Friday, September 29, 2006

Dani's Quilt

I have now completed my first quilt. It is 40"X40"...a lap quilt I have made for my oldest granddaughter, Danielle. She will be 13 in November. The top is cotton while the back is minky. Dani's favorite colors are pink and green. The batting is a soft poly for baby blankets...can't remember the brand. I got the batting and minky at Quiltin' Tia's in Weatherford. They have had their store there for about 9 months, but they have been online for over 3 years.

Anyway, Dani's quilt is a lap quilt. I made is as soft as I could to encourage snuggling. I machine pieced it and machine quilted it. I bound it in the minky, as well. The center block was embroidered on my Innovis 4000D.

My next project is a turning twenty for one of my daughters. I am going to use 30 different fabrics and back it also in minky...maybe the star moon pattern. I will embroider several of the 10 1/2"X10 1/2" squares.

I am also going to see Susan (Tia) to get charm squares so that I will have hand work to do when we go to South Padre, Wimberley, and when I have my hip surgery. If you've read this far, the surgery will be the first part of November to replace my right hip. Please keep me in your prayers...this is my first ever surgery!

((((HUGS)))) to all of you...from Sioux

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Interview with Bishop Duncan

This is an interview conducted before the consecration of Bishop Love in Albany, NY. Four days after the completion of the NYC Summit.
Produced and Recorded by Kevin Kallsen/
Recorded on September 16, 2006

This online video is a ministry of

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Thursday and Friday

Thursday evening, Louise and I went to the Weatherford Quilting Guild. I had never been to a guild meeting of any sort before, and it was very nice. Susan from Quiltin' Tia gave the program. She showed many quilts she had designed and made and told us about the Prayer Quilt program...very interesting. Jo Ellen was there, and we talked about starting a Paryer Quilt program at St. Luke's.
Friday Louise and I went on our monthly jaunt. This time we went to Glen Rose, Texas. We ate at the Two Grandma's Cafe, which is just of the square and is open only on Friday and Saturday, at noon and in the early evenings. Then we looked into several stores. There are great old buildings in Glen Rose. One of my favorites, though, has been burned...the whole inside is gone. Glen Rose has a small square where produce farmers still bring their veg and fruit and where you can drink the "rotten egg" water from the many springs. I was thoroughly disappointed to discover that they are daming the Paluxy River right above the rocks where my family and I have spend many happy times.
From Glen Rose we traveled back through my hometown, Stephenville, where we stopped and the Flying Needle fabric store and got some beautiful fabrics...they have a wonderful selection and will cut anything into fat quarters. I wish they had had more fat quarters out...I seem to not be able to "see" what I want as well on the bolt and I do looking through fat quarters. Also in Stephenville we stopped at Starbucks...we were so thirsty. Friday was a HOT September day!
That night Jim and Louise and Raf and I went to Barney and Margaret's for supper...and a good time was had by all.
Tonight we are going to Fort Worth for Syria's marriage celebration...he was married in May, but now he has brought his wife to Texas.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Today, after a visit to the doctor, we went to Graham, Texas. It is the county seat of Young County, Texas, and it has a very remarkable town square. There is a fabulous fabric store on the west side of the square, lots of antique shops, craft shops, and, in general, Graham is a lovely community! Travis is the newest Scout in our family...and we gave him a uniform for his birthday, but we had to leave before we saw the kids.
Dad and Daughter
Christi's green cast...she broke her hand at the drag races...watching, not participating.
Downtown Graham
Downtown Graham

Tonight was night quilters. We have a wonderful group, and they are so supportive of me, the newest member and newest quilter.

Today was a good day, but I am exhausted.

Oh, I am not going to have anything done right now about my hip, but I am thinking of acupuncture. Any suggestions???

Monday, September 18, 2006

A Monday in Cowtown

We ate lunch at la Madeleine's on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth.

We made other stops as well. We went to Barnes and Nobel, the Scout Shop, Harbor Freight, Michael's, Artful Bead, and ended at Central Market, a huge grocery owned by HEB. It has the most delightful foods available in the Fort Worth area. YUMMMM....

Since our Brookshire Brothers is closing its door at the end of September...two weeks away, we MUST find somewhere, other than WalMart, to get groceries. Mineral Wells NEEDS a good food store with a market!!!

Doubt if that will happen, so we will go to little Metro here, a Mexican grocery, and to Central Market for everything else!

Tomorrow we will go to Graham to give Travis his early birthday gift of Cub Scout uniform, book, etc. He is our youngest grandson. Our oldest, John, is an Eagle. I have 8 Eagles in my family right now, and I hope in a few years Travis will be #9!!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Delicious Autumn Haiku

Bright crystal rain drops
Thunder, lightening, dark gray clouds
I stop now to breath

Sunday Scribblings...The Fisher King

Sunday Scribblings suggested we research something we don’t know about as a topic for this week. I had seen something, can’t remember what, on television that caught my fancy. It talked about The Fisher King. I suggested to my daughter that we write a children’s story around that topic, but then we both let it drop. So, my quick research today is about…

…The Fisher King

The Fisher King appears in legends, especially Arthurian legends, and these legends are set up to the time of the Crusades. Legend, both Celtic and Christian, have the Fisher King, or Rich Fisher, as the guardian of the Holy Grail.

One such suggestion is that the protector of the Grail was Bran the Blessed, an enormous being who was the superhuman, mystical King of the Britons. Bran owned a caldron that is supposed to represent the Grail in its mystical powers.

On the other hand, Irish Mystery Cults suggest that the Fisher King was connected to a tale of Salmon of Wisdom and centers around the character of Finn MacCumhail, who as a young boy in service to another Finn, catches fish when his elder is unable to do so. The fish young Finn catches pass on to him the knowledge of all things. He also become immortal.

There stories that tell us the Holy Grail is supposed to be the cup that Christ shared at the Last Supper, and Christ’s symbol is the fish. Christ’s death brings His followers everlasting life, and as the fish gave Finn immortality, he is thought to be protector of the Grail.

How the Fisher King came to be the Rich Fisher is in the belief by Christians that those who believe in Christ are rich in a way that gold cannot buy.

Another Fisher King legend relates that Joseph of Arimathaea, who was given Christ’s body to bury was also given the Grail to protect. Joseph traveled to Europe where he entrusted the Grail to Bron who became the Rich Fisher when he fed a large company of people with as single fish, as did Christ.

The Fisher King is said to live in an otherworld castle called the Grail Castle. It is constructed of gray stone, is square, and is flanked by turrets. Some tales tell that it is located on a mountain on the River Dees in Northern Wales.

This ain’t great writing, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg, and I’m grateful to Sunday Scribblings to get me off my duff!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

My Hip, Back, and Leg

Well, here goes, for those of you who might be interested.

I saw Dr. Dave yesterday, and this is the result.

first of all the MRI:

Mild concertric disk bulging at L4-5 with bilateral facet joint hypertrophy, ligamentum flavum thickening, and grade 1 anterolisthesis resulting in mild to moderate central canal stenosis and mild narrowing of the neural foramina bilaterally AND mild multilevel degenerative disk disease without central canal or neural foraminal stenosis at any other level.


Advanced degenerative changes of the right hip with severe joint space narrowing and bone on bone appearance at the superior aspect of the right hip joint space AND severely irregular contour of the femoral head and superior aspect of the acetabulum with subchondral collapse and adjacent sclerosis, and this may be due to advanced DJD, AVN, or both.

I have an appointment with Dr. Sanjoy Sundaresan who comes here from Wichita Falls. He is a neurosurgeon who will address the back problem with shots IF I decide to do it. If anyone knows anything about this doctor, please let me know. As I have told some of you, the whole thing is frightening to me...I am a medical coward! At the present, the shots sound like the route I take IF I can determine that I have confidence in the new doctor. Dr. Dave likes him, so I suppose that will do, but I am going to consult Dr. Singh before I make any sort of decision.

Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts and prayers.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday Night at H2JO

Raf and Ed perform for the first time together. Old Scouters making music at our favorite coffeehouse...H2JO in Mineral Wells.

Hope you all will come by and have coffe with us sometime. H2JO is the happening place in Mineral Wells, Texas, owned and operated by Amy Hopkins and Ninfa Holly.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Blue Room Update

For those of you who know our house, this is the Blue Room. We (Raf since I am pretty lame) are moving our house around. He is setting up his office/music room in the old diningroom, and my studio will be in the old office. This shows the new Sony flat screen HD tv on the wall. The shelf under is going to have to be wider, with the futon under it...or cat you can see Jake has staked it out. Good shot of my ugly feet, as well.

And I didn't get to go to the doctor today...he cancelled. So I will find out more about the CATSCAN and MRI tomorrow. I am such a fraidy cat!! Oh, well, at least I am a Seibert cat. Remember Grandpa Seibert said when he died he wanted to come back as a Seibert cat...Grandma said, "Yes, fixed!" Oh well. . .

Austin, Texas, This Weekend

Check out the Grand Opening of the Artists' Market this weekend, located at 518 East 6th Street between Red River & Neches Streets, Old Pecan Street Market Arch, in Austin, Texas. The artists involved in this market are wonderfully talented. The Market will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Check them out online at, as well, and view the pieces created by these talented people!!

And when you are in Austin check out the Austin City Limits Music Fest, particular check out Del Castillo,

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Update...what's been happening

Beth's 11th birthday was September 11. We had a surprise birthday party for her here at our house on the 9th. She had lots of friends plus her Aunt Christi and cousins. The kids played Twister, and then the played catch and took a walk through the neighborhood. Of course Joey, John, and Arsi were here. It was a great day. After the party we, Carolyn, Darrell, Bethy, Christi, Jen, and Travis all went to Chili's for supper. Then the kids went to see the movie How to Eat Fried Worms. We hope to see it this weekend. It was made in Wimberley (the Taos of Texas and one of our favorite places).
Raf entertained at the birthday party. He is playing Friday night, September 15, at H2JO here in Mineral Wells, 8-11pm.
This is my first quilt square...Louise gave me the kit, and I made it as a door prize for rmmga in Wimberley in October.
I made this fabric collage with inkjet printing on fabric, quilting, beads, etc. It is to be a door prize at rmmga in October in Wimberley.
This is my first quilt. It will be about 40"X40". It is for my granddaughter, Dani's, 13th birthday in October. It is hearts, and in the middle block I machine embroidered her name and flowers. Her favorite colors are pink and green. This is a surprise...but Dani doesn't go to my blogsite, so she won't see it. The back will be minki.

Well, our late August/early September was hot, but the rains came on Labor Day, and summer is quite broke...thank God. We still need loads of rain...we still have a burn ban in effect.

I had my first ever CATSCAN and MRI today to see what is causing the pain in my right leg, hip, etc. I will go to Dr. Dave on Thursday. This...the anticipation, I causing some stomach problems, but Louise is helping take my mind off it by taking me to Study Club and just hanging out. Tonight is quilting.

Also, last weekend, the boys helped Raf move the bigger furniture so that we can set up a music room for him and a studio for me. Today we got a flat-screen Sony tv, so the house is shaping up a little differently than before.

Oh, they are filming Prison Break here in Mineral Wells tomorrow!

This month's Chasing Our Tales column in the North Texas Star is going to feature 19th century murders in the area...not Indian massacres...but murders. So check it out on newstands on September 24.

Tomorrow Raf practices with Ed for Friday night, and I think we will attend the vestry meeting. Thursday is Dr. Dave. Friday there goes the week.

Will try to post more now....


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