Quilts in Common

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Joe and Abbie’s Wedding

What a celebration! Filled with emotion and meaning, Joe and Abbie got married on June 23rd :-).   Dylan was a groomsman (he’s the fourth out of six guys)!

We laughed and we cried! We watched and we prayed. And Dylan wore Deadpool socks! (They were a present from Joe)

Congratulations to Joe and Abbie!



July 10, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Graduation 2018!!

It’s finally here! The day we’ve been counting down to for 13 years! Graduation! Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Nick drove up to join us- that made it even more special.

Congratulations, Ben and Skylar! We wish you all the best in college!

July 10, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Enjoying Spring!

Just some random pictures to show off all the beautiful flowers that spring brings to Oregon.

And a picture of Ben!


June 4, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

The lilacs are blooming!

0ED071FA-70CF-4CD1-A694-F81F5234ED4EIt’s my favorite time of the year! I just love the fragrance in the air when the lilacs are in bloom.


They aren’t all the way open yet, but they smell heavenly.

One bush had giant white blossoms:


My favorite are the pink lady bushes. I like the sweet rather than the soapy fragrance.


And our lilac bush that we planted in our yard last year is finally blossoming! The deer haven’t eaten them yet (supposedly they don’t like to eat lilacs). I’ll post a picture here once the blossoms open




April 26, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Road to California 2018

We had a wonderful time at Road to California this year! It was so relaxing to spend time with Kathryn, see all the quilts, and peruse the vendors.

I picked up more Wonderfil thread, of course-neither Kathryn nor I can resist their products. I got a Circles on Quilts ruler from Westalee, a big Flying Geese ruler from Bloc-Loc, and some bargain fabric from Jenny’s. We had a ball at M & L fabrics too- making all sorts of Civil War Reproduction fabric groupings on the tops of the stacks of flatfolds, but we didn’t buy any of them.

We also were right behind a bad crash on the freeway. One of the cars had flipped on to its side and there were 2 people trapped inside.

My brother- with his height and strength- was able to help some other bystanders who were trying to get them out. It was scary because at first we couldn’t tell if one of the victims was alive or not because he wasn’t responding. My brother and the three other guys brainstormed all sorts of ways to try and reach him and finally they grabbed him! He was still dazed but alive.

February 26, 2018 Posted by | Travel | | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

The boys spent Christmas with their Grandparents 🙂

February 26, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

A Day Trip to Barton Park

We were able to squeeze in one last day trip to Barton Park before the really cold and wet weather came

February 26, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Total Eclipse of the Sun!

In Portland, Oregon we’re not in the path of totality, but the City of Roses will have 99.2 percent obscuration. In case you’re behind on your eclipse lexicon, obscuration refers to the amount of the sun that will be covered by the moon.

We followed the progress from our back deck

Pretty crude, but we didn’t have eclipse glasses 🙂

It’s getting really small but still giving off tons of light! We were pretty shocked at how much light just 0.8% of the sun can still provide. It was certainly darker that usual at 10am on a sunny day- but we didn’t get to experience that moment of totality when it goes dark and all you see is that corona.

February 26, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Wallowa Lake

Some very generous friends invited us to go to Wallowa Lake! What a treat! We get to explore the eastern side of Oregon!

It sure looks a lot different than the western side! And there’s a lot of driving….

Finally we start to make our way up the mountain….

This is the view outside our cabin…

They have a tram that takes you from the lake up to the top of the mountain– a 3700′ vertical ascent to the summit of Mt. Howard where we got to enjoy the view as the gondola rises above Wallowa Lake Village and the blue waters of Wallowa Lake.

At the top they have a lovely restaurant with ground squirrels that run around your feet and eat anything that falls to the ground! They freaked me out! There are also parasailers that jump off the top and fly all around above the lake all day- really cool!

The lake is beautiful. We kayaked all around it.

We pedaled a rail car from Joseph to Enterprise and back again!

The good news is- it’s downhill all the way there! The bad news is- it’s uphill all the way back! We were dying….We got a little help from the tour guide at the very end 🙂

We strolled the many shops and art galleries in Joseph.

We toured the bronze foundry in Joseph. We were fascinated by the process which they show you from start to finish.

Doug has to show off his prowess


On the way home we toured the Pendleton Woolen Mills- just amazing the scale on which these wool blankets are made. It was hard to take photos but we saw the wool go thru dying, spinning, and weaving by computerized machines that operate so fast!

They  had a small museum at the end of the tour showing special items over the years

What a lovely, relaxing vacation. Even the deer are relaxed here- they eat right out of your hand. 🙂 Thank you, friends, for including us on your trip.


February 26, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Portland Open Studios 2017

Portland Open Studios gives participants a chance to peek into artists’ workplaces and see where the magic happens. We visited several studios around town.

Candlelight Glass offers the chance to make your own sandblasted glass. Ben and Doug had to give it a try

February 26, 2018 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment