Sunday, February 11, 2018

Animal Whimsy Quilt, Thanks for Mom's Mail and Happy Valentine's Day

This is the third quilt I've made for Luke and he is not three months old yet.

The boy is going to have to have a yard sale when he is a teenager to get rid of all the quilts his great granny made him!

It is a darling pattern called Animal Whimsy.  Here is a pic of it.
Amy Bradley Designs ABD258 Animal Whimsy Quilt Pattern

I quilted it simply with some animal sounds and some animal names.  Wish I had thought of it sooner so I could have planned it out better.  I got all confused when I couldn't figure out what sound a rabbit makes, and I wasn't sure what horses say either.  I thought it was "neigh" but that looked funny, and "nay" looked like "hay".

I should have made the rooster because I could have put "cock-a-doodle-doo", but what does the hen say?  Maybe "cluck-cluck" -- or isn't that the duck.  No, the duck says "quack". 

Or the pig.  I could have put "oink".

Or the donkey.  I could have put "hee haw".

Or the sheep.  I could have put "baa baa".

Does anyone know what a goat says?

Anyway, Luke isn't going to care, and I bet in a few years he will know what sound ALL those animals make, and he can teach it to his Great Granny Joy.  

But for now, here is the quilt I made for his portable crib.  It matches absolutely NOTHING in the room it is in, but I don't care.  I hope he drags it all over the place and wears it out.

Thank you all for your nice comments when you saw this quilt on my VLOG here:

I know other Bloggers and Vloggers feel the same way, because they say they do, about how much your kind comments brighten our days.  

And thank you again so very much for those of you who send my Mom mail.  She is always so excited that someone sent her something -- anything -- because it makes her feel remembered and cared about.  She is to the point she can't understand what is written or why the card came, but she is always happy that something came to her in the mail, and we always make sure she reads the cards, or we read them to her.

My new baby Luke will arrive here on Friday.  He already thinks his Great Grandma's face is a pink rectangle with a hole at the top.  His Daddy just got used to it, and he and his siblings always posed and smiled and said, "I love my Grandma!" on command.  (Instead of "cheese".)  They were the light of my life when they were growing up.

Jerry and I did Valentine's today.

We had to go to Best Buy to buy a new monitor for one of our employees.  While there, I wandered around a little and something caught my eye.  Fortunately, I could use Valentine's Day for an excuse, and Jerry was his usual generous, sweet self, and told me I could have it. 

I took a pic for you:

It is a lap desk that has a mouse pad and a place for my phone.  I had to get a wireless mouse to go with it, of course.  I am really enjoying it right now as Jerry lays beside me watching the Thunder play.

After that, we went to Red Lobster where I had a $32 lobster dinner.  I told Jerry it was too expensive, and he said, "Get what you want!"  So I did.  Jerry had a $30 dinner with crab legs.  So very good!  Then we bought groceries until we were both worn out.  It is always so good to be back home.

Be back soon my friends.  God bless you and your valentine.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Night and Almost Finished Quilt

Hi everyone!

We are back in our Kingston home after a week at our Edmond home.  It is SO GOOD to be back home.  This is our REAL home.  The other home is just because we have a business in Edmond and we got sick of staying in a hotel when we were there.

Only thing is, I really miss my sweet great grandson, Luke.

I have something to show you!

I spent most of yesterday and today on this, and it still needs a binding, BUT I want to show it to you anyway.

It is loosely hanging from the bar, so it isn't flat.  You can see how nice it turned out though. 

This quilt design is called Lucy's E2E (Edge to Edge) from My Creative Stitches.  I paid $5 for it!  WELL worth it.  I really like it.

It is a Queen size quilt.  It was a kit I purchased from Craftsy called Spring 2017 Quilt-Along Flower Basket Kit.  I believe they are all sold out of it now.

As is true with most quilts, it is WAY PRETTIER in person. 

I've got to square it up and put the binding on it.  Give me a few days.

Jerry is watching the Super Bowl (yuk).  I'd rather be quilting if I wasn't exhausted from finishing the baskets.  Gotta work at our store tomorrow, but I'll try to get back soon for a new video.

Have you seen this one:

I have made SIX of those now.  They are really wonderful.  Gave one to Phylly.  Made a tutorial for you, but it is such a mess, I couldn't get it edited to make sense.  Too much time in between clips.  Blame it on Luke.  (-: 

Besides, you can go to Youtube and watch Rhonda make it HERE

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Total Cuteness from Grandma's House

Hi everyone!

I thought I would make LOTS of videos and have plenty of time for blogging on my one week away from home vacation, but I have managed to stay busier than ever.  It is my great grandson's fault, actually, as I have been watching him every afternoon.

Of course, you want to see pictures, so let me upload a few....  (Please pardon strange lighting and shadows.)

His name is Luke, and he smiles a lot.

 Here is Luke helping Papa work just like his daddy used to do.

 Here he is being totally adorable while I try to snap selfies of us.

 And his Papa had him as much as I did.  You just can't not snuggle with this precious bundle!

Papa has him again.  Luke likes to sit up and watch the TV or the computer.  Papa, of course, had the Thunder on.  Luke seemed to like it.

And this is how I spend most of the time Luke is with us.

That is when I don't have to give him to his Papa. 

Luke seems to be thinking, "LADY!, Could you PLEEEEEZE quit hugging me all the time!  

So now you know why I have been missing.

I intended to show you how to make the notion holder, but then Luke came over.  Maybe I'll get a chance to do it tomorrow.

Don't hold your breath though.  Luke's Daddy may bring him back tomorrow and the next day, and this doll trumps notion holder every time.  (-:

This is a WONDERFUL vacation for Jerry and me, and we are in our home.

I better go in the other room and act interested in the Thunder basketball game now.

Hugs, Joy

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Birthday Pics AT LAST and Inspiration from Rhonda Buss


Isn't it a glorious day?

It is 16 degrees outside, and that means bugs are dying, and we won't have 50 trillion of them crawling and flying around when Spring comes!  YAY!

It is, however, sunny outside, and sunshine ALWAYS makes me happy.

And look what I found at Rhonda's place.  I love this because I have been hurt by so many people, as I'm sure you have been to.  People can be so heartless and cruel.  Some hurt you without even realizing what they are doing.  This -- in my case -- refers to those who have hurt me ON PURPOSE by their ugly words or actions.  But even then, God says to bless them.  God is so loving, and He knows that blessing them sets us free.  He can then deal with the offenders Himself!

And I promised you back on December 18th that I would EVENTUALLY show you pictures from Mom's 90th birthday.  Here they are.

Mom received nearly 40 cards from all of you.  Actually, a card still comes every few days.

Mom read EVERY SINGLE ONE, and she was so touched that people that don't even know her would be so kind.
 I helped her read the parts she couldn't make out.
We had all of Mom's favorite foods:  Grapes, Potato Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Purple Punch.

Notice the only sandwich below.  That is because Mom eats only ONE KIND of bread, and she only eats ONE HALF of a sandwich.  She didn't touch the cupcakes, because they are "bad for you", but she had lots of ice cream.
I went to the bakery and gave the decorator lady a drawing of a violet to use so she would know what a violet looked like.  She was a wonderful young lady, and she did EXACTLY what I asked her to do.  God bless her!

And here I am with Mom.  Terry, a professional photographer, took all the pictures that day.  She is so good to me.  WAIT until you see the quilt she just made for me!!!!!!!  (A later blog.)

The picture below was SUPPOSED to be a family picture with Mom and her four kids.  Sadly, I am the only one that was here although all were invited.  I am so thrilled to have this picture thanks to Terry.

This is a sweet one that Terry took:
This is Mom opening a fun card from my friend and neighbor Kathleen.  Mom was so happy all day long.  Her birthday could not have been more special.
Here, Mom just opened the warm fleece top I made for her.  It looks really nice on her, and she has worn it several times.
And here is Mother's most favorite preacher in the whole wide world.  This is Pastor Leon.  He visits her EVERY week, and he always wears a PURPLE shirt.  What a sweetheart!
And this lady is Dorine.  She is a nurse, and she has another full time job.  She leaves our house at 3:00 and goes to her other job.  Unbelievable!  She comes four or five days every week to care for Mom because she loves Mom, and we all love her!  She is like a part of this family now.  Notice that she also wore purple for Mom's birthday.  Mom is wearing an outfit I made for her, and it is her favorite.  Hence she is not wearing purple.  Mom will tell you many times a day that she is VERY BLESSED to have so much loving care here.
I've got THREE quilts in the works right now, and I'm stopping to make some fun notion holders, so I have to go!

Here is my latest video if you want to see what a "notion holder" is:

Go HERE for the excellent instructions at Rhonda's place, and don't tell my friends about this because they may be getting one!

Oh, here is the link to the frame you put inside:

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Thank You for 2017 - Happy 2018 - My Resolutions

It is about 8 PM on January 3rd, and my lightning fast mind just realized I haven't posted any pictures from my Mom's birthday yet.  Terry brought me a CD of the ones she took, and I took several myself.  The thing is, when your birthday is on December 18th, it is immediately overridden by Christmas preparations.  Right after Mom's birthday was my granddaughter's birthday on the 20th and an employee was the day after that, and then it was suddenly Christmas Day!

I don't have any pictures in this laptop, so you will still have to wait awhile for birthday pics.  I'll get around to it -- I promise.  And, no, I can't put the CD in here because this laptop does not have a CD player.

Mother received over 30 cards from you very loving and kind internet friends of mine.  She was so blessed by them and so was I.  The people who were here for her little party were amazed at the cards she had received.  She has them all in her room so she can look at them whenever she wants to.

I did make a VLOG for you about her birthday.  If you haven't seen it, here it is:

Part of the following VLOG was made on Christmas morning, and Mom talks to you in it.  I am showing you a cookie that was sent to Mom by Shari Marie.  Purple butterflies!  Mom loved them.

So what about those New Year's resolutions.

I don't really have any, other than the ones I have every day, all my life:  Love God, love people and try to be the best ME I can be.

I thank all of you who took time to listen to me and talk back to me with your kind, helpful comments this past year.  And thank you all SO VERY MUCH for being so kind to my Mother and giving me your helpful advice and tips from your own experiences with loved ones.  I know I will cherish you all the more as her illness progresses.  Nothing heals a hurting heart like loving friends who truly care and have been through what you are going through.

I'll be back soon my friends.

Hugs, Joy

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Office Christmas Parties 2017

Several of you have asked me to post pics of our Christmas lunches.

For those of you who don't know, Jerry and I own a medical equipment company called Family Medical Supply.  We have two locations:  Oklahoma City and Kingston, OK.

Our lunch for OKC was last week, and we just had our lunch for the Kingston location today.  The weather was lovely, and we had great food (except for one dessert -- see below) and great fun.

FIRST, here is a picture of Jerry and me and all of our Oklahoma City employees from last week.  I will list their names because our employees at one store only know names from the other store.

In the back from left to right:
Tim, Mark, Bill, Lu, John, Sharon and Kathy (Sorry Kathy is kind of squished in there.)
In the front from left to right:
Paula, Kodi, Misty, Sheila, Phylly, Carol and Diane

Do you see Phylly, the one who resigned a few month ago?
And right next to her in the red jacket and scarf is Carol.  She has resigned several times.
They both still come to work, and we couldn't be happier about it!

Some of the employees above have been with us over TEN YEARS.  Jerry and I don't work at that location, so I don't even know what the girls do anymore.  Lu -- the tall lady in the back -- is the Store Manager, and she has so much work to do, I don't know how she stands it.  She does the hiring, the training, the job descriptions, the reviews, prepares for accreditation and does a ton of computer input and paperwork and she knows everyone else's job.  I'll ask Jerry about something, and he will say, "Ask Lu like I do.  She knows everything."  I honestly don't know HOW she does it, but we sure do love her for it.

I'm pretty sure that Paula has been with us the longest.  She has quit before too.  Thank God she came back.  She drives a very long way every day to and from work, and we are so very thankful for her dedication. 

Next to Paula is Kodi.  She has been with us over 11 years, and I think the next longest time.  We hired her part time to clean.  She kept offering to do other stuff, and now she is a super salesgirl on the showroom floor.  Everybody adores Kodi.  People that quit years ago still call her.

John is our ATP (like Jerry).  Bill is the Service Manager over the other two guys: Mark and Tim.

You all probably recall that Phylly and I are quilting/sewing/fitting friends and actually the reason I started this BLOG.  The other girls were all hired by Lu, and I don't know them very well.  I know they all get along great, and they all love Lu.

I'm sure you are all terribly interested in our food, so I had to snap some pics for you.

This is an AWESOME appetizer we always order at Zio's.  I have no idea what is in it, but we all love it.  I know it has bacon and cheese.
And THIS is why I like to go to Zio's.  Their apple pie is DELISHUS!!! and it comes with ice cream on top and a hot brandy sauce.  Thank God I don't know how to make it!  Phylly and I always share, so only ate half.

The Kingston lunch was at Roma's.  Also an Italian restaurant.  It is in Durant, OK.  We had a great set of tables for our group and a very good waitress.

Here we are.
In the back from left to right are Tim, Ronny, John, Lu Ann, Pat and Peggy
Behind me and Jerry from left to right are:  Maurissa, JJ and Larece

Tim is Service Manager and Ronny works for him.
John is the ATP we hired from Nevada.
Lu Ann works on the sales floor with JJ.
Pat is our Advantage Specialist who makes sure all our customers receive the right product on the right day.  She resigned many years ago, but still keeps coming to work. 
JJ does all the billing for what Pat does.
Peggy is "Jane of All Trades", and she does whatever any of us need her to do INCLUDING watching my Mom for me if I need her to.
Maurissa is my Administrative Assistant and you'll read more about her below.
Larece works for Jerry and John and you'll read more about her below.
And, of course, I had to take some pics of our food.  Only desserts though.

Pat took the first bite of her cheesecake and just squealed with delight at how yummy it was.  I asked her to please pose so I could take a pic, and she did.
And this is cheesecake again with a different topping.  Maurissa is posing for this one.
I ordered the same thing as Maurissa is holding up here, but I complained that mine didn't have much sauce on top.  The guy who brought it just walked off like I had not spoken.  I thought it was just as well since there are still about two million calories there!  A few minutes later though, the guy showed up with the sauce bottle and he squirt it all over my cheesecake.  Now THAT is service!

The next picture is of Larece.  Larece is Jerry's "right arm".  She gets all the ducks in a row -- and there are a LOT of ducks -- so we can get paid for what we do.  She is holding up her "wooden" Cannoli.  She ate the stuffing out of it and then tried to eat the pastry.  We saw her KNOCKING on it with her knife, and we all cracked up laughing.  She didn't even try to bite into it.  What a shame.  All the other desserts were SO GOOD!

The following picture is of me and the most precious lady that God put into Family Medical Supply before I ever came back to work there.  Someone else hired her.  She worked out front at first, on the sales floor.  I would see her when I went into the store, but she was always very quiet, and she acted like she was terrified of me.  I think she was at that time.

When I did go back to work due to the former office manager quitting without notice after a long sick leave, I HAD to have help.  Everyone was so very busy, including Maurissa, that I hated to ask anyone for help.  But whenever I had a question, or I needed assistance, or I needed someone to take on an extra duty, there she was asking if there was anything she could do to help me.  She has been a wonderful blessing to me, and she has become my personal assistant.  She is a super fast learner, and she will do anything I ask her to do, and a bunch of stuff I didn't even ask her to do.

Maurissa told me one time that I was NOTHING like she thought I was going to be.  And she meant it in a good way. Jerry and I thank God daily for all of our employees, but I am especially thankful for Maurissa because she and I work fabulously together.

So that is all of our employees.  They are really an extended family to us, and we love them all. 

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mom's 90th Birthday is December 18th

Hi everyone.

I hope this is not inappropriate, but I was wondering if any of you lovely people would want to send my Mom a birthday card.  Corrected at 2 AM.  Decided to just buy her several cards myself -- one from Jerry, one from me, one from her cat, etc.  Since I am awake, I went in to check on Mom.  Her lamp was on and she was sitting on the side of her bed putting her watch on.  She also had her glasses on.  I removed her glasses, but I left her watch on, and I helped her back into bed.

Mom has taken a turn for the worse.  Her memory isn't even seconds long.  She has forgotten so many more things.  She even forgets to eat while sitting in front of her dinner.  We have to prod her.  Thank God, she has not forgotten me!

HOWEVER, the one thing she does remember is that it is near her birthday, and that she is going to be 90.

Whenever I take Mom with me anywhere, such as my doctor appointment a few weeks ago, she always does the same thing.  She will notice a new person in the room -- doctor, hairdresser, friend -- and she will turn to me and say:

"Joy, did you tell her that I am going to have a birthday soon?"

"And did you tell her that I am going to be 90!"

It is so cute.  Just like a young child.  She asked me yesterday if I was going to do anything for her birthday.  So I KNOW she hasn't forgotten that her birthday is December 18, and she is going to be 90.

As you know if you watch my videos, my Mother has three other children.  None of them will come to see her for her birthday or any other occasion.  One says it is "too far" (3-hour drive).  One says he is "too busy".  One says she has disowned me, and she is no longer my sister, so I guess Mom is no longer her Mother either.  I have no way of contacting her directly.  She does know where Mom is, and she does know that Mom's kids are welcome here because I had my brother tell her.

Thank God there are people here who love her and will come see her for her birthday, including two friends who will gladly make the 3-hour drive.

It is Sunday afternoon, and I am going to start wrapping the many new sweatshirts I bought for her.  THANK YOU so much to the ladies who told me about Younker's and Bergman's.  Weird names, but they had the perfect shirts for her.  I think I bought 7 of them.

Have a blessed Sunday and a wonderful week ahead.

Hugs, Joy