Friday, August 7, 2015

Good to be home again.

Yesterday, we made the trip from Baton Rouge in twelve hours, and arrived home for supper. After unpacking the car and having a grocery store rotisserie chicken dinner, we fell into bed, exhausted from the last week's events. Unfortunately, little Molly wasn't feeling well after the ride, and had us up twice over night to barf and potty. I hope tonight goes better!
Of course, we hit the ground running with the quilting. Customers have been waiting a week for their quilts, and we haven't done anything. I finished the borders on two of the memory quilts while Mr Wazoo quilted twin camping themed quilts. Only the backings were different.
Both camp quilts were the same, so only one photo to look at!
Cute fabric!
Panto: Small Splat
This is the back of the other quilt
Two memory quilts ready for quilting
In the afternoon, I finished the buttonhole stitching on the critter quilt, sewed the rows together and started on the borders.
I haven't gone crazy...the borders have blocks that go in each corner that I haven't made yet.
By then it was 6:30, and time to make supper. Time flies when I'm in my element. I am so glad to be home!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time on my hands

While we have been in Texas, I have been doing a lot of hurry up and waiting. I'm really glad I brought one of the customer repair quilts to work on! It would have taken a month of evenings to complete the hand work at home, but I have been able to work on it during the day as well as when watching Murder She Wrote and Columbo on the tube.
It's finished!!

Every block needed stitching, as well as the borders. I am pleased with how it looks now. 
Here are the 'Before' pictures.

I don't know what I will do in the car on the ride home!! Glad I brought my Kindle!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sad days at Wazoo

Last Wednesday, at 3:30AM, my Mother passed away. Tim and I are in Texas with the family, making plans for the memorial service and getting my Dad straightened away and ready for life on his own.
Mom was 92 years old, and had a full, exciting life. She was without a doubt, the most intelligent person I have ever know. When my friend's moms were home making cookies and vacuuming, my mother was building a successful career as a Registered Medical Records Administrator. She oversaw the records department at a big hospital in Madison, Wisconsin until she retired.
Mom loved sports and played baseball as a kid and loved  watching the Cubs all her life. She played tennis, and was an award winning golfer. She would ride her bicycle around Lake Monona in Madison, and supported her children's sporting efforts, too.
Mom wasn't an out-front person at home, rather deferring to my Dad in the daily grind. She quietly ran a tight ship, cooking, cleaning, gardening, knitting and crocheting, and reading voraciously, all while working full time outside the home. She went camping, even though I don't think it was her favorite pastime, and made all the rough places we set up tents seem like home. She attended all my sporting, choir,and orchestra events, and then went to all the events of my own children. Mom made a cooler of snacks and drinks for team members and was always there to make the day more fun.
She is my example of what a great mother should be, and I try to live up to her example , but fall short in so many ways.
I will miss her, but will have my memories to sustain me through this sad time in my life.
My Grandma, my mother and my aunt in Wisconsin. My Mom is the tall, slim, beautiful lady on the right.
making cookies with the twins

potluck supper with my niece in the hall

visiting her cousin in the family hometown in France

with my son and his wife in Texas

with just a few of the quilts she made for school children
with my sister 

Mom loved dogs, and was always petting or holding one of the family pets

with my Dad in Wisconsin

acting silly with me in Texas

Seeing my girls off at the Harlingen airport

having a moment with Amy in her kitchen