Friday, January 30, 2009


More from the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show: I think this quilt is simply stunning. It it made up entirely of little squares. Each piece adds to the shading to make the portrait. A lady made this quilt to hang in her husband's obstetrics office.

Leslie and me. Isn't the color of this quilt beautiful? I love it! Leslie is soon to have a wedding in her family--her baby daughter, Sara on March 15. Exciting news!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I love the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show. I go almost every year. This year, Leslie's husband David provided Leslie and me with a room at the Holiday Inn in OK. City so we went over the night before and got to the show bright and early before it even opened. The quilts were beautiful and the vendors were delightful. Here are some of the highlights:

This is Leslie and me with Loretta from our stitch group in front of the winning quilts. The one on the left was the top prize for the Prairie Quilts challenge and I believe the other one is best of show.

More friends from my stitch group: Me, Leslie, Coleen, and Emma. Donna also went but for some reason she wasn't around when we were taking pictures.

Friday, January 23, 2009


On a serious note:

Two days ago, one of Tim's co-worker's wife woke at 2 a.m. with a bad headache. She passed out and 12 hours later she was dead (brain aneurism). She leaves a grieving husband and 3 teenage daughters.
I've been thinking a lot about the brevity of life and how every day (hour, minute) is a gift from God. Hopefully, it will cause me to live life a little fuller, treat others a little kinder, worry less about the small stuff and love the Lord and others with more passion. Just a thought...we never know how much time we have left.


Are there any old hippies out there reading this blog? If there are, you'll appreciate this...

We went to a Moody Blues concert right before Christmas. It was really fun to watch all those old people rocking out and singing along with those old people on stage. For old guys, they still looked pretty good and sounded great too. We took David and Leslie and Kevin C. and Mike H. joined us (they're not too old). I hope that when I'm that old I won't make a fool of myself (pretending I'm back in the 70's) like a lot of those old people did.
Surely, I'm not as old as they are!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Christmas time

We started a new Christmas tradition about 3 or 4 years ago. We go out to eat on Chirstmas eve. Usually our kids are doing other things and the restaurants (those that are open) are usually quiet and family oriented on that evening. Last year, David and Leslie joined us so now they're part of the tradition. Her parents, Dixie and Bob were here from California so they joined us this year, too. Leslie made this beautiful "joy" pillow for me. It's made of wool and is hand appliqued. For some reason the picture is on end and I don't know what to do about it!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Calista showcased her talents again this Christmas. She knitted this colorful sock cap for Aaron... And...this beautiful lace scarf for Andrea. We were all amazed at how intricately done it is and it's beauty.
It goes well with her blue eyes.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

This is quilt I made for my little friend Sophie over a year ago (before she was born).
Sophie recently celebrated her first birthday. Here she is with her lovely mom, Brooke (with a little of Timothy in the background)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Christmas time

GABE got stilts for Christmas. Need I say anymore?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Here I am with Timothy and Gabe on Christmas morning. According to our (recent) family tradition, we open our gifts late in the morning after the Evraets arrive (they open their presents at home first). So here we are all cheery--anticipating what is to come very soon... Another one of our traditions (for many, many years) is for Tim to read the Christmas story from the Bible before the gift frenzy begins. Our children have sat patiently and waited (not always happily) and this tradition has become one of our favorite parts of Christmas. As you can see...Timothy was not quite so patient and not so happy either.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Catching up on Christmas

Around our house we love the movie "White Christmas". We planned to have a White Christmas party this year, but time got away from us so we had our own private viewing. Andrea and Patrick joined us on Christmas eve and we dressed the parts. Here are my very own Bing Crosby (Tim, complete with hat from Vermont and pipe) and Danny Kaye (Aaron--hat from Vermont, too) I'm not as skinny as Vera and I don't dance. Come to think of it, I'm not blonde either nor do I look anything like her but I am wearing my cape from Vermont. So...there you have it!

Did I mention that Andrea knows every word to every song in White Christmas and also has all the dialog memorized? Did I also mention that she sings along with all the songs and talks along with all the dialog? Not that it annoys anyone or anything like that!

Monday, January 12, 2009

This is my stitch group--T-Town Stitchers. We were having our annual Christmas party and gift exchange, this year at First Call. Then we left to go to June's house to continue the party. She was injured in a serious car accident before Thanksgiving and is still recovering at home. (Get well soon, June!). I've been really far behind in my blogging. Tim's parents have both been very ill and we've been in Missouri over the holidays. I'll add more as time permits.