Sunday, June 27, 2010

Early Bird Christmas

Better late than never. I did manage to get one wristlet completed for my Christmas Box. I made one for myself and had enough fabric to make another. Yippee. However, I WILL DO BETTER NEXT MONTH!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Quilt Show...and Hunt for a B-Day Present

What a beautiful day it turned out to be. The rain stopped and the sun came out...and we went to a quilt show in Michigan.

Kristie had a few quilts in the show. Her elephant quilt is my favorite of hers.

I can't tell if Sheryl is making that face because of the guys sales pitch....or because of me and my camera. I bet it is me.

After the show we went to Clementines Two in St Joseph, MI. It is one of my favorites..great food and you can sit and watch all the boats go by.
I spent the rest of the day looking for Caleb's B-day present...I know what I want but can't find it. I'll look again tomorrow.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

storms, boys and backache

I can't believe it's been 10 days since posting. The days have been full of boys, storms and a terrible backache. The boys have been over playing in the pool at every chance. Even Eli has been swimming. He' is jumping off the ladder and having a great time....and he has no trouble drinking pool water. All he wants to do is be like his big brothers.

Caleb rode up to Michigan with us to get some strawberries. We didn't get to pick berries this year. We have had too much rain and too many storms. Within the past two weeks we have had severe storms and in some places tornados. After the last storm on Friday, there are still many communities without power.

Wednesday I was watching Bruce cut down tree limbs...and I threw my back out. I did absolutely nothing except stand still...and all of a sudden I couldn't move. By Saturday I was somewhat better. BJ went with Ben and me to the Leeper Park Art Fair.

After walking the art show...very slowly and carefully...we walked by the geese and the duck pond. The storm knocked a big limb into the pond.

Afterwards we went to Putt Putt, since I had promised Ben. He picked up my ball so I wouldn't have to bend over.

And...last but not least, yesterday was the Coleman Reunion where Ben and Caleb discovered Poppers...those little things you throw and sound like small arms fire. They really liked them. Ahhh, now to go relax with some icy hot and pain reliever.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I can't believe how busy I have been lately. Or maybe it is just that I'm getting older and everything is harder and taking longer.

I've been able to spend some precious time with the boys. Ben is excited about soccer and Caleb really liked playing miniature golf.

Little Eli turned 2!

Ben is getting so big. He'll be going to school in the fall.

Bev and I are in charge of Spotlight on Ministry, where we recognized someone(s) for their ministry in the church. This month we choose the Worship Team. She made the two men each a cake and I made up these nail care kits for the women.

I did manage to get these 3 store models done. The Baby Churn Dash (41419) worked up pretty quick and I really like the Changing Season Pillows (44029). Also, check out the Erica's Craft Email Newsletter.

The Michiana Sewing B has taken on a new project. Little Dresses for Africa (and Haiti). There is a lot of excitment for this project. Val Forsey came in to the group this paste Tuesday to give a demonstration on how to make the dresses. If you have AND new/used pillowcases or washable ribbon that you would like to donate, we would be grateful. I'm working on making a 4 minute video to show at church on Sunday about this project, hoping to get support for the B'er with this project.

We also had two B's last at Blair Hills and one at Michiana Community Church of God. I'm trying to get a group together to take the train to Chicago to go to a quilt shop called Quiltogy. Kristie will have quilts displayed at the Berrien Town and Country Quilt Show on the 26th and 27th.

AND...I did make time to go to the Farmer's Market. I love the South Bend Farmer's Market!

Friday, June 4, 2010

One Body For Living

If you get a chance...check out these blogs: Food, Inc. Blog and One Body For Living.

We have made a concious decision to change the food we eat after BJ (my son) watched the movie Food, Inc. with my cousin Charlotte. We have sinced purchased free range beef and chicken. We were amazed at the difference in the chicken "juices" left in the pan after roasting a "beer butt chicken" on the grill. The "grocery store" chickens left a lot of "gunk", but the free range chickens practically left the pan clean.

Granted, the organic/free range meat costs more....but I think it is well worth the $$. And don't even get me started on the hot dogs.....