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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Unbelievable!!!!!

 I know that I have posted in the past about our big dogs.  My husband and I have always loved big dogs.  Our first one that we got together was a big Rottweiler we named Brutus.  He was our farm dog and loved his pen in our barn right next to all the cows and calves.  We had him for 10 years when he got cancer and got so sick we had to put him down.  I cried for days.  

Then we got a Bullmastiff. 





We named her Missy and she was a hoot.  She was our first house dog and she was a dream.  


House breaking her was a breeze and she stayed mainly in our sunroom.  Once in a while she liked peeking into the living room but she just wasn't interested in being anywhere but HER sunroom. 





She would go between our house and my father in law's house which was right next door to us.  She would climb up on his couch and wait for her treats.  When my father in law had to go to a rest home, she would go with us to visit him.  She was so loyal and loving and as you can tell, she missed him dearly. We had her for 10 years also.  One day, I was teaching a quilting class in a nearby town and when I arrived home, I found our beloved Missy dead next to her food bowl.  Our vet felt she must have had a heart attack.  And to make matters worse, we didn't have the heart to tell Dad about losing Missy and one week later, we lost him.  I cried for weeks.

Then we got Anna.  She was full bloodied English Mastiff and she was the most gentle loving dog I have ever had.  We loved her so much.



Unfortunately, she was plagued with many health issues.  Even though we did everything we could for her including taking her out to potty with a beach towel under her because of a torn meniscus muscle, she developed congestive heart failure.  She was only 7 years old.  I am still crying.

And then my husband and I both agreed we could not go through this again with a pet.  Plus the fact that we are too old to handle large dogs.  So our resolve was to not have any more pets.


Enter Mooey!




And as the story goes, we are smitten with the kitten.  We had no intentions of ever having a house cat.  We have many barn cats that we feed every day, but they are not friendly and we have never been able to get very close to them.  

Then one day, I was in the former milking barn that we now use for storage and I was looking for something when I looked down and saw a dead newborn kitten.  I could not leave it there for other critters to abuse so I picked it up to bury it.  It was so cold and its tongue was hanging out of its mouth and I was certain it was gone. As I moved out into the sunshine, the little body started to move!  OMG! It was alive, with the umbilical cord still attached.  I freaked out because there was no way to know which one of the feral cats may have had her and she probably left her behind for a reason and would not take her back.  So....I became Mother Cat.  I hurried to my daughter in law's house because I knew she would have all the things to nurse a tiny cat.  She did indeed.  She gave me the bottle, advice on how to care for a kitten this small, (she was only 2 to 3 days old) and sent me home with best wishes.  Later, she told me she didn't think it would live, but it had a will and I wanted her to so much.  Well, long story short, she is two months old now and she is hilarious!  We love watching her grow and play.  I didn't know how my hubby would feel about this because he is not a cat person, but Mooey stole his heart.  He loves her and is always worrying about her welfare.  BTW, everyone wants to know how we came up with the name Mooey.  I found her in the milking barn, where the Moo cows used to be.  Thus, she is a Moo Kitty, or Mooey.

I hope you enjoyed my journey down memory lane of pets and I hope you have the pet of your dreams too.  Even if it is somewhere between great big and tiny small.  And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma



 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Nice Summer

 Hi Everyone! It has been a beautiful summer albeit a very strange one.  My husband and I are retired and we were so looking forward to doing a lot of one tank trips around our state.  But with the coronavirus keeping many venues closed, we have not traveled at all this year.  We are praying and hoping that soon this will all be over and we can go about our normal life, if there is such a thing.

But the good thing about being at home more this year was the projects that I was able to complete.  I finished a quilt for a customer.  I won't post a picture of it since I didn't get permission to do so, but I also completed a wall hanging that I had a blast doing.  It is a digital print called Big Dream and I just loved doing it.  I will be making a couple more for sale.



I was also able to complete a number of table runners and wall hangings that I will have for sale.  I was going to try to go to a few craft shows this year but needless to say, there haven't been many to go to.  I will be selling most things on Etsy.  So if you are interested you can find them there.








I was also able to re-cover my outdoor wicker furniture.  The cushions were so faded and musty from being outdoors so many years.  I was able to purchase some very inexpensive material from a warehouse and I covered all ten cushions in time for Memorial Day.  Not that we were able to have a party but we did have close family come for a cookout.  It was the first that we felt "normal".  Here is a picture of the love seat.  I didn't take a pic of the sofa.

Before
Before

After




Well everyone, stay safe and remember to...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma





Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Brrrr.....It's cold!

Hi, everyone.  Yes we have been very fortunate here this winter. It has been very mild and we haven't had a lot of dreary days.  But as always in Ohio, if you stick around for an hour or two, the weather will change drastically.  Today the temperature didn't get out of the teens.  My hubby said it got up to 23 degrees but you can't prove that by me.  Brrrr.........

I mentioned in December of 2018 we lost our beloved English Mastiff, Anna.




We missed her so much but had decided that we were not going to get any more fur babies.  First of all, we were enjoying the freedom of not rushing home to take care of the dog.  So we have been loving on all of our friend's and family's fur babies and we were fine with that.  

Well, fate has a way of changing one's mind.  This little gal showed up at our barn last summer and we are now smitten with her.  Most of our barn cats are aloof and will not let us touch them.  They tolerate us in their territory simply because we come bearing food twice a day.  Otherwise, they would just as soon never see us, period.  But KitKit was different. She wanted to be petted and she loves to play and be right where we are.  She sucked us in!


Now, she is a born barn cat, and we didn't want to take her out of her natural environment, but we wanted her to be a little more protected than the normal grumpy cats.  So as the weather got colder and colder we put her in our old milk house.  We have to keep this room from freezing since it feeds the water cups to the rest of the barn for the beef cattle.  We were not sure how she would like being penned in, but we knew we had to give it a try.  We took her in there, we put down a litter box and food and water.  She immediately went to the litter box and used it!  She jumped up on the little table we had her food on and began to eat.  She was not one bit upset to be in a comfy warm spot and before we left her for the night she found one of Ron's old coats he had in there for emergencies and made herself a nice bed. Needless to say, she has a nice place to be inside this cold weather.

I actually have been quilting and making projects (when I'm not playing with the kitty).  Here are a few of the things I am making for the first of the craft shows and for in my store this spring.




I must go for now.  Next time I will tell you more of the saga of the KitKit.  It is a doozy of a story!  But until then remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Monday, January 13, 2020

Holidays come and Holidays go!

Hi, everyone.  Well I am again very behind on posting to my blog but then again what else it new?  I have been very busy sewing and getting ready for spring and the new season of opening my little store and going to a few craft shows.  I was not able to set up at any shows this past summer but I am hoping to have a lot more inventory again this year.  I will have to see how it goes.

I mentioned last year that we had lost our beloved dog Anna.  Well this summer while I was up at my store, a new friend appeared.  Now we have a lot of barn cats that we feed but none of them are friendly and I want to pet them so bad!  But no, they are not the friendly type.  So when this little girl showed up and let me pet her and hold her, I was so happy.  As you can see, she loves being around my baskets.

I hope everyone had a great Holiday season and are getting ready for the next project to quilt.  I will be posting some pictures of my projects next time.

Take care and remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Summers end already!

It is so hard to believe that the summer season is nearing its end. The spring and summer started out really scary for the the farmers in our area and many other states as well.  We had an over abundance of rain with flooding and the non-ability to get into the fields.  Many farmers we know could not get their crops planted and the hay baled.  And now we have the trade tariffs and crop prices are plummeting. Please think about the farmers and if you are of a mind to do so, say a little prayer for them.  These are hard times for some really wonderful people.

That having been said, I have to say we had a wonderful summer full of lots and lots of events.  We started the spring with a trip to Chattanooga Tn for our 30th wedding anniversary.  We had visited the area on our honeymoon 30 years ago and it was as beautiful as ever!




In May we attended the graduation of our beautiful granddaughter from nursing school.  She got a job immediately and is off to a wonderful future.


Then in June, we hosted our grandson's high school graduation party.  It was so much fun!  We had over 110 people here and my talented daughter-in-law organized and decorated and made it the best time ever for family and friends. 

As the summer continued, my hubby and I were able to do a lot of local one tank trips.  We have made it our mission to visit as many county fairs in our state as we possibly can.  This will take a few years but we are off to a good start and we have many more to visit throughout September and October.
 


In July we went up to Lake Erie and took the Goodtimes III out on the lake.  It was a hot day but the breeze was blowing and the lake was beautiful that day.  It was one of the most relaxing days we have had in a long time.

 

I also opened my barn store on Fridays and Saturdays all summer.  This is a hobby but I am having so much fun with it.  I have met so many nice people and it is amazing what kinds of things they collect or just want for home decor.
 



AND...on top of all of our travels I was able to finish a quilt that I just love.  This quilt was a clone of a quilt that I finished for my daughter-in-law.  She had found some unfinished quilt tops that had belonged to her grandmother.  I finished all three but I really liked this particular one.  So I made a replica quilt for myself (until someone in the family wants it!) The last two pictures are the original (my DIL's grandmothers) quilt.




 Well I have bent your ear long enough. I will try to get back to you sooner than six months.  And remember....
Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma


Friday, December 7, 2018

Hello all!  I had a very successful summer at my new craft and primitives shop.  We enjoyed all the people who stopped to visit and shop.  I definitely will be doing this again next summer.

This fall has been a bit of a heart breaker.  We lost our beloved English Mastiff Anna to kidney failure.  She was such a wonderful dog.  She was so stoic and never whined or acted sick at all but she just could not get up by herself anymore and since August my hubby and I have been helping her go outside.  We would put a towel under her belly and he would get on one side and I on the other and walk her out.  And she accepted all of this with her sweet goodness and just waited for us to get the towel and help her.  She hung on as long as she could but her big heart just couldn't go on.  We will miss her forever.😢


Merry Christmas everyone and remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Monday, August 27, 2018

End of Summer...

Oh boy, it is the end of August already and I have not posted once since February.  I am so sorry!  This spring and summer was a roller coaster ride.  We lost our 91 year old mother in May and that was so hard.  But her quality of life had slipped away so suddenly that we knew it was inevitable.
We will miss her but I know that she is in a better place with my father.

Then the summer came into full throttle and I opened my little Crafts and Primitives store.  Whoa, it has been a whirlwind of work and fun.  I only open the store on Fridays and Saturdays but I spend the rest of the week making new items and traveling around looking for antiques and just old stuff.  I have met so many wonderful people and neighbors and friends just stop to say Hi.  I absolutely love it.  Now I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.

The only down side to having a new business is that I have very little time to quilt!  This will change this fall and winter when I close down the shop for the cold weather.  You see, my shop is in the old barn where my husbands use to milk cows.  So needless to say there is no heat and I do not do cold!  I like snuggling in for the winter and that means time to sew, quilt and paint.  But for now I will enjoy my customers and have fun scouting out new items.

Here are a few pics of my shop.





That is all for now but remember...
Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 1st Already!

Hi everyone!  I do not know how the year has passed so quickly, but it did.  I spent all fall getting items ready to sell at a craft show.  It was the first time I had ever done that and I would do it again but making enough merchandise to sell is hard. I have decided to start a little flea market deal at our barn this summer instead of dragging everything to a craft show.  We have a lot of traffic and I think I will do ok with this idea.  We have primitives and a few antiques but mainly handmade items.  If all goes well, I may start taking consignments.  We will just have to wait and see.  Here are a few of the items I will have for sale.










I hope that if you are in my area or see anything you might like that I can let you know how much they are and what the shipping will be.

and remember...
Keep on Quiltin'
Norma