Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Prep Work.

The key for me to get things done is to have a plan and do the prep work! This week the goal is to get my umbrella done  and hand piece the Happy BOM. The umbrella is prepped and in it's baggie for the car line with necessary threads and needles and scissors. The main part of the block for the Happy BOM is prepped and lines drawn all set for hand piecing.

The knitting needles and yarn for dish cloths now live in the car console.... in case I forget to bring anything with me!

I also went onto my library website and downloaded their free audible app to my phone and checked out a few books. I listen to them while walking or in the car line waiting on the kids. A great way to 'read' some books.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sewing Sunday!

I am halfway moved into the new sewing area! When you sort through things as you bring it back in, it tends to take a looooonnnnnggg time! I did sort 2 big drawers of strips of fabrics (1.5,2,2.5).... I have a lot more room now! I'm going to hand off a bag of yarn to one of my girl scout Moms so she and her Emily can crochet.

Last week I had some goals and I'm happy to say I made progress on a few of them! I got 3 umbrella blocks completed- laid out on my new floors which are so much nicer than the carpet,

 the knitted dish cloth finished and one patch hand sewn onto Emily's girl scout vest. I forgot how much of a pain it was and will attempt to use the machine to stitch the rest of them today.

I did make my embroidery block - I just need to add a couple more french knots and then trim it to size. I am thinking I will pull some fabrics from the stash and hand piece this one while in the many car lines I get to sit in now! I'm debating changing to blue to a little bit darker floss.....

I'll stitch in Emily's and knit or crochet in Aidans. His I tend to be on the road waiting to get in with all the police going back and forth..... I like to be looking up not down at my stitching. I'm going to try a hexagon crochet block to make into an afghan. I found a tutorial I liked here - will see how it goes! Hmmm. Might have to look down at that though, unlike my dish cloths (which I need to finish the one I started last week in car line - it is half way knitted!). Will give it a try this week and see how it goes.

 I also got back into hand quilting and have 2 sides of my setting triangles to go on the basket quilt. That will be the project to work on today.

Grandma called this morning.... seems the gage on her pump is zero and no water. Hubby will go and see if he can figure it out and will bring some jugs filled with water for her. We kept 2-3 of the big blue jugs from when we had them at the store. They come in handy to fill with water in case of power outages (hurricanes) or situations like this. Hopefully it is an easy fix and she doesn't need the pump replaced... we had to do that a few years ago with ours. I see a nice quiet house for a few hours and time playing with fabric in my sewing room. 
Linking up with Kathy and the other slow stitchers this week.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

RSC Saturday

It is another rainy day here in Florida. Lots of rainy day pick ups from school (3 of 5!) which we normally don't have until a few months into school!
That has allowed me extra car line time!

I am all caught up on my umbrella blocks! (I was 3 behind!) I finished off the pink and made 2 blue ones this week. That's my new flooring in the sewing area/office (a.k.a the finished garage area!). I love it with my pretty sunny yellow walls!

All the umbrella's so far. No clue how they will end up in a quilt.

I also picked up my blue basket quilt and I've got 2 sides of the setting triangles quilted in the evenings. I have yet to find the herra marker (hopefully today as the sewing room painting and floors are done! Time to sort and move back in this weekend!) so just did a free hand lines to mirror the triangles. The bottom is done and I'm working up the right side. This is 32x32 for a pretty wall hanging.

Linking up with the RSC Challenge. Head on over and see all the fun projects being worked on.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Umbrella needed?

We have needed an umbrella here a lot lately! I got the pick up lines today in the rain. This blue umbrella got stitched in Emily's and the last few stitches got added on Aidan's wait time. I think his time will work better with knitting or crochet so I can be looking up... if ever the cars move! At least we got home before 5PM today (4:30). Yesterday it was closer to 5:30 when Greg got him - delayed release for an hour with thunder storms - 4:45 instead of 3:45!

Last night I tried my hand at embroidery - the Happy Little Things BOM! It went pretty well for my first stab at it! Not perfect but done enough for me! I need to rewatch the french knot tutorial and add those and the last part of the flower tonight. I hear it is game night tonight... I see Pictionary in our future.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Thursday needs an umbrella!

This one finishes off the pinks. 5 pink umbrella's for the month of July. Now to start the light blue for August. I have 2 drawn and fabrics picked. 

Mid Week!

I think we are settling into a routine. I just have to change my work hours on Tuesday's so I can drop the boy to his school that starts later... but will have G pick up the girl so I can work the extra hour  on the end of my day - 9:30-2:30.

I've gotten a walk in the last 2 mornings...much needed as my ring finger is getting a wee bit tight. Time to buckle down and get back into the walking routine. We are working on healthier lunches and dinners. The kids are making their own lunches this year - I love it! I just ask what they want and will make sure we have it. They each requested their fruits and veggies to bring in (Em - strawberries and blueberries and cucumbers; Aidan got cherries and broccoli and dip with his sandwich. Hummus has not made it into the lunch yet but is a snack after school). I almost forgot first day of school photo's - Emily's was by the car at 7:20 while Aidan's was by the door at 8:20.

Emily - 5th grade
Aidan - 6th grade

Aidan is loving his new school and teachers. They both had homework yesterday! Emily is happy she gets to see her friends from last year at recess and another one is split into her class for specials. She was happy to see Bella in her specials classes (pe, art and music).

I did attach one badge to Emily's vest by hand in the car line. I'm gonna get the machine out and use that on the rest! I think I have at least 25-30 to add before Monday!

The dish cloth got completed.

I also started hand quilting the final setting triangles on the basket quilt last night after Emily read to me for 30 minutes. I need to remember to grab the umbrella baggie today for Emily's car line and my dentist cleaning appointment.

I just have a little touch up painting to do around the baseboards in the sewing area before they can be nailed back in. I did put up the shelves and moved the fabrics back on it yesterday. Baby steps around working and kids but the end is in sight!

I saw both sets of wild turkeys yesterday morning on my walk! I was happy to see they have grown in the last month and are all still at the same numbers. I was thinking it was the same set...but they were still on the other lawn when I went back through. They are a block apart.

Hopefully it will be an Umbrella Thursday post tomorrow! 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Crazy Sunday...

How is it noon already? It was a lazy morning but it is time to start getting things done. Kids are off to Grandma's for the day. I have the last minute day before school things to do - shopping for lunch and breakfast things and picking up a few things for the class rooms I have not gotten yet.

My main goal - get the final floor swept, mopped and laid down this afternoon. I want to be able to 'move in' to the new sewing room and get everything put back from my office and bedroom where they have been stored for the last month. I figure it will take me this week to get that all organized and workable.

As it is the starting week of school - that means lots of car line time for me. 2 car lines this year as the kids are in different schools. I see lots of time in my vehicle in my future!

There is the dish cloth to finish.

Some scrubby yarn ready to make some round scrubbies.... once I find my crochet hook!

Badges to stitch onto Emily's vest before next Monday... I think this one will have to go to the top of the list with a deadline!

Embroidery - I am going to embroider that flower from the first block of Happy Little Things. I drew it on with pencil and have the hoop. Just need to pull some embroidery floss.

Umbrella blocks - I have one pink to go and will need 2 light blues come Tuesday. With 2 car lines to work on them I will be able to get right back on track with them.

I fear I will 'find' other things to distract me as I put my sewing room back in order and go through things... but this will be what I concentrate on this week in any down time I have. Must find that squeeze ball for my hand with all the first week paperwork that comes home to be filled out. I swear - the parents have all the homework the first few days of school!

I am finding I really need to get back to concentrating on making some hand work time every day again. It relaxes me and I really need that with the crazy school starting up time of year. I think that is why I look forward to the car line waits.... it 'forces' me to have a good 20 minutes of time to sit in quiet and stitch and regroup before the kids get in the car. Now I'll have that times 2! Must make sure the busy bag is packed and ready to go by the door.

Linking up with Kathy and the other slow stitchers today. Head on over and see what fun handwork is being stitched all over the world this week.

Saturday, August 10, 2019


I did have a little blue today. I spent the day in Tampa at a girl scout training event. It was a 'cruising' theme so I selected a blue lei. Someone was thinking ahead and had made a crocheted anchor swap! How cute!
Our service unit received the CEO award of excellence. That included meeting our family partnership goal (I've been holding that duty the last couple of years), girl retention and new girls added. There is some blue in the knitted dish cloth that I pulled out at the end after the last training while waiting for the wrap up session.... and knitting in the car on the ride home. I car pooled so got to knit in the back of the van! It was a wee bit too early to knit this morning.... 6:45 to 8:15 when we got there.

While visiting the booths there we got tickets we could enter for some door prizes. I put the majority of my tickets into the bucket for a book by the CEO of girl scouts Sylvia Acevedo which is signed by her and included a patch. I won one of the 10 books they had to hand out!  I'm looking forward to reading it. She is an engineer who has worked for some amazing companies like NASA, IBM, Apple and Dell. I also won a bingo game in one of the sessions and got a little box of candies. It was my lucky day!

After 2 days of getting up at the crack of dawn I am looking forward to sleeping in a bit tomorrow (5AM today and 6AM yesterday). I sure hope the cats get the memo on that one and let me sleep.

School starts Monday! We did meet the teachers on Friday. Unfortunately - both were at the same time so I went with Aidan to the new Middle School (he is doing the Cambridge Charter Academy within a different middle school than what we are zoned for about 20 minutes away from our house.) while Greg went with Em to meet her teachers at the elementary school 5 minutes down the road. I wish I could have done both but..... I 'needed' to see how the new school was and figure out that process. There are over 500 incoming 6th graders to the school that were there to get their schedule and find their way around campus to their classrooms. Aidan was very happy he got his elective of Robotics (called Critical Thinking). I think after meeting his teachers and walking around following his schedule he is feeling a lot more comfortable about attending a new school where he really does not know anyone. The first week should be interesting.... they do have different start times and end times. As long as Greg can drop Aidan off to school I should be able to do the pick up's and still get my working hours in. Of course....first day Monday I'll go with for drop off to both kids. Mom's gotta do what a Mom's gotta do. Lets hope I don't get teary eyed.... for some reason his entering 6th is hitting me where VPK and Kindergarten never did. The kids are growing up and becoming independent... as they do but I'm missing them being little! (The boy is nearly my height and his feet are bigger than mine at age 11!)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Tiny Tuesday....

I'm still working on pink despite the light and bright blue selected for August with the RSC. This little one was stitched at the kids dentist appointment yesterday. I hope to finish the last one in pink tomorrow during their doctor well check visit... or today at my dentist appt.  Then... I can start on light blue. Showing the umbrella with my pretty yellow wall. Still waiting on the carpet in the sewing section to get pulled up (hopefully tonight) so I can get the last of the floor down tomorrow night.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday again....

It has been an eventful week. Last week we were in Vermont with family arriving in the afternoon. This week we are home in Florida and I think I am still recovering from travel! Of course.... my original flight Wednesday around 2:30PM was changed a month ago to a 7:20PM flight out (arriving 10:30 in Florida).  Well, there was weather ....... so we finally took off around 9PM and arrived a little before midnight. My cell was not happy in upstate NY so a text went through to hubby who was able to book us a room in Sanford so I didn't need to drive 1.5 hours home that night! Seems a lot of us did that as he said 25 rooms were booked for that reason! The kids enjoyed making their waffle breakfast at the hotel and I think that was the first time they both SLEPT in a hotel! They were tired! We got home late morning on Thursday. I admit... I unpacked and did a load of laundry and then did NOTHING the rest of the day! The cats finally let us pet them after a few hours.... guess we got the silent treatment for leaving them for 2 weeks! Friday.... I had to work (I work remotely for a company in Vermont). I worked a little longer than normal.... to finish at a good stopping point and make sure my move to production worked so there would be no errors that night. Had to do a little shopping Friday.... I had missed my Aldi and it's prices. Avocado for .49! It was $1.79 in VT... yup, no avocado for 2 weeks for me!
Saturday..... was moving things off half of the floor in the sewing area and the first half of the 'garage area'. Then the carpet and padding were cut and removed. The floor prepped and then the new floor was laid down.... well, we have one strip by the wall to do today. It will soon be time to move all the stuff on the last side out so that can get the same treatment today and the new floors put down. It has been a long process but I am loving how it is looking.

Instead of stitching I have been doing a lot of reading.... I think I read 2 books since I got home on my kindle! Time to pull out some hand stitching for tonight though. I think the basket quilt needs to get finished so hand quilting it will be tonight. I still have all those setting triangles to stitch.

I have a slew of badges to get onto a girl scout vest as well. I have 2 weeks till our first meeting to get all those sewn on. Guess I should plan to do a couple each day! This is the last week before school starts for the kids. I have lots of appointments scheduled - dentist, doctor and meet the teachers.

I have a feeling we will be watching Descendants 3 tonight.... we watched the first one on Friday night and the second one last night. At least I will have choices on hand work while watching it tonight!

Sunday, July 28, 2019


A nice quiet (except for the neighbor mowing the grass at 9:30AM on a Sunday morning) morning at the lake. The whirly gigs are going with the slight breeze. The wind chimes are tinkling.

A couple of my siblings are coming out later today for 'appetizers'. I figured we didn't need a big meal as we tend to snack anyway. We will make a taco salad (recipe under the recipe tab - cream cheese and sour cream mix on bottom, strained salsa layer, then tomato, onion, lettuce and mozzarella cheese) to dip nacho chips in - Emily's favorite! My brother is bringing a buffalo chicken dip - I've never had one so we will see how it is. My sister... tends to bring the kitchen sink. She has marinated pork loin in the crock pot, watermelon, deviled eggs and a veggie platter. Knowing her... there will be another 2-3 things including a desert. Aidan made a cake last night and is frosting it this morning. I think we will have plenty of munchies for the 11 people that will be here!

I finished off the scrubby last week and Emily tested it out last night on the dishes.

I have been told I need to make one for us as well! First... I need to make another one for Mom for home. This is the start. I have to say - I much prefer this yarn to making a scrubby with the tulle. Much easier on the hands and not scratchy.

A dish cloth was started... it would have been farther along but I could not find the end of the yarn on either edge while on the boat ride the other day... so it got started yesterday with the end on the edge of the yarn under the label.  This is the book Emily is reading to me. She loved the black stallion and we had to return this book to the library before we came and we were not done so I ordered  a set of 4 of them. She loves horses that girl.

I took out the cross stitch...maybe some stitches will get put into this today finally. I am remembering I think I messed up the counting on the hoop so might have to be creative on finishing this one. We will see.

Aidan was reading down by the lake last night. I had won a $25 gift certificate to a local book store so we stopped there on our way home from the Barre Heritage Festival yesterday and got some books. Aidan got 2, I got 2 and Emily got 1. They were all used so I only went over a little bit! I noticed I have been reading a lot while up here and have finished 3 books on my kindle. I like historical romances so 2 of them were that and one a little mystery. Emily and I were reading down here last night for a bit after our walk. Such a relaxing place to read.....

Linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Stitchers this Sunday. I have just a few more days left up here in Vermont before I head back to hot and humid Florida. The kids will be starting school in a couple weeks and we have next week all lined up with Dr. Appointments. Dentist for all of us, doctor well checks for the kids and of course meet the teachers on August 9... before school starts on the 12! A whole new ball game this year for us with the kids in different schools. One in the last year of elementary and one in middle school...... about 20 minutes away. He decided to go to one with robotics and a more challenging curriculum rather than the middle school he was slated to go to. A little more car time and wait time for me...... more handwork time! 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday already?

I picked up the needle with a wide eye I needed on Wednesday after working at the office. I had to kill a few hours before picking up the kids from my sisters. Mom and Dad got to enjoy a full day of peace and quiet with me and the kids both gone! I hit a few stores.... all by myself! I had to walk through the AC Moore - we don't have them in Florida. Not much fabric but tons of other fun craft things. I might have picked up 3 sample Nicole yarns... for a dollar each! The Christmas Tree Shop was fun... and dangerous. Good thing I remembered I need to fly home!

With that needle I was able to finish off the scrubby with the scrubby yarn. It came out pretty cute. I think I can make one more with the yarn so Mom will have one for home and camp. We need to test it out today and see how it works.

One of the things my parents have. A card viewer.
I had asked Aidan to find something he wanted to do close to Elmore...and he found the Noyes House - a historical museum in Morrisville. I figured an hour..... when we walked in the nice lady asked if we wanted a tour. Sure.... 2.5 hours later we left. The kids asked lots of questions (I might have too) and we learned a lot. It was fun seeing all the old furniture (I might have said - Oh, my parents have that a few times) and we had the same victrola they had in the first room at our house! They were surprised we even use it occasionally! The kids loved the room with all the Toby Jugs..... no picture but lots of fun little vases with various pictures or shapes. There was easily over 1000 of them displayed! I saw a hand crank sewing machine in the bedroom.

There was also a treadle machine in one room with a loom and spinning wheel.

A beautiful crazy quilt was displayed with some awesome stitches... forgot to get a photo of that. On the bed was a hand pieced quilt by a 14 or 15 year old bride. The stitches were beautiful and what a complex pattern to hand stitch. It had the bottom corners split to fit around the bottom bed posts.

The kids had fun with the jacobs ladder toy. I wonder if we could make one.....

My sister had taken the kids to Montshire Museum on Wednesday so they have gotten a little learning in while up here! This was the scene when I picked them up Wednesday evening at Terri's. Emily in the hammock and Aidan riding the 4 wheeler with my BIL on the back.

Last night was bingo in the town hall. $1 to get in and 2 cards for a dollar. All monies raised go towards the milfoil fund for the lake association. It is working as I have not seen any milfoil this year in the lake yet! They also had a green and cream quilt on display with raffle tickets for sale!  We had almost a full table of our family - my parents, me and kids, my sister Terri and her 2 kids, sister Joanne and brother Mike and his wife and one kid and her friends came in a little later. The kids enjoyed it... it is a really fun time.

Emily and the graduation girl Sally

They sang 'take me out to the ball game', then a  local song one of the guys wrote who runs it and then just lots of fun times with bingo. Aidan really loved the echo game... when the caller calls it once and we echo the letter and number back to him..... which normally he does. They never called my age when we played the Woo Hoo game..... call out woo hoo when the number is your age! We had a couple of winners at our table - my SIL Kathy and sis Jo each won. I might have won the coverall and got a $25 gift certificate to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier. Guess we will head into Barre on Saturday for the Heritage festival and stop in and spend our gift certificate on the way.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Graduation Chevron quilt finished and gifted.

The graduation quilt has been completed and gifted to it's new owner. Sally loved it! The pillowcase forgot to jump into the suitcase so that will be mailed up before she heads to college. I think this ended up at 78x98.  Nice and heavy to snuggle under (yes, we have tested it out!).

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tuesday - Pink Umbrella

I stitched up this little one last night. He decided to hang out with a beautiful hosta in Mom's rock garden this morning. I'm enjoying the 60 degree morning and wearing jeans today! The kids and I enjoyed a walk last night with long pants and sweaters for a couple of miles. It was heavenly after Florida feels like in the 100's for the last few months! There are so many beautiful flowers in bloom - I really miss seeing bee balm, cone flowers, daisy, indian sunflowers, hosta and all the pretty annuals. The birch trees with their bright white trunks against the shades of greens. I am so lucky to be able to come up here and see them (and family of course) in the summers.

Linking up with the RSC in pink.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Slow Sunday

Sitting on the screened in porch overlooking the lake this morning. Listening to the loons call to each other - we have a Mom, Dad and baby loon on the lake this year. I was able to get this photo of them yesterday.

The sun is peeking out behind the clouds and making diamond sparkles on the lake. It will be the third hot and humid day in Vermont today before a blessed cool front moves through and drops the temps back into the high 70's for the daytime temps. Much better than the upper 80's we have been having. Lets hope the wind sticks around today... it makes the hot bearable when you don't have ac! I see us being on the lake in tubes, kayaks or boats (pontoon and/or paddle) today.

As Kathy took 5 projects with her camping recently.... I had to check and I had similar in my busy bag. The embroidery didn't fit into the bags (I had to bring 2 quilts up with me this time to gift). I do have a few stitches to add into the grad quilt binding. About 5-6 needles I think. Too hot to do that until tonight. She saw it Friday and LOVES it! Yea! Unfortunately... the pillowcase is on the back of my sewing chair in Florida! Will have to ship it up before she heads to college.

I have the counted cross stitch - yet to be touched. Some dish cloth yarn and knitting needles - yet to be touched. New to me scrubby yarn from red heart. I started a project with this Thursday night.... I hope to finish it today while stitching on the swing down by the lake.  I used the youtube video here.

I also had some 2 inch fabric squares cut out for Emily's project so added a few pinks to make a pink and white 16 patch. I'll work on that sometime this week. Should be enough to keep me busy for a couple of weeks =)

I don't think I will have as much work time while up here as I was thinking as the internet connection is not stable enough for dialing in. I'll plan to go in once or twice this week and maybe once next week and guess I get a 'forced' vacation =). I don't want to leave the kids alone all day with my parents too much. My sister is taking them overnight Tuesday so I'll work the full day Wednesday and then pick them up from her house. A big thanks to her for doing that.

Both kids have driven the boat... but I didn't get the Aidan photo. This was Emily yesterday before we heard thunder and saw lightning over the other side of the mountain. Uncle David took over and put it in fast and got us off the lake.

Linking up with the other slow stitchers at Kathy's Quilts. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019


Looking like a beautiful day in Vermont. The kids just got back from a kayak paddle. They couldn't get the bikes out of the garage yet.. they are tucked behind a bunch of stuff. Once I shower I'll help get the paddle boat down and out so they can get to the bikes. They went fishing yesterday and caught a few little fish off the dock. They are at it again with the fishing poles this morning.

Lake Elmore, Vermont. 

Emily kayaking
They got an expanded level of where they can go this year alone - well together without me.  A little further down the lake. They were excited. Not really an issue as I'll only let them go when it is calm.

Aidan kayaking

The lake was a beautiful calm this morning with a mirror image... until the loons decided to break it up! I hear there is a Momma, Dad and baby loon this year.  The kids got back just in time... a water skier just went by and now there are little rustlings on the water with the sun hitting it - it looks like sparkling diamonds.

A lazy day at camp is planned today. I get to go into work tomorrow and see the actual office while the kids will enjoy a day at camp. I hear aunt Terri is coming out tomorrow afternoon so another adult besides Grammy and Grandpa will be out here. The temps will be high for VT - around 90 degrees so I'm sure they will have lots of water time in and on the lake.