Friday, June 15, 2018

N.S. Quilt - Coming Together

So, I've been working on the back for the quilt for N.S.  I'm using up a lot of my leftover flannel.  I think it looks pretty cute.  I think I'll go ahead and use batting -- I'll have to use scraps for that, but once it's quilted you can't tell.

I've got it pinned and ready to quilt.  This weekend. Hopefully.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Baby, I'm Finally Done

Finally, finished the baby clothes quilt.  Hooray!  I think I was working on it for almost two years (I need to check when I first got the clothes).

I finished it on Wednesday night so I didn't get any outside pictures.  Here's a picture of it in use --

and the back too.

Here's the binding I used for it -- baseball-ish.  I think either a red or yellow would have been optimal, but wanted to finish so I went with what I had.  Maybe not my best decision, but it's done.

I made the binding 2.5 inches wide (rather than the normal 2.25); but when I sewed it to the quilt, I sewed the seam at .5 rather than .25.  I ended up trimming the edge of the quilt so the binding could fold over properly, and then I just enough thread to finish it.

In My Life ...

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
(lyrics by Lennon & McCartney)


I spoke earlier today with a friend that I met last summer in Eagle Harbor.  She and her husband were at the Lake Breeze when we were and we hit it off.  Kindred spirits right from the start.  She called to see if we were going to Eagle Harbor this summer; and, if we were, they were going to try and come up when we were there.

Unfortunately, it isn't in the plans this year, what with the job change and all that.  But maybe next year or in the fall or sometime. It was great to re-connect and I hope we can get together the next time we are there.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Update / June Goals

So, without even looking at what my goals were this month, I know I didn't get very far, but here's the list anyway ...

1. Finish baby clothes quilt - not finished -- though it is quilted and ready for binding.

2. Send birthday cards to my sister and CS -- got 50% of this done (missed sending a card to my sister).

3. Delete Angry Birds (target date 5/15) - Done. 

4. Sew more / watch less TV - not an easily quantifiable goal.  I guess I need to be more specific.

5. Run at least one morning / week - total bust. (To be fair we had a lot of stuff going on and I don't feel guilty at all.)

Now for June:

1. FINISH baby clothes quilt.
2. Sew 4 out of 7 days each week.
3. Walk/exercise 15 minutes each day.

I also want to try and get NS's quilt done.  We'll see how that works -- I need to get batting and backing -- though for the backing I may use some that I already have -- and since they live in Arizona I may not want to add batting to keep the quilt thinner and more usable.

Guess that's all I'm going to aim for.  If things are looking up by mid-month, I may decide to add more goals.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

After spending Sunday at the races, we went to Livermore to see some WWII planes on display.  It wasn't as cool as it was last time, but that might have been the weather (very hot 95 degrees) ...

We went through one of the planes

 My attempt at an artsy photo.

Me and my husband in front of the propeller (I really need to practice posing).

A MASH era jeep ...

and a WWII jeep.

After viewing the planes, we went to Cuda Ridge for a wine tasting .. then a late lunch at Sauced.  All in all, a very nice day ...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Day at the Races

So today, after church we went with my YD and SIL to Golden Gate Fields for $1 day.  Admission was $1/each and you could get tokens for hotdogs, beer, sodas, and mimosas, all for $1.

Me, sipping my mimosa (actually I think I was just posing for the selfie)  .. and my YD ...

and the horses .. we stayed through 7 races, won a little money -- mostly lost, but it was fun!

It was a beautiful day and a great distraction from the drama of my life ..

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Happy Birthday, C.S.!!

So today my #3 grandson turns 6.  So hard to believe he's that old already.  Here's his school picture.

and here are some much older pics of him.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Rachel!

Happy Birthday to my big sister!  Here's a picture of us -- I'm the grumpy one with the baby doll...

here's a more recent picture of her with our cousin Steve ...

Anyway .. hope she's having a great day!

Broken Legs and Rehab

My father fell and broke his leg over a week ago.  Since he was suddenly not able to walk, and we were not able to care for him, we had to have him go to a facility for rehab.

Although I'm sure he's not happy about it, it's definitely where he needs to be -- for both him and us.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

April/May Goals - The List Update

First the April wrap-up .. I think my goal achievement for April was almost a total bust.  The only thing I actually did was #5, making burp cloths for my grandaughter.

Oh, I actually made hot cross buns -- that might count as a bread ... of course, that may have been in March.

I actually liked all my April goals, but I'm guessing it's either too many things or I just don't care about any of it as much as I thought.

So for May:

1. Finish baby clothes quilt
2. Send birthday cards to my sister and Cooper (henceforth CS)
3. Delete Angry Birds (target date 5/15)
4. Sew more / watch less TV

and for something new this month ...

5. Run at least one morning / week

As for the List, here are a few I'd like to get to work on:

Knit blanket for grandchild #5
Make a dessert souffle
Work on decluttering
Make a new soup
Make a new bread
Go to a minor/major league baseball game (doing that this Sunday!)
Make pillowcases for me
Take a Saturday morning walk
Go the movies with my husband

None of these is/are difficult or wacky, I just need to remember I want to do them (and then actually do them).  Wish me luck ...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Newest Grandbaby .. a GIRL!!!

Welcome Eve Olivia .. she was born on March 17 to my OS and his wife.  I've been reluctant to post pictures (hence the very long delay).  I babysat this past Saturday for the first time.  She was great -- I think she ended up staying up too much that night -- I probably ruined her sleep patterns or something.  Anyway, it'll be fun to start getting all the little frilly things ..

There's a reason for the delay in getting things which I'll write more about later, when things are resolved.

N.S. Quilt - Coming Together

So, I've been working on the back for the quilt for N.S.  I'm using up a lot of my leftover flannel.  I think it looks pretty c...