Saturday, July 25, 2009


Five good things today ...

1 -- had a good office party! WOW!

2 -- went to Marina, California, to a DiMaggio family picnic.

3 -- good food

4 -- working on the quilt .. looking good

5 -- yoga

I'm feeling good now except a slight headache.

and then some. Talked with the daughter, talked with the father

Thursday, July 23, 2009


I apologize for being political but I am tired of trillions being thrown around like it's nothing. It reminds me of when we first moved out here and someone told us about a house that was being sold and was such a great deal, only $600,000. It was and is obscene. But those numbers, like the deficit numbers are thrown around like they aren't huge numbers.

I hate it. All the money, all the politics, all the posturing, all the lying.

Okay, so my sister said to think of happy things ... so here goes

1 - I got a lot done on my quilt today -- need to do more tomorrow, but that will come. I want to finish the top before Saturday, which means I need to buy the border and binding .. and then I need to buy the backing. I think I'll use yellow flannel ... I hope she likes it.

2 - I had coffee with a dear friend today

3 - I didn't work today

4 - my feet are finally warm

5 - the cat didn't attack me today

6 - I returned the pants to Walmart

7 - I had a baked potato for dinner

8 - watched the Office and 30 Rock

Things are good and I had a lot of happy times today. Actually, other than listening to the political stuff around the house today, everything is good. Maybe I should be worried ...


I decided I wanted to know just how a big a trillion is, since that number is thrown around an awful lot these days ... so here we go. I copied this from someone else, another website ... Katie maybe you can show me how to had a link so I don't plagiarize ...

A million seconds is 13 days.
A billion seconds is 31 years.
A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.

A million minutes ago was – 1 year, 329 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes ago.
A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.

A million hours ago was in 1885.
A billion hours ago man had not yet walked on earth.

A million dollars ago was five (5) seconds ago at the U.S. Treasury.
A billion dollars ago was late yesterday afternoon at the U.S. Treasury.

The country has not existed for a trillion seconds.
Western civilization has not been around a trillion seconds.
One trillion seconds ago – 31,688 years – Neanderthals stalked the plains of Europe.

Days off

I took yesterday and today off (it's Thursday morning now so I have to talk like this). I took the days off just because. I didn't have anything I needed to do or anywhere I needed to be.

It's been nice. Ran some errands. Did some stuff that needed to be done (washed two cars ...). And basically, just hung out. I didn't go to the gym and I ate too much junk. But otherwise a good day. I worked on Kelly's birthday present which I'd really like to finish up tomorrow, at least well enough to get some help with it on Saturday - or next weekend at the latest.

It's hard to believe there was a time when I didn't go to work every day .. I can't even remember what it was like, it was so long ago. Yeah, I had five kids at home so it wasn't relaxing, but still ... makes me look forward to retirement, if that day will ever come.

when I finish Kelly's quilt I'll take pictures, but I won't post them until after I give it to her. I think I'm making too many squares so I'll probably end up having two quilts instead of one. I'm thinking with the leftovers that I'll make a small quilt to hang over my work area... She doesn't read this so there's no fear of her finding out about it ahead of time. I hope she like it. I was cutting the pieces when she was home last and she didn't ask about them ... I think she had other things on her mind.

Here's to having a productive day tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

self-control .. self-discipline

self-control -- control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.

self-discipline -- discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement:

Soooo, I don't have enough of either of those. They both seem so restrictive but I know that the result is good. If I could exert self control when it comes to eating -- particularly things like cake and cupcakes and other sweets -- I would have lost the weight I want to already. If I had the self discipline to exercise the way I would like, I would be in the shape I want to be. But I don't use enough of either of these. It all comes back to, why do I do the things I don't want to and not do the things I want.

I've been thinking about these two things a lot today. Actually helped me to go to the gym tonight. I think the self-control thing is harder .. oh, I don't know, they are both hard.

On another note, the cats were outside tonight and spooky was acting weird, running after something ... she found a skunk earlier this summer so I looked outside to see what she was running after and there were two raccoons sitting on the fence. If I'd been on the ball I'd have taken a picture, but I've heard nightmare stories of raccoons killing dogs so I ran out to scare them away and to get the cats in. They both came in right away so I think they may have been scared too. However, the raccoons were really cute!

Happy Birthday, Mikey!!

Mikey turned one yesterday. Can't believe it's been a year already. Here's a picture his mom and dad sent me.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

another quilt

I'm working on yet another quilt. a jelly roll quilt, sort of. I didn't have a jelly roll so I'm using 40 strips.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thursday's thoughts

Well, it's Thursday again. Why do I waste so much time? I wanted to get up this morning and exercise -- well last night that was the tentative plan. This morning rolled around and I rolled over. I know I need to do it, but I just can't motivate myself out of bed. Ugh. Why do I avoid doing the things that I want to do??

Oh, well. Time to get up and get ready for work.

Here's the quilt I finished. Starting a new one tomorrow or Saturday ... or soon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


So this weekend, we went to Cuda Ridge to pick up our wine shipment,  They were having their vintage wine release and there were vinta...