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While We’ve Been Gone – Let’s Catch Up

I’ve spent the last several days reading back blog posts in a reader list that I have lovingly titled “My blogging buds.”  There are lots of you that I have followed since I started this little endeavor, and as I said last week, blogging relationships are very real.  And just like when you haven’t spoken with someone in a while, I’ve learned that there have been some changes in the lives of my blogosphere friends – some good, some heartbreaking.  So I thought I’d take a minute to bring you up to speed on what’s been going on with us in the year I’ve been away from my blog.

The Encore

We’ve created quite a little encore business.  Hubs travels out-of-town for two short trips a month and returns to write related reports.  He’s only away from home for one night in all this.  The beauty of the gig is two-fold:  He earns airline points like a crazy man, and those projects allow us to take on smaller, more rewarding architectural contracts – the kind that make his heart sing.  I’m the administrative support of the operation, and have cultivated some administrative side hustles on my own.

Now we are learning to balance just the right amount of projects to keep our minds active and engaged, while maintaining the spirit of retirement.  It almost got away from us.  But we’re figuring it out.

The Voyages

In the last year, we’ve been fortunate to take some very cool trips, from St. Louis to Seattle to Hawaii.  We’ve also discovered that we love packing a picnic lunch, getting the dog in the back seat of the truck, and taking off to explore the beauty of Idaho.  Hubs loves to wander US Forest Service roads, and our new motto is, “I wonder where that goes!”  I’ll share the voyages in more detail in upcoming posts.  And you know those, “How Many States Have You Visited?” maps that show up on Facebook?  Well, we’ve decided to start over, only counting those states we’ve visited together!  We’ve only been to 16 together ~ we’ve got lots more to experience!

Idaho River

The Nest

Remember when we decided to sell our property, and instead we completed the Retirement Remodel, making our current home function the way we love?  Well, we’re preparing to embark on “Phase 2,” during which we will add an art studio and shop for hubs.  It’s funny, because this morning, as I was reading Pat’s post over at Retirement Transitions, she pointed out that her idea of de-cluttering was quite different from her husband’s.  And while I realize that a shop will only encourage MY hubs to acquire even more “tools,” it is his love of classic cars that wins out.  We’re all about designing a place for him to pursue his passions (both art and cars) from this place where we will spend our retirement years.


Our wanderlust continues to be strong.  I’m always planning one or two trips in the future.  Remember those mileage points?  Now I’m trying to figure out where we would like to escape, should “Snowmageddon” hit our city again this year as it did last year.  Don’t want to go anywhere too “floody, earthquakey, firey, or hurricaney!”  I’m open to suggestions!


We are both pretty voracious readers, and I have nearly completed my Good Reads Challenge of 40 books this year.  I particularly enjoyed:

Hey, I’ve got a good idea – why don’t you find me over on Good Reads (Lynn Jeffers) and then I can see what you’re reading! (Don’t be alarmed by the shorter, straightened hair…it was a moment!)


I have undertaken a rather huge quilting project.  A teacher friend had the parts and pieces of a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, which had been started by her grandmother as a wedding gift.  Unfortunately, her grandmother passed away before it was completed.  My friend asked for my help.  So I am currently hand piecing and hand quilting fabrics from this 1930’s quilt.  Her grandma pieced and quilted everything by hand.  To do less would fail to honor the quilt…

The Ordinary

As fall is upon us, I find that I’m in a bit of a “cocooning” spirit.  I’ve been canning peaches and pears, and will work on applesauce over the weekend – I love the smell of cinnamon and cloves in the house.  The Roxy girl continues to delight us, even if she is occasionally naughty.

Cute Roxy

We are thankful everyday that we have the opportunity to share this voyage.  So that’s about it…we’re sort of caught up.  And now my mind is reeling with future posts and additional goodies to share.  Stay tuned!



Too Many Quilts – Here’s What to Do!

How many quilts does a person really need???  Hold on, hold on…before you fellow quilters go all ape shit bananas on me, I know that you know what I’m talking about!  Like me, you have your guest beds stacked with several years worth of creativity!  You rotate them occasionally, bringing a different one to the top to give the room a new look.  And like me, if you have guests who are actually going to sleep in that guest bed, you must frantically find a place to store some of the extras, so that your guests won’t be crushed under the weight – Come on now, fess up – You do the same thing…you know you do!  

So what’s a quilter to do – Your walls all have hangings, your tables are all topped, and you’ve already made quilted gifts for your friends for next Christmas!  I think the best answer is to quilt for a cause!  I thought I’d share this last little project I did in hopes of inspiring some of you.


Each year, the Boys & Girls Club in our town holds a fund raising gala dinner.  The gala includes an extensive silent auction and a live auction, as well as raffle tickets for exciting prizes.  With some inside help from the club,  I finished this quilt just in time for the gala. The painted hand prints were done by children at the club, and the photo blocks are of children who have attended the Boys & Girls Club over the years.  The orange and blue represent our local Boise State Broncos!  The quilt was quite a hit, and in the end, went to one of the BGC board members.

My point is this…If, like me, you have too many quilts and too much time, perhaps you could consider donating quilts for a cause:

  • Quilts of Valor is a program that is trying to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.  Their website gives specifics.
  • Neonatal units at most local hospitals truly appreciate very soft baby quilts to go home with infants.  (And new parents truly appreciate the expression of caring!)
  • The same could be said for skilled nursing care facilities.  What’s not to love about providing a beautiful quilt to a senior?
  • Many non-profit organizations use raffles and silent auctions as a means of fund-raising.  It’s not that hard to find a way to give to an organization that appeals to your heart.
  • And if you have old quilts which you have decided to replace, animal shelters and vet clinics can always put them to good use!

So whatdaya think??  Are you feeling inspired to use up some of that stash for a good cause?  I’d love to hear about your projects!