Status regarding my hiatus from quilting because of my education

I am still working away on my education. I am in my 4th full semester and taking junior level course. I have gone from Marketing to B.I.T. (Business Information Technology) and Marketing with a minor in History. I am taking my 4th history class. Dr. Armstrong convinced me into adding B.I.T. to my degree, because of my work history. I took Dr. Webb’s class – Science in History as an elective, then History I & II, and I am currently taking Dr. Kharif’s class – The Old South and before you ask The Old South is pre-colonial up to the Civil War. Dr. Kharif’s class requires researching and writing a paper. I am also taking a Special Topics class with Dr. Ismet Anitsal researching and preparing a paper possibly for presentation at a conference and publication.

I was interning for Dr. Tzeng at Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Tech. I received work study this year and I am working at Volpe Library’s front desk.


Great News on my Father-in-law

My Mother-in-law, Glenda face-timed last night to let us know that Wayne, Father-in-law, came through his neck surgery just fine. Wayne spoke to Xander for a bit and was in good spirits last night. Xander was happy that his Papaw was doing well. This afternoon, Glenda sent us a text that he was getting released to go home. Thankfully there were no complications yesterday. Now, he gets to go home, recover, heal and get ready for his next surgery, which is Open Heart to repair a valve that caused problems last April when they originally went to do his neck surgery. We have been told that the Heart surgery is tentatively schedule for about 6 six from now.

Please send good thoughts and prayers for our family.

My father-in-law, Wayne, went in last April for neck surgery. There were complications and they had to stop the surgery. Every couple of weeks since then, my in-laws have been making a trip down to UAB for tests to be run to decide if they could do the surgery. If they don’t do the neck surgery, any wrong jarring motion could paralyze him. At this time, he can not move his neck much, so it is very dangerous for him to drive since he can not turn his neck, he has to turn his body to look left. They have finally decided to do the surgery on Wednesday, October 28th. The heart surgeon is against it, but if they wait and have to do the heart surgery, they won’t be able to do the neck surgery because he will be on blood-thinners for the rest of his life. Once the neck surgery is done, he will heal for about 6 weeks and then they plan on doing the heart surgery to repair the problem found during the original neck surgery back in April.

Dr. David W. Brown

Xander and I are proud to announce that David goes for his hooding ceremony on Saturday, December 12th. Everyone is welcome to attend. Just send us an email and we will give you the details. There will also be a party, details to be decided upon. Congrats Babes, we love you.

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$25 Gift Card Giveaway Event


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Bow Ties are Cool. 

 David is ready and heading to his dissertation defense.  We are so proud of him.   

David’s Dissertation Defense

David’s defense is 1 week from today.  The closer it gets, the more nervous he gets.  Once he defends, and he they approve, he gets hooded in December.  So, once I finish taking my final exams, and Xander gets out of school for the week, we head to David’s graduation hooding.  Xander is proud of his dad.  He has taken to call him Dr. Brown at David’s student game nights.  Xander is enjoying getting to play board games and he is happy that people 6+ years older than him, treat him like an adult and include him, letting him play and one of them is teaching Xander to fence and he is really enjoying that.

Running of the Freshmen Tradition

Tennessee Tech has a tradition that the freshmen run out on the field the first home football game of the season. Well since it is my freshmen year, Xander wanted me to do the freshman running so he could get my tshirt they give you for running. David had to finish up some work in the lab so Xander went with me and ran with us. We had to run out and touch the eagle as we went into the field just like the football team does. Xander is tickled that he got to run and touch the eagle without being a freshmen.  Of course he still plans to take the shirt. 

He ran into one of his classmates after we ran and proudly told him how he got to run with the freshmen. 


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Thank You, Ms. Colorado – Ms. Kelley Johnson

I am breaking from my normal here.  I usually only post about my quilting, my family and what is going on in our lives.  We cut the cord back in February, so everything we watch is online now.  I do not, nor have I ever watch Ms. America or The View.  I have been busy studying for classes this week but tonight i saw something on my facebook news feed regarding Nurses that caught my attention.  Nurses, doctors, family, and celebrities were upset with the ladies on The View for their comments about a nurse who, as her talent, spoke about a patient she had that made her proud to be a nurse.  I had to go view the videos.  I don’t agree with the ladies on The View, and their so-called apology sounded like it was just another slap in the face to Nurses.  Their comments that they were used to seeing women in dresses or bathing suits during the “talent section”, they thought her outfit was a costume.  Really??? Since Ms. Johnson wasn’t dancing around or singing and showing skin, they couldn’t pay attention to what she was saying?  Are they that much of a airhead?  I think we need to stop judging women but their sizes/measurements and start judging us on how much we care, how well we take care of our families, the things we will willing sacrifice for them.

I always felt that these beauty/supposedly talent contests are just like sororities.  I am glad that Ms. Johnson showed a real world talent that she puts to use.  Nurses care for their patients.  Sometimes the patient has no one else to sit and spend 5 minutes a day/week with them, those are the ones that usually pull on a nurses heart.  They are the ones who you throw up on, throw things at, they take care of your drug addicted family members, they take care of your Alzheimer family members.  They are abused by their charges.  They take care of your aids family member.   Your aids infected drug addict lashes out at their nurse, sticking/scratching them with the needle the nurse just used to draw blood from them, causing the nurse to have to have tests every so often to see if they were infected, but they still continue to come back day after day to take care of that same patient. They work long hours.  They work holidays and weekends.  They cannot leave work just because their shift ended if their relief has not arrived into work.  It does not matter if the City, County, State shuts down and tells everyone that if it not an emergency, to stay home.  They still have to go in to work, even working with only short naps until relief is able to make it in.  They stay to take care of their patients, they will not leave them along.  They have to, as this quote was said in one of my favorite movies, The Longest Day “Hold Until Relived”.  If the City, County, State shuts down and tells everyone that if it not an emergency, to stay home.  They still have to go in to work, even working with only short naps until relief is able to make it in.

There are many nurses in my family, they all work hard.  They put their lives on the line every day.  They still go back day after day.  Nurses deserve our respect.  They spend more time with us asking questions and caring more about us than the doctors ever do.

If any of the nurses in my family see this, know that you are appreciated and I love you for all you do and sacrifice for your calling.  Nursing is not a job, it is a calling.  Sadly there are times when you do find that nurse, that to them it is just a job.  On the other hand there are people who have heard the calling to be a nurse, but can’t afford to take the classes or can’t get to a school to take classes and are never truly happy.

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