Friday, May 23, 2014

Life continues to be a blessing.....

It has been forever since I've even opened my blog or thought about it but its been a good two years and I continue to be blessed. My son and daughter in law were married the summer of 2012 so I spent a week in Albania and another week in Greece and it was a trip of a lifetime.

When I got back my parents were still dealing with issues of an older home and just not capable of taking care of repairs for a large home so we sold everything, packed their bags and moved them to a wonderful independent living facility in Austin, Tx. Since I live outside the city it's about an hour drive to see them but beats the 4 1/2 hour drive before they moved and my other siblings are just 15 minutes away.  It was hard at first for my Mom to leave her home but they enjoyed the freedom of no cooking, cleaning or repairs and yard work.

My son had been on a long adventure of working to get his degree since he never went to college directly out of high school and it 's a whole different game to go back to school full time and work full time but he pulled it off and graduated with honors in May, 2103 and as a Mom I couldn't have been prouder.


In early 2013 we found out the newlyweds were expecting their first child. She was expected to make a glorious arrival on October 19 so I got busy planning a baby shower along with Greta's Mom and I threw her a baby shower in August, 2013. The theme was tutus and all things pink and I think it turned out very sweet and she had a great time seeing so many of her family and friends. There were about 40 people so it was large shower but well worth all the time effort and planning.


The middle of the summer one of my cats,Smokey got sick, wouldn't eat and no matter what we did it wasn't enough and I was forced to make the heartsick decision to end his life. It took a real toll on me for weeks and I still haven't been able to part with him. I had him cremated and they put him in a very nice engraved box but at some point I know I must release him back to the ranch he so loved to roam. So after about a month I decided it was time to move on and rescued a sweet 4 month old kitten, who I've named Bella. He is becoming an active part of the family and the other animals at this point just tolerate him but with time he'll be one of the group. He is a fetcher so retrieves all sorts of toys you throw to him, this a first for me will all the cats I've owned over the years.

On October 25, 2013 Emma Rose Moy finally made her grand entrance and has changed all of our lives.




Sometime in October my dad had another minor stroke and while there was much outside signs of damage he would be a slow decline for the next few months and we lost him on January 25, 2014. He was a wonderful man who loved his family, served his country for 30 years in the Navy and will be sadly missed for a long long time. My Mom has had some trouble now living alone and being without my Dad and only time will heal the pain and hopefully before long she'll come into her own again and begin to enjoy life, even though Daddy is no longer here to enjoy it.



So to say the least my life has been hectic but things have been good for the most part. My sewing and quilting and blogging have taken a back seat but I have vowed to get back in the swing of things and start some sewing again. Sorry for the long post but it's been almost 2 years and lots has happened.

So a few more of my favorite ( and only granddaughter Emma )






Sunday, February 12, 2012

Quilting progress or lack thereof......

Sometime late last year I feel like I lost my quilting momentum and the love and passion just disappeared and I looked up one day and it had been weeks since I'd even touched my machine. I was such an addicted quilter before this and hardly ever went more than 5 days without sewing. In August I got stiffed in an online Christmas swap, then my Dad had a stroke and it seemed like all my spare time was spent traveling to see him and the holidays came and went without much fanfare. January came and I decided to move my sewing to my office space and thought maybe that would spark some interest but it just sat there. I am planning a trip to Albania in June for my son'sweed ding and then will go to Greece for a week so I was looking online one day for quilt things/shops in Athens and stumbled upon Kristine in Thessaloniki, Greece that is teaching young girls to quilt and helping make quilts for women and children taken in from human trafficking and also for some orphanages in the local area and it all just touched my heart how they needed quilts and I decided to start making quilts for her. I now have 6 quilt tops ready to send and all it really took was looking outside of myself to get my quilting going again. It probably doesn't help that I have a pinterest account and I spend so much time looking at things to make and never actually making anything. So if you are interested on helping the orphanages in Greece go check out her site and blog, I know she could always use more help. I had also just read another article last week that as the economy in Greece continues to tank more and more families are taking their children to orphanages and turning them over because thyme can't afford to feed them and this just breaks my heart and so reminds me of our own great depression and it's a country in desperate need right now. Her website is www.toquiltorknot.com.

All in all life is good, my son's getting very excited about his upcoming wedding, he should graduate next spring, my Dad is doing very well and almost back to normal and at almost 89 that was a great feat. I'm quilting again and grateful to have some focus on what's really important in life to unearth my apathy. I'll try and take pictures of the quilts before I ship them so you can see the fun I've had these past couple of weeks.

I hope everyone else is having a productive and happy winter, I won't be long before we're back in the heat and draught of summer.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The stars are aligning for something big!

I came to Philadelphia last week for my son's engagement party which is scheduled for Saturday night and also to meet and visit with some new found cousins and family I haven't seen in awhile.


 We were enjoying a wonderful luncheon in New Jersey with family when all of a sudden the lights starting swaying the table shook. Everyone was looking around not knowing what was going on. We had no cell phone service and it was just a little disconcerting not knowing if it was an unheard of earthquake or some sort of terrroist attack. We had a couple of smaller aftershocks later that day but nothing serious. Now this in and of itself is pretty unusal for New Jersey but the next day they start talking about Irene making a path up the eastern coastline and we should start preperations for the "storm of the century".  We have pretty much just been going about out usual days shopping and enjoying the wonderful weather of the east coast. My future daughter in law Greta and I went to Phildelphia's Magic Gardens on South Street and had a great time taking in all the wonderful art that Isaiah Zagar has blessed the city with. If you haven't ever been here this should be on your must see list if you come to Philadelphia.








Sunday we went to Atlantic City




  and walked the boardwalk , shopped and enjoyed the wonderful early fall weather they have been enjoying.

 This morning my cousin Diane and I decided to drive to Ocean City, NJ and see what was going on and do some more shopping and walk the boardwalk. We hit everyone of the TaDah shops on Asbury Ave. and came away with some fun stuff.




We shopped for all of 2 hours and then everyone was buzzing about saying we needed to get out of town because the NJ govenor was calling for all out of town people to leave the area and they were already making preperations for evacuations of Cape May that will be mandatory tomorrow morning. And to think I was so excited when I got here last Thursday to finally see rain ( we haven't had rain in central Texas in a long long time). Be careful what you wish for. With any luck the engagement party will still take place on Saturday night in time for us to get home and batten down the hatches before Irene hits on Sunday. With any luck my flight will still make on Monday afternoon.

Say a prayer for us all that we are safe and the kids enjoy their engagement party and if nothing else it will be memorable.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Sunday reads...

 So another book I just finished is one of Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven. It's an easy read with a good ending and a good feeling book. Not too heavy just a sweet love story. I wouldn't exactly call this a favorite but it's definately something I would read again and feel safe recommending. I have read a number of his books , some better than others and this is at least a keeper book. Have you read this one? What did you think? I just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand another great book. Do you have any suggestions? Any avid readers out there.

Happy summer reading....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Birthday bag

I've been meaning to make this little bag for my sister for her birthday (belated) and while it's supposed to be a Two-Hour Tulip purse , I think that only means if you know what you are doing. It's only my second bag and it took me more like 4 hours but I hope she'll love it none the less.

I chose to make mine out of batiks which I really loved



 with a beautiful purple lining (batik) with all the pockets and dividers but I added a cardboard covered square to the inside to give it some structure. I also added a peice of polymer I had for the button and she's all set. Hope she loves it.



Monday, August 1, 2011

Heart warming

Have you seen this yet, it will make you smile and hopefully make you want to pass it on.


Have a wonderful day!