Gator Bait by Jana DeLeon

Gator Bait

There are very few times I read fiction. I prefer quilt books, autobiographies, history those kinds of books. I stumbled up on the Ghost-in-Law Series of books by Jana DeLeon and now I am HOOKED on her books.  Gator Bait is now available.

I think any of you who are uncertain about her writings should start with the Ghost-in-Law Series and after that. Well you’ll be a big fan.

Here is a list of some of her series of books

The Miss Fortune Series

Louisiana Longshot

Lethal Bayou Beauty

Swamp Sniper

Swamp Team 3

The Ghost-in-Law Series

Trouble in Mudbug (read first) then go down the line.  You do not need to read the Helena Diaries until last.

Mischief in Mudbug

Showdown in Mudbug

Resurrection in Mudbug

Missing in Mudbug

The Helena Diaries

Standalone Books

Rumble on the Bayou


Reading order for Harlequin Intrigue books:

Emerald Series

The Secret of Cypriere Bayou

Bayou Bodyguard

Mystere Parish Series 1

The Reckoning

The Vanishing

The Awakening

Mystere Parish Series 2

The accused

The Betrayed

The Reunion

Standalone Books

The Lost Girls of Johnson’s Bayou

I may have missed some and maybe if I did Jana will correct me. I give my word YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY becoming a fan of her books. I enjoy them so much.




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2014 Blount County AL Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Well for a long time now I have not blogged. Building a new home, moving, getting organized then summer comes along and grass cutting and all those kinds of things I have not felt like talking.  I am back hopefully.

Today I along with my Aunt Jan (Deara) went to the Blount County Quilters Quilt yearly show. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the stories as much as I did taking them and thinking about all the beautiful works of art.


The entrance to the park was as lovely as always.. I was driving and my sidekick was admiring all the beautiful scenery and I did not get a shot of the inside of the park but it is gorgeous. This is Palisades Park, Blount County, AL . Oneonta to be exact. Visit this park sometimes. You will love it.DSCN0213


As always the show was full of beautiful quilts. It is a good thing they did not ask me to judge there is no way I could have made a decision on all these beautiful quilts. Well too I never have seen an ugly quilt either. I love them all.  From the master pieces to the scrappy ones not so perfect they are rate excellent in my book.DSCN0214

I am going to be forced to take my better camera with me when I go places. I am not the best photographer but I did try to capture something of each quilt. I loved these little squirrels.DSCN0215

I am a big fan of Red Work. I must get some pieces started here at home. You know you could do black work, green work, yellow work. You do not have to do red. I must look up how that got started doing the pieces with red thread. I am sure there is a story if not we can make one up!DSCN0216

I loved this patriotic quilt. It was very pretty in person and I see I got it sideways. Let me see if I can fix it..  Oh well just turn your head.. It will be in another shot.DSCN0217

I love love love these precious little lovebirds. I am a bird fan in any project.


Well this should have shown up at the end but I’ll go ahead and tell you about it. This lady Debbie is smiling because she won the give a way quilt. This quilt was worked on for months by the ladies and hand quilted. This year they had one in Alabama colors and one in Auburn colors. Debbie as you can tell by her shirt picked the Alabama colored one. I loved both. Another tidbit she won Best of Show today!DSCN0317

Another view of the quilt.DSCN0316

I was in hiding!


The front of the Quilters Cottage. It is an awesome place to quilt. If you live in the area and a lot do not and want to learn to quilt this is the place. The beginners would be 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. The first year you pay $18.00 fee for the entire year. After that you pay $12.00 a year. WHERE IN THE WORLD IN THIS DAY AND TIME CAN YOU GO TAKE QUILT CLASSES GET HANDS ON PERSONAL HELP TWO TIMES A MONTH FOR 50 cents a class? That is what it amounts to.  Linda Wade is a wonderful teacher. I have seen ladies join that did not know what end of the needle to thread and they ended up turning out masterpieces.  If you would like more info just email me at put quilting classes in the subject and I will get you information.DSCN0314

Just the side view of the cottage. I love it.. Did I mention you do not have to bring your own sewing machine if you do not want to. There are machines at the guilt for you to use. I always did bring mine because I like sewing on my own machine. You can just bring fabric and your pattern and get to work. You will be amazed at your hidden talents.DSCN0313 DSCN0312

That lady on the left with the Trick A Treat Shirt on .. TROUBLE.. Oh how I love Linda Wade.. She has been a wonderful friend to me from day one. She is the Saturday teacher. Some of you may remember her from Hancock Fabrics in Roebuck. I think we all went there all the time to just see her and then we ended up with a truck load of fabric we purchased and my sewing room proves it. I have tons of fabric I purchased from there. Linda will work with you and in no time you will have a quilt to put in next years show. She is a very good teacher and knows how to do anything. To have a brain like her. You can asks about a pattern and if she does not have it with her you can bet she can put her finger on it when she gets home. She must have some massive inventory system (brain)DSCN0311

I was so longing to hear “Chris Wheeler” and I stood up by this quilt  got my picture made and was able to take it home. Oh well.. It did not happen but you know I’ll live!DSCN0310 DSCN0309

Let me “splain” Aunt Deara.. AND YOU HAVE TO FEED HER.. She gets in the car worse than a child “Where we going to eat.” So if you take her anywhere just plan on that! She is going to get me for saying that so if you all do not hear from me in a few weeks call Word Press Police and report me missing!DSCN0308

She loves her “cocoler”  Coca Cola.. Country pronunciation CO COALER !!!DSCN0307


This looked painted. I inquired to one of the ladies and they said it was a Halloween panel. Ok if any of you see this let me know where. I want one of these panels. It was wonderful!( Linda just hung up the phone with me.. She said “Hancock Paducah”  I tell you the woman is a walking genius.DSCN0304

A very simple but  very pretty nine patch. Like I said. I have never found a quilt I did not love. DSCN0303

One of the sides looking at the row of quilts.DSCN0302

This was a very nice quilt.DSCN0301

I liked this. I am not sure what to call this quilt but it was very pretty. Is it a Jacob’s Ladder?  I have forgotten a lot of the names.DSCN0300

This was very pretty in person and I loved the quilting on the quilt.DSCN0299 DSCN0298

I could only think of my friend Jess in PA.. Tyedyed Jess.. She would have loved this.DSCN0295

Jess is probably drooling now over these chickens. She has live chickens and they all along with her kids are always in adventures. Jess makes me laugh all the time.. I just love her and her shenanigans.


Jess do you have any chickens in your yard that looks like this?DSCN0293

These were so cute and the quilting was so nice.DSCN0292

Another one for Jess.DSCN0291

This one reminded me of a pumpkin.DSCN0290

Look at this Jess. So beautiful. It made me think of you every time I passed by.DSCN0289

These baskets were beautiful. It reminded me of French Country.DSCN0288 DSCN0287

This was a bit of this and that and I loved every inch of it.DSCN0286

Now how did this get out of order? DSCN0285

At one time I had this same identical quilt. It was from a kit from Hancock Fabrics. Gary and I donated it to a children’s center for a raffle. I hope the person that bought it loves it now as much as I loved making it. It was very hard for me to give it up. But it was for a good cause. Do you know I am emotionally attached to all my quilts. I know that sounds silly but I am. There is a lot of work that goes in quilts. I get so angry well not angry but kinda disgusted sometimes when someone says “My grandmother mother could have made one of those for $25.00.. Well yea back then when she was making a quilt fabric was not $10.00 or more a yard like it is today and it takes a lot of yards. The backing alone take a ton of yards.  Then your work. You have to cut out all the pieces, work them to fit and sometimes they do not and you have to cut again.. You have to be very careful if you do not have a lot of fabric of one particular piece you need one cut wrong and you could be in a mess. Then you spend weeks and sometimes months putting one together, getting it quilted either by you or a professional. That is sometimes a good price to pay. Then people expect you to let them have  it for $50.00  Everyone on earth that feels that way needs to make ONE in their lifetime and you will have a different feeling about paying for one. Sometimes you are getting ONE item that only you own. I never can make two alike if I tried. Something will always be different so you can truly say you have one of a kind no one else on earth anywhere like yours.  (I did not mean to write a book)DSCN0284 DSCN0283

This made me think about another one of my friends Montie.  She is a stained glass artist. DSCN0282 DSCN0281

I loved this reminded me of a kids windmill .


Plain and simple but yet beautiful.DSCN0279

Stars everywhere I saw stars all day long .. I just loved this.DSCN0278

I want to say someone’s grandmother made this in the 40′s. Don’t quote me on that one but I think that is what I read.DSCN0276

THIS ONE IS FOR MY DEAR FRIEND SONYA THAT CAN’T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS ONLY TO GET COAL IN HER STOCKING! I HAVE READ OVER AND OVER SHE WANTS TO PUT UP HER TREE! I must have a talk with this young woman!! No seriously this Christmas quilt was very pretty and it made me think of Sonya.DSCN0275

One of the dear sweet ladies that is a charter member of this group made this. She is one of the nicest ladies on earth. Miss Virginia.DSCN0274

Cross Stitch. MY EYES WOULD HAVE DISSOLVED. But I did love it. I do not see well enough to cross stitch.DSCN0273

You have to admit, it is beautiful.


Now here comes to mind a friend of mine from school growing up Rena. Her mother LOVES covered bridges. I am trying to get in touch with the lady that made this to see where in the world she got that awesome pattern. This was Peggy’s quilt and she used to work at Hancock’s with Linda and I bet a dollar Linda knows. I have to tell you a tale about Linda. She is like one of those old traveling Watkins dealers. You can say “I need this pattern” she goes out to the trunk of her car and out comes fabric, patterns and you name it and most of the time she has it but if she does not have it in her CAR WILL TRAVEL WITH QUILT ITEMS she has it at home! She truly amazes me. There will never be another Linda.  Lord let us keep her for a ton more years, we need her! The county I live in, Blount is famous for its covered bridges. Well the ones we still have that the heathens have not torn down or defaced or tried to destroy by burning and you name it. Is it not a shame  that we live in a time no one much values anything anymore? ( My phone just rang and she is saying .. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHERE SHE GOT THAT PATTERN.) God love her I know I do.DSCN0271 DSCN0270 DSCN0269

On this picture this quilt looks big but it is not. It was real tiny like a miniature about the size of half a baby quilt. Miss Blanche AKA Job because she has the patience of JOB does the most beautiful handwork ever.  Take a look she had to twist and turn a lot of ribbon. Yep has the patience of Job.DSCN0268 DSCN0267 DSCN0266

Mrs. Blanche is absolutely the Rembrandt of quilting.  This was some tiny gorgeous work.DSCN0265

I liked this very much. My camera does not do justice to these works of art.DSCN0264

Another beautiful patriotic quilt. They had a class on this particular pattern.  I love it I asked Linda of course where I could get it and she gave it to me only to come home to find out I have had it for FIVE yes FIVE YEARS! I need to take inventory at my own home!DSCN0263

Now by no means am I an Alabama Fan but even if I am NOT a fan I have to love this.  I could see this pattern in some beautiful African fabrics. I just loved this.DSCN0262

Meet VANNA uuhh I mean Deara.. She was the spokes model. The lady that made this quilt was messing around with her embroidery machine. She said she just sat down cut her out some fabric and started embroidering. This truly was beautiful. Deara looks pretty good herself.. She is my Aunt Janice but I call her Deara. Sometimes when I go places she rides “shotgun.”DSCN0257

So cute on the Halloween quilt.DSCN0256 DSCN0255 DSCN0254 DSCN0253 DSCN0252 DSCN0251 DSCN0250

I am about to tackle this, southern for making this quilt.. It is for a special friend Janus and her husband. Well the quilt is not for them but they are taking it to a meeting of Ray’s unit when he was in Vietnam next summer and they are going to raffle this. It is going to be an honor to make this quilt to know that is will be going for a good cause. Because men and women fought in wars I am able to be in a free country and do what I want to. Yes as everywhere we have our problems but you will not find another place on earth to live as good as the USA.. We have it made.DSCN0249

I am scrappy in my life. I laugh and say “I am just and old Raggety Ann living in a Barbie Doll World! I love colors and I love scraps.. I truly loved this quilt. Is it Raggety Ann or Raggedy Ann?? Well you get the point.DSCN0248

This is a Gordian Knot. I have made many. I never have tried to make that pretty border. That will be on my list of to do’s. MY VERY LONG LIST OF TO DO’sDSCN0247

Hold on to the seat of your pants. This quilt won Best of Show.. I can see why. It was a Halloween quilt but look closely at the work. This lady put a lot of time in this quilt. It was one of Deara’s favorites also.DSCN0246

There’s my spokesmodel again pointing out the Best of Show Ribbon. Notice the T-shirt quilt next to her. Alabama quilt. Made of old T-shirts. I liked it. Deara is an Alabama fan. She looks pretty good here herself!  Oh wait.. Deara did you make this?


I just want you to look at this work. The lady deserved Best of Show.DSCN0242

I tried to back off and get a bigger picture. What I wanted to do was take the quilt and run! I LOVED IT. They would have caught up with me before I got to the car.. I can’t run. I never learned how to run. Another day another story.DSCN0241 DSCN0240 DSCN0239

This is pretty and a lot of work. Patience is a virtue and this person is a person of virtue!  These were tiny blocks all colorful and nice. DSCN0238

I loved this one also.DSCN0237

This woman was all over the place. Here she was trying to fool me in to knowing who she actually was!  The lady who made this t-shirt quilt really did a great job. I would like one in another team but I have to admit I like this also. I am going to try my hand at making some t-shirt quilts. I have been saving the shirts. Deara looks pretty here.DSCN0236 DSCN0233

Hold your britches again!!!  A seven or eight year old took her crayons and colored all these ladies. Her grandmother then color set them with an iron.  Put them together in a quilt and they decided that the quilt needed some bling as all our lives do and they doctored this quilt up with jewels and other items. I wanted to take this one and run also This is truly a treasure and I foresee a quilter coming up in the future!  Deara loved this one and I told her I’d get her some Crayola’s for Christmas.DSCN0232


It was just beautiful put together.DSCN0229

Help my time when I saw this the first thing I said was “Gary will go looking for his undies and there will not be any.” (snort laughing) Isn’t this so cute!.  The person that made this quilt took different fabric and made it in to blocks of mens shorts. I thought it would be cute for someone to save their child’s clothing over the years and then make them a quilt and give it to them at graduation.  Just so cute.DSCN0228
This was a lot of appliqué’ but worth every OOHH AND AAHH it got from me.. This was truly a beautiful quilt. VERY GORGEOUS!


Got any hankies? if so you can make them in to a quilt!DSCN0226

My heart just gets happy when I see these old time butterfly quit. Something about your granny, her couch and you covered up watching Saturday cartoons.. I just love vintage.DSCN0225

Another scrappy that won my heart.DSCN0224

This truly was a lot of work.. So beautiful.DSCN0223

Sunbonnet Sue took a fall.. Now what she did to cause this I don’t know.. But I did like this quilt.DSCN0222 DSCN0221 DSCN0220 DSCN0219This was a Hexagon along with appliqué on the side. GORGEOUS.. and time consuming.

THE END.. well for now!




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What is your muse?  Below is the definition.

As a verb, to muse is to consider something thoughtfully. As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration.

In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist’s inspiration. Often filmmakers talk about a certain actor being a muse — meaning the actor inspired a movie. Writers, painters, musicians, and other artists have muses. Muse can also refer to thinking deeply. If you muse about something, you’re giving it serious thought. You can’t muse in five seconds. People muse on certain ideas for years.

I am giving some thought to who my MUSE is or what it is !! You?

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If you do not have this web site in your favorites you are missing a lot.  There are gorgeous fabrics and patterns. Some you have to pay for and some are no charge.

This one is a no charge they offered.


Here are the instructions they provided!-ti-ful_halloween_wall_hanging.htm

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Free Wizard Of Oz Quilt Pattern


Quilt from Carter Quilter Files

While searching the Internet this morning for a Bargello Flag Quilt Pattern for a full size or queen size quilt I did not find one I wanted, but I found this awesome Wizard of Oz quilt pattern.. AND IT WAS FREE!!!

I am thinking about making one and replacing the yellow with the Yellow Brick Road fabric I have . When my supplier was selling the fabric I bought bolts of the entire collection.

Here is the link.

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Blount County Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Blount Co. Alabama

Here are some photo’s of the 2014 give a way quilt. You will see the information below. This years winner for the first time will have the option of picking one of these quilts and the other will be offered for sale.DSCN6896DSCN6897DSCN6928DSCN6932DSCN6932

The above I took last year while it was in the process of being made so you can get a really good idea of how it looks. They both are very beautiful and I would even have a hard time trying to decide which one I would like. It takes about a year to construct the give a way quilt. You are getting a bargain if your name is picked. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU LIVE OUT OF STATE.. They will ship to you at no charge. One year I believe the winner was in Vermont or some northern state.Auburn


These last few were made on an iPhone and the photo’s are not that good. They are so beautiful in person.

October 24, 25 2014 the Blount County Quilters Guild will be holding their annual quilt show at Palisades Park close to Oneonta, AL. This park in itself is gorgeous and a wonderful place to visit. The quilt show is held inside the park will be at the Quilters Cottage. It does not cost anything to enter the park but there is a small show entrance fee of $5.00. This will get you entrance to the cottage and Moss Lodge to view all the beautiful quilts on display.  This money later on in the year goes to scholarships for young people in our area to go to college. Each year the guild gives several scholarships. They also sponsor many other charitable organizations.  You will see gorgeous works of art. Oh you can enter your quilt in the show if you wish. They give ribbons.

They will also have a raffle for a quilt. In the past they have only had one handmade quilt for raffle. This year they will be having two.  Now the winner will only get to pick ONE quilt and the other one will be offered for sale.

Linda and some of the other ladies decided that since in our state Alabama and Auburn Football is the thing that ranks number 1  they would make a quilt of each team and the winner gets to pick which one they want.  Well Linda contacted each school and NO they could not use the LOGO’s on any of the quilts but they could use the colors in the quilts.  I think this turned out so much better. I personally love Auburn University but I also think Alabama’s colors in their items are so pretty. It would be hard for me to want an Alabama quilt with their logo on it but I sure would not mind this one with these beautiful colors. If my name is picked it is going to be a hard choice for me.

I was once a member of this guild and got so busy along in life that I am not  a member this year  but I truly support the shows, their work and the raffle quilt. I know what goes in these quilts.  These are handmade. By that I mean yes the tops are sewn together on a sewing machine which we all do. Hardly anyone makes a quilt anymore they sew the top blocks together by hand. However the quilt itself is quilted by hand. Now that is almost not heard of anymore because most of us have Long Arm quilting machines that we quilt them on the machine instead of by hand. So if your ticket is drawn out the last day of the show which will be Saturday 25th at 4 pm you will receive ONE quilt of your choice. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If any of you are interested in purchasing a ticket or tickets you can contact me at and put tickets in the subject.  That was my grandmothers name and not a spam site. I used to love to play in her attic when she went to town and told me not to get in to anything while she was gone I’d head up to the attic knowing very well I would get in trouble if I got caught!

I will see that you are notified back that I received your money and I will mail your ticket stub to you. If you are more comfortable with mailing it directly to the guild I will provide the address and contact person. Just send me an email and I will work with you any way you wish.  Of all the many years I have been affiliated with the guild this is the best quilt or quilts they have offered. They are the most prettiest I have ever seen the guild have for a raffle and I love the two choices. So if you are an Auburn or Alabama fan and you wish for a chance to win the ONE quilt of your choice let me know.   Do you know to have a quilt hand quilted it cost 1000′s of dollars. If your name is picked you are getting a deal!  A handmade quilt for $1.00  you can not beat that!

If you are in Alabama and wish to attend the show please do so. You will not be sorry. There are vendors there each year and if you wish to be one yourself please let me know and I will put you in contact with the President Eileen Cundiff for information.

TICKETS $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00   you can make out your check or money order to Blount County Quilters Guild and mail it to Chris Wheeler, PO Box 170 , Locust Fork, AL 35097  or if you prefer I can get you the address of the guild and you mail it there. I am just trying to help them out. DO  NOT MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO ME..  They are non profit organization and you may be able to take this off your taxes as a deduction because of a donation.

In the same weekend on Saturday only, Blount County Alabama will have their 31st Annual Covered Bridge Festival.

This will be downtown Oneonta, AL. In addition to visiting the Blount County Quilt Guild quilt show at the Quilting Cottage at Palisades Park be sure to try to visit this festival. There will be a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, 5K run, a fun run, golf tournament, car show, river walk and much more. You can go to to print out an application if you wish you be a vendor. Plus there is more information there.

Here is information about the guild

Oh for all of you that want to learn the art of quilting the second and fourth Saturday of each month Palisades Park, Quilters Cottage is the place to be.  Linda Wade is the most awesome teacher ever. Membership fee for one year is $18.00 for the first year and that includes your pin.  From then out it is $12.00 a year.. Where can you go to take a quilting for $.50 a class??? No where. That is basically what it amounts to .. They meet 10 till about 2 or 3 pm. You do not have to bring your own machines. They have some there. If you prefer to bring yours that is ok also.

You can email me for more details.   Please put something in the subject like like Quilt Tickets or Quilt Show so I will not send your email to spam.


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What A Blessed Weekend.

I have had such a blessed weekend it is not even real.

Friday Gary and I went to Madison, AL to PAWS and to meet a friend of mine who is a stained glass artist and her sweet husband Billy who was babysitting their “baby” Nikki.  Montie is her name. I will not put her full name on here but if anyone wants to contact her to purchase her work they can ask me and I can forward their information to her to get in contact with you.

I have two of her awesome pieces. I just heard from Montie.. here is her web site

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It was really funny. I kept hitting the quilt piece with my shoulder. She would tack it back up and I’d walk buy and almost knock it off again. It took three times of that for me to realize it was a stain glass quilt piece and the Universe wanted me to have it. It was like “am I going to have to knock you in the head to get your attention? Take me home with you.” The rest is history.

I love the cats piece. That was a housewarming gift from Montie.  Over the last 27 years I have had three cats. She did not know that and the strange thing, they all looked like these three. So this piece was definitely for me. I love both very much.

I have always wanted to go to the Blooming Arts and Craft Festival in Cullman, AL at St. Bernards. It is such a beautiful place and so peaceful. That is where the Ave Maria Grotto is located. If any of you have never been there you need to go and also read about the history of the place. It is something to behold.   Below some pictures of today with explanations underneath the pictures.  Here is some history of the Grotto  I did not go to the Grotto today. That will be in a few weeks when everything is in bloom and you can see the full beauty of the place. I will take pictures.DSCN9591

The entrance to the art show.DSCN9592

Aunt Janice had to make a friend. She never meets a stranger! There were four of the ladies at the show.  I purchased one, you will see her in a few photo’s down. We thought we were going to have to leave Deara(Aunt Jan) at the festival so I could get “Bernice” home. I have had my car for four years and learned about it today from the man at the festival trying to get Bern loaded up. The backseat folds down and you can put things in the trunk up to the front seats. Well what do you expect. I have had this car four years and just hit thirty thousand. Truly an “old lady” car!  I just get in crank, turn on the radio, put on seat belts and take off I never have read the manual and always wondered what those straps were for. Oh well.DSCN9593

I just snapped the above. I was not sure what I took.DSCN9594 DSCN9595

I absolutely loved these hummingbird feedersDSCN9596

This lady has some really cool signs. I laughed and acted so silly today.  I just had to get a picture of this one.


God love Barney Fife. Was he not the best in Mayberry? Well besides Andy, Goober, Floyd, Opie, Gomer, Howard…do I need to go on? We all need to live a Mayberry life. Great lessons there.DSCN9598

I am not sure what this building was but to the left on the stage was a great musical group.DSCN9599

Meet Bradley Kirkpatrick. One awesome young man. BEAUTIFUL piano musician, composer and just an all and all nice man. I bought three of his CD’s. We talked with him and found out his grandmother was a well known quilter in Texas in her time. Annie Kirkpatrick. I told Bradley he needed to make us a quilting CD with pictures of his grandmother on the front cover with her quilts. I tell you one thing. I can listen to his music and just sew away and be so relaxed and happy. He is an excellent musician-composer and you can go here  and read all about him and as he said “listen to a gazillion” of his songs no charge.  You know young people today are so much more blessed than we were growing up. You should thank God or whomever you believe in for all the good opportunities you have and take advantage of every one of them. He trained in London, lived and played his beautiful music all over the world. Is that not a blessing? Go listen and you can purchase his work on his site.. VERY AFFORDABLE.DSCN9600

Inside the church. Aunt Jan and I were standing there at 10:30 and we saw people going in and she said “I would like to go in” and I don’t remember what I said and we kept on keeping on and now we are kicking ourselves on our backside for not going to mass.   I could see in they were in line taking sacrament or Holy Communion whichever you call it and we went in stood inside the vestibule and looked in for them to finish and when it was all over we got to meet the Abbott.  He shook Aunt Jan’s harm and I put my hand on his arm I wanted all of His Holiness blessings to rub off on me. He was a nice man. The purple robe he had on was simply magnificent.DSCN9601

This was the stained glass over the front door. This picture does not do it justice.DSCN9602

The statues and cross are covered with purple robes until Easter. My second man BFF told me. You will see him later!DSCN9603

So beautiful.DSCN9604

I am not making fun. I need to sit in here for a week and confess 60 years of mess.  It would take me 60 years to talk about everything I needed forgiven for. Thank goodness all we have to do is know we have done wrong and ask forgiveness and then try not to do it again! I am thankful for that. I would hate to receive punishment for my whatever.


This was so touching. Everything in this entire place was absolutely gorgeous and so spiritual. You could feel the Lord’s presence here. It was a wonderful place.DSCN9606

Well here is Eddie. Besides my husband Gary, this is the second man in my life and by that I mean we call each other “Big Brother, Little Sister.” We have been friends for many years. He and his wife Shirley by the way looked awesome in her beautiful purple outfit, they were here today. He is a Counselor for the St. James in Gadsden, AL. I know he has counseled me a ton online over the years before he started at the church.  We have had a very close friend relationship for a really long time. We are like brother and  sister from different mothers. I was so glad to see both of them. We visited about an hour.  I treasure the Blackwelders!  Yes I don’t like my picture made. I am very uncomfortable in front of the camera so I always look like I am smirking but I was smiling from ear to ear in my heart! For all my post office friends. YES I AM GRAY HEADED NOW!!!!! Must have been those years of the PO.DSCN9609

This group was OFF THE CHARTS AWESOME.  Best music. DSCN9612

Look who is living at the house. First I named her Laura Agnes after a grandmother, then I decided my sister Karen already had a doll Laura Agnes, so then I was going to name her Hannah Carroll after my Dad’s mother Hannah Carroll Vanzant Epps but that just was not right for her. So I called her Bernice after we got home after my dear sweet friend that died and it was just perfect and when I told Gary he said that was wonderful because it reminded him of Bernice. DSCN9614

She came with everything! Dressed to the nines, her own watering can, seeds, wreath, flowers and even rubber boots!DSCN9615

Up close and personal but it did not show her “ear bobs”  earrings…  She is one cool chick after her namesake Bernice!DSCN9616

I went outside after we got home to show you a surprise turned around and the door was open and someone was peeking out at me and I just the wreath I made and this was just the perfect picture for the perfect day!DSCN9617

You all thought I was kidding when I told you  my table was sprouting. I finally put a plastic pot watering thing down to see how big the thing will get. DSCN9618

I forgot to edit this picture and rotate it but you can see the other side of the leg of the coffee table is sprouting also. It is so fertile here. DSCN9619Our beautiful love seat! Sometimes we cozy up at night outside and listen to music and burn incense. I hope the neighbors do not see us and talk about us …”Look at them kissing over there. Those old folks!”

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Original Sewing And Quilting Expo


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