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Friday, September 30, 2005

Down to the Wire!!

I just love these 2 wallhangings. I didn't make them, but I still admire them. The top one is a tropic island and the bottom one represents the Truro cottages at sunset. Tomorrow is the big day! I'm nervous and excited. I've never been involved in a quilt show before. Also, three of us were in charge of advertising, so if people don't show up, we may be to blame. From all the responses I've heard, I think there will be a good turnout. Pray that we have a good turnout!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


It's not just the humans who suffered during Katrina and Rita. The animals had a tough time too. There are many organizations who rescued the animals such as ifaw and animal rescue leagues from all over the country. We even had an animal rescue officer from Dennis who went to New Orleans for weeks and rescued hundreds of animals and is helping to get them to their original owners or to get them adopted. Everyone wants to help humans and animals in a crisis. Thank God for all the hundreds of volunteers who were willing to help in any way.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Isn't she pretty! She doesn't look like a storm, but that's her name. She lives in a quilt shop in Florida. So, my 2 favorite things, quilts and cats! It's supposed to be stormy around here today. We'll have to batten down the hatches. Have a great Tuesday

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Rainbow Connection!

I love rainbows and I've been looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for a long time or to see a Leprechaun. At my age, a 'potty' at the end of the rainbow is good too! If you click on the picture, it'll enlarge and you'll see where the rainbow is ending. Once, from an airplane window, I saw a perfectly round rainbow. I only wish I'd had my camera. It was so amazing. I hope you all find your rainbow and the pot of gold or whatever you are looking for at the end of it.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


This is called a snakepaint quilt. I'm sure a child would like it. I like the colors, just not the idea of a snake!

Friday, September 23, 2005


If you have to cook, cook with a friend!
It's more fun that way!
Have a great day.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Watch Out For Motorcyclists!

Choose all your doors carefully!!! You never know when opportunity will knock or who is on the other side. If at all possible, take a friend, when you open up new doors.
Watch out for ALL motorcyclists out there! Sometimes they are very hard to see!
Keep all those in Rita's path in your prayers.
Have a good day and laugh a little!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Dolcie and ?

What is Dolcie looking at? She's very patient sitting and waiting, but we never see anything go up or down the tree. There must be a nest of some kind up in the branches because she keeps sitting there patiently for over an hour. She didn't move except to raise her head every so often. Good girl Dolcie--Keep them guessing!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Nantucket Lightship

This is the Nantucket Lightship that George was hoping we'd get to see on Sunday. It used to function in the same way as a lighthouse only on a ship off the shoals of Nantucket. The first lightship off Nantucket was commissioned in 1854. They are no longer used and this ship is kept as a reminder of those days. Also, this is where the 'Nantucket Baskets' came to be. The men started making them to fill their long days and nights at duty off the shore. They would then sell them or give them as gifts. Now, Nantucket baskets are very expensive and highly prized.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Out on the Water!

Yesterday, Sept. 18th, was our 34th anniversary. We all decided that this is the house that George should buy for me for our anniversary. Isn't it gorgeous? It is right on Bass River, so I wouldn't have to move far!! It would be nice, but probably couldn't even afford the taxes!! He did get me lovely flowers and we went for brunch. He had to go work at Otis from 4 to midnight, so we couldn't go out to supper. He took Bob, Susan, and me out on the boat. He wanted to show us Nantucket Lightship. Because of Ophelia approaching, it got moved from Nantucket to near us to protect it. By the time we got out there, it was gone. Probably moved back to Nantucket or on it's way back. It was nice ride and we saw a few seals.

Friday, September 16, 2005


Yesterday we went to Connie's house for a tea pouring lesson. She had all the volunteers that will be serving tea and light refreshments at the quilt show to her home and she served us. She had two kinds of tea-Earl Gray and Courtship Tea. The Courtship tea was fruity and very good. She also served us scones, chicken salad, crabmeant on crackers and then dessert of black forest cake that was delicious. She and the other two ladies helping her went to so much trouble. I learned a lot about tea and how to pour it. I think people who go to the tea will be pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Run for the Arts!

JoAnna running in the 'Run for the Arts' race in June. She was in charge of the race and she also ran in it. Good job! I joined a group from CERT to help out yesterday at Otis. It's rewarding to help out in any way that we can, be it large or small.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Remembrance of 9/11

It's hard to believe that that happened 4 years ago. Time goes by so quickly.
That day was so beautiful with crystal clear skies and crisp, warm, dry air. Here we were a little over 200 miles away on this beautiful day and the horror was that close. It was so hard to imagine. Alison and I went to visit Catherine because Alison had to go back Seattle and there would have been no other day to visit. Catherine lives in Carver and as we were going over the Bourne Bridge I became very emotional to think of all that had happened and we were so fortunate to have this glorious day and on our way to see a dear friend. It was a strained visit because, even though we were happy to see each other, our hearts and minds were on the horrific things happening in N.Y, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Remember all those brave souls who lost their life trying to help others. Remember all who lost their lives as innocent victims of madmen. Sept 11th was also the day that George and Craig took their mother, Shirley, to the oncologist and he said her cancer was terminal. Very sad day all around. Never to be forgotten.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Dog Tired!

A group of CERT members helped out at Otis Air Base yesterday. A group had donated clothing, shoes, etc and brought them to Otis in a truck. We had to unload the truck and then stack all the things on shelves n the warehouse. The group had done an amazing job by sorting them and putting them in zip-lock bags by size. What a blessing. All we had to do was label the shelves and then pile them up by size or items. I believe the group is called Harwich Cares. Truly, an amazing job and made our job so much easier. The evacuees can now go to the warehouse and 'shop'. A lot of the clothing was new and the rest were almost new and all washed and sets of clothing put together! Way to go!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Lots to do!

I have so much to do between getting ready for the quilt show on the 1st. and the Seaside Festival Oct. 8th, 9th, and 10th. Plus, a bunch of us are meeting Sept 17th to put quilt tops together for Katrina victims. So, it's nonstop. I've got to get a quilt back from a friend because she said I could put it in the quilt show and need to put a hanging sleeve on the back of it. That's a requirement so it can be hung up. I'll be looking forward to the end of October for a rest. It seems like now there may be 500 evacuees coming to Otis, so maybe our CERT team will be called up afterall. Who knows. We just have to be patient and do all that we can to help.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Helping Out Victims!

These were taken in Gulf Port, LA by a FEMA member from Cape Cod who has been there for a few days now. The devastation is unbelievable! He's very tired. I've had training as a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member and also Red Cross and may go to Otis to help take care of the 2,500 victims that are being brought there today or tomorrow. We all do whatever we can to help. I hope the people from those areas will realize how much the citizens of the rest of the country are trying to help them. 'Old Glory' still stands in the middle of all the devastation as a symbol of hope. One of our retired firefighters and his wife moved to New Orleans a few years ago. We heard that they were evacuated and are safe but there house is probably ruined. She's a cancer survivor, has a weak immune system, and can't go back until things are completely cleaned up, if she can ever go back.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Happy Labor Day

Yesterday was Erin's last day collecting money for the banana boat rides and the trampoline at Blue Water Beach for the parasailing company. Suzanne and I went to visit her and see her little beach shack where she sits to collect the money. What a day to end a job! It was a perfect beach day. Today is glorious too--warm and dry! Everyone, enjoy this labor day.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Fun in the Campground!

The annual 'labor day' party was last night at our trailer park. It was a fun time. Everyone brought good food and we have a few new people who are very lively and they brought their own music and danced. I think everyone had a good time. Suzanne and I went to Hyannis to see the Edwards' twins after the party. They are twins who do male and female personations. They were very good. They did Bette Midler, Barbra Steisand, Neil Diamond, Elton John, etc. All and all it was a fun day and I even found a few minutes to sew and work on a quilt that will be donated to Katrina relief.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Aprons Galore!

Although the quit show is a lot of work, I think we are going to have a lot of fun. There was a contest back in April to make the bib part and put on it a: teapot, tea cup, or a rose and then the members voted best in the three categories. I won for best tea cup. I think mine and some of the others are being made into table runners to be sold at the quilt show because I didn't see it at our meeting Thu. night. Everyone did such a great job. These are some of the samples that were made into aprons. We had a modeling show at our meeting. Lots of laughs.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Full View of Alison's quilt!

Alison sent me a full view of her quilt from Brittany. Brittany did all of it. Her mother isn't a seamstress. I don't know how she had time with planning the wedding and everything else. Good job, Brittany! I've been trying to honor sewing month and get things ready for our quilt show Oct. 1st. Last night was our first quilt guild meeting since June. It was good to be back. We took a collection for Katrina relief and raised $700.00 which our treasury is going to match. Then, hopefully, Soverign Bank will match that total. We all do whatever we can. A group of us are getting together Sept 17 to stitch together quilts to be sent to that area. People have been left with nothing in some cases and maybe these will provide a bit of warmth. Let's keep that area in our prayers.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sept 1st.-National Sewing Month!

It's Sept 1st and it's also National Sewing Month. According to a clinical survey by the Home Sewing Assoc., it was revealed that women who sew experience a drop in heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration rate. These are key factors in the measurement of stress. Of course, when I'm under the gun to finish a project on time, then I'm under a lot of stress and George will say that he's so glad I have this RELAXING hobby!! But, mostly, it's very relaxing and destressing. So, everyone, grab a needle and destress!!