Sunday, September 21, 2008
I probably could have turned around and headed home, but then I wouldn't have had any quilting thread to begin quilting my Grand Hands blocks! That just wouldn't do. I waited it out and finally did make it to HOQ. Cindy has *lots* of pretties in her shop -- including some really darling Moda fabrics for autumn! She also had a bunch of books that were BOGO free! I bought two. I love books! One was a Christmas projects book, and one was just absolutely *darling*!! She said she thought of me when she saw it, because of the hands! Cute stuff.
We watched the Alabama - Arkansas game, such as it was. The Tide really did roll over the Razorbacks. Or perhaps I should say the Razorbacks rolled over for the Tide! :) Sweet victory!
After the game, we showered and headed to Gurley. We dropped off our stuff at the pastorium, and then we headed to Ted and Janice's home for dinner. Janice is a wonderful cook and their home is quite lovely. It's beautiful, but also very comfortable. I felt very much at home right away. Of course, that's got as much to do with the fact that they are warm and loving hosts! We had a nice night.
This morning their were FIVE of us in Sunday school! Oh joy and thank You, Lord! It was a good lesson, too -- the parable of the 10 virgins. I like lessons that make me think! This one got us going. There are lots of ways to be prepared; my focus just needs to be on the right One.
I've continued to work on Joc's block. It's coming along! It'll probably take me 2-3 evenings per block. I need to stay focused!
Joc is on her way home with Chinese takeout! Yum. Time to wrap this up!
I wish I knew a closing in Chinese. Japanese will have to do . . .
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Oh, and off to work. We are spending the night at the pastorium tonight, so it will be Friday, probably, before I'm at a computer again.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Yesterday I was so pleased to have finished the quilting of my challenge project! I'm so glad that I decided to machine quilt. I'd have never have finished the darn thing if I'd persisted in hand-quilting!
Todd and I took a long afternoon nap, but I'm still rather sleepy at 9:30, so we'll probably head off to bed. Lovely day, lovely day! I *do* count it all joy!
Vaya con dios!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I went grocery shopping this morning. But I didn't make the run to Wal-Mart. With gas prices being what they are, forget that! I cannot believe that between Wednesday and last night, gas prices increased over $1.20 per gallon. And that's at my cheapie Wavaho station! I notice they didn't even have their gas prices posted today. Stinkers.
Anyway, I headed to Publix (which is my favorite place to shop), and just shopped carefully and frugally. :) I *can* do it if I put my mind to it! It helped that on Friday I stopped at Food Valu and picked up 10 lbs of chicken breasts at $1/pound! I know, right?! Great price! I cooked it today and put it up in the freezer. Enough chicken for five meals and one soup! And the broth was heavenly.
So, after I put groceries away, I worked on my challenge quilt. I finally gave in and decided to machine quilt the darn thing. I was going to use silver (metallic) thread when I was hand-quilting, but for machine quilting I put navy thread in the bobbin and used the silver metallic thread in the top. I finished the top three blocks and the stars across the top. LOTS faster than had I hand quilted! :) I may finish this thing in time after all!
Tomorrow we have a SS teacher's meeting, which we'll be having over lunch in the pastorium. I picked up BBQ from O'le Dad's, and got the sides at Publix. Oh, and I made brownies, too. I've made a lot of brownies lately!
I also made the first pot of chili of the season. It seemed an appropriate dinner considering we'd be eating it listening to the 'Bama game. It was good chili -- Todd went back for a third bowl! I've been on this cheese grating kick lately. Okay, lemme 'splain. For Christmas last year, my folks got us a Williams Sonoma gift certificate, which I love! So I got this Cuisinart hand-held electric grater. Todd didn't think I'd ever use it (and now he accuses me of using it just to prove him wrong), but I love it! I can put a block of cheese into that bad boy and have it shredded in seconds! I love shredded cheese, but I don't like using a hand grater. Ouch. I used to buy pre-shredded cheese, but the additives in packaged shredded cheese change it's melting/cooking properties. You can't make decent homemade macaroni and cheese with it. So I've been buying the block cheese and shredding it myself. It was good on the chili!
I also ran by the library (while I was on my way to Publix) and returned some and picked up some. I finished my Lori Wick book yesterday before girl's night, so it might have gotten desperate if I hadn't picked up the next two Elm Creek novels!
I've still got laundry going. It should wrap up about the time the game does. Then it's Night-night, Neesey!
Todd's on his way home -- and home is where we'll be spending the day. Gas prices have been driven to an incredible high. I'm incredibly glad I filled up at $3.45, so that I only had to top off at $3.65, so that I didn't have to get gas last evening at $4.65. I have to say it again. Incredible! Ah well, it gives us the excuse to stay home and enjoy the day and each other without so much busy-ness.
I've finished the flags for the challenge quilt. I don't know if I'll finish in time or not! Ruh roh. I guess that's what I'll work on today!
Lots of fun quilting websites out there. Think I'll peruse those for a while this morning, too.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Then I made cheese raviolis with a special Alfredo sauce, and scratch brownies for Joc and me. Yum!
My next task was to cut out the backs for the Grand Hands quilt. The blocks are 18" square and I cut the backing at about 21-3/4" square. next I cut out the batting and put together all 12 blocks to that they are now ready to be quilted! I've already selected the template I'm going to use for the quilting -- I've sketched it in my log. I may go on and work on the September BOM -- actually it's August's block -- but it depends on how tired I am!
What a lovely quilting day!! Throw in a couple of good background movies (like The Devil Wears Prada and Runaway Bride) and it just makes for a happy Saturday!
Monday, September 01, 2008
Or perhaps not.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
It's interesting to me as we study through the spiritual gifts, that I identify with portions of all of them. Certainly as we covered the negative aspects of "service" I could relate! But I'm also pleased to note that I'd already identified some of those negatives, and have already taken steps to correct the negatives. It's nice to see where God's been at work.
My SS class continues to grow. We had 14 in attendance this morning, and of the 14, only 3 (including myself) were on the roll when I first took the class. It's so exciting to see God at work! I pray He will continue to use me.
Tina & I are considering throwing a bi-monthly tea party. Doesn't that sound fun?? I love the planning and preparing...I hope we do some kind of theme! Yummy, yummy, yummy!
Jocelyn graduates in just over a month. Wow. I'm *so* incredibly proud of her.
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to bed I should go!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Monday is the big day (or should I say, the start of "littler" days)! Todd keeps talking about it like it's the beginning of the end. He's got to stop looking at it that way.
Today is a big day for the piano -- it's getting a new home! Evan is coming to pick it up this afternoon. I have no idea what I'll put in its space. Maybe NOTHING!
I had a pretty bad asthma attack last night. And then, of course, I had a reaction to the albuterol. It's so weird. Not to mention annoying. Ugh.
I have a SS lesson and a Wednesday night lesson to prepare for today, plus I need to grocery shop. Other than that, the day is mine.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Last night I attended my first Heritage Quilters of Huntsville Guild meeting as a _member_! Whoohoo! Today I took advantage of my time off and quilted my nametage for the meetings. Fun stuff. I'm pleased with everything except for the name. Ugh. I should have just left well enough alone, but I rarely can do that. C'est la vie. Anyhoo, the speaker last night was Flavin Glover, who's the bomb.com in log cabin quilting. She had two in particular that truly captivated me -- one of grazing sheep and their babies, and one of winter evergreens. Both were quite beautiful and I'd like to somehow (on a smaller scale) duplicate them. I bought her book and she autographed it for me. :)
Jocelyn is home for a long Easter weekend, and James and Kim made it in late last night from Disney. All of my chillens are in town (even if they don't all live under my roof any more). The cats are draped over assorted blankets, snoozing, and Todd is mowing the lawn. I did a Jane tape this morning, and I'm rather in need of a shower!
Todd and I are going to have at it again on the dieting. The start date is Monday. Written covenant and everything.
Vaya con Dios!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It's official. I'm a mother-in-law. Wow, and I'm so *young* too! :)
Today, things are my own. All of our out-of-town guests are gone, and most have even arrived at their own homes by now! Laura & her crew are still on the road, but they were planning on doing a little sightseeing in the process of making their way home.
James has managed to text me several times and call me once or twice. It's so funny....whenever he went on a camp or youth trip, I had to _tell_ him to give me call once or twice. Then he goes on his honeymoon and I don't *expect* to hear from him, and he calls me out of the blue. For some advice, no less! I love my boy.
Today will be a quiet day. A little laundry...some leftover Chinese and perhaps even Mexican....an old movie or two or three....perhaps even some quilting! Tomorrow I go to work and do payroll, and then Friday I'm off again for a long weekend. Lovely.
My son is a married man. Wow again.
Perhaps I'm not as young as I'm thinking I was.... !
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I can hardly believe that James marries in less than two weeks. I'm happy for him, but I'm also...going to be praying for him/them a lot. This is a huge step for the maturist of folks. I believe James will handle the responsibility of being the head of a home well -- but it may take a while to work out the kinks!
As if that wasn't enough, Jocelyn is graduating from college in two months! Shoot, and she turns 22 in less than a week! I'm so proud of her and all that she's accomplished. I know it bothers her just a little that James is marrying first -- but I think she recognizes that her path is *her* path, and it's the right way for her. Besides, she also knows that her future husband is right there...and someday in the near future, he's going to propose!
Top it all off with [side note here: I never know whether to say, "Todd's ministry" or "our ministry". It's really Todd's baby, and I'm in it for support; clerical, sounding board, graphic design, encouragement, whatever. We are doing it together, but it's truly his calling. I still don't know which to say!] the ministry. Brochures and business cards are printed; labels are set up and ready to go -- one big mass mailing and we're out there! It's incredibly exciting! But just a little scary, too. It's wild to step out in faith like this! I so admire my husband and his desire to press forward.
I can't wait for my whole family to be here in a short week and a half! Fun, fun, fun!! Lots to do in the meantime, though. Glad things are settling down. ??? What am I saying?!?!
On that note...ciao!