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Earth Warrior

While scrolling through Facebook, I came across this picture that my friend, Nanette, shared. We had a little discussion about doing a challenge, I said I was in...she said: "I love you best because you are an Earth Warrior." This made me smile...and then it got me to can we all be earth warriors? What difference can we make on this planet we call home? When driving the roads of Virginia, I'm always amazed at the trash along the way. Watching people throw trash out the window, don't even get me started on cigarettes being thrown out the window. So this challenge discussion with Nanette got me to thinking where I could begin to on helping mother earth.  This is what I've come up with Get a trash picker upper and start keeping the road in front of our house clean of trash, and maybe even adopt a road area to clean up Carry gloves in my car, so I can pick up trash in parks as I go for a walk, you can't believe the garbage I see at the WA

12 Days of Kindness with Elf

I was browsing twitter and came across this article from CNN on 12 Days of Holiday Kindness At the end of the article, you can print off the above picture and check off your kindness list. If you follow me on social media, you know that Kindness has been my "word of the year," and I try and embrace it daily, but sometimes it's hard to remember because people can be such Cottonheaded Ninnymuggins. I really try and not let these people bring me down, but it happens to all of us, and sometimes, you want to crawl back into a quilt fort and ignore the world. On Monday, I decided that I don't want to be part of the Cottonheaded Ninnymuggins group I wanted to be part of "Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is to Sing it Loud and Sing it Clear" group. So I'm gonna add to the list above When pushing your grocery cart to the corral, instead of pushing it in and walking away, straighten up the carts, it takes a minute, and it's all organized and neat.

I did it...

I did it... I finally sat down at my sewing machine and finished a quilt top, took it to the quilter, got it back, and put the binding on. Baby Quilt  The pattern is from the book, Baby Quilts by Susan Emory, and you can find it on my website . I saw the sheep fabric on the Mountain Creek Quilt Shops website and had to have it. The arrows are from my stash, it's jumbled letters which I thought were perfect for a baby quilt, this is the black with white letters, and then I used the white with black letters for the back. The quilter, Hilda at Phantom Quilters , did a cute sheep design, and I had it back in just a few days. Now all that is left is to get a cute bag and deliver to the new mama. So there ya have it... the first quilt that I've made since closing the shop that does have anything to do with work. I gotta say, it felt good sitting down at the sewing machine again, so good that I might try my hand at doing one for me. Until Next Time Be Kind

Cup of Joe

Have you ever wondered where "cup of joe" came from in referring to a cup of coffee? Well, I did so I went to trusty Google and asked...omg...there are a few different definitions, but the one I like is this... You can read more from Wonderopolis I stopped drinking coffee a few years ago, I know what is running through your minds right now...WHAT...but between the acid in coffee not agreeing with me and taste buds changing I wasn't enjoying it. I would have the occasional Starbucks, but I would have to order something with lots of sugar and cream, or I couldn't stomach the bitterness of the coffee.  But... All of that changed when we went to Miami before our cruise in October, I was introduced to Cafe' Con leche, WOW, tasty, rich coffee with scaled milk, and I would add sugar. Low and behold, we got on the cruise ship, and there was a little coffee window buried on the ship that served a few specialty coffees. They made Cafe' Con leche using Cafe

Bird Watching

We moved into this house in 1998, and one of the first things we did was put up bird feeders. I think it's in my blood because my parents have always feed the birds...and the squirrels. Our feeder stand is a 4x4 buried in the ground with four hooks for four feeders. We have two squirrel baffles...yes two...we have brilliant squirrels. But, we also have bears, and when you have bears, you either bring in your feeders nightly or don't put any out. Not having feeders wasn't an option, but I read that if you use platform feeders, bears will dump the seed but not destroy the feeder. So off to Tractor Supply Company to pick up a feeder. 3 in 1 Platform Feeder It's been up a week, and I'm sitting here watching the birds have a daily buffet. In the last hour, I've seen both the male and female cardinals, tufted titmouse, juncos, wrens, mocking bird, bluejay, carolina chickadee, and a few different finches. I also pick up the birdseed at TSC, great selection, a

November Musings

After an afternoon out with Andrew at Tin Cannon Brewery, I had the rootbeer, we noticed Christmas lights up on the drive home. It is so hard to wrap our heads around that tomorrow is December 1st. We chatted about where the month of November went...because it flew by. We got home from our cruise on November 2nd, my birthday was the 5th, and I celebrated all week.  Andrew left the weekend of November 8th to visit his sister and her family along with his mom. He returned home on November 12th. I drove to New Bern, NC, on November 13th, to spend time with my friend Colleen and see my mom. I came home on the 18th. Thanksgiving on the 28th  and that leaves us here November 30th with 25 days left till Christmas. I'm hoping that December doesn't fly by as fast. I hope to get the tree up and fluffed tomorrow and decorate the rest of the house till we know for sure that the kitties won't climb and knock ornaments off.  And no blog post would be complete with at

Sunday Musings

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the U.S. Marine Corps. There is no doubt that if you've been following my blog from the beginning, you know that I was raised by a Marine, not just any Marine but this guy... I always tell people that I was raised in khaki diapers, being a child of a Marine meant you were part of that culture. You stopped and stood when reveille was played at the flag was raised. Driving to work at the bank, I would pass the headquarters building, and at least once a week was going by when the flag was being raised for the day, yep, stop your car and get out. When retreat was played at the end of the day, even as a kid if you heard it, you stopped and faced the direction of the flag. You said, "yes ma

Saturday Morning

Fall finally arrived this morning with a crisp, chilly morning and bright sunshine. Here in Virginia we never thought it would come, I was pretty sure we were going from summer directly into winter. The leaves are still green on the trees or brown from our lack of rain...nothing like this tree from 2014 October 2014 This tree is across the street from our driveway, and in the early mornings when the sun is hitting it just right it appears as if it's on fire, today it's just green, we shall see how long it takes to show it's true colors. We have a pup guest for the next week...Belle is visiting while her parents are road-tripping. Belle is the leader of our pack right now, the cats give her no mind, but both Bodhi and Symon listen to what she says, and she doesn't put up with any of their foolishness, it's fun to watch them all sort it out. We're waiting for a bit of a warm-up so we can hit Lowes for stacking stones for my new flower bed that I ne

Sunday Morning on the Back Porch

I was enjoying my first cup of coffee this morning on the back porch, the pups were playing tug on a chew, the kitties exploring, birds chirping when suddenly it sounded like a small car was in my backyard. I was thinking what the heck, even Bodhi was thinking, what the heck. After figuring out where the noise was coming from, the sky, Bodhi and I looked upward, and it was a low flying moped with a canopy...okay maybe it was an ultra-light plane, but it sounded like a moped in the sky. Ultralight image courtesy Pixabay I really shattered the morning quietness. My friend, Janet, formally of the Empty Nest in Old Town Warrenton and now J anet Metzger, Artist  often talked about them flying around her property and pretty much said the same thing, they are loud and obnoxious.  I can still hear him in the distance, but I can now also hear the crows cawing, the bluejays squawking, the chirp of the cardinals and the swish/buzzing of the hummingbirds...and yes the crickets and cicad

Happy Gotcha Day Symon

Someone is very sleepy today...and here is the reason why. Symon Sez We welcomed Symon into our home yesterday, and sleep is a little challenged for a few of us. We are kennel training, so that is one adjustment, he doesn't have his pack around him, another adjustment, and now he is the little guy in a house with a big boy, aka Bodhi Good Boy, and two kitties. His early morning adventures included meeting Jack the Cat with a hiss and run, finding the spring door stop, learning where the a/c vents in the house are. This little boy does not like the heat, his Aunt Leslee and Uncle Scott brought him a fan for his welcome home gift, this will come in handy on the porch.  I see a nap in my future and remember what I wrote early this week...Naps are healthy and good for you. Until Next Time Be Kind

Sleepy Musings

Let me get this out of the way and say that I LOVE sleep...there is nothing better than waking up without an alarm clock so you can imagine how excited I was when I closed the shop and knew that I didn't have to get up and get going early in the morning. Well...after welcoming Jack the Cat and Harper Lee into the house my sleeping in was not to be had. Jack really is the culprit here, he starts pawing me between 4 and 5 am...and by pawing I mean with this claws out. I've tried gently taking him off the bed, telling him, NO, moving him away from my face, nothing works till I get frustrated and give him a shove off the bed...this works for about 45 minutes till he comes back. I'm still working on training the kitties with the word NO, everyone says squirting them with water but when one of you kitties likes to lay in a sink and doesn't mind if you turn on the water, not sure that will work. So if you have any ideas, bring them on. Anyway, back to me and my love of s

Saturday Morning on the Back Porch

The leaves are tinged with a little orange, and the sun is streaming through the trees... there is a nip in the early morning air the deer nibble as they walk through the yard the birds are chirping a breeze rustles the leaves on the trees fall is coming Until Next Time Be Kind

Friday Night Musings

It's Friday Night on the Back Porch... It's how we do Friday's around here... Washington Nationals baseball and puppy dog snuggles...fingers crossed next Friday we'll be adding another puppy dog to the snuggle time. Until Next Time Be Kind

Weekend Adventure Part 2

Day 2 of my travel adventure with Kathy started in Charlottesville, Virginia, before breakfast, we made a side trip to see the big butt... Charlottesville Big Butt This Big Butt is in a parking lot that is by a crazy art park and brewery, Andrew and I are gonna go back to see more funky art and have a brew or two. We grabbed a quick bite at Hardee's, can't beat a steak biscuit and hash rounds.  Heading south on Rt 15 we traveled along some beautiful country roads and found some more love. And then we found some trolls. We found our way to Raleigh and right in the middle of college football traffic, NC State was playing ECU and traffic was crazy nuts, but Kathy managed to get us to our hotel, we did some decompressing, had a glass of wine and figured out where to go to linner.  OMGeeee...Kathy found, The Oak - Kitchen and Bourbon Bar . Kathy got us a Uber, and we headed out for a bite before the restaurant got too crowded. I won't write a

Weekend Adventure Part 1

This past weekend I took off for a girls weekend with my friend Kathy to see one of our favorite groups perform. Mipso is a quartet from North Carolina, their music is hard to describe, it's kind of like bluegrass meets blues meets southern church revival meets rock. They are the kind of group that seeps into your heart and soul. We took off Friday morning heading up to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. First Selfie of the trip We took Kathy's husband, Mikes, convertible, and it just made the experience that much more fun. With Mipso playing and us singing along the time breezed by as we drove west before heading towards Charlottesville VA for our first concert. Kathy pointing to her Mipso t-shirt Selfie at Crabtree Falls We stopped for linner (aka lunch/dinner) at Devil's Backbone Brewery before heading into town. Devil's Backbone We checked into our hotel, opened a bottle of wine, had a few snacks, and got ready to leave for the J