Lucy Boston

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Comments now closed!
2/12/10 10:37 p.m.
Winner to be announced shortly
give me an A------A
give me an N------N
give me another N------N
give me an I-------------I
give me a Versary --------Versary.
what's that spell?  Anni - Versary
Say it again-----------Anni - Versary
Say it 32 times.
Ok, you get the picture.
Sweetie and I have been married for 32 years today. 
We married the year of The Blizzard. 
The Ohio Blizzard of the winter of '77-'78.
It started before dawn on Thursday, January 26, 1978: 
heavy snow, winds of 50 to 70 mph.
These conditions, combined with additional heavy snow and blowing of snow already on the ground, caused extreme blizzard conditions all across Ohio. 
Enormous snowdrifts covered cars and houses,
blocked highways and railways, and closed the airports here for two days. 
Because of the blowing, extreme drifting and cold temperatures, 
most of the state was shut down for 5 days.  Really, Shut Down...
I remember there being power losses and food shortages and national guard rescues for stranded motorists.  There was neighboring with folks who had fireplaces, sharing food and warmth. 
Here's a picture of that snowstorm, after the wind had died down.  This picture was pulled from the Marion County Historical Society, but it could have been my road.

Fifteen days after that storm,
sweetie and I were married.
Yes, our wedding pictures involved large snow banks and massive amounts of snow and cars put onto the top of massively large snow banks (thanks, brothers). 
And wedding gifts? 
We received many, many, many blankets. 
Blankets too numerous to count. 
(Only two toasters though.) 
And all of those blankets?  I kept them all. 
How could I have gotten rid of or exchanged something that I would use and that someone picked out especially for us?  And I have to admit that I now have no new blankets to pull from the closet.  I have used them all. 
After 32 years, most of them have been worn thin, recycled or sent on to that big blanket heaven in the sky.  There are still a couple of them left on beds.  And a couple of hand-made ones are in the blanket chest or across the end of the couch or bed. 

Today, Wednesday, February 10th, 
all the county schools are closed, 
the State has issued a level 2 snow emergency,
the wind is howling, the snow is coming down and drifting,
and it is a beautiful winter wonderland for my anniversary!!!
So, in the spirit of the blizzard-like conditions here in Ohio today
AND my 32nd wedding anniversary,
I am having a give-away. 
A little anniversary gift give-away. 
I'd like to say the give-away is a very nice blanket or quilt....
but, are you crazy,
I just told you I don't have any extra blankets just lying around
& I didn't plan far enough in advance to make a quilt for this give-away!!!
What am I giving away, you ask???
I have a copy of......
Wool Crazy, by JoAnn Mullaly!!!

Just leave a comment on this post if you would like this book
and I will do the random draw later this week.
After I have shoveled out and celebrated my anniversary!!!


  1. Happy Anniversary!! 32 years! Way to go!!

    Welcome home to all of the skiers would appreciate it if you could send a little our direction!

  2. Amazing that it snowed 32 years ago and another with so many feet of snow!

    I have been contemplating purchasing this book and do follow along, but need to wait until I am done with my student teaching and then I will get this book unless I am the fortunate winner!

    Happy 32nd anniversary. I will have only been married 7 years next month and did not receive one blanket for our wedding! Glad that you have used them and cherished them over the years!


  3. Congratulations on 32 years of marriage. This year we will celbrate 36 years. Time really flies.
    I have the Wool Crazy book but haven't started the quilt yet. I'd love to win the book to give to my sister in law who has been resisting it so far.

  4. Happy Anniversary, and keep warm. I have been following the talk about the Wool Crazy Book, would love to try it. maryturub @ shaw dot ca

  5. Hi there, I'm laughing about your blankets and remembering 15 years ago when we got 11 lamps for wedding presents!!
    A big congratulations to you both:)
    I have been following the wool crazy sew along and would love to make it sometime, so I would be delighted if you would enter me in your draw-that is if you are including UK? If not, I understand.
    Many thanks and every blessing,
    Shazy x

  6. Hi Joann............happy anniversary!
    Oh, how I remember that blizzard. My husband made it to work at the fire station across town that morning but couldn't get home
    again for 3 days!
    I have been eyeing all of the posts about this book and have been building my stash of wool.
    Would love to be entered in your drawing.

  7. I've been resisting starting the Wool Crazy and this would definitely be the push I need. I'd love to have the book. Congrats on your anniversary.

  8. Hi,
    Happy Anniversary. I hope you have a wonderful day. I'd love to have to book to give to my friend so she will do the quilt with me.

  9. Happy Anniversary!! I hope you will enjoy many more. I can hardly wait to start the quilt and have been saving for the book. I'll just sit and wait to see what happens and just maybe I'll be picked.

  10. Happy Anniversary! I hope man more are in the future, blizzard or sun! I would LOVE to win the book, I have been drooling, wanting, thinking.. about that book.Again, Happy Anniversary!

  11. Happy anniversary and I remember that blizzard well my son's birthday is the 27th. we are from Ohio but at that time lived in Mich. it was bad up there too now we're back in Ohio DH has lot's of relatives in Marion small world anyhow please enter me in your giveaway would love to win this book check out my blog I'm also having a giveaway!

  12. Happy Anniversary!!! Wow 32 years!! And another snowy year....LUCKY you!! I already have a copy of this wonderful book but I KNOW my wool crazy buddy Alice(NO BLOG) would LOVE this book so I will enter this draw in her name! We have got to get her making this quilt...she would love it! Thanks so much for this VERY generous give away!!

  13. Happy HAPPY Anniversary ! DH and I are celebrating 28 years to the day this coming does time fly so fast ??
    Would love to win the wool crazy book so I can join in the craziness !

  14. Happy Anniversary and what a way to celebrate - by sharing this great book. Please enter me in your drawing. I want to share my wool addiction with someone else!!

  15. Well, I have to join in wishing you a Happy Anniversary...being married to the same guy for that long....

    Now speaking of crazy (for wool that is), I would love to be the winner of this giveaway! I just bought some wool and some floss (although someone told me I should have bought pearl cotton) and have sat here and looked at it wondering where to start! I always enter these giveaways but don't win them so would just ask--floss or pearl cotton?

    At any rate, congrats on staying with the same guy for sooooo many years! You're a better man than I know what I mean. Hope you have many more happy years ahead.

    Cheery wave from

  16. We were married in July of 1977, and that winter was very cosy for us! Great memories, aren't they. Happy Anniversary to you with the hopes for many, many more.

  17. Happy, happy Anniversary! 32 years is a great thing to celebrate! We're coming up on 30 this August.

  18. Happy Snowy Anniversary to you and your Husband.
    This is a fantastic giveaway for a cold windy day, a wool project.

  19. Congratulations on your anniversary!!!!

    I have been trying to resist the temptation of starting another project, but if I win the Wool Crazy book, I will immediately dig out my tub of wool out from under our remodeling avalanche and would be so excited to jump right in!!

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway! Fun!

  20. Happy anniversary!! I've been happily married for 20 years and am looking forward to quite a few more!

    Love your giveaway. I've been drooling over that book! I would love for you to toss my name into the hat for the drawing. So far I've resisted buying the book, but don't know how much longer I can hold off the urge. It would be wonderful to win it.

    Have a great day!!

  21. Hi,
    I had to laugh about the blankets because in my wedding showers we received TOWELS and lot of them. It was years before we had to buy towels. DH and I are working on our 49th. year.
    I would love to have the new book. I have been reading so much about it. I have made several penny rugs and I'm now ready to make a crazy quilt.
    Congrats and many more!
    Betty in MO.

  22. Congratulations on your anniversary!
    I remember the blizzard. I was stuck at home with 4 small children and my Hubby was stuck at his work for 3 days(eating only snack stuff out of the machines)!It wasn't to fun!
    I was just going to purchase this book. I've been following the Wool Crazy blog and seeing what everyone has been making. I'll wait to see if I win (I hope, I hope).

  23. Best wishes for your 32nd Anniversary. My high school sweetheart & I celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary on the 18th Feb. We were married on a warm Friday afternoon, and we received lots of casserole dishes.I have been following the Wool Crazy Blog, it's great to see everyone's work & comments. Here in Australia I have not seen or heard of JoAnn's book coming into our quilt shops, so to be in the draw to win a copy is great. Very generous of you. (I must say my girlfriends & I are very envious of the plentiful choice of books, fabric etc, you have available in your shops)from Jenny McH

  24. Debra, I would LOVE to win this book!! I've been following the Wool Crazy Sew Along blog, and I'd LOVE to get into wool crazy quilting. Thank you SO much for this opportunity!

  25. Happy Anniversary! Stay warm! Wool is not that readily available at shops here, so I have been collecting and trying my hand at dyeing. Would love to win the book!

  26. Happy anniversary! I can't believe how much snow some have gotten. I live in eastern washington state. We had the snow last year, we had less than 12" this year =)! Would love to win this book! Thanks so much

  27. Congratulations on 32 years of marriage! Great giveaway! Please count me in!

  28. Congratulations on your anniversary! It's a great giveaway, I would love to be entered in your drawing.

  29. Wow, I would love to be entered in your drawing for the new book. It seems to be the newest thing on blogging right now. Hope your weather gets betters and congrat on your anniversary!

  30. We just recently came accross your blog and we are so excited and love the crazy quilt .......Happy Anniversay to you!!!!
    God is so good to bless us with long marriages we will celebrate our 40th this year.
    Blessings to you It will be wonderful to win you book...hope...hope....hope
    Saltbox Primitive Woolens

  31. Happy Anniversary.
    I was at Country Loft last year and loved the shop, but Wool Crazy wasn't there yet. I found it by blog surfing. I am thinking of joining quarterly BOM for it, but haven't ordered my book,either so would love the chance to win one. Living in Southern Texas, most shops here do not have wool, so the internet is a great thing.
    Happy Stitching

  32. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!
    I remember that blizzard well. We were living in a townhouse complex then and we and the neighbors, partied with what foods we had for 3 days.


  33. Happy Anniversary! I live in eastern NC where an inch of snow puts us out of commission...can't imagine your blizzard. I am so tempted to work with wool after reading so much about this book on blogs.

  34. First off congrats on 32 years wow. I am going on 30. I would love to win the wool crazy book please put me in the drawing. I need some good luck at this time. Kathy mc

  35. My friend Paulette loves this book! I would love to win!

    Congratulations on your anniversary, we just had our 40th!

  36. Congratulations on 32 years! I remember that storm well! We had all kinds of people who were stranded on the highway brought to our church to stay until the roads could be cleared. There was snow everywhere! I would love to win the Wool Crazy book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. 32 and GIVEAWAY....PLEASE! I need this book!!!! LOL....
    Great blog!

  38. Happy anniversary, hope spring will arrive soon back there. Here on the West Coast all we having is rain--though it's warm! Thank you for having such a great give away Sharon.

  39. What a lovely gift. I have noticed a real passion for wool in the US which I have not detected in Australia - at least not in Melbourne. My sister should be arriving in Melbourne next week from Michigan but her passport has not arrived yet. Mail is held up due to the storms! See it is affecting us here as well!
    Happy Anniversary.

  40. Paulette sent me! Happy day and go easy on the wouldn't want to throw your back out (that might impact your sewing for next week). Thanks for the great giveaway...I must admit I'm this close to doing Wool Crazy...

  41. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for such a great giveaway! I would love to win this book! Thank you!


  42. Happy Anniversary Debra! You certainly have some clear memories of that snowstorm. Brothers put the car ON the snowbank - fun!! I have been drooling over the Wool Crazy book since I first spotted it - what a special gift!

  43. Happy Anniversary! What a blessed milestone.
    Thank you for putting my name in your giveaway - this is a very popular book!

  44. Put me in the drawing please. If I am drawn I will give it to my BFF for her birthday in April.

  45. I'm a "no blogger", but have been reading about this project, it's tempting me!

  46. I would love to be included in your draw for the anni-versary gift. Who can pass up a deal like this, your anniversary we get a gift! Happy 32!

  47. Happy Anniversary!!

    I also would LOVE to be included in the drawing for the gift. I love working with wools, and this project is gorgeous.

  48. WOW I just found out about all this WOOL stitch along etc. AND AM EXCITED. I hand dye wool and sell it to local quilt shops and putz myself. Altho I like the dyeing the best. More putzing I guess. LOL. Thanks for the chance.


  49. 32 Years!! Congratulations! And I would love to be in on your drawing!! Thank you!

  50. Hope you had a Happy Anniversary! I adore working with wool. A few years ago I did the Home and Harvest series quilt from Quiltmaker Magazine. Since then I've worked on smaller wool projects such as tablemats. I've been looking for a larger project ever since. The thought of this one excites me! Thank you for including me in your drawing. Nancy

  51. You have a wonderful blog. I am a penny rug maker and love working in wool. I would love to be in your drawing for the Wool Crazy book.
    Congratulations on your anniversary. Hope you make it to 50+ like I have (smile).


  52. Wow, happy 32nd and hope you have a wonderful time... my friend guided me to your give away and I would love to be part of this..please enter my name and the projects looks awesome...thank yous... Lise

  53. I hope it's not too late to enter the drawing for the book for your Happy Anniversary!! Congratulations!!

  54. WOW! I'd LOVE to win a copy of that marvelous book! Please add my name.

  55. I would love a copy of this book. I want to branch out and work with wool.

  56. First of all - congratulations! I have you beat by only a few years...we celebrated 45 years last October. :) Three years ago I bought a wool kit from Primitive Gatherings and fell head over heels for wool. I'm still working on that kit but only because I had a few other things I promised myself to finish before I started it but I'm close to the end now and it is simply gorgeous. I've finished the center and am working on the borders. In the meantime I've made several table mats and small wall hangings and have even started visiting the local thrift shops buying wool garments to cut up, wash, dry and use in my projects. I've been watching others talk about Wool Crazy but just will not allow myself to buy the book right now...I've promised to cut back on purchases (my husband says my sewing room is worth more than our house!) Oh how I would love to win! blessings, marlene