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December 12, 2019
The Importance of a Grandma from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Andrea Mowry is a very popular designer of beautiful knitted items. I love her designs and receive her newsletter. This morning she had a newsletter in my inbox where she was introducing a new pattern, Ginny, but she was talking about the influence and memories of her grandma who has now passed away. There’s a...

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Freezing Cat from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The funniest thing about Cat, at least to me, is that we went from “I think I saw a cat” to having a demanding, spoiled, hissing cat. Vince has set up a spot for her to stay warm – just a heavy piece of cardboard with a heat lamp hanging high enough above it that...

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December 11, 2019
Cherry And The Monster: A Harvest Story With Heart from The Ruthless Crafter

Cherry the unicorn is excited for fall harvest. In her short story, she learns a valuable lesson in sharing. We share the inspiration for her book and hats!

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December 10, 2019
ROAD TRIP…Karl Style from Jo's Country Junction

Karl and I ran away on Sunday.  His birthday was the 5th.  Mine is the 14th so we took off and decided to hang out for the day and live up our common birthdays.  I told Karl I was up for anything.  He could plan the day…and he did.  When Karl plans anything a coffee shop or brewery is always involved.  I knew that but I didn’t know it would involve so many stops….

It’s okay it was a super fun day.

The morning started with a stop in Fayette at the Sweets Cafe.  I told you ...

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December 8, 2019
picking up the pace . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

There really wasn't a whole lot of stitching this past week.  I did the bare minimum on my Snow Sampler . . .
To be honest, Todd and I both kind of relapsed and I was good for not much. Finally Friday afternoon I started feeling better; Todd is still struggling a little.  So Saturday, I headed to Early Works with the grandgirls . . .
We had a really fun time!  Edith especially made herself at home.
You probably don't realize the hilariousness of this here, so check out this pic:
Yeah.  She traded her ballet shoes for Paddinton's red boots.  LOL ...

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Still Working On HIS Retirement from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up early. I decided to treat today like I usually do for a Saturday.

Patrick has been sick all week. He's got a cold. So, he's napping from time to time. He retired 3 weeks ago. I'm still trying to figure out when I can get my time with the TV. I used to work on cleaning in the morning and either work on my beading or sit in front of the TV to work on quilting/cross stitching/crocheting. WELL, that ain't happening. I haven't been able to see any ...

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December 6, 2019
Advent Gifts from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Nicole is so good about sending me pictures of Addie opening her advent gifts, especially considering most of this is happening about 5:30 a.m. Nicole does such a good job of capturing her expressions. Nicole told me that she told Addie “I LOVED that book when I was your age. In fact, I was in...

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Still Keeping Busy from Quilting My Way

This morning was going strong. It's funny how things work out.

I met my son at Copy Depot at noon, then went to the Centralia Library to meet Sue, then was off to Safeway to pick a few things up.

Came back home and did laundry. I also ironed the batting for the QOV quilt. I've got everything ready to go for tomorrow. I have my doctors appointment at 10 am. So, I need to get moving early. Want to get to Sharon's by a quarter after 9 since it takes 30 mins to get to Kaiser ...

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A Good Picture of Cat from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I walked over to the shop this morning and Cat was sitting up on her platform eating. I walked out and she was still sitting there watching me. I went back to the house, grabbed my phone and was able to get a couple of pictures of her. I could have reached out and touched...

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December 5, 2019
Horse Bedding from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The other day I was reading something and read that many people use pine pellet horse bedding instead of kitty litter. The bag indicates “Superior Absorbency, Reduces Cleaning Time, Naturally Neutralizes Odor, Biodegradable with No Additives, Chemicals or Perfumes. People who had used it raved about it so I figured I would try it. First,...

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December 4, 2019
Congratulations Chad! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Remember that when we lived in Kentucky, Chad would laugh at the guys who drove pickup trucks and spent their free time hunting and fishing! Here’s the page from the local newspaper today. His buck won second place and probably would have won first place except he trimmed some fat off when he was field...

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December 3, 2019
virtual cookie exchange, day two . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

That's MEEEEEE!
I love hops . . . it's such an easy-peasey way to visit other bloggers and gain new ideas on a central theme.  Fresh perspective, if you will!  I especially enjoy participating in blog hops that Carol, over at Just Let Me Quilt organizes.   She does such a great job!  Thanks, Carol!

Our family has always baked our way through the holidays.  We love the tried and true, but we also love to experiment and try new, fun things.  I'm always looking for ways to include the grandgirls so that they grow up appreciating the baking traditions and ...

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December 2, 2019
Advent Gift Time from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Nicole sent pictures of Addie opening her Advent gifts. This year she has a Barbie “kit” and the other one is just little gifts I picked up through the year. I did a little chart of random acts of kindness she has to do each day and that’s supposed to correspond with the little individually...

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We Are Back Home from Quilting My Way

We got back home yesterday around 4:30 pm. We had a long drive, but it was smooth. We did run into snow a couple times, but the new car drove through it wonderfully. I really did enjoy our stay with Katt.


We had fun at Thanksgiving. This is Patrick, myself, and Katt. It was awesome to spend Thanksgiving with her.


This was our trip back yesterday at the Pass. This is White Pass, which had more snow yesterday than it had when we left on Tuesday.  I love going through White Pass.

We picked up Sophie at moms. It ...

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December 1, 2019
Dear Santa, I Want a Puppy from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Don’t get the wrong idea, I love Rita but Rita is not a snuggly dog. She cannot stand to be held. When I pick her up to take her out, she’s fighting to keep from being held close. She will get up in the chair with Vince but maybe for 10 seconds, and she’s down....

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November 30, 2019
A Quiet Day Of Waiting from Quilting My Way

This morning we were up to a quiet house. Katt was off to work.

Patrick and I started watching Downton Abbey for the first time. Watching the first season. While I was watching it,  I worked on my beading.


I was able to get 3 beads sets on. I need my smaller needles to help me out. I ended up taking the tassel down from 3 to 2 bead zets.

After Katt came home, we went to the movies. It was the "Knife" movie. It was comical and I really enjoyed it. Then we when to Walmart to get Katt ...

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November 29, 2019
Cat & Rooster Games from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’ve mentioned on here before that the last time one of our hens hatched eggs, it was just three roosters . . no girl chickens! You really can’t have more than one rooster unless you have 20+ hens because . . well, they’re men chickens and they have one thing on their mind. Really ....

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Happy Thanksgiving from Quilting My Way

We were up early. Kinda hard not to when we are sleeping on an air mattress.  When one moves the whole bed moves. Patrick moves a lot, so just trying to stay in bed gets interesting.

We all worked together to get a Thanksgiving feast. In between time we played games. Patrick won most, so we told him we were being nice and letting him win since he retired.

We had an awesome meal around 1 pm. The rest of the afternoon we played games or watched TV. I sat at the table beading.


I worked on the top of ...

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November 28, 2019
Day Before Thanksgiving from Quilting My Way

We didn't get much sleep last night. Harley was having a fit at the doir. We thought he was trying to get in the room. Nope, when Patrick got up at 7 am. He found Harley looking up at him wanting to get out. Shame we didn't figure that out at 2 am!

Patrick and got going on the preps for tomorrow.  Then went to the store for a few things. Katt called us as we were shopping. Came ba k and they watched TV while I worked on my beading.


I started working on the beads that ...

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Happy Thanksgiving! from Jo's Country Junction

Image result for thanksgiving clipartWhat a year it’s been here at the Kramer house!  Even in our sorrows, there have been so many blessings.

In January my husband of 32 years was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He lived 129 days after the day of his diagnosis.  Unbelievable, right??  It sure was unbelievable for all of us.

During that time, so many good things happened even in the hardness of it all…Gannon was born.


Georgia was born…


We found out that this girl is having a baby…our Kayla…and it’s boy.  We have less than TWO months to wait.


Scotty joined ...

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