Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas


My nephew, Scott, is home for Christmas! Our family is so blessed. Scott's wife says ......

Today was an amazing day... we brought Scott Mobley home! I know this day was possible because of all the prayers, love and support from all of our family and friends. Thank you! 

We arrived home to Christmas lights beautifully lit in our yard and our Christmas tree up with all of our ornaments (my momma and daddy worked hard to make that possible, y'all,Familia Dressel are amazing)!!!! 


Tonight was the first night since October 5th that I was able to give Jack his night time milk, put him in his crib and now I can go to bed laying next to my husband! God is amazing to give me these gifts today.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Felled Tree


I came home from work to this. Something horrid happened to the Christmas tree - my lovely tree had been felled and lay on the floor. But never fear, Ms Cha Cha Cat put on her investigator badge and is diligently searching for the villain responsible for this dastardly deed. Naughty cat!




Monday, December 16, 2013

The Cat Proof Christmas Tree

This Christmas I had a plan - the Cat Proof Christmas Tree. An infallible unbeatable, top of the line plan, if I must say so myself. In fact my plan was ingenious, masterful, wonderful and definitely designed to keep Ms Cha Cha Cat out of the Christmas tree. Well ... I will let this video speak for the outcome of MY PLAN!
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Can you say Naughty Cat!!!!!
Cats are Devious, Tricky Little
Lovable Fur Balls!

This weekend was the wrap-up of the Christmas Challenge and QAL. My project sits unfinished. There has been too much going on for me to even come close to having a show-able UFO. I'm not linking but would like to send all of you to Quilt Sue of Quilt Times to see all the lovely projects. I would like to thank Hazel of Hazel's Quilts and Joanna of Needle, Thread, Happiness for being our fantastic hosts this year. You gals are the BEST!

My mail brought the cutest Christmas card and Schnibbles - RicRac pattern from Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter. Thank you, Lesley. I am going to enjoy this pattern. 

 And, surprise of surprises my Christmas tree still stands despite the best efforts of Ms Cha Cha Cat. Oh, and this was after I had been gone for several hours visiting a friend. Small miracle!

Check out my Christmas slippers. My special friend, Phyllis, gave me these bright, cheerful and super warm slippers. Does anyone see a cat sneaking into the picture? Ms Cha Cha better leave my slippers alone!

My nephew, Scott, remains at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, FL. Progress from a traumatic brain injury is slow. We are grateful for each small step forward. Keep Scott and my family in your prayers.

 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Impossible Dream


Barbara of Cat Patches is holding today 12/15/13 the kick-off for .....

Her rules are simple - go check them out. All I have to do is start a new project each month. Absolutely no pressure because I do not have to finish anything to play along. Wow! Think of the endless opportunities to purchase fabric and patterns. This will be fantastic fun!

My Impossible (to Complete that is!)
Dream List for 2014
 Starting in the upper left hand corner and moving to the right here is my list ...

1) Spotlight on Neutrals by Pat Wys has two patterns I would like to finish start in 2014.
                   White Chocolate - a delightful log cabin
                    Scrappy Nines - the cover of her book
2) Pick Four by Sue Abrey also has two patterns I am ready to get started
                    3D Noughts & Crosses - the book cover
                     Drew's Windmills - the quilt I bought the book for! Still looking for "perfect" fabric.
3) Trees Up, Lights On by Pieces of My Heart. I love this pattern. I'm thinking blues, silvers and whites.
4) Debonaire by It's Sew Emma. I have been drooling over this pattern for a long, long time.
5) Morning Joe (the version with two sizes of stars) a Carrie Nelson Schnibbles is one of the many, many of Carrie's patterns I adore.
6) And that brings me to Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks. The next four patterns are Lynn's - Heartfire, Nostalgic Christmas, Country Charmer and Lynn's Patchwork Math book. I made a Country Charmer this year and fell in love with Lynn and her lovely patterns. My next Country Charmer will be a Christmas theme to go with some beautiful Nostalgic Christmas pillows.

Keep your fingers crossed Santa remembers me. I've been very, very good this year and need lots of fabric for 2014. 

I'm linking with Barbara. You can, too - go HERE or click the link on my sidebar.

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Great Pick Me Up!

I was feeling sort of under the weather yesterday. The day at the office had been hard, the weather was warm enough for the a/c, Ms Cat was in a bad mood because I was late getting home and well ... it was a whinny kind of evening for me.

And, then a booming knock at the front door. Ms Cat jumped almost to the ceiling and shot down the hall to safety under the bed. Ms Cat does not like company! Thinking "what now" I opened the door. Mr. UPS stood there with a box. I didn't recall ordering anything but a UPS box always lifts my spirits.

Look what I found inside ....
Baker's Delight by Greta Lynn for Benartex
Just look at the happy fabric! What a grand pick me up!

I won the October blog hop on the Benartex blog. Such fun! Thank you Benartex. Thank you Greta Lynn for the lovely design.

Ms Cha Cha Cat stalked back down the hall - her hair all ruffled - once the UPS man was gone and she knew she had no INTRUDERS in the house. She's a funny little cat!
 

Monday, December 2, 2013

God's Grace

 
By the Grace of God and the miracle of prayer my family enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving this year. My nephew, Scott's lovely wife, Kim, shared on the Walk for Scott Facebook page ......
 
I apologize that it has been so long since I have updated the page, we just haven been so busy with rehab.

The amazing support shown at the walk and with all the wonderful shirts is absolutely wonderfully overwhelming! I can't begin to say how all the great photos made me smile and feel so amazingly blessed with all the support shown for Scott's recovery. So thank you all so much and a special thank you to my 6a ladies (Katie, Brittany and Selah) for organizing such a wonderful event! You all are Scott's angels.

We have been at Brooks Rehab hospital in Jacksonville for almost three weeks and so far have seen so many improvements. Scott is getting stronger everyday.

The first week we got to Brooks we had a shaky start with a high fever, infection and a 12hr trip to the ER because his feeding tube dislodged. Since that we the weeks have been filled with good days and GREAT days.

Every weekday we start therapy at 0900 with therapy and except for a 1.5 hr break we go until 2:30pm. With the injury Scott sustained we are having to retrain Scott's brain how to do things that you and I take for granted. Also, the cognitive therapist explained to me that Scott's brain is learning how to "filter" all the other stimuli that we are able to just let go. Like the clock ticking or the light being on while Scott is "relearning" how to so things it is hard for him to filter everything. I am told that he as with everything else will learn how to do that again as well. So far we have done nothing but see him get stronger everyday. He holds his head up a little higher everyday and move a little more. Last week we started to see movement on his left side and now he can give me a thumbs up with his left hand when asked!

As for the last couple of days it has been so incredible to have our son Jack here. I have missed him more than words could ever describe. My wonderful parents drove him here Thursday and Scott was finally after almost 2 months, able to see his son. As most of y'all know his jaws are wired shut but the smile Scott had on his face when he laid his eyes on Jack was one of the best feelings I've had. Scott was so engaged with Jack. Hopefully as Scott progresses and gets stronger we will be able to have him here over night because I sure do miss those night time snuggles.

The projected discharge date is the Monday before Christmas Eve! It looks like we will be home for Christmas but, to prepare for Christmas the Mobley way we have decorated his room from head to toe. Including wrapping his doors in wrapping paper, to a little 2 foot tree (with garnet and gold ornaments and a star on top that Scott placed), a stocking, bows, Merry Christmas banner and a candy bowl to share Christmas candy!

Thank you to all for your continued prayers and support! I know that prayer is powerful so please continue to keep Scott in your prayers. Love to all! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ms Cha Cha Goes Missing!

Ms Cha Cha goes missing! Well, not really. Her is taking advantage of the fact her human failed to properly put away the Country Charmer flimsy ...
Naughty Cat!
 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Country Charmer Journey

The journey began with this ..
Lynn Wilder of Sewn Wild Oaks' Lovely Country Charmer Pattern
Quilters around the world responded with this ....
Quilt-along organized by Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter and inspiring blog button designed by Sue of Quilt Times.
I fell in love with Lynn's quilt! I ordered my pattern from Inbetween Stitches and committed to the quilt-along.. I freaked when the pattern arrived - "zillions" of very, very small (to me) pieces No way! I then decided to make one block with scraps ..
My First Block
I was totally amazed - all the pieces fit without stretching or cussing - and the block came out the correct size I tried my luck a second, third and fourth time The blocks are such fun!

Thank you, Lynn for the wonderful instructions and that super fantastic layout sheet. 
Thank you Lesley for organizing the quilt along
Thank you Sue for the quilt along button
You girls are so Wonderful!

My quilt top has been finished for a while I plan to have it quilted early 2014. So I have nothing new to show you except the journey of this morning's photo session.
First I moved some furniture around, carefully smoothed my quilt top on the living room floor and climbed on top of the couch for a few photos I forgot something because I got this ...
The naughty quilt inspector!
Ms Cha Cha runs from the camera when she is the subject of the picture! Change the situation where she is not needed and she becomes a camera hog!
The best non-Cha Cha pictures I could get from the living room.
Not anxious to get down and climb up on the couch a second time, I relocated to the bed room with my quilt. Look what I got ....
Naughty, naughty, naughty Ms Cha Cha in action.
The best of the non-Ms Cha Cha pictures from the bedroom.
The photo shoot is done or should I say I  give up? Ms Cha Cha Cat is off on a new adventure. What is this? Did I suddenly grow three feet?

What an exciting, fun journey this has been for me. I love my Country Charmer.

Go HERE to see the lovely Country Charmer(s) from all around the world, If you haven't made your Country Charmer yet, start now You will be oh so glad you did.

On a personal side note - my nephew, Scott, is at Brooks Rehab in Jacksonville, FL slowly recovering from the traumatic brain injury as a result of a hit-and-run 10/5/13. Your continued prayers are most appreciated.

Happy quilting!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sew this is what they do all night?

Sew this is what they do all night? :) From the Pinterest board of Quilting News
 I thought you might enjoy this cute picture. I found it on Facebook. Running errands today - so I likely won't do any stitching until late this afternoon or tomorrow.

I am linking with Hazel of Hazel's Quilts for the Christmas Challenge and QAL. Drop over and join the fun.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Recycled


Recycling is a process to change materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
My version of Jean Nolte's Scrappy Triangles (featured in the November/December 2011 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting) is a flimsy and has a name - RECYCLED!  All of the fabric, other than the sashing/borders were scraps which were recycled to become this quilt top. Please ignore the crooked look of my picture. I cannot get it straight on the design tablecloth without help - which my naughty cat refused to offer. The quilt top is truly nice and squared up.

I am linking with Kim of Kim's Big Quilting Adventure for Scrap Basket Sunday. Visit Kim to see what others have been recycling.

Ms Cha Cha Cat has had an exciting morning. First she chased the 1.5 inch long and wavy border fabric. She loves long, wavy fabric! Next came the steam iron - I am totally confused about her iron attraction. When I reach to plug it in she comes running and dances (loudly!) under my feet until she is given the measuring cut with any remaining water. She acts like this water is liquid gold! when, in fact, the water is the same tap water she can find in her water dish next to her food bowl.

 Cats are strange creatures!

Her day just kept getting better. The windows are open. Oh, Yes!
 Ms Cha Cha Cat is One HAPPY CAT!

On a personal note my nephew is continuing to show small signs of improvement. He was moved to a highly monitored ward just outside of ICU which is a bit more comfortable for his wife and parents. Keep Scott and our family in your prayers.










Monday, October 28, 2013

Reasonably

adverb: reasonably

  1. in a fair and sensible way.


  2. to a moderate or acceptable degree: fairly; quite.
    There are flaws - oh, my! But my Scrappy Triangles is lining up REASONABLY well!
    I do so love all the secondary patterns.
    I am angry! She shut the windows! So, shall  I attack her purse or her sewing machine?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Open Windows

The weather has been absolutely lovely for three whole days here in Panama City. Ms Cha Cha Cat has taken full advantage of the open windows. She has talked to the birds, run from the squirrels and spied on anyone getting within range.
My Scrappy Triangles quilt is slowly coming together. All the rows are stitched and I'm starting on the sashing to connect the rows. I am linking with Kim of Kim's Big Quilting Adventure for Scrap Basket Sunday.
My nephew, Scott, continues to show slow signs of improvement. God is good! I am so grateful. Keep Scott and our family in your prayers.