Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A review of 2014

Rereading my posts from this year I thought I hadn't posted very much, but after checking other years I did post quite a bit. This one is number 43 for the year and that is almost 3 per month, so I guess I do spend some time around here. 

This is my 58th 'last day of the year' event. When I was a teen my mother broke the law and got me some Boone wine for me and I spent some time on the telephone with a friend while I drank it. In later years I spent time in the local watering hole a time or two, then the laws got more strict with drinking and driving and I decided to stay home on this night. As time has gone on I have given up the bars to drinking at home to being a teatotaler and debating if I want to stay up and watch the ball drop on TV. I am contemplating on that ball drop tonight, but that will be decided at 11:45, if I happen to be awake then......

Lots has happened around us this year. We started off in El Mirage, AZ with me working at IMS Allergy & Immunology Specialist and Carl 'disabled'. Now we are in Cottontown, TN, with Carl 'retired', me working on Coyote Quilts & Specialties inventory and spending time with Julie and her family on a daily basis. 

In the spring on our trip across the states we were able to visit with family we haven't seen in many years. Thanks, Vince for sharing your family with us! 

Over the summer and fall we spent weekends at farmer's markets or craft fairs. We had some good days, some wet days and some great days. The best part was meeting other crafters in the area. Another couple of gals moved from Pennsylvania to get away from the cold and we spent a lot of time at the same shows with them. 

In May Carl and I went to New York for Larry and Roxanne's anniversary party. We were able to visit Carl's family also.

Then in October I made a second trip to New York with Julie to keep her company on her trip for Kristen's birthday. I managed to visit family I haven't seen in many years.

Cheryl and Larry

Jeff, his wife and daughter with Lissa and Bruce

And of course Tim and Rhonda.

I took care of Jeff, Tim and Robin many Friday or Saturday nights while a teen. It was the best paying job I had when I was babysitting....

During the summer we spent time in the pool with the grandkids, visited with Julie's friend's that visited, explored our new area, and made a trip to Georgia for camp with another grandkid. 

This fall as the leaves were falling we noticed a lot more things that were behind the leaves as we travel our favorite roads. There are a lot more houses hidden in the woods around here, LOL!

Over Thanksgiving there was a large party. Friends of Jim and Julie visit frequently and we get to join the festivities until we drop, which happens early compared to the 'kids'. It's nice to have things going on around us and being able to visit with new people. 

One of my early posts of the year was about the American Flag that I watched each morning on my way to work.

I have replaced the above site to the one below. These 3 flags can be viewed from 2 different roads that we travel and I just love it when the wind is blowing. This site still makes me pause and reflect what they represent. Over the years the number of stars and their placement has changed, but the meaning has always stayed the same.

Through the year I made several quilts and finished up a few UFO's. 

A new baby quilt

A finish UFO

Now to think about 2015. What do you have planned for 2015? Me, I am just going to plug along just like I did in 2014. No resolutions because they get broken real quick......

Until next time, 

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" 
Certified Instructor since 2013

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas, 2014!

We started this Christmas season with the usual pizza on Christmas Eve. Just sitting around the table after eating enjoying each others company. I think the girls are anxious for the morning to get here....

The traditional Christmas pajamas.

Christmas morning before the mess begins.

Pa happy with his stocking.

The girls happy with their 'together' gift. Some assembly required of course! Then they can get jumping on their trampoline.

A Mickey Mouse shirt for Pa.

I wonder which of the gifts was the biggest hit?

Happy smiles!

The end of the great reveal. 

Until next time,

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" 
Certified Instructor since 2013

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mom's 92nd is today!

Happy Birthday, Mom!
I miss you.....

Until next time, 

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Monday, December 22, 2014

3 days before the wrapping paper starts flying!

Just like every other year Christmas just all of a sudden it arrives. This year is going to be completely different. This is the first year I will be spending the day with Ella and Maddi. I'm not sure what time we will have to get up to see that paper flying, but I sure hope it's not 5 am..... Photos pending!

Happy Quilting, Sharon Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Creating memories

We had a houseful of guests for Thanksgiving 2014. I wanted to get a picture of the mess in the kitchen, but this is what I found. Amazing and much better than what I remember when I was a kid with the same number of people that descended on Mom's house. 

I caught a couple of my girls by surprise. 

Good friends made it down from New York State. 

 Sitting around after the food is consumed.

The older kids helping the youngest.

We had a good day with lots of yummy foods created by many hands. Thank you, Julie for our first Thanksgiving in 15 years! Love you!

Until next time,

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" 
Certified Instructor since 2013

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


I was playing around in my photo software this past week and came across these 2 pics. The first one is a picture of a picture that my sister, Lissa has. I remember my mother having this picture. From left to right is Lissa, Larry, Joe (Alfred), Loretta and Norman. This was way before I came along to pester everybody.... I doubt if my mother labeled the back of this picture so I have no idea when it was taken, but they all look like such good kids..... 

This one was taken many years later. Joe (Alfred), Lissa, me (Sharon), Loretta and Larry. Lissa is holding a picture of Norman and his wife, Kathy. This picture was taken in 2006. This was the first time that we had been together in years. 

There are 4 of us left, Loretta, Larry, Lissa and me. Hopefully we will all get together again to have a 'family' picture taken.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" Certified Instructor since 2013

Monday, December 1, 2014

Last month of 2014!

Here it is the first of December AGAIN....

Another Thanksgiving is gone with all of the yummy foods and visiting friends and family. I did the 'black Friday' thing for the first time ever. I went with Julie and am so glad that she didn't want to get there when the doors opened. We only had to wait at one store and it was fun talking with 'strangers'..... 

Now to get some more stuff done for my last craft fair of the year. I am working on quilts, towels, hot pads and wine bottle vests. 

Also, all of the items on my ArtFire site are on sale through the 20th of December. 

So, enjoy your last few days of this great year!

Until next time, 

Happy Quilting, Sharon 
Permanent "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" 
Certified Instructor since 2013