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National Quilting Day and Worldwide Quilting Day is Today!

I started quilting in the mid-1980s even before there was a National Quilting Day. It was officially adopted in 1991. See the history here.

National Quilting Day 2020 graphic
Are you celebrating?

In Kentucky, The National Quilting Day has gone largely noticed by the 3 guilds I belong to. And to some extent by myself as well. The 1st Annual Radcliff Quilt Show was to be this weekend. I Have A Notion was going to be there as a vendor. It was canceled due to the C-19 virus. I put a quilt with brilliant lime green… on the line in celebration of the day.

Airing a quilt for National Quilting Day 2020
“Just Do It With Zest” Quilt

Did you celebrate any special way today?

More Later- Beth

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Spring, Remodel, and That Bug!

In my head, I have posted several times… written long notes about life, the farm, sewing and tools and of course the remodel. However, I seem to have the best ideas while my hands are full or otherwise occupied, so I apologize if I have led you to give up on me.

This Spring

has me anticipating what I will find out of doors as the weather warms. I found several areas with daffs!

A clump of daffodils
Spring Surprise-Daffodils

This Remodel

has not gone quite as smoothly as we planned. Everything took so much longer to complete than we anticipated and the contractor has had to return several times… to bring items up to snuff. Also not part of the plan. We had to do some of the painting on the new floors, which, of course, complicates the process.

We are finally back into the Master Bath on a fulltime basis. The closed up doorway needed more contractor attention too, once he fixed it we completed the painting. Then we put up the towel bars and other needed fixtures for towels, clothes, and TP! DONE and we can finally complete our dressing tasks in one bathroom.

The electrician still needs to return to finish up some of the electrical, most of which needs to be done in the Creative Space. I have not unpacked the creative supplies. I have to say that my temporary ‘Creative Space” has me feeling disorganized, cramped and crowded.

quilt top
Auditioning Borders

That Bug

the Coronavirus has thwarted plans… and created obstacles that complicate the ways and means of tasks. Grocery stores have run out of much-needed items, such as TP, bottled water and cleaning agents… It looks much like prep for a snowstorm, and the strangest items are in high demand. Yesterday, popular items were frozen pizza, tater tots, desserts, canned soups, lunch meat, and cookies! All the things we needed were in plentiful supply, especially in the fresh produce!

Over the weekend I was going to Chicagoland, a booth at a quilt show. However, it has been canceled as most things in the country are. It is about time we took this thing (COVID-19) seriously. I had already canceled plans to visit family in April, due to the ages of some of the relatives. Since carriers don’t know they are carriers… until it is too late!!! We have decided to cancel all our social interactions with groups for the next few weeks. We did move to the country to be a bit more separate, now we will get to find out… how separate!

That Sky

Spring Sunrise
This sunrise was spectacular!

I hope we have more days with color like this. It was awesome and had such a very short timeframe. This picture was taken with the phone. Have some on the DSLR too.

Stay tuned… The neighbors are mooooving back again soon. Beth

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Making Progress on the Remodel: Renovation Update

Keeping Up

Does this give you an idea of why I haven’t been posting? We are still in the midst of the remodel, we lived with this mess for 5 days. We discovered in the kitchen, dining and 1/2 bath, that the linoleum and luan area had been stapled and glued to the subfloor. It took several days to make the floor smooth and flat enough to lay the new floor.

New Flooring Intallation mess
The mess of new flooring installation

Since moving in late July of 2019 the main level of the house has been under a remodel. It takes more mental bandwidth and physical adjustment than I thought to live through something like this. There is still a bit more to go too. We no sooner get one thing finished and the furniture back in place, that we once again move it again. The good news is that we did discover the best arrangement for the furniture in the living room, it seems that nothing has stayed in place for more than 2 weeks. Of course, one change means several more changes one right after the other. Oh and the DUST!

And then these 2

2 pretty dogs
Goldie and Patton

As if the remodel isn’t enough there are the distractions of these two. The puppy has been a wonderful addition. He is bright, loving and growing like a weed. He is currently in teething mode, and so far doing well. Next week we make a trip to town for his 16-week vaccinations. Then we start some obedience training.

2 palying dogs
Goldie playing with Patton

Goldie has been a kind and patient sister to the young one. Not sure who enjoys playtime more!K-9 playtime is only in the house. Patton is not heavy enough to take playing in the yard at a full gallop yet. Goldie outweighs him by more than 30 pounds. Soon though he will be big enough to take on the rough and tumble play.

Birdies aren’t bothered

a dozen blue eggs
2 days of eggs

Then there are the chickens and they don’t seem to be affected by the renovations or the cold. They have all reached maturity and are producing a dozen eggs every 2 days. The love to range about the yard and scratch up the leaves, and there are a lot!!! The area has many many oak trees and acorns!!! So far we have managed to keep up with the eggs, but only by sharing the wealth every couple of weeks or so.

On the creative front, I have fit in a little, very little creative time. More on that later! I hope you enjoy this little catchup. More Later- Beth