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September 14, 2019
The kindness of a friend from Quilting with Kimberly

More tears were flowing at our house yesterday. But they were good tears. 

Tears of love, good memories, joy for our sweet little Divot and the kindness of our dear friend, Sherri Manios. 

Last year, when Tuffy passed away, she sent us a gorgeous drawing 

drawn from this photo she found posted on my social media page. It means more to us than you could ever imagine. 

I had the drawing framed and it now hangs prominently where we can see it and remember Tuffy every day because he was, after all, the “World’s Greatest Cat.” (And that’s ...

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Cats! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’ll apologize right off the bat to those who love cats. I do love Boots and I think I love Cat. Both of those cats showed up here. I didn’t go looking for a cat. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone puts up with a cat – me or you!...

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PET Scan Adventure from Jo's Country Junction

Thursday was PET scan day for me.  Remember the insurance preauthorization thing that was going to take until October 2nd.  Well the clinic called me the next day and said I was approved.  This is one of the many reasons it’s important to advocate for yourself.  If I hadn’t I would be waiting until then for this to get moving along.  In reality, it was approved in less than 24 hours.

The family has been juggling schedules to try to help out but with one member of the team, Kramer, gone, it’s a little bit harder.  Kelli ...

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September 12, 2019
Smitten from Quilting with Kimberly

First, thank you to everyone who sent cards or messages of condolences of love and concern over the loss of our precious little Divot. We read each and every one, and they were so appreciated. Truly, your words were such a comfort and touched our hearts. She can never be replaced. We will carry the memory of her love and the happiness and memories of our time spent with her in our hearts forever. 

We have a warm spot in our hearts for cold noses. We adore loving on adopted furry friends and since we have the space in our ...

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pluggin' along . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried.  And for the most part, I've been successful.  I've continued to work towards at least 15 minutes of something stitching/quilting/crafting related.  Between work and church and the camp and family, there have been a couple of days where I've slacked. Ah well.  I'll keep plugging away! :)

You'll notice the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop button on my sidebar!  I'm participating in the hop--I'm SO excited!  
My day will be October 10th ... if you know me well, you might understand why that day is ...

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9/11 from Stash Overflow

On 9/11/2001 I was a federal employee at Social Security Headquarters (a large complex of 8 buildings) in Baltimore County, Maryland. Shortly before 9:30 a.m., as I was pulling into a parking space, I heard that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. I thought they were talking about small planes, not commercial passenger jets. I remember thinking that two planes was weird. I hurried into the building to sign in and get to my 9:30 meeting.

The woman who sat next to me called in to say she couldn’t get to ...

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September 11, 2019
Getting Caught Up - Part 2 from Quilting My Way

As I said before, I've been thinking of posting - but it didn't happen. Thinking and typing are two different things. Apparently I can't do both!

This put us to Tuesday this week.

Man, the days are going and I can't remember one day from the next at times. Don't think I've been this busy since the kids (adults now) were kids.

I woke around 9 am. Didn't get to sleep till about 1 pm, so I decided to sleep in. I noticed Dan was still sleeping and let him sleep. I knew he ...

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Carver Does it Again from Jo's Country Junction

That little smirk of Carver’s is exactly his personality….


a little mischievous, a little bit daring…but way cute.  He ended up in Urgent Care over the weekend after he fell out of Mom and Dad’s bed and cracked his head open.  UGH.  Poor guy.


It’s tradition at their house to snuggle in Mom and Dad’s bed in the morning on “family days”….on Sunday, he fell off and oh no- banged himself up enough that he need to go to urgent care.  Poor guy.

So off to Urgent Care they went….


Carver was brave, he ...

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September 9, 2019
Birthdays and More from Quilting with Kimberly

First, Kent and I want to sincerely thank everyone — more than 150 of you — for sending so many beautiful cards to help Kent celebrate his 60th birthday! (And dozens and dozens more of you posted loving comments to him on Facebook!) It was more appreciated than you could EVER know. He was so surprised! I posted a short video on Facebook of Kent opening the large box of all the cards and packages. (I’d post the video here except this platform doesn’t seem to accept videos or anything over 2MB. Darn it!)

Kent wanted to take time to ...

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September 8, 2019
Oh Happy Adoption Day!! from Jo's Country Junction

I had Thursday off this week…It was a special day that our family will always remember.  It’s the day Scotty legally became part of our family.  I almost wrote “officially” rather than legally but that’s not true.  Scotty became part of our family the moment we met him.  Oh..I love that little guy!!

Our family met Scotty when he was around 18 months old.  We had heard lots and lots about him from the time Lora and Buck were dating but they were doing the right thing and took it slow so not to meet us ...

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September 7, 2019
It’s that Time, AGAIN! from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve had my three month reprieve.  It’s time to head back to Lacrosse and get my cancer rechecks.

Gundersen La Crosse Campus

It amazes me how easy it is for me to slip into life as I live it and completely ignore that I had cancer or that it’s trying to sneak back into my life.

If you’ve been a reader since December of 2015, you know that I’ve had thyroid cancer.  Mine was initially found during a routine annual physical.  I had absolutely nothing going on in my life that would have lead anyone to believe that I ...

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Quilting With Mom Day from Quilting My Way

This morning I was able to sleep in - but didn't. I was up and getting laundry done. I knew mom would be here after her appointment. So, I went downstairs and clean up a little.


I laid out the blocks that Georgie game me a while back. This is what I decided on.


Had them all laid out and then Sophie came to mess up the one in the right top corner. She was going under it.


Then I turned around and found this!! She threw the blocks all over the place! Under my sewing table, even.


While I ...

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September 6, 2019
Family Visit from Quilts + Color


It was great to have a visit with Stephanie, Blake, Julie, Greg and Oliver this weekend. I knew Greg and Julie were coming but Stephanie and Blake surprised me.

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September 4, 2019
The Work Continued from Jo's Country Junction

You might remember that earlier this week I told you that the boys helped with a few jobs around the house.  I told you they trimmed the trees and helped with the garden.  What I didn’t tell you is that they moved into the house and helped there too.

As many of you know I’ve been working on fixing up the living room.  Kramer and I initially moved into the house before we had a chance to make things the way we really wanted them.  It was part money, part time and part just plum being sick of ...

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Observant Little Rita from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

For the most part, I’m up early every morning but I don’t set an alarm. This morning, since I had to leave home by 7:30, I set my alarm. I was already awake by the time it went off but hadn’t gotten out of bed yet. Rita gets so upset when I leave to go...

The post Observant Little Rita appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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The magic of ordinary days from Quilting with Kimberly

To say this summer has been a whirlwind of travel and events would be an understatement. Not that I’m complaining. We’ve spent time with many wonderful folks who share our passion and love for creativity, quilting and pets and it has been a true blessing in our lives. We stopped to see some cherished family members in Ohio, done several Janome events where the enthusiasm and excitement for the machines was palpable, and we’ve seen some amazing, expansive parts of the country including wide-open Wyoming, an enchanting town in Alaska, vibrant New Jersey with a quick shopping ...

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September 3, 2019
A Glimpse and Gone from Jo's Country Junction

On Monday night I took Ruby on a walk.  It’s easy when I’m walking to end up at the cemetery.  It’s only a turn from the path I usually walk…this day, I felt it appropriate to go.  It marked the three month mark.  Can Kramer really have been gone three months?  It can feel like months….It can feel like days.

I stopped by Kramer’s stone and then walked the length of the cemetery.  When visiting the cemetery it’s easy to see I’m not alone in grief.  At Kramer’s stone I see ...

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A Happy Momma from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve had some things hanging over my head that I’ve so wanted to get done…some NEEDED to get done.  Much of it is things I need help for…some I’d like help for.  I hate asking for help…but sometimes I need help.  I am sure all of you who are on your own completely understand.

Sunday started out with Karl and I cleaning up the garden….The squash that was ready was harvested.


Then we started to tackle this spot.  I know this doesn’t look like much right now…but to me, it looks ...

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September 2, 2019
A Month Goes By from Stitchin at Home

I know how long it's been since my last post and I am not to going to apologize for the lack thereof I had too much fun. Family comes first and I want to spend as much time enjoying my family as possible. Life is too short not to.

That's not to say I didn't touch my sewing machine just the opposite is true. 

a small amount of the fmqing
I have two, both lap size. Yes that's two quilts quilted all on my domestic machines. I will show the BOM for my guild next week ...

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Good Morning, Rita from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Rita is such a good sleeper. Speck was always listening intently and waiting to hear a sound that indicated someone was awake and he was ready to start his day. Rita would sleep til noon if we didn’t wake her up for her morning eye drops. This morning I walked by her bed and noticed...

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