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    OMG I would have died! Absolutely hate mice, had one in the house last month and went crazy for a day until Bill caught it. He has this habit of sometimes leaving the door open that comes into the house from the garage. His critters, mainly deer heads reside in his shop. He can collect all he wants as long as they're not on "my" walls. I do have 2 king salmon on a wall downstairs though, that's a good memory of going to Alaska and besides that mine is bigger. Have to do those bragging rights every once in awhile. Plus I like fish and love the water. Think I better come back as one in my next life, just never to get caught like the big one that got away.

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    I remember that I'm the giant to a little mouse and set a trap. I can deal with mice - I can't deal with snakes.

    Got back from another shopping trip yesterday - we went to Country Threads - they have a fabulous collection of civil war fabrics and lots of small quilts on display - they also have wool projects and needle punching. I picked up a rug loom that I've been wanting since my last visit a year ago - they make the nicest heavy duty rag rugs - it takes about 15 yards to make one rug - YEA I'll be able to put my ugly fabric to good use. If you have a chance to look up Country Threads on line I'm sure you'll like their story. After we left the quilt shop we went into Clear Lake to the mercantile store - fun shop - sort of like going into an old five and dime; we also visited a few antique stores and then went into the Meat Cheese and Spice shop. OMG - I had the best Key-Lime ice cream cone - I usually go for the chocolate brownie ice cream but the gentleman suggested key lime and gave me a sample - it's now my new summer favorite. It was a fun day.

    Today is my daughter in law's birthday - we're celebrating with simple grilled hamburgers and hotdogs - potato salad and pork and beans. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

    You all have a wonderful day.
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    ladies, i hate to spoil things, but i pretty much like all animals except skinks. i'm not saying i want them all in my house, but only skinks give me the heeby-jeebies! i've had mice, rats, a ferret, a chinchilla, guinea pigs, hedge hog, ball python, tarantula, lizards, hissing cockroaches and all sorts of others. my dh taught biology, and as proof he brought his work home i got preggers with daniel during his sex ed rotation. i taught pre-school and would take some of the beasties to my class. did you know girls aren't naturally afraid of animals till about 5th grade. then since they've noticed boys they fing all the other creepy crawlers creepy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    ladies, i hate to spoil things, but i pretty much like all animals except skinks. i'm not saying i want them all in my house, but only skinks give me the heeby-jeebies! i've had mice, rats, a ferret, a chinchilla, guinea pigs, hedge hog, ball python, tarantula, lizards, hissing cockroaches and all sorts of others. my dh taught biology, and as proof he brought his work home i got preggers with daniel during his sex ed rotation. i taught pre-school and would take some of the beasties to my class. did you know girls aren't naturally afraid of animals till about 5th grade. then since they've noticed boys they fing all the other creepy crawlers creepy.

    I usually like most animals and bugs as well - I was more of a tomboy growing up - my dad took all my dolls and stuffed animals away from me when I was five and burned them - told me I was too old to play with dolls. I didn't have much use for toys after that. Helped my brother with his bug collection and chased after butterflies - I still haven't figured out where the butterflies go in the rain - it was storybook I got when I was in first grade. Guess you're right about not liking bugs after you notice boys - boys can save you from the evil beasties - NOT!
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    I got my roach fear and my spider fear about the same time, when I was about 5-6 years old. Daddy told me how they carried diseases and nasty germs and pooped on everything & that's all it took. If Daddy said it was nasty & I should stay away from it, that's what I did. He caught a black widow once, and mother wouldn't let him kill it, so it went to live at the local museum. It made its ride to its new home in the hatchback of mother's Mustang, in a jar wrapped in a towel. About the same time, I woke up one night & my parents were still up watching this movie, and when I came in the room, on the movie there was a lady sleeping in this bed while spiders came from every direction, covering her bed and attacking her. There were no remote controls back then, so there was no clicking it off quickly. The trauma was done to my little mind and I stood there screaming and crying for the woman. Yep, between all that, I was scarred for life, lol.

    Mario found out firsthand just how scared I am of big spiders not too long ago. It was a big nasty one, and it ran across the floor in front of me and hid under the entertainment center. I squealed and scrambled to the other end of the couch and when he told me he couldn't find it, I was in tears. The entertainment center is next to our bedroom door and all I could think about was it crawling on me in my sleep. I'm sitting here about to cry just thinking about it!

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    Oh my. I saw this and thought of all my quilty friends here!

    http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail....55&cat_id=1749

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    d'sm-- deep breaths! there really are very few attacking spiders. i try to grab their string and walk them out the door. they eat bugs in the garden and catch flies during fly season. i hate flies. forgot about them when i made my list. flies and skinks. i seem to have an affinity for big bulky animals like rhinos and hippos! and somehow i have become enamored of flamingos. certainly nothing i drew up with in new england and new york! lol here i live in a neighborhood where flamingos in the yard is acceptable! gotta love that!
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    ok not coming back here if you guys talk about the 's' word again. snakes I am fine with, mice so cute, but oh heck no...

    on to FUN things like SMILING rabbits. literally the ones here look like they are smiling dustysmomma. I am going to sew blocks today and maybe break it up and work on my wall quilt for rhondas swap. doing the bear with four bear paws in the corners nothing out there but something someone might like. then I have to magically figure out how to put a round on this center for my round in the round robin. Anyone have eq and want to help me? I am seriously stuck.. 6.5 inch round ...
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    Hmm, let's see. What comes to me is scrap piecing trimmed off to a circle. I have a whole Walmart bag full of scraps of various colors.

    Speaking of the heads on the wall. Remember the guy I was telling you all about with the trophy room added on to his house? I found a couple photos. The man didn't take pics of the heads so much as the space though. Shame, because some of them are awesome! Oh, I forgot to mention that they had a rearrange-able 9-hole miniature golf course put in the floor. The green parts are just rugs they can move around to change the course, and they have plugs to stop up the holes. Let me see if I can attach the pics here...

    Can you see the mountain goat in the corner!?

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    Guess to each his own - a wall mount or any stuffed mount is only as good as the taxidermist that practices his/her craft; me I'd take a good print any day.
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    can you imagine trying to sleep? always eyes on you. how to give a little kid a nightmare. good thing he had a big house he needed it. looks more like a museum in weird way !
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    Dabbler, so true. I'm the same way.

    Funny thing is, that room is out of proportion with the rest of their house, but it works. The end of the room shown in the second photo is where the apartment-like area is. This one room is enormous, but the rest of their house is very cozy, including the apartment-like area.

    Elsabrat, did you get your circle problem worked out for the round robin?

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    OK, I guess everyone ran off & left this thread. Suppose nobody wants to know about my new play pretty....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post
    OK, I guess everyone ran off & left this thread. Suppose nobody wants to know about my new play pretty....
    OH you poor little thing, excuse me, I wrote you and said I wanted pics and sew on it and let me know how much you like it.....and I didn't say how you don't like it because I know you will. You better give that boyfriend of yours a big smooch ...
    I want to know so take the time and tell me all about it. Use poly thread for embroidery, NOT cotton, it won't work trust me!!! If you use it for just stitching on blocks, etc., yes regular cotton thread is okay just like regular sewing. But it won't work for embroidery patterns, the stitching changes automatically on your machine to embroider.

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    Forgot to tell you if you order that pattern, you can experiment on me. I'll take one in a heart beat, my hoop on mine isn't that big. I only have 4" on the Brother, my Singer has an 8" but have never used it. That's stupid but I just sew everything on it and don't want to embroider and not be able to use it for just sewing.

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    i know what you mran, jan! i have a small emb and sew, an embroidery only and a sew only. then there are theolder machines for support. and i haven't learned to use the embroidery functiom/ will have to just do it! yeah, right
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    I haven't run off from this blog I am running off from my lap top. the print is in 100000 size letters and it frustrates me having ot move the screen left to right to use it. I need pc help with this new windows system to find things like the start menu how to turn the machine off not just close it, how to make the screen play nice and stay one size and not blow up to jumbo everytime I use it. I cant read anything argh! any helpers please call the brat here in Wyoming anand give me some heads up. today I will take it to dialysis to see if someone there knows anything about it .. doubt it computers seem to be optional around here. not one of my three neighbors has the internet. wtheck? le brat needs her net fix (not to be confused with Netflix).. somebody! HELP!
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    I did sew on it a little. I had some ties for a project to make, so once I got things set up, I stitched them out. I'll have to fix Dusty's pants at some point tonight too. The man got home this afternoon, bearing gifts! 2 pair of Ecco sandals, 4 bags of licorice, some flat chocolate you ear on bread, skinkost (a soft spreadable cheese that's got ham bits in it & is just awesome!), and more bread mix. He also brought home a request for a maker's apron for his sister in law in Christmas fabric. I talked to her & offered to make a matching one for the man's little nephew who'll be 1 in early October.

    Other than fixing pants, it's going to be a quiet night. We ordered Thai, which will be delivered in the next 20-30 minutes, and we're going to lay on the couch & watch Ocean's 11. He's got to go to Atlanta after dinner tomorrow overnight.

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    just waiting for it to be time to get up and get ready to go to the plane to fly to dallas to see my kids (mc coming in from london!) and celebrate dgd's 2nd b;day. little prince georgie has nothin' on my girl! i will finish the dress when i can see it on her. making another one would be fast, so no problem! her mom will be nuts, but that's ok, too. i can't wait!! (did you guess? lol). dogs and cats all taken care of! found someone to do my fence! made a table runner for ddil as i bribe to let me stay there, lol. it came out cute, but the camera is packed so y'all will have to wait! practisin my texan! messed up my arm again, so guess the writing is on the wall for that. ignoring it has not improved it, oh, what a shock. after more than a year of this i feel a cranky coming on!
    d'sm!!!!!_ i heard licorice in there! you have licorice i can tell! hand it over and ain't nobody going to get hurt!! i will send that little item we talkked about as soon as it won't turn to sauce on the way to your house!! altho' with global warming who knows when that will be? april? may?? have a great wednesday! i'm going to!! yippee!!
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    Wow Nancia you get a vacation you get a vacation! I am happy for you as it seems you always love to go see the kids and now grand daughters too! Unfortunately for you cowgirl you best hold your darn horses there Missy. There is a new Sheriff in this town and she goes by Sheriff Brat to you. So.. that licorice. Has a hand on it already and it aint yours! Claimers Keepers! Claimers Keepers! WHAT DUSTYSMOMMA HAS EATEN ALL FOUR
    BAGS? best get your guns out them is fighten words. or some such.

    I think your maybe happy he is home again Dustysmomma? good for a break good when they return. Never heard of the cheese before with ham in it. its more a cream cheese consistency? sounds delicious I love cheese and I love ham it works for me. Skip that nutella garbage. cheese with ham oh heck yeah. and when will the bread be ready? we can all be there later this afternoon I think for a mid day snack and a ice cold glass of something. You put those pretty gold shoes of yours on and I will put bells in my hair and its a PARTY. have you tried your new machine out yet? I just heard from my partner queen of 2802 she says she hasn't finished my runner but has something she has decided to send me so I am excited at the prospect of a surprise. who doesn't like that?

    OK I VOTE NOW its TIME FOR SIGN UPS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SURPRISE SWAP! might draw more in never know.. could be a blast could be the end to our little club here of gossip and life stories. sigh we might never know if you don't post it

    last night I made venison stew. Let me say I soaked it in milk overnight, I coated in flour browned the meat, added lots of chopped onions, garlic carrots celery tomatoes beef broth, worchestershire, um... red wine.. the stew was very delicious. Steve ate it. He wasn't fond I could tell but he did eat his whole bowl minus the carrots and potatos and celery that he could pick out.. lol.. ok he had the broth part and meat and lots of buttered bread to choke it down with. Needless to say it wont be on his menu any time soon. I am impressed he tried it.

    thai food? Gosh I Miss that! I will have to ask Jan if there is any in the entire state of Wyoming. I am dead sure there are no middle eastern food restaurants here locally. Cody has four Mexican, one Chinese and bbq/steak/mom pop places. OH wait we have one Italian restaurant. Too bad while their food is good they are not. Steve ordered spaghetti and meatballs. he was given one meatball and it was smaller than a golf ball. He wont go back. I love Italian too! oh face it brat eating out is not all that. I make a pretty good meatball too. and if you come here for dinner I might even give you TWO!
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    It's nice to have him home. He managed to bring home a big groin boil with him though, so that's part of why we ended up sprawled on the couch for dinner and Ocean's 11, and in bed at 9:30. Poor guy has 2 meetings today 5 hours apart & then has to drive to Atlanta tonight for meetings all day tomorrow. I can't remember if he comes home tomorrow or the next day. Then, 2 weeks from Friday he's off to Korea for a week. I think that's his last conference until late September, which I think is in California.

    Brat, here's the Thai dish I made last night, always a hit:

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/thai-ca...en/detail.aspx

    I always double the amount peanut butter though, so the peanut flavor is a little more pronounced. Tonight it's easy peasy Swedish meatballs. I use frozen meatballs and this sauce, but leave out the rosemary:

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-sw...ce/detail.aspx

    I wish we had a decent Italian place here. We have two, but they're mediocre at best, especially after you've been to Italy and had the real thing. We used to have a Johnny Carino's, then it shut down and they opened a Milano's in that building, but it closed too. Both were chains. Milano's portions were huge, and the food was good. There's still one open close to my best friend's house, which I didn't know about until Saturday. It'd be worth the 25 minutes each way to get some decent Italian! Anyway, that building now has a place called Ozzio's Pizza, which also has some pasta dishes as well. They haven't been open long, but the 1 time we went there, Dusty had chicken alfredo, the man had pizza, and I had calzone, and I won the "who has the best food" competition because the pizza dough didn't have enough flavor for a thin crust.

    I've been intentionally putting off posting the new swap, I admit it. I don't want the shipping deadline to conflict with another long swap. I also think that the 2 month period to work on the projects for this swap is too long, so too easily forgotten, but haven't had the opportunity to discuss that with Patrice yet. I'll try to work on that this weekend.

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    NANCIA with the plethora of machines you have SURELY you can learn how to use them all right or simply oh I don't know send the ones you don't know how to use (ie your embroidery machine) to me! this way your not stuck with a machine that frustrates you because you haven't got it down yet. Or you could come to Wyoming and takelessons from our dear Jan! or go to Oregon and take them from our Marybeth! see! ideas!

    ok don't laugh to loud at me but when I first read your man came home with a groin boil I thought is that some damned Danish food? then it hit me you had thai food so .. oh gross! yup my mind is so warped I don't think when I think at times Thanks for the recipes that is my favorite site, love the reviews which help make a great dish in the end. I have a microwave ground turkey with peanut butter and all sorts of thai flavored things and its awfully good too. same with a chicken and potato stew in coconut milk that is thai. yum... now to get Steve to eat that also.. hah!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post

    I've been intentionally putting off posting the new swap, I admit it. I don't want the shipping deadline to conflict with another long swap. I also think that the 2 month period to work on the projects for this swap is too long, so too easily forgotten, but haven't had the opportunity to discuss that with Patrice yet. I'll try to work on that this weekend.
    Honestly, that is what happened to me. I signed up for a wall hanging, mug rug, Tablerunner/Mat, and this one. The deadline for each of them were within days of each other. I did learn a valuable lesson, I AM NOT WONDERWOMAN! Thought that I could get them all done, but I also chose detailed projects and time was not on my side. Then once I did get 2 of the 4 shipped, I got sick and then the other 2 didn't get finished. Still hand quilting. While I was staying at Mom's last week we sat down at her little machine and stitched up a few tablerunners for upcoming gifts.

    Elizabrat, I forgot to snap a photo of your runner. Still went with the "watermelon" theme. I really liked how it turned out. Mom thought yours was the cutes!

    Hope you girls will let me play in future swaps.

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    Queen the deal with the swaps is regardless of excuses some excellent I am sure people get hurt feelings when items are sent then a return item is not received. hence the name SWAP not gifting. So I am sure if you get your ducks in a row people will allow you to swap again but you should work hard at not over signing up been there done that it ends up not fun and two.. not waiting .. most swaps have a long deadline to make things say 2 to four months. putting things off ends up being a rotten idea in the end. so if you work on your timeline better so your done early you will be safe and well accepted into any swap here.
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    Elisabrat, go easy now. Everyone handles swap differently, and not everyone can have their swap item(s) finished a month, or even a week sometimes, before the deadline, which is why the deadlines are as long out as they are. We don't know what came up to delay the completion or non-shipment of anyone who didn't complete their swap here. Wouldn't you feel badly if you'd learned someone wasn't done on time because they lost a child, had a close family member who was brutally murdered, or were in a coma themselves? Having lost a child myself, I can assure you that under any of these circumstances, a sewing swap would be the last thing to be worried about. Yes, people sometimes go AWOL, but I try to believe that people are inherently good and have all intentions of fulfilling the obligations they make, and that the people who completely disappear likely do so out of embarrassment over being gone so long. I have to say though, that people shipping and not getting in return is why the Patrice requires us to add to the signup post that you're not supposed to ship until both parties indicate they are ready. Shipping early is always at your own risk, no matter what your reasons are.

    Let's please let this go and discuss happier things.

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