New year 2012

May 2012 mark the beginning of a Tidal Wave of Love, Happiness and Bright Futures.

And to those who need someone special, may you find that true love.

To those who need money, may your finances overflow.

To those who need caring, may you find a good heart.

To those who need friends, I am still here for you. Don't forget it!!!!!

Have a safe and happy new year!


This what I received from Lizzie from Australia in Chookyblue's Christmas swap. Thank you Lizzie as I love the colors you chose for the wall hanging. Bright and cheerful just what I like.


Christmas Eve

Here are a few photos of Christmas Eve at my brother Randy's house.

Grandma's Apple Cake

This recipe belonged to my maternal grandmother. This was such a family favorite my brothers would fight over whose cake it was when my mom made one for family get togethers. My mom died 4 years ago so I decided to make one for Christmas Eve.


A beautiful fall day in Calhoun County .......

On October 22nd, a friend and I went to a quilt show in Calhoun County Illinois. The show was spread out among five small towns at various churches in Calhoun County. It was a beautiful fall day for a drive up the Great River Road which runs along the Mississippi River. The small churches were lovely and the ages of the quilts spand well over 100 years old to modern.


Flirty Apron Secret Santa Swap....

What are your hobbies? quilting, sewing, knitting, photography, painting
What are your favorite colors? purple and yellow also hot pink and lime green
Do you collect anything? snowmen and purses
Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? no
Do you have any pets? yes 2 cats and 2 cocker spaniels
Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate? chocolate with nuts and teas
What do you like to read? ebbie Macomber, Jennifer Chiaverini and non-fiction/fiction
Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet? candy
What is your favorite holiday treat? truffles
Describe your favorite holiday tradition. special breakfast on Christmas day
Did you believe in Santa as a child? yes
When do you open presents? Christmas Eve
Do you put up a tree and when? If not, how do you celebrate? no tree decorate with snowmen and winter theme quilts
Does your tree have a theme? no tree
What has been your favorite gift to give? to receive? gift certificates


I joined in

I have joined for the fourth year for me. Can't wait tomstart.



Remembering the past and embracing the future . .....
I have my story to tell of living in NJ at that time.


Summer blooms..............

Some summer blooms and a summer sunset. I'm doing ok with treatments about 2 weeks left and I can't wait to be done with it.


Quilting retreat

Here are few photos of quilting retreat that was held in London Ontario Canada. We donated 25 quilts to the local cancer center.

Alton IL and Fast Eddies

This is the Piasa Bird that is painted on the bluffs outside of Alton on the Great River Road that runs along the Mississippi River.

A great place to eat is Fast Eddie's Bonair great eats at very reasonable prices.


The ugly C word.......

I have just found out that the lump that was removed was cancerous. I see the Doctor tomorrow to find out where I go from here. I am a fighter and will get through this also.


Looming surgery

I am scheduled to have a needle biopsy on June 22nd. We are very optimistic that it is not cancer. Stay tuned for update............


Got the news every woman dreads......................

I had a lump on my mammogram and now need a biopsy. The surgeon is very positive that it is probably not cancer. My surgery is scheduled for early next week. Wish me well that it is not cancerous.


New dog

I lost my boy Miche at 17.5 yrs old but have a new boy named Odie. He loves Megs and me. I love cocker spaniels.


Swap package

This is my package fromr Connie from Shawnees Flirty apron swap. Just wonderful.



It's my special day and I've been celebrating for the past two days. Happy Birthday me I'm the same double digits mentioned in a Sammy Hagar song.



Jan 2011

We are under a severe winter storm warning for ice and snow. I have new photos and info to update. Hang in there and I pray that we don't get the ice they are calling for because there are lots of trees around my little bungalow.