Memories of Grandpa & Grandma Axtman

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 24, 2010


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Real Alaska Cabin & RV Park

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

   Wayne went fishing when he got up this morning, not even sure what time he left. I slept longer but got up early enough to have a full morning to sew. After a quick shower and some breakfast I decided to really enjoy this special time with a cup of coffee. We have a Spacemaker coffee pot that sets in a shelf above the table. When I snapped the plastic cover off the pot the glass broke around the pouring spout...weird place to break! I decided I'd better find a replacement pot since Anthony is coming in a few days and we'll want to make coffee. I checked online for the Black & Decker brand and Ace Hardware came up. So I checked the nearest store and there are two in Anchorage. I called the one closest to the airport and talked to someone that was very helpful....they don't have a replacement pot but they have a Black & Decker Spacemaker that was returned that they will sell me for $5.00! I'm planning to pick it up when we go to pick up Anthony & Porter. I hope I can just use the pot and save the coffeemaker as a backup in case this one ever quits. I'll have to tell Jeff at Ace Hardware in Bismarck this story when we get home.
   I could still use the pot so got my cup of coffee, got my sewing machine set up and before I even sat down Wayne pulled in. He fished for awhile in two different places and no one was catching anything so he gave up. He decided it's such a nice day that he should wash the motorhome instead. I was surprised but the RV Park manager said it was okay to do it right here.
   So back to my sewing...I find that I have four sizes of denim squares. At first I was confused and wondered why I would have cut so many different sizes. It's been about 15 years ago that I made Henrik and Bethany denim quilts so these have been around awhile. Then I remembered that Grandpa Axtman (Wayne's dad) gave me some squares he had cut realizing they were too small for his use.
  Grandpa's favorite hobby for many years was woodworking and he had a little shop behind the house where he spent much of his spare time. He often made gift items for the kids and grandkids....we still have many of them as keepsakes. Grandma Axtman's (Wayne's mom) favorite hobby was sewing, especially making quilts. In the last years in their house, Grandpa spent more time inside and not so much out in his shop, not feeling comfortable about leaving Grandma alone for very long. During that time he set up his own sewing machine downstairs and started making denim quilts. I think he made one for each of the kids. So some of the denim squares I found were the ones he had cut with a scissor and then given to me to use after deciding they were too small for his quilts.
   As I was sewing them together, I thought about them and what hard workers they were. They were always busy making something. They usually produced in mass quantity which they had been accustomed to doing since they had 12 kids plus many grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were devoted to God and their family which was very important to them. The tears soon blurred my vision and as I wiped them away, I smiled and knew that the hands that had touched these quilt squares were loving hands....this quilt will hold many memories. 
   I managed to get 3 tops done with the different size squares. I'll figure out later if they will be blankets or something else.
    Wayne was still busy so I cleaned the refrigerator and got the meat ready for dinner.  It was a sunny warm day so by the time Wayne finished washing the camper I had made arrangements to rent a kayak for the afternoon. The rental company had pads and straps to put it on top of the car so we could drive the short distance to Scout Lake. There were a couple moms there with some toddlers enjoying the warm weather too. The little kids were playing in the water at a small sandy beach.
   There were about a half dozen homes on one end but the rest of the lake was State Park land so just trees with a few access points on a trail like we had come in on. The homes all seemed to have float planes so we saw a few of them come in and take off. There was no one else on the lake while we were there. We did see some wave runners by the docks but no one was out cruising on them today. 
  Excuse the sun glare at the beginning of this one video. I'll have to figure out if there is a way to delete part of it-if there is, I don't know how to do it yet.
   Guess my sewing maching will get put away tomorrow as we are going to a Forest Service Campground that doesn't have electricity. That's okay-it was really meant to be a rainy day activity anyway.
  
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