Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Hello everybody:   remember I told you I was talking with a silversmith about a thimble?  

Well, when she first told me she was selling thimbles through the mail, I had my doubts, because how would I ever buy a thimble without trying it on?  So in today's post, we move on to the answer to that question.  

This week, she send me a nifty little packet, complete with a photo of herself on the envelope.  Hi, Jan.

Also inside was a nifty card for me to fill out and send back to her.  

And, this little treasure:  a sizer !   Made just for her, or by her, I guess.  She asked me to take two measurements.  One is up to the bottom of my fingernail, and another to my knuckle.  

Easy enough !

So, I am a 5.5 to the nail,  and a 5.75 to the knuckle.  I will send those back to her, and we will see what happens !  

Maybe the mailman will bring me a thimble !!!!


Monday, September 7, 2020

Something Different is Happening !!!!


Well, hooray -  

I was so very bored with the same every day, every day every day - all running together !

So this morning I got an email from a Silversmith.  Doesn't that sound fascinating?   What an amazing thing it would be to melt and pour silver..........  better yet, she makes THIMBLES !!!

Here is a picture of one of her glorious thimbles.  Isn't it wonderful?

So, like everyone else, she is trying to help tell quilters about her product at a time when all the quilt shows are closed.............

She has asked if I will write about her thimbles on my blog, and she is going to gift me a thimble !

(so, there's the disclaimer, but, hey, I'm pretty honest - if it turns out I don't like the thimble, I'll just give it back to her and be honest about it).  I'm not one of those people who writes a review for a Motel6 and complains because there are no Chocolates on the Pillow).  

So - stay tuned - first step is that she will be sending me a "sizer" so we are sure to get the right size.  I'll let you know when that arrives.

Oh - for some serious eye candy - go to her blog:  ThimblesForYou.com

and stay safe, friends.


Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Glorious Blue Ridge

Hello, everyone !

I have been feeling an unexpected burst of energy as late -  enough so that I dare hypothesize that I have been depressed, and that it has lifted..... whatever it is, I will take it !  I am sleeping better, eating more fruits and veggies, too !  wow.  

We celebrated our first anniversary of being in North Carolina this summer, and we are more and more happy with the choices we made.  

For the past year, we have wondered what mountain we were looking at from our front porch - but we just didn't know.  Now, thanks to a local, it has a name.  

Originally, it was called "Elseetoss", by the Cherokee, who owned all the land in the area.  Later it was purchased by the Vanderbilts, and finally, now it is owned by the Forest Service.  The Blue Ridge Parkway runs up the spine of the Pisgah Ridge.  

This is the photo from the tourist site on the internet.   

And here it is from my porch.  Our view is wider in winter.

 The name Mt. Pisgah comes from the Bible - it was the mountain Moses climbed, and saw the proverbial "Promised Land" spread out in the valley below.  

Like that mountain, the North Carolina Mt. Pisgah overlooks a beautiful valley - the French Broad River runs there.  The French Broad is one of the very oldest rivers on the planet, and the area is fertile and beautiful.  

Almost every night in the summer we get a beautiful sunset, complete with the babbling creek sounds and the bull frogs croaking.  

More and more, this wonderful area seems like "home".  

Now let me go quilt something !


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Are We Done Yet ????




This is kitty Mystic, but I feel just the same way !!!!


Friday, May 22, 2020

Hands2Help Another Year !!!

Hello everyone !

Well, very few things are "normal"  this year, but it feels good when something just goes ahead as usual.

I have participated in Sarah's Hands2Help for all the years it's been going, so I am doubly happy to finish three quilts this year.  They will go to quilts for the Happy Chemo program, and they went to the post office this morning.

This year's quilts are a bit rustic, probably good for boys or teens.  They were made from squares that were given to me by a neighbor lady... She had kept these squares for many years in a shoebox.  Well, they are out now, and on their way to work., hooray (but there's still a bunch in the box !!!)

Purple and green squares !

Blue squares and Stars
 Congratulations, Sarah, on another year of H2H !!!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Big Progress


This room, which was a woodworking shop for the former owners:


Can you imagine it all cleaned up, with shelves stacked with fabric, batting safely stored, drawers filled with tools and notions.   

DH is donating some of his Corona time to remove the rough workbenches, vacuum up sawdust, and then mop down the walls, patch the holes, and paint.....

We will have to do this one step at the time, one wall at the time, because look what's on the other wall:

and more:  

 Well - stay tuned and I'll show you progress as it goes.  But don't hold your breath, cause this is going to take a while !  


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Easter Storms

Sunday afternoon I saw this article pop up on my computer:  "How to social distance while hunkering down in a tornado shelter"

 I knew it was just all too much.  Oh, lord.

Double disasters, terrible for some parts of the south.  How did a nursing home move 55 Alzheimers patients at night in a storm?  Those nurses and aides are saints, saints.

The other saints are the southern men...….. all those men who drive all those pickup trucks.

Ladies, when you are in trouble, you need one of those men with a pickup truck (sometimes called "bubbas".  They have a truck, they have jumper cables, they have a chainsaw, and they will be the first one to stop when you are disabled beside the road, or there is a tree blocking your driveway.

We were lucky here.  The debris is mostly taken away now.  I won't complain about a 3-day lapse in internet, power, and phone because others were hit more badly.

So, here we are.  Amazingly, the petals are still on the dogwoods, and the mountains are green.

And the hummingbirds returned yesterday.

The quilt on the longarm is calling to me, and I must save some time for sitting on the porch and watching nature.

Stay well,


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