Shingles…


That’s what’s going on here right now. And, I don’t mean the kind on top of the house. Ouch. Didn’t really have time for them right now, but this too shall pass.

Sunday Rundown


This morning, Efren and I listened to a recorded sermon from one of our favorite area churches on their mobile app. We are making our way through a series on marriage misconceptions. We already completed a set titled “Marriage Makers, Marriage Breakers” and I would recommend them to any married couples. Having previously been happily married for fourteen years, up until May 22, 2011, the day I became a widow, I thought I knew pretty much all I needed to know about how to “do marriage right”. Reality check! Every marriage is different. My relationship and marriage with Efren are very different than what Greg and I shared. I’ve had to learn to adapt to many changes, and learn how to adapt to this new and wonderful partner I’ve been so blessed to have found! Navigating this new path life set out for me hasn’t always been easy, or gone that smoothly,  but without a doubt it’s definitely worth the effort and I’m so excited to be making a new life, memories and adventures at Casa de Ortega with this precious man.

After breakfast and our worship time, we caught up on all the yard work, laundry and a few other household chores. And then, Miss Bella got a bath. She was still a pretty small pup last time you saw her. I better show you a picture today, because once she goes back outside in the morning, it will take her all of maybe thirty minutes to be filthy again. This first one is Efren’s favorite and I say it shows the destructive little monster inside her! She tears everything up!!

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Trying to show her sweet side in these last two. Right…. Lol.

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I barely got to sit down today, and in all that activity I didn’t even get to take a single stitch in any of my projects. I was really hoping to get the backing made for Chase’s quilt and maybe even get it loaded on the longarm. It wasn’t to be this weekend. That’s a wrap for tonight! Ttyl!

Ahhhh Sweet Saturday


I love Saturday mornings when I can just slow down a little. There’s no rush to drink my coffee and get a workout in before getting ready to hurry off on my way to work or somewhere. This morning, as I sip and write, I’m snuggled in soft flannel sheets, under a quilt I made with a buttery soft flannel backing. That isn’t the case for my Efren, though, as he had to head out the door to work before 7 a.m. The quilt, I admit, is actually still a WIP, but it is on the bed anyway. Maybe looking at it like this will push me to get the binding made and attached and I can work on the hand stitching while sitting in bed watching tv in the evenings. That is all it lacks, plus some thread tail trimming  I was going to knot and bury them all but I gave up on that chore a long time ago, and thus it has set unfinished for more years than I care to think about now. I love this quilt and it looks so nice on the bed. I must finish it soon!

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I don’t need to tarry too long this morning, however, as I have household chores calling and I need to run out and grab Miss Bella a bag of dog food, and check on my parents and see if I need to get anything for them while I’m out and about. And, there are birthday presents to wrap. Today we will celebrate Caleb’s upcoming 5th birthday. Him coming into my world has been such a blessing. He brought so much joy and light after the passing of my late husband. “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born”, says the Lord. Isaiah 66:9. That verse has proved itself so true for me. So many new changes in my life. New loves and joys and blessings have flowed abundantly post loss. I’m so thankful for each and every one.

On my bad days, days where the struggles with my dad’s Alzheimer’s is worse, days when some chronic physical pain I deal with is worse, days when I feel I can’t take the work stress, or just feel that there are too many demands on my time, etc., I remind myself that even my worst days are so much better than many people’s best days. So much better. Life is fast paced. Life is full. Life is life. Life is amazing.

Life is full of sweet moments that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss for the world. Like getting a makeover from a four year old boy. During which he excitedly stated ” you’re looking fancy, Mammy!” Fancy indeed!

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Happy, happy times and happy 5th birthday sweet boy! A few days early, but that just gives us longer to stretch out the celebration!

Latest Quilt Projects


While I was MIA from Blogland, I did finish Caleb’s quilt and it looks so good on his big boy bed, in his new bedroom. My son and daughter-in-law bought a new house in my neighborhood this summer. I’m loving having them even closer! It’s literally less than a five  minute walk from my door to theirs.

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This weekend, I finished the top to baby Chase’s quilt. I absolutely love the 10 minute block pattern. So much fun to whip out the blocks. Almost instant gratification! Even though the pattern designer has the how-to video posted on You Tube for free, I love this so much that I ordered the pattern book to support her efforts.  Now, I only wish I could remember where I put it! I swear, sometimes I feel like I spend at least half my life looking for misplaced or “placed in a safe spot” items. 😡

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I’m really looking forward to getting it loaded on the longarm and getting to do some quilting again! Sure have been missing spending some quality time with my beloved A-1, Corky.

That pretty much catches you up on any quilty happenings around here since the last pre-wedding post. And, that’s a wrap for this evening. See you soon!

Mrs. ORTEGA is back!


Soooo, I haven’t blogged for a minute. And…. this happened while I was away! I’ve been a little busy getting settled into this new life.:)

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My late husband’s granddaughter (mine by love) was my maid of honor. And, my 4 year old grandson walked his Mammy down the aisle to the Goo Goo Dolls “Come To Me”.

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This photo above is one of my favorites. As well as this photo below, with both of our sons

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We had so much fun taking pics with the Harley!

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Our first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”.

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We had a little rustic, a little Mexican, and a little Harley going on. Efren’s son dubbed it a Red Nexican weddin’! 😂 He and I crafted this “cake” from the Mexican treat mazipans. We were pretty proud of ourselves for this one, hehe.

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We had to have some Mexican wedding cookies

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My friend Tammy made the cake and it was spectacular!

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The papel picado decorations I ordered from a little family business in California that I found online turned out to be  one of my favorite things!

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It was such a beautiful, magical day for us.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding.  There were times I wondered if it was a bit silly of us to be going through the whole big wedding thing at our ages and stages in life, but in the end, we were soooo glad we did it the way we did.  Celebrating  exchanging our vows in church, in front of beloved family and friends,  truly made it feel like a brand new start for both of us. I wouldn’t trade that day for anything.

So much more has gone on since that day, including a small bit of piecing and quilting. But for now, I’ll save the rest for future posts.  I hope you enjoyed the wedding report! Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Week


This past few days have been hectic around here, ups and downs. The downs were related to my parents and my father’s progressing Alzheimer’s. They are an hour away from me and that is too far under the circumstances. Moving day to get them up here will be here soon. My little mom is so ready So are the rest of us. As soon as their new house is ready, the moving will begin! Lots of progress is being made.

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My guest room is filling up with stuff for the wedding. Hobby lobby had wedding stuff 1/2 price. Yay! Lots of bows to be fluffed and pressed. Guest book, invitations, and various other items.

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Little tea light candle holders were 1/2 price, as well. I got 100 of them!

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I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to wedding planning, and honestly, ours is going to be a bit hodge-podgy, lol. The caterer has been hired, the photographer booked. Invitations arrived and will start mailing those this weekend. I ordered some Mexican papel picado banners and little flags for the reception, to bring in more of Efren’s culture. I hope they turn out right and get here on time. They look so cute on the website.

In between all this and my day job, too, I did make a couple more blocks for baby Chase’s quilt. I will stitch down the edges of the center “windows” after all the blocks are made. I think I will top stitch them by machine in matching thread rather than hand stitch.

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I was going to make at least a couple more this evening, but my son just texted that Chase’s big brother, Caleb, wants to come over to Mammy’s house. Thus, I best get off here and get ready to play with a precious four year old boy! Later!

Fun Sewing!


In between work, and stitching the binding on Caleb’s quilt, and hectic wedding planning, I simply had to take a few minutes last night to try out a pattern I’ve seen floating around for a little while. The 10 Minute Block by Suzanne McNeill. I have a new four month old baby grandson and I thought a sweet little baby quilt would be the perfect project to try it out with. I only had a few minutes to spare and I have to say, I love this block! So much fun to put together and you can use it so may ways. Cutesy fun projects or change fabrics for a very elegant looking quilt. Fun fun fun! This may be my new stash busting “go to” pattern! A great one to use for gift quilts, charity, etc. It goes together so quickly and easily that it’s almost instant gratification! So, if you’re a busy quilter who has trouble finding time to squeeze some sewing time in between all life’s other activities, this is a good one to try!

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Wedding plans are progressing, and I’m really starting to have fun with the process and am getting so excited! I have 57 days to get the rest of it together. I’ve been faithfully working out again and trying to bust the extra stash I have put back on this body over the last few months. I’m starting to see some results from that hard work, as well. I just keep chanting “wedding dress wedding dress wedding dress” in my head when I feel like slacking. 😄

Today, I hope to make a final decision on the caterer and make some progress on the reception decorations. Have a fantastic Friday, y’all!