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    Do you like that? Do you want it? The blue looks kinda aqua with some of your marine blue in it, so I wasn't sure. But if you like it I will run with it, or I can make you a different one with your blue and yellow.


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    hmmmm, i think i'm starting to feel inspired already! i love all those colors, so you could go in any direction with that! let me get you the window picture and the measurements ( easier said than done. anyone have a tape measure?

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    Working on my first foundation paper piece tonight, and it's pretty easy. I am making a heart from three different fabrics. Each fabric represents one of the kids since they picked it out, I then am appliqueing there hand prints either above or below the heart in their material. I haven't decided yet if it's going to be a pillow or a big mug rug. It's for my mom for Mother's Day, I want her to see what she has instilled and taught me all those years ago. Today was my birthday and she didn't even call, my husband reminded me it's the disease (dementia) but it still hurts. Hope everyone has a Happy Mother's Day, and I want you to know you are all greatly appreciated and loved here in Oklahoma!

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    oh, jamie, dear! happy, happy birthday! dementia robs a person of their person-hood, their self is gone. all the special things that make each of us unique, gone. i asked my mother if she knew my name, and she said" no, but she thought it would be a nice one." she had no earthly idea who i was and why i was there. i'm sorry you are going thru it with your mom.it is very hard!!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Happy birthday Jamie. I don't hear from my mom on my birthday either. Dusty usually doesn't either. Don't let it get you down. The people who really want to be there will be there. If your mom can't remember to be there because of her condition, she will still show you she loves you in her own ways. I'm hoping you have a relationship where if someone told her with you there that it was your birthday, she would brighten up and give you the best happy birthday ever.

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    yes, i do like it. fyi the window is 20 by 40. short single casement.
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    Happy Birthday Kid! I can tell you memory loss is seriously tough. I suppose it gets easier on those who lose it but never on those who wish they still have it. From all of the mothers here on the board We wish you a marvelous birthday. Her heart still holds you somewhere deep inside. You are loved girl. ...

    ok watching big daddy make gumbo for breakfast. REALLY? seems a little like overkill .. no okra for me for breakfast (or lunch or dinner).. oh heck no. I love the cooking channel it always gives me ideas to add to my own meals. but okra will not cut the mustard for my breakfast. (oh heck no!)
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    sikesjj Happy Birthday!!! My father in law had that terrible disease, and it was hard on my dear husband. Both of our mom's have passed away with only my dear dad left. He is 80, and forgets, but not diagnosed with this. I am just glad he is still here, but if he is ever diagnosed with this I will have the good memories every time I look into his face or hold his hand. I do understand though, because before my dear mom passed away March 2012 she would ask if I still lived at so and so. I didn't know what she was talking about, and it startled me at first to hear that, but I think she had a mild stroke. I so wish I could just see her one more time. We live right next to her and dad. I hope everyone has a nice Mother's Day. I have one special grown son, so I will get to enjoy the day.
    "Sometimes it's OK if the only thing you did today was breathe."
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    Thank y'all for the birthday wishes! I finished the paper pieced heart and then Jayla spilled koolaid on it. That kinda pushed me over the edge stress level wise since it was for my mom and all this BS started this time last year with her. Makes a parent pretty humble to apologize to their kid and they handle it so graciously with a hug, a kiss and a simple I love you. Glad I must be doing something right !!!

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    whichever way our moms are, toward the good, or toward the bad, we do try to do the best we can for our children. i made sure if my kids knew nothing else, they knew that i loved them and there was nothing i could think of they could do that would ever change that!. i remember little josh, at 2, looking me in the eye and saying.."mommy, i don't yike you right now. i still yove you, but i don't yike what you did."
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Dusty gave me a card he picked out himself yesterday. It's the first time he's had to take the initiative to go out on his own and think about "I should go get mother a card and gift for mother's day." He wrote in it "I know I sometimes make life hard, but you're there for me anyway no matter what. That means so much to me. Thank you. I love you." I read that and couldn't help but tear up after all we've been through with him with his grades and learning to be a responsible adult and such, not to mention all his dad caused that resulted in us being estranged for a year when he was a teenager and living with him. I just looked at him and told him "Yes, sometimes you do. I'll fight to the death for what is right for you though. Don't ever forget it." He said "I know" and I know he does. These are the moments that make all we go through with them worth it.

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    I think its a good thing watching them grow up. My oldest is 27. Trouble for so many years so many heart breaks , finally on his own taking care of his own bills, working, paying his child support. Time has a way of fixing a whole lot of thing with them. All three called me yesterday and well it was a really nice phone visit I had with all of them. My middle son always calls me Momma Bear even in front of his friends and not a single one has a hard time saying I love you or hugging me. They are a good group of kids even when they totally mess up.. love is still there.

    We are in the process of figuring out where to move to and its been a hard tough time doing this. My two children who live in Oregon are pushing for Oregon. My son in the bay area says you cant leave or I will never see you. My budget is limited to say the least. Jan has offered us to come to Wyoming .. Alex my middle boy said if you need a place you can live with us.. (nice but no way offer) and today we look at a rental here to see if that is even a possibility.. and Steve is now saying if we move out of state he might never see his parents again. so talk about a decision that is serious. I am sure we will make the right decision its just getting to that point. Wish me luck on this! its sooo tough! They all have plus and minus things to consider. argh! package to go out today to queen of 2802!
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    oh, brat, i know too well what you mean. i left my dying sister to move to texas. years later, i left 2 children in texas and moved to PA. now i have 2 in texas, 1 in london, 1 sister in dc and no parents, they go or i go, but we all live where we have to. if it weren't for skype (which is free) i would be insane by now, and have died from a lonely broken heart!
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    Thanks everyone for your support. The house today is very cute, detached home which I loved and zero stairs. Straight from parking walk to front door and that is grand for a gimp like me. Laundry was there phew and everything was perfect EXCEPT electric stove. ugh. electric heating (in the mountains? seriously?) but we will see. filled out an application. If the snake as I call her doesnt black lists us from town as she and Steve are NOT on good terms. She is the type with enough pull to do this. I would love to think she is better than that but proven wrong too many times. Hugs you and stabs you in the back two minutes later. not so trustworty but karma and all it will come back. In the mean time all other options are still big options so its not over yet!
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    Everything will work out the way it is supposed to. Just keep telling yourself that and everything will be OK and you'll be less stressed out over it. If it's meant to be, things will fall together, that's my motto!

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    Well how is everyone doing on their projects? mine mailed will get you those tracking numbers if you seriously need them dustysmomma. they are in my wallet its 2 am and not up for pulling things out.
    I just asked in Anastasia's swap if anyone wanted to do a wallhanging welcome sign swap and got two positives right away so maybe that should be a swap.. anyone think so? just throwing it out there.. I need a welcome hanging thing lol.. I mean I am the one who has that little seasonal flag in the front yard.. so a welcome sign is sorta my cup of tea thought my dh would like a go away door mat so.. maybe one of each? can turn it to say welcome! for good days and Go Away! for other days lol..

    saw this little picture and think this reminds me of him:
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    I've got the non-applique blocks done for 1 part of mine. The applique pieces are cut and interfaced, ready to peel and iron down. I am having a couple issues with the other part of my project, which I'll get worked out even if I have to hand stitch the part that's giving me issues. It's the tight seams that are getting me. My 22 year old Kenmore machine isn't happy doing 1/8" seams.

    One of my boyfriend's students is defending his PhD thesis today, so we'll be having a graduation party this evening, which means no sewing for me. It's like losing one of your children sometimes though. Some of the students you get to know really, really well. This student is from Nepal, and has only been home once since he came here to start college 7 years or so ago. He got his bachelor's at another school, but since he came here, he's been like one of our kids. He went to Greece to the conference Dusty and I went to with my boyfriend 2 years ago, and he and Dusty shared a room the whole trip. We changed flights in Rome, so we took a long weekend there for the boys to do some sightseeing, since my boyfriend and I had been the summer before when that same conference was on Ischia Island (it's in the same island chain as Capri, off the coast of Naples) and Dusty didn't get to go. You get to know these students pretty well just from regular interaction, but when you spend vacation time with them, you really get to know them. I can't tell you how many times I've fed that young man since then.

    I'm very proud of him. He's been offered a position at the company that my boyfriend's undergraduate class usually visits every year for a plant tour, because their senior design projects are based on work they do there. He's also married since he moved here, and plans to stay in the state at least for now. It's rewarding to see "our kids" do well, and see how the long hours that my boyfriend puts in changes their lives.

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    Brat you can come to Oklahoma and live by us. Its kinda flat, not sure you would like it and the wind blows ALOT! I would love to be a part of the wall hanging group but I must say no!!! I have alot on my plate with all my current swaps and I'm not motivated right now which makes it worse!

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    sikesjj how far are you from Yale, OK? My grand daughter and great grand daughter live there. Brat haven't heard from you today, tried to call but no answer, are you okay? Good news for you, I got your quilt quilted for you and it's in the mail. Also found some lemons that you wanted.

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    A welcome banner hanging on the side of the wall or just inside the door. If I rummaged through all my quilting books/patterns etc I will probably find the book with that sort of pattern. If my memory is correct it was appliqued - flowers and the word welcome. jaba is in line first for her home deco project, and I need to finish my summer fun project.
    Be good to yourself - do one thing each day that makes you smile.

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    Here is a little preview of what I'm working on for my partner... never fear, there is MUCH more left to finish!
    Mischief Managed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMamaHauser View Post

    Here is a little preview of what I'm working on for my partner... never fear, there is MUCH more left to finish!
    How cute! I love it!

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    That is very pretty Kelly! for a minute I thought it was the center of your rr! I was already planning on what to build around it lol.

    I found out tonight we can have the place in town BUT it was so weird the chat no when would you like to come in and sign the lease it was more like we have to get a handyman in to fix a couple things so between the 27th and the 1st.. (uh you had it listed for a month why wait til now??) and then I felt like without a lease he could change his mind too yet so can we. This is the deal: we cut Oregon out of the options. So its Jans in Wyoming or the house here in town. figuring out where the work opportunities are is the big one. if its Jans we have to wait til the last day at work here which is undetermined. can't go in winter.. ahhhh. I will sew a runner tomorrow instead of thinking is what I am going to do. Let the man do this one. I think we will both be happier if its his ultimate decision. I like happier.
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    WOW!!! That is gorgeous, I can't believe it's going to be mine!

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    I'd be pulling my hair out over this. I like things to flow. When something throws the flow way off or the flow goes erratic due to uncertainty or sudden, unexpected change, man does it mess with me. I've only ever faced the prospect of moving away twice in my life. Once I was a teenager, and the choice was made for me, and man did it throw my world for a loop. The second time was when I moved away from home to here. I'd already moved out of the house with my dad & step-monster, yet here she was still trying to control every aspect of my life. (My cousin, who was my roommate, and I stayed overnight at a friend's house we knew from church, and my step-monster calls my boss and tells them we didn't come home & they didn't know if we were dead or alive, so he needed to find someone to replace me for my next shift, which wasn't until like 3 days later. My cousin, who also worked there, was left on the schedule though, and when she went to work, they didn't say a word to her. I didn't know about any of this until I showed up for work and they asked me why I was there!) I got desperate and I ran 300 miles away to get away from her. There was a time that my ex mentioned moving to Australia, just to get away from everything here, but as soon as his mom hear that & said "you're not taking my grandbaby away from me!" that was the end of that thought.

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    Yale is 55 miles so in Oklahoma terms that is about 1 1/2 hours lots of country roads, I live in a edmond which is a town North of Oklahoma City. My niece goes to OSU there in Stillwater. Let me know if your visiting I would love to meet up. There is a great LQS called Sooner Quilts about 45 mins away from there.

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    sikesjj how far are you from Yale, OK? My grand daughter and great grand daughter live there. Brat haven't heard from you today, tried to call but no answer, are you okay? Good news for you, I got your quilt quilted for you and it's in the mail. Also found some lemons that you wanted.

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