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Happy May Day!!!

Ok, no promises, but I’m just gonna ask if we can pick up where we left off, and catch up along the way.  Sound good? Great! 

Let’s see…where to begin? Since you last heard from me “for real.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ We have had the coldest, snowiest winter on record for our part of the country. Seriously! Remember my picture of our lane last fall? Here’s a reminder

For those of you who might be new to my blog, don’t expect to be wowed by any pictures.  I use my phone, it’s handy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do plan on upgrading this summer, tho and there by, obtaining a flash! Woot!!(it’s the little things…hehehe)
๏ปฟNow on with the story… Cold, snow, wet, winter…none of these words are ones that I am sewsowinlove with(just a hint).  Here is our lane one cold February day at about 2:30 in the afternoon…

And, yes, this picture is even worse, because this chick Did Not Get Out of the van to take the picture!  Yep, thru the windshield. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But, you get the idea.  One more then I’ll stop with the weather, cause that’s NOT why you’re reading this blog, Lol.

This is our driveway, that I slid down(oh the things a mother will do for her 13yo daughter and her sleepover plans), but could not get back up!  Had to use the neighbor’s next door and drive across.  I am seriously addicted to the sun, and this season of gray did nothing for my mood. :-/

Let’s see… I did finish the Brown Bag Quilt, but not only have I not been blogging, I haven’t even been reading…not that I don’t think of you often, I just haven’t been on the computer much. So I don’t even know what happened with the whole BBQ thing.  I know it got moved off StashManicure to it’s own blog…anybody wanna catch me up?  Oh, about my BBQ, all it needs is a label, and then I’ll post a pic, but as LittleGuy says, “It works good, mommy.”

I have monogrammed my little heart out with “team wear” for players, coaches, moms and sisters… here’s a cute one

(remember ~ phone camera)
And made jeans to match…

Yeah, she rocked it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pieced a quilt for Archer. Must make the sandwich and get it finished!

Did my first complete bedroom…professional pics to follow but here are a couple from the “process.”  Boy, you want to talk about a “learning experience.”  Whew….that’s all I’m gonna say. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Started using Twitter, so much fun! AND Pinterest, so many ideas!

Garden is non-existent, with the cold weather, then the rain… I was feeling awful about this, but with the fact that we’ve had hail twice in the last week, I’m okay with it going in late. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that’s just a few things that have been going on…we’ll catch up more later. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, one more thing…guess who came to see me on Easter? Nope, not the Easter Bunny…a Cuddle Bug!

I’m going to ask you to excuse my posture, I tend to melt when she’s around!
Happy May Day!!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, EVERYBODY!!!!  Oh, yeah, new year, new start, clean slate…. Well, a girl can wish, can’t she?  The month of December has been crazy busy…as if it isn’t always and for everyone…I had to cut my losses, and the blog fell, as Dave Ramsey would say, “below the line.” ๐Ÿ˜‰  BUT…Watch Out!!! I’m back. Hehehe… 

In December we played basketball, well, you know “I” didn’t play, but I did attend the games. ๐Ÿ™‚ We took a little trip to Branson with the fam, including my sweet Daddy, Brother, Sister in Love, and you know….the Little Cuddle Bug….

Nicey…the Divine Miss Em

Then it was home to finish up rehearsals and put on a Christmas show….Look, Sweet Memory…

I’m home….. oohhhh….how sweet it was and is!

A great time was had by all!!!

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Christmas was wonderful filled with family and smiles….
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Sweet Sister in Love

๏ปฟ๏ปฟ And through it all…I was playing Words…Yes, don’t say it, I KNOW I’m obsessed!  K will say, “no wonder I don’t hear from you anymore…you’ve got a whole other group of friends.”  And…she would be right!  When there’s a ballgame on, I’m too tired to concentrate at the sewing machine, riding in the car, and I’m bored…and none of the “regulars” are on… I’ll start random games.  The first time I did this and hit pay dirt was last spring/early summer…that’s when I picked up Sewcute, Mr. Typo’s(hehehe don’t worry, he doesn’t know about this blog, or anything past my first name, so it won’t hurt his feelings), Julia, The TX Rider, and The Business Man…still playing with all of these. ๐Ÿ˜‰  In August, a No New Opponents rule was put in place, because of a certain Mr.NoName!!  Got to be careful… What a jerk!  Only recently have I started random games again.  And one Tuesday evening in December…I hit the jackpot again!!  With this load I got Ms.AZ, Jess, and The Poet…a couple more but these are the three that I’ve gotten to “know”.  So, this morning The Poet asks me to finish the sentence, “The new year…”  I respond with some dribble about it being my last year of my thirties, the kiddos, you know, nothing earth shattering.  Then I informed him that turn about is fair play.  His response came off the cuff, and I’d like to share it with you…

“The new year rang in exactly on time – the only given it is allowed.  For some, it will be their first, for others their last.  For most, the new year is the balance of mind and heart.  The mind concerned of what can be; the heart with what should be. The mind leads the way – analytically plotting where our physical body should tread.  Concerned as it should be with singular survival.  The heart, bless it, is concerned with what is best for all. I only hope that I find the balance between my mind and heart, physical existence and spiritual empathy.  It is
my goal; my quest.”
The Poet
Happy New Year!!๏ปฟ
soooo looking forward to spending it with you, All my Bloggy Friends!!

Treasure

*disclaimer*disclosure*warning* ๐Ÿ˜‰  The following post is highly personal and emotional.  I’m mainly posting if for a few close friends who read, but if you need a good cry, and promise not to tell me to get my big girl panties on, and get over it….feel free to read on.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tonight we got in after dark to my Dad’s deer camp.  Always before he’d had a TV in his 5th wheel, well, he took it out…  So, after we got unpacked and the girls and I were settled in, we thought we could watch a movie on the laptop.  I started looking around, thinking he surely had a DVD stashed somewhere… Well, no DVD, but I did find something, that for me is a treasure…. 

Let me back up, just a bit.

My brother was married in October of 2006.  There were several people taking pictures, besides the photographer.  So, for a while afterwards, we would receive pictures from one family member or another.  ALL very welcome. ๐Ÿ˜‰  In the late summer of 2007, Sweet Memory gave me a Ziploc bag of pictures.  Did you know she was a Kindergarten teacher?  She kept EVERYTHING in Ziploc baggies. Lol! 

Inside that bag I found pictures, that were good, and soon would become my favorites.  I wanted so much to take them to have some editing done, after we lost her, but only had the copies I had and was afraid to let them out of my sight. By now, you know where this is going.  The treasure found was the  CD with photos I had, and more…of a time past, when all seemed right in the world.

Wanna see?

                                 Oh, happy day!  My family…love.  Dad, Brother, and my Mom. 

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Hehehe… This picture caught us unaware, and for that I love it.  Kind of like life. ๐Ÿ˜‰
My Grandma.  She called me “my girl.”  She went on Home, December 1, of last year.  Yes, exactly one year ago, I was sitting by her bed, holding her hand, and even though she couldn’t speak, she gave me the same look you see in this photo.  Loved her, love her….still.  Home was just as much her house, as my own.  The “Sew Sow” in the title of this blog?  She’s the reason… How else would I know that strawberries grow great in the asparagus patch?
My favorite.
This photo of us…makes my heart swell and eyes water… So wish I knew what was so funny.  This was not an uncommon sight or occurrence.  Laughter came easy in our home and family.   Scott and David are sweethearts, but I’m having this one edited(now that I’ve got the file).  There the three of us are laughing, with my Dad standing in the background.  Always, like our Northern Star, our rock, the one who made it so easy to believe in a Heavenly Father, because he was a living, breathing reflection of Him.  Mom said she knew I needed something, when I would call from school and ask for Dad.  Sorry, Dad, should have called just to say, “hello.” 
And finally,
My parents, together, smiling…just as it should be.  What would I have changed if I had known, that just 369 days later we would be gathered in a cool room in disbelief.  Holding her hand as the breath left her body for the last time and her heart slowly…stopped…beating.
Post Script…. It’s taken me a couple of days to work up the nerve to post this…still not sure…I will say that God is faithful, and most days I’m in a really good place. ๐Ÿ™‚
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