Wednesday, February 25, 2009


"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you
run into a wall, don't turn around and
give up. Figure out how to climb it,
go through it, or work around it."
- Michael Jordan

Read this quote today and thought I would share it. Michael Jordan just happens to be my oldest daughter's favorite athlete right now. Two books she has and likes to read about him are Salt in His Shoes and Jump. If you ask her what her favorite thing to do with her Daddy is, she is likely to say, "Watch Basketball."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Finished Baby Shower Gifts

I made some gifts for some dear friends' baby showers. For one I crocheted a bear afghan, and for the other I sewed a satin edging on a pre-quilted panel. I think both projects came out very nice. I used this pattern for the bear. It was designed by Judith Prindle. Since it was for a baby boy I did not put the bow on, though. I added 3 rows for a border around each square. The first row of the border was just double crochet around, with 3 double crochet for the corners. The last 2 rows of the border were back post double crochet (except for the corners). I added some extra rows of country blue to join, using single crochet for one row and then double crochet, chain 1 (to look like the filet pattern in the bear) for the next row....there is a little bit more here and there around the borders, but I kind of made it up as I went along. I made 9 squares for the afghan. I used Caron's Simply Soft Eco in Wheat for the main color, and Simply Soft Light Country Blue for the edging.
sorry the pic is so fuzzy, my camera was kind of messing up....

See below for the Animal Quilt I made for my other friend....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Frosty Crocuses

here are a couple of pics I took of my crocuses this morning....or is it crocii, ha ha, what is the correct plural of that? Somebody look that up for me, ok?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Yarn Home Decorating

In case you were wondering what I was doing with yarn lately...
Why bother putting an afghan on the back of the couch, when you can just put your yarn there....

Of course, I am not actually making anything with red or black yarn right now, it really is decorative, ha ha

And why make your bed when you can use your current unfinished work in progress as a blanket....

Now you know....

President's Day History Lesson

My husband is in charge of teaching history this year to Natasha (2nd Grade). Yesterday I asked him if there was anything he wanted me to print out, etc for her to do today in relation to President's Day. This youtube video was his reponse. snicker. My husband is so funny.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Flowers are Coming! The Flowers are Coming!

I am very happy to say that I spotted a couple of crocuses popping up this morning. I saw a yellow one and a lavendar one. Yay! Yesterday I also saw baby daffodil sprouts coming up. Yay!!!!!

from a previous year:

I don't care if only 2 crocuses come up. Seeing those first crocuses makes me so very happy!!!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things

Today is a Sound of Music kind of day, it seems. Very windy here
Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things....

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Untangling perserverance

"Never give up, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

Thursday, February 05, 2009


"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
(a seeker of truth and peace who stumbled upon one of God's eternal truths. I have no idea whether he became a follower of Christ or not, but James Allen studied and meditated and seemed to lean in that direction)

plant a seed of hope and faith & watch it grow

think a thought of thankfulness & possibility

cast out anger & bitterness

put on the garments of love & compassion

trust in the Lord with all your heart

lean not on your own understanding

in all your ways acknowledge Him

and He shall direct your paths
from Proverbs 3

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Mom just called...

and said, Guess what? Our electricity's back on!!!

All you could hear for about 5 minutes was the sound of me and the kids screaming, Yay!!!!!

I will leave you with the very apt words my Mom said as we were getting off the phone:
"And God said, Let there be light"


Monday, February 02, 2009

Ice Storm Update

All of us in western KY were hit pretty hard by the ice storm last week. At one point I think the radio said at least a half a million people were affected and without power.

Our power is back on now, and we are ok. My mom and dad's power (Motherkitty and Tomas) is still out, and I would appreciate prayers with them. Thankfully, I have been able to communicate with them by phone on most days.

I still know lots of cities and counties without power around here. For some they are still saying it might be weeks before everything is back on. Thank you ahead of time for your prayers.

just found this regional ice storm blog with lots of pics of ice and downed trees, etc. Doesn't really do the reality justice but worth looking at

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Life: Imagine the Potential

President Obama, your life is a miracle, and we are praying for you. Praying that God will give you wisdom in your role as leader of the United States of America. Praying for good health for you and your family, and for your safety. Praying that you will lead our country on a good and Godly path, and keep honesty and integrity as core values in all you do.