Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's been awhile....

WOW! Can't believe I've let this go so long.....we've been sick.  We think (hope?) two of us have had THE flu. I'd like to think we were hit with the "piggy" and it wasn't as bad as the media makes it sound.
Anyway, I really do intend on blogging a little more consistently, but do I really need to have pictures with every post-I think not. Use your imagination.

Had our third woodcarving class last night.....we're carving a deer. Mine's not going so well......the blank started with 8-yes, that's right 8- legs.  I lopped off 4 of the legs just like I was supposed to do, now I'm having a terrible time separating the legs that are left.  I really do think I'll stick with faces--no legs that way.

That's all.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wooden Snake!!!

Well, I finally did it!!! I started wood carving class last night!!! It was a blast! I was the only female in a class full of mostly retired men.  What a hoot!  It was sooo quiet as we all sat working on our snakes. I sat chuckling to myself, that if this were a class full of women you would hear chatter not the scratch, scratch of the knife blade on wood.




 Here's a look at my snake...it may need a little more refining before I paint it, but I'm pretty proud of it.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Questions, questions....

The first blog I found had some questions today, so I thought I'd answer them here too. (Thanks Carol E. @ Giraffe Dreams).

1. What is your absolute best asset?
I think it might be kindness.

2. What is the best thing that happened to you in the past week?
I started babysitting Kylie-a fifteen month old little girl. Her mom is single and is juggling a job and school. I go over to her house and keep Kylie while her mom goes to school. I feel so blest to be able to help.

3. What do you usually ust to mark a place in a book you are reading?
A book mark that my dad gave me many, many years ago. It's yellow with a little girl leaning on a tree on it.

4. How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning?
Snooze button....I wake up before the alarm!

5. What was the last thing you put a postage stamp on?
A "just because" card to my niece.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

PHEW!!!

What am I thinking?!?!? I've committed myself to making TWO baby quilts by Oct 20!!! I got 2 blocks done on one of them and half of the cutting done. The other one is just a pile of fabric on my studio floor.

Now it's time to battle the homework when our son gets home! He's failing science....all he has to do is get his work done and turned in on time....he just doesn't care. What's a mom to do?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Homecoming 2009


That's my girl! Last saturday was homecoming. Can't believe she's already a sophmore! I LOVE the shoes--her favorite-black (w/ pink accents) Converse. K was born with bi-lateral club feet, which makes it difficult for her to find shoes that fit. Her feet simply don't allow her to wear heels. This image is so totally "her". She's not one to wear dresses, but she wants a "princess" dress, she'd rather wear jeans, sweatshirts and Converse. She has been a sports fan since before she could talk. She's a HUGE fan of North Dakota State University football and basketball (her daddy has been taking her to games since she was 12 months old).
She is the light of my life. She is such a joy....I've heard other parents talk about how awful the teenage years are with their girls....we are actually becoming closer as she gets older.
That's enough about that. Just thought it would be nice to let everyone know that not all teens are "bad".

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Staying still....

The last few days have been tough. The kids are back in school and my house is SOOOO quiet.
The leaves are turning as is the world. I cried when I saw geese heading south. I'm just not ready to face another cold winter. White is NOT a color and that is soon all I will see. My parent's house is now off the market and so we sit and wait. I'm tired of life moving ahead before I'm ready.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Another new chapter



My kids started back to school today. I can't believe how fast the years have gone by--even my kids said summer went so much faster this year. K is doing well at driving. She had her first session of behind-the-wheel with an instructor, who said all she needs to practice is backing into a parking spot and stopping behind the sidewalks.




N was really dreading school this year, as his best friend is in a different pod. Hopefully, he'll get over some of his shyness.




I spent saturday building a table for our bunny cage! I'm so proud of myself! I loosely followed instructions from a book. It turned out really nice.....I wonder if I could build a cabinent for my quilts....hmmmmm, maybe I'll look into that.
That's all for now. N will be home soon.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

We're home!

It's been a busy few days since arriving home from Indiana. The kids and I have been doing last minute school shopping as well as, getting unpacked and all the laundry done.

I finished Yes Man this morning.....I've tried to say "yes" today, but I didn't do all that well. My kids have been digging into the books and videos from when they were small....dd came up with a pile of Arthur and Berenstein Bear books in her arms wanting me to read them. (Mind you, she's 15). I put her off so that I could finish the quilting I was in the middle of and of course, when I asked her if she really wanted me to read the books she had lost interest. Might have been fun to re-read those stories. I spent SOOO much time reading those books to her before she could read to herself.

I've got a few days to finish up some quilts before I "go to work". Not really leaving the house, but I will start building my stock of journal cover once the kids go back to school. Hope I can find the discipline to work everyday.

That's all for now....the kitchen is calling (time to start supper).

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Say YES

Well, here I am in Indiana-again. We didn't think we'd be making another trip back, but DH had vacation time he needed to use and my parent's needed help getting their house in better shape to sell. We've spent the last several days scraping and painting trim on the outside of the house. It looks much better and the weather has co-operated beautifully.

DH, DD and I took some time today and went to an outlet mall. We fianlly found my husband some shoes for work. The pair he'd been wearing had a crack all the way through the sole---poor man's feet got wet when it rained.

Not much quilting the last few days, although I'm still plugging along on my tiny hand pieced nine-patches. It's coming along. Mom and I are hoping to make it to the Goodwill on Friday-I'm hoping I can find some cheap woven shirts to use in a quilt.

I'm reading Yes Man...interesting idea to say yes to everything.....I think I might need to say yes more often, maybe that's why I don't feel like I'm truly living life. I let it go by my window and never seem to jump in and ride along. Life is too short to wait for just the right invitation to come along. Hope I haven't missed anything.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Live for Today

Well, I've been down for 5 days fighting a cold that has been making the rounds in my family. I wonder why we call it "fighting" a cold? It's not like you can really knock it out with one good hit....believe me, I tried. The only thing that worked was good old TIME. Feeling much better now.

Of course, now I'm behind on everything. The house is in dire need of a good cleaning, my daughter is lacking in driving practice, and my quilting is so far behind I wonder if I'll ever catch up.

My new found motto is "There is only TODAY". I like that. I'm only focusing on what I can accomplish today, not what I failed at yesterday (or weeks or years ago) and not what is ahead for me. I only get to "do" this day once, so I plan on doing it right.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Toy society

I'm so excited! Through a blog I've been reading for several months, I discovered The Toy Society (http://www.thetoysociety.blogspot.com). It's a wonderful, fill the world with happiness concept. You simply make a toy and drop it in a location where someone will find it and adopt it. Imagine the smile on a child's (or adult's) face when they find this wonderful creature that someone lovingly created simply to give another human pleasure! I can't wait to make and drop my first toy!

I spent a good portion of friday finishe most of my frog wall hanging...all I need now is a green fabric marker to complete the eye.....picture will follow.

We have been slowly passing a cold around my household.....it's my turn now. UGH! I hope that we all have gotten rid of these germs before we go visit my parents.

My son and I are now trying to make rock candy. So far all we have are two jars of flavored sugar water with sticks in the center. Hope it works. He's excited by the idea and already talking about making more.

That's all for now.....I must head to my studio and start on my first toy.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

boring blog

WOW!!! I was just browsing other blogs.....this one is BOOOOOORING. Wish I could figure out how to make it more interesting.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I finished reading Holy Hunger this morning. I feel such sadness at the thought of losing my dad. His health has declined so much in the last 4 years. I wonder if he wants to move back here before he dies so that he knows my mom is taken care of. It is almost unbearable to imagine life without his gentle soul as part of it.

I'm struggling with wether or not I belong in Overeater's Anonymous. I know I eat when I am sad or bored. And I know I eat way too much. I'm not obese....yet, but my doctor has listed me as overweight.

I'm not sure I can do this anymore. Don't get me wrong, I don't want my life to end, I just don't want it to continue this way. I want to really live rather than simply exist. Is OA the path that I now need to go down. Do I seek counseling? I know I am loved by my family, but I don't seem to feel it. I have never felt like I truly belonged anywhere. I want to feel part of something....part of a group.

What's next? I simply do not know.

Friday, July 31, 2009

A bunny?!?!?

I think I've lost my mind! My daughter and I went to the mall today and stopped at the pet store "just to look". Oh, boy! There were LionHead bunnies in the window. They were SOOOO cute. We went inside to look at the puppies and I started asking the clerk about the bunnies. My daughter and I looked at each other and just had to have one. We didn't buy the bunny right then...I wanted to talk to my husband first. When we got home, dd started researching LionHeads. By the time my husband arrived home, she was armed with all kinds of information, including the cost of a cage.

After we discussed it, we decided we would go back to the pet store and hold one just to see how friendly they were. We were hooked. We bought the bunny and then bought the cage! She's so sweet. Hope she stays that way!

On another note, I got to the quilt store today and bought the rest of the fabric for my frog wall hanging. I even got the courthouse step blocks finished. Huge compliment from dd she likes them and thinks I should make a full size quilt out of the same fabrics!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

just a little croak

Not much to croak about in the quilting world. I've been too busy with "real" life to spend much time in my studio. I have at least gotten a few applique pieces ready for a wall hanging.

Our son has had a friend over since yesterday evening. They've been busy playing games. I did something I hardly ever do this morning---I fried bacon and made pancakes. Burnt 4 of the pancakes, thus the reason my husband is our breakfast chef on the weekends.

Our daughter has been learning to drive. We ventured out of the parking lot and onto our quiet neighborhood streets. Today, she drove to the library and the drug store. She's not quite ready for the busy streets, but she's doing pretty well. Amazingly, I am staying calm (not one of my strong points).

Monday, July 27, 2009

I didn't get any quilting done this weekend. I did, however, finish some silly fish shaped pillows for my daughter's bedroom. I started these pillows for our family room 12 years ago. We've since moved and they no longer "go" in our family room, but they are the perfect colors for her room and she has a fish tank.

I was thrown back to pre-cell phone days at the local mall on Saturday. The family went to the mall and my daughter and I went one way while my husband and son went another. We had agreed to call when we were ready to meet again. Well, I had left my cell phone at home, and my daughter's phone went dead.....Oh No! whatever were we to do?!??!? We had to actually search each other out! I miss the quiet days of little technology. But, wait, if it weren't for technology, I wouldn't be blogging....hmmmm, maybe I'd be getting something else done. OK, so I do like technology.......most of the time.

I finished Gap Creek (by Robert Morgen). A delightful story of the struggle to live before cars and cell phones and electricity. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching Julie and Hank struggle to survive.

Thursday, July 23, 2009






I've been working on a handpieced quilt that I started 5 or 6 "cough, cough" YEARS ago. I just recently picked it up again thinking that it would keep my hands busy and keep me from snacking.....not working, but I am making progress. I need 266 of these 3"x3" blocks:


I have 143 finished. Yay!






These little blocks will eventually turn into this quilt from the book Leisure Art's Great American Quilts Book Eleven.


( Oops! I'm still figuring out how to use all this technology--guess I can't take a sideways picture.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I did soooooo well yesterday, that is until I decided to have a margarita and then I got the munchies. Had chips and a spoonful of chocolate frosting. Hopefully, I didn't do too much damage since I had eaten well the rest of the day.

Now, if I can just get myself motivated to exercise. My plan is to walk 3 times per week and to do yoga 3 times per week. OK, I'll do the yoga. I promise. I'm already looking forward to the muscle tightness later on today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

So, last night didn't go as well as I would have liked, but that was yesterday and this is today. I have decided to give up dairy for a few days and see if the post nasal drip goes away. I hope it does and at the same time I hope it doesn't. What will I do without my morning yogurt and my cheese at lunch?!?!?

It's also time to give The Sugar Addicts Total Recovery Program a try again. So far, so good. I had ham and eggs and toast for breakfast and a turkey sandwich (& chips--oops) at lunch. I did resist the birthday cake left from last night-yay me. I've even planned a snack of blueberries, strawberries and a handful of nuts later on. Good and healthy! I figure I better give this another shot, maybe it will help with the depression/anxiety. Especially the anxiety as my prescription has run out and I'm not sure I want to stay on it anymore.

If my dd and her friends stay down in the family room, I will survive. They sound like they are having such fun....Nascar on the Playstation--they all just got their drivers permits--hope they don't think that counts as driving practice.LOL

Monday, July 20, 2009

So here I am again...twice in one day. I went to Wal-Mart today. Saw 3 young women who were all OBESE. One of the gals had a hard time walking. I don't want to EVER be that big. On the way out of the store, I saw a man who had to use oxygen to breath, he was also overweight.

I'm hungry right now and struggling with what to eat. I know I need something because my head hurts. Popcorn sounds good, but that seems to set me off on an eating binge....what to do?
Welcome to my new blog!!! I am sick and tired of being unhealthy, tired and fat. It ends today and I hope this will help...I'll be accountable to all you who read this. I will post musing about my journey to health, my kids, my dog, my husband, quilting, books I read, etc.

I feel like I really got the ball rolling yesterday. My daughter and I kept so busy that I had no time for snacking. I guess that's my ticket to health. OK, so I had french toast for breakfast, but I only had one snack yesterday and that was a bowl of fruit. OK, OK, so I had a margarita, too, but I skipped the DQ my family had after Mass.

Anyway, today will be another busy day. My daughter just turned 15 and is having 3 friends sleep over. I need to hit the grocery store (I promise to buy healthy stuff), and get some cleaning done. Sure hope I have time to get some quilting in, too.