Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Thoughtful and Thankful Day

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This year has brought bounteous blessings in my life. If I took a pen and paper, the list would take 20 pages or more. And those would just be those I remember.

One of the most miraculous (and I don’t use this word lightly) is about my oldest daughter, Noel Heart.

One year ago, she was in a serious car accident. Her car was a compact one that Chief’s grandma had given them for Noel to drive to and from work. When she was driving back from dropping Firstest off at school, she came to a construction zone. As she drove through, her car tire went into a little gully. This flipped the car and it rolled over five times.

During the roll, her driver window was broken and her arm went out of the gaping hole. She shattered her upper arm and broke a finger. Her head was bounced against the ceiling several times.

She lived.

Those are the most precious words. With a small car, the cabin should have been crushed. She should have been killed.

She lived.

Heavenly Father was watching over her, as he does each of us every day. It was not time for her to leave earth.

She lived.

Noel Heart and Chief had been married just over a year. Half a year after the accident, Noel Heart became pregnant with their first child.

Because of this accident, she and I became close again. We have shared laughter and tears this past year. This Thanksgiving my most extraordinary blessing is:

She lived.

Noel Heart, Chief and Baby
Taken yesterday at Apple Hill

I hope that part of your Thanksgiving is to deeply reflect on all the blessings in your life. The big and the small. And like the name of the holiday reminds us, give thanks. Say a prayer and fervently thank Heavenly Father for all the blessings he sends your way.

You might also enjoy an earlier post I wrote which expresses gratitude for friends. You will find it here.

Be sure to enter my giveaway celebrating my 4th blogiversary.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

An Anniversary and a Give-Away


Four years ago, I started this blog! I had no idea what I was doing. I just started writing, and my four family members plus a couple of friends read it.
It’s a long road since then…and I have loved, enjoyed, savored every piece of blogging.

Things I Would Do Differently:
1. Have a different blog name
2. Change the layout and style of blog

Things I Would Keep the Same:
1. My “special” features, like Mish-Mosh Monday.
2. A little more eclectic blog than all 100% quilting
3. My style of writing
4. I love all the pictures I put in the blog. It takes a load of time, but the result is worth the effort.

I overdid it when I put this picture in a post about the Log Cabin I was making for my DS & DDIL. I had posted about this quilt so many times, that I decided to be a little artistic in this point. In the nine months since I posted it, that picture has grabbed the attention of 2067 people! I know it’s because of the picture! Just to prove it, my next highest viewed post has 592 people.

I have been wanting to do a giveaway for a long time. I was waiting until I had a certain number of viewers, but since I’ve been absent from blogging for six months, I don’t know where I was then. Having a fourth anniversary of blogging is a BIG event, so I'm happy to announce!


There are two splendid prizes:

For the first place winner:
Flowering Favorites, a book by those spectacular Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O’ Cake.

For the second place winner:
10 at least “fat” quarters in your favorite color. The quarters can be skinny or fat. But it will be at least a quarter of a yard. In the picture of the book above, you can see a sample of blues I have.

To enter, write a comment telling me what your favorite color is and what is your favorite type of quilting.

Just for your random facts file, my favorite color is turquoise and I love to quilt traditional, scrap and string quilts.

Good luck to all! I am so excited to offer my FIRST giveaway.

Winners will be announced on the first day of December!

Winners will be chosen by

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Evil School Monster Has Captured Me!

An Illustrated Story....

There I was, sleeping blissfully. The alarm clock rang. What’s this? An alarm? What is this all about? A prank?

I turned back over to go back to sleep, when oozing out from under my bed came a sludgie, gelatinous monster. Ooh, ick, he was slimy. It made me shiver and shudder; a gasp may have escaped my lips.

I pulled the blankets down from my head and opened my eyes. Oops, I didn’t tell you I dove under the covers. Uh, well, you know…minor detail.

I stuck out my chest, stiffened my upper lip and took a hard stare at this putrid mass of scummy crud. Somewhere in all the rotten slop dripping from his body, I saw a… oh no! Please, no! It was…it was…a textbook! 

And all of a sudden it hit me. It was August 10th, 6:00 a.m. and horror of horrors! My first day back at school.

Yes, that horrendous monster grabbed me before I could chain myself to summer, and drug me behind him. He gave low, growly chuckles as he jerked me along.

He reached my school office, swung the front door open with a screeching, jarring scrape. He picked me up, and as slime ran all over me, he chucked me through the door. Satisfied, the monster hurled the door closed with a satisfied grunt.

Dear readers, I have been locked in the school dungeon ever since. I’ve barely seen the light of day. But someone, I think a student of mine that I had once and liked me, let me come home for Thanksgiving.

Thankful, indeed! I get to see family, eat real food that has no mold on it and actually, amazingly get to quilt!

I have done so little quilting in the dungeon. There was no material, but sometimes the bread was hard enough that I could cut it in squares. I hoarded those until I had enough to sew together with loose threads from my clothing.

But here I am! I’m not going back. Uhh, okay I go back in 6 days. But it seems like forever!

Kind readers, beloved family, and devoted friends, fear not! I have seen the emptiness of the dark pit where I do not blog. It has haunted me as I have gone on a long quest to find a way to blog during the months of August to May. All I have come up with is that I must to blog.

My conclusion is that there will be the school year edition of the blog and the summer and school break edition of the blog. School year will be leaner, but it will be there as often as it can.

Maybe by doing this, I can stop looking at things and thinking “I’m going to write that in my blog.” Or doing something quilty and wanting to share it with my blogland friends.

I will tame the nefarious school monster and live happily in both realms of my life: school and not-school.

See you all soon!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Marvelous Marie Goes to the County Fair!

It's Fair Time here in Sonoma County! Tomorrow Noel Heart & Chief are coming by at eleven and off we go for the day!

Fairs are grand! So much to see. So much to eat! The contests and shows.

Where should I go first? Ah, now that's a silly question.. the Quilts!

and next?

The  Flower Show!

Little Elf House in Garden

I smell food! Time to eat!

Corn on the cob! Teriyaki Sticks! Tri Tip Sandwich! Funnel Cakes! YUM!

Cow, Pigs, Sheep--oh my!

Then to...
      ...Arts and Crafts Hall
          ...Juniors Arts and Crafts
            ...Cooking and Canning
              ...Exhibition Hall
                  ...Elvis Imitator show
                      ...Sourdough Singing Cowboy

I've just got to run much fun awaits!

Marvelous Marie continues next Saturday!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pass the Peanuts Please! #7

Good grief, Charlie Brown! My kite got stuck in a tree. I spent all day Wednesday getting it down and now I missed the day to post my blog about you and your friends. Arghhh!
In Santa Rosa is a long-standing icon. The Flamingo Resort Hotel & Spa. Opened in 1950, it is notable for its large, revolving flamingo atop a 50-foot pink tower.

The flamingo purchased 8 Peanuts statues and has 3 or 4 in a display case in the lobby. The remaining statues are spread around the resort. Anyone can visit the resort and take pictures of themselves with the statues.

Right to Left, top row: Say Hey Charlie Brown (signed by the Giant's Team Members); Good Grief, It's Superman; Good Grief, It's the Holidays Charlie Brown; middle row: Joe Cool Tennis Pro Snoopy; Entrance to the Flamingo Resort; Boom shaka laka laka Joe Cool Snoopy; bottom row: Joe Cool King Tut Snoopy; Joe Cool Giant (also signed by Giant's Team members); Yellow Bird Racer, Woodstock.  

Hmmm…would a name change for the resort be Peanuts? A giant Charlie Brown rotating on a 50-foot tower?

Naaah. Nice dream though.

Here's the answers to last week's question: What did Marcie call Peppermint Patty? Sir What did Peppermint Patty call Charlie Brown? Chuck

The winner is Terri from QuiltNCards She made a sweet comment about Peppermint Patty: "I did admire that [Peppermint Patty] takes care of herself and her Dad, and plays a really good game of baseball. I don't admire the D- that she gets in everything, but given her situation at's kind of a given.
"And that crush on Chuck - and he doesn't even notice...

Here's this week's question: What was the original name for: The comic strip? Charlie Brown? Write your answer in the comments below. The answer will be in next week's blog!

Picture of Flamingo tower:

Pictures of Peanuts Statues in Flamingo:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mish Mosh Monday #5: Happy Anniversary

Twiddling your thumbs sometimes comes up with a good idea. 

I started thinking about common everyday objects. I wondered how long these ordinary things had been around. I looked it up. Presenting to all those interested dear readers is my "Happy Anniversary List"!

1. Post It: 46th Anniversary: Invented in 1968 (source)
It's been described as the solution to a problem nobody realized existed. source

2. @: 43rd Anniversary of common usage source
Once a rarely used key on the typewriter, the graceful character has become the very symbol of modern electronic communication source

3. Automatic Transmission: 74th Anniversary of first common AT w/ parts still used today source
Today I think we will give a little depth to the history of the automatic transmission.  It really is a marvel to behold and yet we take it for granted, just as we have come to expect the sun to rise and set with regularity. source

4. Game of Baseball: 175th year anniversary source
The sport that evokes more nostalgia among Americans than any other is baseball.

5. Game of American Football: 138th year anniversary source
“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” –Bill Shankly source

6. Quilting: 56th century anniversary source

To quilt is to live. source

7. Camera: 514th years anniversary source

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”  Ansel Adams source

8. Oatmeal: 15 centuries anniversary source
It is not true, as the humor website Cracked satirically suggests, that oatmeal was invented by a research scientist at Britain's Royal Academy of Adhesives and Sealants during an experiment in search of new forms of industrial glue. But if your idea of oatmeal is the pasty variety made in a microwave from a packet, the story can seem plausible. source

9.  Lawn Sprinklers: 202nd anniversary source
An 18th century fancy of the royals and wealthy in Europe, the love of lawns spread to places where they could not be maintained with natural rain. It became necessary to carry water to areas that needed supplemental supplies and as the popularity of lawns spread, this required more and more extra effort. Sprinklers, invented in 1871, made lawns possible for everyone. source

10. Envelope: 5,524th year anniversary source

The oldest envelope found, made of
clay to enclose a contract
…there are certain people out there, who live, breathe, eat and drink envelopes. source

A little bit more recognizable envelope

Listed In Chronological Order (oldest first)

Quilting  56 centuries
Envelope  55.5 centuries
Oatmeal  15 centuries
Camera  514 years
Sprinkler  202 years
Baseball Game  175 years
Football Game  138 years
Automatic Transmission  74 years
Post It  46 years
@ sign (in common use)  43 years

Messes Always Come Before Tidiness

Is this really Monday? Design Wall? Not in Nonnie-land!

We had Hubby’s youngest brother visiting us this week. We enjoyed having him here the entire time! There was lots of catch up to do since we haven’t seen him in about 10 years.

You know the old saying… “Guests, like fish, should be thrown out after three days.” It was certainly not true with Younger Brother. I felt at home having him here which, in itself, is a milestone.

While he was here I got a chance to sort through some scrap bins. It was loads of fun, but I made myself a load of work!  My quilt room now looks like a bomb went off in there!

Can I just stop here and quote, loosely, Michio Kaku: “It’s pointless to have a nice clean desk, quilting room, because it means you’re not doing anything.”

Either I’m a hamster running on a wheel or I’m reorganizing!

I’m sorting scraps by color and storing each color in a soft drink box. And don’t try to cozy up to me now! I do not have $1000 dollars in that box on top! I would tell you what’s in the box, but I’ve lost it in the mess “gentrification” project.

Saturday I engaged in re-allotment. Which is defined in Nonnie’s dictionary as moving fabric around to make more room and ending up with just the same amount of fabric just in different locations!

As a result I now have three drawers for blue, instead of two: light blue, medium blue and dark blue. And up- cycled one drawer to two for red and green and … Well, I don’t want to make you depressed because of all of the beautifulness of my organizing. Because all I did was take stuff that had been in drawers to make more room for certain colors and put previous stuff in boxes. I still haven’t figured out where those boxes are going to go!

Certainly not here!

And now, dear readers, my story is told. If you want to see real design walls, check out these sites. Real quilters! Real projects! Just click on a badge from the right sidebar.

Wait! Before you leave, here is the status of the blue block I reported on last week:

Don't adjust your monitor! There is a picture there. And it is what has been done on my blue and white block. More here about said block.
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