Friday, July 25, 2008


As you all know hurricane Dolly blew through south Texas with a SLOW vengeance!

Happy to report that my brother and sister-in-law are physically fine...

Sad to report that the town is not so fine...

I am only getting reports from my mother when she talks to them and that is not very often due to cell phone batteries not being able to be charged. So this is very much second hand news...however, here is what I know.

Yes, Bo and Cricket "rode out the storm" in their home. The house is "livable" according to Bo.

The rental on the bay however is another story. The down stairs is basically "a wash" no pun intended. The storm surge ripped out the entire down stairs including the stairs going to the second floor rental. Bo says they can't even get in to see what damage may be waiting for them there. I don't know if that means the whole structure is unsafe to go in or exactly what...

The 500 foot long pier that went out into the bay is no longer. :(

Cricket did call mom today to let her know that they are still physically fine.

As best I can determine based on Bo's exact words is: "The whole town is gone."

We have been praying since we discovered that Dolly was churning her way to the Texas coast. We are continuing to pray for not only the safety but also the peace that only God can bring in times like these.

Please help us pray along those lines....God IS good and He is good ALL the time.
We know God has a plan it is our job to find the plan and plug into it.

All the folks there truly need a fresh touch from our Lord.

Thank you all for your concern and prayers.

In and Because of HIM,

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I talked to my brother and sister-in-law last night around 8:30. They have boarded up their properties and are "SITTING" the hurricane out.

Bo told me last night that by water they are only 45 miles north of Brownsville, Texas. Being right on the bay also brings it's dangers. As most of you know their rentals are right on the water and their home is only 2 blocks inland.

Please pray for their safety and that of their property.

Will update you all after the storm is over.

In and Because of HIM,

Monday, July 14, 2008


A friend of mine sent this link to me a while back. Every once in a while I go to it for stress relief!

Click on it and you'll see why it is one of my favorite spots.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


What in the world do Port Mansfield, Texas and quilting have to do with one another?

Well, while we were at my brothers this summer I had a "job" to do. A custom order from my Etsy store (grandpagrandmasattic had just arrived. Karen had found my Etsy shop and sent fabrics from her stash for me to make yo yos. Another gal bought a lot of yo yos and is covering a lamp shade with them. So, I took Karens fabrics with me and worked on them...(well part-time anyway).

Yes, I said yo yos! And yes, they are made from fabrics. They became popular in the 1930's and have found a renewed interest in 2008! Many projects can be embellished with them including but not limited to actually making quilts from them. I love making them and have put a few on line because after all what in the world am I going to do with ALL those things.

In the first paragraph I said I worked on those yo yos part-time BECAUSE we were way to busy having fun for me to interrupt myself with work to often.

While in the heat of the day I did sit around a couple days (an hour or so each day) and made those yo yos while I sat down in the cool a/c....propped up my feet...watched satellite TV movies....and yo yo(ed). Oh, and did I mention that right outside the french doors I watched pelicans...sea by? :)

The other part of the day we fished...visited...ate...napped...and just chilled out.

Browsing through photos from our vacation I remembered the little hermit crab Ashley and her daddy retrieved from the bay. We had so much fun watching that little critter walk around. As you can tell from the photo my strength is not photography but I just couldn't help taking this photo. He was just so adorable...walking around on the wooden walk...that leads to the wooden gate...that leads to the end of the wooden pier...that leads to THE FISH!!! Aren't his little legs cute?

Photos are of yo yos and the hermit crab we so enjoyed!

I am cleaning out my sewing stash today...look for more fabrics to purchase from the DESTASHING....

OOPS...forgot to post photos!!!!!!!!!!

In and Because of HIM,

P.S.- My sister-in-law called last night and said that my brother CAPTIAN BO took customers out on his boat two days in a row. YEAH BO!! I'm so proud of you.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Previewing new items in my Etsy store

Not knowing when I would publish again or if anyone even cared...tonight I made the decision to POST...

There are new items in my Etsy store. Thought you might like a peek! SO.................

Hope your fourth of July was wonderful. Ours was. Went fishing at Lake Livingston and gave the pennant I made to Toye at the marina. She loved it. It sure does match her 4 wheeler and her! Wild and crazy pink flamingo fabric!

Janace & LC caught lots of catfish. Rick and I just goofed really was great. Came back home tired....tired....tired. to bed. Have a good evening.

A very cool event coming up.

Love, In HIS Name, Grandma Susan quilts

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"CAPTAIN BO" Port Mansfield, Texas

It seems that my blog on Port Mansfield got some attention. Someone from Alaska who has a rental home there emailed my sister-in-law and told her about it. I think that is pretty cool.

Remember to look up Bay Pirates on the Internet...A link is on my side bar: Port Mansfield.

You won't find better rentals than with Bay Pirates. Now, don't think I'm predijust because they are kin folk. It does help...but honestly they have the best rentals in my opinion.

My brother also got his captains license this last week. SO now not only can you rent a week/weekend home in which to stay... but "CAPTAIN BO" can take you out for a day of fishing. Talk about your all inclusive vacation stay!

Attached are a couple more photos of our stay there.