Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday’s Musings … on Tuesday?

I started this post Monday morning bright and early … but like Doug the dog, I suffer from ADOLAS (Attention Deficit … Oh Look A Squirrel!) and got sidetracked.  The next thing I knew, it was time to head up to DD’s to watch the Ts while DD had a followup with her doctor.  So, here it is Tuesday morning … better late than never, I guess.  Winking smile

I hope you all had a blessed Easter.  Ours was fabulous.  After church, we stopped by the house to change clothes, put together the salad and headed over to DSIL’s parents’ house for our Easter celebration.  First off, the kids hunted for eggs.  T#4 took her egg hunting pretty seriously … when her basket was full, she gathered up the skirt of her dress and tucked eggs into it!  There were 11 of us around the table … it was an enjoyable meal, with good friend and fellowship.  We headed back home early afternoon.  We watched the ball game while I stitched on my Martha Washington’s Flower Garden … I finished up a block and got a start on another.  We had dinner with DD and her family … it was so good to spend the evening with my favorite people.  Red heart

Speaking of my MWFG, I’m not growing weary of my hexies (my original plan was to make a wall hanging, but I love working with them so much that I’m just going to keep going until I’m tired of them), so I’ve cut a bunch of 2 1/2” squares for our trip.  And speaking of our trip, we’re now 3 weeks away!  Friday morning, DH and I were talking about our return trip back … the shortest route is through Atlanta, and DH just isn’t too keen on driving through Atlanta if we can avoid it.  I suggested that we drive back the same way we’ll come down, through Knoxville and Asheville.  Since we’ll be leaving too late to make it back home in one day, the fact that the northern route would add an hour to the drive was not an issue.  I lined up a couple of options for a hotel for that night … when we revisited the return trip yesterday afternoon, all the discounted (AAA and AARP) rates at the hotels we wanted to stay at were gone.  When we finally found a reasonable rate at an acceptable alternative, we booked it immediately.  We usually have a plan of where we’ll stop and what hotel we’ll stay in, but it’s just a plan … we rarely reserve a room.  But since our return is on a holiday weekend and it seems that available rooms at a respectable rate are getting snatched up, we decided to reserve our room now.

My neighbor Lois and I got out for our usual walk yesterday morning … she texted me before we left to see if we ought to go to the Y for our walk as it looked ominous.  I checked the forecast … no rain until 2PM.  So off we went … and of course, rain drops started falling about 2/3 of the way through our walk.  It was just sprinkling, but we didn’t want to risk getting caught in a downpour, so we headed back home.  Of course now the rain has stopped falling … we could have kept walking.  Oh well, a short walk is better than no walk.  And I actually got to work without my winter coat on!  Open-mouthed smile  Lois was unable to walk with me this morning, and I am going to take advantage of the break and get to work on piecing more of my Kiss blocks.

Speaking of my Kiss blocks, I surprised myself by getting 3 blocks pieced yesterday.  It was mid afternoon by the time I got home … I thought I’d start some blocks but would have to finish them today.  But I just made good progress and plugged along until the blocks were finished.  I’m hoping for more good progress today.  I’d really like to get these 42 blocks finished by the end of the week so I can start on DD’s herringbone quilt as promised.  I have 27 Kiss blocks completed, which means I have only 15 more to make … if I can average 3 blocks/day, I could get them done by Sunday.   

Have a terrific Tuesday!


  1. It sounds like Easter was wonderful for you.

    Traveling over holidays is always such a nightmare.

  2. Good morning! Glad you had a nice Easter celebration! And your trip will be here before you know it. Good thing you are all set on hotel rooms now it sounds like. I will be soo anxious to see your quilt once you get all those hexies together. I got my embroidery work done on my quilt yesterday all the while trying to think of what to do in my head. I did look up the quilt pattern you suggested, and they are beautiful and definite possibility of what I might do. I think I am going to take my pieces today and go over to the local quilt store and see if there is anyone there who might have a suggestion or two. I also thought of how easy it would be to put together a darling little pillow with one of the designs. But I REALLY want to do the quilt, so the pillow will only be a back up plan. Enjoy your day Kathy! Hope you get your blocks done!

  3. I am glad your Easter was special!

  4. Your weekend sounds perfect. There is nothing better than good food and good friends and family. And then to get them all on the same weekend is awesome!!

    Sounds like you are really coming along on your quilts. Glad you are getting some time for them.

    3 weeks til your trip!! Exciting!

  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter! Full of family and friends. I hope you are able to accomplish your sewing goals. I always have to have some sort of hand work to take with me, usually a knitting project. I have been bitten by the hexie bug and have my first small project planned. Hope you have a great trip!

  6. So glad you had such an excellent day and then you got so much accomplished on your blocks.
    I am so glad you had such a nice Easter.
    Your trip sounds wonderful. I hope you get to stop at lots of quilt stores. :)
    Have a wonderful day and I hope you get to do lots of quilting.

  7. You sure stay busy, Kathy! I've finally been able to head to the park for long walks, again...I really have missed it. Got in just over 4 miles today in under an hour...tomorrow I'm shooting for 5! Glad you had such a special Easter!

  8. Glad your Easter left you with plenty to share! Excited about your vaca coming up... will you take a machine to the beach or just hexies ? I did that one vaca to the beach (before we moved to it) took my sewing machine and made my very first quilt top! lol Thanks for sharing! Kathi

  9. Sounds like you had a very nice Easter. I'm sure the next three weeks will fly by - I know you are ready for the beach!!! ~Jeanne

  10. I'm glad you had a wonderful Easter, we did too! Hoping that DD's check-up went well and that she is feeling better.

  11. Sounds like a very nice Easter had by all. The 'lil ones are so much fun gathering eggs. You even had time for stitching. Your DD is on the mend? Hope you can blog while on your trip.

  12. You make me tired with all the sewing and quilting. I cannot wait to see them all finished. What talent!

    I thought it was about time for your beach trip.

    Love that your Gran was gathering eggs in the skirt of her dress. How cute!

  13. It's good to finally catch up with you, and what's been going on! I'm glad you and family had a nice Easter.

    I'm sure you're looking forward to your upcoming trip, I would be!

    Happy Quilting:)


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