A busy weekend & a little applique

First of all, there was a horrific terrorist attack in London over the weekend and I want to mention that prior to posting the mundane goings on around here.  While many updates and stories and press releases were occuring on Saturday, a recent one from today from the London mayor, Sadiq Khan.

“The Mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services, and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city. He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police – including armed officers – on the streets,” Khan’s spokesman said in a statement.

Meanwhile there is a benefit concert going on for the Manchester victims of an attack only a few weeks ago. I can only pray that these misguided people who turn into terrorists realize that God is a God of love…this is not something that our Creator, called Allah, God, Goddess, Mother, Father, the Great Spirit, Brahman, or whatever each religion has a name for, wishes!

As to here, I had my little grandson here on Friday and he must be due for a growth spurt. ( blurry phone pics below )

His mama brought him at nine, and while he’d had breakfast, within a half hour he said that he was hungry again. During the course of the day he had two donuts and two bowls of strawberries with milk, then a boiled egg, then a hotdog and pasta salad with chocolate milk, followed by strawberry shortcake ( strawberries were on sale this week :) some cotton candy from the dollar store, chips and dip after we returned from a park, and then cheese and pickles while we were playing Chinese Checkers.  This was all from 9:00 to 3:00! :)

Over the course of the weekend, the grass was mowed to within an inch of its life, the tomato plants and lettuce and spinach and flower seedlings were watered, throw rugs were washed, beds changed, the house vacuumed and dusted, and a strawberry cobbler was baked along with making a big bowl of potato salad for my DILs birthday celebration on Saturday evening.

Here she is with a neighbor of ours…they have become best friends.

Another thing that I managed to do over the weekend was work on a lot of applique prep…the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month for June is yellow. I pulled fabrics and started the prep progress for some Little Baskets and another Airship Propeller block.

I pulled out the Elizabeths Pride block that I’d started awhile ago and am almost finished with it. I started the prep progress for another one.

My youngest son just returned from a music festival in West Virginia. Last year he’d been there with his dad…a group of people rent a nice cabin and attend the festival.  His dad had made the arrangements to rent the cabin again this year. He died on April 4.  My son and the others rallied together, collected their money, and went.

He scattered some of his dads ashes in several locations and found it to be both very sad and surreal and also a time of healing.

This is not a political blog but recently in the two instances that I have mentioned something political ( very briefly )  I have gotten a wee bit of backlash.

My response is this : I spend about 200.00 or more on this blog per year, paying Dreamhost, Askimet etc . for it. If I am lucky, I recoup that from people clicking on ads on my sidebar.  This is A Not-  For-Profit blog. It is a personal blog. If I happen to mention something that offends you, I am sorry but you won’t influence what I want to say.

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28 Responses to A busy weekend & a little applique

  1. Lorrie says:

    You’ve had a busy weekend! The UK attacks are horrific and I pray for the people there to find peace. Here, too.
    Your little grandson is so cute and he can sure pack away the food!
    Have a good week.

  2. Juliana says:

    Regarding your final 2 paragraphs, good for you. Based on everything that I read in the quilter and reader blogs that I follow, there are very, very few people writing negative responses. Hooray for inclusiveness, concern for others, and blogs that put this goodness out into the Universe!

  3. Eileen says:

    Hello, my prayers go out to the victims and their families of these terrorist attacks. You could not offend me with your opinion. I feel much the same. Please ignore anyone that is being mean with their responses. Your grandson is adorable, I remember when my son had a huge growth spurt, even the doctor was amazed. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  4. Joyce says:

    No matter the day-to-day joy we experience with grandchildren and other loving family members, there is the specter of terrorism hanging over us now that I don’t think is going away any time soon. Then there is the surreal situation of a president who behaves like a selfish, buffoonish clown instead of a dignified leader of the world striving to unify us against evil.

  5. gail says:

    I have never been political, but maybe that is because I always believed that the People In Charge were smart enough and well-meaning enough to do their best for us. I don’t believe that any more, at least I don’t believe it in my own homeland, so I think the time to be silent is in the past. I applaud the Mayor of London and my heart breaks for the innocent victims of violence everywhere. On a happier note, aren’t grandkids the best?!

  6. I agree with you about the sad state of affairs in the world and our country. When I started reading blogs a few years ago I was surprised how everyone ignored real life and just posted about “fun” things. How can you do that? For the most part I post about fun things, but this year I have posted my feelings about these very upsetting events just this year! If people don’t like it then they don’t need to read the blog! I very much identify with your blog and enjoy your posts and photos. Enjoy! mary in Az

  7. Karen says:

    your opinions are yours and they are what a lot of other people feel also – me included. it is your blog you pay for it as I do for my blog – you can say what you want is what I think! you are very busy and I think yes your grandson must be ready to grow several inches!!

  8. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    Your words. Your blog. Last time I checked, which was a few hours ago, we did still have those rights. Sadly, I am no longer certain that they are our unalienable rights. Living under the law of President Bannon is not what I ever imagined for our great (still is and never wasn’t) country. I am ashamed of what comes out of that man’s mouth and tweets. What an embarrassment. Perhaps if he would stay home instead of his constant golfing, and perhaps read our Constitution, it would do all of us some good. He has certainly convinced us, and the rest of the world, that he is no scholar in any way, shape, or form. Despite what the 38% say, intelligence really IS something we need and deserve in our elected officials.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      I agree, Chris and the lack of knowledge that he displays is alarming as well as what appears to be a disdain for getting up to speed.

  9. BillieBee says:

    Cute grandson. My oldest Granddaughter now 18 ate constantly. She loved mostly healthy and didn’t like soda. I guess she burned it all off, because she is a size zero at 18.

  10. Claudia A. says:

    I have to tell y’all I get down right scared. Those that now have power are not looking out for everyday people. I don’t see how people can think otherwise. for us all.

  11. Deb says:

    I agree – your blog =your right to express your beliefs (which I agree with).
    I have a 9 year old I can’t fill up right now… he is going to be taller than me by the end of the summer at this rate (I’m 5’2 and he is already 4’9!)
    Love that you are getting back to stitching…. I think we all need the meditative relaxing of it with all that is happening in the world.

  12. Gretchen says:

    Love your applique block, very pretty. On my blog, I write what I want to write. If people don’t like it, they don’t need to follow me. Wait until your grandson is a teenager. It’s unbelievable how much food they can eat.

  13. Margie Miller says:

    You have every right to your opinions..they are mine as well. Never has the country been in such poor hands. It’s definitely scary. With three generals in his administration our president is sure to get us even deeper in this 16 year war. The only person who ever believed war brought peace was the Roman Caesar and he was dead wrong. War almost always brings more war. The 20th Century was a good example of that. And speaking of our president, it has never been a good idea to have our country in the hands of a person who never reads anything. Ignorance breeds ignorance…. as we can see by those who voted for this man. I have always been a registered Republican but I try to inform myself of the facts and afterward…vote for the most intelligent and the best person for the job.

  14. Good for you! Wish I could say everything I’m thinking. But I rely on my blog for income. You know exactly how I feel.
    Brenda

  15. Anne says:

    Amen. It is your blog and you have every right to say what you want. The naysayers need to understand that it is your opinion (I would say that the vast majority of us agree) and most importantly; to thine own self be true. My goodness, what is this world coming to when you get backlash for expressing what you think. After all, we have to listen to a buffoon (but he is not entertaining) nearly everyday in some way or form in the media.

  16. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    You have certainly been a busy bee! I think your grandson is storing up for a summer growth spurt!

  17. Handsome but hungry grandson – thanks for the chuckle. I went to a gorgeous store, Camp Wool, in Kennebunk, Maine, today that I think you would have enjoyed. :-) Your blog, your choices. In most cases, I choose not to comment on today’s politics but that’s why life is good – you can write whatever you want, and I can comment or not comment. Then again, I don’t watch the news anymore either. :-)

  18. Your family is lovely, always nice to see pics of them. And you are most definitely entitled to voice your political views here….this is your page, after all! I made a tiny comment right after the election and got some negative feedback, not surprising. So now I try to keep things mellow…but I can’t promise they will stay that way!

  19. Kim says:

    Your DIL is absolutely gorgeous. Happy Birthday to her. I love seeing happy posts…especially lately…

  20. maxine lesline says:

    Your courteous but precise response to criticisms of you expressing a mild objection to our current crazy president is truly right and important… to do nothing in the presence of such frightful behavior is to condone it… to encourage it. Thank you.

  21. Melanie says:

    I remember from my boys and then with my nieces, how much kids eat and how often. They were constantly hungry and like bottomless pits. I don’t discuss politics on my blog but I don’t mind reading bits and pieces on other blogs and besides that, it’s your blog and you can write about whatever you wish! Someone doesn’t like it, they need to just keep quiet and move along. Have a good week!

  22. susie says:

    Not only is your grandson probably ready for a growth spurt, but everything always tastes really, really good at Grandma’s house!

  23. Becca says:

    People definitely should not be telling people what to post on their own blogs! Our blogs our are creative outlets, and a place where we can speak our mind. I am also really upset by all of the terrorist attacks, disgruntled employee shootings, etc. Something has to change!

  24. Karen Beigh says:

    You have one busy family!

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