Here’s a picture of my first “real quilt” that I just finished. The pattern was called Simply Hearts. It’s for Jenna from fabric she chose about 2 years ago. It didn’t take me 2 years to make it, but it probably took about 1 1/2 years to get around to it. Actually it was pretty fun and I’m kind of anxious to start on a second one – not this summer though! Even though I’d made a couple of small quilts before that were tied, this was the first that was actually quilted over the entire surface of the quilt. With extra fabric, I decided to make a pillow too.
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Last week I headed off for Tucson, AZ for a four-day Family Economics Financial Education (http://www.fefe.arizona.edu/index.php) conference. I arrived on Sunday and spent the afternoon in a rental car seeing some of the sights of the city and Mount Lemon, which is just north and east of Tucson. Once the conference actually started on Monday, there really was not much time for sightseeing, although we did slip off to the mall and drove past the University campus. We stayed at the Westward Look Resort (http://www.westwardlook.com) which was a wonderful, historic place that housed all of our meetings and offered many things to do in our free time. The speakers and the program were outstanding and I learned many new things that I hope to incorporate into my classes this fall. It was the wee hours of Friday morning when I arrived back home – glad that I had gone, but equally as happy to be home!
OK…so here it is June and May just flew by. As we hurried from one event to another, I kept thinking maybe I could blog about this or that…and just never found the time to do it. Kalie graduated and we went to lots of other graduations around the state of family and friends. The school year ended and our summer routine picked up. The month was filled with lots of fun events and some challenges too. But, the weather took front and center stage last Tuesday night and the early hours of Wednesday morning when over 6 1/2 inches of rain fell here. Roads, fields, city streets and many basements in the area were filled with water! About 2:30 am Wednesday morning, our house guests who were sleeping in the basement awoke to more than 4 inches of water covering the floor. There were musical instruments, video games, and electronics to rescue along with whatever else could be gathered quickly and a rush to start up the pumps to get all that water out of the house! The next few days were spent trying to dry off and salvage what we could and taking up carpeting and the pad underneath that was acting as a very soggy sponge. We have it mostly dried out now and have most all of our remaining belongings that are to be stored in the basement in a pyramid of plastic storage containers. We love the rain, but would have appreciated not getting all 6+ inches within a few hours. It was a month of May to remember!