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.....