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    Oh Jan, I am soooo excited for you! It is such a nice size machine, does not take up a whole room. Keep us posted and a photo too!
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    Mirabelle...what is really neat is that you welcome newcomers and make us feel like we belong. I also check morning and evening just to see what everyone is doing.
    JanR...wow! How lucky can a girl get! Should be set up about now with you looking at it wondering where to start. Key is keep breathing or so I've heard....have fun.
    OSGlad...no dull day in the farm! Glad you got to sleep in this morning. The men must be in the field. How is the harvest coming?
    QNSue...you don't have to prove to us how spry you still are! You sound like you're as busy as a cat in a tin roof. Do you ever slow down? How is your BF doing? Have you seen her?
    Honchey...I think it's a good idea for you to go to Pittsburg and see Jan's new toy with the bonus of all the LQSs. She did invite us and you could check it out for the group and see if she made a good buy. We have to help each other you know
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    Bf is slowing healing in the hospital, maybe will go home tomorrow afternoon. It is a six to eight weeks of recovery from major surgery. I visited her on Wednesday, back Friday for five minutes and then skipped any hospital visit 'cause it was wearing her out. We are in touch by cell phone when she feels like talking...I am as close as her phone. she did turn it off today, so she could rest better, but I never tried calling her; I let her call me. The week will progress as she wants it too...I just want her to heal completely and quickly...she knows she is welcome here for me to cook her cream of wheat that she loves and wait on her. Thanks for asking.

    Anne, I think you need to check out JanRN LA Sweet Sixteen, take some pictures and let us all know about it. And a picture of you and JanRN together...with her machine all set up. You have us all excited JanRN. We want to see and hear more about it.

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    Yinz have to come and visit and play with my new toy! I've had so much fun with it. I've tried FMQ in the past and always gave up. This machine makes it feel like drawing with a pencil. (Of course, no one knows what I drew LOL) but it is so smooth. I do have to remind myself to breathe, Ggal; that and to relax my shoulders. I've only practiced on some of the blocks that were in The Box That Will Never Be Opened. I have a long way to go before I'll take on a "good" piece. But oh what fun!!
    Thanks for all your support and encouragement, my friends.
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    I've driven from NJ to Virginia all by myself...I'm going to google earth to see how far it is...Oh, Man, my feet are getting antsy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    Yinz have to come and visit and play with my new toy! I've had so much fun with it. I've tried FMQ in the past and always gave up. This machine makes it feel like drawing with a pencil. (Of course, no one knows what I drew LOL) but it is so smooth. I do have to remind myself to breathe, Ggal; that and to relax my shoulders. I've only practiced on some of the blocks that were in The Box That Will Never Be Opened. I have a long way to go before I'll take on a "good" piece. But oh what fun!!
    Thanks for all your support and encouragement, my friends.
    Oh I'm soooo jealous! I'm glad your having fun with your new "toy". You make me wish for one now too. Sounds like you have quite a few practice pieces in that "Box that will never be opened", that is now opened!!!
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    Oh Jan we are all green with envy. But so happy that you can enjoy this new tool. Your DSM quilting is so nice and this will just give you a bigger area to work with.

    On the farm front, guys have been making corn silage and last crop of alfalfa. Had a killing frost last night--oh my morning glories and cardinal climbers have bit the dust for another year. Supposed to be 34 tonight. GS had a football game today--perfect fall day to sit in the sun. Tomorrow a funeral dinner to work at and make a dessert for--how about angel food cake? Tuesday DS and BIL stopping for a couple of days on their way back home to E PA as they have been to their DD is Seattle. Wed-a business appt. And then can catch up on book work again....Time to call it a night. I save this thread til the end and then savor it.
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    No killing frost here...yet. So sweet potatoes can wait...do not have to dig them yet. The few hills we dug look great, nice large sweet potatoes. We wrap them in newspaper and store in the garage in a basket. Processing 6 pints of pears today from our orchard. Will get more from neighbor, he has tons of them.

    Will get late tomatoes from BIL Wednesday to work up into sauce. No frost at his place at Mudderville, Iowa.

    Going to try to get more PC blocks done today and photographed for computer entry.

    Have fun, JanRN, with your new LA. Have you named her yet?

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    Well guy's I had ta make a quick trip ta Brady. The water bill said that we used 7,000 gallons last month. Well we double checked & the month before we used 4,000. So we jumped Sat & drove down there. No leak! What a relief! We got ta thinkin' about it & the last time we went, we left the water on overnight that was under the trees.
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    Dubib...nice excuse to go to your favorite new place. hope your enjoyed it.
    It's come close to freezing here but we've escaped and the forecast is for warmer weather for the next couple of weeks. We might even get some big, ripe tomatoes. For some reason, the big tomatoes didn't set this summer even though they blossomed. My quilting will be sporadic at best the next few weeks. My DH is repairing the porch roof and has finally got to the part where the old stuff has to be torn off...up to 5 layers in places. After one day when we got less than half done...12x18...every muscle is screaming. Not my usual outside activity! Soon the leaves will be falling which will signal putting the garden to bed for another season.

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    Oh my goodness GG. It's still 90* & higher here. No sign o' fall. I miss growin' tomatoes. Sigh. It will rain sometime. I have faith.

    PS. I got beds in Brady now. Just sayin'!
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    Ggal970 thank you so much for your kind words. I have so enjoyed being a member of the Message Board. There are 2 patchwork groups in this town but they are so clicky and as I haven't lived here forever I am not a local. I travel about 60 miles every Thursday to sew with a patchwork group that is welcoming and friendly and every second week I travel about 80 miles on a Friday to attend an embroidery club, just as well I like driving...
    The Message Board makes up the for other 5 or 6 days each week

    The weather here is starting to warm up, spring started 1st September and then we head into our summer of tropical storms, lots of rain and hopefully this year no cyclones.. I would love to one day see snow, that would be cool metaphorically speaking
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    Mirab, here's some snow for ya!! This is a pic taken a few yrs ago at 5:30 am. By the next morning we had 23" and 2 days later got another 20". The older I get the more I hate snow. Now I'm depressed knowing this is on it's way in the next few months LOL. That's my Hyundai Santa Fe and my house is the one with 4 candles in the windows..Name:  February 6_2010_ 6 a.m. corrected.jpg
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    Smile

    Jan, when I was growing up and living in the country, we didn't have such good snow removal equipment as we do now so there would be up to a week at a time when we would be snowed in. We all had chores to do in the morning but as soon as they were all done and the house straightened up, we would play board or card games or put a puzzle together. Later when I had my own family and responsibilities, snow was not so welcome because I had to get through to go to work regardless if the plows had gone or not. Now that I'm retired, I've returned to welcome snow like when I was a kid. As long as there is food in the house and I'm warm, being snowed in feels "cozy" to me. It will all melt eventually and in the meantime, let's play cards.
    Mirabelle, here in the Midwest we have tornadoes which are brief but violent, often deadly. Thankfully, I've never been personally involved in one. Are cyclones much like our hurricanes? How cold does it get during your winter? Does it get steamy hot in your summer?
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    Oh, JanRN and GG the memories you stories bring to mind of my childhood...all the snow and below zero temperatures...feather tick mattresses and wool pieced quilts. Bank the wood stoves, later coal stoves, and jump into that feather tick mattress and snuggle down into its warmth. See your breathe inside the next morning and scrap the frost off of the inside of the window. Had to clean the soot out of the stove every so often so it would 'breathe' better and cook better. Warm water in the reserve by the side of the cook stove. Before electric service was available.

    Snow was fun in childhood; card games and puzzles and dominoes inside. Carry in water and wood (or coal) and carry out ashes...down the beaten path for relief!! Not so great when I worked on the jobs; but fun again since we are retired. Love your house, JanRN, beautiful in the snow, looking like quilting time!!

    Still have one old warm wool quilt with wool batting...from childhood. No feather ticks though. Air mattress instead.

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    OH Jan, I love your house. It's so welcomin'! We don't have very much snow, so when it comes we all feel like kids. I do have a problem w/the school district. They will go ahead a keep school open & have our most inexperienced drivers (ie 16 ta 18 yr olds) be on the road, not ta mention bus drivers who have no idea how ta drive in snow, drivin' our precious kids ta school on icy roads. Most o' the time if they just do a delay it would great, & the roads would be clear. OK off of my soap box.
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    Our kids hated snow days. Unlike their nonfarm friends, they had to bundle up and help Dad with chores as snow equals more work. All in all it just made them better adults and spending time with Dad is priceless. But then after I got my outside chores done, there would be a bigger meal to fix and snit gracing the back porch to be cleaned up.
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    Your house is beautiful in all that snow Jan. Now, what is happening with your new toy??? We want updates on your quilting. A photo of you with your toy would be grand!!!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    JanRN your home is beautiful, thank you for the snow. Our winters are very mild here in the tropics about three weeks of winter clothes and then it is back to shorts and tees. In summer it is very hot and very humid, thank goodness for airconditioners.
    Our cyclones are just like your hurricanes, Cyclone Yasi which hit us last year was 100 miles wide with winds up to 150 miles per hour, we were only 30 miles from where the eye of the storm hit. Businesses and homes in town are still getting repaired.
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    What a good read this morning! .... my first time to this thread!

    I smiled ....

    MiraB's three weeks of winter clothes per year ... for some reason, I doubt it's "winter" clothing, at all!! (all in perspective, right MiraB?) So you want to see and experience SNOW ... then come on over to Canada and the USA this winter and we'll show you SNOW!!!!!!! ... and you can find out what winter clothes are really like!!

    OKSGlad's comments about JanRN's past DSM quilting ... I read as DearSewingMachine! ... oh how our brains get trained!

    JanRN's winter photo of her home ... beautiful and just like a Christmas card. Maybe you should get some made?

    And without a doubt about JanRN's S16 ... that's a big yahoooooooooooooooey!
    I really don't think I could have waited for the men-folk to get around to help setting it up!!!!
    Heaven forbid ... the box that will never be opened ... has been opened!!!!!!!! ... want to bet, Ladies, that JanRN will turn those into a beautiful result!

    Honchey have you got those google maps put together and ready to drive on over to help JanRN play? And now we know your weakness to marshmallows! I think the Jumbos would be a much more worthwhile snack than the minis ... they always seem tough, so go for the cloud of heavenly taste instead! Make it worthwhile. Now that'd be one big poofy sweet potato casserole!

    As always QNSue's stories bring smiles ... the young filly in particular! And oh how those ducks have been saved. Now we all have to wait for spring hatchings! And that cake ... OMG must be absolute heaven!!
    Belated birthday greetings to you, indeed ... remember you are only as old as you act ... so me-thinks you are much younger than the calendar claims!!! Hope you celebrated in a special way, and perhaps with another big delectable cake!

    OKSGlad ... ITA with your kids! Snow days really were NOT fun for us on the farm. Always work to do, and it only doubled up the work.

    Snow stories ... After my husband and I left the family farm and were off on our own, our farm had a 1/2 mile laneway, and when it snowed, we'd be blocked in .... though on a farm, you HAVE to keep it open. Milk truck comes every 2nd day, cattle breeder has to come, oil for the house, maybe the vet, feed trucks, etc. In wicked weather, this laneway would sometimes require us to blow them in ... and back out again! It was quite the ordeal! The neighbour below us had the long laneway. We both always said we looked forward to those snow days and after Christmas started to stockpile for January's worse, and had craft/sewing ready plus I would make bread and do other baking ....... in between shoveling the snow at the door and barn chores! Thankfully on the farm, there's minimal shovelling, and most is machine handled! And now ... I let a neighbour farmer clear my lane and that just leaves a little for me!!!

    I think of all the times I fought my way thru dangerous conditions to get to work and home. One winter there were several storms that had us storm-stayed at work, overnight. Or I'd only get part way home and stayed with friends.

    And now, I'm the other way ... if I can avoid it, I do!!!
    Now, I use the snow for every excuse I can to stay home and ........... yup, sew!
    Good deal, if you ask me!
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