Did the title of my post cause you to scratch your head or raise your eyebrow? Let me just say that my darling hubby is a bit of a Trekkie. 'Nuff said.
I have to admit ... it's not been terribly hard to stay away from blog writing. Is that a shameful secret I should have kept to myself?! But when something that doesn't pay the bills starts to feel like a burden or a "have to" or starts to impede upon other areas of life, it's definitely time to step back. And we've been so busy! Todd now has just THREE more shifts. He's only working the full twenty-four hours on TWO of them and taking off the full twenty-four hours of the last one! That means he has two more days to work and then we're DONE! It's a very happy, exciting time! We're charting off into our own undiscovered country! :)
Well. It's been happy and exciting EXCEPT for the time I've been down with strep throat and a sinus infection. That hasn't been happy time. LOL! Luckily, though, it's only been since Thursday. I felt so bad I missed a guild meeting. That should tell you something! I'm feeling better -- about sixty percent -- today. And since I hope to take Sawyer to dinner at the fire station tomorrow -- it'll be his last time to see Paw-paw in action as a fireman -- I hope to be at least up to eighty-five percent tomorrow!
We've been busy, especially in the Camp. Spring and fall are our biggest camp usage seasons and we've had visitors most every weekend. I love it! And of course, I've also had fun doing some quilty, sewy, crafty things, too. I continue to work on Joc's Wedding Quilt. And I finished up the little Cardinals in Clover piece I'd EQ'd:
And of course I've been reading (though not doing a lot of commenting) my favorite blogs!
Speaking of which, I'd won a little giveaway over at A Little of This and a Little of Pat.
It was this darling "Gobble Till You Wobble" pattern. That is so totally me! Darling that she is, she also tucked in a little children's fabric she'd found that she thought I could put to good use . . .
Wasn't that sweet? The space rockets are totally Buzz "Sawyer" Lightyear! And I loved the cars and fire trucks and planes, too. But the paper dollies made me *swoon*! Totally darling! And believe it or not, it's the ONLY fabric I've acquired over the past twenty-one days. Of course, since I'm headed to Paducah, KY and the AQS show next weekend, that's all subject to change! But, because I do want to keep up with this (for my own sake) I'm going to go ahead and report:
Used/donated this month: 0.75 yards
Used/donated year-to-date: 12.75 yards
Purchased/added this month: 3.75 yards
Purchased/added year-to-date: 42.50 yards
Net used/donated for 2013: -29.75 yards
I also participated in a fun thread swap with my StitchMAP group. (Good thing I'm not doing a thread/floss stash report!) We were to exchange two skeins of specialty threads/floss in colors that represented Spring to us. I opted to swap with three folks, so I send off six skeins and got six in return.
The two I sent off were the green and sparkly purple on the left (yes, I bought two for me, also!). Then in my swap package were the sparkly skeins of DMC metallics, the two skeins of Italian silk floss in a very earthy pink and a pretty blue, and finally some gorgeous silk floss in a very earthy green and a cream. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I participated!
I also managed to score a couple of samples of tea from Royal Tea of Kenya. There was a terrific write-up about this company in the January/February issue of Tea Time Magazine, so I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to try it.
The company is based out of Nashville and run by Joy (who I had a lovely chat with on Friday). Joy's grandfather is the oldest living (at 109+) tea producer in the world. Pretty cool, huh?
I haven't tried it yet, but do believe that brewing a pot is on the agenda for this afternoon, along with enjoying some appropriate reading material!
The arrival of Spring also brings with it the arrival of birds and critters we don't see during the winter. For example, the grosbeaks have put in an appearance this week (aren't these striking birds???) . . .
As have the indigo buntings (which I adore) . . .
And the goldfinches, which do winter here, have returned to their summer yellow (instead of the drab olive they wear in the winter) . . .
We've also seen our first salamander (Todd captured this picture):
And our first skink of the season (he did NOT want his picture taken!):
And of course, since it's flip-flop (or Yellowbox, as I prefer) weather again, the toes have to be painted!
My SS girls were particularly impressed with my 'rainbow toes' this morning. I aim to please. Haha!
And look at this:
My little kitchen herb garden is sprouting up!! I'm still having to bring it inside (we had frost warnings for the past two nights) but I think after this weekend, we'll be good to go! I can't wait until I've got my fresh sweet basil and chives and parsley!
Okay, enough of this; I could probably write on and on and blah blah blah. I'm headed to get that tea brewing! But before I go ... is anyone taking a trip to Paducah this coming week -- particularly on Saturday?? I'm headed there with my guild and will be there from 10 until 6. I cannot wait!! If anyone else is going to be there, let me know!!!!