Thursday, December 8, 2022


 I admit, I really am lost on the day of the week but I know I did not log into work today and the kids are at school, so it must be Thursday.

I had routine bloodwork this morning, so Hubby got to take the kids to school. I got home for a nice breakfast and then headed to horses to ride Prism. For some reason, my right ankle was hurting on the posting so I just walked him around and was steering a horse that had a mind of his own today. 

I had remeasured the quilt top I am working on again this morning and did not find anything big enough in the stash for a backing. You know what that means.... I headed to Joann's after horses. I got a backing and picked some pretty green and reds from the Christmas area to supplement the stash a bit as those areas are lacking. Emily has a couple of diamond prints so I picked up a small one to try it out at half off. It is a pretty hummingbird. I also grabbed some floss for the Frosty's. Two Christmas light necklaces were purchased as well for the Parade Saturday.

A stop at an overrun by people Sam's to pick up 4 things and then it was home for a late lunch. I took the dog out back to get some energy out and noticed the pool I warned hubby was turning 2 days ago had not gotten attention. So, I dumped chlorine in, hit the quick clean button on the pump and then found the brush in the shed and went to work brushing the pool. I have the area I can't reach from the pool deck to go, but I'll hit that after I return with the kids. I'm 5'2" and that is difficult to do from the ground so I might have hubby or the kids handle that part. 
Sigh, and that was my day off! Gas got put in the car, but it still needs an oil change and a good cleaning. There are only so many hours in the day.... and tonight is sewing room time to prep and pin a quilt!
Off to pick up the kids.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Weekend Roundup.

For the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I got these sewn together and added a border to make it a little bit bigger. Now to get it pinned, quilted and bound.           It is 57x72 right now for size.                                                                      

I started off Saturday with Emilys riding lesson at 11. Tacking up Marshmallow.

 It seems the wrong bit was used and he got spooked a few times.... or his mouth hurt. Well, she got tossed while cantering and is fine. She wanted to get back on but the fill in trainer didn't want to risk it since the horse was still spooked. They had not figured out the bit issue yet. She didn't want to get on the other lesson horses (and an emotional girl took a bit to calm down and me to figure out what the problem was!). She wanted back on that horse.... but I asked her if not him, who would she be ok with. I mentioned Lance - a thoroughbred she rode about a year ago. I sent a text and yup, she was good to pop on him to get back in the saddle so we headed back down the drive to the barn.

 I learned she prefers big horses (16+ hands) that are challenging and medium really challenging horses which Marshmallow is. She just likes tall horses! She got Lance to behave (he was being a bit finicky) and cantered for a bit so we were at the barn for a few hours by the time she got her confidence back and got quite the workout.
Once we finally got home and had a very late lunch, I had to pack for the drive in campout. Emily opted not to go since she has a parade Sunday and it is part of her Advanced Band grade. Movies played from 6PM until 4AM! Yes, I was pretty much up all night. The girls were good, but the other chaperones daughter got sick in the middle of the night and after doing cleanup, I checked with the adults in charge and we shifted my second adult to one of them if I needed help. Must have 2 non-related, background checked adults for the 6 girls we had attending. There were lots of adults there and there was only 4 hours left. The girls dismantled the tents and packed up their things after hitting bathrooms and the breakfast line. I notified the parents on our closed group FB page, and they were all picked up by 8:30! I got home at a reasonable time and have had a nice coffee. Things are out of the car - the tent needs to get set up and aired out and the moving blanket I had on the ground and the tarp need to get all the sand shaken off and dried. It got a wee bit chilly and damp at 57 degrees overnight. I have the 2 quilts I was bundled up in - the damp is very cold - and those are in the washer now. My Hugs and Kisses quilt 

and a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt - Celtic Solstice.

Greg is going to drop her off at the parade and I'll head over in a couple of hours when the parade is starting and will pick her up at the end. 
Might I get a little slow stitching in later tonight with my feet up? They are going to need it as I can feel my Achilles on my left foot this morning. Resting it this week will be top of the list and I'll find my ankle bandage to apply some compression.
 I believe I can move the hoop and continue quilting on the Bear Paw Quilt today.

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Slow Sunday Stitching. I hope to visit links Sunday night while relaxing.


Thursday, December 1, 2022


 I am really not sure where the week has gone. No stitching so far. Hubby must have had a flu bug since Friday as he has been zero energy and sleeping a lot. He is finally feeling a little better the last 2 days. That has left me to do all the running, and there has been a lot of running. 

Before I get into that, lets take a little look at what I will work on shortly. 

The top and the pink fabric needs pressing and cutting for a border on the 16 patch stars. Look who is ignoring his name and won't turn around for a photo! Peanut.

Fine Mom, I'll turn around for a photo if you'll stop telling me to turn around! Oh, the green monster needs a sewing fix so it can go back to the dog.

 First I need to relocate Peanut and get both the top and the fabric pressed. This one will go to a girl scout I know, asked for by her Mom. It will be appreciated by both of them so, this one needs to get finished off ASAP. It did not get finished in November, but I am hopeful for December!

Feel free to stop reading here... just my crazy week to tire you out!

Monday was crazy - 2 pick up times for the kids and both had something in the evening at different locations. I decided Em could use the home time for a night and took Aidan to guitar... and scouts ended up being cancelled at the last minute when I told them I was not able to go. So, I was pretty much in the car from 3PM when I got off work until 8PM that night. Tuesday was lots of meetings at work, normal pickup with tacos for dinner and then Emily wanted to bake off the sugar cookie dough I made Sunday. A quick run out to get gas in the car ($2.87 a gallon!) and some produce from Aldi's. Wow... the price of things keeps rising like crazy!

Wednesday was a late pickup for both, and I decided to work the extra hour since this pay period has very little hours worked with the holiday last week. The disadvantage of being an hourly worker... you don't get holidays or vacation. Picked up the kids and hubby was kind enough to pop dinner in the oven for me so it was ready 3 minutes after we got home. 

Thursday - technically my day off. It was a 2 kid drop off this morning and thank goodness hubby is better since he takes the early one - leaving the house at 7:05. I got the later leave at 8:15. Then a quick walk for the dog who has not had a good walk in a week, and a quick shower. Then off to horses to ride Prism for my 30 minute workout. I am going to feel my inner thighs' tomorrow from all the trotting and posting. A stop to grab a prescription and then home. We had to return something to Lowes and hubby needed lifting help. We ordered a new toilet that came in 2 sections. There are cracks in the porcelain one the boys installed about 5 years ago. No leaking though, thank goodness. The top part arrived fine early last week. The second part, arrived in pieces! We called and they sent another one.... to our old address in Vermont from 12 years ago! I'll bet they were surprised with that box! Another call and we had them ship it to the store for pickup and it was retrieved today and no jingling when we moved the box so it should be in one piece. We picked up subs from Publix on the way home for our late lunch, and some chicken for dinner since the kids are a late pickup with Emily's band practice for the concert next Tuesday and Aidan is working some volunteer hours at the middle school. Tomorrow, she has marching band practice for a couple of hours after school, so it will be a 2 kid pickup. 

This weekend might do me in, but we will hope for the best. I had agreed to be the second adult for the troop at the Drive in Campout Saturday night to Sunday morning. It is a fun event and we have been to every one so far. There are close to 600 girl scouts attending the event for movie watching on the big screen, smores at the bonfire, camping out in tents and generally having a good time. Sunday at noon, Emily has a parade for the band that is part of her grade. I might have said I could chaperone it and walk the route with them since she was having issues getting volunteers. I know, I'm nuts. So... if you don't hear from me until next weekend.... I'm still recovering from this coming weekend! When I agreed to the drive in, I was thinking the parade was Saturday from 12-4, not Sunday 12-4. Must check dates closer next time!

Sunday, November 27, 2022

OMG - progress

 Progress was made on my One Monthly Goal, but it is not a quilt yet. Good thing there are a few more days in the month. Might there be more progress made before December? We will see. 

The tree also got trimmed on Saturday evening. We got a new tree this year, as my last one was over 20 years old and needed to be retired. This one is 9 feet tall, and yes the angel is leaning. I can't reach up there to fix it so we will just assume she is a little tipsy and landed a little off kilter!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

November Table Scrap Challenge

 I went into the sewing room planning to finish off the black star block. Alas, I left the black fabrics on the cutting table 3 weeks ago and 'someone' showed his displeasure with my lack of sewing time this month on it. It has now been through the wash twice and dried... so I cut and made the brown star block I needed.

While there, I had these bits of Kansas Troubles fabrics on the cutting board, so I sewed them together and got this 6 x 6.5 inch little mug rug. Instead of a binding, I did the easy turn method.

Emily got me this mug for Christmas a couple of years ago. 

Friday, November 25, 2022

Chilhowie begins.

The first clue of the Quiltville mystery Chilhowie has been released!

Let the sewing begin.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022


 I did add a little stitching to this on Sunday. I did not pick it up last night at all. 

Greg has been doing the running this week and took Emily to school to feed the animals Monday and Tuesday morning, then took the dog to get his nails trimmed Monday and took Aidan for his first cavity (filling) at age 14 and some sealants added to his back teeth on Tuesday.  I got the guitar lesson trip Monday night and might do the animal feeding driving Tuesday afternoon. We will see. It is nice to not be running here and there all the time! 

With F1 racing done for the season, Aidan and I were chatting about his F1 subscription on the way home last night. Turns out, they have the old races available for watching so he pulled up a race at Spa from 1998 I think. Lots of crashes and only 6 or 7 finished the race! Lots of comments on the lack of safety measures and the picture quality. Was it really that bad... I guess we have improved things a lot in the last 25 years!

My way to get the house cleaned - tell the kids they can change over Fall to Christmas! They did get a start and Emily put up the new tree this year. It didn't look this big as a 9 foot tree at the store! It is nice looking though. The lights have different options and can be multicolored, white, switch between the two and a few other options. I do like having my Christmas things out, as seeing them always makes me smile. 

Hopefully I can spend some time in the sewing area tonight and work on the OMG quilt. It is nearing the end of the month and I have not made much progress on it yet.
The last run to the grocery store has been done and the turkey is defrosting in the fridge for Thursday. I might have purchased a few extra stollen while at Aldi's. I did not grow up with it but decided to try one last year. I really liked it. I have a Cherry one which is yummy and grabbed one more of those and a Butter Almond one. We will see how that one tastes in a few weeks. I did the marzipan one last year, so it is fun to try the different types.