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Embroidered Toilet Paper

What\'s In Your Rest Room?I have it on good authority that the ladys’ room at the Westerville, Ohio Senior Center has a roll of embroidered toilet paper. How do I know this? Madeline H. takes her camera EVERYWHERE!

What’s In YOUR Restroom?

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June 6, 2008 at 6:50 am 5 comments

Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter

Cathy Miller Visits Flint!I had no idea Tuesday was going to be so much fun! Cathy Miller (The Singing Quilter) and her husband John Bunge stopped by for lunch! (No, I didn’t cook. We went out for Lebanese food. That’s us in the parking lot of Bada West.)

Cathy and John just happened to be in the neighborhood and were able to make a slight detour off the freeway to stop in for a visit. They started their trek from British Columbia, and after a stop with family in Ontario, were headed to Illinois for a gig Wednesday night in Lake Villa, Illinois. Then they’re on to Wisonsin. If you are in the area, you won’t want to miss their performance.

Cathy holds a hexagon quilt she is sewing in the car.

Cathy has FOUR quilting CDs out and they are all wonderful. She’s a quilter who writes songs about quilting. You’ll see yourself in her music and you’ll learn about incredible quilts of that past brought to life through Cathy’s lyrics and music.

To stay sane on their long car trips Cathy is piecing a quilt top. She’s working on a QUARTER INCH hexagon quilt that just blew me away. Check out the close-up photograph of her quilt below. The back is folded over onto the top of the quilt so you could see the teeny tiny seam allowances. That’s Cathy’s pinky finger as a guide to show you how small those little pieces are! Oh my goodness!

Cathy quilts AND sings!


June 4, 2008 at 1:16 pm 3 comments


My first introduction to mall-walking was about 10 years ago. It was just before Christmas when the stores open early and I thought they opened even earlier than they did. I walked into our mall and there were about 100 people, mostly senior citizens, shuffling counter-clockwise. I was dumbfounded. It looked like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Despite thinking I might be part of some psych experiment, I had time to kill so I trudged around with them for a few laps before the stores finally opened.

Eventually I came back for the exercise, first with headphones and speedy walking tapes. (To keep from going stir crazy I counted how many people I passed . Considering most of the other walkers had 20 years on me occasionally I got into triple digits.) I gave it up during the years I race-walked, and then came back to it a few years ago.

Debbie and I walk every morning before work, planning the day’s strategy. Sure beats walking in circles alone. Want to join us? Genesee Valley Center (also called “The Mall”) in Flint township. Park by the Sears door at 8am. (I’m always late.) As soon as it gets warmer (above 50) we’ll be outside with Madison. Two laps inside or one lap outside. And we walk clockwise outside just to shake things up. We’re such renegades.

Update 2018: Now I run around the house listening to Pandora in my jammies. I attempt to do as many household chores as I can at warp speed and in the least economical way possible. I bring up folded laundry from the basement one garment at a time and deposit it my bedroom closet on the second floor. That’s two flights up and two flights down. It’s all about that stinkin’ Apple watch. I have to get in 30 minutes of cardio every day or else my circle won’t close. I am a lemming. A toned and somewhat fit lemming.

June 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm 1 comment

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