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Elizabeth’s 22nd Birthday, she’s gone to London to visit the queen.

Elizabeth left two days ago to go to the UK study abroad trip with TTU as part of her grad school.  Today is her birthday. I miss her and she’s only been gone two days. I’m excited for her she’s wanted to take Study abroad for a couple of years, so I’m glad she is getting to do it. Which is kind of odd because she is a homebody.

I’m very frustrated because she doesn’t have cell service at all. I called Verizon to get add on packages so she could text etc. They didn’t tell me her phone didn’t have the capability!!!! So she gets there and she is the only one with no cell service. I hate that so much. I’m just livid with Verizon about it. I would have upgraded her phone if I’d known. I’m soooo mad! Anyway, she can get wifi at the hotel. So our only communication is thru Facebook messages. She sent me a message at 3am this morning, we suggested that she look into getting a prepaid phone there in London, saying that she would check into it. I’m just afraid she hasn’t told anyone she doesn’t have service and she won’t ask to go to a phone store because she doesn’t want to bother anyone. Because that’s just how she is. Nice to a fault. Bless her sweet heart.

 What a doll!

 This was a whistle lesson from Grandad.

 One of my favorite pics of Ellie Mae!

Wearing Grandad’s hat   Stick horse with a yardstick and string.

Elizabeth and Morgan, still friends.

 Yee Haw!

Elizabeth loves Hallie. Has always tried to “mother” her. Hallie resists. But Elizabeth still loves. Elizabeth is the most kind hearted, sweet, will go above and beyond to get things done usually sacrificing her own needs to get things done for others, especially in her job. She exemplifies model work ethics. She is a great friend, sister, DAUGHTER. She takes caution with her heart and driving a go kart. She could use a little dab of her sisters un wielding lack of caution. But I appreciate it as I have it too. She is super smart and calculates all her decisions. She always had a hard time buying things in the store she might carry around something like she wanted it but when it was time to check out she’d put it back. She has always had a hard time parting with her money and really thinks about it first. But loves to spend money at Happy hour at Sonic and Taco Villa. She is sweet and friendly but shy to a fault when it comes to guys. I think her beauty is intimidating to guys and then she’s shy so they probably think she’s a snob. She is really just a simple country girl that would be happy to live on 4 miles of dirt road in the middle of nowhere taking care of a husband and kids. My prayer for her everyday is that God knows what man she needs and when they finally meet they both will know and they will complement each other well.

Love my sweet Elizabeth, and miss her tons today. Prayers for safe travels and a great time in the UK. Not very many people get to celebrate their birthday in London! I thank God for giving me such a sweet soul to have raised. She makes me so very proud.

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May 14 Jelly Roll race

We quilters gathered at the Floyd County Library to have a jelly roll race. We had so much fun and we all got a new quilt top in a day! We had such a fun day!

      

 This is the quilt I made earlier and I was showing everyone how it turned out.

      this is my quilt!

We finally got RAIN!

It started raining, well kind of misting on May 10. when it would stop I’d go out and look at the rain gauge… 2/10ths. sigh… need more. Then it would rain some more. then stop, I’d go check the train gauge again…1/10th… sigh … need more. It never did really RAIn just mist and sort of shower. IT was kinda cloudy rainy for 4 days. Over those 4 days I repeated this process until I poured out 8/10ths of rain 1 and 2/10ths at a time. Cuz I’m that impatient.

I never turned the sprinklers off Friday morning. But I haven’t had to water until today! So it was NICE! It stopped Sunday night, Mother’s day.

 

Ugly planter pot makeover

I have these cheap kinda styrofoam-y planter pots that are several years old and looking pretty crappy. I found an old can of white spray paint and decided I’d spruce them up a bit, I liked the shabby chic looked that they took on. Not sure the difference in crappy and shabby chic…. almost the same but a little different.

 then I sprayed it, not perfectly by any means just quickly sprayed it.

   Emmitt thought I was trying to take his picture! 

I love this time of year. Wish it would RAIN!  We had a drizzle today about 1/10th. We need a slow measurable amount. Same ol same ol.

I made a quilt top in a day!

Quilters have been talking about doing the jelly roll race. Several years ago Hallie talked me into buying a jelly roll at Walmart in Plainview and it’s just sat around here. I never really knew what to do with it. So when Judy sent me the video of the jelly roll race it looked so fun, easy and fast! I ordered me a new sewing machine! because my old one like to eat fabric and wad up thread and make me scream! I found one online for a really good price. and I did my research and found out it was a good one.
Anyway, on May 1st, I began my own jelly roll race. First you unroll the roll and lay it out and begin sewing the strips end to end to get one REALLY long strip of fabric.

Put right sides together but 90 degree and sew across diagonally, from left to right.

   

 

clip the threads and then clip off the little triangle of scrap fabric

 It kinda got all twisted up into a rope I strung it out all over the house and got it all un twisted. So I could press the seam over and cut the allowance off, In Preparation to bring the ends together and sew along the edge, making it 2 strips wide.

 Press seams in one direction

Then bring the ends together and sew along the edge to make it four strips wide this time. oops cut the fold…. no pic… well there is one of the four wide.

 cut the fold then bring the ends together right sides together and sew the edge again.

This is the finished quilt top. I made it in one day!

 putting it together with the backing and the batting. 100% USA cotton batting.

 Now it’s all ready to hand quilt.

Pruning

April 29, Husband did some pruning for me. It’s amazing how fast things get so over grown so quick. We could’t get under the oak trees in the front yard to mow, they needed pruned. We heaped lots of branches onto a trailer. HEAPED! This pic is after he had tied it down.

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A day or so later as I was watering or maybe looking out the kitchen window, I saw the raw wood on the trunk of the tree where we cut the branch off. It catches your eye because it stands out so, It looked kind of pretty, but at the same time kind of sad, the tree had lost a part that it had been growing for years.

As I looked closer, I saw a spot just below the new cut, where we had cut a branch years ago and the cut was now grown up into the bark. You can still see the scar but the cut is no longer fresh and raw, it has healed over the years. There is a scar from an obvious wound but it has repaired itself and continued to grow and thrive. It just struck me that this is like grief. When it’s new, it’s so raw, when a few years have gone by it’s still there with its scar, it will never go away. But thru time and growth that raw wound heals. We carry our scars and our grief with us forever, sometimes it’s just below the surface and fresh like that new cut, then other times its almost invisible. I’m thankful for God’s Grace and Comfort to get us thru those raw times.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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