Child of God, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, quilter, basket lover, amateur photographer, flower and vegetable gardener …….. some a little of who I am, some a lot of who I am, and all a part of me. When I started quilting several years ago, it sparked a passion in my creative side that I never knew existed. I fell in love with it from the very start. I love everything about it, from choosing the fabrics and designing the quilt until the time I finish the last stitch of the binding and everything in between.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I am back, catching up

Wow, it has been so long since I have been in touch that I do not even know where to begin.  I should start by saying I have missed keeping in touch with you.  I do pop over to the blogs once in a while to spend a few minutes.  I will start with quilting, although there is sadly very little for show and tell.  I miss it dearly but most days my machine barely gets a passing glance.  I did finally get this table runner quilted.  It is different from most of the earth tones that I usually pick, but I do love it for spring.  I considered a stitch-in-the-ditch but decided on all-over stippling and I really love it.

I have taken an interest in apple core quilts and decided to give it a try.  I have several projects that I am finishing for other people, but I just wanted to try one block to see if it was something I could even do.  I got Marti Michell's 6 inch template and gave it a try.  I have been collecting mens' plaid shirts from Goodwill for several months now, just picking up one here and there if I see one I like, and have been cutting those apart in 6 inch and 4 inch blocks, strips for a log cabin, and smaller strips for a pioneer braid.  I guess it is safe to say I love plaids.  I decided to use some of the shirt fabric for the apple cores, perhaps throwing in a nearly solid blender fabric here and there.  Here is my first attempt.  Let's just say that piecing curves is not for the faint at heart.  I am actually pretty happy with the way my first set turned out.  I am going to put it aside until I finish with my other obligations and then get back to it.

Next is my baby girl.  She has had type 1 diabetes for a little over 2 years now with no major issues, and all of a sudden the last week of March called me and said she needed me.  She had worked an overnight shift and had been up since 3 a.m. with vomiting and abdominal pain.  I picked her up and knew immediately that she was in diabetic ketoacidosis.  We went to the emergency room and she spent 3 days in the intensive care unit on an insulin drip.  Her blood glucose was not even extremely high, but her ketones had built up and she was one very sick young woman.  We have seen an endocrinologist that we both love and they got the ball rolling for her to be placed on an insulin pump.  Hopefully this will help control some of the fluctuations in glucose and eliminate a lot of finger sticks and insulin shots.  Any prayers for her would be greatly appreciated.  

On a bright note, my flowers are stunning this year.  We have had a perfect spring, a great balance of cool and warm and a good amount of rain. 

This last picture is a begonia potted in my Dad's old minnow bucket.  He sure did love to fish and it is hard to say how old this minnow bucket is.

I did try something new that I have been wanting to do for a long time.  I first had chow-chow when my husband and I visited his grandma in Mississippi years ago when we were dating.  I had never heard of it.  I think there are several varieties, but this one is basically a green tomato relish.  It has green tomatoes, cabbage, onions, bell peppers, and spices.  This is the best side flavor ever for black-eyed peas, pinto beans, cornbread, lots of things.  A local fruit and vegetable market here in town got in a load of green tomatoes from Georgia and I canned chow-chow for the very first time and it is delicious.  I am going to make at least 1 more batch soon.  

A few weeks ago, I caught a glimpse of heaven in one of the most beautiful rainbows I have ever had the privilege to see.  I was totally in awe and knew I was in the presence of something wonderful.  The brilliance of the colors was amazing and it lasted longer than most.  It was actually a double rainbow but the top one was much more faint.  

The last time I went to Goodwill to look for plaid shirts, I found this awesome pitcher.  I have no idea how old it is or anything about it, just that I love the way it looks.  

Lastly, we are still keeping my mother-in-law with us.  She has mixed Alzheimer's and vascular dementia and has now been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and related dementia. As hard as it was in the beginning, I only wish it were that easy again.  She has been nursing home ready for a while now, but we are going to hang in there a little longer.  Despite our giving her the very best of care, she deteriorates right before our eyes on a daily basis.  Here is a visual of what 20 months with Alzheimer's will do to you.the first picture was the week she came to stay with us in late September of 2012, the second picture is Mother's Day of 2013, and the third picture is Mother's Day of 2014. 

We feed her 3 very nutritious meals every day and even supplementing with Boost shakes.  We are trying to look into some respite care for a few days just to be able to take a long weekend away this summer.  My husband and I went to a wedding 2 weekends ago and that was only the second time in nearly 2 years that we have been out of our house together. Both of our kids were working but a niece came and stayed with her for a few hours. The first time we were out together was to grab a milkshake from a mom-and-pop burger place about 5 miles down the road.  Here is me and my honey at the wedding.  

I am going to do my best to be faithful about keeping in touch.  I miss hanging out with you guys. 

Sending much love from the Beautiful Bluegrass state .


  1. Hello, Rhonda!! So happy to hear from you! I do remember you in my prayers and wonder how things are going for you. I will add your daughter to my prayers, as well. Thank you for the update.
    I've got some precut apple cores in homespuns I am trying to gather the courage to try. Yours may inspire me. : )
    Lovely flowers! Oh, and the rainbows--breathtaking! I just put a double rainbow photo in my header yesterday.
    What a wonderful photo of you and your DH! How difficult to never be able to get out together. Wish I was close enough to spell you now and then!

  2. Rhonda, so very, very, very good to see your post! I do pray for you often! God smiles on you every day! I don't have time now to write much more, but will catch up later!

    Blessings and hugs!

  3. First of all, prayers for all of you - your daughter, your husband, your mother-in-law and you! I have been a caregiver and it is not for the faint of heart. That being said the blessings that come from it will give you many treasured memories. Sometimes it's impossible to get time away but whenever possible, do it. It will save you.
    Second, I love your blue table runner. It truly does look like spring!
    blessings, marlene


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