Thursday, November 23, 2017

November Thankful Day 24

Black Friday- No I am not shopping.  What am I doing the Friday after Thanksgiving?  Well Bonnie Hunter's Mystery QAL On Ringo Lake!

24. November 24-  I am thankful for quilters who share their talent with QAL, SAL, and mystery quilts.  Especially this year it will fill the long winter days while I wait for spring to make it's appearance.

I purchased my fabrics a while back.

Aqua to turquoise.  I chose lights mediums and darks.

 Coral to melon....maybe some of them are more orange but I think they will work. 
 Creamy beiges.

Warm toasty type browns.

I think this will work.  Less Bobbin--wait she is warm toasty brown.

23.  November 23-  I am thankful for Jeff
He actually was hamming it up a couple of days before he died. 

22.  November 22-  I am thankful for chickens and the eggs they provide

21.  November 21-  I am thankful for Family
Trying to get a family picture at times is like herding cats. 

20.  November 20-  I am thankful for my Heritage

19.  November 19-  I am thankful for flowers


18.  November 18-  I am thankful for blogging and the friends I have made

17.  November 17-  I am thankful for quilting

This is one of the first Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts I made called Easy Street. 

16.  November 16-  I am thankful for Calder's Dairy and Egg nogg

15.  November 15-  I am thankful for my options to worship

14.  November 14-  I am thankful for my Kindle and all the books that I have the opportunity to read, and the local library.  I can listen to my Kindle while sewing.  I have read over 140 books so far this year. 



13.  November 13.  I am thankful for Lucy the cat.



12.  November 12--I am thankful for Bobbin



11.  November 11  I am thankful for my tenacious character to get things done.



10.  November 10--I am thankful for fall.


9.  November 9 I am thankful for saved items.  Maybe I should call them hoarded items.

One year Jeff and I planted sweet potatoes in a raised bed.  The voles ate them, and what we got were bits and pieces of what were probably gigantic sweet potatoes.  So I thought how about a tub.  Of course Jeff came home with an old bathtub.  I sanded the rust off , and he painted it an awesome bronze color.  And we planted sweet potatoes....and we planted too many in the tub so we had these long thin stringy looking things.  Someday I will again attempt the sweet potato growing.


8.  November 8--I am thankful for music.


7.  November 7-- I am thankful for the Boy Scout organization.

 6.  November 6--I am thankful that I can shop online.

5.  November 5--I am thankful that I could get new doors in my home to add more light.

4.  November 4.   I am thankful for coffee.

3.  November 3.  I am thankful for the roof over my head.  I love falling asleep to the rain on the standing seam steel roof which is over 150 years old.

2.  November 2.    I am thankful for the fact my feet hit the floor every morning, whether I want to get out of bed or not.

1.  November 1.  I am thankful for every morning I wake up--too many people don't get to see the light of another day.  Thinks about it how would you act if you knew that today was your last day on Earth?  Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not promised. 






Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November Thankful Day 23

I am a firm believe people come into your life for a purpose.  Some for a short time, others for longer times, and others drift in and out throughout your life.  Each and everyone teaches you something.  Some good, some bad.  I will say that Jeff was in my life for much too short of a time.  We were together 5 1/2 years married 4 years of that. 

23.  November 23-  I am thankful God saw fit to allow me to be part of Jeffrey LeFever's life, even if it was just for a short time.  When I first met Jeff he told me I don't laugh, and I don't smile.  I am not a happy person.  My thought was Okay.....but you sure couldn't tell that during the time he was with me.


He gave me roots, I settled down and found a home I loved.  I gave him wings.  I taught him it was alright to tell people "no" when they tried to monopolize his free time.  I showed him that being in a relationship was not one sided-- you do everything for me, but a partnership-  we did almost everything together- pushing snow, cutting, splitting wood, gardening, canning, cleaning house, yard work it was a team effort.  I taught Jeff to slow down, take a moment, breath, immerse yourself in the moment-- watch the sunrise, the sunset, the awesome grandeur of a thunderstorm, and the beauty of a bug, the immensity of our universe, the stars the moon.  Love and appreciate all of this great creation we were given.  Moments are fleeting, embrace each one.  

22.  November 22-  I am thankful for chickens
We are finally coming out of the molt I hope.  I have had several weeks where I am lucky if I get 1 egg a day.  The last couple of days I have been getting 3. 

21.  November 21-  I am thankful for Family.
My great grandfather had the most gorgeous blue eyes. 

20.  November 20-  I am thankful for my Heritage

19.  November 19-  I am thankful for flowers


18.  November 18-  I am thankful for blogging and the friends I have made

17.  November 17-  I am thankful for quilting


16.  November 16-  I am thankful for Calder's Dairy and Egg nogg

15.  November 15-  I am thankful for my options to worship

14.  November 14-  I am thankful for my Kindle and all the books that I have the opportunity to read, and the local library.  I can listen to my Kindle while sewing.  I have read over 140 books so far this year. 

13.  November 13.  I am thankful for Lucy the cat.

12.  November 12--I am thankful for Bobbin

 11.  November 11  I am thankful for my tenacious character to get things done.

 10.  November 10--I am thankful for fall.

9.  November 9 I am thankful for saved items.  Maybe I should call them hoarded items.
Jeff found this old trunk going into the garbage pit.  Of course it had to be rescued.

8.  November 8--I am thankful for music.
In memory of David Cassidy that passed away on Tuesday November 21, 2017.

 7.  November 7-- I am thankful for the Boy Scout organization.

 6.  November 6--I am thankful that I can shop online.
I bought this fabric recently for a project, but it didn't quite make the "cut". 

5.  November 5--I am thankful that I could get new doors in my home to add more light.

4.  November 4.   I am thankful for coffee.

3.  November 3.  I am thankful for the roof over my head.  I love falling asleep to the rain on the standing seam steel roof which is over 150 years old.

2.  November 2.    I am thankful for the fact my feet hit the floor every morning, whether I want to get out of bed or not.

1.  November 1.  I am thankful for every morning I wake up--too many people don't get to see the light of another day.  Thinks about it how would you act if you knew that today was your last day on Earth?  Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not promised.  


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Thankful Day 22

Welcome to November 22 and my 22nd thankful post.

22.  November 22--I am thankful for my chickens.  I know it may sound silly. 


After Jeff was killed I had to keep getting out of bed, because Lucy and the chickens gave me purpose.  They needed to be cared for, fed, watered, eggs gathered.  I look forward to my trip to the coop a couple of times a day. 

21.  November 21-  I am thankful for Family--
I learned this years ago.  Family can be people you are related to, but the woman I called my great grandmother was not family.  But she raised me as her own. 

20.  November 20-  I am thankful for my Heritage


19.  November 19-  I am thankful for flowers


18.  November 18-  I am thankful for blogging and the friends I have made.  Every day you ladies lift me up. 

17.  November 17-  I am thankful for quilting.


16.  November 16-  I am thankful for Calder's Dairy and Egg nog

15.  November 15-  I am thankful for my options to worship

14.  November 14-  I am thankful for my Kindle and all the books that I have the opportunity to read, and the local library.  I can listen to my Kindle while sewing.  I have read over 140 books so far this year. 

13.  November 13.  I am thankful for Lucy the cat.

12.  November 12--I am thankful for Bobbin

11.  November 11  I am thankful for my tenacious character to get things done.

10.  November 10--I am thankful for fall.

9.  November 9 I am thankful for saved items.  Maybe I should call them hoarded items.
The trellis for my honeysuckle was made from a crib spring that Jeff saved from the pit.  Of course he had to paint it John Deere Green.

8.  November 8--I am thankful for music.
When Jeff and I were traveling with the little boys they complained about the music on the IPod.  Jeff told them, you know someday you are going to be old enough to go to bars, and this is one of those songs that when it comes on everyone sings along with it.  Learn it, love it. 
The boys were a bit disappointed when we ate lunch at The Vault in Hot Springs, South Dakota, and the ladies changed the channel to the Disney Channel when the boys came in.  Someday though they will get to sing this song. 

7.  November 7-- I am thankful for the Boy Scout organization.

 6.  November 6--I am thankful that I can shop online.

5.  November 5--I am thankful that I could get new doors in my home to add more light.

4.  November 4.   I am thankful for coffee.


3.  November 3.  I am thankful for the roof over my head.  I love falling asleep to the rain on the standing seam steel roof which is over 150 years old.

2.  November 2.    I am thankful for the fact my feet hit the floor every morning, whether I want to get out of bed or not.

1.  November 1.  I am thankful for every morning I wake up--too many people don't get to see the light of another day.  Thinks about it how would you act if you knew that today was your last day on Earth?  Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not promised. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

November Thankful Day 21

Are you keeping up with me?  I bet you thought there is no way that she can come up with 30 things to be thankful for.  And lookie here I am at day 21!

21.  November 21-  I am thankful for my family.  I was blessed with a wonderful mother and father, a sister, brother, and 3 gorgeous daughters, and 9 grandchildren. 

My mom and dad

Eight of the 9 grandkids.  Left to right....Gabriel, Xander, Lillian, Finley, Aubri, Gabriella, Karena, and Cayden.  One grand daughter Lela has chose to live with her mother at this time.
My sister and the grandson Cayden when he was 9 months old.

My sweet brother, Kyle that came when Jeff died, even though he was in the middle of buying a home and bringing it up to code. 

My beautiful Sister in law Nikole, my nephew Pablo on the far right, and cutie patootie niece Violet on the left. 

The Crew picture part 2 with all the daughters, some of the husbands, and kids.
Left to Right-  Back Row-  Kathryn the oldest daughter, Finley (the youngest daughters youngest boy), Lillian (Kathryn's oldest daughter, John (the youngest daughters significant other), Samantha ( Youngest daughter, Rebecca (Middle daughter) , Rebeca's significant other (Chris).
Front Row Let to Right--Xander (Samantha's oldest son), Aubri (Kathryn's youngest daughter), Gabriel (Samantha's middle boy), Gabriella (Samantha's daughter), Karena (Rebecca's middle daughter), and Cayden (Rebecca's son).

The only other one I am missing is Tristin my sisters teenage son.

I am thankful for each and every one of these people.  I love them more than they will ever know. 

My favorite picture Cayden and Finn talking about how they were not impressed with Papa Curly's giant pink chicken in his yard, it was just creepy.  :D 

20.   November 20- Heritage  I wrote that my mother and a cousin wrote a book tracing our lineage back to the Abenaki Indians in upstate New York. 


19.  November 19-  I am thankful for flowers
I get so excited when the daffodils start to bloom!  Love the pops of yellow after the long winter.

18.  November 18-  I am thankful for blogging and the friends I have made

17.  November 17-  I am thankful for quilting
My turkey table runner.

16.  November 16-  I am thankful for Calder's Dairy and Egg nogg

15.  November 15-  I am thankful for my options to worship

14.  November 14-  I am thankful for my Kindle and all the books that I have the opportunity to read, and the local library.  I can listen to my Kindle while sewing.  I have read over 140 books so far this year. 
One of my mother's friends, sent me this book after Jeff died.  I just started reading it. 


 13.  November 13.  I am thankful for Lucy the cat.

 12.  November 12--I am thankful for Bobbin

 11.  November 11  I am thankful for my tenacious character to get things done.
Samantha and I got the pool up and running this summer for the kids to swim.

10.  November 10--I am thankful for fall.
This is one of my favorite photos of a hickory tree on our property.  This year it harbored a hawks nest. 

9.  November 9 I am thankful for saved items.  Maybe I should call them hoarded items.
Jeff brought this rooster home after finding it in.....yes, the pit at work.  It hangs on the wall in the mud room.

8.  November 8--I am thankful for music.
The one and only time Jeff and I ever danced was to this song.  Even though he didn't dance, when this song came on he drug me to the dance floor.  I can't even begin to tell you how much it meant to me, because I knew how much he absolutely hated to dance.

 7.  November 7-- I am thankful for the Boy Scout organization.

 6.  November 6--I am thankful that I can shop online.

5.  November 5--I am thankful that I could get new doors in my home to add more light.

4.  November 4.   I am thankful for coffee.

3.  November 3.  I am thankful for the roof over my head.  I love falling asleep to the rain on the standing seam steel roof which is over 150 years old.

2.  November 2.    I am thankful for the fact my feet hit the floor every morning, whether I want to get out of bed or not.

1.  November 1.  I am thankful for every morning I wake up--too many people don't get to see the light of another day.  Thinks about it how would you act if you knew that today was your last day on Earth?  Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not promised. 







Sunday, November 19, 2017

November Thankful Day 20

I grew up on the west coast.   I am Native American.  I was always taught to be proud of my heritage.  I will admit that it was not always easy.  Yes there were people who treated me like I was less of a human because of my race. 

20.  November 20--I am thankful for my heritage.  While many people look at Thanksgiving as the day the pilgrims gave thanks.  We should remember that the Wampanoag Indians  helped the Pilgrims survive by teaching them how to plant the three sisters (corn, squash, and beans), and how to catch and process fish and seafood.  Without their help the Pilgrims would have probably vanished into the wilderness. 

You can see some baskets, a purse and pottery here.  These are some of my mother's treasures. 

My youngest daughter, Samantha, when she was an early teen, doing a brush dance which is a healing ceremony. The hat, dress, and jewelry she wore were part of the regalia my grandmother had made over the years. 

My middle daughter, Rebecca learning how to weave baskets from my Grandmother Josephine when she was a teen. 

As a teen I was taught how to distinguish plants and herbs and what their medicinal uses were.  

I have always taught my children to respect their elders, and the earth.  That it is important to know your heritage and celebrate where your beginnings were. 

19.  November 19-  I am thankful for flowers
These are the flowers I had made up for Jeff's celebration of life.  Flowers always remind you of the sweetness of life.

18.  November 18-  I am thankful for blogging and the friends I have made

17.  November 17-  I am thankful for quilting.
A Jelly Roll Race quilt I made for one of my grand daughters.

16.  November 16-  I am thankful for Calder's Dairy and Egg nog

15.  November 15-  I am thankful for my options to worship.  Today this evening at church they had a pie auction.  Many ladies contributed a pie, some made several.  The pies were auctioned to raise money to make food boxes for the holidays for those less fortunate in the community.  I was astounded.  A peanut butter pie went for $200! 

14.  November 14-  I am thankful for my Kindle and all the books that I have the opportunity to read, and the local library.  I can listen to my Kindle while sewing.  I have read over 140 books so far this year. 




13.  November 13.  I am thankful for Lucy the cat.



12.  November 12--I am thankful for Bobbin

11.  November 11  I am thankful for my tenacious character to get things done.

10.  November 10--I am thankful for fall.

9.  November 9 I am thankful for saved items.  Maybe I should call them hoarded items.
Jeff one day brought home a whole truck load of these wire shelving pieces.  There were several that were 20 + feet long.  Since getting it we have put up shelves in the pantry, shelves in the great aunt and uncle's house, and I even put up some in the barn to put the power tools up and away. 

8.  November 8--I am thankful for music.
Jeff always thought his song should have been "Do You Think My Tractor's Sexy?"  I think this one was better suited to us.

7.  November 7-- I am thankful for the Boy Scout organization.

 6.  November 6--I am thankful that I can shop online.
I found these two fun gingham fabrics online on sale recently.


5.  November 5--I am thankful that I could get new doors in my home to add more light.

4.  November 4.   I am thankful for coffee.

3.  November 3.  I am thankful for the roof over my head.  I love falling asleep to the rain on the standing seam steel roof which is over 150 years old.

2.  November 2.    I am thankful for the fact my feet hit the floor every morning, whether I want to get out of bed or not.

1.  November 1.  I am thankful for every morning I wake up--too many people don't get to see the light of another day.  Thinks about it how would you act if you knew that today was your last day on Earth?  Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not promised.