Friday, March 7, 2014
Is anyone else excited about the time change? I know some don’t like switching to DST because they lose an hour’s sleep … DH is chief among those who complain about it. Yet you know, he doesn’t complain when he loses an hour when we change time zones when traveling … which supports my contention that most of the issues with switching to DST are psychological rather than physical. ;-) Of course, I love DST … I know, I know … it’s dark longer in the morning. But very few of us are outside, certainly not doing anything fun at that time of day … but most of us enjoy being outside in the evenings (well, we will be if it ever warms up) so the extra hour of daylight in the evenings is awesome in my little world!
Speaking of warming up, we're getting a little teaser of some spring-like weather for the next several days. It got up to 58 today! Woo hoo! I was even able to walk over to our next door neighbors without a coat or jacket … and since I have zero tolerance for cold, that is a HUGE deal! And it’s going to get better with a high of 68 on Monday and a high of 69 on Tuesday! Of course, we are going to have a return of cold weather, including snow, on Wednesday. :-o
There’s a quilt show tomorrow in a town about 20 miles to the north … hosted by a quilt guild that meets in a town about 10-15 miles to the north. I’m hoping to not only enjoy beautiful quilts and shopping in their vendor area, but to find out more about this guild. I’ve been looking for a quilt guild to join … I tried a couple (further away than this) but was never able to truly fit in … the one guild was just too big (I was never able to make a connection with anyone) and the other was quite clique-ish.
Yesterday’s mail brought a questionnaire to be filled out and returned to the county jury commission … a certain precursor to receiving a summons to serve. I’ve already served at least a half dozen times … haven’t I fulfilled my obligation? ;-) I admit that I’m concerned about being called to serve during the time when we’re going to be in Hilton Head in May … I’m hoping that if so, I can be excused (I know … it will only be a delay, but as long as we can go to HHI as planned, I’ll be ok). The questionnaire is not due to the commission until March 15, so I intend to wait as long as possible to return it in hopes that I can postpone the inevitable. ha!
When DH and I were in St. Louis at one of the quilt shops last Friday, I saw a quilt puzzle … DH and I had just finished up a puzzle, so I splurged. We started it a few days ago and are making decent progress. Wouldn’t you know that the first section we’re just about to complete is the hexagon part. ;-)
Speaking of quilt shops, it was sunny and pleasant (as mentioned above) today, so I finally got out onto the deck to take a photo of the fabrics I purchased, as promised. The colors still aren’t 100% accurate, but they’re certainly much closer than they were when I tried to take a picture last week. You should be able to click on the picture to see it better.
My “gig” watching the Ts in the morning while DD is working up at the Y is going to be coming to a close at the end of this month. While on paper, it sounded like her working from 5:30AM to 9:00AM, coming home in time to do school, etc. should work just fine, but the reality of the situation is that it just isn’t working for her or her family. It will be a mixed blessing for me … while I won’t mind being able to sleep in (if you can call sleeping until 5:30AM or so sleeping in), I will really miss being a part of their lives every day. :-(
I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1. The expression 'mad as a March hare' originated with a fictional character who is distracted and frantic. When were you last 'mad as a March hare' and what was it that made you that way?
2. Mardi Gras this year falls on Tuesday, March 4th. Have you ever been to Mardi Gras, and if so what did you think? If not, do you have any interest in going? Purple, green, and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras. Which one is most prevalent in your wardrobe? How about in your home?
3. Are you old fashioned?
4. Do you carefully plan your vacations, or do you prefer the days to be more spontaneous?
5. March is National Sauce Month...what's your favorite sauce, and what do you most often top with this sauce?
6. What's something that easily brings a tear to your eye?
7. If you could own any sports team, which one would it be and why?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I’m not sure just how many days into March we need to go before that old saying “in like a lion, out like a lamb” is no longer applicable, but I suspect that the 2nd is still included. And our weather today is very lion-like. The freezing rain and sleet have been coming down for a good 3+ hours … and is forecast to continue for another 3+ hours … at which time, our precipitation will be snow. We’re due for a total of 6-8” of “stuff”, with cold temperatures and strong winds. If that it’s lion-like, I sure don’t know what is. ha! I’m certainly looking forward to some lamb-like weather, that’s for sure!
Needless to say, we won’t be attending the last day of the swim meets scheduled for this weekend. T#1 was to swim 2 events (including the event that he had the best chance to advance to the finals) at the Ozark Division I championships (an hour to the west), and T#2 had 4 events at the YMCA League’s regional championships (and hour and a half to the east). Both meets are still on, but DD and DSIL wisely opted to skip today.
I’d say that today is going to be a good day to stay inside and spend a little time with my needle and thread. I’m making some good progress on my Storm at Sea … I’d like to get it finished before I start on DD’s herringbone quilt, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to make that. The Cardinals game is on TV this afternoon, and the Blues game is on this evening … so I’m set for quilting programming.
These last two weeks have been looooooong weeks here at Chez Nana. DH had to make a trip to the Urgent Care Center two weeks ago, and the physician he saw referred him to a dermatologist … to get a lesion checked … the dreaded word “melanoma” was mentioned. We chose to see a dermatologist at the Barnes Jewish Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis … when melanoma is a possibility, we didn’t want to take any chances. Praise God the report was excellent … the lesion is benign and he doesn’t need any follow-up care. But let me tell you that I’m rethinking my plan of soaking up the sun on our trip to Hilton Head in May!
After we finished up at the dermatologist’s office, we headed to a couple of new-to-me quilt shops in St. Louis. At the first shop, I picked up several pieces of fabric, a few notions and signed up for an applique class and a bus trip to the National Quilt Show in Paducah. At the other shop, I picked up a few more pieces of fabric. I wanted to share a picture of the gorgeous fabric I bought, but we haven’t seen the sun since I got home with them, so the colors are NOWHERE close to true in the pictures I took. Trust me when I say that they’re scrumptious … and if I can remember, I’ll take a picture if/when we ever see the sun again.
We upgraded our cell phones and switched providers yesterday … thanks to a generous offer by DSIL to add us to their “family plan” … even with the buyout to terminate our plan with our old provider, we’re going to save a LOT of money on our cell phone bill. I finally got DH into the 21st century … we both upgraded to the iPhone 5C. No matter how many times I told him that the iPhone is essentially a small iPad with phone capabilities, he’s having a little trouble figuring things out.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching … why not head over to view some delicious eye candy?
Have a blessed Sunday!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I need some help from those of you who are quilters.
My daughter has asked if I would be willing to make her a herringbone quilt. Here’s her inspiration:
DD is wanting to make it from a solid gray and a very soft white. It’s 5” HSTs, so piecing it and then quilting it shouldn’t be inordinately difficult. What I need help with is a good source for solids in a fairly wide array of colors … since I’ll be hand quilting it, I’m looking for cottons that will quilt up easily. Even if you could point me in the direction of a specific line of fabrics, I’d appreciate it.
Thanks ever so much, my friends!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Whatever this bug is, it sure is a strange one. I wake up in the morning feeling like I’ve been run over, I hit a spot in the afternoon where I’m feeling much better, and by dinnertime I once again start to feel like I’ve been run over. I haven’t taken my temperature, but I wonder if I’m running a bit of a fever as I have spells where I’m feeling way too warm … trust me, the only time that happens is if the temperature is about 95 degrees and the A/C isn't on! ha! Thankfully this bug isn’t keeping me from some time with my needle and thread … English paper piecing is fairly mindless, so working with my hexies doesn’t overtax my brain.
Yesterday I managed to finish up the MWFG block I started last week and complete another block. Hand quilting is slow, but it seems speedy when compared to EPP … but there’s something addicting about working with those little pieces of paper.Forgive the poor quality picture … I took that this morning when I was up waaaaay before the crack of dawn. I started a third, but when I sewed together two wrong hexies, ripped out the stitches and then proceeded to sew them back together, I knew that it was time to be done.
I took a break in my stitching yesterday … and spent some time reading some quilting blogs. Reading blogs always runs the risk of chasing a few rabbit trails … yesterday was no exception, but this time it led me to the discovery of a quilt shop in St. Louis that’s a mere 45 minutes away, as opposed to an hour away. Plus, this shop offers classes, a retreat, Friday night sew-ins and bus trips to Quilt Week in Paducah! 45 minutes is a bit of a trip, but it sounds like it might be worth the drive!
Another thing I’ve noticed with this bug is that it’s definitely affecting my sleep … I fall asleep easily enough … I just can’t seem to stay asleep. Friday morning I was up at 3:30, yesterday at 4:30 and today at 4:00. At least I was up in time to watch the gold medal hockey game.
I plan to take it easy again today … and spend some time in my recliner, slow stitching hexies. Hopefully I’ll have a couple more blocks under my belt by the end of the day. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching … if you want to see what everyone else is up to, just click on the button.
Have a blessed Sunday!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
As I mentioned Thursday, we had severe thunderstorms move through the area. Any time we get unseasonably warm temperatures (like the 74 degrees we got Thursday), we know to expect bad weather. And we were not “disappointed” Thursday, although the storms weren’t the culprit this time … it was the strong winds that followed on the heels of the thunderstorms. Places in our area reported winds as high as 60+ mph. Needless to say there was plenty of damage caused by those winds. DD’s neighbor’s freestanding pergola was toppled, landing just inches from one of DD’s landscaping beds. On my drive home yesterday, I saw several trees that had been uprooted. And there was damage here in our neighborhood. One neighbor will need a new roof.
Another will need to have the ceiling fan on their deck repaired/replaced.
I feel that I need to clarify something else I mentioned on Thursday ... I wasn't complaining one little bit about my busyness keeping me from spending time doing what I wanted when I wanted. As much as I love working with needle and thread, it doesn't even begin to come close to bringing me as much joy as spending time with DD and my Ts!! So I gladly give up stitching time in order to have some T-time!
My weekend plans have certainly changed! I had planned to watch the USA men’s hockey team play Sunday morning … instead I’ll be watching them play today … for bronze instead of gold. It’s hard to believe that the Olympics are almost over … I’m already looking forward to the 2016 summer games … all the more because we have swimmers in the family now.
I’m sure that most of you have heard the saying “Sharing is caring” … I’m here to say maybe NOT! At least not when it’s an upper respiratory bug that’s being shared! Thankfully I don’t think I’ve got it quite as severely as DD and the Ts, but even a mild case is no fun. I’m going to take it easy this weekend in hopes that I can keep this just a mild case … and can be back to normal by Monday.
In spite of my puny state, I will be spending my weekend stitching … as much as I’d like to get back to work on my Storm at Sea, I think that basting my hexies is a better choice, given the URI-induced brain fog I’m in. I’ve got 13 Martha Washington’s Flower Garden blocks completed … I plan to set them in a tumbling block setting to make a lap-sized quilt … I have no idea how many blocks I need to do that … maybe next week, I’ll lay 3 blocks out on the floor to get a rough idea how big a block that creates and use it as a rough guide on how many blocks I will need.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I know that many locales lay claim to the saying that if you don't like the current weather, wait a little while and it'll change. It's certainly true here in southwestern Illinois ... we had freezing rain/ice on Monday and on Tuesday we had a high of 60. Today we're going to have more springlike weather ... warmer temperatures and severe thunderstorms (which have just moved in, bringing some small hail with). No worries, though, winter will be back in full force next week, with single-digit lows and some more snow.
Have a great day!