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Hello again, all! I have been unable to keep this blog up for awhile.  We have been coping with serious medical issues and that has been my focus for a long time. My husband lost his long battle with his illness. Now I am trying to return to all my hobbies and crafts and look forward to resuming my posts. With two sweet granddaughters, I will not lack for projects! Be back soon, JoAnne



Home Again


We enjoyed our wonderful travels this fall. I had a chance to help my daughter and family to settle in their new home in North Carolina. Great trip, beautiful new home and many wonderful days with those two sweet little grand daughters. Then hubby and I returned to both Houston and North Carolina to spend time with our youngest daughter and again to see the babies. Especially sweet was the chance for a quick trip back to Houston to spend five wonderful days at the Houston Quilt Festival. It was especially nice to return ( I used to go every year) and enjoy it with my daughter. I took two great classes, saw some of the most beautiful quilts and, of course, spent too much money on new fabrics and other goodies! Loved it! Now I am settling in again to work on some new things, do my copic work to complete our Christmas cards (pictures of all to follow!) and get ready for Christmas.

Back at Home


What an eventful and exciting summer we have had! We were blessed to have our girls spend some time with “Mom and Dad”.

Our youngest completed her sojourn to a PhD in Chemical engineering! the trip to Texas for the graduation ceremony was a memory we will have for the rest of our lives. We are so proud of her and respect the hard work and commitment that she invested. After her studies took her to Boston and then Austin, Texas we had not had her home too much in the last few years. Lots of trips back and forth, but having her for June and part of July was wonderful! She is a delight and we got a chance to do some fun things-like a vacation to Hawaii!! A wonderful trip of a lifetime. She needed the break after so many years of such hard work. She is settled in at her job, moved to a new city, bought a car, buying furniture- in other words having a blast starting her working life.

Our oldest daughter and her family had the wonderful opportunity to move to North Carolina with my son-in-law’s promotion.  As the transition came together we were able to have our daughter and two grand daughters stay with us for a few weeks.  Our son-in-law had to go earlier than the family to start the new job, they made two house hunting trips, opened escrow and closed on their beautiful new home, all of which took a awhile. My husband and I cherished every bit of it. Knowing what moving in would be like with two little ones, they asked me to come to NC for a couple of weeks. My job was to look after the girls (like that was a hardship!) while the house was unpacked. It was nice to see their new home, see where they would be living and spend time will all of them.

It was the best summer in a long time! Now I am back and trying to get my routine back.  Struggling though! I think I have “over planning paralysis”! So many things on my list, in my idea book and in my head, where to start? But now I need to get busy.  First order of business is to finish the reorganization of my craft area. Watch for pictures soon! I will be posting some of the cabinet installation pictures (from 10 years ago!) so you can see what I started with and see where it is now. Here is a sneak peek!

Lots of change in our life right now!


As I start this blog I am wondering how to fit more of my crafting and card making into such a busy life. Temporary though! My youngest Dr. Freeman! starts her new job tomorrow. After 10 years of grad school I think it is an exciting and maybe a little scary adventure for her!

My other daughter and family are busy trying to get moved to North Carolina as my son-in-law begins his new job, also starting tomorrow. We have the pleasure of babysitting the 2 year only perfect granddaughter for Mom and Dad to make house hunting trip with perfect granddaughter number two. Since they did find a home, submitted and offer and will be in escrow tomorrow-things are going to get really busy! Looks like an end of August closing and the ladies will need to make a move to join Daddy. Again, Mimi will get a chance to assist by flying to NC and keeping those sweet little girls from under foot while the truck is unloaded and house put together.

May be September before I get this blog really up and running! Since I want to customize the banner and look of the blog I may need every minute until September to get it just right.

Happy crafting to all of you!