Friday, September 26, 2008


Wow, I seem to only find time to post on Friday. Wednesday was Izzy's first birthday, and although the party isn't until tomorrow, Kristin made cupcakes and had the immediate family to the house on Wednesday evening for cake. You can see that Izzy had a ball with her first cupcake.

I did finish up her quilt and made a pillowcase to wrap it in. Here's the photo taken by DD Mary (my official photographer)

I'm working on a quilt for Pat to give to a friend at a baby shower on Oct. 11. The appliqued pieces are big and quick to buttonhole stitch. Rod's been out of town since Wednesday AM, but comes home this afternoon. I sure miss him. Have a great weekend.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Where did the week go???

It's Friday, and the whole week is gone. We were without cable and internet service from Sunday until Wednesday night. I felt as though I was cut off from the rest of the world.
Mary and her family spent last week in Disney World in Florida. Here's a photo of them with Mickey and Minnie. (Mary made the shirts - aren't they cool???) They flew back on Monday evening to find a tree uprooted in their yard, but the house was cool and they had electric and cable. However, sometime through the night the power went out and she was without power until Wednesday night. It's tough to keep the kids occupied when there's no power. It really hits home what those stricken by Ike are going through.

I got a lot accomplished this past week. Izzy's Sesame Quilt is ready for quilting. I'll have to post a photo. And I finished the top for Mary's pirate quilt. Also hemmed three pair of pants for DD Pam. And, I finished block #9 for Kristin's Christmas quilt. Hope I can finish up Izzy's quilt this weekend. Have a great one!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Busy Week

Wowser, it's been a busy week. Last Saturday I got a big zero done. Rod decided that we needed to check out the Hobby Lobby store which is nearest to us. So, we took off for Ohio. I needed bandana fabric anyway, and the weather kept us from going to the Harrisburg show. Hobby Lobby was pretty impressive, but the prices were a little higher than I expected. I did find my bandana fabric though. Then Rod stopped at two train shops since we "were already here". He bought a new Steeler car for his collection. Then he treated me to lunch at Quaker Steak and Lube, a really great place for wings. Sunday I watched the Steelers win big. Go Steelers!!

Monday I finished up the neck coolers for Mary, since her family was leaving Tuesday for Disney in Florida. This time at Disney, Bubby actually made it to 11 A.M. before asking to go to Grammy's. I can't believe that I'm more fun than Disney!!! Yesterday my sewing machine was smoking. I finished up buttonhole stitching the pirate appliques for Mary's Christmas quilt, and did another of the Sesame characters for Izzy's quilt. More rain is in the forecast for this weekend, so I'm planning on doing the bandanas on Saturday in the living room while watching college football. Although Rod is talking about going shopping again. Shopping, isn't that supposed to me a woman's desire? The big train show in York is coming up in October, and he has two items he wants to find before then. I found one, now to locate the other. I'll have to post pictures of the train layout soon. Since the Steeler game isn't till evening this Sunday, maybe I can talk him into staying home of Saturday and going shopping on Sunday. Hmmmm!!! Have a great week, and weekend.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Already?

Wow, was this a fast week? Probably because it's a short one and the kids are back in school. And how I miss my Kristina!!! She's my oldest grandaughter, nearly 8 years old and was such a big help this summer. Izzy and Bubby miss her too, you should see how excited they both get when she gets home from school. There's a very special bond between Krissy and I. After Bubby was born, and had so many problems, Krissy stayed with me when everyone else went to the hospital. I was her little bit of consistency, and she kept me from going crazy with worry. When Bubby had his first grand mal seizure on the day of Krissy's kindergarten orientation, her Aunt Tissy took her to orientation while Mary rode to the hospital with Bubby in the ambulance. After orientation, Krissy came back here and together we made her a pillow to take to kindergarten the next day. We have become each other's security blanket -- we give strength to each other, we comfort each other, we are very special to each other. Where is this going? Well, Krissy has more of my quilts than any one, it was her idea to get a new quilt each year for her birthday. This year she picked out cat fabric for her sashings and picked a cat pattern for the blocks. But she really loves the character applique quilts I've been doing for her brother and cousin. Krissy is a great Lion King fan. She has a Lion King collection to rival no others. So, as a surprise, I've decided to do her a Lion King quilt for her birthday. It's a "kitty" quilt -- they're just big kitties. Now I don't know if I should use the Lion King fabric I have for the sashings, or make it a little more grown up by possibly using an African animal print for the sashings and borders. I guess I'll have to think on that one! Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Boo Hoo,

I'm crying. It was such a wonderful weekend, and I'm so sad to see it go. The weather was just perfect -- not too hot, nice breeze, and I did a lot of sewing on the deck. Also watched poor old Pitt lose their season opener on TV. Saturday was our family day, with all the kids and their families here for beer can chicken. Everyone thought dinner was great - everyone but me. Somehow, the potatoes didn't taste right to me, nor did the picnic beans. And the cheesecake seemed to have no flavor. I think I need to find a different recipe. Thank goodness the corn on the cob was good.

Sunday my machine was smoking!!! I got 8 of the 12 blocks for Izzy's quilt buttonhole stitched. I woke up with a nasty headache, and it never left. So my sweet twins came down and cooked dinner for us. Woke up Sunday morning to find that the pond filter had sprung a leak overnight, and my poor fishies were swimming in just a few inches of water. We have an old canoe that still holds water, so Rod filled it and left it sit in the sun all day to eliminate the cholorine and then on Sunday pumped the first load back into the pond. Then he refilled it and left it sit until Monday. He fixed the filter (we hope) but we're not taking any chances and will turn it off at night.

Monday was a really lazy day. Any word you can find for doing nothing would fit this day. Rod and I went to Target shopping, and then to Lowe's, and then he treated me to lunch at Pizza Hut. We love their buffet. We came home, and putzed. We updated the train inventory book, talked, laughed, and did a lot of nothing. I love days like that. Now I'm just sad to see him go back to work. Dinner was simple -Manwiches, and squaw corn made from the leftovers from Saturday, and fresh yellow tomatoes from the garden. Rod did the cooking. Geez, I love a man with special talents. Last night I did get two more blocks for Kristin's quilt cut and ready to sew. I had to do something so that yesterday wasn't a total loss. Have a good week.