Thursday, July 30, 2009

Town Hall Meeting With President Barack Obama!

I don't normally talk or even blog about politic stuff, but I have to tell about this. My husband was looking at our local online news, and saw that Obama was coming to Raleigh NC. He then saw a link to where you could apply for tickets to possibly see him. He applied. We got a phone call saying you are one of 800 people who will recieve 2 tickets to go to the Town Hall meeting!! We couldn't believe it!!
So, yesterday we went to see the President of the good ole' USA!!!!! We stood in line to get a security check for 2 hours.
The meeting was held here at Broughton High School.
My husband showing his ticket near the end of the line. Can you tell he was tired of waiting just to get in.
Here is security check-in. We were told we could bring a camera and our cell phone. No bags! But here you see a bag! No wonder it took 2 hours!!
Look here he is!! I still can't believe that we actually went!!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Signature Blocks

I was working on my signature blocks today. I have gotten 28 of them done so far. 
As I was working on them, I kept thinking to myself, boy I must be starting to get hot flashes, I am really sweating here. Then my daughter comes into my sewing room and says to me, boy it is really hot in here! (To myself, I thought I can't radiate that much heat can I? LOL) Come to find out our air-conditioner unit was on the fritz! It was up to 84F in my sewing room. We had a repair person come out and replace the unit.  So needless to say, I didn't get any more blocks done.
I won a surprise "Giveaway"!!! Mary over at Quilt Hollow had pulled my name out of her surprise giveaway drawing. I won a Watermelon Thimbleberry kit! Thank-You Mary!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My first online swap!

Well, I did it! I signed up for my first ever online block swap. Melissa, over at , has initiated a civil war fabric signature block swap. The swap had soooo much interest that she has already had to close her sign-up list! But, I made the list! Someone else dropped out and Melissa graciously snuck me right into that spot! I am really excited about doing this. Not only is this being done in fabrics I love, but there are many fellow bloggers that I like to visit who have signed up! I just love the whole idea of a "Signature Block"! I have put a link to her website on my side bar for anyone interested in seeing Melissa's swap recipe.
Well, I guess I better get going. I have 70 blocks to make. :0)
Happy block swapping!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I'm Home!

I'am finally home after going to visit family and friends for almost 2 weeks in New York State.
The above picture is the view from a restaurant called "Shadows on the Hudson". It's in Poughkeepsie NY. Really nice place with great food! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, with friends, who are also celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary! Theirs is this month. My husband and I were married in September.
Here we are! We had made reservations 3 days in advance so we could have a table outside on the deck by the water! My husband and I are on the right. Our friends on the left.

A backyard shot of us before we left for dinner. The weather was simply gorgeous the whole time we were in NY!

Girls, girls girls!!
The friends we had dinner with have 2 daughters as do my husband and I. They are all about the same ages. My daughters are the two end girls (Pink top and camera around neck). We had gone to an art exhibit on the Hudson river in Cornwall NY. You see the Hudson in the background.

Here is one of the sculptures. It's of a boat. I took this picture with the Hudson river in the background! I am not the best photographer. But I really like how this picture turned out!

We spent one day at Belmont Park, racetrack. One of my daughters is very interested in horses. You see the back of my oldest daughter and my husband here.

I love visiting Historical old homes!! This is (Yet again!) another picture of the Hudson river, from the property of a home called "Claremont" which was owned by the Livingstons. This home is not far from Roosevelts Estate! This is the view they had from their front porch!

This is a picture of the "Claremont" home. That's my Mom standing in the front.

This is Rambo. He is the mascot of a farm we visited called "Catskill Animal Sanctuary"! Visiting the farm makes one never want to eat meat again! This is a home for abused animals as well as animals that were from butcher farms. I'll tell ya, some of the stories about where the animals were from and how they came to this santuary were really awful!! How can people be so abusive!! I won't go into details.
Over all a good time was had by all! Now it is my turn to entertain! We are having some of my husbands cousins visit us this coming weekend. Which means it's time to tackle a mountain of laundry and start making menus and cleaning house for our visitors. No time for quilting yet! Maybe next week! :-)
Hope everyone is having a great summer!!! :0)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sampler and Vacation Time!

Well, here you see I am working on Machine quilting the grab bag sampler top. I decieded since it was a sampler quilt I would try some different design motifs on it. It has also been a while since I have done any Machine quilting. Good thing it was a small quilt. It was the perfect size to get me back into the groove!
My helper!? This is Miss Emma. She thinks my quilting is just "Purrrrrfect"!

Here it is all quilted. The binding is the only thing I have left to finish on it now.
My family and I will be on vacation beginning July 3rd until July 18th. My daughters plan on bringing their computers so I might be able to check in at some point during the next 2 weeks.
I wish you all a Happy 4th of July!!!