Today is Reed and Myra’s 11th Birthday – I went over at 9:30 to take their gifts.
I gave them a big box of books – all award winners or approved by a 3rd grade teacher (Becky) or a librarian with a Ph.D (Tanya). Their smiles are identical.
Nolan found some in the box that he liked, too. They divided them up as to which ones each wanted to read first and then they’ll switch. Here’s Nolan.
Here are June and Vera.
Isn’t that just the cutest expression?
Had to hurry home because a doodle named Harper was arriving. I haven’t kept very many dogs since we got Hazel but this was an emergency. Family attending a wedding several hours away, had a reservation at a dog friendly hotel that announced two days ago that the dog could not be in the room by herself while they attended the wedding. Can you believe that? So this lovely creature will be here just overnight.
See that fluffy tail she’s following? Belongs to Ernie Joe Mauer.
Telly and Hazel love her! We walked through the grove and everybody got along great.
Harper has grown out of the “jump all over you” stage that Betty is still enjoying. The thing is that Telly and Hazel get sick of that real fast. I’m going to give Harper some time to adjust before I bring Betty out here later this afternoon.
Here’s what I do every year on December 31. I review my year and write in the square on the back of this quilt. It was first published as a 100 year quilt or a smaller version of 20 years that I made. Rick and I got married in 1997 and I started this quilt that year. The blocks have the year written in the center and each block is quilted only in the ditch. I write the details of the year on the back of each outlined block.
I sorta doubt this pattern is available now but each block could be as simple as a 9 patch with the year penned in the center.
My entries are personal so I intentionally blurred this photo so you couldn’t/wouldn’t read it.
I keep track of births, deaths, important occasions and more on this quilt and really enjoy going back to read it every December 31. I think I might make something similar for a wedding quilt for the newlyweds to keep track of their first 20 years. I’m even writing in the margins now since it’s been over 20 years.
Isn’t this a great idea?
More of Harper!