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March 29, 2020
D.E.A.R. Time from From the Strawberry Patch...

Since we've created the new porch space to enjoy we've added a new element to our daily schedules. No matter what Mr. Goodneedle or I are doing at 4:00 PM  we Drop Everything And Read for an hour. We have really come to enjoy this custom over the past two weeks and we hold each other to it, if I'm busy in the sewing room and might even consider skipping a day he encourages me to leave what I'm

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D.E.A.R. Time from From the Strawberry Patch...

Since we've created the new porch space to enjoy we've added a new element to our daily schedules. No matter what Mr. Goodneedle or I are doing at 4:00 PM  we Drop Everything And Read for an hour. We have really come to enjoy this custom over the past two weeks and we hold each other to it, if I'm busy in the sewing room and might even consider skipping a day he encourages me to leave what I'm

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Everyone needs a dog from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Every morning, I have a few websites that I check. One is my progress on the Virtual Challenges to make sure that my steps got uploaded overnight. And now I can say "Toto - we're not in Kansas anymore!". I'm now in Oklahoma on Route 66. It's pretty exciting - a total of 629 MILES since the beginning of the year. Is anyone else signed up for any of them?? Some are short - like 26.2 miles. But no - we have to pick the longest one! And you know what? I'm OK with that.

I have to admit ...

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February 29, 2020
Sewing finesse from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

As far as stuff to show you, there's not as much as the previous day. However, I'm happy to report that I finished reading two books yesterday. One a paperback and the other was an audiobook. I'm so happy to be finished with Radium Girls. This is a novel about a true and shockingly disturbing incident that occurred in the US. The story started before WWI and spans several decades. I had never heard of the Radium Girls and all that did to make our society much safer from radioactivity.

But never have I been so shocked ...

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February 26, 2020
Keeping Busy, but not always productive :) from Bayou Quilts

I have been on another attempt to straighten and organize my sewing and craft stuff.  I've gone through my fabric stash and filled a box for Goodwill.  Added some ancient Quilting Arts magazines and even some of my beloved Prims magazines.   Started another box and filled it with more fabric and other miscellaneous items that were intended for various projects and will never be used again.  (Sometimes items move back and forth from the donate to the keep pile and back again.)  

Have to wrangle the chaos upstairs before I can play again.     

Favorite books so far this month ...

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February 15, 2020
A STUPENDOUS day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Ever have one of those days when everything goes right? They don't happen often, but yesterday was one of those days. Even though I forgot to do two things which gave me a nightmare last night. I dreamt that I had arrived at an event and had forgotten to pack samples. I had nothing - I don't think I even had my suitcase. Weird!

Let's just say that some things could have gone wrong - very badly, but I was on top of my game. I was merrily quilting a quilt that had been given to me by Quilts ...

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February 7, 2020
The books I read from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I felt like a shut-in yesterday. I didn't leave the house. No that's not true - I took the girls for a walk a couple of times. I just didn't drive the car anywhere. That happens frequently at my house these days. I do drive to the gym - it's 4 KM away. I could walk, but then I'd just turn around and walk back so what's the point?

Yes - we had snow, but nothing like was reported. I wonder - when people go to school to learn how to report the weather, are they told to ...

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January 30, 2020
Last Week in January from Bayou Quilts

Today is dreary and overcast.  No rain in the forecast, but a gloomy sky.  A little breezy and the chimes are sounding, leaving that long, deep resonance in the air.  

Stitching.  Finished the third panel for 25 Million Stitches!  It will go in the mail this week, leaving me having to begin a new stitchery project to keep myself calm.  :)

 About 7,000 + stitches in this one.  I quit counting when I got close to 7,000, but kept adding more elements.  The stitches are fairly large and the pearl cotton is a craft variety, the kind that comes in ...

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January 24, 2020
It's all about the jelly roll rugs from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

We had Sit n Sew yesterday. One of my favorite days of the month. Despite that fact, I was way over in my daily step count. Why? Well, it seems that I do a lot of walking when the group is over and not a whole lot of sewing. I help carry the sewing machines down the stairs and fetch things if someone forgot something. I've no idea why so many steps, but it was a wild day. One of my highest activity days in a while.

So I'm ahead on both challenges. The goal was to catch ...

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January 23, 2020
Stitching, Reading, and Stuff from Bayou Quilts


25 Million Stitches.  Still working on panel #3.  I seem to be spending all my spare time on this panel.  Which is a good thing for my blood pressure as I avoid as much news as possible.

Christmas bags finished.  Both of these were started a year or two ago,  and it took very little time to finish them up.  When I get a chance (after finishing the last panel for 25 Million Stitches), I'm going to select some fabric from my stash for making more bags, not necessarily for Christmas, but for gifts of various sizes.  It ...

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January 16, 2020
Free Little Library Episode #105 from Hobbies Up To Here

Today we share some of the most important books that we would include in a free little library, if we had one! What would you include??

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January 15, 2020
January Week Two, Done and Dusted from Bayou Quilts

Recently, I've been reciting this mantra:  Time to adjust my crown and get to work.  (I don't remember where I saw the original version, but I've been using it several times a day.)  

This morning while I was making an organizing effort, I spotted my real crown, which sits on the head of a papier mache cat, and decided to actually wear my crown for a bit.  

Outgoing Mail

Week 2 Goals:  daily yoga (shortest practice 7 min.; longest 50 min.), walking (as long as I make two miles, I'm pleased), and out of the house ...

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First Week in the New Year from Bayou Quilts

25 Million Stitches Project.  Panel 2. I think I'm finished with this panel.  Time to get it in the mail.

I enjoyed working on both panels while making my way through some Netflix shows and listening to podcasts.  Often, however, I would sit down to stitch and simply let my thoughts take me where they would, in silence.  Both panels are typical of the way I stitch, improvising on patterns, threads, and stitches as I go, but I loved finding the quote for this panel to give me a more thoughtful beginning.

It also pleased me to include a ...

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December 18, 2019
Miscellaneous Assortment of Topics :) from Bayou Quilts

Dementia is something that almost all of us have some personal experience.  This video is about Bournmouth University's trial using Tai Chi with dementia sufferers and their carers.  Preliminary results find fewer falls among patients who participated.  An added benefit is that both patients and carers enjoyed the process.  I still love Tai Chi, although I rarely practice any more, but given this impetus, I may return to a daily practice.  Well, I'll think about it anyway.

Stitching.    25 Million Stitches  --The first thing I stitched on the second panel was the quote, then I began filling in ...

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December 14, 2019
Stitching, Snail Mail, Reading from Bayou Quilts

Stitching.  I began working on a second panel for 25 Million Stitches as soon as I finished the first one. 

Silly.  I don't know why, but feeding the worms is much more amusing than feeding the cats.  Another smoothie should keep them happy for a while.  
 Sometimes I just put a Ritz cracker topped with a lettuce leaf from the garden and a banana slice because it makes me laugh at the idea of the worms feasting.

Mail.  I really like this envelope, simple and lovely.  Jacque makes the most beautiful cards and her Christmas card below is one ...

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October 23, 2019
Creepy, Crawly Creatures from Bayou Quilts

More Halloween.  

 in progress

Incoming Mail

from Iliana this beautiful Teesha Moore postcard!
Notice how the P.O. obliterated the bottom.  ??

Teresa's card cracks me up!
A photo from a Halloween party in the past.

I love the stamp, but everything in white is actually shiny gold.
It is a beautiful stamp, but my scanner doesn't want to pick up metallics. 


None of the shiny, shimmery, metallics show up here either.  :(

postcard to Suzie


One paranormal and three historical mysteries.

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October 11, 2019
October Is Flying By from Bayou Quilts

First Halloween Mail--postcards

to Hannah

 to Max

to Mila (another one inspired by Jacki Long's faces/collage

to Bryce Eleanor

to Carla

to Ricky & Teresa

 I'm waiting for my new Halloween stamps to arrive.  

Here are the First Day Covers 

I'm a sucker for children's books.  So many have such gorgeous or funny illustrations that are difficult to resist.  They make great gifts for children or adults and some of the illustrations are worthy of frames.  I just posted about some wonderful new purchases of children's books on my book blog.  If you ...

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October 10, 2019
My Favorite Thing from Meena Schaldenbrand

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July 16, 2017
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman from Sew French

★★★★★ This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat. The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for … Continue reading

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