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If you are a "non-responder or OpenID-er" which to me means I have no way of responding to a comment that you've left, please leave a way for me to get in touch with you, especially if you're participating in a Mug Rug Thursday Give-away, blog give-away or if you are asking for information or links.
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!!

Apr 14, 2014

Grandma, The Early Years - A True Story

Scampering up the trunk and branches of a China Berry tree to the roof of the house, "They're gone," Hertha (my grandma) shouted to her brothers and sisters as her parents rode out of sight in their wagon. Hertha jumped from the roof and ran to the chicken coop where her mom's setting hens were scratching around for corn kernels. Kenchion grabbed the axe while Clark (Stewie), Hertha and Rosa moved slowly towards an unfortunate hen.

In a cloud of dust plus a few scratches Stewie managed to grab the hen, placed her on the stump.... Poppa Abe used as a chopping block, and Kenchion swung the axe.

Quickly, the girls poured hot water over the body and began to pluck the feathers, loading said feathers into a bucket to be buried somewhere in the field. The job was messy and the smell of wet chicken feathers lingered in the air.

The hen was plucked, washed and cut up, Rosa began to melt the lard, season and flour the bird parts to be fried while Hertha (my grandma) got a big bowl down from the cupboard to bake a cake. Grandma had seen her mom make cakes on many occasions so she figured it would be easy. While the boys held the bowl Hertha (my grandma) began to add flour, eggs, salt, milk and a little too much sugar. "You put too much in, Hertha," Kenchion whined as his arms began to shake from the efforts of holding the bowl. Hertha shooed him to silence and carefully poured the too stiff mix into the cake pan.

Annie B. looked on in disapproval not liking the fact that she was too small to help. She couldn't understand why nobody would let her help and boldly stated that she was going to tell. Not a wise decision on her part as the other siblings turned to glare at her. Threats of being locked in the chicken coop or out in the barn with the horse and even worse locked in the outhouse convinced Annie B. that telling was not a good idea at all.

Rosa's chicken was frying up nicely while Hertha's cake smelled sweetly from the oven. Everyone's mouth began to water as the table was quickly set for the meal.

The kids all gathered around the table with Stewie heading the table. The chicken was tasty but the cake was way too sweet but no one complained, not even Annie B.

Bones, lard and any remains of the meal were fed to the hogs, slopping as it's known here in Texas. The kitchen was aired out and Annie B. was warned to keep her mouth shut once more as Poppa Abe and Great-grandma Dollie rounded the corner for home.

The next morning Great-grandma Dollie (Hertha's mom and my great-grandma)  was out in the coop rounding up eggs when she missed one of her setting hens. Puzzled, she asked the children about the hen's whereabouts...... with blank looks......no one knew anything, not even Annie B.

My grandma....

My grandma....

My grandma.......look at that innocent face...who would have guessed that in her youth the mischief she and her siblings got into.
 
If you've made it this far, you are in for a great give-away.
The other day I was looking through my UFOs and came across this rooster and nine chickens from my "Yard Birds" design.
 I'd already made a couple of quilts from my pattern so I don't remember what or why I had prepared these. They are only glued down with my favorite adhesive....Steam-a-Seam so all that's needed is for them to be sewn down.
Now, here's what's required to win them......you "must" be a FOLLOWER of my blog or become a FOLLOWER of my blog. That's it.
 Leave only 1 comment to say what you thought of grandma's colorful adventure in the kitchen & also in that same comment mention that you are a FOLLOWER or that you have just become a FOLLOWER.
I usually don't require that you follow when doing a give away but this is a special post for me.
I'll announce a winner at the end of the week.
 
One more thing.................
 
 
And finally, I've had to do another random pick for the "Kitty Cat" mug rug due to a non-comment, which means I had no way to notify the winner.
Here's the new winner
Guilitta!
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so that we can get together via email.
 

 

Apr 12, 2014

Where Are the Cookies?

The girls are eagerly awaiting munching on some range cubes. (Cookies)
See their faces nearly salivating while mentally urging farm guy to get a move on!!

Anybody recognize BB - aka. Buzzard Bait? She's really all grown up & has a boyfriend.
What's taking farm guy so long? Just tear the sack open already!!!
Then finally, "dig in everyone!"





Apr 9, 2014

Last Chance

This is a reminder to "Kitty" mug rug winner, Marie J., I have no way to contact you other than my blog. Your rug will be up for grabs on Monday if I don't hear from you. 
If anyone knows Marie, please help to contact her. 

Apr 7, 2014

Monday, Monday

Many thanks to Judy for hosting Design Wall Monday. Make sure to pop over and take a look at what others are up to.
   Here's what on my design wall/floor. This quilt will be a large one. I haven't made on this big is a couple of years. The blocks I'm using come from my UFO box. I'm adding the 2 1/2 inch squares all over the place as fillers. This quilt will go to the helping hands group then quilted as a donation/raffle quilt to help raise funds for supplies for the group.
This will be a queen size quilt.





Apr 5, 2014

Mudding? At My Age!!!

The other day I had to drive out in one of the pastures. Normally this would have been a routine drive, counting heifers, calves, looking for dead or broken branches on the fences.....you know, if you've ever lived on or near a farm.
This particular day I happened upon the first photo you see below. I'd gone though that gap many time but unbeknownst to me, the tractor had made several trips that was as well. Did I mention the tractor has large tires that make deep ruts........very deep ruts.
To make a long story short.....I got stuck.....all four tires.......the jeep has a 4-wheel drive thingy which was absolutely NO help at all.....none, zilch, nada!!!!!
After sitting there, spinning my wheels literally....I got my honey's attention. He slowly made his way over in the bulldozer, hooked up a heavy chain to the front bumper thingy, reversed the dozer and gingerly pulled me out. I was mortified that I'd gotten stuck but then he told me about the ruts made by the tractor which made me feel slightly better.
I know the jeep didn't have that much mud on it but the first thing I thought of was my boys would get a kick out of my "mudding" experience.
BTW, I'm 58 and this experience is not one I wish to repeat....ever!!
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.
 






Apr 4, 2014

Flags on a Stick Winner



Hi everyone! Wow, for those of us who participated in the Flags on a Stick blog hop, what a fun time. There are a lot of wonderfully creative bloggers out there. If you missed viewing all the flags, you need to pop over to SewWeQuilt and scan to fine all the great links.
 
My handsome cowboy was honored to draw a name from his cowboy hat. He always gets a little smile on his face when I ask him for advice on colors or a design or drawing a name. He can't hardly really grasp how we all connect and draw strength, friendship, ideas and prayers from when needed from one another but he's happy that I've found friends in blogging.
Okay now for the winner........................
He drew......
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..........................................................hey that was my drumroll!!
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations!! 
Just leave a comment and make sure that I can get in touch via email.
 
 
 

Apr 3, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

The winner of the "cat" mug rug is...............................................................


Marie J.
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment plus your email so that we can talk that way.






 

Well, we finally have "Springy" weather and I, for one, am extremely happy. I am not a fan of the cold or snow or sleet or..........sorry, I'll stop my tangent before it gets started.
In honor of this wonderfully warm weather, I'm offering a birdhouse mug rug.
To enter, just leave a comment. If you've won before, don't let that stop you from entering again and again. I love repeat winners and well and first timers.
I'll announce the winner on April 17th.
 

Mar 28, 2014

Flags On A Stick - Blog Hop


Hi Yall!

Today's my day, along with my other bloggers, to show off our efforts! 
Please sit back and enjoy all the wonderfully creative bloggers.
Welcome to Ravelly1 (AKA) Rhonda's blog.
Many thanks to our host Madame Samm and our great cheerleader Thearica
 
 
To see all the participants, click this LINK.
 
Ravelly1 - You are here!!
In Stitches and Seams

I live in a little community in central Texas where cows, horses, wild hogs, deer and all sorts of critters roam the land. When I first saw this blog hop I immediately signed up with no real idea in mind. As it always happens, life got in the way and I thought I'd have to pull out of the and even said as much to our wonderful cheerleader Thearica. But just this week I was able to pull something off.


I did a cowboy in silhouette...
Love that rugged look, don't you?

Added a wooden fence....Love that fabric, BTW.
Fixing fence is a way of life for a cowboy.
 
Doesn't he look handsome, rugged, mysterious......oh sorry.....now where was I.
 
Here the flag on my spotty lawn.

And here's my cowboy in action!!
 
And now for the give away. I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten.
I have two designs for the give away.
Just leave a comment to be counted. You don't have to be a FOLOWER.
I'll even ship to oversees participants.
I'll announce a winner on April 4th. Make sure I can contact you. If I can't, the give away will be given to the next number!!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mar 24, 2014

Monday, Monday

Here's the latest "just add petals" on my design wall.
It's a sunflower appliquéd over 9 1/2" tone in tone squares. This will also go to helping hands. This was a five hour project from choosing all the fabrics from my stash, to the finished top.
Pop over to Judy's for Design Wall Monday see what others are up to.

Mar 22, 2014

Just Add Petals

After sew some charm squares together, I discovered how lifeless they looked so I added a folk-art flower to liven things up. This is a subtlety charming little quilt that I am now liking a lot!!it's going in my helping hands pile.

Mar 20, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday


Greetings and Happy Thursday everyone!!
The winner of the "Letter C" is #7 mojo49.
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so that we can talk via email.
Below is the next mug rug which some of you may think looks familiar....and you'd be right. This little kitty was never claimed last year so he's back looking for a new home. He's need someone to care for him and keep him warm with a cup of coffee/tea or cooled off with a beverage.
Just leave a comment to be counted and good luck. I'll announce a winner April 3rd.

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