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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Slow Down Autumn and Thanksgiving Countdown

This is our menu for Thursday

November is moving right along, much to my dismay! Somehow this favorite month of mine always manages to zoom way too quickly.

In spite of spending time every day in my room, I don't have much to show for it. The butterfly quilt for my sister-in-law is still waiting for me to load it up and quilt it. I am still making 16-across blocks for a Christmas quilt. And the Cheyenne blocks are going to become a quilt! I love these blocks so much that I made the decision to buy more of the background fabric, and I've been cutting out more pieces for HSTs and squares.

I finished and framed a little Thanksgiving mug

We have been navigating doctor, dentist, and hair appointments this week. I had four inches cut off my hair yesterday! My hair was well past my shoulders, and I have really enjoyed the ease of long hair, but I needed a change. My hairdresser added layers and it is a wee bit shorter in the back. But I do miss my pony tail!

My dear husband cleaned out the garden, and I will be working prepping it for next spring. We dump all our coffee grounds and vegetable and fruit peels on the garden, and it has really made a difference in the soil. I am expanding the space a little bit for next season.

My heart is heavy this week as I just found out my niece, who had a mastectomy in 2016, has been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. Debbie is the one for whom I made this prayer quilt in this post on my old blog. She lives in Oklahoma and is not married, but my two nephews and her Mom all live nearby, and they are all very close. She will find out her treatment options on Monday, so I am praying extra hard for her. 

I pulled out the wall hanging "Oklahoma Sunset" that I made in 2021
On Thursday, our son and family will drive up from north of Houston, our grandson from Dallas, and our daughter and son-in-law from Frisco, and we will celebrate with the feast listed on the menu above. This is my favorite meal to make, and I look forward to it all year! I will be making and freezing rolls this weekend and make the pies and cookie dough on Wednesday. The Littles will be with their Dad for this holiday, and we will miss them, but it will be kind of nice to have a quieter "adult" visit. 

If you celebrate, what are your plans for Thanksgiving?
Sunday, November 5, 2023

Autumn Vibes

November is my favorite month! I look forward to October - December all year, and I want the season to slow down so I can savor it. Our weather is not really cooperating, but I just love this time of year!

There are two squirrels currently fighting for dominance in my space, and this is my latest Squirrel-spiration. I plan to make a table runner and hope to have it quilted and posted this week. The blocks are Cheyenne blocks and are quick and easy to make (even though I sew them together wrong and have to take them apart!) I love the colors and can't wait to finish!

I'm using my hoarded "Fancy Cats" panel by Makower, UK.

I continue to make Sixteen Across blocks, squirrel-spired by, and it will eventually become a Christmas quilt. I am so happy to give my Christmas scraps a home! Diann is doing them as leaders/enders and you can see her pretty blocks here.

Here is a rough idea of what sashing and scrappy cornerstones would look like as a layout.

Since I stopped hosting To Do Tuesday, my blog reading and posting has slowed down as I finally realized that it is not my responsibility to comment on every blog or record everything I do in my sewing room - lol! I am currently not participating in any linkups or sewalongs, and the extra time is a good thing. I am saving the patterns for Moda Blockheads 5, but so far have not started any blocks. 

My Hubs has a "polysomnography" at a hospital sleep lab this week to determine if he is a candidate for a CPAP mask. He apparently has borderline severe sleep apnea. His cardiologist told him that means he is deprived of oxygen several times per night, and that makes his heart work harder. Since his heart attack in 2012, he has had stents and a cardioverter-defibrillator implanted, so we want to make sure we are doing everything possible for his heart. But it will be the first night we've been apart since 2017, and we are both dreading it - lol!

What are you up to on this "Fall Back" Sunday?