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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Post Retirement Update

I have managed to get some things done since I retired
 about a week and a half ago.
First off...my fellow co-workers sent me off with flowers, balloons
 and lots of good eats!
The 2 days later, my boys and daughter-in-law, surprised us with a 40th
anniversary party.
Friends, family and neighbors all came together for a fun night of food,
 dancing and laughter. We were surprised to see out of town and out of state
 guests and a bridesmaid that I hadn't seen in years.

The flowers were even in my wedding colors!
They thought they were hilarious bringing out wheelchairs for hubby and I!
But you gotta love them all.
After all, they put together a family video that made us all cry.
Just when you think boys are not the sentimental kind...
Have you ever played the "shoe" game? Where they ask questions 
and you have to answer with your shoe or your spouses. 
What a great way to see if you really know each other that well or not!
And yes, I am the one who spends the most money in this family.
After all, I am a quilter!
I can't thank these kids enough! We had such a good time that night.
My wedding reception 40 years ago was done on a very tight budget.
There was no DJ, dance, dinner or all the trimmings.
These kids didn't have a clue, or just how much this met to us!
Now on the quilting front...
Yes, I managed to sneak in a little of that too!
While I got a late start on this BOM...
I just couldn't help myself, once I started seeing all the fabulous photos.
 posted on Facebook.
This top photo is the first group of blocks.
There will be a lot of decorating going into the quilt shop on the top left side.
The sewing machine will have buttons on the front so you can adjust the setting.
But that has to wait until it's all quilted!
Winky Winky!
Here is the second group of blocks. I have decided to stop stitching the blocks together,
until I have them all done and then play with the layout.
Are they just too cute?
Finding the fabrics in my stash, has been so much fun.
What a bonus to be able to work some of my "Loralie" fabrics into it, too.
 After seeing the "iron" block come to life, I want an iron made with a tape measure
 design on it. Have you seen that anywhere in your 
online travels??? If not...hey you iron companies out there, here's an idea!
Just as I thought I was all caught up...they started the 3rd set of blocks.
I've got my button pattern all printed off and ready to stitch...
but I just had to share these first.
You can find this fun pattern and links to all the blocks by joining
"Partners in Designs" Facebook page.

My goal post retirement is cleaning up the sewing room.
It all sounded good until I had to start.
Then I looked around and saw the storage room and knew that had to come first.
After just a couple of hours in there today, I'm over it.
Worse yet...the one who hasn't been one darn bit of help, 
is exhausted and sleeping on my sewing chair.
Talk about life is not fair!!!!!

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'
(if you can use your chair)


  1. A double congratulations! Happy Retirement and Happy Anniversary!

  2. Congratulations to you! You're gonna love retirement! And what thoughtful kids. You are truly blessed!!

  3. Congratulations on both the retirement and the Anniversary.

  4. Congratulations, Joan! Sounds like you raised your boys right! Happy Anniversary and Happy Retirement!

  5. How fun your surprise party was. Now to enjoy your retirement. I haven't missed work....not even one day.....since I retired about 11 years ago.

  6. Congrats on your retirement! Happy anniversary -- so sweet that the flowers were in your wedding colors. LOVE the shoe game!

  7. I have yet to regret taking my retirement. Enjoy yours but remember that you have the right to say "No!" to any requests from friends/family/colleagues -whoever. Just because you don't have to go to work, does not mean you are available.

    It looks like y'all had a great time.

  8. Yes..indeed...a double congrats...

  9. I wish you a long LONG retirement. We have been retired for 20 years now - another 18 and I will have worked half and half (38 working 38 retired). Guess I had better stay healthy! LOL
    And congrats on the 40 years!!!

  10. Congratulations Joan! Enjoy your retirement, I can't see you sitting still for it. And 40 years is a wonderful milestone, more congrats to you and Steve. Blessings as you move on to your next round of wonderful adventures.

  11. Awww....what a sweet surprise from your children! Happy anniversary and retirement.

    Those sewing blocks have tempted me too. Yours look so cute.

  12. What a fun read! Happy retirement and anniversary. Love the quilt progress.

  13. Wow - lots of cause for celebration! Happy anniversary AND retirement wishes to you.

  14. Happy Retirement, now we will see a lot more of your creative side. What a fun family you have, very funny as well...sounds like you had a fabulous time.

  15. You have had a really busy time. i am so excited for you about your retirement. I hope you get to do everything you have planned. Glad to see your workmates gave you a lovely send off.
    And of course congratulations on your anniversary. It looks like your family did make it really special. yes, boys really can be sentimental and delightful sometimes! It looks like you all had a great time.
    How did you manage to fit in sewing time with all of this going on??
    And good luck with the sorting out. i have just moved most of my "stuff" into my new room and I am starting to panic about it fitting. Of course it has to as the space is double the old room, but it looks overwhelming at this stage. We will have to cheer each other on! Good luck.

  16. Happy anniversary and retirement! Fun to see pics on FB! I know you'll be sewing more!!!


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