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September 23, 2021
Mourning & Gratitude from Where Art & Life Meet

Every now and then it hits me. She’s gone. I will never see her again. I will never hold her hand with those arthritic knuckles that made them resemble gnarled tree branches, misshapen and yet beautiful. I will never get another email from her containing silly videos or stories or photos and it is during […]

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Nothing To Report from Quilting My Way

 This morning we were up and chatting. Patrick decided he wanted to get out and we went up to Costco. We looked around and found some glasses (drinking) that I liked. Of course we bought those, since I have been braking the ones we have. We also picked up a few other things. Came home with more than what was on our list. 

We got home and then took a walk around the neighborhood. The ambulance was at our neighbors house and chances are it was to take her "home." She was on hospice, so I'm thinking she didn ...

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September 16, 2021
A Fun Day from Quilting My Way

This morning Patrick was up before me. 

We took a walk. Once that was over we came back we played with Sophie. She found a thick rubber band that she loves to play with. 

Patrick worked on grape jelly today. While he was doing that, I decided to bead. 


 I was able to get another 9 rows done. It's coming along great. I do like working on this. I get 3 rows done at a time. It takes almost as long as one rows did on the Snowman. This one has 345 rows. I'm at around 40 rows ...

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September 15, 2021
Things To Do Today from Quilting My Way

This morning was up early. Patrick had an early golf time, and I needed to get ready for the dentist. I was going to go to the bank first but decided to wait. Good thing I did. My dental appointment was an hour long! Then was told I need to get one of my fillings redone. Not too thrilled about that. Apparently it's coming apart.  It is a "silver" filling and they don't do those any more and haven't done them for a long time. I told him I think it's one from when I was ...

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September 14, 2021
Spending The Day With Hubby from Quilting My Way

This morning Patrick took me to Berry Fields for breakfast. We let early and had a great breakfast, that made it easy to skip lunch. lol 

Then we headed to Olympia to get my blood test. Next stop was to Cabela's. We looked for a couple jackets like the ones we have. Patrick finally found them. Patrick got a green one and I got a black one. They are the same jacket just different colors. 

Headed home. Got back by 1 pm. Then I sat down and worked on the bowling Secretary work. I had to get the cards ...

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September 12, 2021
Making Tomato Sauce from Quilting My Way

 This morning I needed to get to work on laundry. Got that going and then started peeling tomatoes for sauce. 

I let that cook for awhile. Then I played games. I really didn't feel like doing much but keep an eye on the tomato sauce. It's interesting trying to find spices that work to make a really good BBQ sauce. 

Then I decided it was time to work on something. 


I worked on the white star. I'm working on this piece and then I needed a another color. So, I went through all my floss for the ...

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September 9, 2021
The Day to Day Trajectory of a Tourist on Safari from Where Art & Life Meet

First day seeing an animal (any animal): Me: What is that?  It looks like a boar.  Runs to find someone who can accurately identify said boar.  Told it’s a warthog.   Second time seeing boar-like creature: Me: Oh look! It’s a warthog. Confidently lists several features of the warthog; it’s preferred vegetation, which animals prey upon it, etc. First day […]

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September 8, 2021
Not Feel 100% Today from Quilting My Way

 Last night I had the first "attack" of reflex in a long time. My throat burned and I was "up-chucking" in my throat. It was awful! So, I went to the couch to see if that would help. I could sleep with my head on the arm rest, which help stop the reflex. Not fun! 

So, when I did wake up this morning, I had a good headache as well as not feeling good all day. I tried not to let it bother me. I felt better as the day went on, but it's not the best. 

Patrick was ...

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September 7, 2021
This is Grief, I’m Told from Where Art & Life Meet

There are moments that feel impossible and others that fly by unnoticed. Mostly I’m exhausted almost constantly, as though a perpetual scrim has enveloped me, making everything feel heavier, cloudier, more difficult to sort through. It’s not terrible, just different. This is grief, I’m told. This morning is one of those heavier moments. Maybe it’s […]

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HAPPY LABOR DAY! from Quilting My Way

 Labor Day is one of those days were family get together and enjoy the holiday. I remember times when we would take trips driving around to find a park where we would sit and have a picnic. My dad loved to travel and always wanted to drive somewhere. When the kids where younger, we would go to a park and have a picnic. Or we would get together with friends and have a good BBQ. 

This year, not so much. Patrick and I had the day to ourselves. So, we worked on cooking. Patrick got the meat for BBQ sandwiches ...

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September 6, 2021
Fun With Family Day from Quilting My Way

 This morning I was getting laundry going and playing games. I wanted to get my game done today. 

Then it was time to head over to moms. My niece was there. She fixed supper - which was awesome! She made some meat balls and wrapped them with cheese in a crescent roll. She also had a really good crookneck squash casserole. 

We played games all afternoon. It was fun because I won! lol - Love playing games with family. Rumicube (sp?) is a fun game to play. I noticed that our tiles are loosing some of the color and I may need ...

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September 5, 2021
Just A Quiet Day - Not Much Going On from Quilting My Way

 This morning I was up and playing games. I like to play my weekend games. 

Then I went to work on my beading. While I was starting to bead, Patrick brought in a few of the smaller tomatoes from the garden. They didn't seem to be growing much so I peeled the ones Patrick brought in. Then I cooked them for tomato sauce but Patrick wanted to make BBQ. So, before we headed out to the movies, I put what I had cooked in the refrigerator. 

We saw "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." I loved it ...

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September 2, 2021
My Mother: Paula Zurcher 1928 – 2021 from Where Art & Life Meet

Paula Zurcher: November 27th, 1928 - August 27th, 2021 Photograph by John Kelly

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August 31, 2021
Embroidery Day! from Quilting My Way

 This morning I was up early and out the door by 9:00 am. It was BE meeting day. 

I was there early, then Georgie came in. We chatted and I gave her her piece that Sandy V gave me last week. Then we chatted about her piece. She thought one of the flowers was done wrong. We worked on the pattern to see how it was supposed to go. Come to find out, she needed to change it a little. It is a beautiful piece. Then Sandy E showed up with Bev coming after. We had a really good ...

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August 26, 2021
Down the Mukungwa River in Rwanda from Where Art & Life Meet

In the afternoon after our first day of gorilla trekking, I went on a little river trip in a fiber glass canoe with Kingfisher Journeys down the Mukungwa River with the most wonderful guide, Eloi. The photo below is of Simba, our driver and guide while in Rwanda, who was amazing, and Eloi who works […]

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August 25, 2021
Finally Finished!! from Quilting My Way

 This morning we headed up to Olympia for Patrick's blood tests. Then stopped at Costco to pick up a few things. Once we did that, we headed home. First we needed to stop at Safeway to pick a few things up for mom as she is under the weather. She's been couching so much that her chest hurts. She finally went back into the doctors and they did a chest x-ray and gave her medication. We dropped her stuff off and then headed to Phil's to drop off a few things as well. 

Came home and sat ...

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August 23, 2021
Last Day At The Fair from Quilting My Way

Today Patrick headed off to golfing. I worked on my beading for a little bit before leaving. I started seaming the seam to the front. It's like a zipper. 

I headed over to the fair. Ended up in the farthest part of the parking lot. So, I'm taking a bag that isn't that heavy into the fair. Of course that is going to be heaver when I leave! I set up the station for our QOV honors. 


The sign is what Smiley did for us. 


We even had the photo frame going. It went well today. I ...

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August 21, 2021
Spending My Day With My Hubby from Quilting My Way

 Today we were up and being lazy. We then left about 11 am to go to the fair. We walked around the fair grounds looking at the animals. We were surprised that there really wasn't very many out there. The fair had more stalls with junk for sale. I remember a time when the fair was full of people and the stuff they sold was high quality at good prices. Even the food was good then at about $4. Now it's like going to a restaurant by paying $13 and up. Patrick and I shared a elephant ear ...

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August 17, 2021
Our African Adventure: Rwanda! from Where Art & Life Meet

It’s impossible not to contemplate the genocide that ravaged this country, when more than one million people were massacred in 100 days. Think about that. Resulting in a collective trauma that is still felt by so many to this day. It was a brutal time demonstrating the worst aspects of colonialism and the racism that […]

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Trying To Finish from Quilting My Way

 Today started out with going to the grange to do Brazilian Embroidery. I didn't have anything ready to work on. I went through my stuff and pulled a couple things out, but I didn't take my box of floss. So, I didn't do anything other than a leaf on my doodle cloth. I enjoyed chatting with Sandy and Bev. 

Came home by way of Safeway. The shop called to say we could pick up the van. So, I got home grabbed a cheese stick and headed out the door. We picked the van up and headed back ...

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