Monday, December 4, 2017

whooo's the baby

baby quilt for little niece Lilianna Rose due in February!

'baby woodland animals' theme 

Quilt finished in September and the hardest part is waiting to give it to them, which happened this weekend at her baby shower. Congratulations to the upcoming parents! Can't wait to meet the new member of our family.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

National Quilt Museum

National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky

No photos allowed inside, the following pictures are from the museum's Facebook page:

Corona II by Caryl Bryer Fallert

Crazy Horse Memorial by Cyder Fast Wolf

Double Eagle quilt by artist Esther Changing Thunder

Confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kentucky sunrise

So peaceful here in rural Kentucky. Listening to the news from Evansville, Indiana, the weatherman says it will be a pretty sunrise, get out there and see it, so I did. He says it is foggy down in Muhlenberg county, yes it is. Cool this fall morning, 53 degrees.

Friday, August 25, 2017

thanks NPS

National Park Service Senior Pass cost increases on August 27, 2017 from $10 to $80.

Folks are scrambling around trying to find them everywhere (kind of like the eclipse glasses), us included.

We left Mississippi for a 2 week vacation and tried to find the passes along the way. We tried the office in Blairsville, GA, stopped at the visitor center in the Smokies near Cherokee, NC where the ranger told us he heard the only ones left in the entire Southeast region were at a military park north of Atlanta. We stopped at the Townsend, TN welcome center with no luck. We called Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in GA, on the recorded message they stated they had No Senior Passes! Our last chance was back in Mississippi at the BLM office in Jackson, MS, where we finally lucked out!  We knew we could go online to get them, but according to the website, it would take months and cost twice as much. 

So why do we need a Senior Pass? The National Parks here in the East do not charge admission, but the ones out West do, so we are just planning ahead, for retirement travel.

But wait - we just checked nearby Mammoth Cave NP and with the Senior Pass we can get discounts on cave tours and camping! And also at our favorite campground in the Smokies - Elkmont, half price campsites discounted from $23 down to $11.50. 

Thanks NPS! I know you need the money hence the price increase, but thanks for announcing the change ahead of time so all of us old folks could take advantage of the lower price.

What's in your wallet?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

eclipse afterthoughts

U S Interior on Instagram: The dark centers and golden rays of prairie sunflowers seem to echo the #eclipse shining above them. Sunflowers blossom in the dunes and grasslands of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado in late August -- just in time to welcome the 2017 solar eclipse. Photo by Patrick Myers, National Park Service.

my thoughts on the great eclipse from here in Kentucky:

traffic - nada
shortage of gas and food - nope
weather - perfect
protective glasses - $2
moon pies $3
total solar eclipse - priceless!

The news in the time leading up to the eclipse was all about traffic concerns, shortage of gasoline and food.

And the availability of special eclipse glasses. What do Americans do if they need something? Of course they order it from Amazon, even if you wait until late they will still ship overnight if you need it. Amazon did indeed sell a lot of the special eclipse glasses, but suppliers were not reputable and the glasses were not guaranteed to be safe… so Amazon did the right thing by refunding customer's money. BUT then those hundreds of thousands of folks were scrambling around trying to find glasses and many did not find them. Amazon really dropped the ball on this one, better luck next time. 

And what about all of those armchair shoppers who had to actually leave the house, go out and try to find glasses, stand in lines, call friends and stores. What, do you mean you cannot get everything you need from the internet? Who knew?

Thanks to Buddy's boss for sending us here to The Path of Totality just in time for the eclipse.

Thanks for all the scientists who figured out down to the exact second when and where this would take place.

Thanks to the moon for aligning perfectly with the sun and putting on a spectacular show for all of us!

Monday, August 21, 2017

the great eclipse

August 21, 2017 

Total Solar Eclipse

got glasses? just $1
campground entrepreneurs 

noticeably cooler, darker

stars shining, lights coming on

Madisonville, Kentucky
in The Path of Totality

Friday, August 18, 2017


we are all ready for The Great Eclipse! 

Record numbers of folks are expected to travel to the areas of total eclipse, and local officials in small towns are trying to gear up the best way they know how, without any previous experience. Some communities are declaring a state of disaster so they can call in the National Guard to help with traffic. Additional cell towers are being set up. Hospitals are cancelling elective surgery to free up employees for emergencies. 

I plan to stay right here, but I did fill up my car gas tank, stocked up on groceries, and of course bought the special glasses.

Here in Madisonville, Kentucky, we are in The Path of Totality - sounds ominous right? We watch the network news from Evansville, IN - they are talking nonstop about The Great Eclipse, and they are reporting LIVE from here in Madisonville on Monday. 

I wonder what will everyone be talking about this time next week?

this awesome eclipse quilt is featured this week at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Last spring I made some videos about crocheting for Madison, put them on YouTube so she could access them. 

There has been 2443 views so far and I am thinking they are not all from Madison :)

I think it is called traffic, not exactly Trending and certainly not Viral... but cool all the same.

Cursive Crochet on YouTube