Friday, July 31, 2015

Table of Grace - July and a Bonanza

Danny - always comes to help us at serving time. We made baked spaghetti, fruit salad, Italian bread and four different cakes.

Sue - welcoming the last of the line - which means we eat soon. 

The Bonanza

Last month, the church office called to ask me if we could use some ground beef for Table of Grace.
Our church also has a food pantry and sometimes receives food that has been declined by a restaurant or store usually because it wasn't what they ordered or more than they ordered.  The food pantry had no way of repackaging the meat safely so it came to us. 

Yes  - of course - I answered

We were given 140 pounds of ground beef - so we will be making all our menus with ground beef included in the main course until it is gone.

Again God is Good!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Good Birthday News

Before I left for New York, my friends Annie May and Joyce, took me out to lunch to celebrate my birthday and thank me for rides to doctor and hospital visits.  Annie drives around here in our little town but doesn't drive in Raleigh.  Annie and I are in Woman's Club together and in the same Sunday School Class. 

They also had marvelous news to share.

Joyce and Annie are sisters.  Last September while Joyce was here in the states visiting Annie she became ill and was diagnosed with cancer. She has just finished her treatments and has received notice that they were successful. 
 She will remain in the states for awhile longer to regain her strength before she returns home to Sierra Leonne.

God is Good!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sister Time

Barb, our chauffeur of the day, with Joe Crow, (our great nephew makes decoys out of styrofoam packing material as a hobby - Barb adopted this one) riding shotgun.

Janet, picking our the doughnuts of the day at Wegmanns.

Loon Lake - Laf-a-Lot Restaurant

Spent a week and a half at my sister's in western NYS.  My sister Barb came out for a few days too.
We had a great time catching up, playing cards, relaxing and visiting some of our favorite restaurants,
Billie Shue's, the Sunrise Diner, the Laf-a-Lot and the Chat a While.  

Cute Joke

The Psychiatrist vs. The Bartender

Ever since I was a child, I've always had a fear of someone under my bed at night.

So I went to a shrink and told him: “I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared. I think I'm going crazy.”
“Just put yourself in my hands for one year, said the shrink. Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.”
“How much do you charge?”
“Eighty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor.
“I'll sleep on it,” I said.

Six months later the doctor met me on the street. “Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?” He asked.
“Well, Eighty bucks a visit, three times a week for a year, is $12,480.00. A bartender cured me for $10.00. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought me a new pickup truck.”

“Is that so?” With a bit of an attitude he said, “and how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?”

“He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain't nobody under there now.”

It's always better to get a second opinion.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Shop Sample

This was a pattern that Joyce found on All People Quilt.  She picked out the fabric and helped cut it out.  I sewed it and she offered it as a class that I taught.

It was an excellent pattern to use to teach Y seams.

It was a very different pattern than I usually choose so it was also good for me to refresh my skills.  Sometimes it's good to stretch your horizons.

The pattern was easy to follow and went together nicely.

I really like the paisley border.  The quilt is quilt small. But a nice size for a wall hanging.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fun Birthday Day

The day lilies by the side door are so pretty right now.

Thsy brighten up any morning,

This is the finished bug jar quilt that I made in May.  It is for a young boy who has recently moved into a new home.  My friend S also made a bug jar quilt for his twin brother.  In addition, she made quilts for their two older brothers.  Today we presented them to their mother.  She was so happy to receive them.   
After that S and I did a little shopping at one of our favorite quilt shops, Thistlebee in Goldsboro.  Thistlebee carries a wonderful selection of reproduction fabrics.  
 We enjoyed lunch together before I headed back to Wendell.

These young folks took me to  a fun and festive dinner at Chuy's in Raleigh.
Will celebrate with the rest of the family tomorrow night with a dinner and games party!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Waiting for the Plumber - Lake

While waiting for the plumber to come and install a new dishwasher and repair the pump on the irrigation system  - I started making these blocks to use for donation quilts.

It took two trips to the lake and four days before the jobs got done.  I have enough blocks to make two quilts  - one is sewn together - the other set is resting on the side of the sewing table.

I also had time to read a couple of novels - so I really enjoyed what might have been a big annoyance.

We had several showers but this was by far the heaviest,  The boathouse was barely visible during the worst of it.  No thunder or lightning with it though.  It came up really fast and there were lots of boats flying in to shore. And an hour later the sun was shining brightly again.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Banner Days

It  has been a busy month at WUMC.  We have new members who joined the church.

And four baptisms!

Lori and I have the enjoyment of making banners for each young child who is baptized.

They are presented with their banners after the ceremony.  I have been making the banners for about 10 years but this is the first time I have done four in a month.  That's a Praise!