we’re upstairs again – he’s napping and I’m hand stitching the binding down. Looks like I will get this UFO finished before the end of the month after all. 

Still Crazy!

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Is it any wonder I’m not getting any sewing done? Company, a new puppy, and my walking – well today it was more of a walk/slow jog as Keith, Chris, and I did the Gasparilla Half Marathon – 13.1 miles. My only goal for the race is to keep my pace below 16 minutes/mile and I was successful finishing with a pace of 14.46 minutes/mile. Not impressive from a running standpoint but since my goal is to walk it and only run enough to keep my pace under 16 I’m happy. 

By the way, I’ve done other races but this is just my 2nd Half Marathon. They’re tough.

There will be a return to quilting content here on the blog. I have a little work to finish up here and then I’ll be quilting in GA by the end of the week. 

More company and Finn

Published / by Mary / 11 Comments on More company and Finn

Yesterday was a busy day and the rest of the weekend will be too.  Kevin is still here visiting and he went with me to pick up Finn while Keith was working. Of course as soon as I got home Keith was waiting for us and spent a little time with him.

Coming to a new home is tiring … Finn thinks the lamb is one of his siblings and he’s not sure why it won’t romp with him but he’ll nap snuggled up with it. 

And at dinner time, Chris, Becky, and Rae arrived for the weekend. 

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. 


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Family

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.