Saturday, November 6, 2021

October goings on

Wow, it's been 5 weeks since I posted last.  It's been a busy 5 weeks.  We left town for over 2 weeks just a few minutes after my last blog post.  Our grandkids and their parents flew down from Alaska, and we met up with them in Texas.  Hubby's parents live a few blocks from my mother, so we got to have 4 generations together from both sides of my family.

4 generations of Parker's

We finally got to meet our youngest grandchild.

Me with Declan, our youngest grandchild

We got to spend a whole week in Texas, making memories with family.  Here are just a few photos.

cousins together with their kids

my best friend of 40+ years

Gwendolynn's Tea Party

Declan at the Tea Party (he's loving his cinnamon toast strips)

sister-in law

Korin & Gwendolynn helping make cinnamon toast

I also got some photos of Gwendolynn in her new ruffled pants that I made her.

She loved modeling her new ruffled pants

I also got photos of Declan (and me) with his new Harry Potter Castle quilt.

Declan in his Harry Potter outfit

the Harry Potter Castle quilt

After a week in Texas, our son's family and hubby and I drove to Oklahoma for another fun filled week.  We used to live in Tulsa, so it was fun going back and seeing friends and places we took our sons when they were little.  We went to the Tulsa Zoo and to the Oklahoma Aquarium.

son's family at the Zoo

in the elephant house

on the Zoo train

underwater at the aquarium

Declan loved the fish

we'd just finished feeding these fish

with Grandpa, checking out more fish

Korin getting to ride the pony at the ice cream shop in Nowata, OK

When I got home, there was a pin cushion waiting for me from the Treadle On Pin Cushion exchange.

pin cushion, phone holder and scissors I received

I also weighed myself after being gone for over 2 weeks (scary).  Well, I did great!  After 9 months of dieting, I've lost 70 lbs. 

70 lbs lighter, in some of my new clothes

Since we got home, we've been busy.  We were witness's at friends renewal of vows.  We had Trunk or Treat at our church, and we helped with a retirement party for our pastor.

oldest son and hubby at Trunk or Treat

I also bought a new sewing machine off the Salvation Army website.

1913 Willcox & Gibbs treadle

great decals

Unfortunately, the treadle is in California.  I'm trying to find it rides here.  I can get it part way here, but there are 'gaps' in the trip.  Hopefully those gaps will get filled so that I can play with this new machine.  The lady who picked it up for me is having fun checking out all the attachments that came with the machine.  

I got mostly caught up with all my blog reading.  I'm only a few days behind now.  

To leave you with a photo of the fall color in  my neighborhood.

my neighborhood's fall colors

Now to get back into my sewing room.  I haven't sewn almost anything since we left on the trip.  


  1. You are so blessed to be able to be with your grandkids. And I love Declan's quilt! You look great, by the way.

  2. What a wonderful trip, full of great family pictures.(and darling grandkids) I have yet to meet my youngest granddaughter, though she sang me happy birthday on zoom. Great job with the weight loss too ... looking terrific! My eldest grandson read all the Harry Potter books when he was in second grade, about 5 at that time, and I'll bet he would have loved a Harry Potter quilt like that.

  3. Oh my but you had some exciting, memory making days! How wonderful!! And you look fantastic my friend!!

  4. Wow! What a great Texas/Oklahoma trip! I love the photos and the ruffled pants were definitely a hit! You look great!!! ~Jeanne

  5. Family time together is always wonderful.

    Your weight loss has you looking great. A big Congrats on the success- and the new clothes.

  6. Wow, you've been busy! You look GREAT for sure! What an accomplishment on the weight loss. And fun with the kids and grandkids...and the zoo! A perfect time away :-).

  7. Oh wow, what a wonderful time spent with family!! I'm so happy you got to enjoy them! ♥ You look terrific ... congrats on the loss! Your new acquisition is fun! I hope the treadle manages to make its way to you, soon! :)

  8. so glad you both got to meet your new grandson and have a great time with family. you look great. fun new machine never seen one like that.. I bought a fitbit and trying to do more walking and less eating lost a few pounds but not is helping ankle except I think I over did it yesterday was up in the night with ankle pain...

  9. You look fantastic. Congrats on such a major accomplishment. I loved seeing all the family memories and the little ones. Your ruffle pants were perfect and the model looks precious in them. She is really a beautiful little girl.
    I'm curious how you find rides for your new purchase from Calfornia to home.

  10. How wonderful to see families enjoying their time together!
    Love that Harry Potter quilt! And the ruffle pants are fabulous!
    And such a beautiful fall photo!

  11. Sounds like it was a wonderful trip. I saw your questions about the Franklin and it makes me want to get mine out and work on it. I've had it for many years. It was one I had to pick up at the River Rat Toga raffle. You know how that goes!

  12. How wonderful you were able to gather with family - great memories for sure! Congrats on the weight loss! I know what an effort that is (personal experience)! Hope the Wilcox and Gibbs gets pony-expressed to you soon - what a fun find!!

  13. Congrats on your weight loss. You look fabulous!

  14. Holy smokes, 70lbs! Good for you! With my 45 off I've had to buy so many new clothes and I'm sure you've had to do even more! Have been to aquarium--fun! So much family time for you!

  15. First off you look fabulous, congrats on the weight loss. What an awesome trip and time with the family. Looks like you had a fabulous time. The grands are so cute and I love Gwendolyn's modeling with her pants!

  16. You are looking great!!! Its a fabulous accomplishment!!! Its great that you got to spend so much time with family too!!!


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