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!







Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY



1.  The best part of waking up is _______________ "Folgers in your cup.." remember that commercial?  I hear that and it is about all I can think of now, lol.  But considering I don't drink coffee, I can't really say that.  And it certainly isn't my herbal tea.  Sooo guess I will go with for me, the best part of waking up is KNOWING I have been blessed with another day to spend with my family, healthy, and with a roof over my head and food in my cupboard, free to worship God in any way I chose.  And with all that is going on today in this world, with the horrifying persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters, the poverty and the hunger that is the everyday life of sooo many, the diseases that seem to be multiplying at an alarming rate, I feel blessed indeed.

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)  Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa) or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?  Goodness, lol, is this NEVER me....But playing along I guess I would chose the dolphins.  That actually sounds and looks pretty fun IF I were the type!

3.  What is something you fear about "old age"?  What is something you look forward to?  Well I guess for me it would have to be I fear not being able to care for myself do to illness or the fading of my mind, and becoming a burden for one of my kids.  And what I look forward (I guess what I am hoping for) to is growing old with my husband beside me having been retired for MANY years and just enjoying simple pleasures while watching my kids and grandkids go about their productive lives.

4.  Hot sauce...are you a fan?  If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce?  On a scale of 1 - 10 how hot is too hot?  NO, I am not a fan.  I like a "little" spice though, don't really like bland or tasteless food either, but on a scale of 1 - 10 I'd say a 2 or 3 at the very most.

5.  It's been said that children learn what they live...What do you think children learn at your house?  Well considering grandchildren are the only children in my home anymore, I think they learn that they are special, important, and unconditionally loved.  I hope then that they would learn to love and treat others that way.   

6.  What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title?  Off the top of my head the Ten Commandments popped in.  But so did Nine to Five, remember that?  Haven't seen it in years.  LOVE the Ten Commandments with Charleton Heston though, so I am going with that I guess.

7.  Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day....share one here....Oh no, I am terrible at this...I read this the other day...somewhere, lol. If the grass is greener on the other side, you can bet the water bill is higher...

8.  Insert a random thought here...I am off this afternoon to get another crown done.  This will be my 4th one.  And every one of the crowns I have needed are the result of broken teeth.  Not cavities or decay, simply wear and tear I guess.  He sees tiny cracks in others that may follow suit in a couple of others, but they may have a few years left before they do so I guess I will just move along and see what happens....sigh. I guess I have been pretty fortunate in the "teeth" department, so I shouldn't complain, but crowns are soo expensive even with a pretty good insurance.  I am hoping it won't be like last time.  I ended up needing a root canal too.  My first and I am hoping, ONLY one ever.  I have  NO pain this time, so he told me he doubts I will.  (I didn't remind him he said that last time too, lol).  Hope all of your afternoons prove to a little more fun then mine!






Monday, August 11, 2014

A WEEK-END WRAP UP....GOOD TIMES!


Well another good week-end has come and gone.  Time does march on.  Sat. would have been my sweet mom's 82nd birthday, and her daughters gathered at MiMi's (one of her favorite lunch spots) and enjoyed a nice, long tasty time together celebrating her.  We brought a few old picture albums of her and looked through them remembering the times they captured.  A couple of my sisters recently discovered several old mice (my mom collected them!) Christmas ornaments that had somehow escaped us before, so we divided those up as well.  One of my sisters made up little gift bags for us and that was just so nice too.  We got all kind of little goodies to put in our purses.  All in all it was a REALLY good time, and was such a nice way to honor mom's day.  A couple hours or so later we left to go our separate ways, soo grateful that we have sisters whose hearts are forever united.

MY ORNAMENT SELECTION

GOODY BAG


 After lunch hubby and I decided to see the movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  Both hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It combined many of my favorite things in a movie. Cooking, (I LOVE movies where food is being prepared and cooked for some reason) people working HARD against all odds to succeed at something (diligent worker movies I call them, lol) and of course a little romance.  It was just a feel good movie, a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, and I would highly recommend this movie.  After the movie we had dinner at our favorite restaurant before heading back home. Just such a nice, GOOD day.



 And then yesterday, we started the day out with the intention of going to our grandson Cody's first karate tournament. But as it turned out my son called at the last moment to let us know that the place where the tournament was being held air conditioning was NOT working and it was unbearably hot inside.  Said we should skip this tournament and just come to the next one.  I knew he was right as those tournaments involve LOTS AND LOTS of waiting and down time while you await your person's performance or competition time, (literally hundreds are competing) and I have sweated my way through MANY of them over the years. But I was grateful for the warning, as I don't do "HOT" well anymore, lol.  For those of you who are new to my blog, or for those who need a refresher, this is my oldest son's who owns and operated his own karate studio.  He is a 5th degree black belt and had 28 of his kids who were competing yesterday.  Some of them I guess were not kids, but adults, including his oldest son Evan who is 19 and a 2nd degree black belt himself.  We have seen Evan compete a few times, and it is always such a treat.  He is soo good.  He also teaches part time at the karate school.  However it was a first time for little Cody.  Cody is Joe's youngest son who is slightly on the Autistic spectrum.  Last summer at this time he couldn't speak at all (at age 4) and was getting ready to begin his special education classes and speech and behavioral therapies in the Fall.  What a long, long way he has come!  He now talks non-stop and is really just a completely different kid.  Now he still has his issues of course, but he has learned sooo many ways to cope and move along in his little world.  My son needless to say was just a nervous wreck because he honestly just didn't know which way this would all go.  He has worked with a few other autistic kids at his school with fantastic results, but of course it is very different when it is your own son.  They had it all planned that if things didn't go well his wife Leah would just whisk Cody out of the place and quickly take him back home.  Joe has to work all day at these tournaments of course as a owner.  Cody is only 5 and just a beginning white belt.  He has only been attending classes for about 3 months now, though of course his daddy works with him everyday.  There were probably 30 or so in his division, and he was the ONLY white belt.  The rest were yellows and orange, but they were all only 5.  He was competing in the sparring event.  We all kind of felt like this could go a long, long way to benefiting Cody with confidence and the ability to participate in something he totally enjoys, or let us know he is not quite ready. OK, now that you know ALL the background, let me tell you how he did!  He WON!!  First place!  Let me just tell you this, no one expected that.  We just wanted him to have fun, and get his feet wet so to speak with competing in general, but he surprised us all!  He followed along just as he was suppose to, did a great job, and was sooo excited.  His dad was over the moon.  Oh, and for the frosting on the cake, Evan also won his division!  The adult men black belts are of course the highlight of the day as the competition is soo tough, but he did so well defeating a 6 ft two inch, 230 pound 24 year old man for first place in the final.  Evan is only 5' 9" and around 150 pounds so there was quite a size difference which just goes to show you size is not the issue with karate.


ALL READY TO GO!

GETTING SOME ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DAD

JOE PRAYED WITH CODY BEFORE HE STARTED

IN LINE WITH HIS COMPETITION...HE'S THE WHITE BELT
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SOOO HAPPY AND PROUD

LOVE THE LOOK ON HIS FACE!

CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK..
Guess that's it for now.  A busy day ahead of me including a trip to the dentist...never fun, lol.  Hope you all have a good week.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ANOTHER CHANGE, AND A PEEK AT THE NEW QUILT

It's around noon on Thursday and another week has squealed by.  It is almost downright scary how fast the time goes.  I have had a pretty busy week working on "my" quilt!  I am not only excited about making one for myself, let me just say it has a whole different feel mentally to making it too.  I am not nearly as concerned that every little thing be perfect, and not worrying about rather or not someone else will actually like it and it won't end up in a closet or drawer somewhere is a good feeling as well, lol.  I am in no hurry with NO deadline, and that has also added to the positive experience.  And let's not forget I am sitting in my comfy new chair, quickly wheeling around to where I need to be.  All in all...a good week of sewing.  I did make my changes however.  Let me tell you (the LONG version..sorry) of what I did.  In our bedroom when we moved in we had traded bedroom furniture with Mike and Mel.   We bought really nice bedroom furniture for Melody when she started college with the idea that it would be perfect to take with her when she got married.  She did just that.  But when we moved in here our bedroom was WAY WAY smaller then what we had in the past, and the GIANT king sized bedroom set that hubby and I had was just not going to work. So we traded. Mike and Mel could easily accommodate the bigger furniture pieces, and they were both pretty sets.  Everyone was happy.  However! when we originally bought the set for Melody, we purchased both a triple dresser with 12 drawers, AND a large chest of drawers with 7 more.  And it also had a nightstand with two more BIG drawers.  Hubby and I have NO need for that many drawers, even though there are two of us.  Mel filled it easily however, lol.  I don't wear scarves, gloves, belts, hats, just to name a few of the things Melody has lots of.  Anyway....the point of all of this background?  The chest of drawers in our room was basically sporting 3 completely empty drawers, and the 4 others could EASILY be accommodated by the big dresser.  So that got me to thinking.  I could just start putting sewing articles in that dresser (like the one left behind by mom in the other bedroom) but then all I would have is ANOTHER place to look for what I want/need.  Sooo I decided to bring the chest of drawers to the sewing area (after moving the other stuff in there to the big dresser) and emptied out the bookcase and put it where the chest had been.  We drug all the books back out of the closet and I took a few hours and filled the drawers up with I use most and filled the rolling plastic drawers up with not as much used things, and wheeled it back into the closet in the extra bedroom.  Soo there you have it.  Truthfully?  while it looks "NICE" it kind of looks and feels like a dresser chest in the sewing/everyday eating/family room area, lol.  But I am going to pretend I don't know any better and just move along.  It serves my needs, was NOT being used to it's fullest capacity anyway, and is clean and neat looking.  I also know that if this had been put in an actual sewing "room", INSTEAD of a sewing "area", I wouldn't even be thinking twice.  Let me show you my changes....Oh, and also some of the quilt I am working on.  I need 80 7 and half inch hour glass blocks, and I have about 50 some done.  Oh, and Kathy, I am thinking these are just regular hour glass blocks, not double, lol.  I said that I guess because I am using two different background fabrics, and technically it LOOKS like two in every block.  It's interesting too btw, that these are also done with 1/2 square triangles which I promised myself I wasn't going to do again, and yet, with the square up ruler (and maybe because they are bigger) they are super easy...or maybe they are just FINALLY getting easier for me....or maybe it's because I am not being picky....or maybe it's because all the points meet in the center, lol.  Whatever it is, this is quick, easy and simple.  Just what I am in the mood for.

IT TAKES UP ABOUT AS MUCH ROOM AS THE BOOKCASE AND THE ROLLING DRAWERS, THOUGH IT IS QUITE A BIT DEEPER.  THIS WAY THE FABRIC IS NOT EXPOSED TO THE SUNLIGHT EVER EITHER.  

ANOTHER VIEW

THE BOOKCASES NEW SPOT.  THIS PARTICULAR BOOKCASE IS ONE OF THE ONLY THINGS THAT HAS SURVIVED EVERY MOVE WE HAVE EVER MADE AND HAS BEEN WITH US FOR OVER 35 YEARS.  CAN'T EVER BEAR TO LEAVE IT BEHIND,.

ANOTHER VIEW...IT IS FULL OF ALL OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTIAN NOVELS.  AND YES, BELIEVE IT OR NOT I DO RE-READ SOME OF THEM AT TIMES. I HAVE TO RE-READ A WHOLE BOOK SOMETIMES BEFORE I REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENS, LOL.  I HAVE GIVEN MANY AWAY OVER THE YEARS AND I RARELY KEEP ANY OF THEM ANYMORE, SIMPLY PASSING THEM ON TO OTHERS AS I HAVE NO ROOM FOR THEM NOW   BUT THESE ARE MY FAVORITES.


ONE OF THE BLOCKS.  I HAVE TWO BACK GROUND FABRICS (THE LIGHTER ONE) AND SEVERAL DIFFERENT COLORS OF NAVY, BURGUNDY, OLIVE GREEN, AND PURPLES.  

ANOTHER

ANOTHER...THIS ONE HAS THE OTHER BACKGROUND.  THERE WILL BE 40 OF EACH BACKGROUND

THIS IS NOT HOW IT IS GOING TO BE...I JUST LAYED THEM OUT SO YOU CAN GET THE IDEA.  I AM NOT TOTALLY CERTAIN HOW I AM GOING TO LAY THEM OUT YET.  THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE OPTIONS.  I INTEND TO HAVE A 1 INCH BORDER FRAMING IT AND THEN A 3 INCH BORDER AS WELL.  I WANT IT TO BE REALLY BIG AS I INTEND TO USE IT AS A WARM BLANKET FOR SNUGGLING ON THE COUCH WHILE WATCHING TV IN THE WINTERTIME.  MY FAMILY ROOM (THE WHOLE HOUSE REALLY) IS MADE UP OF NAVY, BURGUNDY, OLIVE GREEN, AND GOLD, SO YOU CAN SEE WHY IT IS PERFECT FOR US.  
Well, guess that's about it for now.  I have had about an hour break, and I want to see if I can't finish up all the blocks by tomorrow night.  I honestly never drempt I'd get this much done while waiting for the other fabric to arrive.  I am glad I had it all ready to work on.  Saturday would have been mom's 82nd birthday, and us girls are going to get together for lunch to celebrate it.  More on that later.  Enjoy the rest of your week, and this week-end!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie