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By leaving your email within your comment, I can find you. I realize that this is sometimes a scary thing to do with scams and all but if you disguise the email as say.....
me at yahoo dot com
this is the perfect way to hide from the unwanted eye. So please help me out if you are one of the non-responders.
Thank you, in advance.....Ravelly Rhonda!!

Mar 15, 2019

My Guy & His Keys

Sorry, no photos today. 
Every couple of days, I go out with Mr. Cowboy to help open gates, count cows and calves, watch for fence problems, etc. And each time he hands me a "very" large set of keys. I'm talking at least fifteen to twenty keys on the ring and asks me to open a certain lock. He even knows the number on the keys.....OMG!!!! The numbers on most of them have rubbed off or faded and he expects me to find the key, hop out of the truck and open the lock and gate as a bunch of cows, calves and a two thousand pound bull charges towards the "cookies"/range cubes.
Did I mention that I don't like it when something larger than me comes bowling my way.  Ok, I got off subject for a moment.
My question is, to anyone who wants to respond, does your hubby, significant other, boyfriend, etc. have a bunch of keys and do they know which key belongs where? 

Signed flummoxed ;-[

Mar 9, 2019

While Recouping

I ordered two great Bible study books the other day and am very happy with them. My girlfriend, Molly has gotten me hooked with ordering from
It's amazing what I've gotten done while my eye is healing. I even was able to stitch on a label on a quilt.
What are you doing this weekend?
BTW, I want to thank everyone who has kept me in stitches with their stories of eye surgery. I love reading every comment so please keep them coming. Mr. Cowboy loves them too because it keeps me out of his hair. He can kick more dirt and not worry about me.....hehehehehehe!

Mar 8, 2019


I'm celebrating International Women's Day with one of my favorite songs....

Mar 7, 2019

One Eye At A Time

Greetings everyone!!
Gene asked a great question about my surgery the other day. Doctors recommend do Cataract surgery on one eye at a time so that's what I'm into at this point. The first eye was done last week and the second eye will be done next week.  I must say, I wasn't afraid at all and can see much better but am trying to get use to the brightness of these sunny days we are finally getting.
I could probably get in some sewing but I really don't want to strain my eye muscles (AKA) I'm being lazy for a bit.....hehehehehehehe
Hope you all are enjoying this month of March. Soon spring will be here and I'm really for warmer weather. Aren't you?

Mar 5, 2019


So where in the world have I been?  Under the knife....Cataract surgery on both eyes!! One of these days I'll be back and sewing again but for now, hopefully I'm striking the correct keys here.....LOL
See you soon.....no pun intended.

Feb 17, 2019

A Big Fan

I'm a big fan of Erma Bombeck who was a wonderful humorist. I often think of what she would say on certain subjects and I'd start to giggle.
Here's a bit humor from her "Forever, Erma" book:
It hangs heavy for the bored, eludes the busy, flies by for the young and runs out for the aged.
Time. We talk about it like it's a manufactured commodity that some can afford, others can't, some can reproduce, others waste.
We crave it. We curse it. We kill it. We abuse it.

Now that's something to think about, isn't it?!
These days I think I don't have enough time in the day, then at other times when I'm sitting in the doctor's office time seems to pass like dripping Molasses in the winter time.
But I must say, I'm glad I still have "time." How about you?

Feb 11, 2019

Busy Is My Middle Name

I've been busy with our local community center's Black History program. This past Saturday night was the event's celebration along with a Sweetheart dinner afterward. The meal was great and the fellowship was warm.
Hopefully I'll get back to sewing one of these days....hahahahaha!!!!!

Jan 26, 2019

Lights, Camera, Action

I'm still around but have gotten caught up with something new. New gadgets. A Canon 35 mm & a Polaroid Snap instant camera.
Oh my gosh! I'm like a kid again. People, when they see me coming now, run for the hills because I've taken so many pics trying to learn how the cameras work.
I'll get back to sewing soon.
What are you all up to these days with all the dreary weather??

Jan 10, 2019


I loved the movie "UP" and watch it whenever it replays on TV. 
The dogs attention spans were short in the first place and when someone yells "squirrel," the dogs go crazy & forget what they were suppose to do.
A short story to say my string quilt project has taken a backseat to another grandbaby.
I'll be back in a couple of weeks maybe.....LOL!!

Jan 7, 2019

I've Made It Complicated String

I mentioned yesterday that I'm using Bea Ogesby's book on birds and Flowers. Well things have gotten a bit complicated.  Mr. Cowboy walked by, took a look and said, "The birds look naked!"
Sometimes I could just box his ears but I knew he was right.....SIGH!!!!!!!!  And I had made tentative plans to do just that.
So back to the drawing board. I decided to add a few branches and leaves.

I'll do some hand embroidery on this one which is the Northern Cardinal.

On the Cedar Waxwing, I've added a winding branch and leaves. I may add some berries but at this point I really need to pull back and not over do things.
What are your thoughts on the matter????
Have I bitten off more than I want to chew.....LOL!?

Jan 6, 2019

Sunday Evening String

Greetings all! I didn't think I'd get back to sewing but Mr. Cowboy didn't need me for feeding so I was able to sew a couple of days and was able to finish the string quilt top.
I used a type of tissue paper as a foundation and had to peel off the pieces from the back of each block.  Whew! That took a bit of time.
Then it was on to the borders. Gene asked about the size of the blocks. They are 9 1/2 inches unfinished. Also, someone asked about the coordinating colors.....that's a funny story that I'm sure we've all had to deal with. The fabrics were in a box that got pushed back to the dark side of the closet...hehehehehe, so when I found it the other week I couldn't remember what I'd saved them for and there was no design instructions saved either. So, string it would be.

 After sewing on a 1 1/2 inch strip of the reddish fabric because I didn't have much of it left, I added a 4 inch strip of the moss green.

I really had to think about the last border because I knew I need to use black but it was going to look "non interesting!"  After sleeping on it, I came up with the idea of adding birds
I had a book by Bea Oglesby, "Birds - Flowers Album" which I love, so I've decided to place several birds around the black border. This first one is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
I will also add branches and leaves. I plan to stitch each bird, branch and leaf onto the black border before I stitch that border onto the rest of the quilt. If some of the bird parts flow into the quilt, I'll fold that part out of the way, stitch the border to the quilt and then finish the part afterwards.

Jan 1, 2019

Stringing in the New Year

I finally got some time to myself & decided to sew.
I'm sure you remember this beginning from the other day.
I decided to use gray on the one side & included a strip of black to accent those colors.

On the other side I'm using a pale green, another black strip & a large black floral.
Here's what the blocks look when turned with the florals in the center.
Here's what it looks like wth the black in the center.
Stay tuned for more later.
What are you doing this week? I'd love to hear from you.


Happy New Year everyone!!!

Dec 29, 2018

Stringing With Some Friends

Gene & a couple of other blogging friends prodding me into the string fever so I got into the sewing room, pulled out some tissue like paper for foundation, decided on a center & got that glued in place. Like Gene, I'm a bit OCD, which means for me, I can't just go with totally pulling random strips from a bag. I had to at least have a center in one fabric all the way through.

Dec 27, 2018

String Quilts

My good friend Gene asked about my string quilts. He hadn't seen them in a while, so I'm reposting some of the ones I've done in the recent past.  Most come from scraps left over but the majority come from me cutting in the vast amount of fabric I have stored away and needing to refold. That's when I find most of the ideas of new string quilt designs....I know some of you know exactly what I talking about. The, "Oh wow, when did I buy that fabric," or "I didn't know I even had that one."
This one was a string challenge from my Wacky group.

 I couldn't find the photo of the whole quilt on this one but the close up is of some of my favorite fabrics.
This one was from strips of fabrics from many other projects.

 This one is from my red, white and black period. The rose fabric came from a quilt shop in San Antonio, TX. Funny how I can remember that and can't remember where I put my car keys.
 This was from some cowboy fabrics I had left over.
 On clue when I made this one but I do remember the 1 inch off white strip I used as an eye-popper.
 I was playing around with tone on tones in this one with dark fabrics to show off the tones.
 This one was made with all of my green fabrics. Green is my favorite color. I used several red fabric to bring out the center of the diamonds and then did a small red first border.
 Here, I was given some pink floral fabric from a lady's grandmother. I made the quilt you see for myself and made one for her as well.
 Pink, again. This one was made at the request of Ayden, my granddaughter. At the time she loved pink.
 Another red, white and black quilt. This is one design that I make often because it's a quick one and I never get tired seeing the fractured diamond effect.
 Another fractured diamond quilt but this time not only do you see the star in the middle but also the outlining border of brown and gray which is more pronounced than the one in the red/white/black one.
 Again, leftover fabric. I threw in the green as an accent and added the ABC at the last.
 I was just playing around with more scraps in this one. (Fractured diamond)
 Green/black/gray was used here...another fractured diamond type.
This one was made last year for a veteran.
Finally, this one was made a very long time ago, like 1998-ish.....LOL!!
So, that's the end of my string tour.
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