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Just when I was ready to hit PUBLISH with a daffodil photo, the temps drop to the 20's tonight. Geez Louise! 

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Hey Good Lookin' !

Loved photographing the walkers and runners at the Mercedes Marathon as they blew by my home on Clairmont Avenue, but walking down the street and meeting the volunteers and spectators was just as much fun. This little guy I could have taken home with me!

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Hot Dogs !!!

Gus's Hot Dogs in Crestline Village is an institution.  They've been in business for over 42 years and still going strong!

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our west coast road trip | part two | highway 1 & santa barbara

after san francisco, we began the 7 hour drive down the pacific coast highway. we drove the winding roads for hours on end, taking in the breathtaking views and stopping way too many times. we even saw a whale breaching just off the coast line. since my words won’t really do it all justice, i’ll […]
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Spotlight: Field Studies Patagonia

In October of 2013, Overland Logistics Coordinators Evan Doyle and Tom Crocker scouted our Field Studies Patagonia trip. Recently, Tom Costley sat down to talk with them about their travels and the highlights of Field Studies Patagonia. Tom Costley: Who should sign up for Field Studies Patagonia? Evan Doyle: Active students who are excited to explore […]
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David, spent most of his childhood years dreaming of owning his own youth center. After graduating from high school, Nixon attended Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama.  He attended Alabama Christian College, Florence, AL, Northwest Shoals Community College-Personal Fitness, Real Estate, United States Army School of Administration, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, United States Army Signal Corps., Fort Gordon, GA, Atlanta Georgia School of Training, Atlanta, GA., Ivy Tech Community College, and ITT Technical Institute Online.  
Nixon was awarded "Teacher of the Year," at Northwest Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for the Alternative School on campus and Community Life Coordinator for on-campus living. In addition, he attended the Michigan National Guard School of Administration in Lansing, Michigan. 

In the early 80s, his dream was to become a free agent to play pro football in Chicago. He became a member of the Central Football League (CFL) Association for certified officials.

In 1999, Nixon opened the doors to his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Young Gentlemen and Women 2000.  The YG/W mission statement is to instruct, train, and enhance positive character traits from negative thinking in young people. 

In 2001, Nixon and his wife developed a parent involvement program "Parent Ambassadors Inc.," which was created to get parents more involved with their children in Title I public schools through the volunteer parent involvement program.

In 2002, Nixon registered and ran as an Independent Non-Partisan Gubernatorial Candidate in the State of Michigan.  He was the second African American to run in the State of Michigan.

In 2007, Nixon registered and ran as a grassroots Republican Candidate for Mayor in the City of Evansville, Indiana.  He was the first African American to win the primary election in over 109 years.

Nixon is an independent Christian clergymen, affiliated with World Christianship Ministries.  He is  the  founder of a non-denominational Faith Based Organization, "Hebrews, Matthew, Genesis, and Galatians (H.M.G.G.) Ministries." Nixon's Internet blogger site focuses on various topics.  For instance, community involvement, economic development, adult reentry, and enrichment consultation.  Nixon was also the former assistant secretary of the Evansville/Vicinity Baptist Ministers  and Deacons Alliance.   

He has volunteered at public schools throughout the surrounding region of Indiana.  Nixon volunteered to be the Legislative Chair for Benjamin Bosse High School PTA Committee.  He is a minister, mentor, poet, writer, and motivational speaker. In addition, he is a faith based business consultant, motivational speaker for at risk youth, and supporter of adult reentry.

Nixon is an official member of the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon.  He has been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

Nixon Accepted Into -ITT Technical Institute Bachelor of Applied Science Criminal Justice Program of Studies:

He is continuing his education in Criminal Justice.
Graduate March 2014 ITT Technical Institute Online

Educational Knowledge:
2014 Graduate ITT Technical Institute Online Criminology and Criminal Justice
ITT Technical Institute Online, Indiana
Multicultural Law Enforcement, Research Methods, Community Policing, Writing Analysis, Correctional Operation and Administration, Social Psychology, Psychology, Homeland Security, Victimology, Statistics, Global Issues, Environmental Issues, Current Issues and Controversies in Policing Spatial Aspects of Crime, Constitutional Law, and Ethics, Contemporary World Culture, Substance Abuse And Crime In America, Crime Prevention, Juvenile Justice, Controversial Issues In Law Enforcement, Computer Forensic- Economics Design, Criminology and Criminal Justice

2011 Graduate of ITT Technical Institute Online Criminal Justice

ITT Technical Institute Online, Indiana

Criminal Justice Knowledge:
Problem Solving
Criminal Law
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Composition I & II
Strategies for the Technical Professional
Group Dynamics
State and Local Government
Criminal Justice Organization and Administration
Transportation Security
Essentials of Security
College Mathematics
Introduction to Computing
Principles of Policing & Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement: Reporting & Recording
Correctional Programs: Probation & Parole
Criminal Investigation
Computer Forensics and Cybercrime
Interviewing and Interrogation 
Professional Portfolio*
Capstone of Criminal Justice*

Special Congratulations!
Nixon has been awarded the President's Scholarship Award 2012, as he continues his educational pursuit of happiness.  David will hold a BA in Criminal Justice in the Fall of 2013.

Photography Credit: Edwards Studios, Lansing MI 

Spanish Translation:
David , pasó la mayor parte de sus años de infancia soñando con ser dueño de su propio centro de juventud. Después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria, asistió a la Universidad Estatal de Nixon Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Alabama. Asistió Alabama Christian College , Florence , AL , Northwest Shoals Community College -Personal Fitness, Bienes Raíces , Escuela de Administración del Ejército de Estados Unidos, Fort McCoy , Wisconsin , Estados Unidos Army Signal Corps . , Fort Gordon , GA , Atlanta Georgia, Facultad de Formación , Atlanta, GA . , Ivy Tech Community College, e ITT Technical Institute Online.Nixon recibió el premio " Maestro del Año ", en el Northwest Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals , Alabama, para la Escuela Alternativa en el campus y Coordinador de Vida Comunitaria para la vida en el campus. Además , asistió a la Escuela de la Guardia Nacional de Michigan de la Administración en Lansing, Michigan.

A principios de los años 80 , su sueño era convertirse en un agente libre para jugar fútbol profesional en Chicago. Se convirtió en miembro de la Central de la Liga de Fútbol (CFL ) Asociación para funcionarios certificados.En 1999 , Nixon abrió las puertas de su 501 ( c) ( 3 ) sin fines de lucro joven señores y mujeres 2000 . La declaración de misión YG / W es instruir , capacitar y mejorar los rasgos de carácter positivos de pensamiento negativo en los jóvenes.En 2001 , Nixon y su esposa desarrollaron un programa de participación de los padres " Padres Embajadores Inc. ", que fue creado para que los padres más involucrados con sus hijos en las escuelas públicas del Título I a través del programa de participación de los padres voluntarios.En 2002 , Nixon registrada y se postuló como candidato a gobernador independiente y no partidista en el Estado de Michigan. Él era el segundo afroamericano en ejecutar en el Estado de Michigan.En 2007 , Nixon registrada y se presentó como candidato republicano popular a la alcaldía de la ciudad de Evansville , Indiana. Fue el primer afroamericano en ganar las elecciones primarias en más de 109 años .Nixon es una clérigos cristianos independientes, afiliados a Mundial Christianship Ministerios . Él es el fundador de una organización no confesional basada fe " Hebreos , Matthew, Génesis, y Gálatas ( HMGG ) Ministerios . " Blogger sitio Internet de Nixon se centra en varios temas. Por ejemplo , la participación comunitaria , el desarrollo económico , la reentrada de adultos, y la consulta de enriquecimiento. Nixon también fue el ex subsecretario de Ministros Bautistas Evansville / Vecindario y Diáconos Alianza.Ha trabajado como voluntaria en las escuelas públicas en toda la región circundante de Indiana. Nixon se ofreció para ser el Presidente de Comité Legislativo PTA Benjamin Bosse High School. Él es un ministro , mentor , poeta , escritor y orador motivacional. Además, él es un consultor de negocio basadas en la fe , orador motivacional para los jóvenes en riesgo , y partidario de la reentrada de adultos.Nixon es un miembro oficial de la Asociación Americana de Justicia Penal , Lambda Alpha Epsilon . Ha sido incluido en la Sociedad de Honor Nacional Técnico.Nixon aceptado en -ITT Technical Institute Bachillerato en Justicia Criminal Ciencias Aplicadas de Estudios :Él continúa su educación en la justicia penal .Graduados 03 2014 ITT Technical Institute OnlineConocimiento Educativo : ( 2014 -2014 Graduado ITT Technical Institute Online , Indiana)CURSOS ACADÉMICOS DE LA UNIVERSIDAD REALIZADOSITT Technical Institute Online , IndianaMulticultural aplicación de la ley , métodos de investigación , la Policía Comunitaria , Análisis de Escritura , Correccional Operación y Administración , Psicología Social , Psicología, Departamento de Seguridad Nacional , Victimología , Estadística, Cuestiones Mundiales, Temas ambientales , Actualizaciones y Controversias en aspectos de la delincuencia , la Ley Orgánica Policial espaciales , y Ética , Cultura Contemporánea Mundial, el abuso de sustancias y el crimen en América, de Prevención del Delito , Justicia de Menores , Temas polémicos en aplicación de la ley , Informática Forense - Economía Diseño , Criminología y Justicia Penal

2011 Graduada de ITT Technical Institute OnlineJusticia PenalCURSOS ACADÉMICOS DE LA UNIVERSIDAD REALIZADOSITT Technical Institute Online , IndianaJusticia Penal de conocimiento:Resolución de Problemasderecho penalIntroducción a la Justicia PenalComposición I & IIEstrategias para el Profesional TécnicaDinámica de GruposEstado y de Gobierno LocalOrganización y Administración de Justicia PenalSeguridad en el TransporteEsencial de la SeguridadColegio de MatemáticasIntroducción a la InformáticacriminologíaPrincipios de la Policía y Aplicación de la LeyAplicación de la ley : Presentación de informes y grabaciónProgramas Correccionales : Libertad Condicional y Libertad Bajo PalabraInvestigación CriminalForense y el Delito CibernéticoEntrevista e InterrogatoriopsicologíaPortafolio Profesional *Capstone de Justicia Penal *Felicitaciones especiales!Nixon ha sido galardonado con la beca el Premio del Presidente 2012 , mientras continúa su actividad educativa de la felicidad. David llevará a cabo una licenciatura en Justicia Criminal en el otoño de 2013 .Fotografía de Crédito: Edwards Studios, Lansing MITraducción española :

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Think Ruffles Blog Hop starting up!

Look who is all Ruffled with EXCITEMENT!!

It starts today!  I am not participating but I do know how to cheer the others on!

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not much to report

If you are looking for quilting content, I am afraid you have come to the wrong place.  I am just not in the mood and frankly, the estate matters are taking up a bit of most days.   I am posting anyway as many of you have been so supportive these past few weeks and probably are wondering how things are going.  I appreciate all the cards and emails you have sent.  The offers to call if I need someone to just listen meant a lot.  I thank you for the concern for me and my family.

I am NOT trying to do everything all at once.  Baby steps.    Rather I jot a couple things down that I would like to address and then try to take care of it.   Tuesday I went to Bama Belles but knew I had to empty out his chest of drawers and his desk as I offered them to one of my gals.  ( She has a daughter with another year of college to go, her mom living with her and the two of them are raising three young nieces. I thought of her first.)   They came to pick it up today.  A little minor cleaning this afternoon.  Skyler is going to be upset when he realizes that his morning napping spot is gone along with the chair he treated as a scratching pad.  I decided to move his perch from the sewing room into there but have to wait for the adhesive on the Velcro strip to set up completely first.

One day I spent my time calling the utilities to get service switched, another day, it was cancelling the credit cards.   I sold my Taurus to my neighbor as I didn't need two cars and twice the insurance.  Good thing too as her old vehicle is having a brake line trouble.  One day I baked a good portion of the day and didn't do a thing on my list.  My neighbors got some fresh baked muffin, there is a loaf of quick bread for the quilt show set up day and one loaf sliced up for coffee break time in my freezer and the Belles enjoyed a Red Velvet Poke Cake.  I wanted to try the recipe, not eat a whole cake.  Yesterday I took care of thank you notes, emails and notifications.  The next day I cooked some food ahead---no fun for just me.

I do admit to doing some "crazy lady" things late at night like moving all but the entertainment center in the living room all around.  It started with just swapping lamps and escalated. I had to put it back were it was, because that is the only way it will all fit unless his recliner finds a new home.  And it might or it might go to the bedroom or it might stay right where it is.  I slept well once I got done with all that mess though

Things are up and down emotionally.  I was touched at some of the things I found in his desk and chest of drawers.  It will help with some of the car and home maintenance jobs.  Finding the Valentine he had bought ahead for me really set me off.  My stomach is often in knots, my not sleeping is better some nights, worse others.  I know I am stressed but trying my best.  I miss him terribly especially a meal times.  We might have been doing our own thing throughout the day but we did have most of our meals together.  Those flowers block the empty chair.

I was so disgusted with my cheap tracfone while I was away that I got a new one late last week.  It has way more bells and whistles than I really need.  Android phone but still a tracfone service.   I took that picture of the gorgeous flowers my friend Bev gave me with it, above, for example but if this proves to be a reliable alternative I will consider dropping my land line.  There are also some quilt pictures of some of the turned in quilts on the phone too but I handed the phone to Janet and I was the quilt holder, LOL.  Not entirely sure how to get the pics off the phone other than emailing them back to myself.  Oh, I see there is a "from your phone" option for me to explore.   I'll figure it out.  Learning how to use my new toy has kept me occupied a bit too.

Tomorrow I will need to work on the guild newsletter.  Friendship Quilters is gearing up for the biannual quilt show on the 8th and the newsletter has that last minute information for the event.  I am not signed up to anything more than deliver my entries but I will go over with Jane and Aline on Saturday afternoon for a 3 to close shift.   Will have to stay for take down to get my quilts.  Beyond that I don't plan much and try to take each day, sometimes just the next hour as it comes.

But no real thoughts of sewing-----the closest I came was looking up the numbers my sister sent for her daughter's nursery colors.  Lunar Eclipse, Hidden Meadows, Galactica and Kiss Me Kate.  She said Olympic Paint from Lowe's and when I was out yesterday, I stopped for the paint strips so I can look for the fabrics for her wall hanging.  The baby's drag around quilt could be any fabrics I want to use.  They are doing with a nautical theme and so far it looks like sailboats for that one.  Nana and Mommy liked that idea the best.  Can do at some point though probably not the same pattern that they had looked at--stack and slash and that is just "not me".   Kristine's FIL painted one of the walls in a stripe like this.  Not sure what he used on the other 3, LOL but will find out.  I love the galactica shade--kinda aqua to teal in tones on the paint strip.

And so it goes-----
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Final Day Hugs and Kisses Blog Hop

When I heard that the early February blog hop was slated to be something foundation piecing, I signed up.  I love foundation piecing though I know it is not everyone's cup of tea.  This time around Mdm Samm of sew we quilt and Soma of Whims and Fancies put their heads together and came up with three Valentine's themed blocks that participants could purchase for a 5 dollar donation, the proceeds going to two charities.  Details on pattern purchase can be found HERE.

I got a little bit of a late start due to a January donation quilting binge and then my sewing room floor and painting re-do.   I made my 4 blocks in short order and had big plans for them. I was going to replicate one of the Love Stamps and had purchased a 20 inch square wall decal from Stencils and Decals using the shapes for applique template/tracing, borrowing their image here.

Picture this if you will---the foundation pieced blocks would act as cornerstones and it would finish about 40 inches square, a nice table topper size.   I didn't have a whole of the red fabric I wanted to use so my X blocks were pieced a bit creatively and I was saving the longer pieces so I could recreate the stamp perforation.  It would have worked.

Then you know what they say about plans?  The bottom fell out of my world and I lost the love of my life unexpectedly in the early morning hours of February 1st, just days after our 15th anniversary.  His son and I had a funeral to plan and I needed to arrange to get me and DJ back to IL.  I revised my plans to include a tribute to our time together as a couple.  While I feel that one should show a completed project when participating in a hop, it was just not going to happen, in light of the circumstances.  I let Mdm. Samm know what had happened.  She assured me I was not going to land on the dreaded list, LOL.

 So I moved on to plan 2.  I found a lovely heart design in the Readers's Digest  1000 Great Quilting Designs by Luise Roberts.  The book tells you how much percentage to  increase the motif to fit a certain sized block.  I played around in my irfanview software till I arrived at a number that would fit on a 10 1/2 inch finished block.  Then I did it up in redwork even matching the thread to the coral undertones of the two prints I had chosen.

Here it is in the body of the top

I planned to hand quilt this and quilt in the same motif, minus the names adding some fill work around it.  BUT.............I think it looks schizophrenic.   The X's and O's are fun and free wheeling and the redwork just looks out of place.  I will be moving on to Plan 3.  The redwork will come out and find it's own place of honor in our home, I am thinking framed and matted, when completed.  Plain white will go in the center square or I may get some inspiration from what the others have done this round.  I dropped the ball this round for sure.

I was gone for 10 days and did not feel like sewing.  Internet access is limited  at my parents home so I am hopelessly behind in cheerleading my fellow hoppers on.  I'll get caught up over the weekend.  Promise. Meanwhile please stop by and see what today's participants have come up with.   I promise to be in a better frame of mind the next hop I participate in.  The sewing mojo will return.  It always does!  Good therapy too.

Feb 19th

 Lady Bente

Lady Kristen

Lady Linda

Lady Marcy

Lady Susie

Mdm Samm

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moving on to the next chapter

I want to thank all of you who were so kind to leave condolence messages to me on the passing of my husband.  I am still revising that post I wrote in tribute in my head but I'll keep those additions to myself.  So far it has not been a easy month for me or my extended family, as you might imagine.

The funeral and private inurnment was held in Illinois (where we are both from) on the 8th.  What it took to get him home and me up there on the plane is a bit of an amusing story.  Well, all I kept thinking was DJ would have thought it was a good story.  I won't go into the details here but I did say he had an offbeat sense of humor.

All my siblings were home along with most of the nieces and nephews as well.  Tracy's family was there to support him.  DJ's golfing buddy and his wife came though Herb is recuperating from surgery, his first day out.  Co-workers from the cable TV concern where he retired from came too.  A few friends from my old quilt guild attended.  One of the Tri-Valley moms and her son, a friend of Tracy were there as well.  Jane and DJ have exchanged Christmas cards for years.  I thought it would just be family.  I didn't expect to see any floral arrangements either but there were some. One of the local churches allowed us to have the luncheon there as the town community center was unavailable due to a scouting event.  The kindnesses were appreciated.

A light hearted moment and some photo ops since so many of the family were together.  My sister, the one on the right said, "get down on the floor like a cheerleader" though I guess I didn't know what to do with my legs.

Of course we are having such a freakish winter so getting back to Alabama was also a bit of a challenge. It is winter so you expect some of that, right?   The weather in central Illinois and O'Hare straightened out but wouldn't you know it, here comes a snow/ice event for Alabama and Georgia.    What the heck???   Since I was traveling on a bereavement ticket, I was allowed to back things up a few days fairly easily.  They said as long as there was a seat on the plane, I could extend again if I had to.  But wouldn't you know?  Things clear up in the South due to rising temperatures and it starts snowing Friday at my parent's home.  4 more inches on top of what is already there.  So more worry and fretting ensued.  A week ago, when I first heard the forecast for Alabama my sister and two FAB pals had to talk me down from the ledge, so to speak--thx for that.  A seasoned traveler, I am not.   If I had not left yesterday, I would been possibly stuck in another snow/ice/sleet event today or Monday.

I love my parents dearly but I just wanted to get home---my own bed, to Skyler but DJ is not here.  Illinois is not my home anymore, Alabama is.   Even with family you are still a guest.  I think what has sustained me to this point is that I was still in vacation type mode---only I could not pick up the phone to call him to check in and see how his day went.  Even today, I had things to do like you always do after a trip, unpack, laundry and get some groceries laid in.  

Still, the time extension allowed me to go out to lunch with my friend Robin who I have not seen in person since we left Bloomington-Normal.  Facebook and occasionally cards and such yes, but not in person.  Tracy and LuAnn came up for dinner at a local restaurant too.  Had it not snowed again on Friday,  my sister and I would have gone out to one of my "must have when back in IL" meals at either Steak and Shake, Schooner's for their onion rings OR Avanti's for gondolas or Italian Beef sandwiches with meat sauce.  The plan was to go to our nephew's basketball game afterwards.  We agree that we'll make amends next time I am back to visit.

My friend Jane and her husband Hugh were so kind to carry me over to ATL and pick me up yesterday as well.  We stopped for a late lunch/early supper on the way home and I walked in the house about 6 pm on the nose.  Skyler was not waiting for me at the door, but came when I called, a little unsure at first.  Such purring and petting ensued, really earning him the title of Velcro Kitty.  My neighbor Glynda has taken very good care of him though and he has a new buddy.  I told her I may have to let her have visitation rights.

I did a good bit of embroidery while I was away, something that may show up in the Hugs and Kisses blog hop piece that is due by mid week.  I have not been able to cheer the others on like I normally would.   (The computer is in Dad's study and that is his private space I am invading.)  Mdm. Samm knows that my piece will not be completed as I would have liked.  I won't end up on "the list", she assures me.  Once I finished that bit I worked on a "Snow Happens" piece from Bird Brain Designs.  Snowballs for 5 cents---when all that snow is free and abundant.  I read several books. Other  than watching  "Downton Abbey" with my dad, I did not watch much TV.    I did try to help Dad out of a software snafu they were having but mostly offline.  Mostly I have struggled with tears.  Like a raw nerve, I am afraid if I really start, I won't stop.  I suppose that is only natural?

So the next chapter of my life has begun.  Not anything that I was ready for or wanted.  He tried to tell me. He left me notes in the box of papers I will need to go through.   I have friends and family that I can call on when I am having a blue day.  I am not alone with that support system in place.  Bear with me on those maudlin days.  Continue to hold me and my family up in prayer if you would please.

I hope you will understand if I am not able to answer your kind notes individually but I do appreciate you sharing that kindness and support.
Craigslist Boaz

some pictures to share

As I digging around in the closet for any pair of shoes and slippers I could find to take up to the Baptist Service Center later in the week, I found a box of photos directly underneath it.  I respected my husband's privacy and he respected mine; neither of us was about to go digging around in each other's things, married or not. To be honest, it seems very odd for me to be doing it now.    A quick glance told me that this would need some sorting.

His dad was a bit of an amateur photographer so there are duplicates and similar photos.  DJ's sister had a house fire at some point and lost a lot of her memorabilia so I know I will be passing things on to DJ's niece.  His sister died in the early 90's, not long after we lost DJ's dad.  Then there are more pictures to pass on to Tracy, DJ's son.  Some I am keeping.  I got them all separated out before lunch but just picked a few to share.

The year is not marked but catch the haircut.  I think he liked this picture about as much as my dad likes the one of him with the itchy wool stockings.  He knew I had a copy of it but I told him I was not giving it back, LOL.   Think maybe 5 or 6 years old in this one??   There were some cute ones with him with a sailor hat one, playing with his dog.

A little bit older here.  Hair all spiffed back too, maybe a school picture.  Guessing more like 10 or so in this one.

This was DJ's pride and joy, 1955 Crown Vic.  He had bought the car, a year old at the time, from the estate of a young man who had died unexpectedly.  His was a little different than the color photograph in that the pink was over the white and it had a white top.  I don't think you can see the snap of it very well but by then he had a buzz cut.  I have another photo of him that looks about the same vintage that says 1958 on the side of it, making him about 21, 22 depending on just when in the year.   He also has a model of this same car that is currently sitting on the entertainment center in the living room while this picture hangs in the hallway.

Then some of us in the early years.  I can date this one easily as this was my bridesmaid dress when my sister Janet and Rich married in early April 1982.

Not sure of the year here but I do know that I had gotten an perm for some unknown reason---with natural curly wavy hair.  What was I thinking???  The fact that we are both dressed up, it had to be either his or my Christmas parties.

Unknown year here too but it was before I started cutting his hair.  (I cut it way shorter than that and no weird comb over deal.)  Obviously mine was grown out enough to pull up or back.  He always had the mustache as long as I knew him, shaving it off only once in a particularly harsh winter as it kept freezing up on him.  He was a cable TV technician and that was outside work in all kinds of weather.  The last 5 years he worked for the company was as the manager of the technicians and time just drug for him.  I do not recognize the picture above our heads or the couch or remember who might have taken it.

I know I have had our wedding pictures on here at some point so I'll skip those.    What a cutie he was in all the stages of of his life!

I've got a quick errand to run and then it is time to do some more thank you notes.
Craigslist Boaz

after picture

Look a little better than yesterday, LOL?

Don't worry I am not going to bore you to death every time I clean out something or move it around.  This is up to show the comparison.   I DID get it emptied out but two drawers of paper materials to sort through were just boxed up for now.  The rest contained socks and undergarments, more or less, so those are gone via trash bags.  I am probably going to call the donation truck to come get it or at least, am leaning that way.  If it does stay,  it goes on the opposite wall.   I don't need it and it would be far too easy to start  loading it up with sewing stuff.  Not good when the goal is to use what you already have.

I AM entertaining the idea of moving my office desk and file cabinet in there so I have more room  in the sewing/computer room to sew and quilt.  At first I was mulling the idea of moving the cutting/pressing table in there but then I am back to the floor constantly needing vacuuming.  I put down the laminate in here to AVOID that.  Also I would need to get more fabric to skirt the table as at present it sits in the corner of the room requiring skirting on just two sides.  A real set of bed risers would be needed.  The thread containers a new home.  Not worth it.  That is when I started thinking the desk could move---not that I want to empty it out again necessarily.  Doesn't need to be done right away, either.  My thought was that I could find a computer desk that will take up much less space--they have some used stuff at the thrift store, last time I looked.  Maybe that is an option.

I've had a busy day already:

  • to the thrift store with things appropriate for re-sale
  • to the bank---part of yesterday's clean up on top meant rolling up the coins in the change jars
  • to the Baptist Service Center near here with his coats I had carried out last week.  I said my husband had passed away and the ladies there gave me some ideas about what else would be helpful.  I'll go back on Thursday with any of the shoes he had around the house.  Shoes and caps.  I think I know where some gloves are as well.
  • to lunch---Zaxby's for some chicken that sounded good
  • to the post office to mail out the boxes to the family members.  Unfortunately my little pull cart was dragging an axle as I walked in. A wheel had come off, a spring and cotter pin are totally missing.  I may need to replace this or empty out the other cart.  THAT one is loaded up with the stuff out of HIS car trunk and extraneous stuff from mine.  Mostly a wash basin full of golf balls etc.
  • to Pickett's for some canned treat bites for Mr. Spoiled Rotten
  • to the recycle center with the the usual stuff
  • to the library and then home
Did I mention that my neighbor bought my 2002 Taurus?  When Glynda asked her son to find out what it listed for bluebook, he said something to the effect of "That might be a good car for you, Mama"  She said they called her SUV, older than my car, the Six Flags Mobile as you felt like you were riding on a roller coaster. We made a deal and I did NOT need to advertise it, wash or wax it, vacuum it out or any of that stuff.  Worth it to me.  Also the timing could not have been better as she found out her brake lines were leaking fluid within days of the purchase.  

Then the other day her husband was looking for a replacement riding lawn mower.  He found out that his was not worth repairing.  Brand new ones are pricey.  Part of their yard can be done on the tractor but not all of it.  Robert mows for a couple other women as well so he needs a mower.  Ours is a 17 year old well maintained Craftsman but I have no desire to mow our little acre.  (I tried it once when DJ had his open heart surgery back in 99 but then the neighbor did it once after that.  It was summer so the grass dried up by the time it needed it again, he was okay to do it again). Now I would consider doing the back yard with a push mower maybe but not the part that tips and tilts, the spare lot.   I said he could have it if he will mow for me this season. Actually in trying the mower out, he headed off that way to knock some of the weeks down.  The other neighbor next door had offered to help out as well and I think I will ask him to go a little over on the left property line which will make it less of a job for everyone.   Barter system.  I may need a lesson in weed whacking though.  Apparently I have three of them out there, one with a battery pack.

Tomorrow's list is started.  Keep busy, small tasks.  No desire to sew but maybe some knitting?  Baby blanket maybe to keep my hands busy in the evening?  I am going to be a great-auntie this summer after all though a wall hanging and baby quilt are  promised.   Susan at Patchwork Reflections has been helping me out behind the scenes with a pattern she had done in the past, Basketweave in a soft yellow.

And so it goes-------

Craigslist Boaz

another day, another little job

I think today's task better be to clear off the top of this dresser.  It never looked THAT bad when DJ was using it.  Yes, he had little stacks of this and that but he could always find what he was looking for.  Of course, as I have emptied out/emptied off other things this became a repository for stuff that does not belong.  Like my little fan and that fire extinguisher.  Well, the fire extinguisher was nearer to the bed in case of a fire and he had his golf clubs hiding behind the bedroom door rather than his car trunk when the bitter cold weather came.  I drug them to another part of the room.

All those picture frames were NOT on there either.  In earlier clearing I had found some pictures and family items that I felt should go to his various family members and packed those up yesterday.  I am not, however, mailing frames or glass stuff.  You see the end result, LOL.

There are meds to dispose of.  Also his hearing aid is on there along with some batteries.  Surely there is some place that will take those?   I'll call his service center and see.

Baby steps.  I should be writing thank you notes, and I have done a some already, but this mess is driving me a little nuts.  Address it first.

Craigslist Boaz


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