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So many times I started to post something and things kept getting in the way.  I am going to try to commit myself to at least one blog post a week.  Call me out if I don’t please!!

So many thing have been happening around here I don’t even know where to begin.

OK, so work has been crazy busy and I have taken on a few more things.  I started teaching a food dehydration class about 2 times a year and it has expanded and I have been to Centralia schools a couple of times to teach them about that.  They have always been a fun group of kids and love what I bring for them to test.  Dried watermelon is their favorite (and by far the hardest to dry!).  Thanks to everyone that has attended and taught me something new.  I have also taught a few classes on various things at the Fulton Library.  Sherri McBride contacts me several times a year and we plan something (usually food wise).  Last year’s “One Read” was a book called “Station Eleven” where most of the population is destroyed and how people survive (Have to read the book to learn more).  So we had a discussion about foods grown in the wild.  We had a great discussion about this and I hope many learned that Nature provides us with many blessings.

This started the search for elderberries, you see my oldest started her own jam/jelly business and wants mostly stuff grown locally.  Strawberries, rhubarb, peaches, blackberries, blueberries and lovely elderberries.  They are tiny but grow wild in so many places here in Mid Missouri.  We started picking them and they are TINY!!  But they are a great source of immune building nutrients.  We are closely watching them this summer so we know when we can start picking them again.

Last month, I did another presentation at the library and we talked about food to boost your brain power and I will be taking this program to the kids later this month.  We talked about how smoothies are easy and quick to make and make a great start to the day.  We used bananas, strawberries, blueberries and cherries.  Everyone had their favorite and no one was the clear winner so that shows how versatile smoothies are.  We used local honey as a sweetener and  I told them they could add spinach, kale or any “green” to make it more healthy.  They were excited to go home and try it.  Can’t wait to teach the kids how to make their own breakfast.

I am still quilting and late last fall, Jimmy bought me a quilting machine.  No not a long arm quilter but it does a wonderful job and I love it.  Just need more time to work on it and learn about it.  Joined a quilter’s guild recently and we have a wonderful time.  It is really just a group of local ladies that are interested in quilting and we get together once a month, usually make a block with a theme and we draw for the winner.  One of the best times we have is that monthly meeting.  If you are interested in joining, let me know and I will have them add you to the Facebook group.

So Tara started her Jam/Jelly business called Fruit of the Spirit (check her out on Facebook), and it has been a journey.  She is always checking my freezer for my summer harvest to see what she can get and has ventured into my garden to “steal” some of my jalapenos.  She has involved the whole family.  I can’t tell you how many bushels of apples they picked and Greg peeled, how many gallons of blackberries the kids picked (and ate!) or how much fun they had planting the 40 rhubarb plants and 50 strawberry plants I picked up for them at an auction.  Sometimes we make runs for supplies if everyone is busy and she has cleaned me out on pint and half pint jars from my stash.  Luckily my mother gave me a bunch of quart jars and I found some at a garage sale (and a friend has been watching auctions for me).

Greg decided to be baptized and chose July 3rd as the date.  We were a little concerned because the weather forecast was for heavy rain for the weekend and he was going to be baptized at their lake.  We got 5 inches of rain but because we had such a dry spring/summer it wasn’t too bad.  The rain stopped and we all stood by the lake while Scott baptized him and it was a wonderful ceremony.  Ryker was really afraid for his daddy, thinking something like a shark was going to bite him.

Shawna decided she had enough of living in Columbia so she and her fiancee (yes you read that right) are building a house on our property just south of where Jimmy’s grandparent’s house used to sit.  They are doing most of the work themselves and have been wiring it this week.  They are getting married in September  and the time is flying by.  We have most everything done except the food which will have to be done that week.  Her first shower is in a couple of weeks and it will really seem real then.

Thanks for staying with me through all this rambling, next time I won’t wait so long.  Blessings to everyone reading this.


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Our grandkids always want us to make up stories to tell them. First question is fiction or non-fiction. Brock always wants a non-fiction story so I usually end up telling him a story about his mom and aunt growing up.
This is a story I haven’t told them and I believe it is a fiction story or at least I have never seen this happen.
So, as a fiction story starts, here goes…
Once upon a time, there was a husband and wife that lived together in the country. The wife loved to sew quilts in the winter time. She had been gathering quite a pile of quilt tops and material during the spring, summer and fall.
**Side note:a quilt top is just what you think it is, the top of the quilt, there has to be batting and a back quilted to the top for it to truly be a quilt. AND gathering quite a pile of material is called a stash or as the wife’s children call it “hoarding”.
One day on the weekend when the weather was bad as it seems to get sometime in Missouri winters, the wife decided to do a little stash busting (see the explanation above!!) and get those backs complete so she could send them to the quilter. See, most quilts take anywhere from 3-6 yards of material to properly cover the back and this wife likes to piece backs so they are not plain. It makes them more interesting and have more character. She explains to the hubby that she is trying to get rid of some of that material that just appeared over the summer in her sewing room. And she actually had 18 quilt tops to get ready. He said he would take care of the housework if she wanted to sew all weekend.
(This next part might or might not be the fiction part).
So the hubby, while doing house work, cleaning and doing dishes, decided he needed to wear an apron. The wife was a loving wife and didn’t take any pictures to share with the world so you just have to visualize it in your mind. Remember this guy is 6’2″ and weighs somewhere around 245 pounds! By taking care of the housework, the husband allowed the wife to stash bust almost 50 yards of material.

While most of this story is true, there are parts that are fiction but the hubby’s cousin thought it would be funny to write this story, so Kent Hanan, here is a story just for you.  Sorry there are no pictures but I am sure you can use your imagination.


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Since I have started working for Callaway County, I have really enjoyed my three day weekends when they come around.  In January we had January 2nd and 16th off, February 13th and 20th and then we have to work 5 days a week for a while but I have been very productive during my 3 day weekends.

This past weekend (February 13th is observed Lincoln’s Birthday for us), I went to a sewing class in Centralia and made a pretty shoe box quilt using “Hometown” by Sweetwater (I think) and it turned out great, even though I modified the directions a little.  Sorry Kathy, I always seem to do that!  It is fairly simple using a layer cake (If you don’t know what that is, it is 42 10″ blocks precut for you!) and I added a border on mine.  Don’t know why, just did!

Anyway, here is the finished top, just need to piece the back and it is ready to go to visit Jan for a bit.

And while I was there, I couldn’t resist buying this fabric to make a quilt that I had my eye on this pattern for quite some time, just couldn’t find the main fabric that I really loved enough to make it.  Well, again Meredith and her shop just screamed for me to buy this lovely blue material.  I really love how this turned out.  After I finished it, it so makes me think of someone I work with.  Not even sure why but when I finished it Tuesday morning (before going to work), I hear this voice in my head, say Davine!!!  I even have enough to make another one (I think!!).

I know, very soon, the sewing machine will be put away and out will come the gardening tools and the lawn mower but I am making the most of my quilt making time right now.

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It is already the middle of February and it seems like it was Christmas yesterday!  But even though I have been working almost every day Monday through Friday at my job (and doing some consulting along the way), I have still managed to squeeze in some quilt piecing.

This first one is going to be a Christmas present for one of my children!  She already knows but may forget about it before Christmas!  It was great fun putting together and I will have to admit something.  I went to Material Girl Quilt Shop in Centralia (LOVE THAT PLACE AND THE PEOPLE IN IT!!!) and I picked out “Terrain” by Kate Spain, wanted to frame it in white and Meredith suggested the “streets” be orange.  By the way, the pattern is called City Streets and she has one hanging in the shop in Christmas material!  I am not an “orange” person, nor will I ever call orange my favorite color.  Reluctantly I accepted her advice and bought the orange material, took it home and looked at it all that day.  Still wasn’t convinced but knowing how awesome Meredith is, decided that I would trust her judgement.  Now I am leaving it to you, what do you think??

Do you love the orange as much as everyone else that has seen this?  The daughter that is getting it, loves it so I guess that is all that matters.  And I will tell you, I really do like the way it makes the quilt look.  Once again, Meredith did a wonderful job of helping me out!!  It is at Jan’s to be quilted and can’t wait to get it back and put it in the blanket box and have one Christmas present finished.

More on Christmas presents soon.  I have found another interest.  Can you guess what is consuming a chunk of my time lately?  But I am getting tons of present ideas!  And I am super excited, we just found out we are going to have another niece or nephew late October so I better get busy on a baby quilt for Missy and Derik!!  Have to make big sister Jordan something special as well!

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String quilting??

Sorry it has been a while since I blogged.  I know, Jimmy kept reminding me how long it has been.  The winter has been mild (until this week) and wonderful.  Very little snow and lots of days of 50 degrees+ temperatures.  As I look outside today, it is snowing and they are calling for 2-3 inches.  Being a County Employee, I had the day off anyway and had great plans to stay home and quillt.  Finished one up on Sunday morning that I will be posting about soon, working on another today and making the hubby (and Shawna) a yummy supper, thanks to a Pioneer Woman post!  Can’t wait to try it, she has never steered me wrong yet.

My good friend from Material Girl Quilt Shop in Centralia, Meredith,told me about a new type of quilting she was working on a few months back.  After she explained the process to me and I knew how many scrap pieces of material I had sitting around in the craft room, I knew I could make a queen size quilt pretty easily.  Meredith is an awesome inspiration to me and so helpful in anything quilted.  Between her and Jan, they continually feed my desire to piece quilt tops.  Meredith has so many beautiful fabrics in her store and Jan is an amazing machine quilter.  If you don’t know them, I suggest you visit Meredith at her shop on Sneed Street (right off the square) in Centralia.  Jan works out of her home but you can find her on Facebook at Prairie Queen Quilting.

So here is the direction Meredith gave me.

Cut paper into squares (she cut 8.5 x 11 into 8.5 x 8.5 squares), use a glue stick and glue the first strip onto the paper.  Get the next strip, put the right side to the right side of the “glued” on strip and sew a 1/4″ hem.  Iron each seam down so the strips lay nicely on the paper.  Continue in this manner until the paper is covered.  Trim off the excess (it makes it easier if you have an acrylic square to square it up).  Tear at the perforations off and your first square is complete.

I am going to put mine together with 1.5″ white strips between each square and maybe a border, haven’t decided yet.

What an awesome way to use up scraps (even what you trim off) and anything leftover that is 1.5″ wide, you can save for a postage stamp quilt (which takes something like 6400 squares for an 80 x 80″ quilt, remember!!).  I am close to finishing up all the blocks and then just need to set it together.  Wonder who will get this quilt?

The only drawback is if you don’t like to iron, you might recruit someone to iron the seams for you.  It is a must!

So here are pictures of my quilt.

First strip glued down to the paper!  Sorry you see all the scraps that I have laying around.

Finished squares ready to be set together.

Here it is.  I think it turned out pretty well and I still have scraps left over so I will have to work on another one soon or do something else with them.  Now just to finish a back and get it to Jan to quilt!  Then it will go in the blanket box waiting for someone to gift it to!

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I can’t believe it has been almost 3 weeks since I posted last.  Sorry, time just got away from me.

Now to catch up.  What has been going on with you?  Amazing how much life speeds up when you least expect it right?  After I walked my first 5K, we decided to walk another.  Tara, Shawna and I will be participating in the Callaway County YMCA 5K this Saturday.  Wish us well, the weather is supposed to be beautiful again.  Thank you God for that, I think He knows I am a fair weather walker.

I had four interviews and I accepted a position with the Callaway County Health Department yesterday in their Environmental Services section.  The more I talk about it, the more excited I am getting.  I start next Tuesday and it is part-time for now, so I will still be at home some.  I am anxious to put my schooling to work and learn about the job.  BUT most importantly, I am excited that I will get to help the people of Callaway County increase their environmental awareness and hopefully make it a better place to live.

We received our payment for our crops and of course, it was a discussion on what to do with this extra money.  If I had my way, I would have stashed it in savings and squandered it away on material for quilts and scrapbooking.  Luckily, my hubby is smarter than that.  He decided we needed a log splitter.  We had been borrowing my dad’s but Jimmy thought we needed our own.  He explained the cost benefits to me, like how poor gas mileage his truck gets, especially with his trailer on it, my parents live about 20 miles one way from us, so we have to drive 20 miles to pick it up, then 20 miles to bring it home, use it and then reverse the process.  Anyway, who cares, he will be running it right??  Wrong, this dumb woman decided she would be the wife of the year and split it before he got home from work and he could just help me stack it.  So out of 3 or 4 trees, we had over 100 pieces of wood to split.  After splitting one piece, I got 14 pieces split that should fit in our stove, yikes!!  So I have split almost 2 1/2 cords of wood with this splitter in about 3 days, broke my middle finger on my right hand because I smashed it twice in the same place, could hardly move the next morning and have a ton of bruises on my arms and legs from wrestling pieces of wood that weighed more than I can imagine.  One night Jimmy took pity on me and helped me split, even though I told him I could do it myself.  Can you say stubborn and stupid, not a good combination~!  He unloaded the last trailer load by himself.  Thanks babe!  I was really going to work on it Friday during the day.

We have had several picnic/lunch activities with our group from Story Hour in the past couple of weeks.  Once was at McDonald’s (please don’t judge me) to celebrate the Cardinals going to the World Series and the other because it was such a beautiful day we just couldn’t go home, went to the park in Fulton, let the kids play, fed them, let them play more, then home for naps.

The weather has been wonderful for hanging laundry out, opening the door (well until a few days ago) and enjoying fall.  We have mowed and mulched leaves for the last time this year (hopefully).  Jimmy has my garden spot ready for spring planting.

I did get an opportunity to sew a little bit, working on a couple of Christmas presents, well, ok more than a couple.  The stocking project is coming along, gonna try to work on them some more this weekend and get them ready to go.  Will have to post pictures after Christmas to show my work but I am pretty sure a couple of the recipients read this blog so can’t post now.  Thanks to Kathy Hasekamp for teaching us a new scarf technique, quick and so cute (even if we modified it a little bit).  You have been a wonderful enabler in my sewing passion.

Brock and Adrianna have decided it is more fun to stay at Nanny and Papa’s instead of going to football games right now so we have been taking advantage of that.  Speaking of Adrianna, she has been doing wonderfully potty training, so Nanny had to buy big girl panties, yesterday we bought Minnie Mouse panties and she was so excited about them she couldn’t hardly talk!

I have been staying up late watching the World Series, some nights have ended in joy, some in heartbreak and it will all end tonight 🙂 .  I will miss watching the “Boys of Summer” but there is always NASCAR for a couple of more weeks, then the long winter wait until February (Daytona) and April 1st (Opening day).

Now it is time to clean the house really good, we are having Shawna and Derek, and Tara, Greg and the kids over to celebrate Derek’s birthday.  AND the Cards winning the Series for the 11th time!

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The Sister’s in Faith group at Pleasant Grove UMC in Hatton will once again be hosting our Mother’s Day tea. This year it will be May 1st in the afternoon at the Church.  All women in the community are invited.

Pat O’Rourke will be there to talk about the quilts her mother, Mabel Murphy, made during her lifetime.  Many of you may have known Mabel, she taught quilting classes in Callaway County for many years.  Pat’s program will be a tribute and testament to her mother’s life.  While Pat nor her sister quilt, they do understand the love and giving that is added to every quilt and want to share that with all of us.

I am really excited to attend this program and see all the beautiful quilts and would love to have all the women in the community attend as well.  There will be refreshments served at the program provided by the women who attend Sister’s In Faith.  Pat O’Rourke also has published a cookbook that will be available for sale the day of the “Tea” or Terry Gilmore or myself will take pre-orders for you.

Just a few words about this wonderful group of women.  It was started by Cindy Feutz and we meet the 1st Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  We usually meet at the church in one of the “commons” areas, either upstairs or downstairs but occasionally we will meet in the gym if we have enough in attendance.  It is open to any woman 16 years and older and there are no other requirements.  You can attend as often as you can.  We understand everyone is busy and can’t make every one of the meetings.  We are always finished by 9:00 p.m.  One person is in charge of the program and can ask anyone for help, they ask people to help with refreshments and anything else they might need.  At Christmas, Debbie Ludwig made Christmas ornaments for all of us and told the story of the sand dollar.  We all learned something that night and have the wonderful ornaments for our trees every year (thanks to Jessica Ludwig for making all of those).  In April, Becky McMurtry talked about their adoption of Dylan from China.  Becky and Dan, you are truly wonderful Christian people.  In March, Debbie Stinson had Judy English come talk to our group about the different names of God.  That was amazing, who knew how many names we call Him. 

Please if you live in the community, come to the Mother’s Day tea.  You don’t have to be a mother either to attend.  We just would love to have you attend and be in the presence of God with all the other women praising him, wrapped in the love of quilts and friends.

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