Saturday, September 29, 2007

Joey's Party Last Sunday

Last Sunday after church we had a party for Joey at our house. Here are some of the photos.Joey and friends.
More friends.
More friends.
Darrell and my high school friend, Sheila.
Raf and a keyboard friend, Rusty.
Joey with cousins Jennifer and Travis.
Joey with his Aunt Christi.
Uncle Brian and Papa.
Joey with his girlfriend, Coley (Nicole Marie).
Joey, Coley, and Aunt Kathi.
Joey, Coley, and cousin Tim.
Joey and cousin Dani.
Joey and his sister Bethy.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Catching Up

This has been a sort of strange week, what with Joey coming home and most of the family visiting. I've also been working on another vest for a Christmas gift for a friend. So, I thought I'd show you some things I've made and then some photos of the family from last Sunday after church. More photos will be posted in the next couple of days.

John's Arsi has a birthday on Monday, so last week we took them out to eat. I made her this pillow and embroidered the dragonfly on it. Her favorite color is green, and she loves dragonflies.
This is the mermaid I made for the Glitter Power Sisters' mermaid swap. I forgot to take a photo of the ATC I made to join her.Last Friday Louise and I attended the Trinity Valley Quilt Show in Fort Worth. This is a photo of Louise with one of the beautiful quilts.
This is the one I voted on for best quilt. I LOVE art quilts!!Here's Joey on Sunday afternoon in his India Company t-shirt.
Here are Jen and Bethy laughing at a Toby Keith video. Bethy LOVES Toby Keith!Here are Dan and Tim engrossed in something on the net...gee, don't we love laptops!
These are our three daughters: Carolyn, our middle child...John, Joey, and Beth's mom
Christi, Jen and Travis' mom and our babyKat, our oldest, mother to Dani and Tim

I have lots of photos of family members with Joey. I'll post them soon...plus Joey's official military photo.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Church Today

At the end of our church service each week we sing the national anthem. Today Joey held the flag while we sang...not a dry eye in the house.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Joey is Home for a While!

We (Raf, Carolyn, and I) were at the D/FW Airport by 10 pm last night, although Joey's flight didn't arrive until 10:47. We were standing at the gate, and he and a couple other boys from the area who were in boot camp with him came through the revolving doors. We were so happy to see him. He had told us he had lost 12 pounds, but he had put it back on, and he looked good...more like a man than a boy, now. He qualified as expert marksman...which not many Marine recruits do. He will be home for about 10 days, and then back to San Diego he does for his MOS as a mechanic. I swear he looks taller. This photos was taken at 2 am, so he looks a little tired. He talked to him girlfriend, Coley, all the way home last night, and they were over this morning on the way to so "stuff". Tomorrow we will go to church together, and his aunts are coming for that. Then the family will meet at 3 pm to eat Italian food at Baris and back here for a get together with friends from town.

I realize he hasn't been to war, but this song kept going through my mind:

When Johnny comes marching home again,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.


(just substitute Joey for Johnny!)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chocolate Carolina Byways Quilt

I just finished this. It's about 70"X70". I liked the way it looked like a stained glass window in the first photo, but in the sedon one you can more of the details. It's a Christmas gift...can't tell you for whom, as they might read this. I am going to back it with minki fabric...the softest fabric! I will do it in chocolate brown if I can find it.Here's the quilt again, so that we can see the road passing through the quilt.
Today I made the front of a green pillow which I'll show later in the week. I'm almost finished with the mermaid, and I'm working on a cotton vest of pink and white. I also have three or four denim purses and felted change purses, plus a bunch of other Christmas stuff. But I'm reading Simplify Your Christmas by St. James. I want this to be an old fashion Christmas.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Welcome to my Neighborhood

Kathleen Marie at The Open Window is sponsoring a blogging adventure called Welcome to My Neighborhood. So without further adieu I welcome you, not to my town of Mineral Wells, Texas, but to my neighborhood on "mortgage hill" in the northwest section of town, the oldest gentrified neighborhood in our town:
First step out on our back deck. Even though fall is in the air, the trees are still full of leaves.

And the crepe myrtles are still a riot of color. Oh, shhhh...Raf's out in his workshop making a frame for him photo.Here's a peek at the front of our house and the house to the north.And a straight-on view looking east. BTW, if you even thought Texas was a vast desert...look again!
This is looking north down our street.
And this is the house to the south of our home.
This is Brenda and Ray's house...across the street.
Now for some more homes in the neighborhood. Most of the homes were built in the 1950's and earlier. Our county is celebrating 150 years this year.
I love this house...it used to be lacquered when I was a teenager, but they've let it go, and it still looks real nice. Used to look like water was always running down it's front.
This is around the corner to the east of our house.
This is the main ranch house for the Upham Ranch. It's right down the street from us, but the ranch in straight down a steep hill. Actually there is another big house on the ranch now, owned by the son. These folks own the Loveland Ski Resport in Colorado, and Mr. Upham used to be state Republican chairman.
This house is northwest of our house and across the street.
I love this one. It used to have a big old fountain in front, but the new owners took it down.
This is our church, St. Luke's. After the first of the year, hopefully, we will be Anglican...NOT Episcopalian...when our diocese leaves The Episcopal Church!
This house used to have huge prickly pear cactus in front. When the old people died, someone came in and is really fixing it up. Beautiful arts and crafts period home.
This one is Mediterranean-style.
This is the only house in town with an elevator....don't know if it still works, but it's a neat old house in need of lots of repair!

Hope you've enjoyed our little neighborhood. This is home. We have many friends who have sold out and are traveling full-time in their RVs and trailers. Not us! We like a small piece of real estate we can always return to!

See ya!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Seibert News That's Fit to Print


Check out Raf's photo at the Rio Brazos Art Festival in Granbury, Texas.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Pay It Forward (PIF) gifts go out

I just received my PIF gift from Marie at Marie Chantal. Marie makes wonderful aroma therapy products. She sent me a beautiful lavender potpourri laced in a lovely lavender ribbon and Honey and Rose Lip Balm that feels sooooo good!
I have made several boucle flowers, two for friends and two for my PIF recipients Gemma and Michelle. These will be going out on Thursday, one to Arizona, one to Missouri, and two to Canada.
Finally, for any of you who enjoy seeing cats. Here is our Turtle. Talk about a boneless cat. Turtle is one!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Quiet Simplicity ~~ One Deep Breath ~~ #67


Moonlight through the trees
Movement soft on silent wings
Owl patrols above


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