The Midwest Abode

Hi Y’all! Long time, no post. It has been 16 weeks since my last post. Unbelievable! Needless, to say I’ve been working a lot. It’s what I came here for. But work is not ALL I do. I make it to the gym a few times a week, take my dog for a walk at least once a week, go to church and bible study, shop, go out to eat. I do the latter less often than I used to (for a few different reasons) but I do love me some KC barbecue! And who knew I’d have such an affinity for Indian Cuisine?! It’s my most favorite comfort food ever!

A friend came to visit in February.

She’s a quilter who had never been to Missouri, so naturally I took her to Missouri Star Quilt Co in Hamilton, where she shopped ’til she almost dropped! We also visited Angela Walter’s shop here in Liberty, Quilting is My Therapy .

My friend actually worked for Hallmark for many years in AZ so I took her to the Hallmark Visitors Center AND we toured the Arabia Steamboat Museum. We had a grand time.

On the day she left, I got another visitor. A semi-permanent one. My youngest son Joshua.

He’s been with me ever since. He’s working (more in the last 3 mos than he has in the last 3 years! Praise God!) and is enjoying living in the Midwest.

And speaking of living in the Midwest, I bought a house! The one I fell in love with at first sight back in August.

Here are a few more pics of the unique beauty that is now our home.

And look at the new sewing space in the basement! There’s even an electric fireplace! I had to decorate my design wall with some orphan blocks to liven it up until I can get going on a project which hopefully will be soon!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the tour.

And Thank You Lord for allowing me to be the steward of such a lovely abode.

A Thread for Life

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-23 HCSB

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My Week Out of Office

I had an amazing week out of office a few weeks back! It was approximately 97% work-free and it was glorious!

It started with a 4 day/night visit w/my daughter and the grands.

And then it was total “me time”!

I slept in everyday. “Slept in” meaning I woke up whenever my eyes opened w/o an alarm.

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I took down the Christmas Tree and thoroughly cleaned my house for the first time since I moved in. I also caught up on my laundry.

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I took Moe to the park a couple of times.

I made beef and barley soup and had a friend over for dinner.

On another night, I met a different friend for dinner at Margarita’s.

I spent time in the sewing room and finally finished this Legendary quilt top for a friend and sent it and the pillow cover off to the quilter.

Then I did some selfish sewing. I had to make myself a Star Burst Tree Skirt! I saw it all over Instagram during the holidays. I used a modified version of this tutorial.  It’s QAYG (quilt as you go). I was able to finish the top and will soon finish, finish it differently than the tutorial suggests.

And while I did all that sewing, I finished three audio books.

For the last several years I’ve challenged myself to read more books than the year before. Last year my goal was 36 and thanks to me finally taking the time to figure out how to listen to audio-books, I finished the year with 47 reads! Yes, I count audio-books as reads!   My goal this year is 60.

I also got a deep tissue massage and a facial!  It was definitely time well spent and I’m very grateful for all of it!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ and God Bless!

A Thread for Life

Better one handful with rest than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind. Ecc 4:6

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Catching Up – Last Post of 2018

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since my last blog post! Time waits for no woman.  Ain’t that the truth! Work keeps me extremely busy, but I have managed some “me time”. And here’s what I’ve been up to. Warning: this will be a little lengthy.

I went to my first Chiefs game when they played the Denver Broncos, w/my friend Vivian, who also happens to be the Pastor’s wife. It was a great first experience at Arrowhead Stadium. I decided to keep it neutral and not wear any team gear and I cheered for both teams thank you very much!

I’ve become a member of Relevant Church, joined a connect up group and have made several new friends, including one who quilts and pet-sits for traveling friends! So I already know where I’m leaving Moe when I travel next year.

I traded in Casper the Friendly Soul (Kia) for my dream car; a Subaru Crosstrek.  Her name is Scarlett.

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And I did it just in time for the Thanksgiving Weekend Blizzard. We got almost 6 inches of snow, the most snow KC has had in several years. It was fun!

I’ve seen several movies at the awesome B&B Theater here in Liberty. All of the auditoriums have heated, leather, recliners. It’s pretty nifty!

I finished three more quilts which, if I’m not mistaken, catches me up on WIPs. Yay me!  The first and biggest quilt, Be My Neighbor, I sent to my dear friend Katy of KatyQuilts (IG: @katyquilts) back before I moved to MO. She returned it to me in October when she came to MO to visit her MIL. At that time, I gave her 2 more flimsies to take back to MI to quilt for me which she did and promptly returned. Look at the FABULOUS quilting she does! Such talent!

I celebrated my 47th birthday. Praise God!img_1208

And my first Christmas in MO.img_0999-1Besides sewing, and going to church and the picture show, I also go to open houses whenever I get the opportunity.  And that’s how I found the house that I have fallen in love with! It’s been on the market for over 90 days.  I’ve got a few more months until my lease is up, so I’m praying for it to stay on the market a little longer, but I’m pretty sure God is saving it for me. =)

And the best news of all! My daughter and grands are coming to visit me! I’ll be picking them up from the airport after work. I’m so excited!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, happy stitchin’ and God Bless!

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I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot.  In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:11-13 HCSB