Good Morning

Come sit on my little porch and have a fresh cup of coffee with me. I hope you’re doing well. I have been so busy the past couple of weeks. I have been in my apartment for a year next month. Gee, where does the time go?

Anyway, it’s been the period of doctors. If you know what I mean. I have been to my Internest, Rheumatologist, Foot Doctor and had my mammogram. I can remember my mom saying to me that you can tell you are getting old when all you have to talk about is going to the doctor. LOL I guess she was right.

I actually have been tearing into all of those bins and boxes from my quilting room. They have been stacked in the second bedroom of my apartment. Obviously having everything packed up has put a crimp in my hobby. I can’t believe the things I have saved. I have a huge trash bag full of scraps that I am going to give away. Some of the dog and cat rescues make beds for the animals from scraps. I am a big fan of donating.

The weather has been hot with storms almost everyday. The first hurricane of the season is in the books as well. It’s been so hot that the dog doesn’t want to go for her walk. And she usually walks about 5 miles a day. I will definitely be happy when the thermostat dips and the cool breezes return.

So tell me, what’s new? Read any good books lately? What about movies?

Thanks for stopping by for coffee. Keep the faith!

Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell ya’ll about my experience evacuating my home because that very rude Florence has come to visit.  She had the audacity to park right on top of my house!DnIBW26WsAUCMPr  Can you believe it?  My house is located just about where the white dot is in this picture.  Needless to say, I will most likely be going home to a mess.  However, after being in a car with 9 cats, 2 dogs, a rabbit, and a lizard, we arrived in Virginia safe and sound.

We were a caravan of three.  My son in law, his dad, my grandson and 4 cats in the lead car.  Me with 2 dogs, 2 cats and the lizard in the middle.  My daughter and grandson and granddaughter and 3 cats, the rabbit in the rear.  Just before arriving at the hotel, someone slammed on their breaks and caused a pileup.  Thank God we all were untouched by it.

So we are staying in a wonderful hotel,  Homewood Suites.  The staff is wonderful.  It’s pet-friendly so no problem with the animals.  We certainly lucked out there.

I know that I have been absent for longer than I realized.  Life has been busy.  My daughter and her kids are living with me temporarily while work is being done on her house.  So, time is limited if you know what I mean?

I would ask for prayers because I have no idea what I will find when I get home.



Weekend Coffee Share

Ten Things of Thankful


Join us for some coffee time!

If we were having coffee today, I would be telling you about my crazy week.  The weather has been beautiful.  Summer has arrived!  My potted plants on my front porch have recovered from the shock of being re-potted and are blooming like crazy.  I really enjoy flowers, but hate gardening.  So plants in pots it is.

How was your week?  Want another cup of coffee?

In my quilt guild, I am participating in a round robin exchange.  A round robin is when each person in the group makes a center piece.  Usually a square of any size set by the rules of the exchange.  Then, every two months it is passed to the next person on the list.  You always pass to the same person.  Each person adds a row around the block thereby increasing the size of the quilt top.  So, on Sunday I realized that I had had this round for two months and had not done it yet.  Tuesday was guild day.  I began to panic.

I pulled the bag with the quilt top out and just stared at it.  I had no idea what I was going to do.  I left it on the table and throughout the evening I kept walking over to look at it.  Finally, on Monday morning I found my inspiration.  I began cutting fabric and building my row.  At 10:30 that night I had to stop.  I only had two seems to sew, but I was afraid that I would make a mistake if I tried to finish it then.

So, Tuesday morning I was up at 7:00.  Jumped into the shower, got dressed.  Made coffee.  Finished the round.  It looked pretty good.  I was pleased.  Then was out of the house by 9:30 for my guild meeting.  I pulled into the parking lot at 9:50 and it was completely empty.  I then realized that it was the first Tuesday of June and my meeting is the second Tuesday of the month.

I was actually supposed to be at my sit and stitch group.  It was too far for me to go as I had a pre-op appointment in an hour away.  I decided to stop for an iced coffee at McDonald’s.  When I went to pay, I saw that I had left my credit cards home.  So, I had to stop home and grab my card wallet.

I made it to the appointment in time.  I was actually a little bit early.  I didn’t realize how early until the receptionist told me my appointment was on Wednesday.  I couldn’t believe it.  She was so kind, she told me she would work me in since I lived so far away.  What an angel.  I had seen one doctor that if you were not at your appointment fifteen minutes early, he refused to see you.  So I know how temperamental physicians can be.  Not only did they fit me in, I didn’t wait ten minutes to be seen.

It was at this point I was beginning to wonder if I was losing it.  I wound up disorganized the entire week.  I couldn’t keep my days straight and still haven’t made it to the grocery store.  I am thankful that I had food in the freezer.

Letting Gracie out before bedtime has become very entertaining.  When I open my front door, tree frogs and toad scatter over the patio and up on the wall.  Gracie just sniffs at them and walks away.  If I am quiet and stand still, I can see the little frogs catch the bugs flying about.  It makes me smile to see those little frogs.

I am so glad you stopped by for coffee.  I hope you have a good weekend.  I have plans to watch the NASCAR race in Michigan tomorrow.


Happy June


Come in and have a cup of coffee with me.  Or I’ll make a pot of tea if you prefer.  How have you been?  Isn’t the weather beautiful today?  Sun shining, birds chirping.  I love it!

Can you believe it’s June already?  How quickly time passes.  May was a blur for me.  What do you think of the Daily Post retiring?  I loved the daily prompts.  I’ll miss it for sure, but like they said they will be left on the site and can be used over again.  Also, I see some people have already organized prompts to take their place.

What a week it’s been!  I had Alannah over the holiday weekend.  She is learning how to sew.  She looked so cute behind my Featherweight sewing machine concentrating on keeping her seams straight.  We had a really good time.  It’s fun to have the kids spend the weekend.  Although I have to admit it can be exhausting.  They seem to be active until they close their eyes to sleep.

It rained here so much this week which led to a Fibro flare.  So I didn’t get too much accomplished in the house.  Finally, on Thursday I got my dining room table cleared off.  It still had the sewing machine and supplies on it from the weekend.

Yesterday I spent three hours going through the mail I hadn’t opened.  Three hours!  I cannot believe the amount of junk mail that is sent out daily.  I would just throw it out immediately, but I am afraid that there will be one piece of mail that is important in the pile.  So the three hours doing it was my penance for not sorting it right away.  I watched NASCAR practice and qualifying for the Pocono Race on Sunday while I did it.

My miniature roses are blooming again.  They went into a little bit of shock when I transplanted them into bigger pots.  I love flowers, but not gardening.  I used to have beautiful gardens back home in Pennsylvania.  It was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed the results.  I had so many varieties of Hosta.  They were the focal point of my gardens and I accented them with colorful annuals.  Along the fence surrounding the pool, I had hanging baskets with brightly colored flowers.  Purple clematis decorated the front porch railings and columns and hanging baskets of ferns hung between the columns.  So since retirement, no gardens.

Today is dance recital day.  Looking forward to seeing the kids dance.  I’ll run some errands while I’m in town.  I guess I’ll have to go food shopping too.  Not my favorite job.  But I do like to eat and my cupboards are bare.  Gary loved to food shop.  He would be gone for hours.  Me, I am in and out.  I have a list and I stick to it.  Gary would always want me to go with him.  Occasionally I gave in.  I used to say he thought food shopping was taking me on a date.

I guess I should hem those shorts for Kelly.  I’ll see her today at the recital.  She could really use them now that it’s gotten hot.  I need to burn a DVD for her of Alannah’s dance competition too.  Guess I should get moving.

Have a wonderful week.

Eclectic Alli is hosting a coffee share.  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here. Come on and join in!


Weekend Coffee Share


Welcome!  Come on in and have a cup of coffee with me.  How was your week?  I was busy this week.  I had two doctor appointments on Monday.  Actually, I had three, but one had to be postponed until Thursday.  I have no idea why I allowed that to happen.

Last Sunday we had my grandson’s birthday celebration here.  My daughter made the cake on Saturday, removed one of the shelves in my refrigerator and put the cake in.  I have been looking for that shelf all week.  I finally called my daughter to find out what she had done with it.  I can’t believe she had it in the guest room behind my quilt rack.

One of my friends has gone up north to help her daughter who was injured when she fell off of her horse.  She needs surgery and Janet is going to stay with her and help with the horses.  So, I am plant sitting.  She had just gotten a beautiful hibiscus and didn’t want it to die when she was gone.  So, I get to enjoy this plant for most of the summer.

I haven’t done any sewing, crocheting, or much reading this week.  But I did do a little photography.  I have been keeping my camera with me for those unexpected opportunities.

So, a busy week for me, did a lot of housework this week too.  YUK!!! At one time I loved to clean.  I sure wish it was still like that for me.  Now I can talk myself into putting it off.

I was taking part of the Blogging From A to Z Challenge this year.  I really messed it up.  First of all, I didn’t link most of my posts.  I had never done this challenge before and I didn’t realize what I was supposed to do.  Then, the last two letters Y and Z never posted.  So, as far as the challenge goes, I failed.  But there is next year.  Right?

I had a little excitement when I hit a curb avoiding something in the road.  My tire went flat.  So, had to drive on it for a couple of miles to get home.  I had the spare put on it and took it to get a new tire.  I like to shop, but shopping for tires was daunting.

I hope ya’ll have a good week and I hope we can get together for coffee next weekend.  If you would like to join us for the weekend coffee share you can find out about it here.  It’s a great way to meet new bloggers and make friends.


Weekend Coffee Share

Good Morning!  Join me for a cup of coffee or tea and let’s chat.  My life has gotten very busy for a couple of weeks now.

I was at the beach with a couple of friends on a little quilting retreat.  We had such a good time making purses and laughing over our silly mistakes.  I think we did more unsewing than actual sewing.

I enjoyed walks on the beach with Gracie.  It was her first time on the beach and she just loved it.  It took her a little time to get used to the water coming onto the sand where she was standing.  She would run away from them.  It was a wonderful eight days.  There is nothing more relaxing than the view of the beach while you are quilting.


I got home on Thursday and had enough time to do some laundry before I left Friday for my granddaughter Alannah’s dance competition.  We always have a good time on these trips.  Alannah did very well with her solo, and her group dances were great too.  I am so proud of her.  🙂


We drove home Sunday getting me home around 1:00, I grabbed my things out of Kelly’s car threw them in the house and hopped into my car to go to the fashion show.  My friend Ruth invited me to go.  I met her there and we had a lovely time.  The fashion show was a fundraiser for Cape Fear Catholic Charities.

By the time I got home Sunday, I was really beat.  I spent Monday watching the postponed Bristol race.

Tuesday it was sit and stitch and had a good time visiting with the girls there.  I took my crocheting with me and made a couple of newborn hats.

Did some things around the house on Wednesday, then Thursday Gracie had to go to the vet for her checkup.  On the way home, something was in the road when I swerved to avoid it, I hit a curb.  This is what happened.  tire418I had to drive it like this for about 2 miles.  That was the longest trip I had ever driven.  Gracie started throwing up from her shots.  I had blisters on my feet from wearing new sandals, and my iced coffee had gone through me and there was no way I could walk.  What a day!

Of course when I had to call to have the spare put on the van.  Do you know where that spare is?  You have to take the console out, then use a long wrench to release the spare which is under the van.  What a production.  I would never have been able to do it by myself.

So with the spare on the van, I drive down to the store to get a new tire.  Of course, they don’t have the right size in stock.  My new tire should be in on Monday.  Since the spare is a little on the small side, I am homebound until Monday when they call me.

On top of my busy couple of weeks, I have failed miserably with my blogging.  Before I went to the beach I had written my posts for the A to Z challenge and scheduled them to be posted.  I did something wrong and they didn’t post.  I also didn’t realize I was supposed to link them to the letter pages.  I hope to do a better job with it next year.

The other challenges I like to participate in went undone too.  But that’s what happens when life gets in the way.  Right?

Tonight is the first NASCAR night race.  It is in Richmond and it’s another short track.  I will be watching it with Gracie by my side and I might get some hand sewing done.  I am in the middle of a wool project and an embroidery project, so maybe I will get one of them finished.

I need a refill on my coffee so I’ll say bye until next time.  Have a good week.


“Gratitude turns what we have into enough”



Weekend Coffee Share


If we were having coffee I would tell you that it’s been a hectic week.  But, right now looking back on it I don’t know what made it that way.  Ever have a week like that?

This past Tuesday was my quilt guild’s outreach workshop.  There were forty-three of us making newborn baby quilts and hats for my local hospital.  One of the girls brought her embroidery machine with her and made the labels right away.

My friend Janet had to put her dog down on Monday so she missed the meeting.  I took her an iced coffee after the meeting.  I thought she needed a little cheering up.  Poor Finny was 17 years old.  She could barely walk at the end.  So sad.

I have been cutting out lap quilts for our veterans to make kits so that our members can put them together.  We deliver them to the VA and the VA Hospital.

Other than guild business I have just been gathering things for my granddaughter’s dance school yard sale on the 7th of April.  This is for the competition team to help defray the cost to the students.  It is unreal how much it costs for a child to compete in dance.

My daughter and son-in=law are coming down this morning to fix my outside lights.  He is going to convert them to motion detecting.  It will be nice to have them come on at night when I come and go here at the house.  I am going to see if I can get Stephen to hand a quilt hanger for me too.

I will be spending Easter with my two daughters and their families with my son face timing us from Miami.  I wish my granddaughter could be here too.  It would be great for her to get to know her cousins.

I wish ya’ll a very blessed Easter.



Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish.  Let’s face it everyone is Irish on March 17th.  Any big plans to celebrate?  Back in Pennsylvania, I would go to the parade our community had.  Then most years went to a St. Paddy’s Day party usually at one of the local churches.  There was a big group of friends who went together.  It was a lot of fun.  Of course corned beef and cabbage were on the menu and lots of green beer.  And a multitude of green dyed desserts.  We would have a grand time dancing and laughing with friends.  Good times, good memories.



This has been a quiet week.  Last weekend I was away with my daughter and granddaughter for Alannah’s dance competition.  She did very well both in her solo and her group dances.  She competed in five dances.  Clogging group and solo, hip-hop, jazz, and tap.

We stayed in a new hotel close to the college.  My only complaint about the long weekend was there was no place to get a decent meal.  Everything was fast food.  Not being familiar with the area, we were reluctant to drive too far to search for restaurants.  Google was no help either.  Daylight Savings Time hit too.  It really messed with our timing on Sunday.  There was a lot of confusion for sure.

Last week I was visiting a friend in Cary.  We had a great time sewing together.  This time we mostly worked on hand sewing.  I did put a quilt top together while I was there.  I have it in line to be quilted this week.  I got home just in time to leave for the dance competition.

I got home Monday afternoon.  I had left my car at my daughter’s house and when I got back the battery had died.  Triple-A came out and jumped the battery and it’s been fine since.

I haven’t done much all week.  It took me a day or two to recuperate from the weekend.  Each year the recuperation time increases.  🙂  I guess that’s to be expected.  I did a short run to the food store.  Made some delicious chicken stew.  I posted on my blog.  Saw a little basketball.  I got back to reading the book I started a while ago.

I skipped quilting this week.  I was told I missed a wonderful show and tell.  That’s one of the best parts of the meeting.  Getting to see the beautiful work from all the members.

One of our guild’s outreach projects is making hats for the newborn nursery at our local hospital.  I took my yarn and needles with me and have completed 28 baby hats.  I am trying to crochet one every night while I sit in front of the TV.  They don’t take long to make.

I hope ya’ll have a good week.



Superbowl LII Weekend

I just poured myself a cup of coffee.  Mmmm!  Nothing like that first sip in the morning.  So, my week was filled with more of the same.  Sorting through more boxes of the stuff Gary and I had collected over 41 years of marriage.  I will be downsizing so this is really a necessary task.  As much as I hate to part with some of the treasures we have amassed, I am happy that there are many thrift shops that support various ministries in my area.  So I know that my treasures will go on to make others happy and also help those in need.

Gracie has decided to lay on my lap as I share my coffee time with ya’ll.  Gracie is my little Cairn Terrier mix.  Just look at that sweet face.


I don’t really have big plans for the weekend.  I’ll go to Mass this evening instead of in the morning.  I am so happy it is possible to go to Mass on Saturday evening since I am definitely not a morning person.  I spent most of my nursing career working on the night shift.

I am looking forward to the Superbowl.  I am a sports fan.  I am from the Philadelphia area, however, not really an Eagles fan.  That was my husband’s team.  I have been a Washington Redskins fan since the days of Joe Theismann.   He was a heck of a quarterback.  I was watching a Hallmark movie one time he was playing the father of one of the main characters.  As much as I like the guy, his acting wasn’t stellar.  But I digress.  Since my team didn’t make it to the Superbowl, I have to support the division the Redskins are in.  So, I will be cheering on the Flying Eagles.


I also feel a responsibility to cheer for the Eagles for my husband.  I know he is smiling from ear to ear they have made it to the Superbowl again.  I hope they win for him.  🙂  And of course, as much as I used to like the Pats, I cannot condone the blatant cheating that they have done in the past.  It’s time for Tom Brady and the Pats to be put in their place.  Just my humble opinion.

I’ll be texting all through the game with my kids during the game for sure.  I remember years ago going to Superbowl parties with friends and family.  It was always fun.  Those days are gone so it will be Gracie and me watching the game and the strongest thing I will be consuming is chocolate ice cream.  🙂

Oops!  Time to refill my coffee.   Enjoy your weekend and have a good week everyone.

Keep the faith!