Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Asking for prayers

Didn't do any sewing last night, which is typical for me on Mondays. However, I really should have been sewing because I needed something to keep my mind occupied. Darling husband called in the afternoon when he got to work to tell me that his company is laying off another eleven workers. This is getting really scary. I pray that he does not get caught in the layoffs, and I'm asking everyone for their prayers also. I know a lot of people are going through this and I will keep you all in my prayers also.

Darling daughter came up to the office and we went to lunch together. We ended up at the Mexican restaurant here in town. Pretty good stuff but now I'm paying for it! Haven't had that greasy food for a while and it's getting back at me. Agh.

Here's a close up picture of the quilting on the back of the purple pinwheels. It's nothing special, but it works. I remembered to bring the quilt in for my coworker, in case she comes in this week. If not, her baby shower (which I am not going to) is this Saturday and another coworker will take the gift there for me.

I just love that digital camera. And I love that sd card/chip/whatever it is. I like the fact that I can put the chip in the camera, take a picture, then put the chip in a card reader/writer that plugs into a port on the computer. It's like having part of my computer in my purse at all times. That and the flash drive make me feel like I still actually have a computer at home! I use the kids' when I need to.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Productive weekend

This weekend was a pretty productive one for me. Friday I sewed some of the triangles together for the blue pinwheel, then Saturday I actually put them all together and quilted and bound the quilt! I was sewing for about six hours Saturday. Loved every minute of it. Sunday we took the quilt to darling husband's coworker and got to see the baby. He's so tiny, for six months.

I also finished the purple pinwheel for my coworker. I meant to bring it to work today to leave at her desk in case she drops in, but of course I forgot it. I'll bring it tomorrow.

My mother would like to give double delight to a friend of hers for Christmas. I am going to do some free motion quilting on the old singer, and if I can get that down on just a baby quilt top, I will move on to the double delight top. I am just a bit nervous about it!

My trip to Paducah is all up in the air now. My friend, Donna, has to have surgery the beginning of the month and she may not be able to go with me. The lodging is all paid for. I don't know if I can get a refund, or if I want one. If she can't go, I have a couple options. I could invite someone else, I could cancel, or I could go to the show in Chicago instead the week before. Or I could go alone, although that might not be much fun.

Friday, March 27, 2009


I am so glad it's Friday. This week was not very good at work. It seems when I don't have a good week at work, I don't have a good week sewing at home. I have worked on the binding on the purple pinwheel quilt. Not quite finished, but it won't take much longer. That baby isn't due until the end of April.

Sunday darling hubby wants to go to his coworkers with the blue pinwheel. This is a picture of how far along it is. I'm hoping to get a lot done on it tonight and tomorrow. Was thinking of going to visit my grandma but she is getting company from the other side of the family, so that will give me more quilting time.

Making some tilapia fillets for supper tonight. I guess I'll fry them.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just an ordinary day

Not much to blog about today. I sewed over half of the triangles together when I got home from work and also sewed on the purple pinwheel binding. I have about one third of the binding left to sew on.

Darling son went over to one of our friends last night and put a part in his computer for him. I am so proud of him. He does things like this for adults without asking for anything in return. He is in the senior play at school. It's coming up pretty soon. Tonight he is working.

Darling daughter went to her boyfriends house tonight. She says that his parents like her. I'm glad. Both darling husband and I like the boyfriend. It makes thing easier, that's for sure.

Went to the funeral home tonight. My friend's mother in law passed away.

Made saltesa sausage for supper. Daughter made her spinach cheese dish. It was a good supper.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Two hundred triangles cut

Yesterday on my lunch break I went to the park and sat in my car and sewed the binding on the purple pinwheel baby quilt. Didn't get it finished but it won't take long to do, really.

Last night I spent an hour in the sewing room cutting triangle pieces for the next pinwheel quilt. It is going to be blue pinwheels and a little bigger than the purple one. The purple one is 4 x 4 pinwheels. The blue one will be 5 x 5. So I cut out 200 half square triangles last night. First I used the shape cut ruler to cut 4" strips of fabric. Then I used the easy angle ruler to cut the triangles. This really is a neat tool. I forget I have it sometimes, like when I made the purple pinwheels! I made squares then marked them and sewed and cut. Using the easy angle is so much easier - less steps!
You can see in the picture a scrap of paper in the corner by the ruler. That is how I 'think'. I will jot down notes and measurements when they pop into my head. Then I seem to have all these scraps of paper with ideas on them! After I make a quilt, sometimes I will clean up the instructions and file them, but more often than not, I just file them. They wouldn't make sense to anyone but me anyway.

Sunday night we made home made pizza's for dinner. I have a really good recipe for pizza crust. Everyone seems to like it and they all get to make their own pizza's with what they like on top of them. The dough recipe makes five regular sized pizza crusts. I ate about half of my pizza and put the rest in the fridge. All day yesterday I kept thinking about going home and having a piece of it. Really craving it. Well, I get home and there isn't a single piece of pizza in the house! Now, we all ate about half of our pizza's on Sunday night, plus darling daughter's boyfriend was there and left about half of his pizza. My darling husband and son ate what was left and took it to work with them! AGH.

Last night I had two small pieces of round steak. I got out the griddle and got it searing hot. I put a little oil on the steaks and some steak seasoning I have been wanting to try. It was real peppery, but very tasty. After I seared the steaks, I put them in a gravy I made from onions, green peppers, and mushrooms that were cut up and leftover from pizza night, and from beef stock. It made a nice gravy. I also made some mashed potatoes from red potatoes. I like to leave some of the skins on when I use the red potatoes. It gives them a fuller flavor in my opinion. And I opened a can of corn. We had a nice dinner.

Don't know what we are going to have tonight. Darling daughter is coming up for lunch and she is going to hit the grocery store afterwards. She is cooking tonight.

I have the purple pinwheel with me because I thought I was going to be alone at lunch and was going to sew on the binding some more today. It's probably a good thing I'm not going back to the park today because yesterday I almost brought home a stray dog from there. It was the cutest pup, looked like a doberman or a rottweiler, real skinny and limping on one of it's back legs. I guess someone dumped it. I hate that people do that. Now, I really am not a big fan of dobies or rotties because of their mean reputation, but I also am someone who believes that the majority of the dog's personality comes from the training and treatment it receives from it's owners. I did not take the puppy home, because we have two dogs and two cats. We can't afford to take care of another animal right now. But I really wanted to...

At the bottom of the picture of the blue triangles is one of my omnigrid rulers. I thought that it was lost for the longest time. Couldn't find it and I had looked everywhere. Well, this past weekend I dropped a spool of thread and it rolled behind my sewing table. When I reached for it, there was the ruler, standing upright between the table and the wall. I'm glad I found it, because it's a handy size. Not too big and not too small. I did buy another one after this one had been missing for a few months, but it wasn't exactly the same size.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A good weekend

This was a good weekend. I didn't do a lot of sewing, but had company. My mom and grandma come on Saturday around noon and stayed until 8. The whole family went out to eat, then the kids went their separate ways and dear hubby and I visited with gram and mom.

After they left, dear hubby and I went to Wal Mart to pick out fabric for the baby quilt for his coworker. Well, Wal Mart has pretty slim pickin's of fabric these days. We were hard pressed to find four fabrics that worked together! Ended up with these pictured, plus added one from my stash. The one picture by itself will be the backing fabric and the four together will be what make the pinwheels.

I was able to finish the quilting on the purple pinwheel baby quilt and sew the binding down on the machine. I need to hand finish the binding on the back now. I brought it to work today to sew on during lunch. I think I'll go to the park and sit in the car while I sew it on. Probably not get it done in one day, but I'll make a little progress.

Haven't really been dieting, but haven't gained any back. I looked up online that 3500 calories make a pound. Well, if I can exercise enough to burn that much, logically I should lose a pound. My treadmill shows how many calories are burned each session, so if I can burn 250 calories a day, in 2 weeks I should lose a pound. Hopefully.

Darling son is getting so close to graduating high school. I am really ready to be done with high school. Ready for both kids to be in college. I think it will be a lot less stress. At least I hope so.

Darling daughter is almost finished with her first year of college. Wow. That went fast! She is doing well and moving forward toward her nursing degree. She is spending a lot of time with her new boyfriend. Darling husband and I like him. He seems well mannered and respectful.

I have told both of the kids that during the summer they need to have jobs (darling son has one already) and that they should put half of their paychecks away for when they are in school. Dad and Mom will help out, but they need to do more on their own.

Dear hubby is still working on the machine at work that he bumped to. He was worried for a while that there would be more lay offs, but now they are talking about bringing the four laid off workers back within the next couple weeks. I really really hope they do that. Not just for those laid off, but because he wants to be back on his old machine. Of course, there is no telling what management will do next, especially in this economy!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday morning

Went out last night with my friends for dinner. Didn't do any sewing but plan on getting some done tonight. Mom and Gram are coming at noon and we are going out to dinner and will come back to my house to visit for a while. Depending on how long they stay, dear hubby and I may make a trip to Wal Mart to pick out baby quilt fabrics for his coworker. I'm setting a goal to have that baby quilt done next weekend. We can take it over to their house and see the baby then.

Darling son has to work today at 3 and darling daughter is leaving for a moto cross event at that time, also. She probably will stay the night with some of her college friends, so I can sew late tonight or early tomorrow (the sewing room is right next to her room).

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sunshine on a Friday afternoon

It's a little cooler out today than it has been the last couple days, but it's still very nice for the first day of Spring.

I don't know what has gotten into my darling husband. A few weeks ago out of the blue he offered to take me to the fabric store 45 minutes away. That was a nice unexpected trip that I enjoyed. Today, while I was on my lunch break, he sends me a text message asking how much of the baby quilt I have done for his coworker. They were adopting the baby and bringing him home today.

Well, I was planning on giving them the Mosaic Tiles quilt I made during that one mystery. I didn't have it quilted yet, but the top was finished. I told him that and where to find the top. To my surprise, he was already in the sewing room. This in itself is really strange...

So he finds the top and asks who the purple pinwheel top is for. I tell him and he comments on how nice it is. Am I getting the hint yet? Sigh. Dear hubby, would you like me to make a pinwheel quilt for your coworker instead of the Mosaic Tiles? Oh, this made him so happy. Yes, that's what he wants. He even offers to take me to the fabric store tomorrow. Wow.

I mention that I can get what I need for it at Wal Mart and I could probably get the material before I come home from work today. There's a bit of silence and then darling husband says "since it's for my friend, I'd like to help pick out the fabric". Oooookkkkkkaaaayyyyy. Who are you and what have you done with my husband?

Tomorrow morning we will both go pick out fabric. If we have enough time in the morning, that is. We may have to wait until Sunday because my mom and grandma are coming over and we are going to lunch around noon with them.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another nice day

These two little guys sit by my sewing machine and help me sew! hee hee. Darling daughter picked them up at an art fair at her college a while back. They are a touch of whimsy just to remind me not to take myself so seriously.

The last couple of days have been really nice, weather wise. Today it's a little cooler, but the sun is shining and everything looks fresh after last night's rain. Looking forward to Spring starting tomorrow.

I though I would go upstairs and finish quilting that baby quilt the last day or two, but when I have gotten home from work I have been pretty worn out and just collapsed on the couch. Seems if I force myself to go upstairs, I get a lot done, but if I don't, I just veg out in front of the t.v. Maybe this is just lag from the time change or season change. I do sew a lot on the weekends, usually. Although this weekend I might not, because my mom is coming down for a visit. She stays at my grandma's an hour away, but we usually get together either at my house or gram's.

Darling daughter is going to some kind of motor cross sports thingy this weekend with her new boyfriend. Don't know what darling son will be doing.

Maybe part of my problem is that I'm concerned about dear hubby's job. There was a flitter of a rumor that they may have more lay offs in the works, and that is pretty scary. I know I must be worrying about it because I have that tightness in my neck, especially when I go to bed and try to sleep. Not good. Been using my trusty rice bag at night when I go to bed. That is the nicest feeling - that warmth molded to your neck or shoulder, wherever it hurts. It helps me fall asleep.

I should make up a rice bag or two for my mom when she comes this weekend. She liked using the one I had when she was here last time. My coworker that I gave one to a while back still raves about it, especially once a month!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Such a pretty day today

It is such a pretty day today. I know spring hasn't officially started however I'm going to enjoy this beautiful day.

I started quilting that baby quilt last night. Since the person getting it is done working now, I don't know when I will see her to give it to her, so I want it done asap and ready to go. I'll get it all wrapped and bring it to work so that whenever she stops in she can pick it up.

The quilting is real simple, just straight lines in the ditch about 4" apart going both directions. I'm using the one light fabric (not in the border) for the backing of the quilt. And I'm using the one medium fabric (again, not in the border) for the binding. When it's done I'll post another picture.

This quilt would be a nice one to make and try and sell. I'm tossing that idea around.

I didn't have a big enough scrap piece of batting to use in one piece and I really didn't want to cut into a brand new batt, so I pieced one together using a large zig zag stitch. It works just fine. And it was a batting I don't normally use that I had leftover pieces of, so that worked in a couple ways. Got rid of it, and didn't cost anything.

Last night I made breaded veal parmesan with spaghetti and garlic bread sticks for supper. The spaghetti sauce was left over from a few nights ago and I picked up the rest at Aldi. For being a discount grocer, I ended up spending $70 there yesterday! Agh.

Tonight darling daughter is going to make a chicken stir fry for supper. I'm really looking forward to it. Since she will be cooking, I should be able to get the baby quilt finished. Then I should get on the one for my husband's coworker. She is adopting a baby and may have him at the end of the week.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Sunday

Well, I got down to business on that baby quilt for my co worker. I put all the pinwheel blocks together, and sewed them together in four rows of four. Then I put two two inch borders on it. I also pressed it and pressed the material I'm going to use for backing. I had thought I was going to alternate pinwheel blocks with solid blocks, but it would have been too big for an infant. Now I need to pin baste it and quilt it. I will probably just quilt it in simple lines.

The turkey dinner was pretty good yesterday. Had leftover turkey sandwiches for supper today. I have enough leftover to make a turkey pot pie one day this week, probably Tuesday or Wednesday.

I also made a couple bags for the kids out of the shamrock fabric. I didn't put anything expensive in them. For darling son I put a six pack of his favorite soda, a couple shamrock tumblers, and some ponytail holders. Put some green flip flops, tumblers, and ponytail holders in darling daughter's bag. I didn't make these bags as big as the Christmas or Valentine bags. This time I used a piece the size of a fat quarter, instead of a half yard.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday is a lazy day

Or maybe not so lazy... Got up and went to breakfast with darling daughter. Darling son and hubby were both still sleeping. We went to Wal Mart after and did a little grocery shopping and picked up a few other things.

I put a turkey in the oven around noon. Going to have a big ol' turkey dinner tonight. Should have everyone home for it. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and salad. mm mm.

Stopped at the lumber yard and ran in when we were shopping. I am looking for a couple pieces of unglazed tile to use as pizza stones. The lumber yard doesn't sell any flooring, so that was a bust. Going to have darling daughter check with a couple of the big home improvement stores in the town where she goes to college.

Going to go work on the pinwheel baby quilt right now.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Got a good start on the baby quilt

Last night I sewed all the half square triangle blocks I need for the pinwheel blocks for the baby quilt. The more I look at the colors, the more I wonder if it's too pink and not purple enough. But I'm not changing it now!

I have to press and trim the dog ears off the blocks, then sew them together into pinwheels. Im' thinking of sewing two types of blocks into one pinwheel or just one type. Not sure yet what I want to do.

I also don't know if I want to use the light colored material for blocks in between the pinwheels or maybe the dark colors. I am leaning towards the light material. Don't know what I'll use for the back yet.

I have another person to make a baby quilt for this month. It is a co-worker of my husbands. She is adopting a child. I'm thinking of quilting up the mosaic tiles baby top that I made during Christmas as a mystery quilt.

The spaghetti sauce darling daughter made last night was very very good. All I had to do was cook the noodles and slice the bread! What a treat! Tonight I'm going out with two of my friends for dinner. The crew is pretty much on it's own at home for dinner. There is a box of fish sticks in the freezer if they get desperate.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunny but cold today

Spring was just teasing us earlier this week. We were back below freezing this morning.

Last night I finally started on the baby quilt. I cut squares for the pinwheels and marked the light colored ones with a diagonial pencil line. Tonight I might sew them up, not sure. I am also tossing around the idea of making them blocks with quarter square triangles instead of half square triangles. It wouldn't be a pinwheel quilt then. I'm just not sure yet what the quilt wants to be. I'll have to play some more with it.

This week has been one that I wish I lived out in the country with no neighbors. We had some trouble across the street in the rental house. The landlords of this property do not care what moves in there, nor do they keep the property up, so you can imagine what we get. The cops were over there looking for the tenant, presumably on drug charges. I just don't know. Makes me really really glad we have TWO BIG MEAN DOGS!

I say the dogs are mean, however if you aren't doing something you shouldn't be, my dogs would leave you alone. They wouldn't let anyone come into the house unless it was okay with us. Then they settle down and are okay.

Not doing so hot on my diet. Sigh.

Last night we had breakfast for supper. I made sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, and hash browns. There was a lot of gravy and quite a few biscuits left over so I brought them to work today. That sure went over well. Everyone ate it up!

Tonight we are having spaghetti for supper. Darling daughter is on Spring Break and is going to start making the sauce for me before I get home. That will be nice, to have a jump start on dinner.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Almost a Spring Day

The temp is so nice today, even though it looks like it wants to rain. We are supposed to get some storms later. That won't bother me, once I'm home for the night.

The pork roast I made yesterday in the crock pot was very good. I made a gravy with it, some mashed potatoes, and frozen green beans. It was a good dinner and not much work. I also made a loaf of banana bread. The recipe came off www.allrecipes.com and called for over two cups of mashed bananas for one loaf! It was very flavorful. I added walnuts to it, and that made it even better. Tonight I think I will just make sloppy jo for supper.

Darling daughter has a new boyfriend. I have mixed feelings about this new relationship. The fellow seems very nice. He has a good job, comes from a good family, and is attending college part time. He also has a son that lives with the mother. I like the young man, I just worry that darling daughter won't be able to handle the responsibility and challenges that come along with this situation. It is her life, and she is 19, but of course I'm going to worry. She has only been seeing him for a week, so I'm probably worrying prematurely. It isn't the fact that he has a child that concerns me, it's the child's mother and how she may try to run this young man's life, and in turn, my daughter's if they become serious. Again, it's only a week but I know how hard and fast she falls.

Darling son has found a 'coffee shop' in a neighboring town that he likes to hang out at. I figure he's pretending he's a hippy from the 60's. He says he likes to go and play guitar there and eat vegetarian burgers!

Didn't do any sewing last night. Mondays I don't seem to have any energy to do much of anything when I get home from work. Add in the fact that we moved the clocks ahead this past weekend, and I was pretty beat.

I am contemplating starting an applique project or a hand piecing project. Just contemplating it for now. I would like to have something to work on in the summer when I go to the park or lake on my lunch hour. I do have the yo-yo's to work on. I might just keep going on them.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Scraps of My Life quilt finished

I finished it! Woohoo! This is my quilted as you go string quilt. I've named it "Scraps of my Life". It has bits and pieces from my scrap bucket, a lot of the pieces being leftovers from other quilts. I am especially fond of this quilt because it's really comforting to sit down and cover up with and look at the scraps. I remember each quilt that they were made with and who they went to, and it's nice.

By the time I got to putting on the binding on this quilt, I was really ready for it to be finished. I used 2" wide binding strips, folded in half and sewn to the backside, then on the front I rolled it over and used a small zig zag stitch to hold the binding down. This is just a utility quilt, so it doesn't have to be fancy. I want it to be used and I want the binding to stay on!

I was pleasantly surprised when, at separate times, both my kids noticed the new quilt in the front room last night when they came home. I was using it, but I told my darling husband that I would be really surprised if either one noticed it. When they did, it made me feel good.

I don't know if I would do a quilt like this again, unless it were going to be a utility quilt. It was difficult to get the stitching straight when putting the quilted pieces together. Because the quilting was random, for the most part, this wasn't an issue, but if it were supposed to be uniform, I would have been disappointed in the final product.

I had fallen off the wagon with my diet last week, but this week I'm going to get back on track. Last night we had pizza for supper, and that definetely is not on my diet plan! Today we are having a pork roast. I have it going in the crock pot. When I get home from work I'll make gravy and mashed potatoes to go with it and we will have a good dinner.

Now I have GOT to begin that baby quilt for my co worker. I had picked out a pinwheel pattern that I wanted to do, but the more time passes and her due date gets closer, I'm thinking of just a big nine patch. Can you tell I really don't want to do this quilt?

This is getting to be quite a long post, but another thing I did over the weekend was scope out space for my future longarm. And when I say future, I mean in a few years. I measured the room in the basement where my son sleeps. It is 14'x14', and not really big enough to accommodate the machine and table I really want. I want a 24" machine on a 14' table.

My next space I contemplated was sectioning off a portion of our garage. The space I could use in the garage would be either 11'9"x18' or 11'9"x23'. The difference is if I want to partition myself from the rest of the garage or have the only access to the other part of the garage be through the room. My gut tells me partition it off and sacrifice the extra 5'. The room would be big enough for the longarm, however I would still need to keep my other machines in the house if I were to have enough room to move around the longarm comfortably. This would not be a bad option, because the garage is detached, and if it were bad weather, I would still be able to sew without going outside, and I would still be in the house if I were needed.

The third option is to build a free standing garage from a kit that one of the big home improvement stores sells. Instead of a garage door, of course there would just be windows and a regular door. This is the most expensive option, and would take up a lot of our yard and probably not add to the value of the property because it's a special purpose room that would have appeal only to us. That said, if I wanted it, I would not let that last part stop me from building it. The good part about it would be that we could put it near enough to the house and the basement walk out door that going between the buildings in bad weather would not be an issue. It would also be large enough to accommodate all the sewing machines so everything would be in one place. Still, very expensive to do and would probably raise our property taxes.

Another option would be to take over the other bedroom upstairs that is connected to my current sewing area. However, I have not measured this room and I doubt that it would accommodate a 14' table comfortably. I could consider going down to a 12' table, but if I'm going to do this, I'm going to wait and do it the way I want to from the beginning.

And last but not least, is the option of when the kids move out, we move our bedroom upstairs and I use our current master bedroom as the sewing space. It is large enough. However, I do not like this option because I do not want to have my bedroom on the second floor. I get up at least twice a night to use the bathroom. Our bathroom is connected to the master bedroom so it is not a problem. There are no bathrooms on the second floor and no way to put one in.

So, even though this is a few years in the making and things can definetely change, I have a lot to think about. It's better than dwelling on other not so pleasant issues, such as the decisions my children are making that I don't approve of...agh. No one told me teenagers were going to be like this! Or if they did, I wasn't listening! ha ha.

Friday, March 6, 2009

A beautiful day!

The temperature is unseasonably warm today. I would love to go outside and just enjoy the weather. Instead I'm stuck behind a desk at work. If it's still nice when I get off work this afternoon, I may spend some time putzing around in the yard. Hopefully it will be nice enough tomorrow to put something on the grill.

Darling son has a music competition tomorrow morning. He's playing a piece on the guitar. I'm going to go with him and I'm looking forward to hearing him play. I scheduled his college orientation this morning. It will be in early June.

I've got a funny story from a couple nights ago. My darling husband works second shift, as I've mentioned before. He went out for a beer after work but got home around 1a.m. - not real late or anything. I know he was home then because I briefly woke up and looked at the clock. He went into the front room and turned on the t.v. I went back to sleep. Well, I woke up at 5 a.m. after sleeping really well. I could hear dear hubby breathing next to me, but then I also could hear the television on in the other room. I rolled over and discovered it was not my dear hubby in bed with me, but my 85 pound Labrador Retriever laying splay legged on her back, head right up next to mine, and deep in sleep! At least she didn't snore! Darling hubby had fallen asleep on the couch with the t.v. on...

Last night I made a chicken enchilada casserole for supper. I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but it was a hit. I layered corn tortillas, cooked chicken mixed with taco seasoning, onions, green chilis peppers and black beans, and a cheese mixture.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thursday afternoon stuff

Here's a quick picture of the material I bought at Hancock's last weekend. I only bought a half a yard. Going to make a couple smaller bags for the kids for St. Patty's Day. I'm not going to put much in them, just a card and maybe a green button with a silly saying on it or something.

I haven't sewn for a couple days. Just haven't been in the mood. I thought I would get a lot done yesterday since we had gone to the doctor in the morning and I was home in the afternoon. Instead of sewing, I made a big pot of beef stew and put two chickens on the rotisserie to cook.

Tonight I'm going to pull the meat off the chickens and make a chicken enchilada casserole. It's a new recipe but it looks really good.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday afternoon

Having a good day today. Went to lunch with darling daughter. Going to have to walk a few extra minutes on the treadmill after eating at the Chinese buffet! But it was worth it.

Didn't do any sewing last night. Really want to get some done tonight. Tomorrow I'm taking a day off work to go to the doctor with dear hubby for his 6 month check up with a specialist. The doc is about an hour away and I like to ride with him. Hopefully I can get something done after we get home tomorrow, also.

My doctor's office called this morning and my MRI was normal. That was a relief. Glad that's over with.

Last night we had cheeseburgers and french fries. Tonight I am going to bake some chicken breasts, I think. Maybe tomorrow I will put something in the rotisserie, since I will be home most of the afternoon.

Monday, March 2, 2009

March roars in

Not very warm out today - 27 deg. F when I went to lunch. Wish we would get some snow to go with it! hee hee.

I put four of the six rows together on the string quilt over the weekend. I have the last two pinned together, but didn't get to them yesterday. It looks pretty neat already. Going to get that puppy finished up soon. I need it on the couch in the living room - it's cold in there! brrr.

In an act of desperation to get my bathroom finished, this morning before I left for work I put a note in lipstick on the mirror that said "$20 to whoever finishes painting the bathroom this week". Haven't had any takers yet...sigh.

Yesterday we took a ride out to Hancock Fabrics. I didn't buy much of anything, but it was nice to browse for a little while.

We are having cheeseburgers and fries tonight for supper. I have lost 12 pounds so far and am at 216. I was on the treadmill for 20 minutes yesterday.