Sunday, October 30, 2011

Grandchild #9 is on the Way!!

Yes, Clara is going to be a big sister in May!!  That will make nine grandchildren.  Tasha is feeling good, but tired.

So, that means we have three grandchildren currently on the way!  One in December and two in May.  I've added the baby tickers to the sidebar.

We've known for several weeks, but Tasha didn't want us to tell until last Friday.  We learned about both girls several weeks ago.  We were camping and they came out with their families.  Most of us were inside because it was cold.  Bud, Trina, and Tanner came inside and told me Bud had gotten a parking ticket.  I was a little POed because the campground was fairly empty, so it seemed pretty picky to give him a ticket and not just talk to him.  Anyway, Trina handed me this in an orange envelope.
It certainly looked official to me!  Until I got to the bottom part, I was fuming that we were going to have to pay that ticket!!  This was on the back:
After I read it I asked which one was pregnant, assuming it was Trina.  They responded in unison, "Both".  I really thought they were toying with me.  But they convinced me that they were both pregnant.  We couldn't be happier!  Who doesn't love more grandchildren??!!!!  

I did tell them that 10 was a nice round number, so only time will tell if we are done at 9, or if we make it to 10!

I've got to get some quilts made!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Some Sewing!

I have been sewing, but some of it is TOP SECRET (Christmas is coming, ya know!), and much of it is small. My friend just became a grandma for the first time, so I made her a taggie blanket.

I hope Aspen drools all over the blanket!!!

And I've made a few more iPad cases.

I have two more ordered that I have to make, then I hope I'm done.  I don't mind making them, but I'm ready to work on something else. Or, maybe I should say, I'm ready to finish something else since I have other stuff started and not finished!  I hate unfinished projects!!

I'm off to sew today!  

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Little Halloween Sewing

I've been doing a little Halloween sewing lately.  I started with this sweatshirt for Clara;
And here she is all smiles as she wears it.
If you noticed the difference in the neckline it's because her chubby little head wouldn't go through with the fru-fru around the neckline.  I had to put rick rack on and movie it lower.

I couldn't leave out the two little boys.
And I put a pumpkin on the back of theirs.
And here is Grayson wearing his.
It's not a great photo, but his daddy used his phone to send me the pic when they got it.

I love a quick creative challenge and finish!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I am happy to announce that we are expecting our eighth grandchild in May!! Grayson is going to be a big brother! We are soooo excited. Travis and Kerry's little one, due in December,
will have a playmate.

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall is Here to Stay!

Since we are forecast for some quite chilly weather this week, I thought I would share what's in my yard before it's gone.
The scarecrow stands guard over the mums on my porch.

The Knock Out roses are still going strong even though I quite deadheading them.
I read that I shouldn't deadhead after the end of August.
I love, love, love mums in the fall!  And I've even managed to grow some.

The burning bush is a brilliant shade of red.
The fall clematis is just done blooming.
 The echinacea  have deep brown heads.  These will look great against the white snow.
 And the sedum has gorgeous wine colored blooms.
Some impatiens are still looking good too.
 Even the plants are hanging in there.
And a wreath of fall colors greets you at the door.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Beautiful Day for Hawkeye Football

The Hawks played Northwestern on Saturday.  It was black and gold day, so even sections wore gold and odd sections wore black.  We're odd, so we wore black.(Yes, I know that opens up a whole can of worms...just don't go there!)  Anyway, it looked great with the black and gold stripes around the stadium.  We did the same thing once last year.  

The neatest thing was the card trick during the National Anthem and just after it.  During the National Anthem we held up cards which then made designs of red, white, and blue stars and stripes.  It was very cool!  

Just after that we flipped the cards to honor America's Farmers.  I was very disappointed in the Northwestern marching band because they refused to hold up their cards for the ANF support.  It doesn't matter if you are from Iowa or Illinois, we all depend on farmers.  

The video shows how it looked, but seeing this does not show how cool it really was to be there and see it!

We are very proud to say #5 Tanner Miller is a former MP student!  He had an excellent game!

And the best part of all----Iowa  41  Northwestern 31

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


I came across this photo and it made me chuckle. Not because the poor girl is obviously scared to death, but because of the memory it jogs.

When we were young Mom used to belong to a card club. That meant Dad had to "baby-sit" with us. Being the softy that he was, we could usually talk him into letting us stay up late and/or watch something we shouldn't. (My favorite was watching Hazel while the other two had to go to bed!). Anyway, one night we convinced him to let us watch this VERY scary movie.

My sister, Kathy, and I were perched on the edge of the couch which was folded out into a bed. It was similar to this:

Anyway, we were scared to death, perched on the edge of the couch, covering our heads with our arms(so the birds wouldn't get us), and the couch flipped up and spilled us both onto the floor. OMG we
thought we were goners! I know Dad certainly got a laugh out of it!

I know the older I get the more things bring up memories or make me think of people.

What kind of things jog your memory?
Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Fall Weekend

What a beautiful fall weekend! The weather could not have been more perfect. We camped on the Mississippi with my sister.

Friday night we went in to Muscatine and ate at the Button Factory.

We had excellent food! It is a great historical building.

Saturday we headed out for Le Claire for the Apple Festival Days. We enjoyed going through the shops where we only made a couple of small purchases--some fabric, a quilt pattern, and popcorn. After that we ate lunch at The Filling Station in Davenport while we watched the Hawks lose to Penn State.

The colors were spectacular although it is hard to tell from my poor pictures!

It was a great relaxing weekend, and as usual the time to go home always comes too soon.

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Auto Correct

While I like the auto correct feature on my iPad and my phone, I do get irritated with it! My personal email begins with our last name all in lower
case letters, but auto correct feels I should capitalize it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. It could at least learn that! I really have to be a careful proofreader before I send things off.

How do you feel about auto correct?

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Taggie Blanket

I whipped up a cute little taggie blanket tonight.

The first time I saw one of this I thought it was just dumb! Although they vary in size, this one is about 20" x 20". The ribbons sticking out the sides are of varying lengths and textures.

Every grandchild that has had one has loved it! I hope the little girl this is going to enjoys it too.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thinkin' Pink (and Brown)

I'm loving this pink and brown quilt that I made for our nephew's baby due in November.
I really had it done in time for the shower, but at the last minute I remembered I hadn't put a label on it.
And I have vowed to label all of my quilts.
I backed it with more pink and brown polka dots.
I straight line quilted the middle, fancy stitched the inside border, and meandered the outside borders.

Now it's washed and crinkly and ready to be sent.
I loved making this pattern, and working with some pink!