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How My Mind Works

Day 27

I had mentioned previously that Kathy and I received our second dose of the Pfizer vaccine last Saturday. I had heard that many people had more severe reactions to the second dose than they did with the first. I thought I would compare my reactions to those put out by the CDC as possible side effects. Here goes:

CDC says: I experienced:

Pain at the injection site

Pain at the injection site lasting one day.

Redness at the injection site

No redness at the injection site.

Swelling at the injection site

No swelling at the injection site.


No more tiredness than usual.


I did not experience a headache.

Muscle pain

I did not have any muscle pain.


I did not develop a fever.


I did not experience any chills.


Thankfully I did not feel nauseous


So, to show you how my mind works I can’t help ask, “Why did I not suffer any side effects?” Was there something wrong with the vaccine that I wasn’t affected? Had it gone bad? Is my body not making antibodies? Is there something wrong with me? Am I not normal? (Don’t answer that.)

I need to give it a rest. I know, a piece of cake.


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Quits of Valor

Day 26

One of the Lancaster shows we went to had a display of Quilts of Valor. You may be familiar with them or maybe you’re not. Just in case, here is what a quilt of valor is taken from the Quilt of Valor website

What is a Quilt of Valor?

A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war.  The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.”

To use the term Quilt of Valor, Quilts of Valor or QOV, the quilt must be a specific size, must have a label with required information, it must be awarded (it is not a gift) and it must be recorded. 

As you can see, there are specific guidelines that must be followed. The size is not bed size but more a lap quilt size. Typically the predominant colors in a quilt of valor are red, white, and blue. These colors were requested by veterans. A gold can also be added to the mix.

These quilts are usually made using a traditional pattern, many times with a patriotic theme…Ohio Star…Rail Fence…Churn Dash…Log Cabin.

There are many patterns for quilts of valor out there all you have to do is search the web.

Here are a few we saw in Lancaster.

Instead of giving any kind of commentary I think I will just let these quilts speak for themselves.

If you wanted to, you could also buy a pattern or a kit. Here is a pattern Kathy bought.


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Birthday Wishes

Day 25

I thought I would take a break from quilt posts today so that I could wish someone special a very Happy Birthday.  We both started teaching at Upper Dauphin the same year, she as a 7th grade reading teacher and me as a reading specialist.  That was back in 1975.  We have remained friends all these years.  I know I am a better person for having known her.

Happy birthday, Dolores.  May your day be filled with love and happiness. 

D evoted to her students, she was always what they needed her to be.

O n this day 83 years (I hope I have this correct) ago she entered this world to make it a brighter and better place.

L oving wife to Dennis; devoted mother to Gary, Scott, and Donna.

O verflowing with wisdom.

R eady to help with whatever was needed.

E ncouraging students and coworkers to not give up but try different approaches if one didn’t work.

S omeone you could always count on for advice or just an ear to listen.


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And the Winner Is…

Day 24

For today I thought I would look at some winners. Although to me all quilts are winners, these ten have taken ribbons from Honorable Mention to Best of Show. All of these quilts were seen at Quilt Odyssey which is held in Lancaster, PA.

This particular quilt wan First Place. I just cant even imagine designing something like this.

This quilt, as you can see, won Best of Show in 2017. I can see why.

So many quilts today are machine stitched and machine quilted. However, exceptional handwork is still appreciated.

People can also do amazing things with their machines.

This poor quilt only won an honorable mention. Hey, I would take it.

Another poor Honorable Mention quilt. Kathy is a fan of Hawaiian quilts. Although not a typical Hawaiian patter, this quit follows the style.

I really liked the use of color in this second place winner.

All of those points on this third place winner blew my mind.

Animal quilts don’t typically win awards, but this elephant got a second place ribbon.

Since there was a Best of Show neat the beginning of this post I thought I would end with another Best of show from a different year.

I think I have one more quilt posting to share with you on another day. We’ll see.


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It’s Gone to the Dogs, and Cats, and Elephants…

Day 23

Today we are revisiting May, 2019. On that day Kathy and I went to Lancaster to see Quiltfest. Although there were many beautiful quilts there, there seemed to be an overabundance of animal quilts that year. For this post I thought I would only focus on them.

When we were in Africa a few years ago we saw many elephants roaming the animal preserves we visited. Here are two that we did not see.

Although it is natural to look up in the sky and see birds flying from tree to wire I have never seen birds like these,

All of our cats are indoor cats, but there are some who live out in the wild.

Being a Leo I just had to capture this majestic guy.

Take a look at this proud profile.

This playful fellow seems to be having a good time romping through the field.

A movie poster with cats?

If you are a fan of Mondrian’s art work this cat is for you.

Although I sometimes hear them I rarely see them.

This will wrap up our tour of animal quilts. Tune in for the next installment of quilts. Don’t know what they will be yet.


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Looking Back

Day 22

If you have been reading my blog over the last several March challenges you know that there was always one thing I devoted several posts to toward the end of the challenge and that was the quilt shows Kathy and I attended. Last year there were no shows due to covid. This year there were no quilt shows due to covid.

Therefore, I thought I would revisit shows from previous years and reshare some of the things we saw and what made them memorable. I thought I would start with the 2019 show that was held in Hershey.

Although I am a fan of traditional quilts this stained glass quilt caught my eye. This is definitely one to be hung on the wall and admired and not slept under.

I enjoy animal quilts all the more if they are whimsical.

There are always several pictorial quilts at a show.

If you know me there is no way I can pass up a cat quilt.

Not all quilts need to be colorful to be striking. Here is basically a black and white quilt.

As I said earlier, I tend to lean toward traditional quilt patterns. However, sometimes a modernistic quilt stand out.

A Baltimore album quilt is always pleasing. All those applique pieces.

What would a quilt show be without a wall of miniatures?

That will do it for today’s trip down memory lane. Tomorrow we will revisit another show.


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Signs of Spring

Day 21

Spring has arrived!

How do you tell when spring is here?

Do you watch and listen for the geese overhead honking and flying north in their familiar V formation?

Do you look for that first robin of the season hopping on your front lawn looking for some food?

Do you wait for the pussy willow to bloom, one of the first to make a appearance in spring?

Do you notice daffodils and hyacinths poking their heads out of the ground too tall to pull themselves back in?

Do you notice kids and adults walking about in shorts and wearing short sleeve shirts but no jackets?

Do you notice trees sprouting their green lace before becoming completely covered in leaves?

Do you look at the calendar and notice the date is March 20?

Do you notice that at 7 PM the sun is still shining?

Do you notice different birds at the bird feeder?

How do I tell when spring is here?

I listen for the first lawn mower of the season.

(Believe it or not but yesterday as we traveled to get our shots we did see a guy out on his mower cutting the grass, or should I say stirring up the dust.)


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Friday Sijo

Day 19

I haven’t written a sijo in a bit so I thought I would write some for today’s post. In case you don’t know or need a refresher course on what a Sijo is it is a traditional Korean form of poetry.

It has a syllabic structure with each line containing 14 – 16 syllables. Each line of the poem has a specific purpose. Line one introduces the topic. Line two develops it further. Line three contains some kind of twist – humor or irony, an unexpected image, a pun, or a play on words.

Here are a few of mine:

Yesterday the sun was shining brightly in the clear blue sky.
Birds chirped merrily and flowers poked their heads out of the ground.
Today swirling snow makes seeing across the street difficult.

It takes it time as if it has all the time in the world.
The opaque brown liquid slowly fills the glass container.
Meanwhile, I anxiously await my first cup of hot coffee.

Sirens blaring and lights flashing quickly draw my attention.
What emergency is happening in our neighborhood.  
I guess I had better emerge 'n see what's going on.



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A Short Post

Day 20

Today’s post is short because:

We are getting our second Covid vaccine shot today.

It is a two hour drive to where we are getting the shot.

We also have a two hour drive home.

We will be spending a total of four hours on the road today.

We are leaving shortly because we definitely need to stop for lunch halfway to our destination.

Since one of Kathy’s favorite fabric stores is on the way to where we’re headed we will need to stop (besides, it’s a good potty stop).

After our shot we will need to get some dinner before we go home.

I will be too tired to write anything when we get home.

When we get home I need to devote the time before bedtime to commenting.

Today’s post is short because I really have nothing to say today.


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Washing the Hands

Day 18

During the last year I have washed my hands more than I ever had.

I go to the store. I come home and I wash my hands.

I unpack the groceries. I wash my hands.

I go th Walmart for some things. After checkout I go to the restroom and wash my hands.

I unload the bags from the cart to the back of the car. I don’t wash my hands, but I do use hand sanitizer on them,

I like to thing my hands are clean, but apparently they are not clean enough for some.


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