Sunday, November 22, 2015

Yuck! Winter Arrived in SE Iowa!

   Wow. Last weekend was in the 60's and this weekend we got 4" of snow and temps of 20's and 30's! I still hate winter. I'm set in my ways. lol Nothing I can do about it, but endure until Spring. It's only 5 months away, right? I'll just hunker down at home and quilt every chance I get. The only problem is, I work 5 days a week at 2 jobs outside the home and must buy groceries and necessities across town, so there is already too much time spent out in the winter weather. Yuck! Sorry, I know I whine every year about it and there's no changing the course of time, so I'm going to make the most of a cold situation. I hope you're warm wherever you are.

  I have some sad news to report. For those of you who have followed my blog or have read it the last few years, you know about the Christian Staffinger quilt I own and the story of his family. His last great great grandson, Robert Johnson, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know, passed away a couple weeks ago. I couldn't attend his funeral last week as it was on a weekday and I felt bad missing it. I'm showing the picture of Robert and his cousin, Mary, who is the last surviving great great grandchild now. It was taken the day I met them both in July, 2011, at Robert's farm in Carthage, Illinois.

  Robert is holding the rifle his Great Great Grandfather Christian Staffinger brought home from the Civil War after being shot at Stones River on Dec. 31, 1862. His wife, Mary, is in the background.
   He was a wonderful man, soft-spoken and reserved. I described him in my blog as a "Jimmy Stewart" type , my impression after our first meeting. My heart goes out to his family in their time of loss.

  I have been quilting as often as I can on the baby quilt I'm making for my boss, Jessica, and her soon to be born baby boy. I have 2 more blocks to quilt before starting on the border. The baby is due January 8th, but I'd like to give it to her on December 11th when she is coming to my home for a mini shower. I'll post some pictures of the quilt in my next post.

  You may not know this about me but, I'm an avid wrestling fan, both high school and Iowa Hawkeyes. Randy and I have season tickets to the Iowa meets. Friday, we both took personal days from work and went to the Hawkeye Wrestling Duals at Carver Hawkeye Arena. It was in the 20's when we got there at 10 AM and when we were leaving at a little after 4 PM, it was spitting snow. It was the beginning of the snowstorm that had been ominously predicted all week. We got 4", but a little north of here got 6" and more further north, so we're lucky I guess. I'd always prefer none, of course. :-)

  Here's my first selfie(although Randy actually took it) posted on Randy's facebook. I NEVER get on facebook or read it, etc., but I consented to his posting this one photo since we were having a fun day together. We're standing at the top of the arena, but our seats are in row 21, which is way down there where we can see the action really well. The downside is, it's a lot of steps to climb back up. Let's just say, I felt "the burn" every time I went to the bathroom or needed concessions. It would help if I exercised more (or at all) as Randy reminded me. :-0

    I'm off to quilt. Maybe I can get at least one more block done tonight to add to the 3 blocks I've done this weekend.

 Keep stitchin'.