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April 21, 2019
Half Way Busy Day from Quilting My Way

This morning we were up and out the door to Costco. We did shopping of us, mom and Phil. So, on the way back is was time to drop things off. We stopped at moms and invited her over to the house tomorrow for King Crab Legs. Then we headed to Phil's and dropped off his stuff. He really didn't ask for much. It was good to see him.

Then came home. I was a little tired but I stayed up. I put the groceries away with Patrick. Then he went out to mow the grass. I messed ...

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Saturday Surprise (a not so good one) from Jo's Country Junction

Friday night it was the consensus that I was to get some sleep.  I had a rough go of things with my own doctor appointments and sometimes, when a person can’t do much of anything they can control, sleep is the only medicine that does any good.

Kelli and Kayla were here.  We went to Good Friday church then came home and tried to figure out something I could eat….something Kramer could eat and something Kayla could eat.

Kramer’s problems with swallowing have progressed over the last couple days.  Eating is getting harder and harder.  The doctor ...

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April 20, 2019
Drive Safe from Jo's Country Junction

Through all of Kramer’s cancer we have both been trying to deal with the wide range of emotions that comes with this.  Everything is so much more and so much bigger.

Let me start this story back a little further….back to my childhood…back to Kramer’s childhood.

I grew up in a family that wasn’t big on emotions.  Once I went to school I don’t ever remember getting a hug.  I don’t ever remember being told that I was loved.  Really, that never bothered me.  I knew I was loved.  I knew my mom ...

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April 19, 2019
A Little About Me… from Jo's Country Junction

So today was doctor day for me.  It was quite the day all around.  Kalissa, Gannon and Kayla went with me.  Kelli took Kramer to his radiation appointment.


For us, this is a trip from NE Iowa into Southern Minnesota, to Rochester, MN.  One of the towns we go through it Spring Valley.  If you’re a Kramer, Spring Valley means the bakery.


Everytime we go to Rochester we purposely leave a little early just so we can stop at the bakery.

Spring Valley also has some awesome old houses.  This one is Kalissa’s favorite.  She loves the black ...

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April 18, 2019
Four for Four from From the Strawberry Patch...

For the past three days we've had a little helper here, things are sadly quiet this morning. Over the last few months Mr. Goodneedle and I have tried to have each of the grandchildren for a weekend, by themselves, as schedules allowed. We didn't get Lucy Ann for a weekend but did manage the first three days of her spring break from school this week. We've now four for four, she was the

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Four for Four from From the Strawberry Patch...

For the past three days we've had a little helper here, things are sadly quiet this morning. Over the last few months Mr. Goodneedle and I have tried to have each of the grandchildren for a weekend, by themselves, as schedules allowed. We didn't get Lucy Ann for a weekend but did manage the first three days of her spring break from school this week. We've now four for four, she was the

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April 16, 2019
~ My Talented Family ~ from Podunk Pretties

This is a post about my creative and talented family.  Before going any further I want to give you a heads up/WARNING about what you will see in this post.  The WARNING is being made due to the highly PC culture that has taken over our society.   So if you would prefer to NOT see a handmade knife don't read any further.  You have been warned, so please no snarky comments, they will be deleted.  

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As a family of makers we tend to give gifts that we put our heart and souls into.  This doesn't stop with ...

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A Day With Friends from Quilting My Way

This morning I took my time getting ready for my Brazilian embroidery meeting. Called Sherry to see if we could go separately because I needed to go to moms. She agreed.

So, I headed out to see Ethel to pick up some fabric for Faye. Then I went to the BE meeting and we worked on the detached buttonhole stitch. That is not an easy stitch when one doesn't know what they are doing or looking at. But it's an easy stitch once one gets to know it. I enjoy doing it, I just forget how to get ...

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Papa -- a hard loss from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Back in the beginning of April, I wrote this article about Richard's dad, who had become bedridden and losing his battle with COPD and dementia. We lost him last week. He struggled for weeks unable to breathe, though his memory had a few days of clarity. He was able to recognize those who visited and say goodbye. It was heart-wrenching, but having the closure and knowing he was ready must make his loss easier for Mrs. Carolyn, his wife, and Richard and Steve, their two sons. 

Mama and Papa
We spent as much time as possible with him because ...

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April 11, 2019
These Folks Will Be Missed from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night Chad and Nicole were replacing drawer glides on a drawer. Addie was sitting right in the middle of the action giving advice and eating cookies. And drinking a rootbeer. I’m even going to miss old Speck taking up 2/3 of my sleeping spot. The good news is . . it won’t be long...

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Stitching and Traveling from Romany Quilting

Just a little stitching to show so far.  I’ve enjoyed several hours stitching away outside under the caravan awning.  Autumn weather here usually means quite warm settled days, so we are making the most of it.  Mind you, the nights are quite chilly now in the caravan.  Time to put my fluffy bed socks on!

Stitching Santa

Our three week road trip started with a weekend caravan rally on a farm in the hills of Otaki.  We had a real treat on Saturday night before our evening entertainment arrived – toasted marshmallows!  And not just any marshmallows, “Flamin Mallows” especially ...

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April 9, 2019
More Lumber from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Chad picked up more lumber yesterday. I think he said these are white oak. He sells some of the wood but he wants to make river tables with the really pretty wood. I would love to have something made out of this one. The figure is beautiful but I’m betting Granny doesn’t get the cream...

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Almost Time to Leave from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I doubt I’ll leave on the day I had planned to leave because I don’t think I’ll be up to driving 10 hours and stopping and spending the night along the way isn’t something I want to do. I have a doctor’s appointment next week (annual . . that I need to get before Medicare...

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Saturday with Kelli and Georgia from Jo's Country Junction

On Saturday I had nothing that I had to do.  None of our kids were at our house.  I woke up and for the most part it felt like Saturdays of my past…a whole do to do my choosing.  I can’t tell you the last day I had like that.  It felt like a luxury.

There was an auction I could go to….there was a house I could clean…there was yard work I could do…there were blog posts I could write.  But what did I do?  I called Kelli and asked if she had some ...

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April 8, 2019
Trampoline from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Chad and Nicole had been talking about getting Addie a trampoline and she’s been begging for one. She takes gymnastics so he loves getting on the trampoline and doing flips. They had decided to get one for her birthday in August but I suggested they get it now and every day, remind her that it’s...

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April 7, 2019
Joplin Again from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday Nicole, Addie and I went to Joplin to do a little shopping and eat out. I love that Addie dresses herself . . and adorns herself, for these shopping trips. Complete with earrings, necklace, hair bow . . and a dress with leggings under it. We ate at Olive Garden and she kept folding...

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April 6, 2019
Chad’s Wood from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Remember the logs I showed on Chad’s trailer a week or so ago? Yesterday he and a friend took the friend’s trailer and went up to the sawmill and picked up lumber they had both had milled. What’s in the back of Chad’s truck is from one of the logs. The sawmill guy hadn’t finished...

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» Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

One of the things Addie’s class did this week was a grouchy ladybug. Look at her angry face. Good grief . . I don’t like that face! Here’s what she wrote: She feels grouchy when “we do not go to Joplin!” I suppose if that’s the only thing that makes her grouchy, she’s a lucky...

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Pa-pa from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Richard's dad is in the last throws of dementia. It's terribly sad to watch this man, who was so vital and full of life when Rich and I first married, slowly lose every bit of life. Now bedridden, he's become a shell of a person, barely recognizing even his sons and grandsons. 

When I first met him, Rich's parents were in their late 30s, working and farming, raising a family and caring for elderly parents of their own. The Marcotte men would throw 50 lb. crates of sweet potatoes onto stacks that reached well above my ...

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April 5, 2019
Library Card from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

When I was here in October, I asked Addie if she would like to go to the library. She said “NO! You have to be quiet in there!” OK . . at least she knew being quiet was a hard thing for her. About three days a week, she brings home a book from school...

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