Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BAD Sock + Layers of Dust = Tired

My three day weekend was "planned" as a quilting marathon. Why did I plan? I failed to calculate the cost of one very BAD sock. I was up early Saturday morning, showered, made the bed and decided nice soft socks would be perfect for patting the foot pedal of my Kenmore. I had one specific pair of socks in my mind. The closet revealed only one sock.

Three hours later I had a perfectly organized, clean closet and two - nor one - two socks! Why couldn't I simply put the socks on my feet and hit the pedal? Oh, no. Instead I noted the layer of dust residing on the floorboard. And, so the weekend went. Tuesday finds me with a beautifully clean, fresh smelling home but very little sewing to speak of. I did manage to square up the blocks for a baby quilt.
The stripped fabric is the backing and I am thinking cornerstones for the blue sashing (not shown). The beige you see is my living room carpet.

And, I found this in my closet adventure. The cross stitch was from a printed kit I completed many, many years ago when I was still a teenager! Wow, how time flies!
I freed the piece from the closet. This now proudly hangs to remind Each Dawn is a New Beginning! I can start quilting another dawn .... the past three were starters to a clean home!

I also hung these .....
My Friends Swap partner, Lucky -1, Stitch Selection, made the cat hexagons as coasters. I love them way to much to allow anyone to set a glass on them.

My weekend adventures also included reorganizing kitchen cabinets and major furniture moving. Cha Cha spent three days searching for the "safest" place to hide from me, the dreaded vacuum, the horrid dusting spray, the fearful clothes basket and all the other cleaning paraphernalia she is petrified of. During the furniture moving, I picked up a skirted bedroom table to hear a disgusted Meow! Poor Cha Cha! I was unknowingly in the process of relocating her current hiding spot. She was beyond finished with me! She says I need to go back to work! Fast!!!

I went to bed (passed out?) last night beyond tired. Today dawn found me refreshed and ready to start a new day. Hope all of you had a wonderful Memorial Day. HAPPY QUILTING TO ALL!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring Housecleaning! Changes!

Spring - what few days we have in Florida - has arrived! Let me rephrase, we are having an unusual few days of late spring after a couple of weeks of hot, hot, hot! I slept with the window open last night and had to get up in the middle of the night to find a light blanket. Normal people would have simply closed the window. Not me! I love the fresh air.

Nothing creative has happened around here but .... I do have plans. I started a new full time job Thursday. The company provides rentals - tables, serving dishes, chocolate fountains, arbors and so forth - for weddings and special events. There is a companion company (all run from the same office) with inflatables and children's party games. At the moment I am "overwhelmed" learning all the possible rentals. However, this position is going to be fun and rewarding! I am really excited!

I've spent considerable time reorganizing my apartment. You know the old "everything has a place and is in it's place." We will see how long that lasts. Feels so great to have things neat and orderly.

Happy quilting to all!

Monday, May 9, 2011


Wikipedia definition -A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective. Well I thought I had "a plan." I had a pattern (list of steps), free time (timing) and material (resources); and I had an objective (a quilt top) to achieve. Another day ..... the objective will remain the same.

Cha Cha had a better plan. I elected to join her - not on the cutting board - in a nice long nap. Afterwards, I had a Mother's Day supper to attend. That is my excuse for now and I am sticking to it!
This is Cha Cha's second favorite pastime - after napping, that is. She is enjoying having the windows open and sitting in the fresh air. Unfortunately, this is Florida so her pastime will be short lived. Soon - very, very soon - we will have to resort to air conditioning.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers.    
Jewish Proverb

Shortly before Mother's Day 2010, my Mom suffered a stroke. We faced possibility of losing her. Mother's Day was extremely stressful. 

This year Mom is doing great. Thanks be to God! 

She's 8 hours away and I will not get to spend the day with her; however, my love will be with Mom.

All of you who are blessed to spend the day with your Mother hug her, honor her and love her! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Back to Blogging!

I have been away for way too long. There were "issues" that took far too much of my time. I have kept up with reading (and some commenting!) all my blogging friends have shared - in fact doing so was what kept me moving forward. I appreciate ALL of you. I did some clean up on my blog and plan to get back to regular blogging in the next couple of days. Hoping to have things to show you also. Have a wonderful day! Happy quilting!