Sunday, December 21, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday


I can’t begin to tell you all how much I’ve been looking forward to this weekend … with so much on the calendar this month, I’m ecstatic to have a couple of days with nothing planned … beyond ecstatic even, since you know that means time spent with needle and thread.  Winking smile

I’m continuing to stitch away on DH’s quilt.  It’s slow going … thankfully I’ve chosen a simple quilting pattern (straight lines down the center of each “log”), but even so it’s been a long time since I had a big chunk of time to be able to quilt … little bits here and there do add up … albeit so very slowly.  I am almost done with block #15 (out of 63).  I won’t get it done before I start working on T#3’s quilt (after the first of the year), but it will be waiting for me.  IMG_1064I took this photo last night when I moved the hoop … I realize that other than the change in the placement of the hoop, you really don’t see much of a difference in this picture from the one I posted a few days ago.  Such is the nature of the beast when quilting something like a log cabin.  Winking smile  I plan to quilt while watching some Christmas movies this afternoon  … White Christmas is at the top of the list  -
Snow … I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow
Snow … I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow
Snow … Oh, to see a great big man entirely made of snow

Speaking of snow, today is the first day of winter … although we’ve been having wintery weather for over a month now.
We have rain/snow in the forecast for Christmas Eve (hoping for snow but expecting rain) … but alas, it would not matter as the forecast high for Christmas Day is a balmy 50.  Surprised smile

I blogged last month about our “issues” with our printer … it would constantly drop the wifi connection, requiring us to reboot the modem in order for the printer to reconnect – every. single. time. we needed to print something.  Annoyed   We finally bit the bullet and purchased a new printer Thursday evening.  So far so good. 

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!
Kathy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Us!

What a wonderful anniversary DH and I had!

We had breakfast at Panera (aka St. Louis Bread Co. in these parts) and then drove over to St. Charles. Our first stop was, of course, The Quilted Cottage on Main St. I could have bought 2-3 yards of just about everything in the store! She specializes in repro fabrics, and they'd just got a new shipment in ... of absolutely gorgeous fabrics! I tried to limit myself to fabrics that I thought I'd really use, not just the ones that were so pretty to look at. And when I saw The Quilt Block Bible, I knew I "had" to add it to my purchases ... I'd been wanting to buy a copy but always talked myself out of it. When I saw it this time, I couldn't fight it ... so I bought it.


I love traditional blocks and have long wanted to make a sampler, choosing blocks I like, not the blocks that some designer chose (no offense to designers). Maybe now I can.

We also browsed in some other stores ... I picked up a hand-woven table runner.

After we finished up our shopping, we drove to the Soulard area for BBQ. It was a tiny place, with limited seating but big appeal, so we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table to open up ... but it was worth it. I wish I had thought to take a picture of my meal ... but I just couldn't wait to dig in! I had to give a couple of ribs and 2/3 of my potato salad to DH to finish ... not because they weren't any good but because I was just too full! Yum!

I didn't forget DH ... he got his gift early ... our trip to Hilton Head last month was a combination birthday/anniversary/Christmas gift to him. Don't worry ... there are 4-5 gifts under the tree for him, so he'll have something to open Christmas Day. ;-)

We spent the rest of the day at home ... me with my needle and thread and DH with a good book, watching this week's NCIS (recorded). We are such an old married couple. Ha!

We had hoped to be able to stay up to watch the hockey game, but with a late start (they were playing in LA), it just wasn't happening ... I told you that we are such an old married couple. Ha!

I'm hoping that our 28th year together is a good as our 27th was. ❤️

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!
Kathy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge





1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who would you say is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen?
I prefer when Time chooses someone who’s affected the news in a positive way, and I’d have to say that the Ebola Fighters have done just that.
 
2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now, and she asks, 'What's your favorite-something old? something new? something borrowed? something blue? in your home?  Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today! 
My favorite something old is this Christmas ornament from my childhood.
 
My favorite something new would be these brand new ornaments made by my grands.
 
And as far as something borrowed in my home … a library book is the only thing I can think of.
 
And my favorite something blue would be my blue and white log cabin quilt.
 
3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without?
Nay.  I find fudge just too, too sweet.  If I were going to make or eat some, it would be with nuts (and lots of them) … there are certain things that MUST have nuts IMHO, and fudge would be one of them. 
 
4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk, or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks? 
I would have been 18 when I took my first flight … my family flew to Corpus Christi and drove down to North Padre Island.  My youngest sister would have been 10, and her response to our pointing out the terns will live forever in our family:  “Those aren’t birds … those are sticks with rags on them.”
 
Neither DH nor I like to fly - AT ALL.   Our travel plans are always contingent upon whether we can drive to our destination.  Thankfully our favorite destination is within driving distance … it takes us a day and a half now, but that’s ok … we’re retired so we have the time.  We’re planning an Alaskan cruise for our 30th anniversary, and we may have to bite the bullet and fly to Seattle.  DH has already said that if the decision were his, he’d drive it (what can I say ... he likes to drive).  But IMHO, 34+ hours (one way) in the car would be a bit much, and of course there’s that pesky problem of the cost to drive to/from Seattle – based on the current average operating cost per mile of 61 cents, it would cost us almost $2,700 to drive to Seattle and back.  While our actual operating cost might be lower (our car gets 46-48 mpg on the highway), our cost of driving would still be significantly higher than the cost of flying.   Winking smile 
 
We visited Kitty Hawk and the rest of the Outer Banks in 2012.   Something from our trip that has always stuck with me is learning that the first flights actually took place in Kill Devil Hills, not Kitty Hawk like I learned in school.  At the time, Kitty Hawk was the nearest Post Office, so reports of the flights originated from the Kitty Hawk Post Office, and many mistakenly credited Kitty Hawk as the site of the flights.

 
5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what's the path?
No, we’ve all chosen different career paths, although my youngest sister and I both majored in accounting … I chose to be an accountant while she chose to be an accounting professor.   And I’ve always reminded her that “Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.”  Winking smile 

6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today?
Thankfully nothing.   

7. This Christmas I hope___________________________________.
we get a white Christmas.   

8. Insert your own random thought here.
As of last night, I had quilted 12 of the 63 blocks in DH’s log cabin quilt (yay! the colors photographed more accurately than the last time I shared a picture). IMG_1045It’s slow going … but it’s been just so crazy busy lately that I’m glad to have gotten this much done.  Winking smile

I also finished up our Christmas cards Monday evening … and got them to the Post Office yesterday morning.  Every year I say that I’m just going to stop sending Christmas cards … and every year I buy another box or two.  But I think that this really may be our last year.  Between the cost of the cards and postage (of course, the cards I like are always the ones that require additional postage!), I think it’s time to be done with sending Christmas cards. 

And I wrapped all our gifts yesterday … well, all but one.  I have one gift to wrap yet … DD included a gift to be from my dad in an order she placed so that gift is at her house.  I’ll be watching the Ts this morning while DD has an annual eye exam, so I’ll pick up the gift and get it wrapped this evening.  I’m going to try to tuck the stocking stuffers in the Ts’ stockings this morning while I’m there.

We have snow in the forecast for this weekend, starting tomorrow.  Thursday is our anniversary, and we plan to go over to Historic St. Charles.  We were there a few years back when it snowed … it looked like we were in the middle of a Currier and Ives scene.  I’m hoping for a repeat this year! 

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!
Kathy

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Weekend Wrap-Up




I could just do a repeat of last weekend … they swam, we cheered, I shopped.  Winking smile  Such is the life of the grandparents of swimmers.  But truth be told, I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I just love watching them swim competitively, seeing them win their heats or improve their times.  Red heart

Friday after lunch, we headed up to DD’s to pick up their luggage.  We offered to go check in at the hotel and deposit their luggage in their room before heading to the meet.  On the way up, we stopped at the pottery shop and picked up the ornaments we made the week before.  (Note to self:  make sure to sign and date them next year)IMG_1043(I know that the owl is upside down … his body is angled such that if I turn him around, we won’t see his face.) 

T#2 swam her first 500 free (and placed 2nd! … while a little of that was due to the fact that there weren’t many in her age bracket swimming that event, she really did quite welll for her very first long distance swim) … T#1 swam the 500 free and the 200 IM.  Because all the long-distance events were held Friday evening, it was after 9:30 by the time we left the meet … 10:00 by the time we got to the town where our hotel was (the reviews on the 2 hotels in the town where the meet was held were so awful that we chose to drive 20 minutes for lodging).  By the time we grabbed a bite to eat, it was *late* when we all got to bed. 

As a result, morning came way too soon … warm ups started at 7:00.  And that mean a long day at the pool (at least Saturday’s events finished up by 6:30, not 9:30!).  I did a little shopping from the vendor area … I always buy the kiddos souvenir shirts/hoodies, and I picked up a few swim-related things to put in their stockings.  I wish I had thought to take a picture of my swimmers in their Christmas Classic 2014 hoodies, although with 3 swimmers, someone was almost always in the bullpen or in the pool.  Winking smile

Thankfully we were able to get a good night’s sleep Saturday evening.  We were back in our hotel room at a reasonable time, and Sunday morning’s warm ups started an hour later.  Whew!  Of course, we had to use part of that hour to pack back up and check out before heading to the pool, but even so, everyone was well rested.  The Ts were done swimming by mid afternoon, and we were home by 4:00. 

I was so glad to be able to watch them swim, but I was equally glad to be back home.  I’ve reached the life stage where even the most enjoyable things just plain wear me out.  Winking smile



I took our Christmas cards with us, planning to get them ready to be mailed, but there just wasn’t enough room … plus I spent a fair amount of time keeping T#4 occupied.  I really ought to finish them up today … as well as wrap up our Christmas gifts (I think they’re all here … now to try to search through texts and FB messages to see who gets what and from whom … my dad gives me money to buy gifts for the Ts from him).  But I’d really rather spend the day quilting … other than very brief quilting sessions after dinner last week, I haven’t had time with needle and thread for several days now ... way too long.  I also have the fabric here for T#3’s quilt, but I am not sure that I feel up to prepping and cutting the fabric.  I think I’ll compromise … do some quilting this morning/afternoon and then work on the Christmas cards this evening (usually I’m starting to get tired enough by the time we finish dinner to put away my needle and thread). 

I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought you all would get a chuckle, as I did.  Watch out Aunties

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!
Kathy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We Interrupt This Program …


for this Public Service Announcement (for those of you who are using Blogger for your blogs).

Did you know that Blogger has changed its settings so many of you are requiring your commenters to prove that they’re not robots … even though for years, you didn’t require that?
Please prove you're not a robot

It was a surprise to me when I saw a few bloggers mention it … my first thought was that it wasn’t affecting MY blog because I turned off “word verification” a looooong time ago.  Then I got to thinking … technically this isn’t “word verification” … it’s “number verification” … or proving that we’re not robots.  So I decided to test it on my blog … and sure enough, any of you who’ve been gracious enough to leave comments have had to go through that rigmarole just to leave me a comment.  <sigh>  I searched all over my dashboard for a setting that would allow me to turn it off, and I did a Google search … all to no avail.  Then the light bulb turned on … the bloggers I follow who didn’t require me to prove that I’m not a robot all had one thing in common … they had their comment section located within (at the bottom of) the post as opposed to a pop-up box or a new screen.  I changed my blog settings (to “embedded”) and sure enough!  No more proving that you all aren’t robots!  Open-mouthed smile
Comment location


If you all want to make sure that your readers aren’t required to prove that they’re not robots, just go to your dashboard (www.blogger.com) and click on settings and then click on posts and comments … and change your comment location to “embedded”.  Easy peasy.



I’ve got an unexpected/unplanned day off today.  DD has been working the Scholastic Book Fair, and I’ve been watching the Ts for her.  It gives her a chance to get out and spend some time with other adults, it allows her to buy books – LOTS of books – on the cheap, and it allows me some time with the Ts.  It’s a “win-win-win” situation.  ha!

I suspect that most of you can imagine how I’m going to spend this free day … quilting of course!  Starting right now!  Winking smile


I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!
Kathy

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Weekend Wrap-up (Condensed)


They swam. We cheered. I shopped.

There you have it in a nutshell.

Seriously, it was a crazy busy weekend ... to be followed by perhaps an even crazier busy week (hence the Wrap-up on Monday evening instead of Monday morning).

Friday I spent my day with DD and the Ts. I was enlisted to be a helper on the pottery field trip. Turns out the little ones (the ones I was to supervise/get paint for, etc.) finished up before the two bigger ones ... so I got to do a little painting too. Here's a quick photo of our morning's efforts.



Saturday and Sunday mornings were spent at the swim meet over in West St. Louis county. T#1 dropped times on all but a couple events ... T#2 dropped time on about half her events. I was able to get in a few hours of quilting while we watched the last of the hockey game and It's A Wonderful Life.

Sunday after the meet, DD and I spent the afternoon and a good chunk of the evening together, wrapping up Christmas shopping. Needless to say, I was exhausted when I got home ... it wasn't a Slow Stitching Sunday at achey Nana. ;-)

I'm not sure if there will be a Slow Stitching Any Day this week with as busy as I'm going to be. DD and my dad keep me busy, and I miss my time with needle and thread ... but I can't say that I regret being able to help them out.

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!
Kathy

Friday, December 5, 2014

Finally Friday?

 

It’s been an odd week.  On the one hand, it’s flown by … on the other hand it also feels like it’s been a long week.  Crazy, I know.

 

While I’m waiting for T#3’s fabrics to arrive, I finished piecing together DH’s log cabin top and began the quilting.

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The colors are a little washed out in this photo … I took it as I was quilting Wednesday evening … under artificial lighting.  You can get a better idea of the actual colors here.  I’m thinking that I’ll stop working on this quilt when his fabrics arrive so I can get started on his quilt … but maybe I’ll get in a little quilting in the evenings while watching a movie or hockey with DH. 

 

I think I have success on the new doctor front.  Originally my daughter had recommended a family physician … but when I search the database of providers for my insurance, she wasn’t on the list.  It turns out that I searched for the name she goes by (Becky) where my insurance company lists her by her given name (Mary R.).  Not only is she taking new patients, but she doesn’t require an “establish care” appointment before seeing me for a “real” appointment (my well woman exam and mammogram orders).  Thumbs up 

 

Insomnia is once again trying to become my new BFF.  Annoyed  Even though I was very tired when I went to bed last night, I tossed and turned for what felt like forever … and I was wide awake this morning at 4:00-ish … I tried to fall back asleep, but I gave up after about 20 minutes.  We’re going to have an early morning tomorrow … T#1 and T#2 have a swim meet over in West St. Louis (about an hour away from here), and we’re going to need to be there by 7:00 - AM.  Surprised smile  I suspect it’ll be a very early bedtime tonight.  ha!

 

It looks like it’s going to rain all. day. long … there’s a front stretching from the Kansas-Colorado border to Louisville, KY.  I think it’ll be a perfect day for sitting in my recliner, quilting.  First, however, I need to run to DD’s … she’s asked for a little help with the Ts on the homeschooling group field trip.  I confess she didn’t have to twist my arm to get me to help out.  Red heart  A day that has time with my Ts *and* quilting … pretty close to perfect in my book. 

 

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy.  Have a great day!
Kathy