Sep 06

Back to building barns

After a summer hiatus while my sewing buddy and I took turns going on vacations, we are back to the Barn Project. We finished two barns, one with a twist: a silo. The Quilt-Along from Lori Holt that we are working on had twelve barns, then seven barns with silos plus a tractor. Each barn has a different 6″ quilt block on the side so there are many blocks to choose from. We approached this project by choosing our favorite twelve quilt blocks and doing roughly one a month. We planned to build all barns at first but then decided we like the barns with silos so much that we will do nine barns and three silos.

This is the Sunny Sunflower block. We both used the same scraps for our sunflowers but did our own thing for the barns. Team ShaRee went wild with a blue roof and we both love how cute it came out.

Apologies to Team ShaRee for the blurry photo.2014-08-15 15.48.11

Team Sue was a little worried about that wild flower print for the barn but it turns out that it really worked. We also created our very first barn with a silo. How exciting! The quilt block is Cool Threads and the thread on our spools have our own characteristic look: brights for Team Sue and traditional colors for Team ShaRee. These barns also show a departure from our first design choice to have all our barns in shades of red. Team ShaRee goes autumn with a green barn and orange silo and roof that looks absolutely darling with those spools.

Team Sue goes blue because I simply adore that silo scrap and it will blend nicely with the red barns but allow a big departure with the blue barn.

Watch for more barns coming soon!

Aug 27

2014 What’s in a Name? wrap-up


I have participated in #2, #3, #5, and #6, so here we go for the seventh version! It was a fun time and I’ve finished it up for 2014. Here are my reads. Thanks to The Worm Hole for hosting this year because it’s a fun challenge.

From January to December, choose a book from each of the following categories:

  1. A reference to timeA Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
  2. A position of royalty: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Allen Addison
  3. number written in letters: The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  4. forename or names: A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert, The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  5. A type or element of weatherSun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
  6. A book with a school subject in the title: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

Aug 03

Musings on the value of book clubs

Last night Scott and I saw some people we haven’t seen in real life in several years but who we correspond with annually via Christmas cards. One gentleman said he really enjoyed keeping up with us each year through our letter and thanked us for doing it. Then he asked me what was new with the book club. I was stopped in my tracks and really took a minute to recover. First I wondered, do I talk about it every year in our letter? If so, what do I say? Then I thought for a minute about all the things he could have asked me about in my life and he chose that? I gathered my thoughts and told him what we were reading this month and we talked books for a minute and then went on.

But I haven’t been able to get that conversation out of my mind. I’m curious about what prompted the question. Did he wish he had someone to talk books with every month? Did he wish guys could do that because it seems a mostly girl thing?

So then it got me thinking about my long-standing book club. We are a group of women who met through our volunteer efforts to help kids in Utah. We were all engaged in child advocacy efforts, were drawn to each other and had already become close friends. One of the ladies had read “The Book Thief” and wanted to talk to somebody about it. We were all avid readers so she asked us all to read it and we had our first meeting in February 2009 over lunch at the State Capitol during the legislative session. We had so much fun we decided to be a book club. So we made some rules and started up.

Since then, members have left and members have been added, rules have changed, and traditions have begun. We have had deep and penetrating book discussions. We live in Utah, Salt Lake, and Davis counties so we are not neighbors and over the years most of us have ended our advocacy work so we really only see each other once a month. But that core group of ladies is still there. I think about all we’ve been through together and it’s been a lot. Together we have weathered returning to college, returning to work, family deaths, marriages of kids, births of grandchildren, high school graduations, college graduations, sending our kids on LDS missions, milestone birthdays, accidents, surgeries, and just about everything life can throw at you. When I have a crisis, they are the first ones I call or email. They pray for me, they volunteer to help me, they cry with me, and they tell me how much they love me. How grateful I am for them.

They are my kindred spirits.

Kindred Spirits meme

Jul 26

2014 Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies wrap-up

Goal: In 2013 I made Level 2 by April, so I’m going for broke and trying for Level 4 this year!

Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books
Level 3 – Super Sleuth – Read 13 or more books
Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more


I made it to Level 4 by July so I am a Sleuth Extraordinaire! Yes, I like cozy mysteries. They are fun to read and quite relaxing, so this is a great challenge for me. Thanks to Yvonne at Socrates’ Book Reviews for hosting. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

2014 Color-Coded wrap-up

This is my second year for this fun challenge and I’ve finished it up. It’s a fun one and thanks to Bev at MyReadersBlock for hosting.

  1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
  2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red: Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber, A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert, The Rose Garden by Susannah Kearsley
  3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow: The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, by Padraic Colum
  4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
  5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black: Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
  7. A book with “White” or any shade of White: Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
  8. A book with any other color in the title: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
  9. A book with a word that implies colorLizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Jul 18

Lassen Volcanic National Park

On our last day of fun stuff on vacation, we drove from Redding to the north end of Lassen Volcanic National Park and went to the small museum and bookstore. I got my National Parks passport stamped and the weather was low 60’s and overcast, so a good day for hiking. We walked the Lily Pond Trail that started across the road. It’s an interpretive trail that winds around for a mile with markers to explain the trees and plants, which is good for me because I’m a flower person, not a tree person. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

Redwood National Park

On Day 17 we were in California and still progressing down Highway 101. We passed through Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and on down 101, thus bypassing the drive through the tall trees. Oops. We stopped at Kuchel Visitor Center and discovered our error. So we took the park map they gave us and went up the scenic parkway through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. 2014-06-13 10.20.45 Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 08

Sandwiched in the middle of the lighthouse quest


So it took us three days to see all the lighthouses on the Oregon coast because we were doing OTHER stuff on those days, too. Like visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory on Day 15. Read the rest of this entry »

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