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As you know, Roger left town last weekend for a week in Las Vegas and a week in Reno. No, he’s not there trying to add to our retirement or gambling it away. He’s gone to a week long scuba convention in Vegas, and he’s attending a work meeting in Reno.

I’d like to know why the minute he leaves town everything starts going wrong. No sooner had he left the driveway than Hemi got sick. I’m not sure if he ate some dead treasure he found out in the yard, if it was stress over Roger leaving, or if he picked up some ‘bug’ somewhere (not that he’s been out gallivanting around), but his illness went on for days and days and days. I had to take him to the vet school last Wednesday for his second cancer vaccine and mentioned it to the vet who put him on an antibiotic. He’s finally stopped leaving me ‘evidence’ of his illness, but he still seems very tired.

On Monday morning on the way to work I noticed my car making a very loud, strange and definitely not normal chugging sound. The ‘service engine soon’ light hasn’t come on so I’m guessing it’s not an emergency…yet. I’ve found if I turn up the radio it drowns out a lot of the noise. I’m concerned that the music might be too loud. It doesn’t seem like my mini van is vibrating too much from the music, but I am keeping my eyes on the people in the cars around me to see if I’m getting any strange looks.

Jenifer finished her Coast Guard school in Yorktown, Virginia and is heading home. I’ve been talking to her as she’s driving. She spent last night outside of Atlanta and hopes to be here sometime tonight. I’m not so sure. It’s a long drive from Atlanta to College Station, Texas. She was hoping to get stationed in Baltimore, but where did they send here? Back to Port Arthur, Texas! She’s got a different station this time (there are several Coast Guard stations along the Texas coast). She’ll be working out of the Marine Safety Office inspecting ships coming through the Houston ship channel. I’m excited that she’s close to home again, but I don’t think she’s as thrilled about it as I am.

Michell is coming in on Monday evening. Her original plan was to come on Wednesday, and she moved it to Tuesday. Last week she decided that she was going to come on Monday instead. Next Friday the three of us are going to the Houston Quilt Show. I’m not sure if we’re going to Ikea early in the week. Michell had mentioned going several weeks ago.

Here’s a design for Christmas. I haven’t started any Christmas sewing. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me unless I’m rushing around and stressing. How do I do that? I wait to start anything until about two weeks before the big day. On the other hand, Debbie, my older sister, starts buying next year’s gifts right after Christmas. I think she has everything wrapped before Thanksgiving! I know for a fact that she’s lost a gift or two by stashing it away, say in July, and forgetting where she hid it when it comes time to wrap. 

Until next time!

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh. 

Say thank you. Say thank you to every person you see who serves our country. Whether they are in the military, work for a police or a fire department, they put their life on the line every day for our freedom and safety. They do it to serve. They deserve a thank you.

I did this design for Memorial Day. You are welcome to download it.

Until next time.

Roger and I worked in the yard the past few weekends, which aggravated my allergies that caused a bad, bad sinus infection. It’s been a while since I’ve had one that was this bad. The doctor prescribed a ton of medication so I feel like a zombie, but at least I can breathe again. And the yard looks nice.

I’m leaving town this Thursday to visit my family in Oklahoma. We have a few things around my mom’s house that we Roger needs to do. Of course, we’ll also get some shopping in.

One of the places we plan to go is the Paseo Arts Festival. The Paseo, built in 1929, was the first shopping district north of downtown Oklahoma City, and it has the feel of a little Spanish village. Today the Paseo is the home of Oklahoma City’s artist community. The arts festival has painting, pottery and jewelry, sculpture, wood working and wearable art. I always find something unique at the festival. There is an artist that takes old depression glass saucers and puts them in stained glass. I’ve already bought two from him, and I hope to get another this year.

On Monday, we’re attending the Memorial Day service at the Fort Sill National Cemetery where my dad is buried. The military always has a very nice ceremony. No matter how many times I go, it never gets easier.

Until next time.

 Happy Mother’s Day!

rabbit2.jpgHere’s one last design for Easter. The University is on Spring Break this week, and we’re leaving town on Tuesday to go see my mom, sister, and oldest daughter, Michell, in Oklahoma. We’ll be back home on Sunday evening. Easter is the next weekend, and we’re going to see our youngest daughter, Jenifer, in Beaumont. She’s already hinted that she wants an Easter basket. While I was out running errands on Saturday I got her a small bag, a chocolate bunny and a few other Easter goodies. She said she needed her chocolate bunny without ears. When they were younger, Roger always bit the ears off their Easter bunnies. One of those things that grew into a family ‘tradition’. I told her I would not dye eggs for her! Until next time.

 Let’s go sew!

bunny-napkins-1.jpgbunny-napkins-2.jpgMy friend, thejaxfrog, sent me these pictures of a set of Easter napkins she made for her family. They are so cute! I met thejaxfrog on Sew Forum and she helps me test stitch my designs. Thanks jax!

If any of you have used my designs, please send me photos. I’d love to see what you’ve done with them.


Here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail,
Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way.

Bringin’ every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy,
Things to make your Easter bright and gay.

Here’s an Easter basket design that I finished today. You can download it below. Happy Easter!

img_0030a.jpgimg_0025a.jpgHappy Valentine’s Day! I was surprised at my office yesterday with a dozen red roses, and today I got this box of chocolate covered strawberries. I love chocolate covered strawberries! As you can see, I tried the strawberries out as soon as I got them. Delicious! The cards say they are from ‘the boys’. Well, ‘the boys’ are these three guys: Moose, Hemi and Jake. They may have sent me the flowers, but I know these guys, and they would eat the strawberries and send me the empty box! These guys think they’re our own personal taste testers. We think they’re our own personal garbage disposals. I thanked them when I got home and gave them a special Valentine’s treat. Roger and I went out for a nice dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I love Chinese food too. Roger says he doesn’t think he’ll have room in his luggage for his box of chocolates because he’s taking his scuba equipment along on his trip to Florida. Nothing comes between him and his diving.

Thank you Roger! Love you! Until next time.

 Let’s go sew! 

valentine3a.jpg It’s Friday! I haven’t accomplished much this week in the way of sewing. I’ve played with my new photo printer quite a bit, although I’m still having some trouble figuring out how to rotate my pictures to get them to print out correctly. If all else fails, read the manual!
I’ve promised myself that I will sew this weekend. I bought some large napkins at World Market to make a table runner. It should be a quick and easy project. The first thing I must do is digitize some cute little animals that someone requested. She sent me a nice piece of fabric so I could see what kind of design she needs.
I digitized this heart tonight. My last little bit for Valentine’s Day. I’ve started on a few designs for Easter, but I’ll try to do a few for St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy!

Let’s go sew!

easter-eggs.jpg I digitized these easter eggs this afternoon. You can download this design from the box. Show me what you do with this! Doesn’t it seem like Christmas was just yesterday? Now Valentine’s Day is almost here with Easter not far behind. At last spring is on its way…or just around the corner. The last few days have been in the high 70s with horrible humidity, but I absolutely refuse to turn on my AC in February! And we’ll probably get another cold snap or two before winter is officially gone. However, I’m very close to pulling out my sandals and capris! I’ve decided to put together a website to sell my designs. I’m muddling through how one is actually put together (it’s not as easy as it looks), and I hope to have one up in the next few weeks. We’ll see how it goes.

Let’s go sew!

January 2021


My Designs

You can stitch these designs for personal use, to give as gifts, or to sell. You can add text, resize, or change colors. The design is not yours because you make changes. You cannot sell, share, give or trade any design. You can only sell the stitched design. The copyright of the design is mine. Please direct anyone interested in my designs to this site. Give credit to Isle B. Stitching. Thanks and enjoy!

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