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Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. CB –

    I’m glad you got Gram’s S/P shakers!

    Made you the bookmark with dragons, ’cause I thought you collected them? Could send you something else if you like – have lots of different charms/beads. This is what I’ve been doing when it’s too cold out and I get bored!

  2. I love that so much. One of my cousins got two handkerchiefs my grams stitched on…I have been hinting for years now to get one! I hope she´ll take the bait eventually.

    I am happy for you!

  3. Jackie — I did once have a dragon collection. I no longer do, but I still like dragons and I love this book thong. I plan on writing you an approriate thank you note after work.

    Minka — My Gram raised me. When she died I took nothing from her house. For 19 years now I have regreted that. Now I have her salt shakers.

  4. Nessa — I love memories and histories, too. And the bookmark is very cool — so is the sister who made it!

    Dr. John — it did make my day!

  5. I love presents like that! I have my mother’s teapot that is shaped like a squirrel. Ugliest damn thing you’ve ever seen, but I have only a fist full of good memories of my biological mother and one of them is a tea party using this pot.

  6. Hi Quill

    It is always nice to get a surprise in the mail. Especially more so when it is an attachment to a past with special memories.

    A wonderful day is wished for you.

  7. Kat — I spent a lot of time with Gram in the kitchen. Often I just sat on the stool by the fridge and talked to her while she worked.

    Bill — yes. This was an extra special treat.

    Lori — my Gram raised me, so most of my childhood memories feature her.

  8. Those were some wonderful surprises in the mail. And believe it or not, I do vaguely remember those salt and pepper shakers. The bookmark my mama made for you is great. What I want to know is why she hasn’t sent me one yet… I love you.

  9. Brooke — maybe your momma was worried about me this weekend and thought I might need cheering up. Luckily, she was wrong. But I still love the bookmark and I’m keeping it!

  10. You’re my second friend that got “just because” this week! I LOVE “just because”!!! It doesn’t matter which side of it you’re on, it’s FUN! That is soooooo cool! And nice to have those shakers too!

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