Thursday, April 18, 2013

I have not posted on this board in several years but still read it occasionally. Nice to read the posts and some of the folks I remember.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I also am thinking of the carnage in Boston - not only the athletes but the children who were caught up in it, injured and killed, and the families where more than one was affected.  Such little bombs to see them go off, but they were obviously made carefully, to inflict the maximum damage.  I hope they find who did this.  Thank goodness they found the other bombs before they were able to be set off.  If anyone hears of a quilt collection for the victims and families could you please let us know?  Thanks.

We are off in 5 days' time for a drive around the 'countryside': up the centre to Alice Springs, keep going then turn east and keep driving to Cairns and the Barrier Reef.  We will meet our Oregon friends (Mary, DH +2), spend a week there then drive slowly to Brisbane, taking another week to do so.  We'll part there, after which DH and I will drive to Canberra (our 'capitol'), then Melbourne to see DSs 1 and 3 before heading home.  6 weeks, half the continent and over 10,000 km (6,200 miles).  Certainly a test for a new car!

Marion and Bee - good to catch up on your news.  Little 'Lottie' has her first birthday next week.  We caught up with them a couple of days ago.  I gave her mother my first pair of earrings (sleepers) for when the little one has her ears pierced.  I think I'll start looking for other things to give away - it felt really good.

Hugs to all,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

1st the Boston marathon

I hope this is going to post, not happy with the computer at the moment. 1st the marathon, I was up early to watch and just put the TV on when the explosions went off. I am so sorry for all concerned, we had lots of NZers over there either running or as spectators. The perpetrators are not humans. Our friends were not in the elite group and were way back and stopped at a bridge so thankfully missed all the mayhem. I am thinking of Marion and the school holidays. My GD Cara has just started school and is very cross she is not going to school for two weeks. Jo is quite pleased as she has a lot of yarn to dye and the little one wants to help, I can just see her helping,dye everywhere LOL. Cara is so good with Eden and they play really well. The weather here has broken , we have had the most wonderful summer I can remember,not good for the farmers but super for us.Raining and blowing, Gus is such a wuss and tries all doors in case he can find one where he can go outside and not get wet.I have never had a dog who hates water so much, giving him a bath is a major exercise. When Harry was here we used to use our bath,we shower all the time,he took one end and I the other. Sometimes quite a laugh if you don't mind getting wet. Not much happening in the quilting,but a lot of reading, nothing better than sitting on my deck with a coffee and a book. I have been knitting, nothing sensational but little hats for our hospital, great fun and good to feel useful. Now winter is just round the corner I will be back to my quilts, enjoy a change but quilting is definately my first love. Hugs to all, Bee in NZ.

Monday, April 15, 2013

tried to post my thoughts about the Boston Marathon, it went "puff"

OK, the thoughts are out there in cyber-land somewhere.
For anyone who hasn't heard 2 bombs went off at the Boston Marathon today.  My heart is sad that Americans (and runners from all over the world) who are top athletes were injured in such a terrible way, and 2 killed.  Running is such a fun sport, good for you, fresh air. etc.  To be a target of a massive attack is just something you don't think about.  Cars, dogs, sliping on used water cups, are all things a runner thinks about.
I'm sitting here in my local 2013 running T shirt.  As I reported over the last few months I had such trouble with my foot, was so happy to be able to walk 9.3 miles in March that my heart just hurts.  We live in a culture of death, from inside a mother's womb to top running events, that one just shakes one's head in disbelief.
On a family note, DD and her gang had a major snow storm in No. Dakota today!  Here I sit in 75-80 degree weather and they have snow at least once a week in April.  She couldn't make it to work, which means the local post office was closed.  School closed.  A few months ago she told me that the never close the schools there.  It's been a hard winter for them.
Going to stop and go put a binding on a quilt before DH gets home.  Think I should do some more "Quilts of Valor" ASAP.
Sara in sunny Fla.