Friday, September 30, 2011

Reporting in

Wednesday was Guild and after we ate lunch Lem and I headed to visit Rebekah in Lillington...

We got there in time for Rebekah to go with me to a new quilt shop.......Loving Stitches..... It is a great place to shop. I saw this placemat and of course I want to make some for the breakfast room.



She had an appointment on Thursday morning so I got to applique a wee bit while we waited. I have three flowers done and five left to do........ Then I can start on the first border. That means I am only one month behind on my Round Robin...........


I also got the fabric cut out for the two blocks I am making for the Guild block of the quarter. I might even get this one finished before it is time to watch TV with Lemuel tonight.......


Last night a bottle of root beer got too close to the back of the refrigerator and froze. Just as I was going to sleep it exploded.........

I started my day with taking everything out of the refrigerator and wiping it off and dealing with all of the broken glass...........

I met Pat at the house and we had a nice lunch together....... Lots of fun enjoying Girl Talk......

Then I had to give Wade Hamilton a bath when I got home.

Lem cooked supper tonight so I got to actually work in the studio for about an hour.....

Of course there were several phone calls catching up with family and friends...... All in all it was a pleasant day..............





Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Yesterday Was


another one of those days.......... I had things timed perfectly...... I even thought I could get it all done............. I was so very wrong............... I am still carrying things forward that should have been done last week.

I did get the groceries purchased and the Wade Hamilton groomed but that is just about all. We went out to the house and usually Lem has to be home by 5:00 to watch the news..... Not yesterday. We got out there about 4:00 and got the car unloaded but he wanted to sit on the porch. Jason stopped by and we sat and talked till almost 7:00...... We did stop for BBQ on the way home but we were both really tired..............

I did get the cake baked that was on the list..... But that was all...............



I got a few petals of the flowers for my Round Robin block made and this morning I managed to get them all finished........... Now the large flowers are all ready to stitch in place........


We took another car full of things from the studio out to the house and found the painters there....... I haven't taken pictures in a long time so here are a few........

This is the family room looking toward the dining room and foyer...........



This is from the family room looking into the kitchen...............


And a better picture of the wee bannister for the stairs.......... Everything is covered in plastic and tomorrow they will be spraying the primer on everything..........


At last we are near the end of this project.......... Oh Happy Day!!!!!










Sunday, September 25, 2011

YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS.............

I actually finished something................. On the Shop Hop I got a lot of grief from my fellow quilters because I had never finished my Guild Name Tag.............. You are supposed to pay a quarter if you don't wear it and I had been sliding by....... They promised to double the fine for me if I didn't get it ready for the next meeting..........

Voila!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I do know that the ribbon is not perfect but I was finishing it 3 minutes before leaving for the meeting.............. At least I have a finish...............

Lots of Happy Dancing over this one............



Last night I took the last few stitches on this tea towel. I am so pleased to have the blanks ready so that I can reach into the cabinet to get one to stitch......... Since I didn't get any finished for the Church Bazaar this year I thought I would start for next year............. Jane goes to Sharon Church so I can make some for their bazaar too........ It is in May........


Last night I even got the last leaf on the center block for the Round Robin I am participating in...........




Today I plan to get the flower petals cut so that I can work on that tonight.......




Dillard (our contractor) told us that we should move in the first week in November............

Since so much of my sewing things are going into the attic for the time being we can start taking things out to the house and taking them upstairs........ We took the first car full yesterday. All from the studio........... Today we filled the car again. Can't take that out till after the painters leave tomorrow afternoon............

I have something in the back of my mind for the studio............. Maybe some thought will help me make it a more attractive place to work.....................


Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Best Laid Plans.............

of mice and men do often gang aglee................

Jane was coming this afternoon for a pleasant afternoon of knitting........ I had even organized the studio a wee bit more to make room for both of us...........

I had problems sleeping last night so I did not get up till 8:00...... I had not washed dishes last night...(just too tired) so I got the kitchen spiffed and then started making my Upscale Sloppy Joes in the crockpot. The recipe came from Coleen's Kitchen. She is on the side bar if you want to see what delightful culinary treats she has................

Then I made my first batch of scones..... The recipe came with my last order from King Arthur flour............ Naturally I had to stop in the middle of everything and go out for baking powder but finally I got them in the oven.

Pat called to say that she was in the area and wanted to meet for lunch. Her sister, Denise was with her. We agreed to meet at the new house and I would make sandwiches for us....... I called Jane and asked her to join us and then we could come back to my house to knit.........

I packed a delightful lunch. Turkey with provolone sandwiches, hot pumpkin scones, pickles and chips...... Beverages were added to the basket too. I even added placemats and napkins.....

We pulled up, got out of the car and then both of us locked it................ With both sets of keys inside..........

It took 1 hour for AAA to come...... After all, we are out in the middle of nowhere......... Mike with AAA arrived, unlocked the car and we really enjoyed the late lunch.

Pat and Denise had already left. Pat needed to get back to work...............

About 2:30 Jane and I decided to meet tomorrow and knit.

I sure am glad that I had supper in the crock pot............ That meant I could get a nap after we got home......

Now off to serve our dinner and maybe tomorrow we can get some knitting done........


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Shop Hop..........

I am a terrible Blogger......... Either I forget to take the pictures or I don't stop long enough to download them and type a few words........

Realistically while I think I have an exciting life I doubt anyone else would agree....

Last Thursday I went on my first Shop Hop........... A grand time was had by all. Rebekah came on Wednesday and stayed with us till Saturday morning so she could go along for the fun......

We left at 8:00 AM and the first stop was to buy a stool so that we could get in and out of the rented van.......... We covered 6 shops............

Yes I did forget to take pictures of 4 of them. What was I thinking.....About fabric of course.......

This is from the Whistle Stop in Cary, NC ............. Great shop.... My kind of fabric....... Lots of special touches.... Just the kind of thing I want to have for my home....



















It was there that I discovered the Tuffet.......... Yes, one is in my future. I don't know how long in the future but I really do want one of these wonderful things.

You can find out more about them here.



This was another wonderful place..... Lots of patterns, fabric and notions.......



And here is the group at the end of the day............ Tired but still smiling.








Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I had forgotten that I had taken pictures of us at the fundraiser on Friday night.

Here is Kim and Jason.............


And across the table are Lem and I.............



I actually got all of the center blocks completed for Lucinda's Gift............


Not being able to go back to sleep after waking up at 4:00 AM I finally got up at 5:00 and finished cutting out the last blocks............. Now to get them assembled.........


Today was Guild and of course there are always fabulous quilts there........ This one is being hand quilted.........


Someone saw a picture of this quilt and is making it from the picture. Each center is a gold button with a jeweled center....


Isn't this just the sweetest quilt for a darling girl?


Rebekah is coming tonight so I am fixing her favorite dinner........... Spanish rice...... Yum.....

Tomorrow we are going shopping with some friends............

I will let you know how it turns out...............














Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OUCH

Jason got a picture of the house after the tree was removed.......... Rather large hole in the front and a limb went through the rubber roof on the back addition letting 24 hours of hard rain drench the contents. Sun out the next day and then that night another downpour......

The windows on the right are the living room and on the left was Lem's bedroom growing up.....


Thursday night we went out to eat with family. Friday night I got tickets from Sharon Church for dinner. Saturday night we had dinner at a fund raiser for Hugo Volunteer Fire Dept. Sunday Kim and Jason invited us to dinner with them. Boy is Kim a good cook.........

Last night I actually had to cook myself........ Leftovers from last week was my choice. That gave me time to sew yesterday afternoon.

I had knitting at church yesterday morning. Came home, fixed lunch and Jane and Beck stopped by....... Jane and I sat in the studio to chat leaving the men in the family room...... She and I are planning a day together next week...... We have some Christmas goodies to make.......

We did go out to the house late yesterday evening........ They have started on the screened porch..... The post are up on one side....... Mr. Bodine is still putting up the trim....... He is doing such a fabulous job. How good to watch a craftsman at work........

We might get out there during the day this week for some pictures.

Just what you wanted to see........ More pictures of the house.

I changed August Hopefuls to September Hopefuls....... Still hoping I will finish them I suppose.

I did get some work done on my Lucinda's Gift quilt yesterday......

This morning is the opening session of the study of The Prophets....... I found an interdenominational book study that meets on Tuesday morning....... We read The Screwtape Letters last session and that was quite an eye opener.......

I hope to be learning even more this time...........

I am in charge of installing officers for the Guild tomorrow and I need to type up something for that. I also want to make a wee giftie for each incoming officer..............

Oh well, time for me to dress and go. I do hope everyone has a good day.........

May the Lord bless you and keep you.............

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I Haven't Been Idle

Yesterday morning we had to meet the insurance adjustor at the house again. This time I took my stitchery and sat in the shade while he measured and calculated..........

I actually got the stitching done on one of the tea towels I made several weeks ago............


During the afternoon I finished the assembly of the disappearing four patch I am making for Kate to give as a gift. When Rebekah comes next week we can get the backing and batting. I already have the binding cut and ready...... We can assemble it and I can get it quilted and in the mail............. I have been listening to The Help while I am sewing.

We got chicken salad plate from Sharon Church last night so I could sew an hour longer yesterday afternoon. I actually got one more strip sewn on my second 1/3 of my Lucinda's Gift quilt...... Maybe if all goes well I can get them finished this weekend.

Lem and I stopped by J C Penny's yesterday afternoon and I found a pair of black dress slacks. Being short I will have to hem them. I want to wear them to church tomorrow.

Another busy day planned...... It will be interesting to see just how much I actually get done.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Reporting in

One thing about living in Orleans, MA......... It was not a large town....only 14 square miles. You could go all over town doing errands with little time wasted in travel........

Here in Kinston it is much different...................... We are 15 to 20 minutes from anywhere I need to go............ On the days that we do errands it takes the entire day...........

Then there is the time spent doing the house blessing, laundry and cooking...............

Not to mention the time needed to read email and other blogs............

Did I mention sewing in there anywhere???? I thought not.

Added to the fun has been the housing problems we are having. The house on Perry Park has been condemned......... That means endless meetings with insurance people and lots of time for Lem and I to discuss our options and what we plan to do next............ The house on Hugo Rd needs a new roof because of Irene. Those arrangements take time on the phone. Some days I feel like all I do is talk to people. This has even caused me to miss guild meetings and other fun things..........

On Saturday of the recent holiday weekend Lem and I went to Lowes........ After all, Lowes knows and we needed to select the door knobs and purchase the cabinet knobs for the house. While we were there I saw that patio furniture was 50% off............. Too good to pass up and I wanted a table for my screened porch.......... Lem needed to think about that for awhile..........

By Sunday morning he had decided that we could get the table I had selected and four chairs. I called Lowes and they were still there. They agreed to hold them for one hour so we dressed and headed that way........... By now it is 9:30.......... We paid for the table and chairs, bought breakfast at McDonalds and headed home again. I left a message for Jason to call us because we needed him to use his truck to move the table and chairs.........

I worked on my little four patch blocks for the gift quilt I am making for Kate...... He called and said he would be glad to lend a hand and headed toward Kinston. We all went to Lowes AGAIN.. (third time in less that 24 hours for me)...... to get said table and chairs. They found one set still in the carton and two more chairs (I wanted six chairs).........I paid for the extra chairs and we loaded everything in the truck and headed to the new house............

Jason unloaded the boxes from the truck............ We unpacked them and Jason put the table together................... By then it is 1:30 and Jason mentioned lunch............. We went to Ayden for take out and came back to Grifton to sit around our new table..........

Now when I have my impromptu gatherings everyone will have a chair to sit on......


I spent Monday making my four patch blocks and catching up on blog reading.......

Tuesday I made cookies for the person putting up the trim in the house........ We took those to him and did a few more errands............

Wednesday was Guild............... Here are the pictures from Show and Tell..........


Front of the quilt..................



And back of the quilt................



And one lovely Railfence.....................


I actually got to sew yesterday.... I will post those pictures later.......... We met family for dinner out last night............... so I did not have to stop sewing early and cook...........

Today I had planned to spend sewing again but once again someone else has other ideas. The insurance adjustor wants to meet us at the Perry Park house once more.......... Looks like another day of errands instead............

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Update

I am trying to uncover the cutting table. I seem to be able to keep every room in the house in order except this one............. It is so very frustrating but then it is my own fault.......... Perhaps after we move and get settled in I can do better................


I did get all of the blanks made for tea towels........... Now I can embroider them and add some rick rack trim and they will be ready to go. I want to do at least 4 for the church bazaar but that is looking more doubtful by the minute.......................



I have the designs printed on Fabri Solvi for them. Now to find time to sit and stitch.

I did get most of the unpacking done yesterday............. We did laundry at Rebekah's so that was put away and now I have the ironing to do. Yes, I do still iron. I like for my clothes to look crisp and fresh and I just pretend that I am ironing quilting fabric so that works.........

Katie called and she needs a small baby quilt made in a hurry for a friend. Rebekah had the fabric for it so I brought it home to see what I could do quickly........... I have just over a yard of both pieces so I am thinking perhaps a disappearing four patch might work. I will have to look into that and see..................


Yesterday afternoon was spent with the insurance adjustor looking at the house. I had gotten the house blessing done by noon and had just enough time to fix lunch and get a quick shower before he showed up.

He looked here at Meriwether and told me that the items that were in storage in the garage and were ruined were not covered. The water blew in from below so that is considered flood damage. I have no idea yet just what was lost and right now I do not have the heart to go through it to see.........

When we moved to Massachusetts we kept our house and rented it.......... We took him there to look at the damage on it............ Part of the roof is damaged and some shingles are missing.

Then off the Lem's parents house to see the damage there.................... I wish I had a big bow to put on the top of the house........ Then it would be gift wrapped........... That big dent in the middle is where the tree went through it.................



Pat called and she was at the new house......... We met her there and finally got to meet her new husband...(of five years, we have been gone a long time...)... Jason and Kim stopped by so we all went out to eat...............

Today I am supposed to work on that quilt for Kate and find something to wear to church tomorrow..............

Oh and go shopping because we had to toss everything in the refrigerator and freezer.......

I think I will turn off the computer and start to sew a bit. Maybe I will have something to report tomorrow....................












The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10