Friday, August 29, 2014

TRUE JOY ~ AND A FINISHED QUILT TOP!


Well a 3 day week-end is upon us and honestly it feels SOOO good!  I am kind of tired of being so busy and having things we "had" to do.  These 3 days loom ahead with nary a plan in them.  Well, I guess that isn't totally true as it is my middle son's 38th birthday on Monday, and somewhere in this week-end we will have to find a time to get together and have dinner and celebrate him.  You would think I would have this nailed down by now, but if you knew this son you wouldn't be so surprised that we don't, lol.  Hopefully we will fix a time soon.  And then this IS our week-end to clean house (not looking forward to that I am not going to lie) and I also intend to drag out all the Fall decorations and get them put up.  Really shouldn't take too long. I remember from last year that I had it built up into this LONG chore, and it took maybe a half hour or 45 minutes at the max.  Not too bad.  But other then that....I am seeing LONG hours of relaxing, sweet uninterrupted conversation with my hubby, maybe a lunch or two out, and probably a movie.  Who knows, maybe even a nap!  Sounds good to me.  On the other hand it seems totally amazing that September is here and the kids are back in school, and summer is but a memory.   I have a feeling I will blink a couple of times and it will be Halloween, and of course quickly followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Time continues to fly by at horrifying speed.  But I am determined to do my best to savor and enjoy every moment that the Lord grants me here.  My brother asked my husband one day this week, "what" is it that makes you happy? Really happy?  Are you happy?" And I have been asking myself those questions ever since.  And the answers for me are simple.  Yes, I am definitely happy.  I have been blessed by many things that make me thank God everyday for His many, many blessings in my life.  A family that means everything to me, with the sweetest grandkids any woman could ever hope for.  A husband who is definitely my best friend and with whom I still want to spend most of my free time with, and one I can count on to ALWAYS have my back, and shares my constant joy in our children and grandchildren.  Whatever I would do without this man is not something I ever want to know.  Time in my day to enjoy this season in my life doing what I enjoy.  Sisters and friends who bring me amusement and womanly companionship.  Life is full of it's ups and downs, it's good times and it's bad, sickness and health, times of abundant finances and time where every penny is counted and squeezed.  I won't pretend that everything is always as I want it to be, or that we haven't had our fair share of life's dark moments.  But over-all I've been blessed.  Which lead me around to thinking that at the end of the day my "true" happiness comes in knowing Him.  He is the one who holds my very life in His hands, brings me peace when the world around us seems about to crumble apart, and whose mercy and grace make it possible to know my eternity is secure.  He is the one who brings me true joy.  What about you? What brings you true happiness or joy?  Think about it.  Dwell on it...Focus on it.  To do so will bring you peace, comfort and joy.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy ~ MEDITATE on these thing!  Phil 4:8

When I originally started this post it was to tell you I have finished the Civil War quilt top.  It was LOTS of work.  I am very pleased with how it came out.  Again, NOT perfect, but honestly especially because it is for me I really just don't care.  I want to get this to the quilters asap.  I have not totally decided on the backing yet for this quilt either.  I would LOVE to make it out of Minky, or maybe a nice snuggly flannel.  I intend to drape it on our family room couch and USE it during the winter to keep warm and cozy.  With today's weather I can't imagine ever needing it though, lol.  Almost 100 degrees here.  But it will come and I'll be ready. I have enough hour glass blocks left over to make 4 big pillows for the couch as well.  Should be quick and easy.  Then I am going to start on a Christmas quilt, and I really need a new Christmas tree skirt, and I'd really like them to match.  I've also got curtains to make for my DIL, and a birthday shirt for Sam.  And then of course I really need to get busy on some Christmas gifts.  Lots to do as you can see!

GOOD CAMERA AND COLORS STILL NOT REAL TRUE TO WHAT THEY ARE...BUT BETTER THEN MY PHONE.  DOESN'T LOOK ALL THAT BIG LAYING THERE EITHER, BUT IT IS THE BIGGEST I HAVE MADE BY FAR.  THE BLUES ARE A LITTLE MORE NAVY THEN THEY ARE SHOWING HERE,,,

JUST ANOTHER ANGLE.  COLORS OFF EVEN MORE IN THIS ONE..SIGH


ENJOY your LONG week-ends ladies, and hope you find and dwell on MUCH that brings you joy!  Debbie

Some more cute grandkids pics...sorry, but I can never resist!

LUKE'S FIRST RIDE IN THE TRACTOR WITH HIS OTHER GRANDPA.  HIS LITTLE BODY SITTING ON HIS LAP WITH HIS LITTLE HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL IS JUST PRICELESS...SAM IS SITTING BESIDE HIM CHEERING HIM ON.  HE IS A REGULAR ON TRACTOR RIDES, LOL

SAN DIEGO GRANDS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL...SOO CUTE!  (THEY ARE HOMESCHOOLED BUT GO TO A CHARTER SCHOOL TWO DAYS A WEEK)




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY





1.  As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?  Goodness this might be difficult as I had soo many good week-ends this summer.  But guess I will go with the one where Melody was here and we celebrated her birthday.  Most of the family got together for the occasion and it was just a good time and now a sweet memory.

2.  Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st.  What paying job have you held that you've loved the most?  Liked the least?  Wow guess I have to now confess that I have had only a handful of paying jobs in my life.  Only 3 I guess altogether.  So my favorite was the one I had at the elementary school where my kids attended.  I worked there part time for about 6 years.  I kind of rotated between the lower grades (KG - 3rd) in the morning as an aid who took reading and math groups etc.  Then when it was lunch time I worked the lunch tables and recesses.  Honestly I loved it.  Kind of always wanted to teach school in the first place and I LOVED being around the kids.  My least favorite (though I really loved many things about this job too) was when I worked the first year and half we were married as a secretary at US Suzuki Motor Corporation.  I typed (the old fashioned HARD way, lol) took short hand and stayed on top of things for 3 different men in the service department.  The only thing I disliked about this job I guess was that it was full time and I wanted to be home with my oldest son Joe who was only 2 at the time.

3.  Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live?  When do you think it should begin?  There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts?  Well most of the kids (all of my grandkids anyway) around here started this week so guess that would be before Labor Day.  I think it should start AFTER Labor Day as it always was in the past.  No real reason for that other then it was always the official end to summer, and so it seems logical.  I have not heard about older kids starting later in the day, so I do not know the reasoning behind it.  Off the top of my head my question would be?  Why?  If it''s because they want to sleep in and be lazy then I would say BAD idea, if it's because traffic wouldn't be as bad if you split it up or staggered it some then that sounds like a GOOD idea.  Guess at my age these things hold little significance anymore to me.  Is that a bad thing?

4.  What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a "labor of love"?  Well I guess it could be any one of the things I've sewn this summer as most of it was gifts.  If I had to say I guess I will go with the quilt for the wedding present.  Which is really kind of weird as while I definitely like this couple A LOT, they would not really fall into my "love" category, lol.  But the quilt was hard, fiddly, and out of my comfort zone but I pressed on.  Not sure why, lol.  I think in a way my thoughts of love were more for my daughter and son in law as the couple to be married is his sister.  Does that make any sense?

5. Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...."A woman's work is never done", "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", and "many hands make light work"?  Well truthfully none of these fit very well for me right now, but playing along I would chose, "A woman's work is never done", lol. And not because I work my fingers to the bone over here the way I did when I was younger and raising my family, but because I was thinking that today when I was starting the laundry today, "Didn't I JUST do this?"  lol.  Some things around the house are just rarely finished.  Laundry, dishes, straightening up, watering, cooking, etc. etc.  You get the point.

6.  Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks?  Favorite way to have your choice prepared?  Well this one is easy as I LOVE LOVE crab, and don't really care that much for lobster.  Soo it would be a definite Yes please to crab and no thank you for lobster.  I love crab just about any way, but I think I like it best fresh in a salad. YUM!  Or maybe stuffed into sushi roll, or it could be cracked right out of the shell and dripping in butter?  Any of them sounds good to me.  Did I mention I LOVE crab?

7.  Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, "three rules of work; Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."  Which of these three do you consider to be the most important?  Share one of your own "rules of work".  Wow there may have to be too much thought for this one, lol, and I am tired.  But I guess I think that it just all depends on where you are at in this season of your life, and what is going on for you. But I think "in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity", is very important. And soo true I believe.  Even in the toughest of circumstances.  I have the perfect example (though it is kind of a long story so I will try and be brief).  If you remember a while back (last December) one of my daughter's good friends lost her 4 month old baby during a routine surgery. His birthday was August 18th and he would have been a year old.  His name was Grant.  His parents asked that on that day he might be remembered by "GRANTING" kindness to someone so that he might be remembered and some kindness or grace might be passed on to someone else.  You honestly wouldn't believe how many people participated in this.  Many of them did the kindness (many for complete strangers) and told the story of Grant and used it as opportunity to tell others that Jesus loves them.  Out of GREAT difficulty there was an opportunity to show kindness to others, spread love and grace around, and to tell others of the love God has for them.  This couple has suffered a loss that NO parent ever even wants to consider, and my heart has broken for them many times.  There has been hard days and good ones.  But they have honestly been a wonderful example of what God can do if you let Him.  And one of my own "rules of work"?  Don't know that I have any, though my kids would probably disagree.  I will say that one might be, "if your going to do something, do it right!"  lol.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Don't have much random right now.  I've been busy with my Civil War Quilt.  I've only got 2 rows left.  It is NOT going quickly as I am basically re-doing EVERY block as I put the row together.  I am pleased with the way it looks and I guess that's what's important.  My permanent crown will be put on this afternoon and I hope that's it for me for the dentist for a good LONG while.  I will leave you with a couple darling little picture of my NM grandsons.

BROTHERS...MEL SAID IT HAD BEEN A HARD DAY WITH THESE TWO...THEY FOUGHT HER TO TAKE THEIR NAPS, THEY TOOK TURNS GETTING INTO THINGS, AND WERE JUST GENERALLY KIND OF NAUGHTY ON THE DAY, AND THEN SHE CAUGHT THIS MOMENT AND KNEW IT'S ALL WORTH IT, LOL  (THEY WERE WATCHING A FROG, BTW)


A BOY AND HIS DOG!


Hope you all enjoy your week!  Many blessings to you all, Debbie


Monday, August 25, 2014

OUR TIME WITH TELLA....AND CODY TOO!


Well I can tell you I enjoyed every little minute or our week-end with little Tella.  I can also tell you that I expected it to be the most exhaustive of our "grandkid" week-ends as after all she is only 5 years old and was going to require a lot more of our constant care and attention.  I wasn't sure how well she would sleep away from home either.  But as it turned out it was a cake walk.  She was obedient, sweet, loving, FUN, and slept soundly both nights with nary a peep out of her.  What fun we had.  She too arrived at bedtime Friday night and she popped right into bed without a word of complaint.  She woke by 6:15 which was just fine as grandma was up. She enjoyed her donut breakfast (her brother and sister had told her how this was all going to work! lol) and we made our plans on the day.  She ended up choosing to go to lunch and a movie over sewing, and let me tell you I was secretly soo pleased by that.  She wants soo desperately to work my machine, and at 5 I don't think she is really quite ready to even try.  I can barely run the thing, lol.  Plus, after sitting there over 5 hours on Friday, I wasn't really feeling much like it anyway.  Sooo we called and invited little Cody along (much to her delight!) and left pretty early to go and get her school clothes shopping done.  Now their mama does home school, but they spend two days a week at a charter school with other homeschoolers, and Tella will start KG this year.  Shopping with Tella was really quite fun.  She LOVES to shop (unlike the boys, haha) and had just as much fun as grandma looking over all the cute choices.  We got her a few darling little outfits, and a super cute pair of shoes.  When we finished with all of our shopping, we headed over to pick up Cody. He was soo excited to be going too.  Now we had two 5 year olds.  I honestly don't know which one of them was cuter on the day, or sweeter, or better behaved. Seriously they were just soo good.  After lunch at a fun, cute, 50 diner, we went and saw the 3D documentary about Lemur monkeys in Madagascar.  It was really good!  Caught and kept both of their attentions right away, and grandma and grandpa liked it too. After the movie we went back to Cody's house and took the kids swimming for an hour or so.  Jeffie joined in as well.  Then we let them play in the playroom for another 45 minutes or so before we finally headed back to our house leaving Cody behind.  Tella wanted pizza for dinner, so pizza it was for her and grandpa. Grandma had some chicken.  She was soo dozy after her ice cream that I gave her a quick bath and washed her hair and popped her into bed, and she was fast asleep by 7:45!  This gave grandpa and I some time to relax and watch one of our shows before heading into bed.  We both just enjoyed them both soo much!  How glad I am that their age didn't keep us from spending alone time with them.  This morning I got Tella ready in one of her new outfits and her new shoes and she looked as cute as could be.  She did great on the long drive to San Diego (grandpa let her play games on his I-pad) and after service we went to their house for lunch and relaxing.  All in all a really good week-end.  OF COURSE I have several darling little pictures to show you of our time...

WAKING UP SAT MORNING...KIND OF BLURRY I KNOW, SORRY IT WAS EARLY, LOL

ALL READY TO GO!

SOO CUTE

SHE WANTED TO CARRY HER BAG, LOL

THEY WERE EXCITED AND ACTING A LITTLE SILLY HERE, AND GRANDMA WAS FUMBLING WITH HER CAMERA TOO LONG, LOL

IS THIS DARLING OR WHAT?  I LOVE IT...MAY HAVE TO FRAME IT!

HARD AT WORK.  LOOK AT THE CONCENTRATION ON CODY'S FACE

READY FOR THE MOVIE

SWIM TIME

GRANDMA AND HER GIRL!

GRANDPA AND GRANDMA DON'T POSE WELL FOR SELFIES...TELLA HAS IT DOWN THOUGH!

HOW CUTE IS THAT OUTFIT?  AND THOSE "WILD" SHOES SHOULD GO WITH EVERYTHING

NATURAL BORN MODEL? LOL

WANTED A PIC OF HER "FLAT IRONED:" HAIR
I have lots on my to do list today so I'd best get cracking.  I am taking my quilt to the new quilters I discovered this morning plus running a couple other errands too.  Meanwhile I am  I am quite anxious to get back to my civil war quilt and I need to make Sam's birthday shirt and find fabric for Larissa;s curtains and there's laundry to do and I never have done these nails.  You get the drift.  Hope you all have busy, joy filled weeks!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

FIRST DAY SCHOOL


Friday, August 22, 2014

I THINK I'VE FINALLY FOUND IT!

Well here we are back to Friday already!  I have had a busy week.  But a good one.  I have only quilting stories to tell today though, lol.  That's your warning for those of you who wish I'd get a new subject to stop reading now, haha.  So let's see, where did I leave off with my Civil War quilt? Oh yeah,  I had made the "new" block and thought I might finally have what I was wanting.  But as I looked at it again the next morning, and spent even more time dwelling on it, I knew it was STILL not what I wanted.  Soo I sat down and played with it again.  And as I looked at it I realized I just am not "scrappy" enough to like two completely different blocks right up against each other even if the colors all coordinate.  Or at least not on this particular quilt.  Soo I began to think, it needs some sashing to break up the blocks some (I was picturing a neutral color), and some corner stones maybe all of the same color (seeing a dark navy print maybe), and then maybe the same fabric to make borders with.  So after my hair appointment yesterday, I decided to take a drive out to Corona to the shop where I had bought a lot of the fabric in the first place, and see not only what I could find, but also hope that maybe some gal would be in the shop who might be able to help me with some suggestions.  I also wanted to see if maybe they did quilting and check out their prices if they did.  Well let me just say, it was one of my better decisions....I LOVE this store.  Stars and Scrapes.  Anyway, I brought along a few of the blocks and told the two gals who were there what I was "seeing" in my head, and between the 3 of us we came up with the PERFECT fabric to complete my vision....And I mean PERFECT!  I even purchased some for the binding.  They were soo helpful!   And if that wasn't good enough, listen to this!  I asked them as I was almost ready to leave (had forgotten in my excitement over the fabric!) if they did quilting.  Well the one gal did and proceeded to show me some of her work in the store.  So I showed her my quilt (the crummy pic on my phone) and told her the dimensions, and asked her what she would charge.  AND!!!  It was half of what the other store charged!  HALF!!!  And for the icing on the cake, she can have it done by the end of September which would give me 2 weeks to get the binding done, not 2 days!!  I was giddy, lol.  It did make sense as I thought on it, as at the other store the gals do their quilting right in the shop on giant machines.  They are independent of the store itself in that you pay them separately, but still obviously the store then has to get their cut, meaning they almost have to charge more.  It only makes sense.  Now I do have to drive further to this store, but trust me it is WELL worth it.  I have of course more quilts coming up in the future that will need professional quilting, and finding a MUCH more reasonably priced gal is such good news for me.  I do intend to do some of my own quilting EVENTUALLY, lol.  But for now I am concentrating on learning the piecing part of the quilt, and plan to learn more about the other later.  Except for little projects like pillows and runners.  Soo I rushed home and cut out some of the strips and squares I needed and went to work putting some of the rows together to get an idea of how this "envisioned" quilt was going to look in reality.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it is the answer to that question, lol.  I think I've FINALLY found the look I've been wanting.  Now I have created for myself LOTS more work, but I know I am going to love it so it will be worth it.  However, let me just say this, I would NOT recommend doing what I ended up doing. Buying a bunch of fabric with NO pattern and just kind of making it up as you went along meant I spent a lot more on fabric then I should have.  Not that I can't do "something" with what was left I guess, lol.  To avoid such a thing in the future I think I will "try out" whatever main block I am considering with scraps to see if I like it or how easy/hard it might be to do BEFORE I go out and buy a bunch of fabric.  Or at least I will do that until I am much more confident in my abilities.  Soo OK, now let me show you what I have done so far so you can get a look at how this should come out.

THE COLOR ON THIS IS SOO BAD I REALLY SHOULDN'T EVEN SHOW IT TO YOU!  LOL  THE SASHING IS DEFINITELY DARKER THEN IT APPEARS HERE.  MUCH MORE OF A TAN THEN AN OFF WHITE AS THIS LOOKS.  I SHOULD DRAG OUT MY GOOD CAMERA IF I REALLY WANT YOU TO SEE IT, BUT I WILL WAIT UNTIL I AM DONE.  I LOVE THE COLORS IN THIS THOUGH WHICH HONESTLY THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN APPRECIATE FROM THIS PICTURE.  BUT YOU DO AT LEAST GET THE LAYOUT I HAVE FINALLY SETTLED ON

ANOTHER ANGLE.  IT WILL BE 6 BLOCKS ACROSS, AND 8 DOWN (I THINK) AND THEN TWO BOARDERS.  THE FIRST ONE WILL BE THE SAME AS THE SASHING AND ABOUT 2 AND HALF INCHES, AND THE NEXT WILL BE THE SAME AS THE CORNERSTONES AND 4 AND HALF INCHES.  DON'T REMEMBER WHAT I FIGURED THE FINAL DIMENSIONS WOULD BE, BUT PRETTY BIG!  LOL

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK

That's about it for now.  I need to put together the backing for the wedding quilt as I need to get to the gal who is going to quilt it on Monday.  And I want to do LOTS more on the Civil War Quilt but NOT until I get the backing done.  And I REALLY should do my nails (they are just a mess!) and I have my little 5 year old grand daughter Donatella coming for the week-end tonight, and we have some sewing planned too, so I will need to have my "mess" out of the way.  Soo much to do, and soo little time it seems.  Hope you all have a wonderful week-end full of blessings and joy!  Debbie

Had to show you some cute pics too....

LOVE THIS PICTURE!  THE BOYS AT PLAY WITH THEIR DOG BAXTER AND THE CHICKENS DAISY AND MINNIE THE CHICKENS ARE JUST DOING WONDERFULLY I GUESS.  THEY GET 2 TO 3 EGGS A DAY.  SAM IS BOTH FEEDING THE CHICKENS AND GATHERING THE EGGS EVERYDAY.  HE TAKES HIS JOB VERY SERIOUSLY.  BRINGS IT UP ON HIS OWN AND SAYS, "I NEED TO FEED MY CHICKENS MAMA!"  NATURAL BORN FARMER BOY.  HE TOLD ME THE OTHER DAY ON THE PHONE, "IT'S MY JOB GRANDMA!"  I LOVE IT.  


LOVE THE LOOK ON LUKES FACE...DON'T YOU JUST KNOW HE IS TRYING TO FIGURE A WAY TO GET THAT CHICKEN UP THERE WITH HIM?  LOL



MINNIE IS ON THE MOVE, LOL

I FOUND THIS LITTLE LINE THEY HAVE GOING HILARIOUS FOR SOME REASON...



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A COMPLETED QUILT TOP, AND A STRANGE NEW QUILT AS WELL....


Well it's 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and I am going to try and put up a QUICK post...yah, right your thinking, lol. But seriously, I am going to try.  Soo let's see.  I have spent the last couple of days finishing up the quilt that is to be the wedding present, and going over to the quilt shop to see about getting it quilted and picking out the backing for it.  I have ended up REALLY liking this quilt.  Which is good because I thought at one point I HATED it, and even considered just putting it in a drawer somewhere and moving on as if it never happened.  I couldn't quite make myself do that so I pressed on, and now I am glad I did.  It is a very modern looking quilt in my opinion, which I think should suit this gal great.  For right now I am dwelling on my options to have it quilted.  If I do what I REALLY want to do, which is totally customized quilting, rather than an all-over design, it will really be pretty pricey.  Glad I didn't know how pricey quilting was when I got into it, or I might have not done it.  The fabric alone was really pretty expensive.  HOWEVER, in my opinion it is one of those things that at the end of the day is worth every penny.  You have something really nice, personal, and should last for years and years.  Can't really put a price tag on that.  So I will see what hubby thinks and let him make the call.  Either way I have my date secured, but here is the other frightening part.  It won't be done until the 17th of Oct (early in the morning she said) and the wedding is on the 19th!  I will still need to get the binding on it which of course doesn't leave me much time.  But if I have the binding all ready to go hopefully I can do it.  Soo I need to get the backing ready, (and I am going to do something a little different there too) and get it over to her by the first of Oct. to secure my place in her line.  Then I need to make a label (which will need to be embroidered on my machine) and then get the binding ready to put on, and I will be all set.  I have taken a couple of crummy pictures of the finished quilt top with my i-phone which I will show you, but when it is ALL done (binding and all) I will drag out the camera and get a good picture.

VERY DIFFERENT.  I WAS VERY PLEASED HOW FLAT MY BORDERS LAID THIS TIME...LEARNED THAT LESSON FOR SURE, LOL


ANOTHER ANGLE.  IT IS A LITTLE LONGER THAN WIDE
Then....I went back to work on my own hour glass quilt made with the civil war fabrics for my family room. Here is the story on that quilt.  I will try and be quick...honest!  I originally picked out the fabric with another complete pattern design in mind.  When I went to put the first couple of blocks together I decided it was TOO stressful and changed to a simple hour glass design.  I wish truthfully I had pressed on and just tried again before throwing in the towel, as now I have put together all these hourglass designs and when I began to lay them out side by side truthfully it was just not what I had in my head, and I really didn't like it.  So I have been kind of dragging my feet pondering "what" to do with all these hourglass blocks.  I had NO PATTERN I was using, just a bunch of hourglasses.  Sooo I began "messing" with one of the blocks.  I took my rotary cuter to it (always dangerous I am sure lol) and cut it into 9 equal sized pieces and then began playing with it to see what I could come up with.  I can't even tell you how many different layouts I had going, lol.  I finally decided to go on what my very first idea had been.  Diane was here today and I was able to take advantage of her very good eye on such things.  So now I have 40 blocks to cut apart and put back together in a different way, AND 40 other blocks to cut down some so that they will be the same size as the new block.  Then I will simply lay them out every other block.  I have NO idea how this will eventually look. Perhaps like some amateur cut apart a perfectly good tried and true block and put together some odd combination and called it "_____" lol.   Obviously I am hoping to get a beautiful, very unique, different, personal quilt out of it.  Guess we will see.  I am cutting all the blocks with the striped backgrounds, and trimming down all the ones with the flower backgrounds.  This will be VERY scrapping looking, and honestly I would never call myself a "scrappy" kind of gal.  WAY too OCD for that.  But I do intend to put on both a small burgundy border and a larger navy one as well which should take away from the wild scrappy look somewhat, lol.  So now let me show you some VERY bad pictures of this...I will take more when I have made more progress.  I have alot more done then I am showing you here, but still this is going to take me a while.  And meanwhile, I actually cut my fingers TWICE on the rotary cutter today already, so I think it is time to take a break until tomorrow.  Here they are...

HERE IS MY "NEW" BLOCK...

SO HERE IS HOW THE TWO BLOCKS WILL LOOK SIDE BY SIDE..

AND LAID OUT WITH A COUPLE MORE...
Needless to say I am really hoping that I don't end up tossing this all into a drawer with the lesson learned of NEVER just start putting blocks together without a definite plan.  We will see.  I am getting my hair taken care of in the morning, but after that I will head to the sewing machine so I can get a few more of these done so I can lay them out and see what I think.  Hope you are all having a good week.  Blessings and joy to you all!  Debbie
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I forgot to mention the WONDERFUL day I had yesterday!  And we can't have that.  I picked up my 13 year old grand daughter Lindsey and went over to Victoria Gardens for a little shopping and lunch at Kubuki.  At her age it is hard to find clothes that are both cute and stylish (a MUST at this age!) and yet appropriate for school and don't cost an entire arm and leg either, haha.  Lindsey is such a cute girl it is really pretty easy though as everything looked just darling on her.  We settled on two pairs of shorts, and cute little skirt and a darling little top.  And even though everything we bought was on sale and a pretty good price, it still cost more for her then the 3 boys combined, lol.  I remember the days of dressing a teenaged girl well, so I am glad we were able to help out some.  I wanted to buy her EVERYTHING she tried on, but I did restrain myself, lol.  Lunch was VERY yummy.  Haven't had sushi in a while.  Then we decided to see a movie to finish up our day.  We saw "What If?"  It was a mindless cute little romance and we both enjoyed it.  These are the kind of days that are right up grandma's alley, and I could do them VERY frequently I think.  Lindsey is a straight A student, active in student council, VERY active with sports, and assists in the special ed program at her school.  She is a sweet, helpful, respectful young girl and grandma is very proud of her.  Can you tell?  lol

Just had to show these cute little pics of these grands too.

HOW DARLING IS THIS CUTE LITTLE HELPER....DONATELLA WILL GET HER TURN THIS WEEK-END, AND I AM VERY EXCITED TO HAVE HER ALL TO MYSELF FOR A DAY OR SO...WELL MAYBE I WILL SHARE HER SOME WITH GRANDPA, LOL

VINNY PUSHED A STOOL OVER TO THE COUNTER AND CLIMBED UP TO GET HIS SWEET LITTLE HAND IN THE COOKIE DOUGH, LOL.  TAKING AFTER DADDY I THINK.  


Monday, August 18, 2014

OUR WEEK-END WITH JD

JD
Another busy week-end is behind us and even busier week lies ahead.  How grateful I am for busy days, and summertime memories.  This is the last week before school for all of my grands so I am trying to make it count.  I still have a few more "one on ones" to do.  JD's week-end was just about as much fun as an almost 8 year old boy can hope for I suspect, lol.  He arrived at bedtime Friday night as his family had spent the day at the beach with friends, so he went straight to bed even though the excitement was practically shooting out his ears, lol.  He was up EARLY, lol, and the busy, busy day began.  He had decided on donuts and orange juice for breakfast, so that was quick and easy.  And good thing too as he was ready to go about 15 minutes later with his teeth properly brushed, lol.  After pointing out it was only 7:30, he sat down and played with grandpa's football game on his i-pad to help pass the time.  This boy has got football in his blood, (thanks to grandpa!) and pretty much anything having to do with the sport catches his interest.  He is unusually big for his age, (the size and height of most 10 year olds) and a passion for the game that is either there or it isn't.  I don't believe it is something you can MAKE anyone enjoy or want to do.   It just has to be there, do you know what I mean?  Anyway, he enjoyed himself with that while grandpa and grandma got themselves ready and did up the dishes.  By 9:30 we were heading to Target to try and find a Lego set (one of the smaller less expensive ones!  goodness Lego's are expensive!) that he has been wanting forever he claimed, lol.  Well, Target didn't have it so after getting a few necessities we needed we headed to the Mall for a little back to school shopping with promises that we would hit Toys R Us later in the day. Now I don't have to tell any of you that NO 7 year old boy WANTS to school clothes shop, but he really did very well, and showed amazing patience with the whole process.  Grandpa and I had decided a while back that we would help out with back to school clothes for as many grandkids as we can for as long as we are able.  I remember the days well when I was living them myself, and know how hard it can be to get done sometimes, so we do what we can.  JCPenny's was having a wonderful sale and we got a couple of outfits for him and for Jeffie and Cody while we were at it.  I let JD pick out the shirts he liked, and then grandma matched shorts to them.  Much easier that way, lol.  We headed to Vans then for some shoes, and we were done!  Now it was time for the real fun to begin.  We drove over to little Jeff's house to pick him up so he could join us for the rest of the day.  Grandpa had decided that an afternoon at Dave and Busters for video games would be about the best thing any little boy could hope for.  I figured he was probably right, but I am NOT going to pretend it would have been my first choice, lol.  They ALL had a ball (grandpa included of course!) and I had fun watching them all enjoy themselves.  We started with lunch and the boys were almost giddy when they realized malts were starting off the meal, haha.  They did have chicken fingers and fries too, which must have been tasty as they made quick work of them even though they had started with those malts. And for the next two hours they went from game to game collecting their tickets to turn in for prizes at the end.  I LOVED the fact that the boys decided right from the beginning they would simply pool their ticket winnings and divide them evenly at the end.  I didn't even suggest it to them, they came up with it on their own.  They were both surprisingly good at the games.  But all good things must eventually come to an end, and they finally headed over to turn in their tickets and collect their "prizes" though boy did that take some deliberation.  Toy's R Us was right across the street so of course we headed over there after we left to get the promised Lego's.  Now Jeffie is as into Lego's as JD is, so of course he picked out a small set too.  At that point the plan was to take Jeffie back home but the boys began to beg for more time so they could put their Lego's together with each oter, so Jeffie joined us for that and for dinner as well.  Grandpa bbq'd hamburgers and they had that and tator tots and watermelon for dinner.  They finished off the night with bowls of their favorite ice cream (JD's...mint chocolate chip, and Jeffie's was chocolate chip cookie dough) and admiring their completed Lego creations.  Jeffie headed home after that and JD played a little more football on the I-pad before tumbling into bed.  Sunday morning it was pancakes and bacon for breakfast, and then we made the drive back down to San Diego for church.  Hubby and I left right after church as we had a few errands to run.  JD has a sweet and tender heart and a fun loving personality to go with it.  He was obedient, kind, respectful, and full of life.  How he reminds me of his daddy.  Grandpa and I were both so grateful for this time with him.  Here are some pictures.  All taken with my phone....sorry.


THE SHAKES THAT STARTED OFF LUNCH!

THE BOYS TEAMED UP TRYING TO BEAT GRANDPA!
GETTING SOME TIPS FROM GRANDPA

CONCENTRATING SOO HARD!  LOL

IN A HELICOPTER THAT MOVED AND SPUN AROUND WHILE HE WAS SHOOTING...(THIS WOULD HAVE MADE GRANDMA SICK, LOL)

WITH THEIR INSTRUCTION BOOKS ALL READY TO GET STARTED...THE BOYS WERE BOTH SOOO GOOD AT THIS!  GRANDMA WAS IMPRESSED

THEIR COMPLETED WORK...YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE HOW LONG AND HARD THEY WORKED JUST SETTING THESE UP FOR THE PICTURE.  THEY WANTED EVERY LITTLE DETAIL PICTURED...LOL

A BOY AND HIS GRANDPA

ICE CREAM TIME

LOOK AT WHAT HE HAS MASTERED THIS SUMMER!

PRETTY GOOD HUH?

So now this week I need to fit in a movie date and ice cream with Cody, and a shopping/lunch/movie with Lindsey, and then next week-end with Donatella....whew.  In between all of this I have an appointment to do my hair and nails, and I HOPE to finish up my quilt for the wedding gift.  Think I'll make it?  Enjoy your weeks!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie




Friday, August 15, 2014

A BUSY WEEK!

Well talk about a quick week, here we are to late Friday afternoon ALREADY! I spent most of my week running to appointments it seems, but it is nice to get that all out of the way for another year.  Got my teeth cleaned and examined on Monday, a crown (at least the temporary anyway) put on Wednesday, and ran to the doc's on Thursday to go over my yearly blood work and get my blood pressure checked etc.  I HATE the docs, I can't lie, but I did get ALL good reports so guess that was good anyway.  My cholesterol was the lowest it's been in several years, my blood sugars are "mostly" totally in control, (just my fasting sugar is a little high once in a while) and my blood pressure was GREAT!!  YAY!!  I have been dieting the last two months....HATE that too, but it is what it is.  I have lost 15 pounds (which is only a drip in a very large bucket, but I will take it!).  I was concerned that I might be developing diabetes to add to my list of health annoyances, (do to the occasional slightly elevated fasting reading) which was what got me to be begin seriously watching what I eat in the first place, but I am happy to report I am NOT diabetic. WHEW....Mom developed that in her later years, so I am watching mine a little closer as I have followed in her footsteps with most of my medical issues.  I am very sure that continued dieting will only help in this department, and most of my others as well.  My doc was thrilled with me, and encouraged me of course to keep it up.  I have what I refer to as "the light switch on" so I am running with it.  I have fought my weight most of my adult life.  Well since I was in my mid forties anyway (just seems longer, lol) and I am either "in the mode" or I am not.  I have NO idea what makes me "in the mode" or I have a feeling I could make a million dollars.  I can't always logically talk myself into watching what I eat, no matter what is staring me in the face, and sometimes I just resign myself to what it is.  And then other times it is easy to "get a grip" and eat the way I KNOW how to do.  Doesn't matter what diet I am following.  I am either on or I am off.  Sigh....I WANT to eat healthy and feel good, but then again on the other hand, oh how I love to eat.  The hard part is that until 6 years or so ago I was an exercise nut.  There really was no stopping me.  But now with my knees everything is soo difficult I can't do much at all, short of get around to what I HAVE to do.  Now I am going to replace my knees.  I know many of you are probably wondering whatever happened to that plan.  But I have told myself I am going to get under a certain weight before I do.  Not that the doc said I have to, but because it makes sense to me.  I am not planning on losing ALL the weight I have to, but I do plan on getting to a reasonable number.  I have NO idea why I just told you all of this, but I am encouraged with my good report, and plan on dieting away for quite a while.  Enough about that.....

In between my appointment running this week I have worked on both of my quilts.  I have got all the squares done for the one for me, but I have not settled into how I want to lay them out yet.  Let me show you...

THE COLORING IS TERRIBLE IN THIS PIC!  THIS IS NOT ALL OF THE SQUARES.  I STILL NEED TO COME UP WITH FABRIC FOR THE BORDERS BUT FIGURED I CAN GET ALL THE BLOCKS ASSEMBLED BEFORE I WORRY ABOUT THAT.  GUESS THERE ISN'T REALLY ANY OTHER WAY TO LAY THESE OUT, BUT IT IS HARDER THAN I THOUGHT TO MIX ALL THE COLORS.  IT IS A SCRAPPY LOOK, WHICH I LIKE, BUT I AM JUST NOT SURE ABOUT THIS YET.  MAY BE TOO MANY.  DIANE WILL BE HERE NEXT WEEK, AND I AM WAITING FOR HER OPINION.
Meanwhile the fabric for the other quilt got here and I got busy with that again.  This quilt is for a wedding present for a wedding in Oct., so I really need to finish this up soon so I can get it to the quilters so I can get it back, so I can bind it and have it ready in time.  Melody's husband Mike's sister is the one getting married. Mike and Melody and Sam are ALL in the wedding (can't wait to see Sam as a ring bearer!) and my son is marrying them.  Hubby and I will be working Luke no doubt, haha.  There has been NUMEROUS problems with this quilt.  First of all I don't know Brooke all that well.  You would think I would as much as we have all been together, but it is very much just kind of a "group" acquaintance, you know what I mean?  I mean I guess I have never really had private or individual conversations with her, and I just don't know her likes etc. very well.  I have really NO idea WHY I even decided to make her a quilt in the first place.  Might have been a little out of my mind at the time, lol.  I don't even know if she even really LIKES quilts.  I know she is often telling Melody how much she loves the things I make for her, and how lucky she is, so I guess I thought maybe she would.  But then I have never seen her house, don't know her "feel", and have had to "guess" the whole thing. Melody told me the colors in her house and that's about all the help I had there.  Sooo I picked out what I thought was a more modern design (as that's what I thought her house sounded like) and the bottom line is I was probably not quite ready to make such a thing.  All the half square triangles have given me HOURS of trouble, and the whole thing has been kind of a pain, lol.  You might wonder why not just forget the whole thing and give her cash like most people will do?  Well, I guess you could say I am stubborn.  I BOUGHT the fabric (and it is NOT something I would ever have going for me) and what would I do with it?  I don't want it wasted.  Plus, I WANT to give her something a little more personal.  Sooo I guess I press on, praying she likes it and it doesn't just end of in a cupboard somewhere with the story behind it being...a quilt "someone" made for us when we got married, lol.  I can't even decide what SIZE I want it to be.  Right now, it is 3 blocks across, and 4 blocks down, and I am thinking it might be better as a square 4 across and 4 down.  Then there is the borders.  The fabric I bought "may" be too busy for such a design, and it might be better with no border at all.  I am dwelling on it all, again waiting for Diane to see it and offer an opinion. Melody is pointless.  She has no opinions in these matters, lol.  And honestly, it almost has to be seen to have an opinion.  A picture it is hard to tell.  Let me show you....

I DON'T KNOW WHY I AM EVEN SHOWING YOU THIS AS THE LIGHTING IS HORRIBLE, AND THE QUILT NEEDS TO BE PRESSED, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA OF THE DESIGN I THINK

I HAVE LAID IT ON THE FLOOR HERE WITH THE DARK GREY FABRIC BESIDE IT I AM CONSIDERING FOR THE BORDERS????
Guess that's it for now.  Our grandson JD will spend the week-end with us, and I am soo looking forward to it.  He has been counting the days until his turn.  I am hoping he doesn't have it too built up? lol  Hope you all enjoy your week-ends.  Mine is going to be busy!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

MISSING THESE CUTIES!