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Monday, June 17, 2019

A Difficult Decision

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 Today I have made one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made.  I've made this decision before and it is always difficult, but this one has been the most difficult.  Saying Goodbye to a very special companion.  Bo, my black lab mix.  All of our dogs have been "ours" except Bo, he is mine.  His story is sweet and loving from its start.

Our neighbor's dog had puppies.  Of course, I would go over and visit the litter a few times.  I noticed there was one puppy that would always come to me immediately, chew on my shoe strings, beg to be held.  After one of my visits I went home and asked my husband how he would feel about another dog (we had two at the time).  He said that would be ok with him and he would check with the neighbors to see if the puppy (they called him Two Stripes) was available.  When he returned he said the puppy had been adopted and was going to a good family.  I was a little sad, but as long as he was going to a good home I couldn't feel to bad.

On the evening of my Birthday, which was just three days after the news that Two Strips had been adopted,  the doorbell rang.  I opened the door to find  Two Stripes sitting on the front porch with a red bandana around his neck as my hubby said "Happy Birthday".  That's how Bo became "my dog".  He had picked me from the beginning and he was a loving gift.   Bo,  also became our "front door" dog.  No matter where he was or what door you let him out, he always came home to the front door.
Tall dog. In his prime Bo weighted 110 lbs. and was always thin.

Bo loved my hubby and son, and would mind them most of the time, but frequently I would hear, "Come get your dog".  I was the one Bo would listen to and obey.  He was my dog in all aspects and I have said many times that I have never had a dog love me so much.  He was devoted to me 24/7.
Bo, also, loved our acreage.  Our entire time living on the acreage, he would make his morning rounds, visit his Mom then return home.  He enjoyed his freedom. 

Bo was starting to have some trouble getting up and down before we decided to downsize and move to a smaller place.  We were concerned how he would take to the new place and a fenced yard.  He adjusted well.  His days of exploring had already narrowed, so I think the fenced yard really appealed to him.   But as the months have gone by his mobility has declined.  The vet says he is loosing his muscle mass and becoming weaker.  His struggles to stand and sit are becoming more and more difficult.  I can see it in his eyes, he's tired.  So it is time. 

My big dog had a wonderful life of 13 years.  He gave so much to all of us, unconditional love in good and bad times.   He allowed our grandson to crawl all over him, sit on him like a horse.   He tolerated a barn cat who made our deck her home for years.  He was a great protector, offering strangers a big bark to beware, but never approaching them.  He always left them wondering, which makes a good guard dog.   Bo was a true gentle giant that I will miss greatly.  

Gentle Giant

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

The commandment
Honor your father and mother
is the first one
with a
promise attached
Ephesian 6:2
Lord Jesus we are
grateful for our
parents and all they
have taught us.
Bless them and care
for them in our way.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

"My little children,
I'm writing these things
to you so that you don't sin.
But if you do sin,
we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is God's
way of dealing with
our sins,
not only ours but the sins
of the world."
1 John 2:1-2
Thank you Lord Jesus
for your saving grace and
I am grateful for our love.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Always Love A Challenge and Downsizing

Just entered a little star quilt challenge.  A little bit of everything, some machine stitches, some hand stitches, liberated piecing, and some raw edge bits and pieces.  It was fun to get away from the downsizing for a bit and quilt on this little 12 x 12 table topper.  Will post picture at a later date.

Speaking of downsizing--we are going live next week.  This project has really been an unbelievable series of events.  Last Saturday, we hand a hail storm and you can probably guess what I'm going to say.  Yes, hail damage to the roof, gutter guard, fireplace hood and tons of other things.  Insurance people have already been out and we will be getting replacement information next week.  Really, good news for the new owners.  Within the past two years we have replaced everything on the house but the hot water heater.  It will be a new house setting on 3 acres.  With all this terrible weather we have been having almost every day our sod and landscaping has been so slow.  Top soil has been washed away, mulch is everywhere and the seed and straw areas you can imagine.  We will have rain this weekend, but so far it seems to be south of us.  So what ever state the yard is in and the roof we are going live.  The inside is ready and we are tired of waiting for perfect.

Plus I'm ready for the next project--garage sale at the new house in about 2 weeks.  Got to clean up the garage that has become the miscellaneous storage area.  There is always a challenge in this household.  Have a great week and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday--Precisous Promises

After a first and second warning,
have nothing more to do
with a person
who causes conflict
Titus 3:10
Lord this good advise
and strong words, 
Guide us in the way
 we should
 live and love another.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

"Then the peace of God
that exceeds all understanding
will keep your hearts and minds safe
 in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7
Lord Jesus,
 thank you for watching over
each one of us.
You keep us together. Amen

Monday, May 20, 2019

It's Almost Over or Just Beginning

As the realtor says, we are about to go "live".  Today the carpet cleaning people arrived to do the runner on the steps, great room and one bedroom.  All our other rooms have hardwood or the carpet the is in good shape and just needed vacuuming.  I washed the tile in the bathrooms, and utility room.  Did another cleaning of the kitchen and polished the appliances.  Hubby is going to work on the garage tonight.  The yard is ready for sod and some seed and straw.  So we should be "live" by the end of the week.  The cleaning, packing, and the fix up is almost over and then we wait.  Hopefully, not for long.  One of the homes in our neighborhood sold in 3 days.  That would be a dream come true.  Looking forward to just concentrating on our new little home.  As comfy as it is there are a few things I would like to do and of course there are boxes to unpack.  Have a great week--storms are heading our direction these next two days.  So if you are in the path of any of this Midwest weather stay safe and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

"The Lord is close to the
he saves those whose
sprits are crushed."
Psalms 34:18

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

"As a mother comforts her child,
so I will comfort you;
in Jerusalem you will
be comforted"
Isaiah 66:33
Lord Jesus, your compassion and grace
heals my soul and eases my worries
Thank you

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

"I've said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. 
In the world you have distress.
But be encouraged! 
 I have conquered the world."
John 16:33

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Quilting Disappointment or Not

A  Centered Journey

  I had a thought. I had a message.  I found the fabric.  I created the art quilt.  I used various techniques and I thought it was unique and a possible entry in a juried quilt show.  So I took my photos, completed my artist statement and sent in my $35.00 entry fee. 

The letter came that there was no room in the show for my quilt.  I told my hubby I was disappointed, but I would get over it.  I was to busy to dwell on this negative response.  But, as I think about it, I think "not having room in the show" is a nice way of saying your quilt didn't measure up.

I like my quilt and it speaks to me.  I think that is the most important element.  Quilts send various messages--to the maker, the receiver, the person who views it hanging on a wall.  So my quilt may not have been unique enough for a quilt show, but it is unique to me.  Maybe I will enter in another show and it will receive a positive nod.  Or maybe it will hang in my sewing and be my personal inspiration. Either way it is a work of a life's journey and contains wonderful memories.  Have a great week and Happy Quilting!

Sunday---Precious Promises

But now you have been set free from sin and are the slaves of God.  
Your gain is a life fully dedicated to him and the result is eternal life.  
For sin pays its wage---death;
 but God's free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6: 22-23, Good News Bible

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday--Precious Promises

Downsizing Hits a Bump

Downsizing has hit a Bump in the Road.  I have not been to the house in  4 days, there is nothing to do, but everything to do.  We have moved all our furniture except for two pieces to our new house.  But, the old house is still full and it is full of things that I can not manage alone.  So I had to cancel my cleaning help and the photographer until the remainder of items are boxed or removed. 

Here's the story.  First, hubby's sports collectibles will be picked up on Monday the 22nd.  That will free up much room.  But, hubby has to be available to box and make sure the right items are going to the auction.  This is hard as he still has a demanding schedule.  I know we will get this job done, little by little this week, but does cause for some anxious thoughts. 

The real problem that has cause much worry may have been solved in a very interesting way.  I believe I have mentioned that our son has a concrete business and that the place he was housing all his equipment had been sold.  So, we said sure you can put your stuff on our property while you find a place.  Well, he thought he had a place and would have everything moved by April 1, wrong.  The deal fell through.  So not only did we have his business stuff, we had him and his personal stuff with no place to go.  So as we settled into our new little home, son was staying at our old house with all of this things.  The outlook was getting grim. 

As time was ticking by and our window of opportunity for selling the house in the Spring was starting to close, I started looking daily, almost hourly on the various websites for houses for rent that had storage barns, warehouses, shops, anything that could hold his massive equipment.  Nothing was happening.  I was beginning to think we would never get our house on the market.  Until 3 days ago.

I logged on to my computer and typed in craiglist.  I had been visiting that site frequently in my search.  I knew most of the listings by heart, but was on the lookout for something new.  First thing that pops up is a storage barn 1500 sq ft. for a great price, in the town he wanted.  It looked perfect.  I quickly jotted down the contact information.  Call my son to check if that sounded good to him, before I made contact.  He said "sounded good".  So I went back to the site, just to double check and make a printout copy of the information and it was gone.  I immediately thought we had missed our chance.  The price was to good to pass up and I figured that someone acted quicker than me.  But, when I emailed and asked if the property was available, the owner said yes and wanted to know more information about me and why I wanted the building.  I gave her our information and she asked when we would like to see it.  Saturday, 3:00pm was the designated time.  Since, this was just a storage building and no home or apartment, I continued to look on all the websites.  When ever I went to craiglist I would look for the storage building-It was not there.  I didn't say anything to anyone about this strange happening.  Just hoped that it was as perfect in real life as it was on the listing.  Son went to the place, loved it--it is perfect.  After, he and the owner decided that this would work, I decided to tell my story of the disappearing listing. 

 Now, those of you who have read my blog know that I am a believer and through the years I have had many interesting things (even life saving) happen to me.  When the listing disappeared it crossed my mind that someone was helping us locate a building.  When I told the story to my son he said that the owner Anne said she had prayed that they would find the right person to rent their storage building (the building sits on 7 acres along with their personal home).  I had said a few prayers myself.  So, Monday he takes his first months rent and me to sign his contract. Anne requested that I come along.  She is anxious to meet me.

Maybe we will get the house together for a Spring listing and sale after all.  Faith.