Miscellaneous…

I missed posting last week because I was traveling. I flew to MD to visit with family and celebrate my great-niece’s 4th birthday. I was a little anxious about flying with everything going on in the world these days but my flight up was very uneventful, except for a little bit of a bumpy ride. I stayed with my niece and her family which allowed me to help with getting ready for the party. The weather was very nice the whole time which worked out great because the party was outside.

To my dismay, I did not take one single picture the whole time I was gone 😮 I met up with a dear friend for dinner Friday, hung out with family Saturday & Sunday then flew back home Monday. I used Southwest for this trip and you may recall that weekend they cancelled thousands of flights – eeek! I was worried my flight home was going to be affected but when I got to the airport to check in they assured me my flight was right on time – yay!!

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My poor Sammie has another flare up of Hot Spot, an allergic reaction that causes a severe rash on the skin. I have no idea what’s causing it but the vet did tell me the first time it happened that it could reappear…ugh! This one is not as large as the first time and luckily I have all the meds still on hand to treat it – including Gabapentin for pain.

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I haven’t been spending a whole lot of time in my ‘happy place’ this past week but I did finish another quilt from the box my friend sent me of her mother’s UFOs. She had finished the top so I pulled this colorful elephant fabric from my stash then used a loopy meander for quilting. I struggled to find something for binding then found this lovely yellow dotted fabric in my stash that matched perfectly!

There are two more completed tops that need backing & quilting along with a half assembled double oven mitt…hopefully I can get those done quickly!

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In other news, I think I’ve finally found a general practitioner that I like. Hubby has gone to see him a couple of times and remarked how much he liked him so I figured I’d give him a shot. My first visit went very well! He spent plenty of time just talking to me, listening to my general concerns and answering my questions – finally! someone who actually listens!

My overall cholesterol number has been inching up the last few years and I really do not want to start taking prescription pills if it’s not absolutely necessary. He offered a few suggestions that I’m going to try and we’ll check my numbers again in Feb. Of course the most obvious suggestion was to lose weight and get some exercise… I already knew that but I’m the kind of person that needs to hear a professional say it for it to sink in!! Silly but true 😉

I bought more fruits and veggies this week and actually cut & prepped them for easy access. Yesterday we went to dinner at a restaurant in Conway on the Riverwalk and took a little stroll after dinner, the setting was so relaxing 🙂 Hard to see it in this picture but the river is just barely visible on the left side!

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I received the Wahl clippers from Amazon (affiliate link) before my trip and I’ve used them a couple of times to trim some small sections on Sammie. I’m still learning and taking it a little at a time but she’s so good about letting me do it!!

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That’s about all for now… have a great rest of your weekend!!

Gemstones completed!

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Last week I posted about basting the Gemstones quilt and I ‘thought about’ quilting it all week but I finally got it done yesterday!! Yay!! I struggled with how to quilt it for the whole week and finally landed on an all-over loopy meander. I haven’t done that design in quite a long time so I worried it wouldn’t look good but I fell into a rhythm very quickly and got it done in no time. I also went into my thread stash and pulled out a lovely shade of purple (Aurifil 1243) to use on the top. It blends well will all the colors. I used a basic tan shade in the bobbin to match the backing fabric.

I auditioned several fabrics for the binding and chose a solid purple – I must have been in a purple mood yesterday LOL. I finished it up late last night so no outdoor pictures.

I’ve been working on a different project on & off. I stumbled across an older video from MSQ a few weeks ago for a quilt-as-you-go project and wanted to give it a shot. Their video was for hexagons which required a template but after searching for the original pattern I found they had a tutorial for squares, so I pulled some fabrics and got started. It’s relatively easy but can be a little fiddly so I’m only making a few blocks at a time. It’s basically like making a bunch of 5″ quilts, once I have them all done I’ll zigzag stitch them together and voila’!

I received my fabric order from 5bucksayard.com, I think the floral I chose for my Gather Ye Rosebuds top looks great with it! Now let’s see how long it takes to get it basted 😉

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In other news, Sammie had a few issues the last time I took her to get groomed so I figured it was about time I try to groom her myself! I bought a trimmer (not made for pets) and it did just ok, of course! It’s not made for pets so I returned it. I decided I should invest in a set that are made for pets so I ordered these Wahl clippers from Amazon.

They’re supposed to arrive later today, I’ll keep you posted on how well they work 😉

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That’s about all for now, have a great rest of your weekend