2022…Q: A To Z April Challenge: Time Traveling… “Queuing” up… Favorite Posts

YooHoo… I’m super excited to be back with everyone in the “7th” April A to Z Challenge… and my theme is “Time-Traveling” through my blog – “Everyone Has a Family Story to Tell“. If you have stumbled upon this post and wondering about the challenge… The Blogging A to Z April Challenge is one month of every-day blogging through the alphabet. 26 days, 26 letters, 26 posts! Daily blogging is Monday through Saturday… leaving Sunday to rest, read other blogs, and prepare for the following week! From the first day in 2016 when I happened upon this challenge… it still has me just as excited… and always eager to begin! Who doesn’t love a good time travel of events… so where would you travel to?

Grab a coffee… as you follow me down the rabbit hole… Hippity Hop!

Queuing up Favorite Posts…

Many posts came to mind which were fitting for my favorite “Q” posts… decisions, decisions! I finally decided to write on several posts. Now it’s your choice in deciding what grabs your interest!

Mama stealing a cotton plant… hope the farmer wasn’t watching!

My first that came to mind was 2021: Q – April A to Z: Mama in Photos… Quirky and Unusual Photos. I came up with several funny photos for this post… but it wasn’t hard with a mother like mine… she was always ready to pose for a photo… and often I never knew how that photo was going to turn out.

I crafted “quilted” Christmas balls in 2020… and just couldn’t stop! I really need to pick that craft back up… as I have lots and lots of fabric and pins. I bought thousands of pins… as you can’t believe how many you’ll go through! Lots more photos on my post and links on “how to’s“… so hop on over… it’s never too early to start the process and soon your basket will overflow as mine has. I discovered this craft visiting a friend’s home in Georgia. After admiring a basket of them on her table, and in admiring… I couldn’t resist picking each one up in trying to understand the process… which I didn’t! Her response was, “please take one as a gift.” As a crafter… having someone gift me one of their crafts… is the best; it’s usually me gifting to others. I was estatic… and soon was looking at every one of her beautiful quilted balls… and happily came home with one. It wasn’t long after, that I learned the secret of these fancy quilted Christmas balls… and went quilted ball crazy!

Hardly a “Q” post doesn’t revert to Quarantine in todays world… but hopefully we are past that horrible word in 2022… keeping my fingers crossed!

On March 15th, 2020 I wrote daily for 15 days… writing daily counts of Covid 19 confirmed virus cases, and deaths in the U.S… and the world. By the end of March we all hoped that April 1st would bring us out of Quarantine… but that didn’t happen! The April Fools joke, April 1, 2020, was on America… as we quickly learned what we really knew in our hearts… we were to continue in quarantine! As I’m  retired, this social distancing hadn’t really bothered me as I’d become accustomed to staying home over the past winter… especially after returning from a long road trip to Georgia in February… I was tired of traveling! But now in 2022 I’m ready to Go, Go, Go!

Now you know when the men huddle… down on the ground… there are “Quarrelsome” words going on… in vying for “bocce” points!

Head over to the post… Quarrelsome Bocce Games for all about the game, and more family bocce game memories. Bocce was a game I never heard mentioned when living in the deep south… but in Connecticut… it’s a staple game! And the first thing I learned… women don’t play with the men! Hmmph! That soon changed with much persuasion… but they always had to play the first game!

As most of our family’s “best” boccee players are long gone… there must be a loud bocce game up in heaven now! Hopefully they’re playing nice… or someone else will step in with his rules!

“Q”ueen of Fudge here with son Steve… my hubby!

I had never eaten home-made fudge until moving to Connecticut… and I quickly learned that my mother in law made the best… so I learned from the best! Read my Queen of the Fudge story and our secret detailed recipe over HERE. Grab a bib… so no drooling on yourself!

How could I write a “Q” post without a mention from my 2018: Nancy Drew A to Z… All About Nancy Drew. Hypers! Nancy had some of the best classic and laffable “Quotes” throughout her books. Are you a Nancy reader? Do let me know what your favorite quotes are? And if you have Nancy Drew books that need a home… mine is available! Hoping to discover a few foreign editions!

I even managed to write on the toughie letter of “Q”… in “2016: A to Z “All about Me”. Letter Q was for… Queen For A Day, Quit, Questions, and Quilts. Thank You grandma for quilting, me watching Queen for a Day, and me not quitting on projects… and mama always said I asked too many questions! Hey, a girl has to learn!

As every Q post is always in the A to Z… on my 2017 Conversations with Mama, I wrote… Q is for Quilting, Quarters, and Queen For A Day. I always called my mother every night… just to chat and see how her day went, and it was often on those calls, that I learned new family tidbits I never knew… which prompted me to begin writing our daily conversations. Sometimes I actually would even prompt a conversation, when I wanted more info… and often caught, as mama would say… “are you writing this down.” Yes mama I was… and I’m thankful I did… as I can now read back through our conversations and feel like I’ve just talked to you.

My mom died in 2020 at the age of 90 years young! She was funny when I’d tell her how old she was… she’d loudly tell me “No” she wasn’t, that I must be wrong. I hope I forget how old I am if I reach that age… who wants to say the number 90! But again, it’s also a privledge to live to that age! Mama just celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 6th, but sadly now in Heaven… Happy Birthday Mama, I’m so missing you!

Mermaid tails (WIP) I finished for last Christmas… and the girls were thrilled! Figured I better finish before they all went to college! What’s tough when crafting for the granddaughters… I have to create 5 of each item… gives me lots of practice!

I’m often “Quarreling” with myself on my WIP’s (work in progress) crafting projects… as they keep calling to me to finish… while I’m wanting to begin a new project. I finally stopped quarrling with myself, and have made much progress on finishing up several. Check them out over HERE. Love to hear about your WIP’s you have hidden in the closet… Do Tell!

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7 Responses to 2022…Q: A To Z April Challenge: Time Traveling… “Queuing” up… Favorite Posts

  1. kristin says:

    Every time we drive past a cotton field I want to go get a plant. I want one with the cotton bolls on it though as my lot is too shady to grow anything but invasives.
    A few years before she died, my mother wrote out her memories of her family, back to slave times. It was invaluable when I started doing family research. This was before long distance phone calls were cheap or free, so we were still writing letters.

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  2. BookerTalk says:

    Your mum sounds like a fun person to have had around

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  3. dyannedillon says:

    Love the mermaid tails! Your MIL’s fudge recipe looks very similar to my great aunt Daisy’s that no one can seem to replicate, of at least not with regularity. Hate to waste 3 cups of sugar when it doesn’t turn out!

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