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Arrived back home late yesterday morning – it was really a fast trip home when you think of how you can spend all day in an airport at times.  I left Newport News at 7 Eastern time and got back to Little Rock AR in central time at 11:30 AM – one short layover and so glad the flight arrived early to NC as I might have missed the flight otherwise.

I got very little done in the line of sewing while at my sister’s place – the lighting just wasn’t good and she doesn’t like a lot of lights on when watching tv – so I just went with it and put it aside most of the time.  I will have plenty of time now to get back to my routine and make progress.

I did get the hexies out last night for a short while but barely accomplished anything – LOL – I was just too tired, had not slept well the night before – I guess knowing you need to be at an airport around 5 in the morning will do it to you –  I’m always afraid I will over sleep.  Linking to Love, Laugh, Quilt today and Em’s Scrapbag.


A jar of dark chocolates were waiting for me – love these and Mike knows it – I was down to my last couple pieces so this was a welcome surprise.


And some of you want to know if work was done on the sewing room while I was gone – yes – the carpet is torn out and the room is a mess!  Has to be for progress to be made.


the other side – the closet is about ripped out too – not quite all of it – have to get a support beam – it is a load bearing wall – so a beam of some sort will go in.  Two different types of wood on the floor because at one time this was not a bedroom – way before our time half of it was a storage room of some type and half of it a tiny back porch – hence the problems with the floor sagging in places.  Taking this closet out will extend the room and give us 3 more feet of space to use.


Some of you may have read the blog “Empty Nest But Full Heart” and some of you remember that Kathy found out she had ovarian cancer last year – Kathy died January 16th and word is beginning to spread now to her blog readers.  Kathy and I used to correspond on a very regular basis and had a several years long blogging friendship.  In the last six months as she got worse I would occasionally hear from, she sent me a note around Christmas and then again right afterwards telling me she was loosing the battle and had come to terms with it and then I heard no more.  We as bloggers correspond with so many but most times our families have no idea who all we are chatting with and so we normally never hear what happens when someone stops blogging.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a designated person who could update our readers if something happened to us.  Something to think about!  Think about having a family member or friend have access to your blog for something like that.

I should be getting back into a regular routine this week and hope to get back to my daily blogging.  Thanks to all of you for following along while I visited my sister in Williamsburg VA  — she was doing so well – here I thought I was going out to help her in her recovery from surgery for a brain tumor  and there she showed up to pick me up at the airport driving the car herself just 3 weeks after surgery.  We shopped, laughed, reminisced of years gone by – visited, cooked, and took long walks.  I know it was not the usual  blog post and I found that the photos messed up again – depending on what device you use the photos might have been sideways  – sorry about that !  I think I need to give up trying to blog on the Iphone or the Ipad – don’t know why the photos do that.  I do believe Mike fixed it all for me late in the day yesterday.

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14 comments… add one
  • Marianne Jan 30, 2017

    I’m so sorry you have lost your virtual friend. That happened to me a few years ago, and I think of her. We do create virtual ties that keep us going, don’t we? I am, however, really glad to know your sister is doing so well. It was great you got in some sister time – one of mine lives in Colorado and the other in the Netherlands, so our times together are few and far between. Bet your old sewing room/office seems a lot bigger now with things removed. I’ll be looking forward to seeing it progress over the next months.

  • Deb Jan 30, 2017

    He’s a real sweetie filling the chocolate jar 🙂
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  • maxine lesline Jan 30, 2017

    Having been away.. home seems extra sweet, doesn’t it….a traveling stitcher often runs into the low lighting problem. So if you had to be at the airport at 5, then it was 4 or earlier when you got up… traveling is hard work. Living is hard work, too… grieving and adjusting… so important to have needle work… some hobby to distract from ….lots of stuff.

  • Teri Dingler Jan 30, 2017

    So sorry to hear of her loss with cancer. I think your suggestion is a great one and I have a daughter to take care of just that for me. Glad you made it back! We cruised last week and after THAT experience (many past cruises with no complaints) I think my feet will stay on good old USA!
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  • Michele Hill Jan 30, 2017

    Welcome home Karen and hope you have caught up on your sleep! I think the same thing about blogging and suddenly not being there especially with my cardiac issue……but hopefully the family know all my passwords and will some how work it out!! Maybe we should leave instructions where the wills are kept….now that is an idea I should do! You have been a great friend to me via the blog and may we have many, many more years of it together xx
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  • Sarah Jan 30, 2017

    You sound as if you had a great time with your sister, and the renovations in your work room are progressing. Your post made me think. Its sad to loose a blogging friend.
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  • Dottie bishaw Jan 30, 2017

    Glad you got back Karen. It was so nice of Mike to give you such a nice surprise. I’m sorry about the loss of your friend. I too had a friend who had a quilting blog and died. Her husband still keeps in touch now and then. Glad you had a good time with your sister.

  • Elzaan Jan 31, 2017

    Welcome home…a messy home, but home!
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    • Karen Jan 31, 2017

      luckily I can just shut the door and forget about it until the weekends when he has time to work on it 🙂

  • Cindy Jan 31, 2017

    So sorry to hear about Kathy. I had wondered about her. So glad you had a good visit with your sister.

    • Karen Jan 31, 2017

      thanks Cindy – yes very nice visit – and even though I expected the news on Kathy it was sad – would have been great to have met her in person

  • Bonnie in Va Jan 31, 2017

    I’m sure you will be so happy when you get your sewing room back…and better than ever. Glad you made it home safely.

    • Karen Jan 31, 2017

      it well be awhile before it gets done but it will like you say – be better!

  • Nanette Feb 4, 2017

    Welcome home, I enjoyed your posts while you were gone. It is sad to lose a friend.
    You are correct. Word of mouth is nice, but would be great to have a focal point – especially someone in the family!

    Enjoy those sweets!

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