Saturday, June 30, 2018

July Goals/June Update

So, here are my June goals.  

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

I did, in fact, finish the quilt -- thank goodness -- it was really weighing on me that it took so long.  I tried to figure out how long I had the clothes. The earliest picture I had was from March 2017.

I've been sewing -- not so much 4 days a week, but when I do it's for at least a half hour -- and the walking has gone out the window with the treadmill.

For July, my goals are:

1. Clean the kitchen every night before bed.
2. More sewing
3. Less TV
4. Sell the stuff on ebay that we didn't sell at the yard sale (I'll take pictures and post them).
5. Finish Nate's quilt.

I need to work on my eating and exercise, but that's got to be in the back of my mind.

Visit the Redwoods #44

So, when my sister was here, we went to the Santa Cruz Mountains and saw the redwood trees (#44 on the list).  If I had known there was an easy walk/hike, we would have done that.  The walk from where we parked to the gift shop was about a half mile ...

 That's a big tree ...

Friday, June 29, 2018

Birthdays and updates

Hard to believe the year is half over.  I need to review the "list" and see where I stand and what things I need to start working on.

First - here are things that I'm doing okay with -- working on:

3.  Finish my WIPs (Grinch, Nate's Quilt, Quilt-along, ...) --

I finished the baby clothes quilt and am just about done quilting Nate's Quilt.  Next I'll probably work on the Grinch quilt. 

13.  Blog twice a week : doing okay with this.
14.  Send Birthday cards to my children and grandchildren -- on track so far!
16.  Try something new/different each month : not doing great with this. I need to come up with things that I really want to do.
18.  Birthday blog posts : not always on time, but I'm doing them.
24.  1SE  (one second everyday) project : getting most days.  (though there are a lot of cat pictures to fill it)
25. Work on decluttering : I need to get back to this.
32. 1400 Fitbit miles
40.  Put money in emergency fund : working on this, but I'll need to use it if I don't get a job.

The following are things I'm thinking I might be able to accomplish this summer.

5.  Knit a blanket for grandchild #5
8.  Travel to Arizona
9.  StoryCorps interviews with grandsons
10.  Complete "Couch to 5K" (at least once)
11.  Get headboards for beds.
17.  Replace grill and hubcaps on my car
20.  Make a dessert souffle
23.  Road trip
28.  Go to Nevada with Nevada??
34.  Make pillowcases for me
36.  Make malted waffles
37.  Make doughnuts
38.  Organize sewing room
39.  Cover living room pillows
43.  Go to the beach

So, we've almost made it through the grandchildren birthday season.  There's one more in July (on Bastille Day) and then we get a break, but of course, my children have birthdays: first my OD's birthday is in August and then there are five from Oct 1 to November 5... and then the holiday in full force.

Where does the time go?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Report Cards .. from 1899

I don't remember if I mentioned it, but my one of my cousins recently sent me some letters between my grandparents during the war.  I assumed WWII but was wrong -- they are from WWI.  I guess I should have known -- my grandfather was in the army in WWI. 

Anyway, back to the story.  I have this shoe box of old letters that I'm slowly going through and scanning.  I'll put them on my other blog, or somewhere, in case anyone wants to read them.

There are also some other random items in this box.  Among the random items I found these:

My grandfather's report cards from 1st through 9th grades. He started first grade in 1899.  Isn't it crazy that they had to get parent signatures on the report cards even back then.  and how cool is it to have my great-grandparents signatures on those report cards.

If I were doing a "Favorite Things Friday", this would be it.

Happy Birthday, A.R.!

So, my grandson, A.R., had his 8th birthday yesterday.  He is growing up so fast!

School pictures are so much better than they used to be ...

They are in Arizona so we didn't get to spend the day with them or celebrate in any way -- though we did facetime.  That makes me sad.  We're hoping to visit sometime this summer.

Gotta love snapchat!

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.

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