Life Begins Anew and a Late HQAL Post!

Greetings from South Texas where summer is here and Texas is going to be opened up on 1 May 2020.  

Some good news!  We were advised last Tuesday that Clay was Number One on the list for his Heart Cath and Aorta Valve Replacement for 1 May!  We are so glad!  We will not know which way they will replace the AVR until the Heart Cath is done Friday.  We will be there at 6 AM and the procedure will start at 8 AM.

Friday I had an eye appointment and Clay had an appointment at BAMC for a checkup.  It was an interesting day getting out of the house since we had not been anywhere but curbside HEB for groceries for 6 weeks!  I picked up some things at Whole Foods and as I came out of the store it felt like it was just yesterday that we had been out and about.

So for those who have not been out yet, believe me, once your area opens up, you will have the same feeling.

Today Clay had an appointment for Therapy at BAMC this morning.  He had purchased a gift for his surgeon Major David Wilson.  We were told Friday that he would be deploying in the next week or so and we would not see him again.  This morning we stopped in at the Clinic to leave his gift – a set of Oak Leaf Clusters that he will pin on when he is promoted to Lt Colonel hopefully by the end of the year.  We had prepared a card for him expressing our gratitude to him for saving Clay’s hand.  We left the Orthopedic area indicating we were heading to the Business Office to pay another bill.  When I came out of that office I looked up and here came our beloved Major Wilson looking for us to thank us for the wonderful gift and card!  I will admit that we broke all the rules because I gave him 2 great hugs and Clay also gave him a hug.  If we could adopt him we would!  LOL.  This was the highlight of the day for us!

Sunday our new yard man, Roger, did the yard!  He is absolutely one of the hardest working individuals that we have hired.  I do believe we have a permanent yard man forever, as needed.

I have been working on Celebrating Mary Brown this month (and it is not a lot).  I have mostly bought books or patterns (like I needed more) and gave up on OMG – difficult focusing.  I have finished 3 of the last 4 leaf blocks for Mary Brown.  I am almost finished with the 4th and hoping that it will be a quiet day tomorrow and I can do that!  So here is what I have done.  The  blocks will go on the bottom of the quilt.  I have not done the blocks with the Vase’s.

Block for the bottom left corner

Here is a picture of the right hand corner of the quilt.

Lot of work yet to do to catch up, but I will be happy to finish the 4th block of leaves.

Again, I have not really had time or ability to focus on reading other Blogger’s post!  We are praying that things go well and our lives will return to normal in June, if not before.  I believe that our 2020 will begin in July which is fine.  We have received so many many blessings this year it is unbelievable.

Today was no different because we were unaware that the Base entry rules had changed and we had to go back to the Visitors Center to get Clay a temporary pass (I have a permanent one because I am a retired Civilian).  IF that had not happened, we would have been in the Orthopedic Clinic 30 minutes earlier and Major Wilson would have not been able to chase us down.  Life is good, even when we do not understand why things happen when they do!

Wish all a great week and will try to get an update out in a week or so!


This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie.


Easter Day a Time for Renewal of Faith and Hope

Happy Easter and hoping all are having a great day in rejoicing the fact that He Has Risen from the Grave!

I know I am late in posting for HQAL, but I have just finished another block for Sweet Stitches. Check out the ladies who participate in this group – they really make some beautiful quilts!  This one is Number 9 of 12!  On the way to a finish (maybe this summer).  This is the Squirrel with the Acorns for the Winter!  When I purchased the BOM series, fabric was furnished, so it will be fun to make a whole quilt out of the ‘individual’ blocks.

After 3 months and 13 days of our personal journey of “distancing” from a normal life – today after my walk I sat on the porch and enjoyed the fresh air.  It is going to be a hot summer this year, at least in South Texas.  My Weather Radar kept telling me it would be in the 70’s with humidity in the 80’s but the Weather Woman kept telling us that it would be in the 40’s.  Humm I need to send her a link to my APP.  LOL.

I am beginning to miss our annual Spring getaway, but then remember that we still have to go through the Heart thing to get Clay up and running! (No control on the timeframe) I have started appliquéing and working on my embroidery projects again, especially when the TV is on, or if Mr Fibro is hanging around, like he usually does in the Spring time with all the drastic weather changes.   It would be so nice to just give up, sit in a chair and watch nothing but mindless movies, BUT alas, I cannot do that!  I must continue on with my schedule (really have lost the desire to be the house cleaner every 3 weeks).  Walking releases those endorphins that help us have an upbeat day with power positive thinking!  (Now do not think that I can be positive every day – LOL).

Have a blessed week and let’s all think positive about going back to living EVEN if it means gloves and masks!  Heck you will save on makeup!  LOL

Hugs to all – Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie.

April Blessings and OMIGOSH

Greetings from South Texas!  It appears that I have lost my desire to work on quilts since Clay’s accident on  New Years Eve.  I do understand that this is only a bump in the road and things will return to normal later in the year!   My focus has been 100% on Clay and getting him back to where he will feel better and his hand will be working much better!   He has always supported me when I went through surgeries and health issues, so I do not mind taking a break from quilting in fact, I am learning how to day each day as it comes – Good or Bad!  I began helping him with his therapy yesterday  – we work on his hand every 2 hours and our goal is to do it 4 to 5 times a day.  Since yesterday, his wrist seems to be doing a little better as far as movement.  YEA! A Blessing.

Blessing 2 – I found a great person to take over the yard work!  He and his wife came by last week to give me an estimate and he ended up taking the time to mow the grass in the yard (not the outside acreage since the ‘weeds’ were not high enough!   I was overcome with relief!  I also found a great company to come and exterminate at a later date.

Blessing 3 – I was able to obtain enough chicken to cover me for the entire month and all other essentials and food that we needed.  It took me 3 weeks to get all the groceries that I usually buy at one time at the first of each month.  I ordered from Walmart, who delivers to the house, and went to the local store and pick it up at Curbside.  I had to wait 9 days to get the first order – unbelievable!

Blessing 4 – 7 inches of RAIN in the last week!!!  YEA

But enough of this boring stuff!  Now having said all I have to say about life, here is what I have accomplished in a month – A MONTH!  Would you call this a record for me?  LOL

These are 2 blocks for OMIGOSH!  I am using reproduction fabrics from Barbara Brackman’s Lady In Red an Richmond Reds.  To make a ‘block’ it takes 2 each 5 inch (unfinished) 9 patches and 2 shoofly blocks.

Monday morning I woke up with a creative idea as what to do with old bath towels that we usually lay at the doorway to clean our shoes whenever we get rain!

This is what I started with (old towel)

I had a total of 4 towels to retrofit to inside door mats that do not slip or slide!

Well, this is all I have for the month so far!  I am now relaxing and just enjoying life with no issues at this time.  With all the madness in the world, we are at peace.


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