I’m working on my blanket and Mom liked the one I was working on the last time I was here so I’m teaching her to make this one.



I have a few blocks done

After cutting foundations and strips, I made a few blocks …


I’m not necessarily planning to make a whole set of 48 unless my time and muslin hold out but if I make less than a full set, I can send them in to be combined with other donated blocks.


Raiding Mom’s stash

Going to make some RWB blocks for our July HeartStrings project.



Goodbye GA, Hello VA

Chesty started having problems with his leg again last night. I hate being away from him!


I’m leaving GA and heading to VA for a visit with Mom before I finally get to FL next Sunday.


Let’s call this move done

Today was my last day up at Big Canoe and although there still isn’t power or A/C both issues will be addressed by the end of the week. Let’s hope nothing else goes wrong. I had to face another pile of file boxes … It wasn’t enough that I had days of shredding in Minneapolis, these were damaged by the water and have been sitting ever since. Why didn’t I deal with these years ago?! I have promised myself that I won’t just keep storing boxes of bills and statements, I’ll discard them every year from now on.


It’s all sorted and there’s only one bin of stuff to keep. The rest is stuffed in the shower in plastic bags and I’ll shred or find someone to shred it for me on my next visit.

I had them put up some simple shelves in the two closets … This one has a couple rows of shelves for my smaller bins.


And look, my quilt tops are already hung and waiting for quilting. The other side of this closet which is not pictured has more shelves and my rolls of batting. Without power, it was too dark to photograph.


Tomorrow I plan to sleep late, then go out to lunch and work on some accounting I’ve been neglecting. I’ve got to submit the bills for the work done at Big Canoe to the insurance company and I have to separate out some items and add in others …



It doesn’t look like it but this is progress and I love changing out the store bought comforters with quilts!


Adam came for a while today to help and we sorted and set aside a lot of duplicates … Linens, blankets, etc for donating.



The upstairs is taking shape …. The longarm is set up and covered in the event of any mishaps while they finish up the reconstruction. .


However, not sure I’ll find places for all the bins!!! Chris is calling me a ‘bin ho’.



So stressed

Some unexpected issues at big canoe means staying more days with Chris and Becky. The daily commuting is a pain but the benefits are more time with Rae … even if she had to spend a little time in time out today.




It’s a challenging job to combine two households. Some of the furniture from the MN townhouse is replacing furniture that was destroyed by the leak at Big Canoe but in other cases, I have to pick and choose what to keep and what to get rid of. Some choices are easy and some not so much.

Chris rented a truck to drive up to Big Canoe to load up all the things I’d decided not to keep. Space is very limited. Because the condo is in a gated mountain community that is more remote, it can be hard to get deliveries or things picked up so he was a huge help. He’s going back with me tomorrow to start the unpacking and to sort and discard some more items in the condo but we got all the big stuff on the truck today.


Becky helped unload the truck back at their house. Some items they’ll keep others they will donate or discard.


I’d only planned to stay the night I arrived and the night before I fly out at their house but there are a few issues at Big Canoe so I’m staying again tonight and tomorrow night. I’m hoping I can then stay a couple nights up there. It’s a 70-75 minute drive each way and I’d rather not have to do it each day but I’m grateful I have the option to stay here.


Happy 4th

I can hear the fireworks but am too tired to go watch them so Rae and I are in bed and Chris and Becky went out. She’s the easiest child ever to babysit. Goes to bed early and stays in bed.

I love making quilts for people who actually use them. This is one I made for Becky and it’s on the bed I’m sleeping in tonight.


I don’t know if the fireworks scared him or if he just wanted company but Buddy wandered in my room to sleep too. Luckily he doesn’t expect to sleep in the bed like Chesty.


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