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From April through October, there is a Farmer’s Market on Saturday in our Courthouse Square. I love heading down there, early in the morning for best freshest product!

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Mountains of fresh vegetables, fruit, free-range eggs and flowers are everywhere.

 

 

 

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I buy eggs from this vendor whenever I can. Her chicken’s eggs are the best.

 

 

 

 

 

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Another vendor has homemade soap, Firefly Essentials. It is hypoallergenic soap formulated from natural ingredients and are completely safe. They do not contain harmful chemicals. Wonderful ingredients like honey, oatmeal, lavender  and  other lovely things. We love their soap!

 

 

 

The Farmer’s Market is located around our Courthouse Square. Does it look familiar? This was one of the locations for Hannah Montana, The Movie! I blogged about it last June.

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One of my joys when blogging is looking at the visitors map.  The map lets us know how many people have visited and even tells us where they are from. . . in many cases, it is from around the world.

In just a few hours, we have had visitors from:

San Antonio, TX                       Manchester, United Kingdom

Rochester, NY                          Hopkins, MN

Santos, Brazil                           Fort Lauderdale, FL

Atlanta, GA                               Glasgow, United Kingdom       

Singapore, Singapore              Islamabad, Pakistan

San Jose, CA                            Melbourne, Australia

Fayetteville, NC                       Herzliya, Israel

Omaha, NE                               London, United Kingdom

Fort Pierce, FL                          Arlington, TX

Sydney, Australia                     Ichikawa, Japan

Harrisburg, PA                          Richmond, VA  

Burlington, MI                          New York, NY  

White Plains, NY                       Elk Grove, CA

Lincoln, NE                               Hutchinson, KS

Kittanning, PA                          Tenino, WA

Sedona, AZ                              Bellows Falls, VT

Schaumburg, IL                        Voorhees, NJ

Montreal, QC                            Palatine, IL

Burlington, MI                          Fort Pierce, FL

Charlotte, NC                           Charleston, SC

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

Thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to read it.  I enjoy knowing you have visited and can’t wait to see who visits tomorrow!

Meeting wonderful people is just one perk of being a traveling quilt instructor.  No matter where I go, I meeting quilters filled with excitement and joy for quiltmaking.  Inspiration is another perk and I love sharing this inspiration!

I meet Pat in several of my online classes at Quilt University.  In April, at the Spring Meeting of the South Carolina Quilters I got to meet Pat in person. It was so much fun chatting with her.

Pat showed me a quilt she made in my More Patchwork Illusions  class. It was simply beautiful and I asked her permission to share on my blog and on my webpage.

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Here is another quilt by Pat, from my Patchwork Illusions class.

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Wonderful quilts, Pat!  Thanks so much for sharing  them with us!

For the first time in a very long time, I’m home, really home.  Not just home for a week or 10 days, but home for part of the summer.

With such a hectic travel schedule, I’ve had to work 18 hours a day during the week and most weekends. Whew!  Am I ready for this break or what?

On the list to do while I’m home . . .

Finish the projects on my “must do” list,  such as quilts for magazine articles, quilts for new fabric collections, new class development, developing several new fabric lines. Okay, I’ll still be working on lots of stuff, but I’ll have time to. . .

 Sip my morning coffee in the sun

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Watch movies in the evenings

Visiting with friends

Piddle in the garden

AND working on some new quilt designs. . . . Just the “re-change” I need!

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the Tucson Area Quilter’s Guild.  I had a wonderful time showing my quilts at their morning and evening guild meetings as well as teaching classes.  They are a friendly and talented group!

During one evening, I had a chance to take a walk and take photos. It was a beautiful evening and the desert was blooming.

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Love these flowers, notice the gradation!

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The cactus were filled with blooms. . .

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The Santa Catalina Mountains border the north edge to Tucson and were beautiful as the sun was setting. As I watched the sun set, I thought of the lines from America, The Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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The murder of former Tennessee Titan still has many of us in Tennessee in shock. As details of his murder come out, sadness at the wrong path taken adds to our shock.

This morning, I read a Commentary by Buddy Oaks in our local paper that states our feelings so very well.

 

HOPING McNAIR’S DEATH MAY SPARE OTHERS

steve mcNair1Folks in Nashville and throughout the sports world were shocked to find out yesterday afternoon that former MVP quarterback and local favorite Steve McNair had been killed. In the short history of major league sports in Nashville, McNair clearly caries the credentials of the top athlete to play in Music City for an extended period of time.

While his sudden death is a tragedy for all involved, the real tragedy is that he died in a way that is diametrically opposed to many of the good things that he has accomplished in his career both on and off the field.

McNair had established the Steve McNair Foundation that was all about doing good and giving back to the community. His personal page on his site explained that “He was raised in a single-parent household with his four brothers–Fred, Tim, Jason, and Michael (“Doc”)–by his mother who worked a factory graveyard shift to provide for her family. Ms. McNair not only worked hard to provide for her family but strived to instill in them certain values such as hard work, perseverance, honesty and integrity.”

Those values were apparent in everything he did on the field and in his volunteer work. Many children looked to him as a “role model”. In listening to all the statements and quotes on the radio everyone described him as a “family man.” One went so far as to talk about how his wife and kids were expecting him home for the holiday cook out when they got the news.

Somewhere along the way something went seriously wrong with McNair and that he turned away from his values and went down a path that led to his premature death, shattering his family, his friends and all those who looked up to him.

Out of this tragedy, an opportunity is presented for parents to talk to their children and prepare them for life’s tough choices and to explain to them that some things that seem good at the time probably aren’t the way to go with their life.

An analogy that I use with my kids is that life is like a road with deep ditches on both sides. As they grow up, parents provide the guard rails to keep them out of the ditches as much as possible. Once they leave home, and are on their own, their values that they are given as children and their faith become the guardrails that keep them on the road and out of trouble.

Hopefully, out of this tragic situation, other lives will be spared by the talks parents have with their kids using Steve McNair as an example that bad thing do happen to good people when they head in the wrong direction.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Steve McNair and all those who knew him.

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Can’t believe the news – Steve McNair killed. . .

One of the toughest players in the league, we loved your heart and your drive. Watching you play for the Titans was always exciting.

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Words can’t express our shock and disbelief.  . . we will miss you in Nashville.

Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at http://www.karencombs.com

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