Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Guess what?!

I am expecting again! I am currently 13 weeks along, just entering the second trimester. We are soooo excited, there are not enough words.  And in comparing this photo to other gender confirmed ultrasound photos, I am pretty sure we are having a girl!  But that won't be confirmed for us for another two months or so.  The names we have picked out are Emily Anne and William Earnest. We are still sad over the loss of our baby Joy in March, and this pregnancy is finally past when we miscarried then.

I have been working on a new hobby. Card making! And yes, I have sent all these cards off already.


I really have fun with this.  It is a lot like quilting, just with paper.  Does anyone know of a website that sells kits?  There is a magazine I have found a few times I really like, "You Can Craft" that comes with everything to make what is in the magazine.  I am looking for something like that.

 And just for fun, some photos of our travels in October.  We started out in Anaheim, Disneyland of course.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I’m Back

Let's see the last post was in August.

I worked a lot in September, we traveled in October, and the kids got chicken pox in November!

My chickens are doing well, laying about 15 eggs a day. I enjoy them so much!

This is a test post.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Look at all those ribbons!  Way to go Nenana Patchers!  See the windmill?  That was my idea!  Karen and Nancy, you did a great job with the most of it!  Ribbons are for Theme Award, Class Champion, First Place and Grand Champion!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I have been raspberry picking these last few days!  They are so large and juicy, I can’t help but eat them by the handful as I am picking.
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I made some raspberry jam and also some rhubarb pie filling.  And canned them!  It was a first for me!
I have helped with Project Overhaul, a local effort to clean up our town.  As you can see from the photo, all ages help out with it.
One night there was a fabulous rainbow and I went chasing after it with my son.  When we found a good place for photos, we realized there were two rainbows.  The sun was shining thru the rainbow and it was so bright.  There was one more than one set of colors on the big rainbow.
I am convinced that it is hard to take a bad photo of scenery in Alaska.  Everything is so beautiful, even a bad photo looks good.  Not that this is a bad photo! :)
Sometimes I just like to take photos of things that are interesting.  This was a stair railing.
Want to go on a walk with me?
This is my new chicken playground.  I take about half the chickens out of the pen and put them under the truck topper.  They are protected from everything, and have a large space to dig in the dirt (and take a bath) and peck at the ground.  Then I can move the topper and do it again the next day.  What fun I am having with my chickens!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Have you ever wanted to come to Alaska in the summer and travel?  See the sights?  Enjoy the scenery? 

We went to Anchorage this last week and this is what we saw the most!

And how fast were we going?

Gaaah!  If only there were more passing lanes....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Here is a short video of my chickens.  They have gotten so big!  They are about eight weeks old now and some are starting to cluck instead of peep.  Watching them is better than watching TV.  Tonight Aerin wanted to take a chicken on a walk, so she tied a length of yarn around a chicken’s leg and let it walk around the yard on it’s leash.  Quite a sight!

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Baby Robin!



Today my son came and got me to tell me the baby robin was out!  We have been waiting for a couple weeks to see it.  What a fun time, seeing the nest with no eggs, then two eggs, two new baby birds and now a fluffy little robin!  I’m sure the other baby is in there too.


I was messing around with the camera on my cell phone and took this photo…Image0148  and this one…Image0153

and this one…Image0117

I gave away two more quilts yesterday.  These went to a little boy and a little girl in my town.  

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm quilting!  I'm quilting! Yea!   This quilt was half finished and I picked it up again and finished it!  My friend just got two little foster girls and they need some things.  I figured they would like their very own quilt.  So I am giving these two quilts away today.

Monday, June 07, 2010

This is my lovely daughter.  She wanted to play dress up in this old prom dress.  She said she felt like a princess.  She certainly looked like one!

Friday, June 04, 2010

My family and I were invited to go with some friends up the river on their boat and hike in to a lake where they have gone moose hunting. Of course, we said yes! We rode a couple miles up the river and then hiked inland to the meadow and lake. It was really gorgeous! Here is a great photo of my dear husband.

This is the lake we went to see. We saw a moose on the way there but it was too far away to get a good photo.

The boat goes pretty fast and I enjoyed watching my daughter's hair blow all around. Even though it was warm out, about 70 degrees, we were all wearing two jackets/sweatshirts in the boat.

The wild roses are blooming now, well maybe not now after the hail/rainstorm we had, but they were then. Last year we were traveling when the roses were out and I missed them all. I just love the way they smell, like cheap little girl perfume.

Both kids caught frogs, this little tiny one was so cute!

And what IS this? What a weird thing to happen in a photo!?!

There was an enormous beaver house in the lake we were at but we saw this beaver along the river. He was really big and was walking slow. They chewed down some huge trees!

This photo was taken from the river a few nights before, just after a rain storm. Wow, Alaska is just beautiful, all you have to do is open your eyes!

And today I did some sewing for the first time in a long while! I quickly put the binding on this quilt. I even have someone in mind to give it to.

And I mentioned I was working on a hand piecing project. Well, I believe if you are going to take the time to hand piece something, it should be hard to take advantage of what you can do hand piecing that you can't do easily by machine. I think this pattern is called Coat of Many Colors. It is for my daughter when she gets married. Being that she turns 12 this summer, I think I have enough time to finish it. *grin*

I really enjoy hand piecing. Here are some photos of some other hand pieced projects.

The star below is done by hand, the borders and quilting are done by machine.

This whole quilt is done by hand, piecing and quilting.

Some of these blocks are hand pieced. I was spending a lot of time in the car and pieced then. If you look closely at the blocks, the ones that are hand pieced are the hard ones. There are about 8 hand pieced ones in this quilt.

I think the top star and bottom stars here are hand pieced.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

New Blog Name and Focus

As you can see I have changed my blog look and am going to change the focus too. Since I have not been quilting much lately, I don't think I should advertise this as a quilty blog. This small piece of internet will be about me and what I am currently doing, and if that involves quilting, so be it.

I am in the middle of losing weight, trying to conceive a baby, raising my kids, being healthy, participating in my community, growing chickens for eggs, and just general life. And that is what I will be writing about.

I am very happy and just not in the quilty place right now. I am sure I will get back to it. I AM working on a hand piecing project.

I really like to write on this blog but I have been feeling like I couldn't post about anything that wasn't about quilts. Since it is my blog, I decided to change it. :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

If you look right in the v of the tree you will see a robin's nest! I will watch and eagerly wait for babies! This tree is right off our porch, and the nest is about six feet from the railing. What a great place!

My favorite recent photo of my daughter Aerin and me.

The chicks are in an upside down rabbit hutch that is big enough for the kids to get in and play with them. They are so fun to watch! Some chicks really like to get petted and some stay away. But they all like to get fed!

They are getting so big! The feathers are so pretty.

I got a NEW bike! I just love it. My dh calls it a granny bike but I don't care. It is super cool in my opinion! It is so comfortable to ride, I feel like I could ride it all day. And it handles trails thru the woods just fine.