Monday, May 13, 2019

Red, White and Blue

I finished another rail fence quilt for the USO Lounge at the local airport.

Leftover blocks added to the backing fabric.

And a very crinkly, cuddly quilt ready to go!
So many pretty things outside right now. The rain has made them happy.

And, I have identified the mystery plant from my last post. When I went to visit my sweet neighbor she showed me a plant she had received for her birthday, and it was the same plant, just different colored flowers! Her plant still had the information. I was so happy to finally find out what it is:  a calibrachoa.  I put a link, if you click on that name you can find out about them. I had not encountered them before.

I am happy to report that I am getting stronger each day. It is a joy to feel that soon I will be able to do the things I am longing to do! God is good, and I am so thankful!

Hope all is well in your world, and that joy is a welcome visitor!

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, May 4, 2019


It has taken a while, but this one is finally finished! 

I used the same red print for the backing and the binding.

This one will be going to the USO. They have asked us for more quilts, so slowly but surely we'll get more made!

Out in the yard, lots of pretty things happening! Right in the middle of this collage you can see tomatoes on one of our tomato plants!

Mr. Muddling brought this hanging basket of pretty flowers home for me from the hardware store recently. I've looked, but I cannot seem to find what kind of flowers these are. Any ideas?

We had some bad storms roll through here during the night - lots of thunder and lightning and rain. Buddy was terrified, poor baby. I don't think any dog likes bad weather. I kind of do - as long as I'm inside!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend full of things you love!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Exciting Times

Isn't it exciting to see all new Spring growth! We had a very mild Winter here, so lots of plants survived. Very excited about that! We have new tomato plants growing in the garden and in some grow bags at the side of the house. And there are figs growing on the tree. On the lower right are some orchids that have rebloomed for me. Thank you. And amaryllis I picked from the yard.

I made some pimiento cheese the other day and Mr. Muddling and I had a sandwich for lunch. This is a reminder to me of childhood. Our mother made those same sandwiches for us, but with white bread.

And this is Buddy's attempt to hypnotize me into giving him at least some  of that sandwich! He makes me laugh all the time.

And....... believe it or not, I finished a quilt top! I talked about the beginnings of it here. I've altered the pattern a bit, both deliberately and accidentally, but I think it turned out pretty well. We'll see how long it takes me to get it quilted. No promises.

Another page from my Mary Engelbreit daily calendar, and so true. Friends ARE the icing on the cake of life! Thank you for being icing for me. Even if we never see each other in the flesh, I still count you friends and I appreciate you!

It is a beautiful, very warm day here in Houston, Texas. I hope you're having a wonderful day in your world!

Hugs and kisses, 

Friday, April 5, 2019


You know, this is really true! It is so often up to us whether or not we are happy. There are always bad things in this life, but there are also always good things. I'm trying to look at the good instead of the bad. How about you?

It makes me very happy to see these beautiful eggs from our chickens.

I am very happy, too, about the blackberries growing on the vines out in our very own back yard.

God has been very good to me and I am thankful. And happy!

I hope you are, too.

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Spring Happenings

Lots of pretty things going on outside here in the Land of Muddle. I am so happy to see the things that survived Winter this year. Ours was a very mild one, and that is why there are hibiscus blooming!

As you can see here, Mr Muddling is doing the work of planting tomato plants in our little garden. He did a great job!

This little daily calendar page is how he says he feels some days - he is behind pushing me and ahead pulling at the same time! Bless his heart. I do not know what I would do without him!
I am amused, amazed and slightly annoyed at my friends who tell me what a breeze knee surgery is. I've had both knees replaced in three months. It has not been overwhelmingly bad, but neither has it been any fun at all. LOL! But, I am recovering and doing very well! My physical therapist told me that most people have amnesia after they recover from these surgeries. They quickly forget, which is probably a very good thing!

One thing I have learned is that you should NOT attempt to alter a quilt pattern when you are chemically altered! I saw this pattern on a Donna Jordan video. I liked it so much I ordered the pattern and the layer cake to make it. Of course I did not take into account that I cannot touch fabrics until they've been washed. Allergies. So. My ten inch squares ended up being 9 1/2 X 10 inches. It took several attempts, but I think I have now managed to get it right. I will just have smaller blocks. 

The chickens always entertaining. I wonder what they're thinking.

Buddy is not worried about anything! I think he's got the right idea!

I hope you are well and happy and having fun in your world! I am thankful for all the good things in mine.

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Home Sweet Home

Yes, I am home after my knee replacement surgery on Wednesday. All went well and I am on the road to recovery. Glory to God!
And just how cute is this flower arrangement?!!! My sister Sue and her sweet husband had it delivered to me yesterday. Love that Mustang!

And just as that delivery was getting here, our son Larry showed up with more flowers for me. I do love my family. And I am well aware how very blessed I am.

I hope all is going well in your corner of the world and that someone is spoiling you at least a little bit!

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, March 4, 2019

Right Now in Muddle Land

Just everything is full of the glory of Spring. Only trouble is - Winter decided it's not through yet. We have freeze warnings for tonight. Bummer.
I took all the blocks down off my design wall and pinned them together in groups of ten. I have all the blocks for the center of the quilt on the American Patchwork and Quilting quiltalong completed, but they will have to wait a while to get sewn together.
This cracks me up - chickens marching into Ruthie's Garden as soon as I open the gate!

And this is where they are seconds later - the whole bunch of them munching away on everything! They had a wonderful time. Only trouble is, I have to keep a really close eye on them or the garden will quickly become a wasteland. They are destructive little critters, but so cute! I just love them. And their eggs!
Buddy and Ariel have the right idea in weather like this - nap! Mr. Muddling and I have been doing some of that, too! And we are so thankful for the luxury of being able to take a nap just about whenever we want!

My  knee replacement for the other knee is Wednesday. I know, how did it get here so quickly? But, I will be glad when it is over and I get back to much better mobility!

I hope it's not too cold (or hot) where you are and that you are finding at least some fun! There are so many wonderful things in this world of ours, and I am thankful to be here to enjoy them!

Hugs and kisses,