Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
466. Teenage church choirs
467. Zebra fabric
468. The sound of the wind in the trees outside my window
469. The sound of rain on the deck
471. M & Ms....any color
472. Creamy Pumpkin Wallflowers by Bath and Body Works
473. Old friends
474. Oreo cookies
475. Plumbers who show up quickly
476. McDonald's Playland
477. Reading glasses
478. Other people who make lists like me
479. A clean house
480. Seasonal dish towels
481. Quilt magazines
482. Books on prayer that don't use guilt as a tool to help you pray more
483. A crisp salad
484. Children with braces
485. Baby quilts
486. Plants that bloom even when neglected
487. The homes we grew up in
488. Quiet country cemetaries
489. Snow capped mountains in the distance
490. The sound of ocean waves hitting shore
491. Owls that hoot in the early mornings
492. Chipmunks that scamper in my yard gathering nuts
493. People who rake their yards instead of blowing the leaves off
494. The scent of oranges
495. Steel cut oats
496. Hats on cold days
497. The sight of a cross where you least expect it
498. Memories of friends gone on ahead
499. Circle skirts
500. The sound a child makes when he's trying to sound like a car
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
So, Madame Samm, you are so right and you said it so well. You said, "you have more wrinkles to your smile". If I might be so bold I would add that we have the most beautiful smiles and the laughter that comes straight from the belly and the joy that bubbles over and spills onto all those around us. I see our joy in our blog posts and in our strolls through WalMart when we speak to everyone and admire the children, and I see our faith in our walks through the cemetary tending the graves of loved ones gone before us and I am so, so glad to be a winter.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
And this one:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Edit: It is the morning. Early morning. The two year old keeps crying for his mother. The four year old insists on wearing plastic high heels across the laminate floor. The eight year old wants to play school and wants the two little ones to march in line whether or not they want to. And the toilets are overflowing. I'm not kidding.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
2. It's a rare occasion when I can't sleep but this was one of those times. I hate when that happens. Anyway, I'm up reading e-mails and thinking about that fabric from Riley Blake Designs that I won...when I got an e-mail from Kimbuktu at Fabric Fascination sending me this great link from Riley Blake Designs. Look at this cute thing!
link. I can't wait to try this - won't it be cute on a purse? I am loving Riley Blake Designs more and more every day. :) They can surely send me fabric any time they want to! And by the way, I have an idea for what I'm going to make - it's cooking. Not done, just simmering.
3. I told ya'll about buying a new car a couple of weeks ago. Love it. Love everything about it. Especially OnStar. I've never had that before so those of you who have can probably tell me all the benefits (feel free to do that because I don't want to miss a thing!) but I can tell you right now I love getting directions. We have a GPS but I hate plugging that thing in and trying to find a place to put it because it keeps falling off the windshield, but with OnStar I just call the nice lady and tell her where I want to go and she sends me the directions. I just want to go places so I can call her, she's so nice. I started to call her and ask for directions to WalMart but since I go there several times a week I figured if I did that after a few times she'd recognize my voice. But tomorrow I'm going to a friend's in another town to a stitching group so I'll call the nice lady for directions. Yes I've been there before, a time or two. Or Fourteen. But she doesn't know that and besides I've already told you my memory doesn't always catch up with my brain so I might forget halfway there. It could happen.
4. While I was on the mission trip I ate in the cafeteria the whole time I was there. I was faithful to walk every morning and tried hard to watch what I ate. I made it to the last week without gaining weight but then all of a sudden there were 3 extra pounds showing up on the scale. Now that doesn't sound like a big deal but I slaved for four months before I went on that trip to lose 20 pounds and I bought new pants two sizes smaller. So three pounds can make a real difference in breathing or not breathing in those new pants. And here's the part that has me worried. I can't seem to get it off. Oh, if I were back walking every day or counting points every day it would go...but I can't seem to get back in the rhythm of that. This is bad, very bad. What happens when you lose your rhythm - how do you get it back?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
The floor guys came today - and yes I'll do another post on that later so you can see what I chose - but that's not the blessing. Well, of course it was A blessing but it wasn't THE blessing. Anyway, I worked in the sewing room all day while they were here, just in case they needed me. I don't know what they would have needed me for because I can't carry furniture or rip up carpet or scrape floors or paint on glue...but they might need a drink of water or something. Turns out they didn't but I was definitely available. All that's beside the point. My husband got home about 1:00 from deer camp (no deer, missed the only one he shot at) and brought in a package that UPS left on the steps. I never heard them...guess I was too busy being helpful. It was from Christenson Wholesale in Utah. I stood there and pondered what in the world it might be, double checked to be sure it was for me and sure enough there was my name and my address. I knew I hadn't ordered anything. Well, yes I had ordered 2 books just that morning but they were coming from Amazon and couldn't have come that quick. The only thing to do was to open it. So open it I did and this is what I found.
I talked to the sweetest lady named Collette (Hi Collette!) and explained that I didn't order this. She said, "are you a quilt shop?" Nope, I'm not a quilt shop. I'd love to be a quilt shop if I could be a quilt shop, but nope not possible. "Are you a designer?" Nope, I'd love to be a designer but I have not one original thought in my head. "Did you maybe enter a trivia contest and win this fabric?" Nope, no trivia. Bad memory so no trivia. "Hmmm" she says, let me call you back. Five minutes later she called me back and said, "Marlene, this is your lucky day!" It seems they have a designer who's first name is Marlene and they sent me her fabric by mistake. "Just make something pretty and blog something nice about us" she said. I asked how they got my last name and address but she didn't have a clue. Oh my goodness. If I weren't so excited about getting to keep 21 fat quarters of this scrumptious fabric I might be worried about that. No time to worry though...it's time to feel the fabric, imagine it in a quilt, and say something nice about Christensen Wholesale. I love them. :)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
1. If you could fly, physically fly, where would you fly to first?
2. If you were strong enough to bend an iron bar what would you do that you don't do now?
3. And if you had ordered an Accuquilt Go! Cutter what quilt would you be planning to make first?
What does Superman have to do with this post? Absolutely nothing. Except I really would be interested in your answers to those 3 questions! There could even be a little gift attached to the most interesting answer. Hmmm, wonder what it might be?
Friday, October 15, 2010
And now for the winner - I had my husband pick a number and he chose #113. Wouldn't you know it - now I have to count down the comments all the way to 115. :) And the winner is:
Cindy at Kitsune Quilts - congratulations! Cindy I've e-mailed you so be looking for it. If you don't get it please e-mail me (address on my profile) so I can get your information.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
426. Painter's Tape
427. Tiny little rollers for painting
428. Ladders that are too heavy for me to move which means hubby has to do the painting
429. New cars
430. Seat warmers in new cars
431. Separate temperature controls in new cars (can you tell I love my new car?)
432. Grandchildren who have no doubt that when you pick them up you will have cookies for snacks and Toaster Strudel and PopTarts for breakfast even when you burn the roast for dinner
433. Grandchildren who understand that when you pick them up in a new car you will not be stopping at Sonic
434. The sound of leaves when you walk in them in the fall
435. The sound of acorns falling on the neighbor's tin roof
436. Temperatures that let you open your windows, even at night
437. Early morning walks when your hands get cold but the air is sweet to breathe
438. Swiffer Sweeper Vacuums
439. Something you ordered being delivered several days earlier than they promised
440. Windows Live Writer
441. The picture of my mother-in-law laughing that's on my desk - I miss her
442. Yarnell's Guilt Free Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
443. Fresh haircuts
444. Jergens Lotion, original scent
445. My daughter's dog not having to have surgery
446. Hearing the birds outside my window
447. Early morning phone calls from my sister
448. Bluetooth in my car
449. High school friends who still remember my birthday and still send a card
451. Finding new blogs to read and love
452. Remembering how to make the ° sign on my computer (kind of complicated!)
453. John Wesley's Rules of Life
454. Finding a good book to listen to in the car
455. Sleeping in my own bed after being away for four months
456. Mattress warmers
457. Doctor's office nurse who sends you a card to give you test results when she can't get you on the phone
458. The beginning of deer season
459. The end of the election season (it will end right? please?)
460. Mark Harmon - I think I might have said this before - I think I might say this again later :)
461. Bloggers who are generous with their gifts, their comments, their advice, their time
462. The U.S. Post Office (yes you heard me right - where would we be without it?)
463. Moda Bliss fabric
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Do you ever have days when you feel like you’re just going from one thing to another to another? Me too! Today was one of those days – it started out with this:
I was there by 8:00 this morning, spent over, well let’s just say over my budget, only to get to the car and find I didn’t have the Diet Dr. Peppers I had paid for. I went all the way back in to the service desk, all the way to the very back of the store to get another carton and back to my car. You know the best part? A good part of my exercise for the day was done – you gotta’ love that. :)
Back home, unload, put away, change clothes and spend a couple of hours doing this:
The sunroom/den needed to be painted before the new floor is put in next week. It has really high ceilings that require a ladder. I can’t pick up our ladder, let alone climb it – it’s really heavy because it’s one of those kind that remind me of the robot toys that you turn this way and that and they become something else…know what I mean? So I taped all the parts from about my eye level down and my husband did the top. There’s really not much wall to paint in here because 3 walls are brick and most of the 4th is a rock fireplace. And on the wall part are 4 windows and 2 patio doors. Lots of taping. Lots and lots of taping. And more taping. And then he painted while I supervised. :) Oh and “we” painted it Faded Burlap. Really, that was the name of it. You can see it, can’t you?
I got to pick up two of my grandchildren from school. In my new car. Sometimes after school we stop at Sonic for slushies. Not today. Not in my new car. I substituted Chips Ahoy and milk when we got home. Blame me?
Time for supper:
Mexican Soup – this is so good and so easy you won’t believe it. Want the recipe? I knew you would:
2 cans Campbells White and Wild Rice Soup
1 can Chicken Broth
1 can Rotel Tomatoes
1 family size chicken – chopped
Heat and eat! Of course you want to sprinkle some grated cheese on top, and maybe some chopped green onions, a dollop of sour cream and some crumbled chips. My husband loves this and he hates soup!
Finally I got to work on this:
This is Potted Geraniums from Primitive Gatherings. Aren’t those colors wonderful. Honestly, their wools are to die for – hand dyed, soft and really spectacular to stitch on.
You know time is almost up for the Fall Into Fall Giveaway. If you haven’t entered you’re gonna’ want to so go here to do that.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I’ve been looking at sewing rooms for some time now – magazines, books, online, pretty much everywhere. I’ve gotten lots of good ideas from the articles and pictures and tips I’ve read. I’ve seen some beautiful sewing rooms that I just want to clone and put in my house. I’d love to have a cabinet like this one in Heather Bailey’s Studio.
And how about a computer corner like this one in Murphy’s Studio?
But I’ve decided I’m just grateful that I have a room to sew in because I know lots of women who don’t. Lots of you out there are sewing in a corner of the dining room, or you’ve got it all in a closet and have to drag it out every time you want to stitch a little, or maybe you’ve taken half the guest room and have to clean it all up when you have company. :(
I use the smallest bedroom in our house and I have it stuffed full. So full that it’s overwhelming to me right now. I’ve worked several days this week trying to organize and declutter. It’s getting better and it’s definitely more functional, which has replaced beautiful as my goal. I started on these shelves and went through everything. Everything. I love my old PE baskets because I can see everything but the fabric is exposed to light and that is worrisome. All of those baskets contain a UFO. Well, not all because some have fat quarters in them and when I finish all the UFOs I want fat quarters in them all. And yes, I have enough fat quarters to fill them up.
Unfortunately my design wall is also covered with UFOs. I stopped counting at 40 because I was too…well, overwhelmed comes to mind and so does embarrassed. Some of them just need binding, some need quilting, some need blocks put together. Some will be quickly done but some will be pretty involved. And I didn’t count the kits I have in drawers. But I’m focused now. Right, focused. I’m determined, yes I am. Help me out here ya’ll – I can finish those UFOs in 3 months, right? Four? Oh my.
I took everything out of this closet and started over. Those are Christmas wallhangings that are hanging on the right and other seasonal decorations on the left. I have large pieces of leftover batting in the big basket – they’ll be big enough for small pieces but not big quilts. I have embroidery things in the small basket, ready to be stitched. And that’s fusible fleece on the shelf. I use it making bags – like the one I’m giving away here.
I put my batting up on the shelf next to the ceiling so I could check it easily when I need one, or when I see them on sale. I mixed a little fabric in there to add a little color. My feeble attempt to decorate a little! And over by my design wall I put bins with lace, rickrack, ribbon and other notions like that so they’ll be easy to get to.
Have you noticed something’s missing? Fabric for one thing! It’s in a closet and I have 4 shelves all neat and organized but the floor is full of fabric spilling over like Niagara Falls! And where do I iron? Couldn’t show you that either because I have tubbies under the ironing table overflowing with my wool fabric and my scraps. And then there’s the cutting table. It’s really cabinets with a countertop. I’ve cleaned out two of the four cabinets. Someday, maybe in a week or two I’ll be able to say I’ve gotten through those too and I’ll take pictures. For now, I’m ready to sew!
I found this great fabric that glows in the dark. :)
I prepped it all today and will make Trick or Treat Bags (a smaller version of the Everything Bag I’m giving away) for some very small children I know. :)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
First we walked. We walked 2.4 miles to be exact. He listened to a sports talk show on his radio and I listened to a book on my IPod. Sometimes we took off the earphones and talked. Not much talking though.
Then, after we showered and dressed, we went to the doctor. It wasn’t quite this drastic but it’s a cute picture, don’t you think? Together we went to the doctor. Same room, same time. He said, she said. No secrets. It’s too late for secrets after 46 years.
Remember this – that I bought on Monday? As we left home this morning a light came on. It’s a new car so it’s bound to have a few glitches. I know that. I understand that. We dropped by the dealers to get it checked. Three hours later they gave it back to us and told us to come back tomorrow. It has a wire that isn’t connected or is pinched or whatever. They have to “follow” it and it’s complicated and they need to keep it a while. They need to keep it the better part of the day. And I’m ok with all of that. But we spent three hours of our anniversary sitting in the “lounge” of the dealership.
Next – back to the Floor Store where we returned all of the samples I had gotten earlier in the week. Rejected samples. Didn’t keep any of them. I can’t do tile – it’s cold and hard and it’s not me. I didn’t like the laminate. We can’t afford wood. We’re looking at LVT – Luxury Vinyl Tile that looks like laminate to me but isn’t. It’s really not that important; it’s just a floor.
Outback….dinner…steak…shrimp…good food, good company, just him and me.
Last? Home, where I baked these for him to take to the deer camp with him tomorrow. I’m on a diet. I can’t eat these pies even though I want to. But I baked them. Why? Because 46 years later I’m still saying I do and still having good days even when they’re like today. And I'd happily say I Do all over again for 46 more years. :)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I have a problem. I have been for the last two days looking at options for new floors in my home. I pretty much know I need tile in my “sunroom” because that’s where we come in out of the back yard/lake area. The grandbabies will have wet, dirty feet. The salesman, who is a good friend, says porcelain. My friend says it will be slippery when wet. Anybody know? What do you have? I’ll probably put the same thing in my kitchen so how is it with spills? I don’t want to fall and bust my bottom!
And for my living/dining/bedroom I want laminate. I think. Laminate vs “engineered wood” – any experience? Dark vs light – opinions? I don’t really like light wood much but lean toward a medium oak because I don’t want dark either. What shows dirt the most? Smudges? Lint/dust? Anybody? Please?
I can’t think too hard about this because yesterday I bought this:
And I just want to go for a drive! With my seat warmers on high. :) Can you say warm baby!
And besides, I need to be cleaning out this:
I don’t need to be worrying about floors – I have no time for that. It’s sewing I need to be doing! Or driving. Sewing…driving…sewing…driving. Help!