Monday, November 22, 2010

And now......we have multiple outlets!!!

For the past 2 years we have had one electrical outlet in our basement family room.....now we have 8!! Yay, for my handy hubby (who wasn't so sure about his handiness)!!

Overnight, it snowed.  YUCK!!!! (It is pretty, though). When I woke up we had 4 inches; we now have 9 and it is still snowing.  This is The Girls first solo driving excursion in the snow.  YIKES!!!!  So, I've been cleaning up a storm to keep myself busy so that I don't worry so much. It's sort of working. 

We are having my in-laws for Thanksgiving, so the cleaning needed to get done anyway.  It's kinda nice to be ahead of schedule.

Monday, November 15, 2010

We have lights!!!

We will have lived in this house (which we had built) 2 years on the 26th of this month.  We opted to finish the basement (minus the kids bedrooms and a bathroom) on our own.  We finally got started. My hubby is so proud of himself...he installed 8 recessed lights this weekend (we had just 2 bare bulbs).

Next up is to put in outlets.  We are debating about adding a gas fireplace. My parents have offered to buy that for us, but we are unsure if it's worth the money as we are not sure how much time we will actually spend down there.  Our daughter wants a fireplace and she may be more likely to have friends over once the basement is finished, but she may only be living here for 3-5 more years. (YIKES!!! They grow up way  too fast).

Sure is nice to see some progress.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Light Went out

Yesterday, this world grew a little dimmer as my beautiful friend, Roberta lost her battle with leukemia. My heart is heavy with grief-more for her husband and children-than for myself. She was one of those people whose life pointed heavenward. She was an incredible wife, mother, friend and servant.

I will miss her laugh and the smile that lit up her whole face. I will miss her insight into mothering and being God's servant.

I do not understand why He took her now. I know she is no longer in pain and is laughing with Jesus and the angels.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On my mind.....

There is a boy who should be in my daughter's class at school. He's been on my mind lately. Over the summer his dad died. His parents are divorced. He lived with his dad here on the MN side of the Red River. His mom lives on the ND side of the river. He is now living with her. Because we are two different states (Fargo and Moorhead are separated by the mighty (but not very wide) Red River, he can no longer attend school here in Moorhead. 

Unless, he can raise $6000 dollars.

My heart aches for this boy. He attended school in Moorhead from preschool until the beginning of this school year. His junior year. He was very involved here. As a child we moved alot. It wasn't easy. If we had the money, I would give him it to him.

I've been like Pooh "think, think, think" trying to come up with a way to raise the money. I come up blank every time......

Ideas would be much appreciated.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tough days.....

These last few days have been tough ones.  My friend, Roberta, is hiking a "trail to meet God face-to-face". She's been battling leukemia for a little over a year. I don't understand why God wants to take her...she is one of those people who lights the way to Him.  I have learned so much about faith and mothering from her.  She has five children-her youngest is only 10. 

On Tuesday, my best friends mother in law died suddenly. She was 76-that's younger than my father-in-law and just a little older than my parents and my mother-in-law. My dad's health is not good. My father-in-law is going to have surgery this week for an aortic aneurysm. I'm not ready to lose any of them. Sometimes, I feel paralyzed by that thought.

I believe in heaven. Why doesn't that comfort me?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

She's growing up....

The Girl is out on her first date tonight. It's homecoming. Thankfully, it is a group date, but nonetheless, it is a date with a boy. YIKES!!!  He seems to be a very nice boy...good manners...looked her dad and I in the eyes, shook our hands, etc. He brought flowers over to her this afternoon....she hadn't wanted a corsage, but he wanted to do something. Awww, how sweet(I know you're all saying that).

Anyway, here they are....check the shoes...she can't wear heels and I guess he thought he'd join her in wearing Converse.....he spray painted his to match...yes, he is man enough to wear pink shoes!!! I think I'm gonna like this boy!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Disillusioned....

#1 I tried the Phiten titanium necklace--it did nothing for me. 

#2 Extreme Makeover-Home Edition is in my town.  I indirectly know the family.  They are a very nice family-the children are sweet and polite and oh, so, cute. Their old house was not demolished, it was moved and will be donated to another local family. Those are good things.

Unfortunately, the house that is being built is two times bigger than the old house. I don't think they have any yard left. The house, a two story, looks very out of place as it is surrounded by small ramblers (or ranch-depending on where you live).  My husband works for the company that is donating the electrical supplies-they are getting 100 recessed lights!!! I wonder if the family will be able to pay the heat and utilities on such a big home....and those lights use ALOT of electricity.

On a happier note, my shoulder is getting better and I have been able to sew again.YAY!!! I still have a long way to go, but at least I am on the mend.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hmmm, would you try it?

I am still battling shoulder pain and now it has migrated to my shoulder blade and neck. I was out shopping for new gym shoes with The Boy and saw Phiten Titanium necklaces. They are apparently worn by athletes to balance things out and ease pain.

I did a little research, and there doesn't seem to be any scientific evidence, but they do seem to work for some people. They cost around $25, which I'd much rather spend on more quilty stuff (and possible a new transmission for The Girl's car).

Would you try it?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Random Thoughts....

> I participated in my first quilting class this past weekend....I was very disappointed!  The class was called "Magical Miniatures". The photo in the catalog was a mini block next to a dime.  What we made were 3inch blocks....that's not miniature in my book.  I did learn a few tricks, so that was good.

>I am crooked. Yep, I went to physical therapy today for my shoulder and the PT told me I was crooked-my hips go one way and my shoulders go the other.  We are working on straightening me out.

>I love my labels.  Wife, mom, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, friend and now teacher.  Couldn't begin to pick a favorite. Teacher is new and frightening--I am co-teaching my daughters 11th grade religion class. YIKES!!!

>I didn't realize how big a part of my life quilting had become until I couldn't do it. Filling the void is hard.

>Did anyone watch Sister Wives Sunday night on TLC? Makes me think how nice it would be to go back to the time when extended families were closer in proximity--sometimes the help of a "sister wife" would be nice. I am not sure, however, if I could live with my parents......

Friday, September 24, 2010

I've come a long way, baby.....

Since I can't sew because of my shoulder, I reorganized my sewing room. I came across this:
This is what got me started quilting.  Each little hexagon measures a very uneven 1 1/4 inches. I hand pieced these....my seams are less than a quarter of an inch and my stitches are HUGE!!!!  Not knowing any better, I sewed this baby up like I was making a pillow case and then started to hand quilt.

 It's hard to see, but my stitches are TINY, barely catching one thread of the backing in some spots, and knots all over the place....I even dragged my thread over the top of the backing !!!  Yep, I've learned alot over the last 20+ years.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Back in the Swing of Things....finally

Wow! I can't believe it's been a month since I last blogged.  The kids started their third week of school today and I finally feel like I am back into my "school" routine....can't say that for The Boy. He really hates getting up in the morning.....it's too bad that school administrators don't heed the research that says teens sleep/wake schedules are different than adults.....teens really are night owls.  I guess I could homeschool and beat the system that way, but I don't think I would make a very good teacher for him.

I've been battling shoulder pain and haven't done much in the quilting department.  I am able to work for a few minutes and then my shoulder starts to hurt. Two years ago I was told I had bursitis and went through physical therapy. I haven't been pain free since then.....perhaps, if I actually did what I was supposed to do CONSISTENTLY, I would be in better shape.  I am trying hard not to overuse the shoulder and have started doing the exercises again.  I don't think there is life without quilting, so I will be good!

The Girl has her first date! YIKES! She met this boy over the summer while working on a play and he asked her to go to homecoming with her.  I'm not sure if I should laugh and be happy for her or cry for myself.  Right now, I'm very excited for her.  Let's hope that feeling holds.....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Home Again

We arrived home on Sunday evening...we made record time-12 1/2 hours and only one spot of road construction where we had to slow down to 45.

I can't believe how disoriented I felt our first few days back...we were gone for 17 days. Couldn't even remember where the coffee mugs were .

The Girl and I headed to the high school yesterday to alter her schedule...she' decided not to take AP English. I'm glad she knows her own limits.  She's a straight A student--she puts all the pressure for good grades on herself, so when she decided AP would be too much I was happy to OK the change.

Mom didn't finish her log cabin quilt while I was there, but she now knows enough to do that on her own. She even asked me to show her how to hand piece. I also got her started using Bonnie Hunter's leaders and enders. 

Time to head out the door for my morning walk.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Progress

We are making progress. The Girl finished the center of the baby quilt....now I need to put a border on it.That will wait until I get home. It may be several weeks as my machine is in the shop awaiting a new light socket, which is backordered.
She wasn't crazy about having her picture taken.
Here's the top before she sewed the blocks together.
Mom has been doing much better. She has been taking her meds and I think she may have caught the quilting bug. YAY!!!  She is 1/4 of the way done with her blocks.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Blogging is better than FaceBook

You ladies are great!!!!  Funny, I am on Face Book, with people who are my "friends", but I would never get the same sort of support from them that I do from you.  Thank you.  Must be a quilter thing.

Anyway, today was a little better than yesterday. We made some progress. Mom picked out a pattern and fabric. She even started cutting strips. She did get frustrated and yelled at me....either because she didn't understand or I didn't explain very well.  I've been quilting for so long that I forget how far I've come.....I'm self-taught, so my teaching technique may not be the best.

And, yes, she is on medication, but her new psychologist said she should be able to get off the meds...so she has taken it upon her self to start decreasing her dose. I don't think she's ready for that yet, nor should she be doing it on her own. 

I hate to admit this, but alot of the time I really don't like her. She's VERY judgemental and opinionated. She has to comment on EVERYTHING- from the way people drive to the local news stories. 

I came to the realization earlier this year that I do not need her approval and so I try to ignore those comments, but it's hard when they happen so frequently.

On a more positive note, The Girl has made great progress with her baby quilt. She completed 12 blocks today.  I was able to snap a picture (she really didn't want me to)...I will try to get some up later....not sure where I packed the camera cord. I'm really proud of her. I don't think she's caught the quilting bug yet, but maybe she will someday. I am proud to be her mom. She is smart and funny and more importantly, she is kind and caring.

I've probably rambled long enough....thanks again for "listening".

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Frustrated

FRUSTRATED!!!! I came IN to visit my parents and teach my mom quilting....she didn't get dressed until noon and is now sitting watching soaps!!!! I have to keep telling myself this is part of depression, but I am still frustrated by the wasted time.  At least I've got The Girl working on a baby quilt for the youth director at our church who had a baby girl a week ago today.

Please pray for patience and calmness for me....any advice is welcome.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We've had a hectic few weeks here. The Girl has been working on tech/sets for a local children't theater group all summer and the past two weeks I have hardly seen her. The last performance was Sunday. They put on The Jungle Book-this is a version that has been very popular in Budapest and this happened to be the world premier in English.

I've been busy working on this wall-hanging for my brother-in-law.  This is my own design, so I'm a little nervous about what my sister will think. She asked me to make a fish wall hanging, but gave me no guidance.....hope she is pleased.

On friday, we will drive to Indiana to visit my parents.  I am not looking forward to the drive or the hot, humid weather. My mom and I plan on doing some quilting, she's just beginning and has asked me for some help. Funny, my mom has taught me so much over the years, and now I am teaching her.

Hopefully, I'll be able to find some time to blog while away.....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sweet success......

She passed!!!! Thanks for the prayers/good thoughts. She didn't miss a point and she DIDN'T HIT A POLE!!!! And she's already off....I think I actually felt the apron strings loosen a little more as I watched her drive away. Ahh, the joys and sorrows of mothering....

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Round Two

OK, Ladies, tomorow is the day The Girl re-takes her driver's test. She has the parallel parking down. If any of you are praying or spiritual people could you please pray with me that she passes? Thank You!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Before and After....

The Girl at almost 6 months.....
The Girl at 16...
Yep, that's a Converse cake.....I am a quilter NOT a cake decorator....

She's actually dealing with the failed driver's exam well.  I think God knew I needed a few extra days to adjust. I am now SOOOO ready for her to Pass. That.Test.  We are taking both her car and my husbands car to the DMV to practice parallel parking today. She may use my husbands car for the test as it is smaller than hers(my old car). That comes after painting her room-bright blue and green.............

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Heartbroken...

I am heartbroken. My beautiful girl did not pass her driver's test. She had a perfect score until the parallel parking. She hit a pole.

But, "ain't she cute?"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Counting Down

>Twent-eight days until this needs to be finished and in the mail....I am hand appliqueing this one...I have 7 more fish to go.










>How many more days (weeks, months, years) until I finish this one. Hand piecing this one. This one will have to wait a while.












>And....gulp.....TWO more days until The Girl gets her driver's license....I think I am in a state of shock and denial. Where did the years go?!?!?














Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yippee!!! My First Guild Meeting

I went to my first guild meeting today (I am now an official "card carrying quilter"). It was a blast!!  I was very nervous, as I am rather shy, but two ladies nabbed me as I walked in and made me feel very welcome.  I think I was the youngest one there (I'm guessing that most of them are retirement age). Lots of laughter and beautiful show and tell.

I am FINALLY going to attend the local quilt show and conference this September.  In past years, I have gone to check out the quilts, but this year I will take one of the classes offered. I can't wait!!!! Debating between hand quilting and miniature blocks....I have been muddling along with both, so it's a tough decision.

Next up today....putting trees in the ground. We bought an Autumn Blaze Maple and a Meteor Cherry.  Hope we can keep them growing.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Strange things happening.....

Strange things happening to my google account. I tried to log into my Gmail and got a message that said my account had been temporarily disabled. Then I tried to log in here and was told my account had been removed. Now I was mad and upset!! There was some suspicious activity happening in my Gmail account. I finally got into the account to see that all the names in my address book had been sent some sort of email that had not been delivered. YIKES!!! Hope that doesn't mean that other info on my computer has been hacked!!!

Once back on Blogger I noticed that I had 12 followers. Oooo, another follower....it's ME!!! How did that happen??? Why would I follow myself? Had anyone else had this happen?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ninteen Years and Counting.......

Nineteen years ago today I married the love of my life.....and it gets better and better. It's hard to believe it has been that long. Seems like just last year we were walking down the aisle, and then I look in the mirror and realize we are not so young anymore....our hair is turning grey and we now have laugh lines around our eyes, but it's all good. As the saying goes, "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be." Rings true for us. 

On Saturday, we went to my best friends daughter's wedding. The weather was dreary, but the bride and groom were like sunshine--they were both glowing! And on Sunday, The Girl and I were there when they opened gifts....they loved the quilt!!! YAY!!!

(If I were better at this blogging thing, you would see pictures here of what I am now working on, but since I'm not you'll have to keep reading and check out the pictures at the bottom of this post.) These are my 3 inch hand pieced nine patches.The Girl started laying them out for me (bottom picture). She's not a quilter, but love to help me choose fabrics and lay out blocks...she couldn't be bothered with the white hexagons that belong in the center (too boring, I guess). My goal is to finish this  one this summer.....I started piecing this one 6 or so years ago....so we'll see how long it will hold my interest this go around


Thursday, June 10, 2010

PICTURES!!!!

As promised, I have pictures of the quilts I have been working on. The first is the quilt I am giving as a wedding gift.
I am a little disappointed with the way it turned out. The photo I was trying to re-create had a more woven look to the top.  Lesson learned.....very important to focus on light vs dark and NOT the color. I used a little blue and white dot for the back. I think I like the back better than the front.
Photo number two and three are the baby quilt that I am going to attempt to sell on etsy.com. I am very pleased with this one.  Hoping you all have suggestions as to how much to charge.  I have $64 in materials. Any thoughts on how to set a price?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Big Decisions

Yesterday, we made our annual trip to the Shriner's Hospital in St. Paul.  Nothing new. The Girl's feet remain status quo. Surgery on her left toe is left up to us/her. She's not sure she wants the surgery as she is not experiencing any pain....yet. We will no longer be eligible for Shriner's care when she turns 18--not so far away. I see her point-why put her through the pain and recovery when the foot is fine now, but what about in 10 years-then the financial burden is on her.  Lot's to think about. (Background: she was born with bi-lateral club foot...basically her feet were both deformed and had we not gone through a series of casts and three surgerys she would not be walking. Amazing what they can do!! I'm often struck by the miracle of seeing her run and walk.)

Wedding quilt needs two more sides of the binding sewn on...I PROMISE to put up a picture after it's been washed!!!!

The wedding is this saturday. We were just invited to the rehearsal dinner. The Girl is her personal attendant. So we have a busy rest of the week. Softball tonight and tomorow then wedding. 

Better get that binding finished!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I have not fallen off the face of the earth.....

I am still here. I've been busy finishing up the baby quilt I am going to try to sell on Etsy.com along with one that is to be a wedding gift (on June 12). I've got the wedding quilt 1/2 quilted, although I am not thrilled with how it's turning out, but it will have to do.

We've been car shopping. UGH!! The Girl will be taking her driving test on July 1 and we are hoping to have a third car by then. The new on will be mine, as she wants my car.....a Ford Focus Wagon....not what you would think a teenager would want to drive. She's learned to drive in it so she's comfortable driving that one.

I'll try to get pictures up of the quilts tomorow, but who knows when I will get the use of the computer.....today is the last day of school for both of my kids. My summer began at 8:30 when I dropped The Girl off at school and will end at 2:38 when The Boy arrives home.....September with your peace and quiet I am looking forward to you.......

In all honesty, I am truly blest to be able to spend the summer with my kids and hopefully we will make some great memories this summer......maybe one of them will catch the quilting bug :o)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PHEW!! am I Tired!

Just a quick update....

>Went to a bridal shower on saturday...decided to make them a quilt after seeing their new apartment.(am I nuts-I have less than a month.....)
>The Boy has all passing grades!!!(still a couple of D's, so not totally acceptable, but at least he's passing--will be required to do some school work over the summer, determined by ME)
>The Girl had an orthodondist appt. this morning and we were told that because her bite has now turned into a (slight)underbite she will need jaw surgery and another year of braces. Excuse me, she's had the braces off for almost three years and is not having any pain-why would we spend $46,000 and put her through that trauma for vanities sake? I. Think. Not.
>Rearranged my front flower bed and added some iris and a flowering bush of some sort.
>Still not sure if I should quilt Mr. Rooster or simply frame him.  He's going to be hung in my kitchen. (by the way he was originally a painting by Picasso)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!

This is what I have been working on lately.  I saw a cross stitch pattern in a catalog  last summer and thought I could do it as an applique.  So, I drew the rooster, enlarging it and here's the finished product.  I'm very happy with him.

I don't think I could have done as well as I did if I hadn't bought these two books a few months ago. I love Piece 'O Cake designs.  These books have very clear and easy to follow instructions for applique....I have never done curves very well until I got these books. And I love how their patterns leave room for interpretation.  I am anything but a perfectionist!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thank You!

Thank you all for the encouraging words!!! I am feeling much better today after talking with my husband, BF and reading your comments.  Perhaps I over-reacted.  I still feel some hurt, but I have to believe that she really did not realize what day it was since she is on vacation....when I think about it, I am guilty of forgetting what day it is when we go and visit my parents).

Speak of the devil....my mom just called.  I did let her know I was hurt, but also told her I understood how she could forget what day it was. So, now I will let it go and move on-as I always do.

On a much happier note, I am now an "official card-carrying quilter".....I finally joined our local quilters guild!!!! YAY!!! Unfortunately, they meet on the third saturday of the month (this saturday) and I will have to miss the meeting as I will be out of town at a bridal shower. Can't wait for next month.

Thanks again for your encouraging words and for letting me vent!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Low

I've been avoiding blogging. I'm pretty down in the dumps. My mom is on her annual "sister trip" in NC and she didn't call on my birthday, nor the next day. She did, however, call my sister on my birthday. I have never felt such hurt. My sister is older and I have never felt that I was as good or as smart or as respected as she is in my parent's eyes. The lack of phone call from my mom just made me feel even more worthless. I shed many tears yesterday. I don't even know if or how to begin to forgive my mom. 

While I was running errands today, she called and left a message...something about not realizing it was monday.....huh? I've tried to imagine simply not speaking to her anymore, but I can't do it.  I can't do it because of my kids and because, well, she's my mom. 

I've never had a very high self-esteem. I thought I had finally gotten over feeling inferior to my sister, but this, this brought me to a new low.  How do I pick up the pieces and rebuild myself?

Maybe she really didn't realize the date...but how do you forget the birthday of your own flesh and blood? What am I going to say to her when I can no longer avoid answering the phone? Do I tell her how hurt I am or do I do what I always do and just bury my feeling to keep the peace?

Thanks for listening....

And Rhoda, Happy belated Birthday to you!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's not raining.....yet.

It's May 10th....my birthday....that usually means rain.  So far, it's just cloudy. No big plans. I'm making fresh bread, chicken, spinach and basil salad and Ooey Gooey Cake.  Yes, I am making my own cake. The Girl loves to decorate cakes, but since it's a Monday, there's no predicting how much homework she will have.
We didn't do much for Mother's day....spent some time with my mother-in-law.
I didn't get any quilting done. I do have an idea for the backing for the baby quilt (see previous post). I'll post a picture in the next few days.
Back to my bread dough...looks like it's ready to shape into loaves.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rant and backing

I finally made it to the fabric store today to find backing for the baby quilt I am going to try to sell on Etsy.com.  It was a rather frustrating experience....I walked in and the clerk said, "oh, you made a quilt." I said, "yep, and now I'm looking for backing." Sounds pretty simple right? WRONG!! The clerk proceeded to lead me around for an HOUR "helping" me.....uh, did I ask for help? I. Don't. Think. So.  I know she was trying to be helpful, but she had absolutely no eye for color.  If I had been looking unassisted, I'd have been in and out in 20-30minutes. 

Anyway, I ended up with two peices for the backing and now I can't decide which one to use. It's hard to see the print of the dotted looking one, it's actually small triangles and tiny dots. That's the one I think I want to use as backing, the stripe was what I had planned on using as binding(that was before I found the backing). My other backing is the same white/cream I used in the background of the quilt. Any thoughts?
Thanks for "listening" to my rant. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Fast Moving Train

This train, called life, is moving so fast I'm just now catching up.  I dawned on me last night that my husband and I have now been together just over 20 years (we will celebrate our 19 wedding anniversary in June).  We are the parents of 2 TEENAGERS!!! How and when, exactly did this happen?  Maybe it's my upcoming birthday that made me think about this. Of course, just last week my kids had to remind me that I will be 43 NOT 44...YIKES, I'm aging myself faster than I need to!

The Boy is now passing ALL of his classes!!! YAY for him!! He's also agreed to try some of the organizational ideas that I have been reading up on. 

No quilting got done over the weekend and probably none today. My duties as a homemaker are calling.....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Here's my little bag made from the Kaffe Fassett fabrics I picked up last week. I think it's cute, but that's also the problem. It's too cute. I actually carried it the other day and felt pretty dorky.

In other news....great news actually, my son has one of his F's up to a C.  AND he's being a little more responsible when it comes to the homework.  I think we just might make it to the end of this year! 

I am, however, even more disillusioned with the public school system.  I talked with the school counselor about summer school if the Boy should flunk a class.  She told me that he wouldn't necessarily have to attend summer school. It depends, in part, on his standardized test score(which are average or above). Now, I ask you, what kind of message does this send to a student who already just does the minimum to pass?!?!? Is this not simply encouraging that very behavior that we are battling against? We haven't told him that he could get an F and not have to go to summer school. We are just praying that he at least gets passing grades so that he will continue to think and F means summer school.  Oh, the joys of raising children :-)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Where the wind blows......

Well, here she is......A-1....the first block of my Dear Jane quilt.  As you can see, I haven't squared her up yet, but I'm happy to have finally gotten started.

We had a rough few days last week with "the boy"--he's been failing two of his classes. He's a smart kid, just doesn't turn in the homework that he actually does.  One of his teachers told us his only problem is that he is unorganized.  Well, guess what, he's not alone.  I've been doing some reading and boys are simply not wired to multi-task.  Boys in middle school have to be able to do that.  So, we will begin to help him learn how to be organized.  Oh, boy!!! This will not be an easy task for me as I am not the most organized person around.  Maybe unorganized is not the right term for me...more like unscheduled.  I think I could use a secretary or boss who tells me when to do what....as a stay-at-home mom with no kids home during the day, I am my own boss.  No schedule here...just go where the wind blows me.  And the wind is now blowing me to my studio.......

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One more time....

Let's try this again. I had an entry written, picture up and then picture disappeared and so did my entry!!!
Yesterday, I found a new-to-me quilt shop.  I was THRILLED to discover they carry the Kaffe Fassett line of fabrics.  I have a couple of his quilt books and they are phenomenal.  He uses so many patterns and
colors!  I picked up these:
They have more pink and green than is showing up here-took this with my phone(I won't be so lazy in the future), but I like them. I found a small bag that will use three of them-not sure where the rest will go.

Friday, April 9, 2010

I am still here. All week I kept thinking I'd get something finished and post a picture....well, I haven't finished anything this week.  I have, however, finally starte my Dear Jane quilt.  I've got three of the four rows done on the first block.  I've never had as much trouble with a block as this one.  It's so simple, but three times I've had to rip and re-sew. UGH!!!!

I also started  a shade for my bedroom.  I was zipping along with the sewing, hung it (that took 1/2 a day) and then HATED  it.  So, off the wall it came and I am re-doing my Swedish shade and making it into a Roman shade. I've made five other Roman shades.....said I'd never do another after the last one. Never say Never-I guess.

Other than that, not much going on.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Unemployed again.....YAY!!!

Yep, I'm unemployed again an happy about it.  Since October, I had been babysitting a 2 year old a few hours a week while her mom went to school.  Her mom's class load increased and she decided it would be easier to put the little girl into full time daycare.  I am both sad and happy. 

Sad because I will miss spending time with her and because I have very strong feelings against daycare. My apologies if I offend anyone. I have been a stay-at-home mom since my oldest was born and firmly believe that the best person to raise a child is his/her mom.

Happy because now I will do a better job of keeping my house in order and will have more time to.....

finish this quilt.  The top has been sitting in my ready to quilt pile for over a year. This one gets hand quilted. It will be a slow process as my shoulder can only take 15-20 minutes at a time. This one is for my daughter who loves penguins as they remind her of my dad, whom she is very close to.

Now, I need to figure out how to make a little money selling my journal covers.......

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thoughts.....

1. Here is my latest charity quilt.  I would not rave over it....however, the ladies in my mother-in-laws quilting group (who will finish it) will.  I sent 4 other tops to them and they seemed to think that they were too nice to be used as charity quilts.  Well, why shouldn't people in need have something nice?!?!? They are, after all, humans just as we are.   How would they feel if someone gave them a quilt or anything else, for that matter, and it was a piece of junk? Would they be grateful or offended?  I guess what I'm trying to say is that we all deserve to be treated as humans--treated as brothers and sisters in Christ.

2. It's amazing to me all the means of communicating we have and yet, a person can still feel isolated and lonely.  Seems to me that we should feel more connected to each other with cell phones and FaceBook, yet do we truly connect with each other?

Just the thoughts that have been rolling around in my head this morning.

Friday, March 26, 2010

From Bad to Worse to Ahhhh, Friday

This has been a looong week. Monday started out great! Got the family off to work and school and realized just how much I like being at home (no babysitting for me for two weeks).

And then TUESDAY!!! Discovered that my son is flunking 3 of 5 classes and has a C and D in the remaining 2. The C is acceptable.  So, once again he lost the use of the computer and his Xbox.  He seems to think the best way to fill his down time now is to pester his sister.  UGH!!! "Calgon, take me away!"

Wednesday found us with two dentist appointments.  My husband went in the morning only to come home with the "happy news" that he needs a root canal--now this wouldn't thrill me (there goes Daughter's car), but I was furious because, once again, he couldn't be bothered to go in for his regular cleanings for THE PAST THREE YEARS!!!! Who does that?  The last time he neglected the cleanings he ended up in agony and also needed a root canal.  Then Daughter had a cleaning in the afternoon-she's really good about flossing and brushing-she has a cavity.

On the up side, I've lost 7.5 pounds since Ash Wed!! Yay, for me!!!  And I got Son's room cleaned-not a small task!! Must be time for some quilting.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

WHAT???

Where in the world does the media get their information?!?!?  The national news media is making it sound as if Fargo/Moorhead is in the same boat (pardon the pun) as we were last year as far as the flood.  WE ARE NOT! The predicted crest is 2.84 feet lower than last year and we were very prepared.  Both cities began preparing (last year, actually), but about 3 weeks ago we began to pre-fill sandbags.  As of this morning they are no longer asking for volunteers to fill or place sandbags. We are ready.

I was hoping to get at least one picture up here of the last quilty thing I did, but just haven't gotten the camera out yet.

My daughter and I have been going through boxes that have yet to be unpacked---16 months after moving.  It's amazing how many things we have not even missed in that time.  We have filled 4 large boxes to take to the Salvation Army.  YAY!! I love clearing the clutter.  Funny, I didn't used to be that way. I was a "pack rat" as my mom used to say. I guess the thought of having to move all that STUFF again is more than I can bear.

Now it's time to snuggle up with my hubby and watch the movie Fireproof.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Again?!?!? REALLY?????

And so here we are again....fighting the Red River of the North.  The river is rising about 1 inch per hour.  Predicted crest is 38 feet on saturday.  It came so fast again.  But if we beat 40+ feet last year we can easily beat 38.  Weather outlook for the next week is favorable-no precip and dropping back below freezing for a few days. Yay! ( Who would think I'd be happy to drop below freezing in March?!?)  I truly am ready for spring, but patience is a virtue and in this case, it will help the cities of Fargo/Moorhead win the battle once again.
 I am worn out from the stress and waiting for this event to happen-still wondering why the media started hyping the flood so many weeks ago.  Our city leaders have done an amazing job at planning and preparation. 
 Ahh, that feels better to get this off my mind!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Whew!!

Whew!! This Lent, I am truly taking to heart the notion of almsgiving.  I sorted through my fabric and decided I could part with almost half of it. You know, the pieces that I liked when I bought them and now don't like at all.  Anyway, over the past few weeks I have turned that fabric into four quilt tops that I will give to my mother-in-law, who will take them to her church where they will be finished and sent off to an organization that sends them where they are needed (right now most are going to Chile and Haitti).  Funny thing is, now that those ugly fabrics have been turned into tops......I like them!!!

It's been fun making tops for someone I don't know, but whom I know needs the warmth and comfort that the quilt will bring.  AND....in between sewing and ironing, I've been working on an Irish Chain.  Just got my copy of Bonnie Hunter's new book Adventures with Leaders and Enders. LOVE IT!!! Can't believe how many twosies I got done today!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Obsessed

Lately, I have been obsessed with quilts.  I wake up thinking about them, no wait, I dream about them in my sleep first, then I wake up thinking about them.  The housekeeping has gone by the wayside....who needs clean dishes to eat off of when I can spend my time working on yet another quilt. 

I have three waiting to be quilted...finally got one in the frame.  Two are waiting patiently as I handpiece one and hand applique the other (those have been in the piecing process for several years now). I have a quilt on my wall that is goint to go to my mother-in-laws church quilting group.  And, NOW.....I am thinking about finally starting my Dear Jane quilt.  250 blocks. 5000+ pieces. Jane took the entire Civil War to complete hers.  And, I, like Jane will handpiece and hand quilt mine. YIKES!!! I have truly lost my mind!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Laundry.....

Oh, how I wish the laundry would miraculously gather, sort, wash, fold and best of all put itself away.  And if I could add anything to any of those loads, I would have to add the dishes, oh and the bathtub.  Maybe, I could even throw the dog in there once a month, but I suppose all that fur would clog the machine. 

Imagine if we had to still carry and heat our water and then spend hours scrubbing it all by hand.....I still remember when we moved into our first house and the washer and dryer were delivered....I kissed the washing machine. Yep, I did.  I was so happy not to have to haul the laundry and two kids down the hall in our apt. building just to get some clean clothes.  The joy of leaving my wet clothes in the washing machine until I could get back to them to throw them in the dryer was unbelievable.

Yep, guess I really do have it made ;-)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A snow storm makes me feel.....

So, the one minute writing prompt, asks what I feel in a rain or snow storm.  A rain storm is still apt to cause me anxiety.....I will never forget the image of a little child sized chair floating around in our old basement. 

A snow storm, on the other hand, makes me want to curl up with a handmade quilt in front of a fire and just BE.  Unfortunately, we don't have the fire place (hope to have a gas one soon, which isn't really the same as a woodburning one, but it will do). We do have lots of quilts though.  So many, in fact the I am beginning to think maybe I had better start giving them away.  The joy of the process is simply too strong to give it up.

I completed this mini top during the SuperBowl----yes, I do not watch the SuperBowl.  I may turn this one into a tote bag-useful and I get to show off one of my creations. As you can see by the second photo, the blocks are really small.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Twenty-ten.....two thousand ten what do you call it?

Well, here we are in 2010 (I say twenty-ten). Wonder what this year holds for me and mine.  Last year brough a brand new house. That was plenty.

This year I want health for all those I love.  Will this be my year to get my weight under control?  We are making that easier with the purchase of a treadmill.....I'd much rather be out in the fresh air and sunshine, but not when it's -20 before the windchill.

Quilts, quilts and more quilts. In 2009 I finished 2 quilt tops and completed 3 other quilts plus a mini.  This will be my year to finish things that are taking up space in my studio....started knitting a giant mitten that I found in the back of the closet. See...I'm already making progress.