Thursday, July 23, 2020

Where Does the Time Go?

What a year indeed!!  I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I posted her! I am still here.  Still sewing!  Still quilting!  Still a wife, Mom and Grammy!  Our family grew by one last early August!  Sweet Elle Angeline was born to our younger son, Anthony and his wife Leah!

She is simply delightful in every way!  And this family sure did need some more estrogen!!  She does resemble her older brother Neal, but has smaller features, light blue eyes, where Neal’s are brown, and lighter hair and skin tone, as Neal has olive skin!

Although spelled. Elle, we call her Ellie!  And she has a determined spirit and a curious nature!!  Neal is quite the older brother and is generous with sharing and teaching her new skills.  They adore each other in every way, which is so nice to see!!


Anthony, Leah, Neal and Ellie came to stay with us in March, as the kids’ daycare closed down and both Anthony and Leah had to work from home like the rest of the country, so I was able to help watch the kiddos while they, and my husband, worked here in the house. 

 They stayed with us for 10 weeks, then moved on to stay with Leah’s parents in western Pennsylvania, until they finally got back to their home in Philly.  The kid’s daycare reopened and so far, so good.  It was an adjustment for us all, but oh so lovely to get to spend such quality time with them all!!   Neal and I read LOTS of books and he had fun mastering our Alexa devices! LOL!! Ellie was on the cusp of crawling and beginning to pull up on stuff!  

Meanwhile, our older son, AJ and his wife Meredith are expecting their first child- a boy!!  Her due date is August 11th, which is right around the corner.  We’ve all been social distancing and self quarantining , so we’ve not been around them to see the baby belly grow!  That are both, also, working from home since March.  


I had a pile of small utility quilts, each made from a singe charm pack, ready to bind, when the kids moved in.  So they waited patiently in a pile, until the kids had moved on.  They are all bound and given to Meredith and AJ for the new baby!  






I also made them a larger quilt, with a requested lion theme, in blues and greys, that they can hang on the wall in the new nursery.


I also made them a matching lion pillow for the rocker, and gave all these quilts to them with a really big patchwork tote bag that matches one of the small utility quilts.


So, we all have babies on our minds these days!! Just waiting for the call that labor has started.  We aren’t allowed to go to the hospital to see them there, but hope to see them all when they get back home.

So, that’s enough for now.  Hope you all have stayed safe and healthy in this weird new reality.  What has kept you sane these days?  Are you sewing up a storm? Reading? Reorganizing stuff?  Finding new ways to get some exercise?  Trying new recipes?  If you and your better half are spending so much more time together with working from home, like my hubby and I are, how’s it going?
It’s certainly a better commute, right?  Ya gotta laugh, right?

Take care and stay healthy and safe! More to come!

                         God Bless!!  Polly


  1. Babies galore! How wonderful for you!! The lion quilt is awesome.

  2. Hi Polly! So great to find your post on my reader this morning. You have been busy! Little Elle is adorable. She looks like her quiltin' Grammay. What a sweet family you have. Love your lion quilts and pillow. What fun! I'm glad to hear that you all are well. So far, so good here. But yesterday, we found that one part of hubby's food supply business has been compromised and needed to be closed. So, until that is sorted out, it is a bit scary. But the Lord knows. None of this is a surprise to him, right? I'm thankful that we are still able to be in our own home and useful at age 81. Keep well and keep in touch. I enjoy 'hearing'from you.

  3. Hi Polly,
    Sew good to see you pop up... Elle is gorgeous and does look like a her bro Neal..great photos of your lovely family ...
    Beautiful quilts and lion cushion for the new arrival..
    Pleased your family and you are all safe and well.
    Alls good here and hubby and I have done a lot of work on the block while in lockdown.
    Hugs Maria and Lacy.

  4. I chose the right day to check my blogger dashboard since forever! Welcome back! Lots of babies in your world, I’m envious. I am so impressed with how your family worked together to solve the daycare/work from home situation! Way to go!

  5. Hi Polly. It was so good to hear from you and see the newest addition to your family. I'm sure you must be ecstatic about the arrival of yet another new baby, arriving soon. Hopefully you won't wait another year before posting pictures of your newest grandchild. Stay safe and healthy!

  6. Hi Polly, so good to hear from you. Elle is so beautiful. I'm sure you are thrilled with your growing family. Love the quilt and lion cushion. Stay safe and keep posting! ❤️

  7. Oh, Aunt Polly! How happy I was to see your blog entry! I had looked forward to your monthly messages and realized some time ago they were not there! I feared something terrible had happened! How would we know? Welcome back! I love your blog. Please continue! Carol in Texas

  8. Darling grands and another on the way. What a wonderful gift you made for the coming addition! A little quilt for every day of the week AND the Lion quilt, plus the Lion pillow? SEW sweet!!!

  9. OH POLLY it is so great to hear from you.
    Yes, grand babies and family are wonderful. We are so blessed.
    3 grand babies to love. Polly, you will be busy. Aren't they just the best.
    I am so happy that all of you live fairly close by.
    I have one daughter Lizzie, and son in law Jerome in Bristow. They have three babies under age 3. The new little boy is 4 months almost 5 months now. They are so fun and wonderful.
    Christina lives up the road in Leesburg, She and Jason have two girls Sarah is 5, and Lauren is 2. Sarah is hilarious. Just wait, absolutely chatty and ridiculous! right? I love it.
    We are blessed.
    I am still taking care of my 96 year old daddy and he is doing so well, Thank God
    Hubbs had heart surgery and now he is peppy and doing great
    Keep safe, healthy and happy. This pandemic is annoying but the introvert in me loves it.
    Take good care dear friend

  10. Thanks for the update. Good to see your beautiful grands and quilts!

  11. Good to “see” you again. I love, love the lion quilt! Is there a pattern or did you just come up with it? My grandson’s middle name is Leo and so he loves all things lion.

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