Thursday, February 28, 2008

Getting Ready

Slept late this morning so I did not get to finish all of the house blessing. I did spend an hour clearing the table and getting the studio in proper order. Of course I found another half dozen projects that I want to do NEXT.............. I have decided to just clear the cutting table and the sewing table. All else can wait.

Nifty Fifty Blocks

The Nifty Fifty blocks are sewn. I still have to write my name on them and get them in the mail.



There is still space available if anyone is interested. The link in in the side bar.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Quiltathon March 1 - 2

This morning found me vacuuming......... Laundry almost done. Only two rooms left to bless and I will have the weekend free for sewing.

I am planning some meals now and I will begin cooking this afternoon. If all is well I will be set to go on Saturday morning.

Judy has once again planned a treat for us by organizing a QUILTATHON.......

I am going to use this time to assemble the Carolina Crossroads Quilt designed and shared with us by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame.

If there is time I will work on the Block a Week Quilt designed and shared by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

If I manage to get those two tops done I will feel that this year might turn around for me. Only being able to use one hand and the other one just a little has put a definite crimp in my plans.


This is going to be a great time had by all. Why don't you join us?

Monday, February 25, 2008

STASH REPORT

I must confess, I purchased fabric. I needed a couple more yards for the Suzanne Pratt swap. I also needed to get the fabric for the trim on Lu's shawl. While I was there this precious pink print spoke to me and I took the 1 1/2 yds left on the bolt so that I could get the 30% discount. Of course I needed more muslin for the Dear Jane Siggy Swap and a piece of pink fusion to go with my pink print. Total purchased was 8 yards. I did manage to use about one yard making the blocks for Suzanne Pratt. I suppose that makes me up by 6 1/2 yards

Saturday Sewing Society

We had the most wonderful day. Sharing and sewing and sharing and eating and did I mention sharing?

Here is Jean with Kathy.

Judy is looking at the weights Joan made. Joan put pieces of lead in brocade bags with handles. She uses them to hold down pattern pieces for rotary cutting.

Jean worked on a quilt for her camper.

And here we all are at lunch............... Good cooks in this group. Vickie and Peg were at home with Flu. Nancy was snowbound in Amish country with all those quilt shops. Lynn was doing grandmother duty. Luanne, Ruth and Barbara are keeping warm in Florida. Maybe next month we can all be together.

Ready - Set - Go

Saturday was the second Sewing Society gathering. I have my big pot of Italian Sausage Soup. I got the recipe from Judy's Lime Green Kitchen. This is the second time I have made it and it is souper.................

My mug from Zazzle and my bag of tricks. All ready to head out the door.

Little and Often


I can do just a bit of stitching at last. It still takes me so much longer to get anything done. Above is the picture of work done on Peg's cross stitch. I might get this finished this month. I sure do hope so.


This is the basket of parts for my Carolina Crossroads Quilt. I hope to get it assembled during the month of March.

Last of all, a picture of the two blocks finished for the Suzanne Pratt Nifty Fifty Swap. I have been waiting for this one to fill since November of 2005.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Grand Dog and Grand Cat


Well, here they are. TJ and Earl. They often sit with Rebekah while she stitches and even enjoy a game together at times. I just had to share.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

STASH REPORT (at last)

I went downstairs Saturday for the first time in weeks. I finished the components on the Carolina Crossroads Mystery quilt. Now it needs to be assembled.

I washed the fabric I had purchased for the Nifty Fifty swap. About 15 yards in all. I got some of it ironed and all of it folded.

I did not purchase any fabric this week but I plan to change that today.

A Little Progress


This weekend I got a few more stitches in on Peg's cross stitch. I am able to prop the hoop on the table and stitch with one hand. It sure takes a long time this way but at least I feel like I am doing something.

Typing is still difficult but tonight I plan to ty to answer a few emails.

I will be pleased to get back to my usual routine although I will miss all the naps and early nights.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Disapointing Day

I have been counting down until this morning when the cast came off. I did not expect the hand to work perfectly yet but I was looking forward to more mobility.

Well, it didn't quite work that way. The wrist has not completely healed. We did compromise. Instead of re-casting I am now wearing a removable splint (that I can only remove to shower).

I have even less use of the hand than I had before..............

I think I am going to go take a nap.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Saturday

Another weekend and here is today's list:

  • Label CD's
  • Iron Shirts
  • Call Charlotte
  • Sunday School Report
  • Get Quilt Ready to Mail
  • Clean Out Car
  • Complete Work Beside Computer
  • House Blessing
    • guest room
    • bedroom
    • bath
    • office
    • kitchen
    • family room
This all looks so totally possible. The question is, just how long will it take. It is 8:13 now. I am off to dress and see what develops.

It is now 12:52 and I have moved through a few items already. Lunch is over and I am off for a wee toes up before the next round of chores.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Recalculating

I talked with Jason Sunday night and he gave me the bad news..... The house plan I submitted will cost 50% more than the budget allows.

I began looking yet again for plans. The one I had chosen took three years to find. I have been fine tuning that plan for the last year.

It seems that we could build the first floor with no problems but the second floor is where the additional money was going......... The second floor was to be my sewing space. Lem and I talked about it and prayed about it and we found several solutions.

ONE - Find another plan..............

TWO - Finance part of the new house...............

THREE - Build the house I wanted but with no second floor...........

The only thing about the plan we had that I was not particularly fond of was the cathedral ceiling in the great room. I always feel that you are heating or cooling a lot of air you don't use, not to mention the additional cleaning and maintenance problems of that space.

So here is the plan now. By eliminating the cathedral ceiling the second floor will have more floor space in that area over the great room. We can build the house I want now and finish the second floor later. The more I think about this, the better I like it. That way I will have one large area on the second floor devoted entirely to my hobbies............VBG

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Progress and Other Thoughts

If you remember my stack from several days ago, you can see that it is getting smaller. I wonder just how long it will take to get rid of it completely.


Some of the stack is neatly organized in notebooks.


Now on to other thoughts.

The television we purchased is HDTV compatible. Naturally Lem wanted to avail himself of that service. But let me fill you in on a few facts first.

We had cable. The service on most channels was fine but on channels 1 - 4 it was terrible. I would call and they would tell me to tighten the connector or buy another television as it was my problem. This went on for years. We were at a friends house when the subject of cable came up and I launched into my dislike of their service..... Seems her brother worked for the cable company and the next morning she called him and relayed my complaints. Now I had been relaying the complaint for years but who listens to me, I am just the customer.

He sent a serviceman out with instructions to FIX THE PROBLEM. The serviceman determined that the cable leading from the pole to the house was the problem. Did he replace it? No. He switched the line going into the upstairs apartment with ours. Now we had good service but when the tenant got home that night he found that his service was not good. Yes, he called and they sent another tech out the next day to fix the problem.

There were other issues with the cable company. I am sure there was a notation on my account that I was unpleasant to deal with.

Anyway, Lem had Direct TV installed. Because of the pricing structure we kept the cable for the local channels and used the dish for all else. Being in an area with more wind than normal, the dish would loosen up and our reception would fade. This required an expensive service call to repair.

Then we went to Dish Network. Better service but fewer channels. I learned to adjust. We kept the cable for the lower channels. The reasoning was if one went out then we could still watch the news on the one that was working.

Enter the new TV. Saturday I called around for HDTV prices. Comcast was the hands down the best buy........... They came yesterday and got us all set up with the new stuff. Now I have to learn another remote but I think I will like the new system.

This morning I called Dish to discontinue service. You would not believe what they offered to keep me. "But" I said, "I have already changed to someone else. I called you first and your price was so much more. It is too late now. " She even offered me a free month of service. Too little too late.

So much for life on the Cape.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Yesterday Took an Unexpected Turn

I had planned a day at home with a short break to run errands........... Oh, well......... Lem finally realized that he would be watching the SUPER BOWL on a small TV. The one in the family room stopped working a month ago and since then he has been 'making a decision'. Saturday he realized that the time had come. Glad to know that he had done his homework.



We went off cape to Circuit City and came home with a Samsung. Now he can watch the game in style. This will also end up in the sewing studio after we move......... VBG


So lets recap........ I washed two loads of clothes, made a pot of soup, packed three boxes to ship to Rebekah and did a few house hold chores before doing the errands........ Went to the post office, stopped at a local grocery store for bread and fruit, went to deliver a few thing to Peg, stopped at Staples to ship the packages, checked a few books from the library and stopped for gas before heading home. Shortly thereafter we headed off Cape for the TV.

Today I have spiffed the house in preparation of a visit from yet another realtor. We have interview 4 so far and one more coming on Thursday. A decision will be soon and we can move on to the next step.

Enjoy the Super Bowl............

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Well. I've Gone and Done it Now.

I have noticed for some time that other blogs were so nice looking and had music and all sorts of wonderful things........

This morning I pushed the "Customize" buton............. I sure hope I am not too sorry.

Right now I am off to make soup for Peg...... She has caught flu from someone and I thought I would make her the Cuban Black Bean soup using the recipe I got from Rhoda.

Pictures, you want pictures? Okaye, I will take a few and add them. Be Right Back



(I will look forward to the new kitchen countertops........ This one is painted and the paint is wearing off. Really looks bad.)


Here are the beginnings of the Cuban Black Bean soup from Rhoda. I know the pot looks terrible but it sure does cook well. Even the knob on top is gone. Perhaps when we get to NC I will check into getting another one. (unless i blow the budget in a fabric store first).

The timer just rang so it is time for me to move on to the next task. More later

The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10