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Monday, September 7, 2015

Sorry.....lots of *life* happening.....

Sorry about being AWOL from the blog for a few weeks.  We've had lots of *life* happening around here.  In August, we had our annual family campout at Bay View State Park near Anacortes.  Our daughter,Lydia and son, Dave, and their families drive north and we drive south and meet there.  (Our oldest son, Pete, lives in Nashville, but one of these times we're going to see if he can't arrange a visit during this time!)  We spent three nights this year and it was tons of fun!  Well, except for the downpour most of Friday....almost the only time it rained the whole month of August!  This is a picture of Grandpa John (aka the retired guy) making his traditional waffle breakfast, with me manning the bacon and eggs in the trailer!

Then....many of you know that the Saturday windstorm blew down our HUMONGOUS chestnut tree around noon that day.  Did you see the retired guy on the front page of the Bellingham Herald?  That picture was taken across the street from the house.  Harriet and Alicia didn't think it was him, because the man looked too small.....then they realized he looked small only because the tree was so huge.  Sad to see that 80+ year old tree go.  Glad that no one was hurt and our neighbor's property really didn't sustain any damage either.  The guys from Acme Tree Works were absolutely phenomenal and had the part of the tree that was on the house removed and the roof temporarily tarped by midnight Saturday.  We have a few holes in the roof, lots of broken rafters and a hole in the living room ceiling.  But it could have been soooo much worse!  Just waiting on insurance for the go ahead on the repair work.  There's a lot more light in the living room now too =)  

So that's part of the reason you haven't heard much from me lately.  We are keeping super busy at the shop too.  Tomorrow (September 8th) will be the last day to get a free Row By Row pattern and to purchase a kit until November 1st.  We'll still have some license plates available though.  We've got some great new fabrics lately too!  And the newest Quilt Sampler magazine arrived last week.  I will try to get some more info up soon....thanks for your patience.....

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