What’s with our weather? It was almost 50 degrees today and tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer! We got the lucky break this time, didn’t we? It felt so good outside in the sun and Hazel got lots of playing in. Connie and Roy are HOTTER than we are – they are in San Juan, Puerto Rico tonight and will leave on a Royal Caribbean cruise tomorrow with Andy, their son, his wife, AdreAnne, their kids, Grace and Rex, and AdreAnne’s parents.
During the day as I think of things I should write them down because I had a whole list and now I’m drawing a blank.
My Swedish Death Cleaning book will be here Monday but my friend, Mareen, tells me I should have read the Amazon reviews because she knows I’m not going to like it. The book recommends euthanizing your pets! Well, let’s think about this – if I was not physically able to take care of them, I guess I’d agree to euthanize my pets. In fact I have actually left those instructions if there’s no one who really wants them. I would rather they go to the Rainbow Bridge than be neglected and/or abused. I wouldn’t worry about the dogs finding a home but nobody around here likes cats. I’ve said before that farmers treat their cats like squirrels and my cats would be better off dead than left outside without ample food and water.
So enough about that. My favorite shelter in our area is Patriots For Pets and I stopped there yesterday to leave them a donation. I wish I could feature a pet of the week but I know the vast majority of you readers are not local. I also asked them what they need in terms of supplies on a regular basis and she told me paper towels and laundry detergent. So IF you live in North Iowa and feel like helping Patriots, drop off a bundle of paper towels and a container of Tide. I know they’ll appreciate it.
I can see that I introduced the right subject when it came to putting your affairs in order. I still have some things to finish up and others to update but when I get my will signed and the book completed, I’ll feel pretty secure.
One of our customers/good friends told us what she planned to do with her quilts when she dies. Susan makes only large quilts and she is going to hang them over the pews at her funeral and attendees can sit by the quilt they want to take home. Isn’t that just an awesome idea? I am going to borrow Susan’s idea and as I was telling the funeral director he informed me I have to name someone to do that and have an agreement notarized to that effect. Nothing is easy, is it?
I finished my #7’s and hung them today in the beautiful weather. These were the improv quilts I made from leftover pieces. Here they are on the quilting machine.
And here they are on two quilt hangers outside.
Jumped the gun – the other picture was lousy – I’ll post it later.
I’ve been baking and making up goody bags – I’m nearly done.
And while I was baking, I cleaned out one over full bin!
Just one bin and I’m excited to keep sorting!
Now for pictures from readers. Joyce sent this nativity set photo – she made the stable using barnwood from her family’s farm, her uncle brought the camels from Lebanon, and her grandson added the dog. Well, of course there must have been a dog at the stable, right?
Karla started her #12 in 2003 when her dad died and she used his blue shirt in the quilt in his memory.
I know everybody is busy with Christmas and not finishing your DD. Is anyone but me making Bonnie Hunter’s mystery? Mystery clue #4 is a hard one to cut – I’m only about 25% done!
I cleaned today and put on the red and white covers – my only decorating for Christmas this year. And good news – my surgery has been moved up to January 9 so our schedule has changed again. I will introduce new patterns the day after Christmas and I’ll get all those dates set for you.
This post is just too long – so sorry! There’s always tomorrow, right?