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Birds Eye View

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I found this cool article from the San Francisco Globe about looking at various locations from the sky looking down.  These are a few of my favorites.

Niagara Falls


Mexico City


Tulip Fields in the Netherlands










Amsterdam (where I’ll be heading to in about 6 hours!)


Talk to you when I get back!

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March 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Dara, Dara's Tid Bits

Congratulations Cathy, MA

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I am so proud of my sister Cathy!  She persevered through two years of studying for her master’s degree.  She completed this while working full-time.  Great accomplishment Kitty! Mom and Dad had a surprise graduation party for her, complete with balloons…DSCN3264 Bright, cheerful, colorful flowers….DSCN3263A cake (with red flowers and letters)…
DSCN3262 And friends…(Mom, Ruth, Bernice, Cathy, Barb, Bev and Patti Gibson.)DSCN3273Ruth and Bernice have been friends with Cathy for as long as I can remember!DSCN3269 Patti, (always referred to as Patti Gibson) has Cathy’s buddy since Junior High.   Josh and Joel were really happy for their Mom’s accomplishment.  Andrew was also happy, but he was too busy eating shrimp for me to catch him in a picture. Christine and Bill snuck out before I took their picture.  You were a sweetheart to call to congratulate Kitty.DSCN3268 Ron (Bernice’s husband), Dad, and Mike (Ruth’s husband) celebrated and solved all the world’s problems.
So, my dear Sister, I’m so very, very proud of you!

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March 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm

With Sorrow Comes Joy

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Mike is on his way up to Jamestown right now.  A friend of ours from there lost her battle with cancer earlier this week and the service is today.  A friend that lived her forty three years on this earth to the fullest . . . one that I can’t recall ever having anything but a smile on her face . . . one that was an incredible mother to four beautiful children and loving wife, sister and daughter.  My heart just aches for her family to have to say goodbye.

As he was driving up he found out that another great friend of ours, from Jamestown, is in the hospital having their second baby . . . five weeks early.

Our little Jamestown crew is going to have such a mix of emotions today.

I feel helpless sitting at my desk instead of holding by sweet husband’s hand while he says goodbye to a friend . . . instead of hugging Julie’s family members while I tell them that I’m so sorry for their loss . . . instead of being there to get an early glimpse of the newest member of our Jamestown posse.

I feel helpless but grateful. Grateful to have known Julie, grateful to have a husband that will get up at five in the morning (after a full day of throwing up) to drive four hours to show his respect and support, grateful that I  will get to see my son experience the wonder of Jamestown and the love from our special group of friends there, grateful that every day I am given the gift of 84,600 seconds to live my beautiful life.

When life brings you unbearable sorrow . . . joy usually follows in one form or another.

Written by bevanddara

March 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

Creative Grooming

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Wow . . . is pretty much all I can say.  This is really a fad? (It is, according to this article)

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Congrats on the quilts ladies (and mom)!

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March 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Posted in Dara, Pets

Congratulations Claudia -Team Bev won MORE Strawberry Festival ribbons!

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WOW! Claudia (AKA Birdie’s Mom) won SEVEN ribbons at the Strawberry Festival. Claudia quilted most of her pieces herself.  I was honored that she asked me to quilt two large pieces. I love the colors of this Jo Morton Applique.DSCN2231 Such a pretty quilt.DSCN2228  This Pickle Dish that Claudia made is gorgeous. DSCN2683 I was soooo tempted to make this quilt myself…but it is a quilt that is ALOT of tiny pieces, so took aALOT of time. Claudia did a beautiful job.DSCN2682 I loved the texture that the quilting added to this quilt.DSCN2681

I’m so proud of all the accomplishments of the Strawberry Festival Quilt Contest winners, and honored that I was a part of their beautiful works of art! Great job Dora, Cindy, and Claudia!!!!


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March 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Posted in Bev, Quilts

So Amazing . . .

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Sebastian just sent us this picture from his day of snowboarding in AK.  So beautiful.

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March 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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Strawberry Festival, continued

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Congratulations to Cindy for TWO Grand Champion Ribbons at the Strawberry Festival. Her remarkable Civil War Bride quilt won for Applique.DSCN2931Cindy’s applique is spectacular. Her technique is superb, her fabric selection is perfect.
DSCN2930A very special quilt, I’m glad the Strawberry Festival Judges agreed.
DSCN2749Cindy’s Granny Square Quilt won The Grand Champion award for piecing.DSCN2100 This was a project that she  worked at on Tuesdays at Judy’s house. There were 85 one inch squares in each block.DSCN2095 Beautiful work, congratulations again Cindy!DSCN2098I’m so glad you did such a great job entertaining Julian.  I’m not surprised that he is swimming already, but I am shocked that he can write so well!  (Nice blog entry little one. Love Mom Mom.)


Written by bevanddara

March 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Bev, Quilts