Helping Out/WPC


Meet Evette, again. She’s my niece and there’s no doubt she’s “Sew in Love”. I’m getting pure satisfaction from seeing her use her beginning sewing skills towards gift-giving while her new husband is off at basic training. We are very proud of them both. Proud for his service to our country and to her holdin’ down the homefront while he’s away.

Last week she came to me with a preplanned embroidery project. Unfortunately, while making the project, her friend’s sewing machine bit the dust. So I was getting to do a little more than planned. Not a problem. Glad to help.

Fast forward to the embroidery…….


She showed me what she needed and chose a beautiful font. I had it digitized and ready to go. The A was well on it’s way in this picture. With this design, there would be some re-hooping of the item in order to fit the project. (My hoop is pretty much ancient compared to newer ones. Mine’s circa 18 to 20 years old.) Unfortunately, the A was all that got completed before my memory card fried. Unable to fix it, we improvised, overcame and adapted. Marines out there will appreciate that last sentence. Semper Fi!

Moving on, I must let my niece know that her “Large” pins were a hit with me. I’ve always used the normal size, but after using hers, I may have to get some of these. They were so generous in size and I didn’t prick my fingers nearly as much. Who says you don’t learn from the younger generation??!! And that Minky fabric is soft! And slick to sew with. I tried the walking foot but reverted to the normal foot after about 10 inches. Any hints out there would be appreciated for future minky projects.


Above are the completed carrier cover and the baby quilt.

And just for the baby’s sake, I’ve a little message I’m sure Evette would want to pass along…..




Rolling in the Deep/WPC



I stepped out the back door and caught this eye-catching shot of clouds at sunset last week. It looked like the clouds were rolling out of a cavity.


And for some unusual reason, rotating the picture gives them an even more dramatic rolling appearance.

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Can’t Stop Traffic/WPC


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Couldn’t convince my husband to stop traffic for me in order to get a good pic of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. So I could only hope for a better view on the return trip.

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I think I got the better view.

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The Newlyweds/WPC


This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

I’m choosing a recent moment from this past weekend at my neice’s wedding. All eyes are upon you at that transitional moment in time where you become The Mr. and Mrs.


All our love and blessings to you both!!

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Jack & Jill(and Ben)/WPC


means lasting or staying only a short time

A real treat to these boys is getting to roll down the hill. These moments make a heart full.

Sharing with you this week a fleeting moment in the life of a childcare provider.



Historical Hotel Bothwell/WPC


I took a step back in time this week for the photo challenge. During our youngest daughter’s graduation party, a few photos were taken inside Hotel Bothwell.

Responsible for it’s establishment in 1927 was local historical figure, John H. Bothwell.


The Ballroom has it’s own ambience with the details and warmth.


But those chandeliers!!!


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Truth Serum/WPC



This is the stuff that the hubster has lovingly declared as my own personal truth serum. After a taste testing of each flavor(thank you to my sister for the gift) — ok maybe a little extra from another larger bottle, , there was a warning sent out to my daughters that no telling what I will state, but it will be most definitely truthful.

I will be more careful to not indulge after a stressful moment in my life….

unless need be 😉

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The Snowman/WPC


One of the most frequent questions I have ever been asked about in my job as child care provider is, “How do you get them all to sleep at the same time?”

Enter one of 1 million ideas I’ve tried over the last 21 years


This naptime ploy (Miracle Melting Snowman) brought to you by my eldest who thought the kids would like to see some “Magic” after they wake up. Thank you Miss Rachel!

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It Ain’t Pretty/WPC


Somehow I manage to make this space work.


Probably good thing it’s hid away in the basement.

Note: Do Not call the makeover police. I’m perfectly content in my organized chaos.

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