Who’s Gabbing and Who’s Gushing

Quick Baby Gift For Someone in Need

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Maryjane Lee Bigler, Sister #44

Yesterday my churches women's club Relief Society President put a shout~out that a new Mommy was in need of baby supplies.
Anything that one could give would be greatly appreciated.

In the early afternoon I started to crochet a small baby quilt and just before heading to bed, I had it done ... Read more →

Crafty STEM collaborative quilt top finished

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Teresa Kent, Sister #1357

Here’s our rendition of the Frozen quilt in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. The kids want to submit it for possible group quilt entry in the East Cobb Quilt Guild Show. We’ll name the quilt and fill out the paperwork at clubs on Friday. I’ll get the thing quilted before club showcase on March 27th. After clubs are officially over, I’ll see if some of them want to come add silver stars (clasp stitch on my Janome 6600) to add some interest around Elsa and Anna. We could do this during their specials or recess time. It would be so cool for them if our entry was accepted. They picked the fabrics, made the snowflake appliques and decided the final arrangement of the snowflakes in the outer border. I merely stitched it together (with a little bit of help). We have to make our label. I also want to make a QR code tied to a recording so the kids can tell the story of how the quilt came to be.

When all is said and done, the quilt will hang in the Media Center ... Read more →

red-bellied woodpecker

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Judy Torola, Sister #599

{wordless wednesday} ... Read more →

OPENING THE MEMORY BOX {#COMPASSIONBLOGGERS}

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Maria Chamorro, Sister #3030

Today I want to talk to you about something that has become very important for me. I am not writing about it to get credit or validation that I am a "good person". But because the Lord has put this fire in my heart to talk about this and become involved. Before I explain what "this" is, I have to go back and tell you a little about me that not many know.

To all who know me these days and who are not my family, I am United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Maria C. Successful military Army officer, soon to be blushing bride to the most handsome and loving fiance. Who is also so blessed to become immediate mom to three wonderful children who love her. My acquaintances and friends know the past few years have been hard especially with my dad's death, but that is about it. Yet there is so much more about me. Like the fact that there were periods of my life when I was a kid that we were poor. Like dirt poor. The situation in Puerto Rico, where I am from, was really hard at times when I was a child ... Read more →

Wyoming Sunrises

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Sherone Taylor, Sister #1682

It turns out that working a gas plant on top of a mountain has its merits. The boss requires that we arrive at the plant at 6:30 am every morning. While this is not ideal for a night person such as I, it does provide a chance to see many a sunrise. This morning, I thought I would share some of said sunrises with my readers. My archaic cell phone tends to add fuzzy to the picture. However, I think it adds to these photos instead of taking away from them. Enjoy! ... Read more →

A New Kind of Bee Hive!

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Rosemarie Thompson, Sister #6055

A week or so ago, I came across an IndieGogo project that got me very excited. After ten years of experimentation, a father and son team in Australia have developed a new kind of bee hive and are fundraising to start manufacturing it. It’s called a Flow Hive, and it is amazing!

Unlike with typical hives, gathering honey from a Flow Hive is not a major project. In fact, you don’t even have to open the hive to gather the honey. The honey flows out into jars while the bees remain safely in the hive!

No smoking and sedating the bees, no donning masks and suits, no disturbing the hive, no pulling frames, no uncapping the combs or filtering the honey. Just pure honey poured straight into jars! ... Read more →

Oh the weather outside is frightful ... Let's go to Mexico!

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Teri Henningsen, Sister #4773

Thank you to hubs' work for a little mid-winter getaway!! The snow is blowing and filling up the runway here in south Kansas and it looks like they are clearing a walk way for us to the plane. Yes I said walk way outside where it feels like 8 degrees to a small plane. Oh well part of the adventure right!??

Destination Puerto Vallarta. Just like the Love Boat!!! I remember one of my favorite TV programs as a young person and they often docked in Puerto Vallarta. We will see mountains and beach. A little different landscape than normal.

Last year the trip was to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and we are so thankful to be included in again this year ... Read more →

Wild Bird Wednesday~~~AND~~~Mary Queen of Heaven

Posted on March 3, 2015 by MaryBeth Schwartz, Sister #46

The osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, or fish hawk, is a diurnal fish eating bird. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts.

The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

As its other common name suggests, the osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialized physical characteristics and exhibits unique behavior to assist in hunting and catching prey. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the osprey is not classed as a sea eagle ... Read more →

Book Review: Mind of the Raven

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Debra Davis, Sister #166

Confession: I’ve been fascinated by ravens since I first heard Barry Lopez read his essay “The Raven” from his book Desert Notes. (This would have been around 1977. I was in high school.) In it, he catalogs the characteristics that distinguish crows from ravens. I started paying attention to large black birds after that. Ravens first made their way into my artwork over 20 years ago when I was a graduate student in painting. Much of the imagery from those days incorporated my summer experiences on the trail crew. Ravens flew over while we hiked, casting shadows on the ground in front of us. Now I live in a place where ravens are resident, and hear them flying and crarking over the house when I drink my morning tea.

Bernd Heinrich studies ravens in Maine and Vermont. The Mind of the Raven is a sort of follow-up to his book Ravens in Winter. This recent book is more personal, telling stories of his adventures raising ravens from chicks caught in the wild as well as interacting with adult ravens. As a behavioral ecologist, he has many questions about raven intelligence, communication, problem-solving, etc. Ravens are smart and social, and have been observed hunting in association with wolves and humans. They are adaptable. They all speak more or less the same language, with different dialects around the world ... Read more →

Farm Fresh Fried Rabbit - Raising Rabbits

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Tracy Fredrychowski, Sister #2523

The cycle continues…breed rabbit…raise rabbit…butcher rabbit.

Raising rabbits for meat is one of the easiest and most cost effect ways to provide healthy lean meat for our family. We raise New Zealand Whites and grow three litters a year. Butchering day is often hard, but just knowing where our food comes from makes it all worth it.

The great thing about raising rabbits is they don’t take a lot of space, they eat very little and their manure is a great fertilizer. Even if you live in a suburb, you can raise rabbit for your family in your own backyard.

Here are a few reasons why we have found they make a great addition to our homestead ... Read more →