Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Projects, Catching up and Christmas!

 It has been a while since I blogged.....I had to get over the flu and dehydration complications and then prepare for company!  It all came together just fine.
Bill has been taking down the Camphor tree in the front yard limb by limb.
 I did some last minute sewing for our late Christmas plans.
 When Marsel and family got here, we planned a quilt sewing day.  We sure kicked it into gear and got the top finished in no time using the multi-generational assembly line!
 David and Bill played with branches and limbs while the girls did the sewing.
 I also worked in between things on my January installment of the FiberBinderClub.  This is Gotland sheep wool; the same kind that was used for the cloaks in Lord of the Rings.
 I combed the fiber and have it ready to spin but that isn't going to happen right away!  It will wait.
 After all the blocks were sewn together, we watched Marsel work at their layout.
 Once the blocks were arranged satisfactorily, they were sewn together and the appliques added.
 We didn't waste any time getting it right on the frame for quilting.
 Matthew and Ashley and Will arrived Saturday but Caleb, Cassandra and Ella had to cancel due to sickness!  Can you say disappointed?!
 Will was a good sport about all the cuddling!
 The afternoon was delightful and treasured by one and all .
 David and Uncle Mattie raced the Hot Wheels.  I love that the kids still love imagination-powered toys best.
 Great Grandpa put a fussy Will right to sleep one afternoon .....he still has the touch!
 Bill's winter garden is growing well though he did have to fence it in because of marauding deer!
The peas and beans are wiped out because of them.
 The two hard frosts we had killed the outer branches of the banana tree but Bill learned this trick of loading a pile of mulch up half of the tree (a ten footer) to keep the frost from killing the core.
 Well, it worked and we are very excited to see the banana bloom and baby bananas growing!
 The bloom is around 15" long and the bananas are only 4" right now.  Can't wait to see if they make it to maturity!  The weather has been pure Florida in the 80's every day so we are hoping it stays this way!
 After Matthew and Ashley went home, we had one more day to sew and get the quilt done-we did it!  Marsel was able to deliver the quilt to Will on her way home.
After my company had to go home, Bill and I went with Dad and Mom to Daytona to pick up their  new recliners.  They bought two like this-no more sunken seats and trying to get the pillows stacked just right for comfort!  We even went out to dinner together so had a wonderful ending to a  very full week.

Today, Mom and I put away all the Christmas decorations and I cleaned the house-all ready now for the New Year to begin........I am just a little behind date-wise but ready to move ahead into 2013!


  1. Wow! Your December-January has been even fuller than mine and I didn't have the "handicap" of having been sick! I love the quilt and I love how you all look so happy to be together. I hope Caleb, Cassandra and Ella are all well now and that you are feeling 100%

  2. What a great post, full of happy memories! Thank you for a visit that was as wonderful as always. Love you!

  3. Sorry you had the flu, but it sounds like the family helped make up for the nastiness.

    I love that quilt. You guys are so good at quilts.

    Wee sweet baby. I'd have cuddled on him, too.

  4. Glad to read your update--and glad you all had a happy busy time. Was wondering how your Mom was doing. Is she going to be on the computer while she is down there?? sharon

  5. The quilt, the bananas and the glorious winter garden! Is there anything you guys can not do:) PS... The Grandbabies are darling too!


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