Sunday, December 1, 2013

Jennifer's Quilt--At Long Last

I am not really sure when my friend Jennifer gave me the clothing to make this quilt.  I am fairly certain it was more than a year ago. 

Jennifer wanted me to make a quilt out of her sons' baby clothes.  She had two large storage containers and a black trash bag filled with clothes, blankets, sheets, bibs, booties, etc. 

It was very overwheming at first. 

Once I started looking at the clothes, I had a hard time cutting them up.  They were perfectly serviceable clothes and I was just going to cut them up to use a small piece in a quilt.  SIGH. 

I started with the clothes that had bigger designs.  Those I cut into big squares.  Then the smaller clothes with decals/single designs/appliques were cut out.  I worked out a design of large squares and patchwork squares, then cut the clothes with overall designs to fill in the patchwork squares.

Then came tough part. 

Putting all of these squares together into a quilt. 


I would lay them on the floor in my studio, rearrange them, walk away, look again, rearrange them, walk away....finally I settled on a basic pattern and started the rows.









Next I was ready for borders.  However, I still had a lot of 4" squares left over.  And a bunch of bibs!
So, One solid border and a pieced border later:














 Jennifer wanted these really cute Winnie The Pooh curtains as part of the quilt, so they became the outer borders. 

I then quilted it and here is the finished quilt! 




Now, remember those bibs?  I stitched them onto the back of the quilt.  The backing is made from the boys' blankets.  I also stitched on booties, their infant hats, and the hoods from their towels!



 

Jennifer saw the almost finished project earlier this week, before I finished the binding.  She LOVES it! 
Today, at church, she will get to take it home as it is officially finished! 


WHEW!














Sunday, November 24, 2013

Random Thoughts on this Sunday Morning

I did not get up for church today.

I stayed in bed, sleeping and alternately reading until about 11:30 this morning.  I did not want to get up. 

I am tired all the time, my joints ache, my back and shoulder are sore and I get numbness in my fingers.  I cannot sit for a long period of time without having pain upon arising. 

The holidays are almost here and I find myself wishing for bygone times, when my father was still alive and Christmas meant time spent with him. 

I am working through my piles of ungraded papers, mostly writing assignments (one of the banes of teaching reading and English).  I am making progress, but it is hard to read something a student wrote in pencil and then colored over in purple crayon! 

Time for a little reflection to improve my emotional mood. 

Yesterday was a wonderful day, spent with friends in Memphis.  The original intention was to return a Fitbit Flex that I purchased and found was incompatible with my computer operating system AND my iPad.:(
We each added a return or need before we even reached the Wolfchase Mall. 

We had a great time, laughing and sharing stories, talking about all types of incidents and events in our recent lives.  We all managed to make our returns or visit the stores outside the mall for various needs.  I had the most fun in Target, where I purchased items for the 4 children I am sponsoring from our High School Angel Tree.  These are children in our own little community who need a little help at the holidays.  I love picking out clothing and a toy or book for a child. 

Upon hitting the mall, we split up and Whitney and I wandered to pick out presents for my mother, who needs a few more warmer clothes.  We had a great time at the clearance rack at Penney's!  Since Mom does best with short sleeved tops, we found several at rock bottom prices!  Thanks Whitney. 

We also played in the toy store for a while, where I did pick up a new travel journal for the 'Trip Around the World" planned for next summer.  It is a simple black journal, but one that will work nicely for all the countries we will visit. 

So, other than a few items I plan to purchase through On-line stores, my holiday shopping is finished.  That brings a sense of completion.  The joy of wrapping and giving is yet to come. 

Holidays often make me melancholy, as I remember holidays of the past.  Our celebrations have changed, and I love that our family still gathers, even though the gathering includes different people.  I wish those who are missing from our celebration would concede to join us once in a while. 


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer Vacation??

Yeah, I know, I have not posted in a while. 

I have been busy. 

Very busy. 

School will begin in just a few short weeks.  I have been in the classroom setting up, preparing lesson plans, organizing my materials, attending training sessions, attending meetings, sharing my knowledge with fellow teachers, setting up DonorsChoose projects and Adopt a Classroom projects......you know how it goes.

So, here we are, another summer is over for us teachers.  Everyone always thinks that teachers have it made...work from 8-3, weekends and summers off.

Hardee har har

Those of you who know me know that I spend many extra hours at school each week, preparing and tweaking lessons, grading papers, cleaning up and staying on top of matters.  Recycling is also part of what I do. 

I spend weekends looking for ways to spice up the next week's lessons, or reviewing what has to be repeated because the students need some additional help. 

I spend ONE month...June, doing what I like in the summer, then it is back to the books.  This year I have new standards and a new reading series to keep me occupied. 

So, I currently have 3 DonorsChoose projects set up, they are available if anyone wants to check them out here:   www.donorschoose.org/carrabba

I also discovered that Adopt a Classroom has a project page now.  I set up my first project:  http://www.adoptaclassroom.org/classroomdonation/results_teacher.aspx?ClassroomID=99141&schoolID=21133#

So, if you are interested in making a donation to education, or know someone (or a big organization!!), pass the word along.  Or as we said a few years ago:  Can you spare the cost of a cup of coffee? 


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Vacation Days 26 through 45

Yes, it has been too long since I updated my life here.  I have no truly good reason, other than a bit of laziness and a lot of busyness!!!

Every day I have managed to accomplish a much needed task here at home.  So, this blog will be a simple rundown of what has occurred as opposed to a day by day description.

On Tuesday, Marilyn, Janice and I typically meet to quilt and talk.  It is always great fun and followed by lunch and other errands. We have met twice since I last wrote.  I managed to finish all of the Car Club placemats that will be used as door prizes next year.  I also finished two sets of placemats that will stay here, one set for myself and one for my mother in law. Here are mine on the dining room table.

I have also finished a number of clothing repairs and some left over bibs from last year's craft show.  It is nice to cross items off of my quilt 'to do' list!  (it is very long!!!)  I have also spent some time cutting out rectangles for a really nice log cabin quilt variation.  I bought the quilt kit at least 3 years ago at the Paducah Quilt show.

During the week of the 18th, Whitney and I attended Energy Camp!  It is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Energy and Conservation.  It cost us nothing to attend!  (free is always good).  We went to Pickwick Landing State Park and stayed at the Inn there. 
During Energy Camp, we learned all about how to teach and present energy science to classes.  Since I teach Reading, I was interested in locating reading resources and discovering ways to 'spark' their interest in their reading.  Since Energy is part of everyone's life, it is a 'real world' experience for the students to read about.  We spent 4 days conducting experiments, playing  energy games, sharing ideas and learning.  I was pleased that I was able to answer a number of energy related questions, even though I do not actually teach the subject!  I guess the wizard did give me a brain! 
Thursday of that week, we had our field trip, we went to the natural gas powered plant in Brownsville TN. 

We had the opportunity to tour the facility, learn how the natural gas is used to create electricity that is used throughout this region.  We also visited the Cowan House in Atwood, TN.  It is a house that was built to be completely Solar Powered.  They actually 'sell' electricity back to the TVA every year.  They have no electric bills at all as their panels create enough electricity to power everything they need.
 There are two houses, one is larger than the other and a bit more elaborate.  It is amazing that their homes  can be completely sustained by the sun!
Our last day was spent watching a fun skit performed by other teachers and then using our $400 mini grant to purchase supplies for our classrooms.  Whitney and I combined our money; we managed to purchase a number of magazines and books as well as some fantastic Science supplies, experiments and models.  This will be a fun lesson to teach!

Since my return from Energy Camp, I have spent one day each week tackling a cleaning project here in the house.  Since Vince and I tend to clutter up any flat surface, our countertop, desk, couches and chairs tend to gather items.  The wooden countertop was the first surface to be attacked and I am pleased to report that even now, over a week later, it is still clear!
The Kitchen has clear counters every night and after each meal as well.  

I tackled the desk area as well, I had a pile of papers to file that dated back 6 months!  YIKES!!  So, now that area is clear, the desk is clear (Except for the new teachers books I just brought home this week) I can actually work at my desk without having to move a pile to the floor.  

The upstairs couches and chairs are also clear.  They tend to gather items that are going somewhere else, like the garage or to my vehicle.  Also, we tend to put our bags down when we come home and they stay there.  
In fact, when Vince returned from his work shift, he put his bags on the clean wooden counter and I told him he needed to empty it out and put it away!  He did!  

I have taken out the recycling, moved items to the garage and sorted out those items, and I have managed to sell a number of unwanted items from the house.   I finished my Thank you notes to my friends and family who attended Rob and Isabel's party in NJ. 

I have also repaired the bathroom ceiling (water leak several years ago left the joint tape hanging down in two places).  Vince wanted to leave it alone as he plans to sand the texture off the ceiling and repaint it, after he finishes the master bedroom closet and bathroom renovations.  sigh.  I did not want to live with that mess any longer, so I repaired the mess and painted it over with Kilz.  It looks so much better and I feel GREAT! 

My new quilt hanger as arrived and Whitney will be over the end of this week to help me hang it.  It will cover the unsightly window area in the great room.  (another project yet started and unfinished).  

Vince has completed the next stage of the extension, we are waiting on the Airconditioning/Heating technicians to install that unit and the duct work, then he can have the sheetrock hung.  YAY!  

Did I mention we finally purchased new living room furniture?  YES!  The old blue couches that were sagging and had no support (Sort of like sitting in a hole) are gone, gifted away to a young mother to be.  I now am the proud owner of a lovely chocolate brown sectional, with a chaise on one side for Vince to lie on and another extended area for me.  It is soft yet supportive and wonderful!  
I have not truly tackled the bathroom floor yet.  I laid the tiles down to see if I liked it and I DO!  Next is finding center and getting them glued down.  

I have visited my classroom a few times (I know, it is too early!!), just to think.  I asked my principal if I could move my recycling station out of my classroom and into the workroom to make more room in my classroom and he agreed.  Monday, I moved my shelving units into the workroom and set up some collection boxes.  I made a sign to provide some instruction to others as the last issue I need is a mess in there!  

Monday, I also had the opportunity to play with some of my new reading series components!  What fun!  I am excited about beginning the lesson plans.  Since it is now officially July, I can begin working on school matters.  

Today, however, I am having lunch with my dear Graduate School Chum, Cherie.  We have an annual luncheon to catch up on our lives.  Having spent nearly every day together during our Master program, it is amazing we can only manage to get together once a year!

Luckily, we are both attending next week's Common Core training in Savannah.  More learning, more fun! 


 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer Vacation Days 25 to 30

It has been a very busy week!  Mostly I sewed!  Tuesday morning, Janice and Marilyn came over to sit and stitch.  We laughed, chatted and sewed.  It was wonderful fun.

I had intended to work on Jennifer's quilt, but that kept me in a separate room, so I opted to sit in the big room and cut out another quilt.  3 years ago, I attended the Paducah Quilt show and purchased this really fabulous quilt kit.  Well, I finally started cutting it out.  It is a variation on a log cabin block but there are 4 different block styles so there is a lot of measuring and cutting of different sized strips.  I managed to cut up 4 fabrics for their blocks, out of 10 fabrics.  I guess I have some work to do.


Jennifer's quilt blocks


After quilting, we ventured out for lunch, then up to Jackson so I could pick up the Car Club T-shirts and show photos from Murry.  We stopped at the local quilt shop, It's Sew Easy, and Marilyn was hooked!  She purchased fabric for a bed runner she wants to make and that will be her first quilted item.  I found some fantastic fabric featuring Singer treadle machines that I will use to cover my new "ironing board".
Janice found a wonderful batik that has many bright colors, and will be perfect for her T-shirt quilt.





new ironing board fabric!

Off we went to Lowes, where Janice finished designing and organizing the new wooden floors for her house.  I finally picked out tile for the downstairs bathroom.  It was tough loading it into my truck.  Fortunately, I had the Lowes employee AND the kindness of another gentleman who just happened to be walking by.

Bathroom Floor Tiles

Wednesday and Thursday, I spent more time working on Jennifer's quilt.  The blocks became rows, and the rows became a central square. 

Jennifer's quilt without borders








 Friday, Marilyn came over again, I had the initial borders already on Jennifer's quilt, and since Marilyn was working on her first quilt, I sat in the big room again so I could help her out.  While she was working on a step, I stitched some placemats intended to be door prizes at next year's Bunny Run Car Show.  These placemats have been cut out and partially completed since last year.  It is just one more task I want to accomplish this summer.  I now have 5 sets finished.  Only 3 more sets left that are cut and unfinished. 








Jennifer's quilt with two borders.  One more to go!





Bunny Run Car Show placemats













Earlier this week, Terracycle had sent me two emails offering an additional 100 points each.  I only had to provide photos of my collection stations for the Beauty Brigade and the Candy Wrapper Brigade.  Well, since school is long over, my collection stations are very dismantled.  I had to get creative! I actually created two short movies using photos I took.  Here are just two of them.  
















Saturday, I had to meet two buyers in town, so I decided it would be a good day to stop by my classroom to see how all was.  When I approached the school, I could see piles of furniture in the hall ways.  I figured they were still cleaning.  I entered anyway and found that several of the rooms in our hall are cleaned and the floors waxed, not all and not the hallway.  My room is done.  SO, I spent a little time contemplating placement of the shelves and my work station.  I will need the handtruck to move furniture around!  Since I have a filing cabinet to move in, I decided to wait and take care of all of that at the same time. 

Upon arrival home, I continued to work on the placemats and Jennifer's quilt. 

Two other items I accomplished are to get Vince to rehang some framed photos: 












And this darling I picked up at Goodwill, it just caught my eye..a black wire wall hanging.  I did not initially know what I was doing with it, but then realized the little rings would work very well to hold photos.  Thus it now hangs on the wall in my small studio, holding photos of my friends and family!







I am sure there are many other small activities I have left out, but here are the highlights!
Next week:  Off to Energy Camp with Whitney and possibly a quilt retreat!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Vacation Days 21 to 24

Well, it has been a very busy few days!  Once again, I neglected to post daily since Friday, so I have to give you a jumbled mix of this weekend's activities. 
Actually, I am a bit surprised that it is Tuesday evening already.  Once again, I feel as if I have accomplished very little over the past few days.  Let us see what has occurred.

I picked up my vacuum from the repair shop again.  It is working much better.  The problem is a design flaw, so I have to live with it until it fails again then we will spend the extra money on a more permanent fix.  It does work quite well, and I was finally able to vacuum all of the carpets in the house.  Thankfully, we have wooden floors in about half the house (the part we spend most time in) and that is easily swept with my nifty straw broom.  Did I tell you that the broom was hand made here in Selmer Tennessee?  Hockaday brooms (http://hhbrooms.com/) has a broom corn festival every year and they demonstrate the making of these brooms.  I went last September and purchased my kitchen broom.  It is marvelous! 

 Saturday, Janice and I had our joint yard sale.  As always, she has more stuff to sell than I ever will.  I did very well for my collected items.  I sold more than half of what I brought there and thanks to a new facebook page for selling items locally, I have sold several more.  Mom and I plan to go to Jackson to trade in our books, possibly next week.  My garage is quite neat now, but still full of boxes.  In fact, I brought home several boxes of items. 

Janice had these really nice die cast metal cars and trucks that Vince and I  bought to use as door prizes for the Bunny Run Car Show in April.  As members of the club, we are responsible for contributing 10 door prizes each year.  Last year we brought in fishing lures.  They were not such a big hit.  Usually I make car related fabric placemats, but did not have time to finish those before the show.  However, for the next three years or more, we are set.  The cars and the placemats I plan to finish this summer will keep our door prize commitment met. 

I also brought home an antique wash stand. It needs a really good cleaning, but it is a very nifty addition.  Right now, I have my large pasta bowl in it.  I thought it added to its character!  
I also brought home several boxes of picture frames that Janice was going to take to the dump as they had not sold.  I rescued them, brought them home and will get those up for sale within the next two weeks. 

I worked  a little on Jennifer's baby quilt.  I have all of the small pieces sewn into 9.5 inch squares and managed to complete one entire row!  

Today, Janice, Marilyn and I had or sewing/quilting time this morning.  Janice was cutting out another quilt top and while I intended to work on Jennifer's quilt, I felt rude sitting at my machine in the adjacent room while she sat in the big room.  So, I pulled out a quilt kit I had purchased several years ago and began cutting that new quilt out.  (it is on the list of projects!!)  So, we all sat around my studio, cutting and sewing and chatting! 

We then took a field trip to Jackson (after lunch of course!).  I met up with Sherry to sell her an old sewing box that I had
Then I stopped at Serra of Jackson to pick up the Bunny Run Car Show photos and some additional T-Shirts for the quilt I am making for next year's show. 

Our journey took us to the quilt store where Marilyn was hooked!  She loved the fabric there and purchased items to make her first quilt.  We will work on that later this week.  I purchased some nifty fabric with treadle machines on it.  I plan to use it to cover my new ironing board (which was originally a table, and now serves as my 'big board' ironing board). 

We also stopped at Lowes where I purchased tiles for the downstairs bathroom floor.  Since we had the septic backup a few months ago, the floor has been just concrete.  The only task to complete in that room is the floor.  SO, Mom and I plan to work on that this weekend.  Vince will only be needed to either teach me how to use the tile saw or cut the tiles himself! 

Well that wraps up the past few days!

I am enjoying the journey!



Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Vacation Days 19 and 20

I just commented to my mother in law that I have not done anything the past two days.  She said I did a lot.  Let us see: 

I picked up my dry cleaning and dropped off a tie of Vince's that has a drool stain on it. 
I picked up my prescription.
I sold two books on half.com and dropped those off at the post office.
I renewed the registration for Vince's Pontiac at the county clerk's office.
I took the plastic recycling to the dump, picked up the bag of chip bags they collected for me and snagged a cork out of a wine bottle in the glass recycling container as well as a couple of egg cartons from the plastic container!
I had lunch with Whitney in town, since I only ate half of my Subway sandwich, I saved the other half for dinner, then left it in my car overnight.  So that was tossed in the trash! ewwww IT WAS YUCKY!
I also cleaned out the pantry.  Boy was that a chore!  I managed to eliminate some Tupperware containers in favor of canning jars.  Thus I added more items to yard sale pile for Saturday.  I also found that I have 9 brand new Yankee Candle Jars in the pantry. 
I joined a new Facebook group here in town which is aimed at giving items away for free.  Freecycle is not very active here.  I have found homes for the box full of Cardboard shipping tubes, all of my old candles (not the ones in jars) and the extra glassware left over from the anniversary party. 
I uploaded the anniversary photos to Shutterfly and ordered some copies for friends and family. 
I cleaned out my fabric stash, sorting out small fabric pieces for my dear friend Debbie's postage stamp quilt.  I also managed to put together two bags of fabric for a charity quilter in Memphis whom I will meet up with in the coming weeks.
Tomorrow is the yard sale, and I know that I am more than ready to part with these items in my garage!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Vacation Days 13-18

Vince and I have just returned from New Jersey and a TON of memories!

We drove to NJ, taking Sal's four wheeler back to him.  We have had that in our shed for several years now, and we are glad for the space that is now available.

The trip was fairly uneventful, we take two days, as the drive is long (over 16 hours of actual drive time).

New Jersey was just as I remember it, congested roads, huge houses (called McMansions for some reason), many people from New York that now call NJ home.  It also held many memories of school days, friends, old homesteads, favorite hangouts.

We spent Saturday at the Englishtown Auction.   It is not really an auction, but a flea market, but it has always been called the Englishtown Auction.  It was basically as we remembered it, loads of people selling all types of items.  A lot of brand new items, but the more interesting tables were those who were selling items from their homes.  Love to look through those stands!

We had lunch with my dear friend Kathy and her mother at a local Chinese food restaurant, food was great, company was better! 

We tried to get onto the beach at Seaside Park, but did not want to pay for a day pass at 3:30 in the afternoon, especially since we just wanted a walk, and the cost was $10 per person!  YIKES.  If we were spending the day, it would have been a different matter.  We did get to see the ocean and loads of dunes.  Our time was short due to preparations for the Anniversary Party.

Saturday, Rob and Isabel also arrived in NJ, we met up with them for dinner at Cranbury Pizza in Cranbury NJ.  Great pizza, just what you would want in NJ.  We ate outside and enjoyed the scenery of historic Cranbury.







Sunday, we arose early to attend services at the Cranbury Methodist Church. The service was fantastic, and Brother Ron showed great passion not only for God, but also for his congregation and life.  Communion was served on Sunday, and Bro. Ron encouraged everyone to take as much bread as they wanted to.  (I know you are with me here!)  So, when I stepped up, I said to Vince "Watch this".  I reached out and took the entire half loaf that Bro. Ron was holding and began to walk away!~  The look on his face was priceless and well worth the effort!  We all laughed and I returned the bread, took my portion and proceeded with the service.  When the service was over, Bro. Ron asked our names and invited us to their church picnic, as long as we did not eat all the food!  I believe they will remember us for a while.

The Anniversary Party was held in the Knights of Columbus hall.  I remember going there as a child for summer events with the Knights.  We had anniversary and birthday parties there as well.  The original building was torn down when the new road was built, and the new K of C hall is where we had Rob and Isabel's anniversary party.


 Everyone had a great time!  We laughed most of the time away.  I had collected some photos of us as younger people, and everyone had a chance to share those and laugh at ourselves.  It was crazy fun!


 Robert and Isabel finally received their wedding quilt.  It took me 2 years to get it finished!  I used the double wedding ring pattern, the rings are dark blue and white with an off white background.  I like how the white rings appear translucent. 








 My friend Eva's daughter, Torri is graduating from High School this year, and I made her a graduation quilt.  Her favorite color is turquoise, thus the color scheme.  When I give quilts, I fold them with the backing showing and tie them with a ribbon.  She loved the backing fabric, and did not realize there was another side!  She was even more excited once she opened it. 




 A number of my cousins were able to attend the party.  These are the cousins on the Christ side of the family.  It has been many years since I have seen them, and many years since some of them have seen each other!  After I gave Rob and Isabel their quilt, little Madison (front center) told me that she had wanted a present from the table, too.  I had to explain that those were presents for Rob and Isabel.  She was insistent that she get a present, so I resorted to telling her that she had to get married first. She was good with that!

Here are the girls!  My dearest friends and family.  This photo shows friends from high school and college, my sister and myself, my cousins.  We all had such a wonderful time that we decided that we should celebrate Rob and Isabel's anniversary every year in a different location. 

Right now, I am thinking Tennessee for next summer!  Perhaps a trip to Memphis along with the party? 









Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Vacation Days 11 and 12

Two rather slow days!! 
I am having difficulty recalling exactly how I spent the past two days!

Torri's quilt is now quilted, bound and labeled!  Rob and Isabel's quilt is also labeled.  All are wrapped and packed and ready to go! 

Today, I spent time with my friend Whitney.  Her significant other just left with the 251st for a one year tour in Afghanistan.  Please pray for all of those men and women, that they will be safe. 

We had lunch, and did a little shopping.  Through the wonderful assistance of the man in blue at Best Buy, I found exactly what I needed to complete the photo DVD.  Of course Whitney was a big help in getting his attention!  I also did a bit of research at Lowes for our new shower stall.  We want to take the jacuzzi tub out of the master bathroom and replace it with an oversized shower. 

I have some great information and will be putting together some estimates when I get back next week. 

When I returned home, I finished the photo DVD and it was a success.  Whew! Glad to have that completed. 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Vacation Day 10

Memorial day.  A day to remember all of our heroes, mostly those fallen, but also to remember those who are still serving.  A prayer, a thank you, a hand shake, a smile.  Sometimes that is all that is needed to bring light to another's life, regardless of their situation. 
We have what we have because of what these military men and women are doing to protect our country.  For this, I am extremely thankful. 

On Monday, I worked....I finally sold this large dresser that was in the Guest Room (Now Mom's room):  


 I had to maneuver it out of the house basically on my own, with a little assistance from Mom, my dad's old Army blanket and a hand truck!  Here it stands out side the house awaiting its new owner. 


Then I moved the new dresser in using the same creative techniques! 







Additionally, I found this great Facebook site called Henderson TN Closet Shoppers Only!  I have managed to sell Mom's new But unwanted iPad case and her old toaster! 

I have some nibbles on a few other items I have posted there, and later this week, will be posting more.  It is fast, easy and fun! 


Yesterday I attempted to burn a DVD of photos of Rob and Isabel's wedding to show at the NJ party.  I have the right software in my computer, but unfortunately,not the correct type of DVD's here!  ERGH!!!

I started to put the music together, but got frustrated with the DVD situation and now just have a pile of CD's on my desk. 

Additionally, I have 3/4 of Torri's quilt quilted, the binding is pressed and ready to cut. 

Today, I plan to get the labels finished and the quilting finished. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Vacation Days Eight and Nine

Well, a lazy weekend is drawing to a close.

I was unable to sleep on Friday night, so on Saturday, I was functioning on 4 hours sleep.  Therefore, I accomplished very little that day!

The dresser I listed on Craigslist has sold, the guy is picking it up tomorrow.  Mom and I cleaned out her dresser that is currently in the "storage unit", which is actually a portion of Vince's workshop.  She identified several items she can part with.  Tomorrow we will switch out the dressers.

One of the items Mom was willing to sell was a 4 slice toaster.  That sold today!  I belong to a Facebook group that sells items.  I listed a number of items, and so far only the toaster has found a new home.

I washed all the little rocks that I am using in the centerpieces for Rob & Isabel's party,  then I located the 5 gallon pail of the remainder (in the garden shed , covered with cobwebs and dust) of these little rocks and used them to fill the hole in our driveway.

Mom and I sorted the yard sale items in the garage, so that after we return from NJ, I will not have much to do to get ready for the yard sale.  That is scheduled for June 8th.

I finished 3/4 of the quilting on Torri's quilt.  I just have the borders and the free spaces to quilt.  I should have it ready to bind by tomorrow.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Vacation Day Seven

Wow, I cannot believe I have been out of school for a week already!


  
Today is Friday, and I keep having to remind myself of that!  I am also having a hard time recalling what I managed to accomplish today!  (Just kidding!!)

I slept in (until 8:00)!  Janice and I went to the big city of Jackson today.





My vacuum is a bit ill, so I dropped it off to be repaired, then we ventured up to Hancock Fabrics so that Janice could purchase some fabrics for a quilt she is making.  



 Then we had lunch at Los Portales (the one in Jackson, not the one in Henderson!)  and ventured into Lowes so that I could purchase some paint to cover an area on the wall where Vince missed when he painted last.

We did not have the original paint can and I had previously picked up paint strips to see if I could match the color.  Today was the first attempt at seeing if we chose correctly.  I purchased a sample of that paint, some ceiling paint (as yet another project) and 4 water lily plants for the pond.



When I arrived home, Mom and I threw the lily plants into the pond, I painted the wall (the paint is a really good match!), ordered epiphytes for Rob and Isabel's party, completed two lines of quilting on Torri's Quilt, sorted through some old photographs (anyone have a use for those unwanted ones???), listed a few items on Freecycle, listed a dresser for sale on Craigslist, and started dinner.

It was not as productive a day as I usually have.  However, I had a great time with Janice, had a long chat with my cousin Kathleen and played with  my dogs.