Friday, December 1, 2023



Reminding me of the cold weather the Old Farmer's Almanac predicted for Colorado

The months are going by quickly. This year has been in a hurry to leave. When does time slow down? I think God created it all to zip past us. SO we need to stop, breathe and remember all the goodness we shared.

Hannah and Jake are expecting their baby boy this month too. I saved their event for this blog. So much joy in new babies. We pray for a healthy and happy one.

If you like comedy check out Lisa Gilbert. This girl married in her 40's and then had....triplets. Her comedy about her life is hilarious.  Triplets are something else. I know people with them and I admire their  stories of the good, the bad and the hilarious too.

Remember to read your bible starting with one chapter of Luke each day from Dec 1 to Dec 24 . You will read over the life of Jesus Christ. Then be prepared for His birth on the 25th. We do this each year.

"The people who walked in darkness,

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in the land of  deep darkness,

on them has light shone." Isaiah 9:2


Saturday, October 28, 2023

Happy Thursday and Maxine Cracks Me Up

Happy Tuesday 

Maxine you really need to try some patience and kindness. I don't want to see you in jail or anything!!

Maxine is being terribly ornery. Oh well...we know she loves giving her opinions on everything.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Aw...Mondays The Quilt love is... Sparks


This nosey boy follows me everywhere. He is grateful Franklin went home yesterday. But Franklin lost interest in him the first few times they engaged each other. The feeling of dislike is intense although Franklin was sad his big brother Leo was no longer here to entertain him.  I was getting a photo of the morning sunrise. 

This quilt was made by my late mother-in-law Rita. She loved red and so does my sweet husband. Although the quilt square side is rust colored,  it matches our bedroom decor for Autumn perfectly. But I see red in so many of the squares. My mother-in-law, a little farm girl was an amazing seamstress and sewed all of her own drapes and curtains too.  What a gift, a beautiful legacy to keep us warm in the cold winter months.  My sister-in-law Lucy is a gift giver. She always finds the best gifts she brings to us and her homemade banana bread is the best ever!

On this date in 2009 Suzanne and Sue blogger friends sent me a beautiful quilt made of teacups that Suzanne created. Sue had the long arm to finish the quilting process so I was truly  blessed by their love and will cherish it forever. We had finished the Memory Quilt project for the precious three year old Shannon who passed away from a rare brain cancer in 2009.  Over 200 bloggers sent squares to Suzanne to create the quilt. Some bloggers told me not to do it. Not to invade the privacy of the little girl's loved ones. I prayed about it and God gave me the go ahead.

At first the phamily did not want to accept our gift but as Suzanne was packing the quilt up she received a message from the aunt who said the parents decided they wanted the quilt as a memory quilt for Shannon. We were so happy ! Joyful and so grateful to  send this gift off to them. 

You do not even know the stories each quilt square held and the memories it gave to those who created each square. I am so grateful to every single person who participated. It was a very emotional time for all of us and banding together helped each person heal from their own sadness as well bring a bit of sunshine to a phamily so grieved by their child's loss. 

I will be forever grateful to my friend Dr. T, Kozue Tyler who told me Shannon's story. I will always love Suzanne and Sue for working so tirelessly to create this one of a kind gift.  I hold each person who sent a square in my heart forever and always. It was a great joy to give something so valuable for the phamily to have in remembrance of their lost child. 

14years later I feel like I did the day we started on that quilt journey. What memories. I had posted about it but with my lack of tech  skills, I am not sure how to find my post and share it again.   

I wish I had listened to Edna   who created a new blog book for herself and her loved ones each year. Then I would have those 2009 October posts to reshare.  I have lost so many dear friends and Edna is one of them. She passed away this year along with my friends Jean (Texas) and Maria (Denver). It is so hard to lose friendships and people you meshed with. 

Oh the memories. love is... is always here for me. 

Finally some beautiful words from Susan,. a hometown friend who shared these words with me.  For Sparks:

"The best of sleep beneath Heaven above is under a quilt handmade with love."

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday 

Fall Foliage

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Happy Tuesday and Maxine Craxks Me Up

 Happy Tuesday 

I found these silly mug shots and thought I would share them with you at google images.

He looks truly unhappy about the cat!

Maybe this is the cat the dog is referring too!

Ok maybe this feline felon is in real trouble!

Maxine I am always agreeing with you lately. This is truly the truth!

Monday, October 2, 2023




love is....always has the best words everyday. 

The Critter Barn at etsy . Isn't this mouse the cutest? I love the Fall!

The highest test of the civilization of any race is in its willingness to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Booker T.Washington 

Wanted to share a Sparks too.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023


 You know that girl you went to school with? The girl who talked to everyone, used lots of words and enjoyed the company of others? Well, that is me! Having lost our gentle boy Leo yesterday, my words, like my tears are flowing. Please bear with me. Thank you.

Wordless Wednesday

To get a feel for Leo you have to see this photo. When I watched my great grandson Harrison James for the first two years of his life, Leo was, a very gentle giant. Now he had some motives too. He loved to lick this boys face! He never tried to steal his breakfast food but he licked that little face clean! As a boy, Harrison thought it was hilarious. Leo was a connoisseur of yogurt, vanilla, fruit flavored with some pulp, he loved it all! Harrison was glad to oblige him. They had a nice boy and a dog bond. Later he would try to lick Shea's face, Harrison's little sister! She would say No Leo, don't lick my face! The girl is 100 percent pure little chick! She is a fashionista, a diva, and dogs licking her face, well, that was not a good idea. Yet she loved Leo and always liked to open the back door so he could run in his kingdom, the backyard.  Our lot is 7,480 feet and when he first came to live with us, Leo looked over the massive backyard and looked up as if to say, is this all mine? Of course it was! Leo was king of his yard! His friend Duke, a black lab stood at the fence this morning. He was barking, I am sure looking for his pal. They would rub noses at the fence and then lift their leg to each other. A sort of manly dog celebration!

I am very sad for Duke, just as I am sad for all of us. Most mornings, I would wake up and Leo was lying outside our bedroom door. He was not a loner by any means. When he first came to live with us, he tore up two decorative pillows we had purchased with our new living room set! He was very angry that we dared to go out and leave him home alone. That was before the other pups came to live here.  He was a people person and I am going to miss stepping over him so he could rise and I would open that back door for him. He loved the great outdoors. He chased the wild rabbits, he barked at the squirrels and birds.  Then he found companionship in three little pups, Loki, Thor and Lulu. On a whim, we stepped inside a puppy place. Rebekah and Zach fell in love with Loki and Thor and since they were brothers they went home with them. I was sad but the lady said her friend was dropping off a single pup. Same breeder but different litter. My girl Lulu with her mom Lil Lupe and dad Duffy! My little chihuahua girl with an Irish father and a mother with roots from Chihuahua, Mexico . Oh how Leo loved them! He became the guardian and protector of the pups and their yard! He kept them close at hand and if one wandered back by the fence he would go inside, turn around and go collect them. They loved him and loved running and barking alongside of him. As the years went by if the kids, who worked from home, were busy and I had errands to run, I turned on Tom and Jerry on the Cartoon Network. Although Leo had his puppy entourage, he liked to lie down on the living room carpet while Finn, Lulu's baby boy, kissed him and loved on him while they listened to the antics of Tom and Jerry.

This boy, my Lilo, he loved the holidays with all the excitement. The company, the delicious meals. He was so  acclimated into our home and phamily that he was content and happy and always a joy to be around. He had the most beautiful amber colored eyes and his tail was wagging even at the end of his too short life.

He had a giant rawhide  and as you can see here, he was very partial to it. He loved laying in the grass because when he first came to live with us we had none. Just a big dirt yard with lots of mud in the rainy and winter seasons. When we put in the lawn, he was like a little kid, rolling it and loving his time outdoors. A gentle boy, a kind heart toward the little pups and a fierce protector of his home, his yard, his pups and his people. 

He's short life taught me, nothing is more important than phamily. He did not get to see old age and have that beautiful youthful face turn into a snowy white haired old gent. It is a sadness I feel in my bones but as sick as he got and as quickly as the pain took over his body, none of us wanted to see him suffer. He was well loved and he knew it. The artwork on the Rainbow Bridge Michael Godard. Run free and easy sweet boy. You were a good friend, a good dog, a good companion and the best protector any of us could ever know.

Isaiah 65:25 NIV
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

I pray I will see you on the other side someday Leo.